Welcome to the "Beyond the Bell" calendar page! Spring is just around the corner. As usual, there's always something special going on ...


March 2017

Wednesday, March 1st

Franklin Square Has Reopened

Franklin Square has reopened and is entering its 11th season of offering fun family entertainment featuring Philly Mini Golf, the Franklin Square fountain, playgrounds, and the Parx Liberty Carousel.

Franklin Square
6th & Race Streets
10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Franklin Square Reopens

April 2017

Friday, April 7th

a young charles willson peale

The Peales of Philadelphia

The designer of this website and the original "Beyond the Bell" brochure on which it is based would never forgive this author if he didn't tell you all that the American Philosophical Society opens a new exhibit, called "Curious Revolutionaries: The Peales of Philadelphia" this month. Join them for the opening ceremony. Enjoy free refreshments. Learn about the exhibition from its curators. See how Charles Willson Peale and his family helped shape early American culture through their contributions to art, science, and technology. (The fact that the designer is a direct descendant of "Chuck Willie" played no part in this promotion. No foolin'!) It's free and open to the public.

American Philosophical Society
Philosophical Hall
104 S. 5th Street
5 - 7 p.m.

Ongoing Events and Outdoor Activities

Now thru December 2017

Constituting Liberty

Opening on Bill of Rights Day (December 15th), 2014 and continuing through almost to the end of 2017, the National Constitution Center will be featuring the founding documents of our great republic. Starting with a first edition stone engraving of the Declaration of Independence, the exhibit includes a rare copy of the first public printing of the U.S. Constitution, and rounds it out with a special display of one of the 12 surviving copies of the Bill of Rights.

National Constitution Center
525 Arch Street
Declaration, Constitution, and Bill of Rights


Outdoor History and After Hours Tours

Historic Philadelphia offers outdoor history tours, after hours events, and pub crawls. All of the details are on our Shows and Tours page.