April Fool's Day is a chance to kid around, but when it comes to recommending things to do for the weekend, we're not pulling your leg. There is a ton going on in Valley Forge and Montgomery County.

First Friday at The Vault

April 1



Break into your weekends at The Vault, the hot nightspot at Valley Forge Casino Resort. The party package includes open bar and food buffet from 9-11 p.m. and dance music from the area's most entertaining and energetic DJs. Party away that work-week stress.

International Orchid Show and Sale - Greater Philadelphia Expo Center

April 1-3


One of nature's most beautiful creations will be on display this weekend's International Orchid Show and Sale


The weekend-long orchid celebration at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center gives gardeners a jump on incorporating one of spring's most alluring flowers into their homes. It is the largest show of its kind in the northeast, featuring 20 beautiful exhibits, 18 quality vendors and free guided tours.

Beginning Bookbinding - Pottsgrove Manor

April 2



When this Pottsgrove Manor class concludes, attendees will take home a blank book they have bound themselves, in 19th century style. The stitching is hand-sewn, with a leather cover ready for decoration. The session includes light refreshments but, given the timeframe (10 a.m. to 4 pm.), student book-binders should bring their own bagged lunches.

Interpretive Walk - Green Lane Park

April 2



Nature guides will lace up their hiking boots with lovers of the outdoors for a 10 a.m. exploration of plants, animals and the challenges of park maintenance in a busy ecosystem. The information covers all of Green Lane Park, with special emphasis on the grounds as an important bird sanctuary.

Join the Continental Army - Valley Forge National Historical Park

April 2


Kids can Join the Continental Army this Saturday at Valley Forge Park.


Children are invited to Join the Continental Army at Valley Forge National Historical Park and experience a day in the life of the continental soldier. Recruits will receive enlistment papers and continental currency. Then, out come the wooden (dummy) muskets and instructions on how to stand, march and carry as one of Washington's soldiers would have. Recruits should report to the Visitor Center at 11 a.m

Help Up 4 Haiti - Painting with a Twist

April 3



A work of art that any beginner would proudly hang in the home is the main thrust of the Painting with a Twist concept (as well as an artistic outing filled with plenty of laughs and creativity). This session, however, also has an altruistic twist. The 2 p.m. class raises funds for a trip to Haiti to build houses, assist in an orphanage and work in a hospital.

Wild Edibles - Norristown Farm Park

April 3



Plants that can be eaten and plants that can be used as medicines are the focus of this 2 p.m. outing at Norristown Farm Park. Primary in all the information given is how to identify what's safe to consumer versus what is not. The distinction is important, but the accent of the afternoon is on enjoyment, spending a spring afternoon in the warmth and sunshine.

Gunga Din - The Colonial Theatre

April 3



Based (loosely) on the famous poem by Rudyard Kipling, Gunga Din is considered by many to be one of the greatest action-adventure films of all time. It stars Cary Grant, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., and Victor McLaglan, as three happy-go-lucky soldiers in India who find themselves, along with their loyal and trusted water-boy, Gunga Din (Sam Jaffe), single-handedly holding off an uprising of the blood-thirsty Thugee tribes. See it in all its black and white glory on the big screen of The Colonial Theatre.