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

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

Froguary Weekends
Feb
4
Feb 26

Froguary Weekends

  • The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University

Hop on over to the Academy of Natural Sciences for a month of weekend programming and a chance to view dozens of frogs up close as part of the new exhibit Frogs: A Chorus of Colors.

ansp.org

10 a.m. to 5 p.m., every Saturday and Sunday of February
$13.95 and up
 

Wine + Chocolate Pairings
Feb
4
Feb 26

Wine + Chocolate Pairings

  • Chaddsford Winery

Chaddsford Winery hosts walking wine-and-chocolate tours every Saturday and Sunday in February—plus Valentine’s Day. Explore several areas of the historic property during visits to five stations that will feature artisan chocolates by Tradestone Confections paired with award-winning wines.

chaddsford.com

Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m.; Feb. 14 from 2 to 7 p.m.
$25
 

Camp-In at the Franklin Institute
Feb
24
Feb 26

Camp-In at the Franklin Institute

  • Franklin Institute

Spend a night at the Franklin Institute with live science shows, hands-on workshops, stargazing in the rooftop observatory and other exhibits.

fi.edu

Members $39.50; nonmembers $49.50 

Scout Day: Reptiles and Amphibians
Feb
25
10:00 am10:00

Scout Day: Reptiles and Amphibians

  • Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University

Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts are invited to join the Academy of Natural Sciences for a series of fun-filled activity days that help scouts work toward badge and journey requirements.

ansp.org

Scouts $17.95; adults $15.95 

Greenpeace Documentary: 'How to Change the World'
Feb
25
7:00 pm19:00

Greenpeace Documentary: 'How to Change the World'

  • Wooden Shoe Books

In the early 1970s, Greenpeace activists took protest to a new level, when they got together in Vancouver and chartered a boat to sail into the U.S. nuclear test zone off Amchitka Island near Alaska. Over the years, they continued to use nonviolent direct action successfully against further nuclear testing, as well as campaigns to save the whales and stop harp seal slaughter in Canada. Paul Watson, one of the co-founders of Greenpeace, went on to start the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, which is promoting the screening of this documentary.

Check out the trailer here

woodenshoebooks.com

Free
Donations accepted to Sea Shepherd

Maple Sugaring Festival
Feb
26
12:00 pm12:00

Maple Sugaring Festival

  • Green Ribbon Trail

Learn how maple syrup and sugar are made, as guides take small groups through the woods to see the tapped trees, discuss the scientific process and watch the sap being boiled into sugar. The tours are approximately 45 minutes and end at Wissahickon Valley Watershed Association’s historic headquarters, where they’ll serve hot chocolate and warm treats with maple syrup. Registration requested. Last tour leaves at 3 p.m.

wvwa.org

$3 to $10

Science After Hours: Mardi Gras
Feb
28
7:00 pm19:00

Science After Hours: Mardi Gras

  • Franklin Institute

Franklin Institute presents a “scientifically sinful celebration of the senses” for adults 21 and up. The museum will be filled with music and revelry. Advanced ticket purchases recommended.

fi.edu

$20 


Fifty Shades Darker GayBINGO
Feb
18
7:00 pm19:00

Fifty Shades Darker GayBINGO

  • 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. Cash prizes will be awarded.

aidsfundphilly.org

Balcony $25; floor seats $30

Toad Detour Volunteer Orientation
Feb
18
1:00 pm13:00

Toad Detour Volunteer Orientation

  • Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education

Each spring, volunteers shepherd thousands of toads safely across Port Royal Avenue as they travel to and from their breeding grounds. If you’d like to help with this year’s Toad Detour, join the Schuylkill Center for this orientation.

schuylkillcenter.org

Free 

Berries, Brambles and Grapes
Feb
18
10:00 am10:00

Berries, Brambles and Grapes

  • Primex Garden Center

Anne Myers comes to Primex Garden Center with years of experience on her family farm. Learn how to maintain your small fruit orchard, including planting, pruning, and pest and disease prevention. Registration required.

primexgardencenter.com

$10 

Presidents Day Weekend Celebration
Feb
18
9:30 am09:30

Presidents Day Weekend Celebration

  • National Constitution Center

Learn about the role of the president and what it takes to be commander-in-chief. Children can create presidential masks, design their own presidential seals and participate in other crafts.

constitutioncenter.org

$7.50 to $10; free for active military and children under 5

Love and Madness with Orchestra 2001
Feb
17
Feb 18

Love and Madness with Orchestra 2001

  • Lang Performing Arts Center, Swarthmore College

Orchestra 2001's look at the darker side of love, featuring music by Bryce Dessner, guitarist, composer and songwriter for the acclaimed indie rock band The National. 

orchestra2001.org

Feb. 17, 8 to 10 p.m. at Lang Performing Arts Center, Swarthmore College, 500 College Ave., Swarthmore, Pa.

Feb. 18, 3 to 5 p.m. at Venice Island Performing Arts Center, 7 Lock St., Philadelphia, Pa.

