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Philadelphia International Children's Festival

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Weekend phillyfun picks and Easter Fun

The end of March can’t quite decide if it’s going out like a lamb or not but the fun spring festivities are abundant! Get out this weekend and hop into some springtime family fun!

Family Fun Fishing Derby
Saturday March 31st
9:00 am (meet at the market starting at 8am)
Linvilla Orchards
137 W. Knowlton Rd.
Media, PA

The entire family will enjoy this Family Fun Fishing Derby at Linvilla Orchards on Saturday March 31st at 9:00am (meet at the Market starting at 8am). Relax while you sit on the banks of trout-filled Orchard Lake fishing for big trout plus big prizes and more for all. $14.99 entry fee, each additional fish is $4.99 per pound (no fishing license required).

East Passayunk Easter Egg Hunt
Saturday MArch 31st
1927 East Passyunk Ave
Philadelphia, PA

The East Passayunk Easter Egg Hunt takes place in the outdoor gardens at Le Virtu’s Restaurant on this Saturday March 31st starting at 11am. Hunts are staggered by age group (11am for ages 4 and under, 12pm for ages 5-7, 1pm for ages 8-10). Free.

Easter at the Bellvue
Saturday March 31st
The Bellevue Food Court
Broad and Walnut Street
200 S. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA

Easter at The Bellevue Hotel takes place on Saturday March 31st at the Bellevue Food Court. FREE photos with the Easter Bunny from 12-2pm. There will also be a setup for kids to decorate a picture frame to take home with them as well as a goody bag!

Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival
Saturday March 31st and Sunday April 1st
Around Philadelphia, PA

The 15th Annual Cherry Blossom Festival presented by the Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia and Subaru. Take part in the Sakura Pavilion Grand Opening Weekend at the Shofuso Japanese House and Garden. Enjoy family-friendly events, many free, throughout Philly that celebrate Japanese culture during this month long celebration such as these below:

Sakura Pavilion Grand Opening Weekend
Shofuso Japanese House & Garden
Horticultural & Lansdowne Drives
Fairmount Park
Philadelphia , PA

It’s the grand opening weekend celebration of the Shofuso Japanese House & Garden this Saturday March 31st and Sunday April 1st from 11am – 5pm. This traditional Japanese house and garden has added the Sakura Pavilion and wants you to come help celebrate with a kagami biraki (ceremonial sake cask breaking) on March 31st and all entertainment, workshops and other activities all weekend. Free.

For the full list of Festival events see the website at

Easter Bunny Hops a Helicopter
Saturday March 31st
American Helicopter Museum and Education Center
1220 American Blvd.
West Chester PA

Imagine your child’s delight at seeing the Easter Bunny arrive via helicopter on Saturday March 31st at the American Helicopter Museum in West Chester. Photos with the Easter Bunny start at 1:30pm. Tickets $8 for kids of all ages includes meeting the Easter Bunny, all-you-can-jump moon bounces, healthy snacks, face painting, and other holiday activities. Adults $10.

Springtime Scavenger Hunt
Saturday March 31st - Sunday April 1st
The Betsy Ross House
239 Arch St.
Philadelphia, PA

Children visiting the Betsy Ross House in Historic Philadelphia can help one of Betsy’s daughters get well again by taking on the role of a colonial doctor searching Betsy’s house for ingredients needed for an 18th century home cough remedy. Runs March 31st through April 15th. Free.

Philly Farm & Food Fest
Sunday April 1st
Pennsylvania Convention Center, Annex Hall G
1101 Arch St.
Philadelphia, PA

The Philly Farm & Food Fest taking place this Sunday April 1st is a family friendly celebration of local food and farmers in Philly has plenty fun for the littlest food lovers including workshops, scavenger hunts, great food and more. Plus adults get to learn about locally sourced fare from the best Philly area farms as well as artisans and businesses showcasing the great local foods of Philly. Tickets $20 at the door, ages 12 and younger free.

13, The Musical
Saturday March 31st at 8pm
Sunday April 1st at 3pm
Eastern University Theatre
McInnis Auditorium
St. David’s, PA

Families with teens and tweens will enjoy this musical comedy set to the compelling music of Jason Robert Brown called 13. It’s about coming of age, teen traumas and middle school survival in this high-energy musical that tackles the trials and traumas of growing up and fitting in, Don’t miss this rite of passage story to which all ages can relate (though ideally suited for kids ages 10 and older). Showtimes Friday March 30h and Saturday March 31st at 8:00pm and Sunday April 1st at 3pm. Tickets $10 general admission, $8 for children and seniors and $5 for students.

Trail of the Lorax
Saturday March 31st and Sunday April 1st
The Philadelphia Zoo
3400 West Girard Avenue
Philadelphia, PA

It’s opening weekend of The Philadelphia Zoo’s newest exhibit The Trail of the Lorax, a 3-dimensional interactive experience that shares the true story of an animal in peril, the endangered orangutan. Grab your 3D glasses and follow the trail of clues left by The Lorax himself to help you on this journey of conservation and saving wildlife. End your quest at the Lorax Loft, a fantastical play and learning environment featuring the Orangutangle, a climbing structure sure to delight little explorers. Free with Zoo Admission.

Free Admission on Sunday Mornings
Sunday April 1st
Brandywine River Museum
1 Hoffman's Mill Rd., Rte. 1
Chadds Ford, PA

Enjoy free admission to the Brandywine River Museum on Sunday April 1st from 9:30am – 12 Noon. Bring the whole family to the beautiful museum featuring classic American art in a 19th-century grist mill. Free on Sunday mornings.

Family Sunday – Maya Temples
Sunday April 1st
Penn Museum
3260 South Street
Philadelphia, PA
215- 898-4000

Bring the whole family to the Penn Museum on Sunday April 1st at 1pm to learn about the Maya culture and temples. View objects in the Mesoamerican gallery associated with Maya architecture and ritual. Plus build your own Maya temple model. Free with admission. Suggestion Museum Admission Donation $10 for adults, $6 for children ages 6-17, free for children ages 5 and under.

Pay What You Wish Sunday
Sunday April 1st
Philadelphia Museum of Art
26th St. & the Benjamin Franklin Pkwy.
Philadelphia, PA

The first Sunday of the month means Pay What You Wish Admission at the Philadelphia Museum of Art this Sunday April 1st from 10am – 5pm. What a great and affordable way to take the whole family to the art museum without worrying that you paid full admission if you have to leave early for naps or one of your little one melts down in one of the exhibits. Free. Donations welcomed.

Easter Egg Hunt and Workshop
Sunday April 1st
1900 Pattison Ave
Philadelphia, PA

The American Swedish History Museum hosts an easter egg hunt and workshop this Sunday April 1st from 2-4pm. Introduce your little ones to unique Swedish easter traditons such as dressing up as easter witches. Plus enjoy face painting, crafts and more! Free for members and children under age 2. $8 for non-members.

Easter Brunch and Egg Hunt
Sunday April 1st
Two seatings: 10:30am and 12:30pm
Elmwood Park Zoo
1661 Harding Blvd.
Norristown, PA

On Sunday April 1st enjoy a delicious Easter Brunch followed by an egg hunt throughout the Elmwood Park Zoo and photos with the Easter Bunny. Brunch features eggs, a fresh waffle station, French toast as well as kid fave mac and cheese plus chicken primavera and more. Tickets $25 per adult, $15 per child. Two seatings available at 10:30am and 12:30pm.

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