Legoland Discover Center officially opens in Plymouth Meeting and we have a whole bunch fun facts to get you ready for the build. Did you know it took 1.5 million bricks to build a mini version of Philadelphia? Learn that and oh-so-much more.
If you're looking for more kid-focused activities, beloved children's book illustrator Dan Yaccarino, who will visit his exhibit at the Please Touch Museum on Saturday.
But if you're looking for something more — uh — adult, check out the new glass pipe exhibit at the National Liberty Museum, where there's a bong valued at $250,000 on display.
EATS & DRINKS
Fifty of Philly's food trucks — serving donuts to dumplings — make their way to Main Street for this kick off to Manayunk's restaurant week. Participating vendors will be selling foods featuring strawberries to get you in the mood for the warm weather. If you're feeling a homecooked meal, check out the farm stands for fruit, veggies, oils, spices, and more. Leave the beaten path to hear live music on Green Lane, Cotton Street, and Shurs Lane. Staring Monday, restaurants in the hood will also be offering three-course prix fixe meals for $15, $25, and $35.
— Molly Eichel
11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Main Street, Manayunk. Pay-as-you-go, www.manayunk.com.
Food trucks — The Cow & the Curd and OINK & MOO BBQ are two, but we promise not all are bovine-themed — and local breweries camp out on Ritner Street in South Philly to welcome spring. Bring the pooch and the kiddies, too -- there will be a bounce house to keep the little ones occupied while you eat and drink. — M.E.
Noon-7 p.m. Saturday, Taproom on 19th, 2400 S. 19th St. Pay-as-you-go, www.facebook.com/taproomon19th.
The Ardmore concert venue will feature more than 60 craft beers, food, and live music courtesy of the Whiskeyhickon Boys. Entry gets you hours of unliminted samples and complimentary mug. — M.E.
Noon-5 p.m. Saturday, the Ardmore Music Hall, 23 E. Lancaster Ave., Ardmore. $45, www.ardmoremusic.com.
Learn about the Philadelphia-area food scene and get inspiration for your own cooking and growing. This expo features growers and makers within 200 miles of the city, as well as national brands that support local farm systems. There's a kids' corral, a curd convention (meet Philly's cheesemakers), a CSA (community-supported agriculture) pop-up shop, a local libations lounge, among other offerings. — M.E.
11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Pennsylvania Convention Center, 1101 Arch St. $20, $45 (VIP tickets), phillyfarmfest.org.
It’s time to duel. Local game store Alternate Universes hosts this tournament at diehard fans of Yu-Gi-Oh!, a collectible trading card game launched in 1998 by Japanese company Konami. This isn’t just for the masters — novices are invited to play as well. Each participant will receive five booster packs of Raging Tempest for entering. The prizes? The top eight finishers will receive new playmats (for portable dueling purposes), and the top four will receive shiny new deck boxes to organize their cards. It’s a kid-friendly event as well. Children 13 and younger are invited to participate in the Dragon Dueling Tournament, a special kind of tournament where children compete with each other and also have the chance to win playmats. Before you come busting out your best cards, make sure you’ve checked the forbidden list online — it’s a big list. A large attendance is expected, so organizers recommend that players head over early for registration.
— Esther Yoon
Registration begins at 8 a.m., play begins at 10 a.m. Saturday, Pennsylvania Convention Center, 1101 Arch St. $20, 610-583-9960, alternateu.com.
The National Hockey League in November will mark its founding 100 years ago (with four teams — the Montreal Canadiens, Montreal Wanderers, Toronto Arenas, and original Ottawa Senators) in November. Why wait to celebrate? This traveling “fan experience” features a museum truck with interactive digital displays, video, photographs, and memorabilia; an entertainment truck with a giant screen and a stage for special appearances (including Flyers alumni); a virtual-reality attraction in which participants race Zambonis; and a pop-up ball hockey rink. There will also be the closest chance Philadelphia will have this year to see the Stanley Cup (since this is the final weekend for the non-playoff-bound Flyers).
— Michael Harrington
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Wells Fargo Center complex, Lot G, 3601 S. Broad St. Free, NHL.com/FanArena.
