Good trip lollipop
Take a family-friendly cruise on the Schuylkill Tour Boat that travels between Center City and Bartram's Garden. Once there, kids can participate in a scavenger hunt and compete in a coloring contest, while learning about the plants and flowers that grow there.
Schuylkill Banks, Walnut Street Dock, boat sails at 1 p.m, $23-$25, 888-RIV-PHIL.
Enjoy some of the most beautiful and rare flowers in the world when Longwood Gardens hosts its Orchid Extravaganza. Thousands of delicate blooms will be on display and experts will offer information about this largest of flower families.
Longwood Gardens, Route 1 and Route 52, Kennett Square, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., $14 adults, $6 kids, under 6, free, 610-388-1000 or
Scope out this play
German Author Bertolt Brecht first brought the "Life of Galileo" to audiences during World War II. He found parallels between Galileo's unrelenting and stunning theories of the universe and the turbulent '40s, when new technologies and the war were changing life dramatically. In David Edgar's modern translation the epic debate between science and religion retains its relevance to modern issues such as global warming and cloning.
Wilma Theater, 265 S. Broad St., 2 p.m., other performances 11 a.m and 7:30 p.m. Wednesday; 7:30 p.m. Thursday; 8 p.m. May 18-19, $35-$50, 215-546-7824 or