From Quizzo to yoga, Franklin Square packs in the excitement in August

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Deniz Duran (left), 10, of Wilmington and Joseph Manisilla, 9, of Buenos Aires, Argentina, putt on the Philadelphia-themed miniature golf course at Franklin Square Tuesday, July 22, 2014. MICHAEL S. WIRTZ / Staff Photographer

One of five original open parks in Philadelphia, North East Publik Square — later renamed Franklin Square after the iconic Philadelphia native — not only serves as a fun space for families and outdoor loungers, but it also offers a wealth of fun goings-on. Open daily from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., the square located at 6th and Race Streets is preparing to finish out the summer on a high note. I’m sure Ben Franklin would’ve wanted us to have as much fun as possible in an area of land named after him; he seemed like a fun guy.

Speaking of the fun guy himself, Franklin will make an appearance at the square on Thursday, July 31, for Franklin Square’s eighth anniversary of its rededication. From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., families can stop by the park, sip on a special birthday milkshake, grab a slice of birthday cake — cut by Franklin, of course — and enjoy the park’s other attractions.

What would a Philadelphia location be without a session of Quizzo? Take your knowledge to Franklin Square for a change of pace on Thursday, Aug. 7. You’ll be treated to beverages and snacks from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. to help feed your brain through those tough questions.

Find your center on Wednesday, Aug. 13, as Pop Up Yoga Philly holds a Vinyasa yoga class for stretchers of all skill levels at 7 p.m. You’re encouraged to bring your own mat to the hourly class, which also takes place again on Wednesday, Aug. 27.

The chillest of vibes will be emitted from Franklin Square on Thursday, Aug. 14, when free jazz performances will drive the evening from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. There’ll be beer, wine and activities for the kids. Dancing is more than encouraged.

The following Thursday, Aug. 21, head into the air-conditioned Pavilion for a movie night, complete with refreshments, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The final Thursday of the month, loads of food trucks will line the square at 6 p.m. for Food Truck Festivus. While you munch, play horseshoes or volleyball, or meander to the beer garden. Make the most of your time, though, the event ends at 9 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 28.

Labor Day, the signaling of summer’s end, means the perfect time for a party. Over the course of three days, Saturday, Aug. 30 through Monday, Sept. 1, the square will be packed with carnival games, the Lightning Bolt Express train will be available for rides, and other end-of-summer fun is to be had from noon until 3 p.m. all three days.

Besides the organized fun, Franklin Square’s ongoing attractions are the perfect excuse to make a day of it. The Parx Liberty Carousel and Philly-themed 18-hole mini golf course run from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday until Sept. 1 for those who like a little go-around and putt-putt action. 

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