America’s Garden Capital Maze
Dec
1
Feb 26

America’s Garden Capital Maze

  • Dilworth Park

Dilworth Park’s Wintergarden opened in November with a new large-scale attraction, America’s Garden Capital Maze, to celebrate the horticultural heritage of the region. The festive maze on Greenfield Lawn, designed for both children and adults, features willow-branch archways, evergreens, trees, perennials, shrubs and topiary sculptures from 32 area gardens. On Saturdays and weekdays around lunchtime, the Rothman Institute Cabin will host free garden programs.

dilworthpark.org

Now through Feb. 26  
Free

Adult Bike Repair Class
Jan
9
Jan 30

Adult Bike Repair Class

  • Neighborhood Bike Works

Neighborhood Bike Works offers this class—meeting once a week on Mondays for four sessions—on how to repair and maintain your bike. All proceeds support Neighborhood Bike Works’ youth programming.

neighborhoodbikeworks.org

$80

January 9, 16, 23 & 30

Registration required

Art Exhibit: Prelude to Spring—Botanical Paintings
Jan
17
Apr 13

Art Exhibit: Prelude to Spring—Botanical Paintings

  • PHS McLean Library

This art exhibit features small works from members of the Philadelphia Society of Botanical Illustrators, a group of artists who have exhibited at the Philadelphia Flower Show for several years. Runs through April 13.

phsonline.org

Monday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Free

Getting My Idea to Fly
Jan
17
6:30 pm18:30

Getting My Idea to Fly

  • Entrepreneur Works

Entrepreneur Works presents a free workshop about what it takes to start a new business. Questions that will be addressed during this workshop include: Is my idea feasible? What kind of business is right for me? Where do I start?

entrepreneurworks.ticketleap.com

Free

Burlesque & Punk Against Trump
Jan
20
Jan 21

Burlesque & Punk Against Trump

  • The Barbary

The Up Up Ups, Kin Kimono, and Bare and the Bold Burlesque will entertain during this Inauguration Day event, which features a raffle benefiting Planned Parenthood. Ages 21 and up. riot-nerd.com

$8 in advance; $10 at the door

InterAct Theatre Company: ‘Marcus/Emma’
Jan
20
Feb 12

InterAct Theatre Company: ‘Marcus/Emma’

  • InterAct Theatre Company

Jewish anarchist Emma Goldman and Jamaican-born civil rights activist Marcus Garvey are mashed together to spin their legacies in the desperate hope of regaining prominence in an increasingly inequitable society. Local playwright Mary Tuomanen asks, “Where are our inspirational radicals when we need them most?”

interacttheatre.org

Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 7 p.m.; Thursdays–Saturdays at 8 p.m.; Sundays at 2 p.m.

$15 to $39

Tree Tenders Winter Series
Jan
21
Jan 28

Tree Tenders Winter Series

  • Pennsylvania Horticultural Society

Become a Pennsylvania Horticultural Society tree tender and help plant and care for trees. Training covers tree biology, identification, planting, proper care and working within your community. This is a two-part course.

phsonline.org

$25

World Culture Days: Chinese New Year Celebration
Jan
21
11:00 am11:00

World Culture Days: Chinese New Year Celebration

  • Penn Museum

Celebrate the Year of the Rooster and learn more about how the Lunar New Year is celebrated throughout Asia during this daylong extravaganza in Penn Museum’s international galleries. There will be traditional music and dance, tai chi and tangram workshops, a Shaolin-style kung fu demonstration, gallery tours, storytelling, crafts and more.

penn.museum

Free with admission 

Giants of the Forest
Jan
21
1:00 pm13:00

Giants of the Forest

  • Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education

The largest tree in the Schuylkill Center’s forest is a silver maple—more than 100 years old and 12 feet in diameter. Learn how to identify these trees based on their winter characteristics, such as shape and bark pattern. Attendees will hear about the history of the land and how human use has influenced the forest. schuylkillcenter.org

$5

 

