Your best bets for family fun in Philly this fall

So, the kids are back at school, and things can finally settle down. Whew! Then it starts to seem too quiet, and the realization hits: You miss the family fun. No worries. Here’s a plethora of events, featuring wizards, dinosaur eggs, princesses, and food blowing up.

Aesop’s Fables (through Sept. 17, Sedgwick Theater). Quintessence Theatre Group, the stellar Mount Airy troupe, presents an adaptation of the ancient Greek morality tales, still teaching something to children of all ages after 2,500 years. (215-987-4450, quintessencetheatre.org)

“PJ Masks” Live (Sept. 22-23, Merriam Theater). The heroic Gekko, Catboy, and Owlette (yay!) leap from cartoon to stage action to battle villains Romeo,  Night  Ninja, and  Luna  Girl (boo!).  (215-893-1999, kimmelcenter.org)

“Honk! Jr.” (Sept. 23-Oct. 8, Walnut Street Theatre). George Stiles and Anthony Drewe’s musical adaptation of The Ugly Duckling is a delight. (215-574-3550, walnutstreettheatre.org)

Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: A Grr-ific Exhibit (Sept. 28-Jan. 15, Please Touch Museum). The star of the PBS show and his friends help wee ones explore their world with songs and make-believe. (215-581-3181, pleasetouchmuseum.org)

Tiny Titans: Dinosaur Eggs and Babies (Sept. 30-Jan. 15, Academy of Natural Sciences). Take a gander at real dino eggs and nests, touch fossils, look at dinosaur embryo skin and eggshells under a microscope, and — best of all — dress up as like an oviraptor or sauropod. (215-299-1000, ansp.org)

“The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” (Oct. 3,  Bucks County Playhouse). North Carolina’s Bright Star Touring Theatre presents an adaptation of Washington Irving’s classic story of Ichabod Crane and the Headless Horseman. (215-862-2121, bcptheater.org)

 

Harry Potter Festival (Oct. 20-21, Chestnut Hill). Germantown Avenue in Philadelphia’s most magical neighborhood is transformed into Hogwarts for two days — with film screenings, sorting hats, a look-alike contest (for Harry, Hermione, Ron, and Dumbledore doppelgängers),  Quidditch training and games, and more. (215-247-6696, chestnuthillpa.com)

Boo at the Zoo! (Oct. 21-22, 28-29, Philadelphia Zoo). Arrive in costume for a trick-or-treat safari, run through the hay-bale maze on Impala Lawn, take in the Extinction Graveyard to learn about disappearing species around the world, take a picture in front of the giant pumpkin wall, and stop by to say “Happy Halloween” to your favorite zoo resident. (215-243-1100, philadelphiazoo.org)

Philadelphia School of Circus Arts Youth Troupe (Oct. 21, Kimmel Center). Acrobats, equilibrists, and jugglers ages 10 to 16 from the Germantown school display their art. You’ll be amazed. (215-893-1999, kimmelcenter.org)

Alton Brown Live: Eat Your Science (Nov. 5, Merriam Theater). Our favorite foodie examines edibles with songs, multimedia presentations, and messy (and potentially dangerous) food demonstrations. (Be warned: The first few rows may need advanced-grade protective gear.) Yes, it’s playing with food, but it’s not at the dinner table, and it’s science. (215-893-1999, kimmelcenter.org)

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Adam Savage (left) and Michael Stevens

Brain Candy Live! (Nov. 19, Academy of Music).  Adam Savage (of MythBusters fame) and Michael Stevens (host of the YouTube channel Vsauce) team up to display their toys (a fog machine) and tools (Ping-Pong balls) in the service of education and blowing stuff up. (215-893-1999, kimmelcenter.org)

Peter Pan (Nov. 22-Jan 21, Arden Theatre Company). An adaptation of J.M. Barrie’s timeless tale of a boy who won’t grow up battling pirates in Neverland. (215-922-1122, ardentheatre.org)

A Dream is a Wish: Princess Concert (Dec. 17, Philadelphia Theatre Company). A grand introduction to theater for little ones, featuring a sing-a-long, photo opportunities with the princesses, and special treats. (215-985-0420, philadelphiatheatrecompany.org)

Sleeping Beauty (Dec. 19-30, Gratz College Theater). Abington’s Storybook Musical Theatre tells the tale of a princess cast into a century-long sleep by a villainous fairy. But don’t worry — someday her prince will come. (215-659-8550, storybookmusical.org)