WEEKEND FUN GRAB BAG: A few ideas to help you have fun this weekend and next

A Mirror Maze is part of the Numbers in Nature Exhibit at the Franklin Institute.
A Mirror Maze is part of the Numbers in Nature Exhibit at the Franklin Institute.

Shrine circus

LuLu Shrine Arena: The 76th annual Shrine Circus continues at 5140 Butler Pike, Plymouth Township. Performances are at 7 p.m. May 19, 11 a.m. and 3 and 7 p.m. May 20, and noon and 4 p.m. May 21. Get discounted adult tickets online for $15 at www.lulushrinecircus.com. Call (610) 828-9050.

For the kids

On stage: The musical “Madagascar Jr.” at The Media Theatre. runs Saturdays at 11 a.m. and Sundays at noon through May 21.

“Madagascar Jr.” is based on the animated film and features humorous characters, lots of adventure, and an upbeat energetic score including the hit song “I Like To Move It, ” among others. Get tickets by calling (610) 891-0100 or visiting mediatheatre.org to see this fun, fast-paced musical for children ages 4 and up. Tickets are $12 for children and $15 for adults. Group rates are available as well.

Unsung American

National Constitution Center: The new exhibit “John Marshall: Patriot, Statesman, Chief Justice,” opens May 25 and runs through December. It presents Marshall as a soldier in Washington’s Continental Army, as a fair-minded statesman elected to Congress, as Secretary of State under President John Adams, as a husband and as a founding father,who helped established the federal judiciary and presided over the Supreme Court’s first exercise of judicial review to hold a federal law unconstitutional. The Constitution Center is at 525 Arch St., Philadelphia. Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. For more information, go to www.constitutioncenter.org.

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Carnival atmosphere

Dock Mennonite Academy EC-8 Campus: The school’s 56th annual Country Fair and Auction is held May 19-20 at 420 Godshall Road, Franconia Township. Friday night kicks off with entertainment by King’s Strings at 5:30 p.m., followed by a live auction for gift certificates, event tickets, gift baskets and more. In addition, an online auction is available through May 22 at www.dock.org. Also on Friday is the chicken barbecue, served both in the school cafeteria and a “Chicken Drive-Thru” at Franconia Mennonite Church on Route 113. Additional activities include pony rides, face painting, inflatables, a photo booth and games.

On Saturday morning is the Auction Day 5K and 1 Mile Run at 8 a.m. An “all-you-can-eat” country style breakfast is served in the school cafeteria from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. After breakfast enjoy a V4 Trampoline, photo booth, inflatables, giant slide and games. There will be a helicopter candy drop at 11:30.

The food tent will have homemade chicken corn soup, grilled sausage sandwiches, pulled pork sandwiches, hamburgers, hot dogs, French fries, waffles and ice cream, and funnel cake. On-site handicapped parking and free shuttle bus service is available from Souderton High School. For directions and more information, call (215) 723-1196.

Harleysville Community Center: The Harleysville Jaycees present the annual Harleysville Jaycees Country Fair Days May 24-27 at the  HCC, Park and Community avenues, Lower Salford. Highlights include food, amusement rides, games, fireworks, live music and a parade. May 24 and 25 are One-Price Nights, when children can enjoy unlimited rides from 6 to 10 p.m. for $20. There will be live music from the Keystone Breakers staring at 7 May 24. Mike Greer and Company start playing at 7 p.m. May 25. Fireworks night is May 26. The fair opens at  6 p.m. and  the fireworks display begins at approximately 9:30 p.m. Also, The Whiskeyhickon Boys will perform at approximately 7 p.m., followed by Taylor Downes at 8:30 p.m. The rain date for the fireworks is May 27, which is the day of the parade on Main Street, Harleysville. It steps off from Indian Valley Middle School on Maple Avenue at 11 a.m. After the parade is a One-Price Matinee from noon to 4 p.m., during which time children can enjoy unlimited amusement rides for $20. The matinee will  feature special children’s activities and live music from the Pennise Family Band beginning at approximately 1 p.m. After recessing from 4 to 6 p.m., it’s Buddy Night, when two children can ride the amusement rides for the price of one from 6 to 10. There will also be live music by the Adam Monaco Band. Check www.harleysvillejaycees.org.

