XPN Weekend Arts Crawl…End the year with family-friendly arts and culture!

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Constructing Play: Classic Building Toys at the Philadelphia Center For Architecture through January 30th explores the history of play and has Tinker Toys, Legos, and other building toys from the past 175 years.  There are hands-on activities and special workshops.

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Quintessence Theatre Group takes its first foray into family entertainment with a musical stage adaptation of the beloved children’s book Kenneth Grahame’s THE WIND IN THE WILLOWSThe stage version was written by Alan Bennett, author of The Madness of King George. . Mole, Toad, Rat, and Badger’s woodland escapades are at the historic Sedgewick Theater in Mt. Airy  through January 5th.

It’s All Star Week at the Academy of Natural Sciences…starting today with Dinosaur Day and featuring other highlights like LIve Animal Day (tomorrow) and Weird-Thing-In-a-Jar Day (Monday).

ComedySportz for Kids is a version of the long-running comedy show at ComedySportz Philadelphia but it’s shorter, sillier and kiddy-er than the adult show.  Three ComedySportz players and a Ref do comedy games with some audience participation.  For children 3 and up, Saturday (and the last Saturday of every month) at The Playground in Center City.

And more to do on the last weekend of 2013…

The Philadelphia Museum of Art dips into its extensive collection for The Surrealists, through March 2nd, including masterpieces and lesser known works of surrealism as well as catalogs and journals of the period and other archival material.

Penns Woods Puppet Theater has a free show of Lionel trains and visitors are encouraged to work the trains and even bring their own.  You Be the Engineer is on through Monday at The Farm House at Temenos in West Chester.

Age old tales take on a new theatrical spin with contemporary stage effects in Enchanted Theatre Company’s Aladdin and Other Enchanting Tales at the Arts Bank through Monday.

The Princeton Photo Workshop has received permission to shoot with tripods at The Old Barracks Colonial Ball in Trenton Friday as dancers in 18th century garb dance to period fiddle and dulcimer music. Photographers of all skill levels will sharpen their compositional skills with conceptual photographer Andrew Wilkinson.

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