Philadelphia and its surrounding counties always have something going on. Whether it’s roller skating by the Delaware River or celebrating parks is full of fun every weekend in the Spring. We’ve found the top (and affordable) choices of what to do this weekend, May 10 to 12, in Philly and New Jersey.
Philly Love Your Park Week kicks off with community service days Saturday. You can sign-up to help in your neighborhood. Other events this weekend includes bird watching, the Fitler Square Spring Fair and Ridge Runners Car Show.
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Where: Various parks around Philadelphia
When: Saturday through May 19
Cost: Free to volunteer
Roller skate on the rink, ride the carousel or Ferris wheel, play some carnival games or mini golf, or just sit back and relax with the entire family as the Penn's Landing attraction opens for the season.
Where: 101 South Columbus Blvd, Philadelphia
When: Opens at 1 p.m. Friday. Weekends only for next two weeks.
Cost: Free to enter, pay-as-you-go for attractions
The nation's largest collegiate regatta, in its 81st year, returns to the Schuylkill River Friday and Saturday. Thousands of rowers from around North America will take part. The event is free to watch.
Where: Kelly Drive from Hunting Park Avenue to the Grand Stand near the Columbia Avenue Bridge.
When: Friday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Cost: Free to watch
Admire and shop for fine artwork made by some of the state's best craftspeople.
Where: Walnut Street from Broad to 18th streets, Philadelphia
When: Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Cost: Free to attend
What: Festival of Fountains
This fantastic fountain show features more than 1,000 jets, vibrant colors, music and more.
Where: Longwood Gardens, 1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square, Pa.
When: through Sept. 29
Handcrafted lanterns illuminate the square after sun set each night, along with live performances and a beer garden.
Where: Franklin Square, 200 N. 6th Street, Philadelphia
When: through June 30
Check out this superhero comics and movies exhibit showing off Marvel’s most iconic memorabilia, like props, costumes, sketches and more.
Where: The Franklin Institute, 222 N. 20th Street, Philadelphia
When: Saturday through Sept. 2
Cost: Tickets start at $35 for adults and $31 for children
Life-size LEGO brick animals will fill the Philadelphia Zoo during this event in order to tell the story of endangered wildlife. Visitors can learn how human behavior impacts endangered species and be inspired to take action to stem the global change. The Zoo Key, a former local tradition, will also make its return with this exhibit. The Zoo Key will unlock secrets and stories about animals throughout the zoo.
Where: Philadelphia Zoo, 3400 W. Girard Avenue, Philadelphia
When: through Sept. 30
Cost: Zoo admission is $16 for child ages 2 to 11 and $19 for any 12 or older
What: PHS Pop Up Garden
Throughout the summer this garden will host creative events, planet exchanges, arts and crafts for the kids and flower crown Fridays.
Where: 15th and South Street, Philadelphia
When: Open through October, Monday through Thursday from 5 to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 2 p.m. to midnight and on Sunday from noon to 10 p.m.
Cost: Free to enter
Correction: This story initially listed some events for the wrong dates.