Call me a dork but nothing says the holidays to me more than all the wonderful little craft sales and holiday bazaars popping up all over now. To me, it’s not the arrival of Santa (which by the way is happening at almost every mall around town this weekend) or the Black Friday shopping frenzy, it’s the hand crocheted christmas tree ornaments and the individually wrapped brownies with powdered sugar on them made by little old church ladies wearing christmas tree pins. Just walk or drive around your local part of town and you’re bound to see all the signs for the holiday bazaars and craft sales at churches and schools in the weekends to come.
If you’re like me and you must stop and pull over when you see these around town, then you will not want to miss the mother of all Philadelphia craft sales this weekend!!
The 34th Annual Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show which runs from Thursday November 11th – Sunday November 14th will feature 195 of the best and most dynamic crafts artists in the country showcasing contemporary craft with all funds raised benefitting The Philadelphia Art Museum. Show runs 11am-9pm Thur. – Fri.; 10am- 6pm Sat.; and 10am – 5pm Sunday. Tickets $15 (single day). Children under 12 are $5. Download a $1.00 off coupon from the website for discounted admission at the door.
Other fun happenings this weekend include:
Neighborhood Toy Store Day
The American Specialty Toy Retailers Association (ASTRA) Neighborhood Toy Store Day takes place on Saturday Nov. 13th and supports local “mom and pop” independent toy stores around the country. Each toy store will have its own events and promotional activities. Please call in advance for additional details.
Please Touch Museum Toy Store
The Please Touch Museum will celebrate Neighborhood Toy Store Day starting at 10am on Saturday with a party for all in attendance. There will be puppets, children’s characters and lots of fun and games as well as door prizes. Free with paid admission. (Bonus Tip: And while you’re at it, don’t forget to get $40 off an annual membership at the Please Touch Museum. Good through Nov. 24th)
Other local toy stores participating:
Lucky Duck Toys
Lucky Duck Toys
Busy Bee Toys
Train enthusiasts of all ages will enjoy this train display at the Camden Children’s Garden on Sat. Nov. 13th and Sunday Nov. 14th from 12-4pm. The train festival will feature a permanent G-Scale display and Arrow River 1/3-scale Train Ride. Children can also enjoy train crafts, games, and a reading of The Polar Express. Train vendors and exhibitors will also be on-hand to offer train related displays and merchandise.
November at the Fairmount Water Works Interpretive Center means free Science Saturdays and Matinee Sundays for children and their families. Science Saturdays run at half hour intervals from 2-4pm and offers a guided tour for families through interactive experiments and activities around the science of water. Matinee Sundays in November features a screening of “March of the Penguins” at 1:30pm and 3:30pm in the Interpretive Center’s theater. Science Saturdays and Matinee Sundays are both free.