Seed Starting 101
Jan
21
2:00 pm14:00

Seed Starting 101

  • Primex Garden Center

Learn how to start your garden from seed. Primex Garden’s propagation expert will discuss seed selection, planning and timing, along with steps for growing healthy vegetable and flower seedlings. Registration is required.

primexgardencenter.com

$10

 

Hand Crafted Afternoon Tea
Jan
22
1:00 pm13:00

Hand Crafted Afternoon Tea

  • The Clay Studio

Warm up with a tea tasting hosted by the Random Tea Room. Enjoy light fare and sip on a variety of teas from around the world served in handmade mugs by exhibiting artist Roberta Massuch. Ticket price includes one of Massuch’s mugs to take home.

theclaystudio.org

Members $30; nonmembers $35

GMOs: The Science, the Hope and the Real World
Jan
22
2:00 pm14:00

GMOs: The Science, the Hope and the Real World

  • Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania

Andrew Binns, biology professor at the University of Pennsylvania, will speak about the scientific processes that enable the modification of plant genomes, with the general goal of developing plant varieties or cultivars that—for example—would be resistant to disease, produce a better product or have desired horticultural characteristics.

morrisarboretum.org

Members $15; nonmembers $20

Nature Preschool Open House
Jan
25
6:30 pm18:30

Nature Preschool Open House

  • Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education

Learn about the Schuylkill Center Nature Preschool curriculum, philosophy and values. Meet the teachers, tour the classrooms and engage in conversations about the center’s new nature-immersion classroom, where children spend their entire session outdoors.

schuylkillcenter.org

Free

Winter Celebration at Kelly Writers House
Jan
26
5:00 pm17:00

Winter Celebration at Kelly Writers House

  • University of Pennsylvania, Kelly Writers House 3805 Locust Walk

Every January, the Writers House Planning Committee celebrates winter’s comforts, inspired by Wallace Stevens’ poem “The Snow Man.” Attendees gather around a fire in the parlor, simmer big pots of soup and stew, and share their favorite winter-themed readings.

writing.upenn.edu  

Free

Wings on the Waterfront
Jan
28
9:00 am09:00

Wings on the Waterfront

  • The Navy Yard

Natural Lands Trust staffer Debbie Beer guides an informational morning of birds, boats and bridges along the waterfront in South Philadelphia. The tour begins at the Philadelphia Navy Yard, then participants will caravan north to Pier 68 on Columbus Boulevard to walk the riverside trail in search of sparrows, ducks, raptors and other animals.  

natlands.org

Free

Conserving Rare Plants in the Internet Age
Jan
28
11:00 am11:00

Conserving Rare Plants in the Internet Age

  • Mt. Cuba Center

Increased land development, forest fragmentation and climate change threaten rare plants with extinction. Joel Dunn, president and CEO of Chesapeake Conservancy, will use case studies to discuss “internet age” technology and partnerships that have revolutionized the conservation movement.  

mtcubacenter.org

$20 

Groovin’ on a Sunday Afternoon
Jan
29
1:00 pm13:00

Groovin’ on a Sunday Afternoon

  • 148 S. Broadway Pitman, N.J.

South Jersey Land & Water Trust is holding its annual fundraiser, featuring hits from the ’60s and ’70s performed by the band Love Alive. Tickets also include homemade soups and desserts and a full pour or sampler of beer from Human Village Brewing.

Additional drinks may be purchased. No outside alcohol is allowed.  

sjlandwater.org

$25 before Jan. 22; $30 after

The Critical Role of Plants in the Urban Landscape
Feb
1
2:00 pm14:00

The Critical Role of Plants in the Urban Landscape

  • Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania

As more and more people around the world move into cities, fewer and fewer of them have regular contact with natural or agricultural landscapes. In this lecture, U.S. Botanic Garden Executive Director Ari Novy will explore how ecology and agriculture can be used to teach people about the importance of plants.  

morrisarboretum.org

Members $15; nonmembers $20


Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service
Jan
16
9:30 am09:30

Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service

  • National Constitution Center

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr.’s lifelong dedication to justice, equality and service for the greater good, the National Constitution Center will join the Global Citizen’s Greater Philadelphia Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service for a commemoration.

constitutioncenter.org

$5

Media 2nd Saturday Arts Stroll
Jan
14
6:00 pm18:00

Media 2nd Saturday Arts Stroll

  • State Street Media, Pa.