 

Attracting Bluebirds
Feb
16
7:00 pm19:00

Attracting Bluebirds

  • Four Mills Barn

 

Betsy Nutt, Penn State Master Gardener and member of the Bluebird Society of Pennsylvania's speakers bureau, will talk about the history, biology, habitat, protection and monitoring of bluebirds. Light refreshments provided.

wvwa.org

Members free; nonmembers $10

Sex on the Reef
Feb
16
6:00 pm18:00

Sex on the Reef

  • Wagner Free Institute of Science

If soft moonlight reflecting on warm ocean water sounds romantic to you, you’re not alone—coral also love these conditions for mass spawning. Hear about the majesty and mystery of coral reef reproduction from University of Pennsylvania physics professor Alison Sweeney.

wagnerfreeinstitute.org

Free 

100 Years of Blueberry Cultivation at Whitesbog
Feb
14
7:00 pm19:00

100 Years of Blueberry Cultivation at Whitesbog

  • Carmen Tilelli Hall

Horticultural Society of South Jersey presents Rick Prickett from the Whitesbog Preservation Trust, speaking about blueberries and the history of their cultivation. For more information, check the Facebook page for Horticultural Society of South Jersey or call 856-816-8508.

hssj.org

Free

Movie Night at Mariton Wildlife Sanctuary
Feb
11
6:30 pm18:30

Movie Night at Mariton Wildlife Sanctuary

  • Mariton Wildlife Sanctuary

Join Natural Lands Trust for a showing of “Nature: Leave it to Beavers,” a documentary about the comeback of beavers: from near extinction to modern day eco-heroes who might be the key to solving water shortages.

natlands.org

Free 

Weavers Way Member Appreciation Celebration
Feb
11
Feb 14

Weavers Way Member Appreciation Celebration

  • Weavers Way Co-op

New members get a goodie bag stuffed with samples and special deals, plus a chance to win a free year of membership. Stop by the Chestnut Hill or Mt. Airy locations.

weaversway.coop

Free
559 Carpenter Lane & 8424 Germantown Ave. 

Owl Prowl
Feb
11
6:00 pm18:00

Owl Prowl

  • Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education

Meet rehabilitated owls from the Schuylkill Center’s wildlife clinic and learn about some of the physical and behavioral characteristics that make them such exceptional hunters. After that, attendees can grab some flashlights and take a walk to search for these elusive birds.

schuylkillcenter.org

$10 

Media 2nd Saturday Arts Stroll
Feb
11
6:00 pm18:00

Media 2nd Saturday Arts Stroll

  • State Street Media, Pa.

More than 30 shops, galleries and cafes 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

On and around State Street in Media, Pa.
Free
 
 

Wine & Chocolate Weekends at Alba Vineyard
Feb
11
Feb 19

Wine & Chocolate Weekends at Alba Vineyard

  • Alba Vineyard

Treat someone special to a wine tasting. Admission includes samples of award-winning wines, culinary treats from Osteria Morini of Bernardsville, handmade Belgian chocolates from Chocodiem of Clinton and an Alba Vineyard etched wineglass. Ages 21 and older.

albavineyard.com

$20
February 11, 12, 18 & 19

Semlor and a Movie
Feb
11
11:00 am11:00

Semlor and a Movie

  • American Swedish Historical Museum

Treat yourself to a rich semla, a cream-and-almond-paste-filled Swedish pastry, along with a cup of hot coffee and a Scandinavian film. Semlor are often eaten before the start of lent, during the Swedish version of “Fat Tuesday.” Ticket price includes one semla, additional semlor are $6 each.

americanswedish.org

$13 advance; $15 at the door

PennDesign Fine Arts Lecture: Geoffrey Farmer
Feb
9
6:30 pm18:30

PennDesign Fine Arts Lecture: Geoffrey Farmer

  • Institute of Contemporary Art

This series offers an opportunity to hear directly from artists about the processes, ideas and obstacles that inform their work. Visual artist Geoffrey Farmer of Vancouver has held solo exhibitions throughout Canada, the U.S. and Europe.

icaphila.org

Free

The Curious Incidence of the Dogs in Our Lifetimes
Feb
8
7:00 pm19:00

The Curious Incidence of the Dogs in Our Lifetimes

  • Parkway Central Library

Have you ever marveled at the connection between humans and dogs? What makes them so attuned to making us happy and keeping us safe? See working dogs in action as they show how they fill important roles: guiding those with disabilities, providing emotional support and helping to save people during crises. Watch a training demonstration and interact with pets who need homes.

freelibrary.org

Free

Winter Tree Identification at Saunders Woods Preserve
Feb
7
1:00 pm13:00

Winter Tree Identification at Saunders Woods Preserve

  • Saunders Woods Preserve

Trees can be tricky to identify in winter when the leaves are gone, but branches, bark and other features provide clues for us to discover and appreciate. Preserve Manager Luke Hamilton guides a leisurely paced hike to learn about trees and experience the woodland landscape.

natlands.org

Free 

Healthy Meals on a Budget
Feb
4
1:00 pm13:00

Healthy Meals on a Budget

  • Margaret R. Grundy Memorial Library

Nutritionist Christine Williams will teach tips for planning, purchasing and preparing low-cost, healthful meals, as well as general healthy eating habits.

grundylibrary.org

Free 

Philly Materials Science and Engineering Day
Feb
4
10:00 am10:00

Philly Materials Science and Engineering Day

  • Drexel University, Bossone Research Enterprise Center

What do running across liquid, making ice cream in seconds and bendable glass have to do with your daily life? Find out the answers and get more fun facts about materials science and engineering during the annual hands-on Philly Materials Day. The 2017 event theme is Materiality: Exploring the Materials that Impact Your World.

phillymaterials.org

Free 

The Art of Bonsai
Feb
4
10:00 am10:00

The Art of Bonsai

  • Primex Garden Center

Primex Garden Center welcomes a local bonsai expert to share his passion and answer questions about tree selection, watering, and caring for and training bonsai. Registration required.

primexgardencenter.com

$10 

Winter Trek Riverbend Ramble
Feb
4
10:00 am10:00

Winter Trek Riverbend Ramble

  • Riverbend Environmental Education Center

Join Riverbend Environmental Education Center staff for a hike through the 30-acre preserve, including the Alec Williamson Bird Observation Area, Aquaponics Greenhouse and Insect Hotel. Learn more about all of the center’s programs and upcoming projects while enjoying the field, forest and stream ecosystems.

riverbendeec.org

Free