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Weekend Phillyfun Picks For Kids -- April 22- 24, 2016

It's officially festival season, so there is lots to do in and around Philly this April weekend with the kick-off of the Philadelphia Science Festival, the opening of the Chinese Lantern Festival, Earth Day Celebrations and so much more! Get out and enjoy all that Philadelphia has to offer for local families this weekend!

Astronomy Night
Numerous locations

Join the biggest star party in the region during Astronomy Night as astronomers bring their gear to tour the cosmos. Part of the Philadelphia Science Festival, don't miss great star gazing and astronomy events for all ages on Friday April 22nd at numerous locations in and around Philadelphia. For a complete listing of events and locations see:

Chinese Lantern Festival
Franklin Square
200 6th Street
Philadelphia, PA

Don't miss opening weekend of the Chinese Lantern Festival this Friday April 22nd through Sunday April 24th. Appearing for the first time in the Northeast, Franklin Square will be illuminated with more than 25 larger than life displays of flowers, Chinese dragon, three-story pagoda and more. $17 adults, $12 youth.

PIFA Street Fair
Broad Street between Chestnut and South Streets
Philadelphia, PA

The culminating event of the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts, the PIFA Street Fair takes place this Saturday April 23rd from 11am – 7pm. The street fair features zip lining, a Ferris wheel and swings, street performers, food vendors and a massive waterfall as the centerpiece of the festival. Free. '

Science Discovery Day
Clark Park
4398 Chester Ave
Philadelphia, PA

Head to Clark Park in West Philadelphia on Saturday April 23rd for Science Discovery Day, part of the Philadelphia Science Festival. Enjoy a jam-packed day of hands-on activities including watching robots dance, learning about the brain, and rocket launching, too. Free.

The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales
Friday April 15 – Sunday April 18
Arden Theater Co.
40 N. 2nd Street
Philadelphia, PA

Don't miss The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales at the Arden Theater this weekend with shows running Friday April 22nd at 7pm, Saturday April 23rd at 12pm and Sunday April 124h at 12pm and 4pm. In this family friendly production, the widely acclaimed Caldecott Award-winning book comes to life featuring a new cast of characters including Jack (of the "beanstalk" fame), Chicken Licken (who believes the sky Is falling), The Really Ugly Duckling (who grows up to be…a really ugly duck), and The Stinky Cheese Man (who you just have to smell to believe). Tickets $18 -$36.

Free Sundays at the Brandywine River Museum of Art
Brandywine River Museum of Art
1 Hoffman's Mill Road
Route 1
Chadds Ford, PA

Enjoy free admission to the beautiful Brandywine River Museum of Art this Sunday April 24th between 9:30am – 12pm. Free until 12 Noon.

Science Playdate at SMITH Memorial Playground
SMITH Memorial Playground

It's a Science Playdate at SMITH Memorial Playground on Saturday April 23rd from 10am – 2pm! Bring the kiddos for a day of fun and science activities and demonstrations showcasing that learning can be serious fun!! Free.

Naturepalooza! Family Earth Day Festival
The Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education
8480 Hagy's Mill Rd.
Philadelphia, PA

Enjoy science activities, crafts, nature walks, and live animal shows at Naturepalooza! Family Earth Day Festival happening this Saturday April 23rd from 10am – 2pm at the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education. Plus visit the pirate radio station for games, prizes and fun. And grab lunch at a food truck, explore the trails and more. Free.

The Science Behind Pixar
The Franklin Institute
222 N. 20th Street
Philadelphia, PA

Head to The Franklin Institute for the "The Science Behind Pixar" exhibit running this weekend Friday April 22nd- Sunday April 24th. This new exhibit explores what it takes to bring Pixar Studio's most popular movies and beloved characters to the big screen via more than 40 hands-on activities, firsthand accounts from members of Pixar production teams and recreations of favorite characters that highlight the scientific concepts used to make each film. $29.95 daytime adults, $24.95 daytime kids.

Passport to Discovery: Celebrate Earth Day
Garden State Discovery Museum
2040 Springdale Road
Cherry Hill, NJ

Kids and families will enjoy celebrating Earth Day this Sunday April 24th at the Garden State Discovery Museum from 11am – 3pm! Join The Recycos author Valarie Hayes and Illustrator Ania Martino for Earth Day fun for all. $13.95.

Jennifer Oxenford is a mother of two and the founder of phillyfun4kids your place to find free and mostly free things to do with your kids in and around this great city of motherly love. You can also follow phillyfun4kids on twitter at @phillyfun4kids and Facebook.Find. Fun. Fast. -- Download the FREE phillyfun4kids app for your iPhone in the iTunes App Store here.
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