See rare skeletons and fossils from around the world at Franklin Institute's new exhibit "Giant Mysterious Dinosaurs," displayed Saturday through April 15.

The exhibit will feature artifacts from the collection of area resident Don Lessem, who is described as the world's leading dinosaur collector. View dinosaur skeletons as long as 70 feet collected from remote regions in Argentina, China, and Europe. See the remains of the Mamenchisaurus, a plant-eater that was one of the longest-necked dinosaurs in history, and marvel at the world's largest meat-eating dinosaur, the 45-foot Giganotosaurus from Argentina. Get an up-close view of the 5-foot-high backbone of the world's largest dinosaur, the Argentinosaurus, which weighed 100 tons. Touch casts of fossils and see robotic dinosaurs with lifelike movements and hear their roaring sounds. Kids can go in the dinosaur dig pit and search for fossil and bone replicas while learning about paleontology.

"Giant Mysterious Dinosaurs," daily through April 15 at the Franklin Institute, 222 N. 20th St. Exhibit hours are 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays. Institute hours are 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Daytime exhibit admission (includes general admission): $25, $18.50 for ages 3 to 11. Evening admission (includes exhibit only): $10, $6 for ages 3 to 11. General museum admission: $16.50, $15.50 for military with valid ID, $12.50 for ages 3 to 11, free for members. Information: 215-448-1200 or

Breakfast with Santa

Have a breakfast date with Santa on Saturday morning and a free day of aquatic fun at Sahara Sam's Oasis Indoor Water Park.

From 8 to 10, kids and their caretakers can enjoy a hot breakfast buffet by Andreotti's Viennese Cafe, and play reindeer games with Pickles the Elf and Sahara Sam dressed as "SAMdolph the Red Nosed Reindeer." Santa will visit guests at their tables to take pictures. After breakfast the park will offer all-day free admission. Parents of children 2 and younger who require their own seat should contact for accommodations.

Breakfast with Santa, 8 to 10 a.m. at Sahara Sam's Oasis Indoor Water Park, 535 N. Rte. 73, West Berlin. Park hours this weekend are 1:30 to 8 p.m. on Friday and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. (Regular hours vary; the park is closed Mondays.) Breakfast with Santa is $26.95 with general admission and must be purchased in advance online at Children 2 and younger are free. Park admission is $19.95 weekdays, $31.95 weekends, and $19.95 after 3:30 p.m. daily through Dec. 21. After Dec. 21, weekday admission is $31.95 and $19.95 after 3:30 p.m. Information: 856-767-7580,

Narberth Dickens fete

Enjoy a Saturday afternoon of all things Dickens as the town of Narberth celebrates its annual Narberth Dickens Festival.

From noon to 4 p.m., the town will be transformed into 1840s London, with characters from Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol including Ebenezer Scrooge wandering through.

The free festival presents activities including musicians, costumed performances, Victorian carolers, face painting with Dickens tattoos, and a scavenger hunt from 1 to 3 p.m. for children with prizes. At 11 a.m., kids can enjoy a free showing of the film A Muppet Christmas Carol. Free 10-minute "Punch and Judy" puppet-show performances at 1, 2 and 3 p.m. will be produced by the Puppet Box theater troupe, followed by 20-minute excerpts of "The Nutcracker Suite" by the Pennsylvania Academy of Ballet. The festival will feature horse and carriage rides, food vendors, and other activities. There will be free coffee and hot chocolate for attendees with any tin souvenir cup.

Narberth Dickens Festival, noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, corner of Forrest and Haverford Avenues, Narberth. Festival is free. Information:

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