What's there to do in the Philadelphia region (including some options in the suburbs) for the January 11-13, 2013, weekend? Here are a few of the must-not-miss highlights with several free and low-cost options for this weekend.
Please Touch Museum
4231 Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia
Adults and children over age 1, $16
A favorite of young children and their parents, the Please Touch Museum introduces a new exhibit this week: Rainforest Rhythm. This is a hands-on exhibit allowing children to explore sound and music in a very different setting, and it's sure to delight the little ones.
Greater Philadelphia Expo Center
100 Station Ave., Oaks, Pennsylvania
Adults $12; children 11 and under $5; children 3 and under free
Love pets? Furred and scaled, small, medium, and big -- you'll find almost everything here you can imagine. This pet-friendly show allows leashed, well-mannered dogs, as well as rats and cats in carriers. In addition to several demonstrations and shows, there will be approximately 100 vendors on hand. Enter your pet's photo in the photo contest, see dog demonstrations of agility, obedience, and more. If you have a purebred dog, consider entering him in the "Parade of Breeds" (Saturday, 4:15 p.m.). It's not all about dogs, either; see some of the cats from T&D's Cats of the Wild rescue, check out the Rainforest Reptile show with a rare albino alligator (additional charge), and watch cats compete in an agility contest. There's much more, so wear your walking shoes and bring your camera. Friday night is family night -- children 12 and under are free. Purchase your tickets online and save $2 per adult, $1 per child.
Kimmel Center, Verizon Hall
Broad and Spruce streets, Philadelphia
The Band of the Scots Guards and the Black Watch 3rd Battalion, the Royal Regiments of Scotland, come together for the British Isles of Wonder show. The show will feature a diverse program showcasing Scottish traditions and history, as well as Scotland's military spirit. Some sections have sold out, so don't hesitate to get your tickets.
Academy of Music
300 S. Broad St., Philadelphia
We told you about this show last week, but this is the last weekend to see it in Philadelphia, so it bears mentioning again. This special 25th-anniversary version of the beloved musical is presented by Cameron Mackintosh.
Starts at Benjamin's Best
401 Chestnut St., Philadelphia
Considering that this Saturday, the weather should be in the mid-50s, it's a great day to get out and enjoy some air. This free tour starts at Benjamin's Best, traverses approximately 2.5 miles, and ends up at Fourth and South streets. Learn about Philadelphia's colonial history, see the Liberty Bell, and learn about the famous Philly cheesesteak sandwich. For those who might not be ready for a 2.5-mile trek, there's a shorter option that shaves an hour off the tour and ends up about a block away from the starting point.
632 Baltimore Pike, Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania
Chaddsford Winery is hosting wine and cheese tastings Saturday and Sundays in January -- no reservations required. Mix and match six different cheeses in combination with Chaddsford wine varieties, including both sweet and dry wines, to find your favorite pairings. If you prefer to sample wines without sampling cheese, the winery is offering complimentary sweet wine tastings.
Philadelphia Marriott Downtown
1201 Market St., Philadelphia
Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation's annual "Yellow Tie" gala event! Includes cocktails (open bar), dinner, entertainment, raffles, and both live and silent auctions -- all for a good cause -- to fight childhood cancer. The full gala ticket is $250 per person. The foundation is also offering a "Lemon Lite" option ($125 per person, $200 per couple), which allows guests to arrive from 10 p.m. onwards for dessert, dancing, and an open bar until midnight.
Wells Fargo Center
3601 S. Broad St., Philadelphia
After their loss at home earlier this week to the Brooklyn Nets (and a current losing streak of five games), the 76ers certainly need their fans to come cheer them on. Single tickets for this game start at just $20 per seat. Show Houston what Philly fans are made of!
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