Here's how to have fun with the little ones this weekend:
Big-top thrills mix with hip-hop, world beat, and uplift at the UniverSoul Circus, in Fairmount Park through Nov. 15.
Presented by ringmaster and tumbler Lucky Malatsi, at 26 years old already a circus pro with two decades of experience, the show includes trapeze artists, acrobats, synchronized zebras, motorcycle daredevils in a Globe of Death, Caribbean dancers, elephants, and clowns — and it’s all interactive.
Opera for kids
A grand introduction to the most sublimely silly and divinely perfect of artforms, Mozart’s opera The Magic Flute is a kid’s dream, with a prince seeking the hand of a princess, a magical queen and a sorcerer at odds over which one is evil, and a funny, feathered bird-catcher named Papageno. The professional singers of the Children’s Opera Box present an abridged version in English, tailor-made for the younger set.
On the farm
It’s the best time to get outside, and there’s no better place to go than the farm. The Farmer Showdown and Family Harvest Fest in Collegeville features competitions such as the hay-bale hurdles, pumpkin shotput, and obstacle course (watch out for that cow!). After the agrarian olympians are done with each event, kids can have a go, with the Eagles Cheerleaders and team mascot Swoop cheering them on.
There’s also a tractor pull, pie bake-off, apple cider press and tasting, chili, pizza from a cob-oven, face painting, corn husk doll-making, alpacas, and music from Johnny Never and Me3.