Do Something: Don’t let the cold stop you from enjoying events in the region this weekend

Check out The Sun’s “Do Something” feature for activities that are taking place.

It may be cold outside, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t things to do around the region this weekend. Check out what events and activities are taking place.

Around South Jersey

· The South Jersey Innovation Center (SJIC), home to STEM and child enrichment programs, is celebrating its one year anniversary with an interactive open house on Saturday, Jan. 6, from 1 to 4 p.m. Children can robotics, math, chess and 3D design/animation with hands on activities. Also, the first Middle School Chess Tournament will take place during the event, as well, which is expected to draw chess players from students across South Jersey. The event will be held onsite at 2003 Lincoln Drive West, Suite A, in Marlton. For more information, visit or call (856) 334–5288.

· The Katz JCC in Cherry Hill is opening its doors to the community on Sunday for its annual winter open house. The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Attendees will enjoy facility tours, are welcome to join in on a group fitness class, take part in activities for children and meet JCC department representatives. The open house is free to attend and open to the public. Visit for more information.

· Camden County’s Winterfest continues this weekend at Jack Curtis Stadium in Cooper River Park. The county’s outdoor ice skating rink will be open on Saturday from noon to 10 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 8 p.m. Tickets are $6 for adults and $4 for children ages 5 to 12, seniors and veterans. Kids 4 and under are admitted for free. Skate rental is an additional $4. For more information, visit

· Kotoricon 2018 will take over the Dr. Ross Beitzel Art Gallery at Rowan College of Gloucester County this weekend, The convention will be open from 4:30 p.m. on Friday until 9 p.m. on Saturday. This anime convention features panels, performances, dealers, artists, and a charity auction. This year’s theme is love and romance. Tickets are $33 per person and must be purchased online. To purchase tickets, visit

At the Jersey Shore

· Saturday is the last chance for guests to check out Historic Smithville’s Holiday Light Show. The light show will be open on Saturday from dark to 8:30 p.m. and will take place at Lake Meone at Historic Smithville. The show includes more than 120 Christmas trees cand more than 50,000 Christmas lights, floating on Lake Meone. An orchestrated show of lights and music is played during the event. Historic Smithville is located at 615 East Moss Mill Road in Smithville. Visit for more information

In Philadelphia

· The Villanova University men’s basketball team has a big game on Saturday at the Wells Fargo Center against Marquette University at 8 p.m. Prior to the game, Xfinity Live at the South Philadelphia sports complex will host a pre-game party where fans will have a chance to meet some of the players.The party begins at 5:30 p.m., with the Wildcat Walk beginning at 6 p.m. The event will also include visits from the Villanova cheerleaders and Will D. Cat. For more information, visit

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