Stimulate your brain

Franklin Institute: “A Mirror Maze: Numbers in Nature,” The Franklin Institute’s newest special exhibition reveals and explains the mathematical patterns that exist in nature, the human body, as well as art and design. The centerpiece is a 1,700-square-foot mirror maze where you can lose yourself in a seemingly infinite repeating pattern of floor-to-ceiling mirrors. In and around the maze, the exhibition features an immersive film, more than a dozen hands-on activities and 30 mathematical artifacts intended to illustrate how math is all around us in everyday life. Located at 222 N. 20th St., Philadelphia, hours are 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Admission is $25, $21 for children 3-11. Visit www.fi.edu.

Water power

Bloomfield Farm: On May 21 from 1 to 4 p.m., it’s Grist Mill Demonstration Day across the street from the main entrance of the Morris Arboretum. The restored 19th century feed and flour along the Wissahickon Creek will be grinding corn kernels to make cornmeal, which will be baked into muffins for visitors to sample. Kids and adults can enjoy grinding their own meal on the pedal powered mill. Bring a picnic and listen to the acoustic chamber jazz sounds of Jack Saint Clair and his trio. Admission is free. Find out more at www.morrisarboretum.org.

Get some fresh air

Montgomery County Community College: The Girls on the Run and Heart & Sole 5K is set for May 21 at MCCC, 340 DeKalb Pike, Whitpain. Registration opens at 7:30 a.m., with the 5K starting at 9:30. Visit www.gotrpa.org/5K-Detail.

Longwood Gardens: Longwood’s “Fireworks & Fountains” shows return at 9:15 p.m. May 28. Admission is by advance-sale ticket only (with lawn seating and reserved seating options) and includes all-day admission to the gardens. Visit www.longwoodgardens.org.

Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival: Held noon to 5 p.m. May 20, this event has culinary demonstrations, beer and cocktail samplings, live music and entertainment, while highlighting the boutiques, salons, restaurants and bars on Philadelphia’s Walnut Street. Admission is free. Go to www.rittenhouserow.org.

Ninth Street Italian Market Festival: This Philadelphia block party happens 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 20-21 on Ninth Street, with Italian food, live entertainment, a handball tournament, a procession of saints and more. For more information, go to www.italianmarketfestival.com.

Peddler’s Village: Celebrate berry sweet traditions at the 39th annual Strawberry Festival 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 20-21. The weekend features a variety of strawberry foods, a Strawberry Fields Fun Area for kids, a Strawberry Express Train, live music, dance performances, strawberry pie eating contests, an artisan marketplace and more. The village is near the intersection of Routes 202 and 263, Lahaska. Visit www.peddlersvillage.com or call (215) 794-4000.

Towamencin Day: The 2017 Towamencin Township Community Day is set for noon to 4 p.m. May 20 in Fischer’s Park, 2225 Bustard Road. Highlights include live music, a food court, inflatables, face painting and balloon animals, free pony rides, games, a magician, a free zip line and a dunk tank.

Einstein Medical Center Montgomery: A Walk and 5K Run through the Park on May 20 gathers at Einstein, 559 W. Germantown Pike, East Norriton. Registration starts at 8:30 a.m., with the run at 9 and the 2.5-mile walk at 9:30. The walk and run both start at Norristown Farm Park. Family fun throughout the morning includes a balloon artist, music, prizes, airbrush tattoos and health and wellness activities. Go to www.advance.einstein.edu/walk5k or email events@einstein.edu.

Broad Street ReRun: The sixth running of the five-mile race will be May 20, starting from The Pavilion Shopping Center on South Broad St., Lansdale. Registration is $30, $35 the day of the race. Packet pick up is available 3 to 7 p.m. May 19 at Physical Therapy & Wellness Institute, 730 S. Broad St. Following the 8:30 a.m. race, from 9:45 to 10, there will be an award ceremony where the top overall male and female will be presented with their award. Additionally, the top three male and female runners will receive awards from eight different age groups. Refer to http://broadstreetrerun.com.

Norristown Area High School: On May 21 runners of all ages can participate in the fourth annual Jake’s Run2Remember. Registration will take place by the gymnasium of high school. The course begins near the tennis courts on Eagle Drive, travel up towards Whitehall Road, through the Norristown Farm Park, back across Whitehall Road, down Eagle Drive and finish near the football field in the athletic parking lot. Proceeds benefit the Jason S. Moletzsky Memorial Fund and the Coast Guard Foundation Fallen Heroes Scholarship Fund.

