WEEKEND FUN GRAB BAG: ‘Doc McStuffins’ exhibit comes to Reading Museum and much more all around the region

Portland, Oregon dance troupe BodyVox performs in Philadelphia.
Portland, Oregon dance troupe BodyVox performs in Philadelphia. SUBMITTED PHOTO
North Coast headlines the SteelStacks Improv Comedy Festival Jan. 26 in Bethlehem.
North Coast headlines the SteelStacks Improv Comedy Festival Jan. 26 in Bethlehem. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Visit the Doc

Reading Public Museum: Jan. 27-May 20 experience the first-ever museum exhibit based on Disney Junior’s Peabody Award-winning television series “Doc McStuffins” in the Meinig Gallery and World Cultures Gallery at 500 Museum Road, Reading. “Doc McStuffins: The Exhibit” will transport kids and families from Doc’s backyard clinic to the McStuffins Toy Hospital. There, families are invited to help Doc perform check-ups and diagnose toy patients while learning about healthy habits, compassion and nurturing care. There are toys that need check-ups in the ER, toy pets who need to be groomed at the Pet Vet, baby toys that need to be fed in the Nursery, and more. Through imaginative play and hands-on activities, children can learn life lessons about health and wellness. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Get more information at (610) 371-5850 and www.readingpublicmuseum.org.

Celebrate dance

Christ United Methodist Church: The Perky Promenaders Square Dance Club welcomes beginner square dancers for a free Snowflake Square Dance 7:30 to 9 p.m. Jan. 22. Singles are welcome, or bring a partner, family or friends. Dress is casual dress; no experience needed. The church is at 1020 S. Valley Forge Road, Towamencin. Call (610) 584-3744, email news@perkyprom.org or visit www.perkyprom.org.

Prince Theater: NextMove Dance presents BodyVox at 8 p.m. Jan. 19, 2 and 8 p.m. Jan. 20 and 3 p.m. Jan. 21 at 1412 Chestnut St., Philadelphia. Tickets range from $20-$62. Call (215) 422-4580 or visit http://princetheater.org/next-move.

Happy Birthdays

Sly Fox Brewhouse & Eatery: Jan. 20 is a Robert Burns Birthday Celebration celebrating the Scottish literary hero with the release of Gang Aft Agley Scotch Ale and Burns Scottish Ale, bagpipes, haggis and other Scottish delicacies, and live Celtic music. Scottish attire is encouraged because prizes will be awarded to the best men’s and women’s Scottish garb. Check it out 5:30 to 11 p.m. in the Maple Lawn Shopping Center, 520 Kimberton Road, Phoenixville.

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Academy of Music: The Academy of Music Anniversary Concert and Ball is set for Jan. 27, with a special concert featuring comedian, actor and entertainer Steve Martin performing with The Philadelphia Orchestra, led by Yannick Nézet-Séguin. Martin will play the banjo with the orchestra in newly created orchestrations arranged specifically for the evening. Ball festivities will follow, with music, dinner and dancing. A white-tie celebration begins at 5 p.m. with the Chairman’s Pre-Concert Reception at the Academy of Music, Broad and Locust streets, Philadelphia. The evening will continue with the concert in the Academy’s auditorium at 7. The post-concert celebrations will begin with a traditional promenade up the Avenue of the Arts from the Academy to the Hyatt at the Bellevue. Six of the region’s dance orchestras and bands will perform music ranging from the classic American songbook to popular dance hits. Concert and Ball tickets are available at www.theacademyball.org or by calling (215) 893-1978. Concert-only tickets are $75, and can be purchased at www.theacademyball.org or by calling (215) 893-1999.

After hours

Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University: On the fourth Friday of every month, starting Jan. 26, the Academy of Natural Sciences will open its doors from 5 to 8 p.m. for Dinos After Dark. All the galleries and special exhibits will be open to visitors, who will get to experience the museum in a whole new way. Dinosaur Hall will host the pop-up Dino Drafts, with a beer garden and light fare available for purchase amid the towering T. rex and the other dinosaurs and marine reptile fossils. Visitors will be permitted to escort their beer as they cruise the halls and mingle in the galleries. There will also be live animal presentations by the academy’s naturalists at 5:30 and 7 p.m., as well as hands-on activities for both adults and kids. Admission is pay-as-you-wish, with a suggested donation of $10. The academy is at 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia. Call (215) 299-1000 for more information.

Evergreen fun

Morris Arboretum: At 2 p.m. Jan. 27 guided walking Conifer Tours will highlight a selection of trees in the 92-acre garden. Conifers, such as needle fir, provide multi-seasonal interest with an array of varying forms, foliage, bark and, of course, cones. The arboretum is at 100 E. Northwestern Ave., Philadelphia. Call (215) 247-5777.

Make some tea

Tyler Arboretum: During “Winter Medicinal Meanderings: Herbs & Medicinal Teas” from 10 a.m. to noon Jan. 20, Katelyn Melvin of Tooth of the Lion Farm and Apothecary will lead a medicinal plant walk, highlighting an aspect of winter plant identification, as well as herbal medicine connections. Then enjoy medicine making demonstrations indoors, including herbal tea blending and making herbal vinegars. Participants will go home with a product sample. Dress appropriately for the weather. Cost is $35 non-members. Register at https://3828.blackbaudhosting.com/3828/Winter-Medicinal-Meanderings-Herbs--Medicinal-Teas.

Classic pop, rock

Kimmel Center: Jerry Blavat returns to Verizon Hall at 8 p.m. Jan. 28, emceeing an evening of ‘60 and ‘70s R&B and pop with The Clovers; Eddie Holman; The Intruders; The Moments; Blue Magic; Ray, Goodman & Brown; The Vogues; and Jackie Wilson’s son, Bobby. Tickets range from $40-$100. The Kimmel Center is at 300 S. Broad St., Philadelphia. Call (215) 893-1999 or visit www.kimmelcenter.org.

