We’ve been hearing about it for weeks, maybe months. The Pope is visiting Philadelphia! Whether you are venturing into the city for the Festival of Families, the Papal Mass or exploring the Religious Liberty exhibit at the National Constitution Center, it is a once-in-a-lifetime experience not to be missed.
However, if you’d prefer to avoid Philly altogether, the suburbs have much to offer this weekend. Explore a Smithsonian Museum such as Glencairn Museum, National Toy Museum or Delaware Museum of Natural History as they celebrate Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day Live. Or, embrace nature at Linvilla Orchards' Apple Festival, Bucktoe Creek Perserve's Children I-Spy Birding event or Riverbend Environmental Education Center's Play is Natural children's program.
Below are our top weekend picks but be sure to browse through our events calendar to find additional ideas. Whether you spend your weekend in the city or out in the suburbs, enjoy!
Weekends at Varner Farms- Collegeville, PA
Take a hayride, pick a pumpkin, and wander through the corn maze at Varner Farms.
Apple Festival- Media, PA
Apple picking and apple pie eating contests await visitors to Linvilla Orchards. Guests can also enjoy a free concert performed by Makin' Music.
Moonlit Fun- Doylestown, PA
Bring your flashlight to the Market at DelVal and prepare to wander through the corn maze. Then, take a hayride and enjoy a bonfire for some family-friendly fun.
Expanded Nativity Display- Chalfont, PA
Byers Choice Ltd presents an expanded display of nativities in honor of the Pope's visit to America.
Saturday, September 26
Lego Make-It/Take It- West Chester and Exton, PA
Monkey Fish Toys invites children to assemble a Lego kit to take home for free. Kids can select from three different sets, while supplies last.
Orienteering- Philadelphia, PA
Throw away your GPS and learn how to navigate with a compass and topographical map at Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education's Orienteering workshop.
Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day Live- Varying locations, PA
Visitors can celebrate Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day Live by submiting an online request for two free tickets for participating Smithsonian Museums such as Michener Art Museum or Hagley Museum.
Community Day at Warwick County Park- Pottstown, PA
Take a wagon ride, listen to the Owen J. Roberts Marching Band, watch a juggler performance, take a walk on the Horseshoe Trail and visit with animals from Briar Bush Nature Center at Warwick County Park's Community Day.
Sunday, September 27
Market & Muster Day- Washington Crossing, PA
Step back in time and experience life in the 18th century. Watch as soldiers reenact military drills and historic crafters demonstrate their trade. In addition, visitors can make crafts, take a hayride and enjoy live music.
Children's I-Spy Birding- Avondale, PA
Children can learn about birds with the help of local experts at Bucktoe Creek Preserve.
Play is Natural- Gladwyne, PA
Riverbend Environmental Education Center invites children to this free workshop in which they can spend time walking through the creek, building outdoor forts and more.
Full Moon Labyrinth Walk- Doylestown, PA
In today's hectic world, it is difficult to find tranquility. Kids and grown ups alike can find peace during the Michener Musuem's mediative walk guided by the light of the full moon.
Harvest Fest- Norristown, PA
Enjoy games, crafts and live music at Elmwood Park Zoo's Harvest Fest. This week's musical performance features Steel Drum Band.
Photo by World Meeting of Families 2015