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Five Perfect Winter-Friendly Saturday Nights

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Before winter wardrobes are once more tucked away in closets and eagerly crossed off calendars, take time to enjoy the final weeks of winter. Whether waltzing through a wonderland of ice skates and ice cream or cuddling up with a nightcap, these evenings are sure to bring some of the glitter back to the season. 

—Kelly Wittman

 

Slip into a pair of skates at Ice Line in West Chester and glide in the direction of a classic winter evening full of childhood memories. Whether gripping the edge of the rink wall or slicing through the ice like an Olympian, you can enjoy the evening skating solo or hand-in-hand with a loved one. Afterwards, escape the biting wind with familiar comfort food curated with a twist at Roots Café. The restaurant serves local organic food at an affordable price, with menu options like scallop mousse crab cakes, hard cider braised pork belly, and pumpkin-buttermilk pie.

 

There is no time like the present to visit the past. Walnut Street Theatre wants to welcome you to the 1950’s with Laughter on the 23rd Floor, on the main stage through March 5. The play stages a time when television—and cultural values—was black and white. When the show’s comedian, Max Prince, takes his script beyond PG, he hilariously ushers the future of television in a new direction. Before the evening ends, explore the 20th century a bit more with a pit stop in the prohibition era. Philadelphia’s Hop Sing Laundromat offers a classic speakeasy with strict rules: enter through the back door, leave the cell phone behind, bring cash only, and dress formally. Once seated, guests are given an extensive drink menu fashioned with fine alcohol and a slew of brews. The old-fashioned approach to leisure is a reminder of the simple pleasure of good conversation and cocktails.     

 

If you have a paintbrush in one hand and a glass of pinot in the other, you can be Picasso for the night. Wayne’s Painting with a Twist features a class painting the moon stretching across an illuminated river. Complete the evening with a cinnamon chai milkshake blended with balsamic banana from Wayne Coffee and Ice Cream Bar. If evening is too late, stop in the morning for fresh donuts paired with a cup of coffee.

 

Embark on a Saturday adventure with the family that takes you beyond the boundaries of the big screen at the Franklin Institute’s Jurassic World: The Exhibition. Here, the king of the dinosaur age—the Tyrannosaurus Rex—gets close and personal with visitors. The exhibit is based off of the blockbuster movie and aims to create an interactive journey through the park. Afterwards, tame your appetite at Sabrina’s Café for several slices of French toast. This signature breakfast dish is served all day and is comprised of Challah with cream cheese and ribbons of honey and vanilla bean syrup. 

 

Begin the evening at El Tio in Berwyn for a Mexican menu that will be a strike for the whole family. The menu offers a stripped down version of classic Mexican, featuring flavor over frills. The signature wet burrito is stuffed with meat, cheese and rice, and blanketed with their special sauce. After dinner, head to Devon Lanes in the hopes of getting a few strikes. 

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