Uptown! Knauer Performing Arts Center: The 1960s tribute bands Kiss The Sky — The Jimi Hendrix Re-Experience and Heavy Cream are in concert at 8 p.m. Jan. 25 at 226 N. High St., West Chester. Tickets start at $25. Go to www.uptownwestchester.org or call (610) 356-ARTS.

Zombies on ice

Dilworth Park: The Rothman Rink near Philadelphia City Hall at 1 S. 15th St. hosts a Zombie Skate 7 to 10 p.m. Jan. 26. Skate with zombies from Eastern State Penitentiary’s Terror Behind the Walls, spin the prize wheel to win Terror Behind the Walls swag and enjoy zombie-themed karaoke and food specials in the Rothman Cabin. Plus, come dressed as a zombie yourself for the chance to win a four-pack of tickets to the Rothman Rink, which includes the cost of skate rentals. The winner will be chosen at 8:30 p.m. Admission to the Rothman Institute Ice Rink is $3 for children 10 and under, $5 for adults. Skate rental is $10. Contact info@easternstate.org or (215) 236-3300, or visit www.easternstate.org/visit/events/zombie-skate-rothman-rink.

On view

Mennonite Heritage Center: “Resonate: An Exhibit of Water Colors by Artist Sandy Wood” will be on display Jan. 28-March 17 at 565 Yoder Road, Franconia Township. An opening reception with the artist is scheduled for 2 to 4 p.m. Jan. 28 (snow date Feb. 4). The Mennonite Heritage Center is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays. Admission is by donation. For directions and information, see www.mhep.org or call (215) 256-3020.

Galleries at Moore College of Art & Design: A free opening reception is held 5:30 to 8 p.m. Jan. 19 for two winter exhibitions at Moore, 20th Street and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia. “Not Ready to Make Nice: Guerrilla Girls in the Artworld and Beyond” champions feminism and social change in the Goldie Paley and Levy galleries. “Kara Springer: Ten Days Before Freedom, A Hymnal” features a selection of photographs taken in Fox Hill, Nassau, a historic site founded in the early 1800s by liberated Africans in the Bahamas. Both exhibitions are on view through March 17. Admission is free and the galleries are open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays. Visit www.thegalleriesatmoore.org or call (215) 965-4027.

Home trends

Pennsylvania Convention Center: Get ideas to renew, refresh and restore your home at the Philly Home Show noon to 8 p.m. Jan. 19, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Jan. 20, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Jan. 21. Learn about products and deals in remodeling, home improvement, decor and outdoor spaces with more than 300 experts under one roof at 1101 Arch St., Philadelphia. Tickets are $13 at the door, $10 online at www.phillyhomeshow.com, $3 for children 6-12, free to children 5 and under.

Who done it?

Chaddsford Winery: Fridays and Saturdays in January from 6:30 to 9 p.m. are Wild West Murder Mystery Nights at the winery at 532 Baltimore Pike, Chadds Ford. Check ticket availability and get more information at www.chaddsford.com.

Rule the rails

Schuylkill Valley Model Railroad Club: The annual Model Railroad Open House continues 1 to 5 p.m. Jan. 20-21 at 400 S. Main St., Phoenixville. Four different railroads are depicted on the 1,000+-square-foot HO scale model. See Thomas the Tank Engine and try your observation skills with a scavenger hunt. Admission is free. Call (610) 935-1126 or visit www.svmrrc.com.

Chelten Hills Model Railroad Club: A free open house HO layout is running noon to 4 p.m. Jan. 20-21 in the former Old York Road station at 8000 Old York Road (Route 611), Elkins Park. Call (215) 635-9747 or visit www.cheltenhillsmrr.org.

Saint Alban’s Railroad Fellowship: St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, 3625 Chapel Road, Newtown Square, will have a free open house of an HO layout 1 to 4 p.m. Jan. 27-28. There will also be a Thomas the Tank Engine layout for the kids to operate. Visit www.starr-mrc.org.

Go for the funny

ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks: Hip-hop improv troupe North Coast and The Law Firm, with Sue Galloway of “30 Rock,” headline the fifth annual SteelStacks Improv Comedy Festival 6 p.m. to midnight Jan. 26 and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 27 at SteelStacks, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem. The festival will also feature an improvised action movie, an interactive one-man show, puppets, a live comic book creation and 50 other improv comedy groups from across the U.S. See the schedule at www.steelstacks.org/comedy. Friday tickets are $16 in advance, $19 the day of show. Saturday tickets are $25 in advance, $29 the day of show. Call (610) 332-3378.

Kimmel Center: Second City presents “Look Both Ways Before Talking” at 8 p.m. Jan. 19 and 4 and 8:30 p.m. Jan. 20 in the Perelman Theater, 300 S. Broad St., Philadelphia. Check ticket availability at (215) 893-1999 or go to www.kimmelcenter.org.

Classic organ sound

St. Luke’s United Church of Christ: The 2018 Tuesday at Noon Organ Recitals series continues Jan. 23 at St. Luke’s, with Gordon Turk as the featured organist. A reception is held after the performance. The church is at 125 N. Main St., North Wales.

Operatic action

Redeemer United Methodist Church: Amici Opera Company stages Verdi’s “Il Trovatore” at 4 p.m. Jan. 20 at 1128 Cottman Ave., Lawndale, Philadelphia. Tickets are $20. Call (215) 224-0257.

Road trip

Bucks County: Visit Bucks County has compiled a site with a self-guided driving tour of the county’s significant historic stone houses at www.visitbuckscounty.com/things-to-do/planning-ideas/historic-stone-houses-in-bucks-county.

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