Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University reopens its children's nature discovery center, "Outside In," this Saturday, February 8. The hands-on exhibit is designed for ages 3-8, offering the opportunity to learn basic science with new play areas and activities, a hands-on nature lab (with a live legless lizard & Madagascar hissing cockroach), new eagle's nest to climb, a special microscope with large screen to examine objects, and much more. The Academy, the oldest natural sciences institution in the Western Hemisphere, was founded in 1812 with the mission of advancing "useful" learning. The Please Touch Museum started there in 1976.
Asian Arts Initiative celebrates two decades of community building through art with a four month visual art experience, "Participate." The interactive, evolving visual art project is divided into three parts – a multimedia group show that addresses what it means to be Asian American; a visual timeline of the institution's history that invites viewers to add personal elements; and public programs on First Fridays in March, April, and May. AAI's 20th anniversary exhibition kicks off this Friday, February 7, 6pm-8pm, with an opening reception celebrating the lunar new year, and is on view through May 23, 1219 Vine Street, Philadelphia.
Inis Nua Theatre Company continues its tradition of presenting contemporary plays from Ireland, England, Scotland, and Wales with the Philadelphia premiere of "Trousers" by Paul Meade and David Parnell. The comedy debuted in Dublin in 2006 and is about friendship and its hazards, from the exciting adventures of youth to the big steps of adulthood. Directed by Inis Nua founder Tom Reing and starring Jared Michael Delaney and Adam Rzepka, through February 23 at Off-Broad Street Theater in the First Baptist Church, 1636 Sansom Street, Philadelphia. Opening night is Friday, February 7, 8pm. Catch "Setting the Scene," a pre-show exploration of the play's themes and relevant events with guest theater scholars and practitioners on select nights at 6pm.
Fleisher Art Memorial's 14th annual "Print Love In" returns with an opportunity to learn about the printmaking process while creating your own Valentine's Day cards from designs by Philadelphia artists, this Sunday, February 9, with 3 sessions, 10am-7pm, at 719 Catharine Street, Philadelphia. Recommended for ages 5 and up. Also, Cartooning for Families: A Storytelling Workshop is Thursday, February 13, 5:30pm-7pm, for ages 3 and up.
The music ensemble Relâche performs a "Classics and Silent Comedies" series Sunday, February 9, 3pm, with "Comix Trips Meets Buster," musical accompaniment to the Buster Keaton silent film "The General." The afternoon features selections by Philip Glass, Raymond Scott, Fred Ho, and more, plus the octet's own versions of period pieces like Ashokan Farewell and Battle Hymn of the Republic, Widener Hall, Penn Museum, 3260 South Street, Philadelphia.