More than 30 shops, galleries and cafés in Media stay open late to host live music and display the work of local artists. Visitors can contact the Media Arts Council for a map to help navigate participating locations.

mediaartscouncil.org

Free

On and around State Street in Media, Pa.

Dinosaurs Unearthed Closing Weekend
Jan
14
Jan 16

Dinosaurs Unearthed Closing Weekend

  • The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University

The Academy of Natural Sciences’ Dinosaurs Unearthed exhibit closes with a weekend of activities and live animal presentations. Hear from dinosaur experts, touch real fossils, make crafts and take a selfie with Eddie, the T. rex mascot.

ansp.org

$18.95 and up

Code and Poetry Jam
Jan
13
8:00 pm20:00

Code and Poetry Jam

  • Department of Making and Doing

Join Hacktory members in making poems using a few simple tools to parse text and sentences. Staffers will provide some pointers and prompts.

thehacktory.org

$10

Seed Swap and Open House
Jan
12
7:00 pm19:00

Seed Swap and Open House

  • Collingswood Library

Bring your own seeds and envelopes to join the South Jersey Seed Circle Library for an evening of seed swapping. There will be some seeds and envelopes provided for those without seeds to share.

gmofreenj.com

Free WHERE: 

Planning Together, Growing Together Celebration
Jan
12
5:30 pm17:30

Planning Together, Growing Together Celebration

  • WHYY Media Commons

The City Planning Commission and PlanPhilly will celebrate progress made on Philadelphia2035 and 13 adopted district plans. Mayor Jim Kenney and others will speak on the theme of parks and equity, as well as recognize the graduates and volunteer instructors from Citizens Planning Institute’s spring and fall courses.

phila.gov

Free

Homeschool Days: Celebrating the Chinese New Year
Jan
11
10:00 am10:00

Homeschool Days: Celebrating the Chinese New Year

  • Penn Museum

Discover more about Chinese culture, both ancient and modern, during this event for homeschool and cyber school students. Learn about Chinese New Year holiday traditions and the zodiac calendar during programs led by international students and scholars. There will be a guided tour and a chance to explore the museum’s collection of artifacts from ancient China.

penn.museum

$12; free for one adult per family and for children under 3

DC4V: Drum Circles for Veterans
Jan
10
6:00 pm18:00

DC4V: Drum Circles for Veterans

  • Malelani Cafe

The second Tuesday of every month, jam out with fellow veterans during a therapeutic community drum circle. Feel free to bring percussion instruments.

See Facebook group for details.

Free for veterans and active duty 

GayBINGO: Follow the Yellow Brick Road
Jan
7
7:00 pm19:00

GayBINGO: Follow the Yellow Brick Road

  • The Gershman Y

GayBINGO raises funds for HIV/AIDS services in the Greater Philadelphia Region. This event is open to anyone who enjoys campy humor, and cash prizes will be awarded.

aidsfundphilly.org

Balcony: $25, Floor Seats: $30

Night in the Museum: Dinosaurs Unearthed After Dark
Jan
7
Jan 8

Night in the Museum: Dinosaurs Unearthed After Dark

  • The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University

See the special exhibit Dinosaurs Unearthed on a flashlight tour, then roll out your sleeping bag under the dinosaurs and get some shut-eye before breakfast.

ansp.org

Members $50; nonmembers $55; VIP $80

Gallery Talk with Textile Scholar Linda Eaton
Jan
7
2:00 pm14:00

Gallery Talk with Textile Scholar Linda Eaton

  • The Fabric Workshop and Museum

The Fabric Workshop and Museum welcomes Linda Eaton, senior curator of textiles at Winterthur Museum. Eaton will present a theoretical and historical perspective on the rarely seen objects in Ann Hamilton's exhibition “habitus.” The artist’s selection of historical objects dates back to the 18th century and includes literary commonplace books, blankets, textile sample books, dolls and needlework portfolios.

