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Fun Friday January 18, 2008

As promised, here are the top 5 family friendly things to do if you live in the Philadelphia/South Jersey Area, in no particular order.

That is of course besides all the things listed on the page in the right hand corner of my screen)

1. Join the Academy of Natural Science for their Animal Heroes Weekend Saturday January 19th through Monday January 21st from 11:00am to 3:30pm. Meet some of the Academy’s animals Heroes and rarely seen Academy specimens. See the live animal shows at 11:00 and 2:30 and make an animal hero craft to take home. Regular admission applies, children 3-12-$8, children 13 and above, including adults $10.

2. Introduce your kids to the theater with Mr. Malcolm and his story time friends performance of the Brother’s Grimm, The Frog Prince. The Theater Troupe specializes their performances to suite younger audiences and their shorter attention span. The performance will be held at the Sketch Players Club in Woodbury New Jersey. Show times are 11:00, 1:00 and 3:00 and the cost is $6. (ages 2-9)

3. Saturday, January 19th, join the Garden State Discovery Museum in celebrating Harriet Tubman. Learn about her journeys through the Underground Railroad and become inspired by her sacrifices, faith and courage. Performance begins at 1:00pm. Regular admission applies.

4. The Please Touch Museum will be holding performances of North Wind based on the novel Back of the North Wind by George Nobel. The interactive show is enhanced with puppets, theatrical lighting and magic, to tell the tale of the Diamond, who befriends the North Wind. Shows at 11:00, 1:00 and 3:00. Regular Admission applies. (ages 2-10)

5. Philadelphia Museum of Art. Join the museum in 2 programs geared towards your preschooler (ages 3-5) on Sunday January 20th. Tours for Tots Animal Adventure: Join with you child for fun including movement, play and hands-on activities geared toward preschoolers and their parents,tour starts at 11:30am and 1:30pm. And Early Bird Read and Look: Caps for Sale: Join your preschooler and enjoy picture books and craft projects presented in the Museum’s galleries.

Don’t forget about Martin Luther King day, check out yesterday’s post for events the Franklin Institute and the National Constitution Center will be holding throughout the weekend.

Now, for the tip of the week! (hopefully it’s a tip, I didn’t know about this, anyway, here goes it…….)

Visiting the City, have family or friends visiting and planning to hit all the hot spots.

Two words: City Pass.

Visit 6 attractions for just $49 for adults and $34 for kids (3-12). Participating attractions are the Franklin Institute, Adventure Aquarium, Philadelphia Zoo, National Constitution Center, The Academy of Natural Science and The Independence Seaport Museum. It’s valid for 9 days from date of purchase.

Whatever you do, where ever you go, have a great weekend!