Take a taste

Citizens Bank Park: The first annual All Star Craft Beer and Wine Festival runs 3 to 7 p.m. May 20 at the Phillies ballpark at 1 Citizens Bank Way, Philadelphia. Enjoy giveaways, activities, more than 100 craft beer and wine vendors from around the world, food vendors, musical entertainment and appearances by the Phillie Phanatic. Making you feel like even more like a ballpark VIP will be free parking, a voucher for two Phillies tickets and an opportunity to “walk the bases” and get your picture in the Phillies dugout. Tickets are $45, $25 for designated drivers. Proceeds benefit the Fraternal Order of Police and The Barkann Family Healing Hearts Foundation. Get complete details at www.ballparkfestival.com.

Sense of humor

Santander Performing Arts Center: A three-time Emmy winner as Uncle Phil on “Mad about You,” and a Tony-winner for Broadway’s “The Producers,” see Mel Brooks live on stage for an inside look at his career, and the making of his comedy “Blazing Saddles” at 7:30 p.m. May 20 at 136 N. Sixth St., Reading. “Blazing Saddles” will be presented on the big screen, followed by a conversation and audience Q&A with Brooks. Tickets range from $83.50-$129. Visit www.santander-arena.com/tickets.

Keswick Theatre: What began as a group of satirical congressional staffers looking to ease the stress of today’s major issues turned into The Capitol Steps. Their new show “Orange is the New Barack” is presented at 8 p.m. May 20 at the Keswick, 291 N Keswick Ave., Glenside. Tickets range from $32.50-$82.50. Visit www.keswicktheatre.com.

In concert

Green Lane Park: The Red Hill Band plays a free concert of marches, show tunes and traditional concert band music at 7 p.m. May 27. Bring your own seating. The park is near the intersection of Routes 29 and 63, Marlborough Township.

Act II Playhouse: Irish singer/songwriter Gerry Timlin takes the stage at 7 p.m. May 21 at the theater, 56 E. Butler Ave., Ambler. Tickets are $20 and available at www.act2.org or by calling (215) 654-0200.

Rrazz Room at the Prince Theater: At 8 p.m. May 19 it’s “The Sound of Philadelphia, Volume Two,” starring The Delphonics, The Stylistics and The Persauders. Tickets range from $36-$60. At 8 p.m. May 20, Broadway’s original “Annie,” Andrea McArdle, will perform. Tickets range from $35-$64. The Prince Theater is at 1412 Chestnut St., Philadelphia. Go to www.princetheater.org/therrazzroom or call (215) 422-4580.

Mann Center for the Performing Arts: The Philly Pops’ Memorial Salute is a free concert at 7 p.m. May 27, with special tickets provided for veterans, active military and Boy and Girl Scouts. Known for his work on the big screen, small screen, and Broadway, conductor Larry Blank will lead this year’s program with guest vocalists Hugh Panaro and Christina Saffran. The Voices of the Pops will also be there. The Mann is at 5201 Parkside Ave., Philadelphia. You’ll need to register at www.manncenter.org.

Ardmore Music Hall: The 2017 Philadelphia Songwriters Project Songwriting Contest presents it’s Finals Showcase at 3 p.m. May 21 at 23 E. Lancaster Ave., Ardmore. The finalists are a mix of local and regional artists who had to use a theme of “ Songs of Our Time.” Advance tickets are $15. Go to www.ardmoremusic.com.

Pottstown High School: The Spring Night of Pop, Rock & Doo Wop features Quiet Storm, The Dubs, Kid Kyle, Charlie Thomas’ Drifters, The Duprees, Larry Chance & The Earls, and The Demensions at 6 p.m. May 20 in the school’s Davenport Performing Arts Center, 750 N. Washington St., Pottstown. Tickets are $45, $55 for reserved seating. Call (610) 306-9361.

Perkasie Mennonite Church: The Perkasie Patchwork Coffeehouse presents The Kreider Trio and Hot Soup at 7:30 p.m. May 20 at 320 W. Chestnut St., Perkasie. Cost is $12, $10 for seniors over 65, $6 for students 13 and up. Desserts and drinks are available. A portion of the proceeds supports Pennridge FISH. Visit www.perkmenno.net.

