Things to do in Philly this weekend, Jan. 3 to 5

TDY To-Do List: Bowie Week, dinosaur expo, and more for Jan. 3-5

January 3, 2020
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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — It’s 2020 and we’re still captivated by the great enigmas of some of our childhoods: David Bowie and dinosaurs. (That’s definitely not a bad thing, by the way.)

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The fourth annual Philly Loves Bowie Week kicks off on Friday with plenty of opportunities to remember the late legend. From tribute concerts and dance parties to art exhibits and Ziggy Stardust-themed snacks, you’ll be feeling like a rebel rebel in no time.

If you’re in a state of mind for a daytrip, drive over to Harrisburg for the 104th Pennsylvania Farm Show, the largest indoor agricultural expo in the nation — featuring butter sculptures of Gritty, for some reason. 

Up in Oaks, another expo predates the Farm Show — by several thousand years. Jurassic Quest allows visitors to walk with more than 80 true-to-size dinosaurs — some of which roar, move, or even walk around.

Scroll through the rest of The TDY To-Do List — your guide for all things to do in Philadelphia and the surrounding suburbs — to help plan your weekend.

Listen to our top picks below.


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EVENT: Disney on Ice presents ‘Road Trip Adventures’

DATE: Through Saturday

WHERE: Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S. Broad St., South Philadelphia

DETAILS: Join Mickey and Minnie on a trip around the world, from the rooftops of London to a safari in the Pride Lands, during this special ice adventure. There will be sing-a-long opportunities, dancing lessons, and, of course, photo opportunities with all of your favorite characters. 

PRICE: Tickets start at $15


EVENT: Everybody Hits Philadelphia closing

DATE/TIME: Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

WHERE: Everybody Hits Philadelphia, 529 Girard Ave., North Philadelphia

DETAILS: The venue near Northern Liberties, which offered automatic batting cages to all, describes its closing as “tragic and abrupt.” It’s asking for the public’s help in selling off everything from a hot dog roller to entire batting cages. Wear your coat and come out for drinks. 

PRICE: Free to attend


EVENT: Storytime at the Lodge

DATE/TIME: Saturday, 11:30 to 12:30 p.m.

WHERE: Blue Cross RiverRink, 101 S. Christopher Columbus Blvd., Old City

DETAILS: Every Saturday through March 7, there will be a story hour at Blue Cross RiverRink featuring a brand new story, cookies and hot cocoa. Select Saturdays will feature a bilingual reader. Before and after each story, attendees are invited to sing and dance to their favorite songs. Saturday’s story is “Squirrel's New Year's Resolution” read by Councilmember Mark Squilla.

PRICE: Admission is free; ice skating and food/drinks are pay-as-you-go



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The Enquirer/Ryan Terhune via USA Today

EVENT: Jurassic Quest

DATE/TIME: Friday through Sunday; times vary

WHERE: Greater Philadelphia Expo Center,100 Station Ave., Oaks

DETAILS: Take a walk through the Cretaceous, Jurassic and Triassic periods with more than 80 true-to-size dinosaurs. Some of the creatures roar, move and even walk around. There will be many different attractions for dinosaur fans, including digging up fossils like a real-life paleontologist or riding on the back of a 24-foot T. Rex.

PRICE: Regular kids and adult tickets start at $24


EVENT: Pennsylvania Farm Show

DATE: Friday through Sunday; also open from Jan. 6 to 11

WHERE: Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center, 2300 Cameron St., Harrisburg

DETAILS: Two words: butter Gritty. See this and much more at the 104th Pennsylvania Farm Show that celebrations our agriculture.

PRICE: Admission is free; parking is $15



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EVENT: 2020 — The Year of the Diamond Dogs

DATE/TIME: Saturday, 8 to 11 p.m.

WHERE: Theatre of Living Arts, 334 South St., Queen Village

DETAILS: Philly Loves Bowie Week kicks off on Friday, and to celebrate, join in on a Bowie-themed party with the sounds of “Diamond Dogs” in track order. It’s a birthday party, so dress to impress and keep a lookout for platinum diamond-encrusted plates. 

PRICE: Tickets start at $20


EVENT: Dana Baker & Tears of All

DATE/TIME: Saturday, 9 to 11:30 p.m.

WHERE: World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St., University City

PRICE: Advanced tickets are $15


EVENT: Anthony David: Bill Withers Tribute

DATE/TIME: Friday, 6 p.m.

WHERE: City Winery Philadelphia, 909 Filbert St., Center City

PRICE: Advanced tickets start at $30


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