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Around Town February 15, 2008

Put down those chocolates and cupcakes (because we all have time to sit and eat bon-bons right?) and get those sugar energized kids out of the house!

Here are some great things to do this weekend, that is if you live in the South Jersey, Philadelphia area.

There are some great events to celebrate black history month:

1. Get moving and celebrate Africa: Roots of it’s rhythm with the Discovery Museum on Saturday, February 16th. Join them for a performance by the Universal African Dance and Drum Ensemble as they thrill you with sensational movement, dancing and stilt walking.

2. Join the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archeology and Anthropology on Saturday for it’s 19th annual Celebration of African Cultures. This lively event features music, dancing, storytelling, demonstrations, arts and crafts and much more. Top off the day with a grand finale from the Universal Dance and Drum Ensemble complete with costumes stilt walkers and acrobatics. This event runs from 11:00am to 4:00 pm and is free with paid donation to the museum.

3. Celebrate black history month with the Crayola Factory by entering a Black History Month Essay Contest and creating diversity dolls. Also pick up a book and join them for Read with your child day by creating a book mark for your favorite book.

4. Take me out to the ball game! Ok, well I guess the National Constitution Center will do for now, as it kicks off Baseball as America exhibit. Introduce your children to the history of baseball, as this is the first major exhibit to examine the relationship between baseball and the American culture. The exhibit features over 500 artifacts from throughout the history of baseball. Kids 3 and under are free, ages 4-12 $9 and adults $15. Go Phillies!

5. Now this is super cute, I wish I could be a fly on the wall, or just a spy behind the curtains with do, Daddy Universe City Inc., is hosting a Daddy-Daughter Dance on Sunday, February 17 from 3:30-7:00. A fun afternoon for little girls and the male role model in their lives (it doesn’t have to be daddys, it could be grandfathers, brothers, foster parents or other father figures), featuring games, dinner and dancing. The cost is $60. Check out the Website for more information.

Also, On Sunday February 17th join the Garden State Discovery Museum in Open Arms, a special evening for families with children of Autism. This is a FREE after hours event featuring open play and discovery. Meet other children on the spectrum, their caregivers and siblings. You must register for this event. Email your contact information, and number of guests to ontheog@discoverymusuem.com

Most of these events are happening on the weekend, but if you have little ones who are not in school don’t wait for the weekend to play, today is a great day to get them outside and take advantage of the nice weather before the cold temps creep on in, again.

My son will probably be playing in the mud and the dirt!

It’s inevitable!

Oh yeah, if you know of anything going on or you are involved with hosting fun family oriented events going on in the area and would like me to mention them. Drop me a line!

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2 Responses to “Around Town”

  1. Andrea Says:

    Thanks for the info about Saturday’s Discovery Museum event! That one slipped under my radar. I’m an African American SAHM too and I’m always looking for cultural events for the kiddies! I think hubby and I will grab the kids and go there. Thanks again.

    I’ve bookmarked your blog! It’s fun and amusing. Have a happy weekend:)

  2. swimmom Says:

    Thanks Andrea! If you have any places to go that I haven’t mentioned, please let me know. And keep reading, and commenting. It’s nice to hear from other mothers!


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