Here’s what to do in Philly this weekend
A Longwood Gardens Christmas
Through Jan. 12
1001 Longwood Rd.
The holidays are still going strong at Longwood Gardens – at least for a few more days. Extend the Christmas merrymaking amidst more than 500,000 lights, 18-foot trees and thousands of poinsettias. The theme is fruit, so check out the sweet and juicy decorations. New this year is a floating tree display and a 12-foot fountain of lights. The lights go on at 3:30 p.m. every day.
Friday and Saturday
Helium Comedy Club
2031 Samson St.
Most of you know him from the improv game show “Whose Line It Is Anyway,” hosted by Drew Carey. If you’ve never seen it, check out some hysterical clips on YouTube, pronto. The Proopdog also hosts a podcast modestly titled “The Smartest Man in the World.” Get up close and personal with him at Helium.
Kensington Quarters Pop-Up
Tonight, 6-11 p.m.
428 N. 13th St.
The Pasquarello Restaurant Group — Prohibition Taproom, Bufad Pizza and Cafe Lift – is expanding out of the Callowhill area with Kensington Quarters in Fishtown (not Kensington. Maybe “Fishtown Quarters” had a bad ring to it). The combo butcher shop/bar/restaurant/classroom isn’t open yet, but you can get a sneak peek at the goods at a fried chicken pop-up at Cafe Lift. For $15, score a half chicken, one biscuit and two sides; $25 gets you a whole chicken with two biscuits and two bigger sides. It’s all over at 11 p.m., or when they run out of chickens.
“One Day in Pompeii”
Through April 27
The Franklin Institute
222 N. 20th St.
In 79 CE, the Roman city of Pompeii was buried after Mount Vesuvius erupted. Gaze at over 150 artifacts from the city, including marble statues, Gladiator helmets and even body casts of the volcano’s victims. Most of the display is making its North American debut.
“Constructing Play: Classic Building Toys”
Through Jan. 30
Philadelphia Center for Architecture
1218 Arch St.
Relive your childhood with Tinker Toys, LEGO and K’Nex. Those popular building toys, plus about 50 more from the past 175 years, will be on display. Learn how structures stay up and see how toy designers get their inspiration.
The Adult Swim
Tonight, 8 p.m.
1100 Pattison Ave.
No kids allowed at this new Thursday night “adult social” at this sports-lovers haven. Ride the mechanical bull at PBR Bar & Grill, sip on $5 Grey Goose cocktails and craft beers at Victory Beer Hall, and enter to win all sorts of prizes, including trips to Atlantic City and spa packages. Cover band Secret Service is performing live.