flag day, juneteenth and more this weekend…

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Most schools are out and the kids are ready for the summer fun.  Why not kick off the summer with a patriotic salute to our Grand Ole Flag!


Flag Festival 2012: A Turn of the Century Celebration at the Betsy Ross House

The Betsy Ross House is celebrating Flag Day with a patriotic Celebration!  Weekend activities are reminiscent of a turn of the century carnival, complete with food, entertainers and music.  Linda Moulder, Betsy Ross House Director, explains that even though Congress officially recognized a flag with stars on a blue background and alternating red and white stripes on June 14, 1777, it wasn’t until the turn of the century that Flag Day was actually celebrated; hence this year’s theme.


Weekend events begin on Friday, June 15th at 8pm when a Quizzo Game featuring historical trivia and the showing of a 1917 silent film, Betsy Ross, is held outside in the courtyard.  Older children are welcome to bring food, drinks and their parents to this event.  Tickets are $5 at the door.


Stars & Stripes Saturday, June 16th begins at 10 a.m. and runs until 4pm in the courtyard.  Historic-themed entertainers include Funicular Aerial Circus, Give & Take Jugglers, Bag Lady Theater and a Punch & Judy puppet show.  There will be make-and-take crafts for the kids, old-fashioned carnival games and Betsy Ross herself.


All courtyard events are free, and admission to tour the Betsy Ross House, run by Historical Philadelphia, is $5 for adults and $4 for children, students, seniors and military.  Moulder welcomes visitors to festivities and encourages house tours saying, “Most historical house museums are grand estates of the wealthy (Mt. Vernon, Monticello), but there are few examples of how the middle class lived in the 18th century.  Betsy Ross House is a great illustration of this.”



Other weekend events include:


Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, Saturdays at SCEE

June 16th 10:30-11:30AM

Naturalist leads exploration of artifacts and outdoor (easy) hike



Juneteenth in Historic Gemantown

June 16th, 10am-4pm

Activities for historians and children alike!

Free family activities for children.


Bloomsday at Rosenbach Museum & Library

June 16th 12:00-7:00pm

Free, all-day outdoor reading of James Joyce’s Ulysses.



Family Celebration of Childhood Arts

June 16th 10:30am-12:30pm

Temple University Boyer College of Music and Dance



Sunday is Father’s Day!

Academy of Natural Science

June 17th, 10:00-5:00pm

Dads get FREE admission (first 200). If your dad is a member already, he will get a free cookie in the café.

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