Columbus Day Weekend Things to Do in Philly: Autumn Festivals, Nature, Museums

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Things to do with kids in the Philly area on weekends

For some Philly families, Columbus Day weekend means an extra day off from school or work. For others, it is just another ordinary fall weekend. But, wait! There is nothing ordinary about the fun that awaits children and grown ups alike. In fact, there are many opportunities for extraordinary fun throughout the Delaware Valley.

As parents browse through our event calendar, it is clear to see a variety of autumnal themed activities. Start off with a hayride at a Cheltenham Township Community Harvest Festival, build a scarecrow during Tyler Arboretum's Pumpkin Days, or play among the pumpkins at Longwood Garden's Pumpkin Playground. Get out into nature with some birdwatching at Riverbend Environmental Education Center or John James Audubon Center at Mill Grove. Take part in an outdoor Digital Scavenger Hunt at Lower Perkiomen Valley Park or head inside the Philadelphia Museum of Art for a Harry Potter themed scavenger hunt. Pop culture fans are sure to enjoy Comic Con For Kids held at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center while those who love fairy tales can experience three classics come to life at Brandywine River Museum's latest exhibit, Cinderella & Co.—Three Fairy Tales Reimagined.

So don't settle for ordinary when you can make it an extraordinary weekend with our top picks below.