Wednesday, June 27
Beat the heat by stopping by the—thankfully air conditioned—Please Touch Museum. Visit the River Adventures exhibit to race sail boats in water currents and play with bubbles!
In the museum’s Please Taste Café, enjoy an Italian ice from the newly opened Rita’s to stay even cooler!
The museum is located in Fairmount Park at 4231 Avenue of the Republic. Tickets are $15 for children and adults, and free for children under the age of one. Visit www.pleasetouchmuseum.org for more info. ••
Thursday, June 28
To celebrate July 4 early, you won’t want to miss the National Constitution Center’s Independence Day party, held on the center’s outdoor terrace. Tickets cost $35 for non-members and $30 for members. From 5:30 to 9:30 p.m., partygoers at the center, at 525 Arch St., will enjoy all-American fare, drinks, and live musical performances. ••
Friday, June 29
At Penn’s Landing, (301 S. Columbus Blvd.) from 5 to 9 p.m., Wawa Welcome America! presents the Taste of Philadelphia event.
Guests will enjoy free admission, samples from Philadelphia’s most notable restaurants, popular food truck fare and live music. ••
Saturday, June 30
From noon until 2 p.m., join Greensgrow Farms (2501 E. Cumberland St.) for a terrarium workshop—create and maintain your own mini oasis! Everyone will create and take home their very own starter terrarium.
Registration fee of $30 includes a small glass globe vessel, soil, charcoal and stones. Plants are not included but will be available for purchase. For more information or to register, visit www.greensgrow.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org. ••
Sunday, July 1
As part of the events leading up to July 4, there will be an “all you can eat” ice cream festival in the Walnut West parking lot at Columbus Blvd. and Walnut Street, from noon until 5 p.m.
Guests are invited to enjoy an ice cream buffet benefiting the Joshua Kahan Fund, which fights to cure pediatric cancer. A $7 donation is required to enter. ••
Monday, July 2
Before seeing any fireworks, take in a different type of illuminated art. Organized by Philadelphia’s own neon artist Len Davidson, “Neon Art: Folk, Found and Fine,” held through July 27 at the Philadelphia Center for Architecture, at 1218 Arch St., features artwork created using the fun and funky technology of neon lighting.
The exhibit is free to attend, and open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Many pieces will be for sale. ••
Tuesday, July 3
Join the city’s Mural Arts Program at The Independence Visitor’s Center, 1 N. Independence Mall West from 2 to 5 p.m. to participate in Mural Arts Paint Day.
The event will offer participants the opportunity to grab a paintbrush and paint a portion of the “The Roots Mural Project” as part of the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts program. The mural will be displayed on Independence Lawn for the special Paint Day, and the finished project will then be dedicated as part of a block party during Mural Arts month in October 2012.••
Wednesday, July 4
Star is published on Tuesday, July 3 instead of Wednesday, July 4 next week. Check in the July 3 issue for a special calendar of all the ways to celebrate Independence Day around the city! ••