New seasons mean new reasons to be hopeful, but they also mean festivities. The Phillies will celebrate their first game of the 2017 season at home in South Philly against the Washington Nationals with an afternoon carnival that is to feature entertainment, face painting, and most important, a giant Ferris wheel. All fans going to the game will receive a Phillies knit hat. — M.E.
Noon-3 p.m. carnival, 3:05 p.m. game next Friday, Citizens Bank Park, 1 Citizens Bank Way, philadelphia.phillies.mlb.com.
Big Bird, Elmo, and Cookie Monster may be a political football for cost-cutting politicians, but it will always be a sunny day on Sesame Street, whether on TV or on stage. The new show Make a New Friend has Grover telling Chamki, a pal from India, how to get to the block for a day — but the little blue guy does not plan on her being distracted by Cookie’s treats, Abby Cadabby’s, and doing the Elmo Slide. This looks like a job for Super Grover! — M.H.
10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. Friday, 10:30 a.m. and 2 and 5:30 p.m. Saturday, 1 and 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Liacouras Center, 1776 N. Broad St. $19 and $39, 800-298-4200, www.liacourascenter.com.
New family show about a kitten with big ears and bigger dreams. The squirmer-friendly musical is just an hour long. — John Timpane
Through April 22, Walnut Street Theatre, 825 Walnut St. $14.50-$16.50, 215-574-3550, walnutstreettheatre.org.
The antic Philly troupe describes its new show #IamMadeofStars as “improvised, acrobatic pretension.” Tumblers and high-flyers Nick Gillette, Ben Grinberg, and Emmanuel Becerra join with a special guest each night to perform dangerous stunts disguised as capital-A art, er, Art. — M.H.
7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Good Good Comedy Theatre, 215 N 11th St. $10, 215-399-1279, www.goodgoodcomedy.com.
The amazing all-female aerial dance company, long a Fringe favorite, use trapeze and silks to tell stories of women’s struggles in their newest show, Points of Light. — M.H.
A boy meets a puppet at a church event, and their relationship takes crazy directions in Philadelphia Theatre Company production that runs all month.
Through April 30, Suzanne Roberts Theatre, 480 S. Broad St. $13-$30, 215-985-0420, philadelphiatheatrecompany.org.
Through April 16, Resident Theatre Company at the Uptown Knauer Performing Arts Center, 226 N. High St., West Chester. $25-$51, 610-356-2787, rtcwc.org.
In Bucks County, the last week of the life of Jesus, with Judas and chorus. Shows daily (except Tuesdays) through Easter Sunday.
Bristol Riverside Theatre, 120 Radcliffe St., Bristol. $15-$52, 215-785-0100, brtstage.org.
“Society for Civil Discourse”
Like to argue? The physical-theater company Team Sunshine Performance Corporation and the Philly Pigeon’s slam poet Jacob Winterstein team up to accommodate you in an interactive evening of passionate yelling. One thing, though — they set the rules. You’ll be debating inconsequential matters with someone obtuse, with hype, pseudo-intellectualizing, pop psychology, misplaced righteous bravura counting the most, with zero regard for truth and dignity. It’s more important to win the verbal brouhaha than to actually agree with your own argument. The object is titillation provided by the spectacle of irrational argument. Got it? Good. Have at it! (And if you win, you qualify for a job on a cable news network, or in Congress.) — M.H.
8 p.m. Saturday, FringeArts, 140 N. Columbus Blvd. $14-$20, 215-413-1318, FringeArts.com.
The acclaimed troupe performs its signature piece, The Calling, with a soloist in a 12-foot-wide flowing white dress. Also on the bill: Thousand Yard Stare, a tribute to war veterans, set to Beethoven’s String Quartet in A minor, Solo Bach, and Among the Stars, a duet set to music by Ryuichi Sakamoto. — M.H.
8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, and 3 p.m. Sunday, the Prince Theater, 1412 Chestnut St. $20-$60, 215-422-4580, www.princetheater.org/next-move.
The kinetic ensemble performs Shadowland, a multimedia piece (created by SpongeBob SquarePants writer Steven Banks and composer David Poe) about a young woman’s travels through a fantastic dreamlike landscape while dealing with odd creatures. — M.H.
