Witches & Wizards Weekend. Photo courtesy of Chestnut Hill Business District
Witches & Wizards Weekend. Photo courtesy of Chestnut Hill Business District

Things to Do in Philly this Weekend: Witches & Wizards, Boo at the Zoo, Archaeology Day October 19-20

Philly families are sure to notice the spooky and mysterious activities that are creeping into the Delaware Valley and onto the pages of our event calendar. But, don't be afraid. Mommy Poppins Philadelphia has rounded up some great ways to spend this October weekend.

If your crew is into all things Harry Potter, take a trip to Chestnut Hill for its Wizard & Witches Weekend which features a new wizarding run, quidditch tournament, escape room, potion-making station, and circus aerialists. Families who enjoy watching animals can head to The Philadelphia Zoo, The Brandywine Zoo, or The Elmwood Park Zoo for some Halloween fun during boo at the zoo events. Kids who are mesmerized by aerial and tight rope tricks are in for a treat as the Philadelphia School of Circus Act appears at the Kimmel Center's free PNC Grow Up Great session. Children who don't mind getting a little dirty and have a sense of discover can celebrate International Archaeology Day at Newlin Grist Mill while nature lovers can take a hike to investigate trees and their leaves at Peace Valley Nature Center.

Now, read the rest of our top picks and make plans to experience some them during the weekend ahead.

The Philadelphia Zoo
3400 W Girard Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Chestnut Hill College
9601 Germantown Ave
Chestnut Hill, PA 19118

Roxey Ballet Canal Studios
243 N Union St
Lambertville, NJ 08530

Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion
200 West Tulpehocken Street
Philadelphia, PA 19144

Kimmel Center Common Wealth Plaza
300 S. Broad St.
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Treehouse World
1442 Phoenixville Pike
West Chester, PA 19380

Franklin Square
200 North 6th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102

The Barns Visitor Center
1736 Creek Road
Chadds Ford, PA 19317

Pennypacker Mills
5 Haldeman Road
Schwenksville, PA 19473

Churchville Nature Center
501 Churchville Lane
Churchville, PA 18966

Black Rock Park
1286 Black Rock Road
Phoenixville, PA 19460

Fort Mifflin on the Delaware
Fort Mifflin and Hog Island Roads
Philadelphia, PA 19153

Pennypack Farm & Education Center
685 Mann Road
Horsham, PA 19044

Highlands Mansion
7001 Sheaff Ln
Fort Washington, PA 19034

Lock 60 at Schuylkill Canal Park
400 Towpath Road
Mont Clare, PA 19453

Penn Township Park
260 Lewis Road
West Grove, PA 19390

Please Touch Museum
4231 Avenue of the Republic
Philadelphia, PA 19131
Greenmarket at Grand Army Plaza
Prospect Park (at Grand Army Plaza) - 8:00 AM Pick
Fishing at Orchard Lake
Linvilla Orchard - 9:00 AM Pick
Virtual Fete Day
Elfreth’s Alley Museum - 1:00 PM Pick
Car Hop Cinema and Dining at Coach Meeting House
Coach Meeting House - 8:00 PM Pick
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