World Cafe Live: The last day of the Non-Comm-vention May 19 will feature performances by ALA.NI, Paul Shaffer & The World’s Most Dangerous Band, Holly Macve, Lo Moon, The Dream Syndicate , Robert Cray & Hi Rhythm, The Growlers, Benjamin Booker and Hurray For The Riff Raff. Listener passes are $125. World Cafe Live is at 3025 Walnut St., Philadelphia. Visit www.xpn.org/events.

James A. Michener Art Museum: The next Jazz Night features the Orrin Evans Quartet at 8 p.m. May 20 at the museum, 138 S. Pine St., Doylestown. Cost is $53 non-member, $25 for students with a paying adult, and includes a reception and museum admission. Advance registration is required. Call (215) 340-9800.

Art appreciation

Chester County Studio Tour: Featuring more than 179 artists and 72 studios, the tour runs 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 20 and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 21. Plan out where you’re going to go at www.countystudiotour.com.

Revolutionary — A Pop-Up Street Art Exhibition: May 24-July 4, Visit Philadelphia presents this free exhibit, with 13 works of art that interpret the idea of revolution at 13 locations in Old City, Society Hill and along the Delaware River Waterfront. There are selected street artists — one for each of the stars on the original American flag — will feature new and existing works. Works will appear both indoors and outdoors from Spruce Street Harbor Park to the National Museum of the American Jewish History, and from FringeArts to Franklin Square.

Barn Studio Gallery: The Arts and Cultural Council of Bucks County presents the “Celebration of the Arts Weekend” at The Barn Studio Gallery on the historic Gronendahl Farm, 4783 Landisville Road, Doylestown. The Member Art Show will be on display and open to the public from 1 to 7 p.m. May 19, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 20 and noon to 4 p.m. May 21. A “Four Elements” Quick Draw competition is a plein air paint-out open to professionals and amateurs noon to 5 p.m. May 20. While strolling through the exhibition, observing the painters at work, enjoying the surroundings and listening to music, sample libations from Hewn Spirits and Bucks County Brewery. A Meet and Greet the Artists Afternoon Tea happens May 21 from 2 to 4 p.m. Detailed information is available at www.bucksarts.org.

Miniature world marvel

Morris Arboretum: The 20th annual Garden Railway opens for the summer season May 27. The 2017 theme is “In Motion” and has a quarter-mile track running through the Morris Arboretum’s summer garden. In preparation for the grand opening, several renovations have been completed in the Garden Railway display. To celebrate, children may take part in a craft activity 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. May 27. The Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania is at 100 E. Northwestern Avenue in the Chestnut Hill section of Philadelphia. The Garden Railway is open every day through Labor Day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. during the week and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends. Special weekends are planned throughout the summer, including Thomas the Tank Engine Week, Circus Week and other surprise events. For more information, visit www.morrisarboretum.org.

Special tours

Philadelphia Museum of Art: “Architecture and Antiques” meets at 1 p.m. May 21 at the Art Museum’s West Entrance, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia. Spend an afternoon surrounded by stylish objects and fashionable design from our country’s early days at Lemon Hill, Strawberry Mansion and Woodford. Tickets are $40. Go to www.philamuseum.org/calendarEvents/programs.html?keyword=Tours.

The Rosenbach: The game is afoot to ferret out detective and spy literature at the Rosenbach, 2008-2010 Delancey Place, Philadelphia. This Hands-On Tour at 3 p.m. May 26 explores early mystery stories, a manuscript of Joseph Conrad’s “Secret Agent” and an album belonging to a female Civil War spy. Tickets are $15 and include general museum admission. Register at (215) 732-1600, ext. 100 or email rsvp@rosenbach.org.

Pieces of the past

Brandywine River Museum of Art: From 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 27-29, fine antiques — including furniture, rugs, porcelain, needlework and more — from dealers from the Mid-Atlantic and beyond will be on sale during the museum’s annual Antiques Show. A Preview Party is held May 26. A “Sipped and Savored: The Art of Chocolate” Breakfast and Tour will be May 27, and May and 29, it’s “A Passion for Collecting” Dealer Talks. Show admission is $18. The museum is at 1 Hoffman’s Mill Road, Chadds Ford. Get more information at (610) 388-2700

Memorial Day observance

North Wales Library: Bob Righter will offer a personal glimpse into World War II, with artifacts, at 1:30 p.m. May 24 at the library, 233 S. Swartley St., North Wales.