fabricworkshopandmuseum.org

Free

Winter Bird Census
Jan
7
8:00 am08:00

Winter Bird Census

  • Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education

Winter is a great time for bird watching. They need to be active and feeding to stay warm, and they become easier to observe along the trails with the leaves off the trees. Warm drinks and snacks provided.

schuylkillcenter.org

Free

New Year’s Day at the Academy of Natural Sciences
Jan
1
10:00 am10:00

New Year’s Day at the Academy of Natural Sciences

  • The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University

Kick off 2017 with naturalist presentations, a stroll through the butterflies exhibit and a chance to catch the moving, roaring, animatronic Dinosaurs Unearthed exhibit before it closes after Jan. 16. 

ansp.org

$13.95 and up

 

Let It Glow
Jan
1
10:00 am10:00

Let It Glow

  • Philadelphia Museum of Art

Explore the effects of shadow, light and contrast in art and create a light-filled masterpiece.

philamuseum.org

Pay what you wish

All-Star Days at the Academy of Natural Sciences
Dec
27
Dec 30

All-Star Days at the Academy of Natural Sciences

  • The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University

The academy presents four days of hands-on science activities and demonstrations. Themes include Bugs and Butterflies; Dinosaurs Unearthed; Fur, Feathers and Scales; and Weird Things in Jars.

ansp.org

$13.95 and up

Winter Solstice Walk
Dec
21
10:00 am10:00

Winter Solstice Walk

  • Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve

Celebrate with a stroll through Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve with Education Coordinator Kelly Joslin. Walk along the trails at a time when the sun is lowest in the sky, then conclude in the visitor center with hot drinks and cookies.

bhwp.org

Members $5; nonmembers $7

Go West Craft Fest
Dec
18
10:00 am10:00

Go West Craft Fest

  • The Rotunda

Find unique, handmade holiday gifts by more than 80 creative makers and small businesses. Jewelry, home wares, ceramics, woodwork, art prints, stationery, ornaments, hand knits, candles, soaps, herbal preparations and more.

gowestcraftfest.com

Pay as you go

Jingle Bell Rock GayBINGO
Dec
17
7:00 pm19:00

Jingle Bell Rock GayBINGO

  • Gershman Y

Hosted by the Bingo Verifying Divas, GayBINGO raises funds for HIV/AIDS services in the Greater Philadelphia region. This event is open to anyone who enjoys campy humor. Cash prizes will be awarded. Bring a new, unwrapped toy for a child infected with or affected by HIV/AIDS.  aidsfundphilly.org

Balcony $25; floor seats $30

Natural Inspirations: Classic Winter Centerpiece
Dec
16
10:30 pm22:30

Natural Inspirations: Classic Winter Centerpiece

  • Mt. Cuba Center

Imbue your dining room with the aroma of freshly gathered evergreen boughs using this classic winter centerpiece. Embellish it with assorted accents of magnolia, holly, pinecones and berry-filled branches. Finish it with a decorative bow for added holiday elegance.

mtcubacenter.org

$50 (materials included) 

Embroidery Workshop with Escape Threads
Dec
15
6:00 pm18:00

Embroidery Workshop with Escape Threads

  • United By Blue

Danielle Conyers will lead an embroidery workshop in United By Blue’s flagship store. Attendees will be guided through basic stitching techniques to create their first piece on a wood hoop canvas. No previous stitching knowledge is necessary and all experience levels are welcome.

unitedbyblue.com

$25

Festive Tradition Trolley Tour
Dec
15
Dec 18

Festive Tradition Trolley Tour

  • Philadelphia Museum of Art

This guided trolley tour visits Fairmount Park, though Lemon Hill, Cedar Grove and Laurel Hill. Please arrive 15 minutes early for check-in. Price does not include museum admission.

philamuseum.org

$40