8 p.m. Friday, and 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, at the Annenberg Center, 3680 Walnut St. $30-$75, 215-898-3900, AnnenbergCenter.org.
In Tom McCarthy’s compelling 2007 drama, a widowed professor winding down his career at a Connecticut college returns to his old New York City apartment to find two refugee squatters — a Syrian street musician and a Senegalese street vendor. After he initially evicts them and then relents, the lonely man forms a bond with the couple through music lessons, and tries to help them when deportation looms. — M.H.
7 p.m. Friday at the Peace Center of Delaware County, 1001 Old Sproul Rd., Springfield. Free, 484-574-1148, www.delcopeacecenter.org.
The once-notorious lothario has kept a lower profile in the tabloids, but he's still a prolific musicmaker. The talented guitarist will release his seventh studio album, The Search for Everything, next Friday. He'll be back later in the summer when Aug. 17 he hits up Camden's BB&T Center. — M.E.
7:30 p.m. Friday, Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S. Broad St. $45.75-$99.75, 215-336-3600, comcasttix.com.
Maggie Rogers' entree to the pop world is the viral stuff a content producer’s dreams are made of. Last year, while a senior at New York University, she submitted a song called “Alaska” to be critiqued by Pharrell Williams during a filmed masterclass at the school's Clive Davis Institute. The "Happy" singer-producer was mightily impressed: “I’ve never heard anything like that,” he said of the folktronic track. “That’s a drug for me.” The clip amassed millions of views on YouTube, and now the 22-year-old songwriter has a new EP called Now That the Light Is Fading, and a major-label debut album on the way. She is set to play Free at Noon at World Cafe Live, before a Friday night show at the Fillmore. — Dan DeLuca
Suffacox / Mt. Vengeance / Poppy
To say the members of the various bands playing Saturday at Tusk have lengthy Philly rock resumes, some dating to the 1990s and beyond, would be an understatement. The flyer for the show on the second floor above South Street Woolly Mammoth lays out the history. Headliners Suffacox (Mach 2) include former members of Lilys, Original Sins, and Mae Pang. Mt. Vengeance’s players did time in Uptown Bones, Latimer, and Electric Love Muffin. The players in Poppy, who performed their first show in 14 years at The Nail in Ardmore last weekend, sounding as tight and aggressive as ever, used to be in the aforementioned Muffin, as well as Trouble Dolls, King Rat, and Scram. Concentration Moon, featuring members of Interpreters and Bardo Pond, open the big-bang-for-the-buck show. — D.D.
8 p.m. Saturday, Suffacox (Mach 2), Mt. Vengeance, Poppy, and Concentration Moon at Tusk, 430 South St. $5, 215-923-8780, facebook.com/thetuskphilly.
Green End, the debut album from Philly’s Jesse Hale Moore, is full of slow, soulful ballads that float and glide. Moore, who also plays in Nightlands (the project helmed by War on Drugs bassist Dave Hartley), sings in a smooth falsetto — it makes sense that he’s a fan of Rhye and Sade. Songs like “Every Time” and “Calling You Out” are gently dreamy and emotionally complex, enveloped in Moore’s silky, reverb-drenched keyboards. Before he sets out on tour for the coming Nightlands album, Moore headlines his own record-release show Saturday with a strong Philly-centric lineup of Birdie Busch, Rosali, Zach Eggleston, and Lord’s Delight. — Steve Klinge
8:45 p.m. Saturday at Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave. $10. 215-739-9684, johnnybrendas.com.
Twenty years after vocal powerhouse Paula Cole nabbed a best new artist Grammy and scored her only Top 10 hit with the shimmering, catchy “Where Have All The Cowboys Gone?”, she’s on the road to perform the self-produced album that stirred up all that buzz, This Fire. Cole, 49, has released several impressive albums in the years since the double-platinum-selling This Fire made her (briefly) a star, but never reached mainstream success again. No matter: Fans are with her for the long haul, helping finance a 2012 CD, Raven, through a Kickstarter campaign — the same way Cole has financed her new effort, Ballads, a collection of rootsy covers of everyone from Billie Holiday to Bobbie Gentry. — Nicole Pensiero
8 p.m. Saturday, World Café Live, 3025 Walnut St. $34, 215-222-1400, www.worldcafelive.com.