It's the first weekend of February, and weather-wise, forecasters are calling for some flurries Friday and Sunday. And of course, for football fans, it's Super Bowl Sunday. What more could anyone ask for? How about the start of the Chinese New Year? This weekend is simply jammed with all kinds of events going on, so catch the groundhog on television and use your energy to go have fun!
Wells Fargo Center
3601 S. Broad St., Philadelphia
The Super Bowl isn't the only bowl this weekend; Friday is also Wing Bowl 21. This gastronomical extravaganza brings in some of the names known for big eating, along with 100 Wingettes, an estimated 20,000 fans, a slew of "insane sideshows," and of course, WIP Morning Show host Angelo Cataldi. Note that while the event officially starts at 6 a.m., doors open at 5 a.m. Check for tickets and seating online.
Center City District -- various participating restaurants
Lunch, $20; Dinner, $35
This is a quick reminder: Friday, February 1, is the last evening of the Center City District Restaurant week, a great way to indulge in a three-course meal inexpensively. Check the website for participating restaurants in Philadelphia.
10 Avenue of the Arts, Philadelphia
Bravo TV's Amy Laurent will be on hand to sign her book "8 Weeks to Everlasting -- How to Get (And Keep) the Guy You Want." This is your chance to connect with other fans and enjoy hors d'oeuvres, live entertainment, and cocktails -- and personally meet Amy Laurent. Her international matchmaking agency boasts a success rate of 85 percent or better in finding clients serious relationships within three months. Who knows? Maybe you'll meet your perfect match at the book signing without having to sign up with her agency. Purchase tickets online.
Bossone Research Enterprise Center at Drexel University
Market Street, entrance between 31st and JFK Boulevard, Philadelphia
Who says learning can't be fun? Not the folks at Drexel. Take the children -- all ages welcome -- to the Philly Materials Science and Engineering Day. Here, you and your children will explore "smart" materials -- stronger, cleaner, and smaller than ever -- that make up all the stuff we use every day. All day long, there will be activities to engage in, such as talks or demos with great-sounding names like "Magic Jelly Marbles," "Slime," and "NanoNoses." Or get involved in a hands-on demo of nanotechnology.
Valley Forge National Historical Park
1400 Outer Line Drive, King of Prussia
It's actually a great weekend for this, weather-wise. Children ages 6-12 can be mustered into the army and receive enlistment papers and continental currency. Park rangers dressed in Continental uniform will "drill" the children, who will be issued wooden muskets for the event. Meet at the Visitor Center to sign up by 10:45 a.m. This is the second in a series of five such dates; children are encouraged to return so that they can help "train" new enlistees on future dates.
3260 South St., Philadelphia
Free with museum admission ($8-$12)
It's the Chinese Year of the Snake. Appropriate for the whole family, there will be music and dance performances, demonstrations of martial arts (tai chi and kung fu) and healing, feng shui, children's activities, folk tale presentations, storytelling, and more. All day long in the China Gallery, there will be kids crafts and a Chinese art marketplace. They save what might be considered the best for last -- the well-liked Grand Finale Lion Parade.
Wells Fargo Center
3601 S. Broad St., Philadelphia
$83 to $226
Football isn't the only sport with action going on this weekend. The Flyers are going up against the Hurricanes. Ticket prices vary according to the seat and section.
600 Spring Garden St., Philadelphia
$10 before midnight, ages 21 and up only
VIP bottle service packages available, $500 to $1,000 plus tax and gratuity
This players' party has a lucky seven NFL players scheduled to appear: Jack Crawford, Danny Lansanah, Robert McClain, Kashif Moore, Adrian Robinson, Evan Rodriquez, and one more not yet named. If you can't make it to the actual Super Bowl, at least you'll be able to say you rubbed elbows with some NFL players on Super Bowl weekend. Dress to impress -- no athletic wear. A mix of music, including techno, house, hip-hop, and Top 40 is on the menu.
2999 Street Road, Bensalem
Free admission; buffet, $20; 21 and up
Looking for giant TV screens? Specials on Miller Lite and Jameson? Chances at some really cool giveaways, like a Samsung and Sony home theater system? How about an all-you-can-eat, stadium-style buffet? Note that tickets may be more at the door -- if any tickets are available, pre-purchasing is recommended.
3000 Market St., Philadelphia
Slainte Pub starts their Super Bowl Tailgating Party two hours before kickoff. With six HD flat-screen televisions, $10 burgers, $2 Bud and Bud Light pints, and $3 Bud and Bud Light bottles all day, you might want to make sure you either have a designated driver or cab fare for the ride home after you've done all your partying. Party reservations of four or more people get a free tailgating package, including NFL tees and hats.
Sharon Annette McCuddy has over 25 years of experience in information technology and an eclectic background, including stints as a vet's helper, bookseller, retail sales clerk, flute tutor, and other odd positions. She taught Yang-style tai chi for over two decades and is an experienced martial arts tournament judge. Additionally, she has volunteered with various nonprofit organizations.
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