Students welcome parents weekend fun

Abbey Carr

If your parents are coming to visit this weekend, you can’t exactly take them to a frat party with you and your friends, so make other plans.

Philly has lots of fun things to do, or you can hang around campus and enjoy all of the festivities that are aimed to please the whole family.

On Friday, LateNite will be hosting an acoustic guitarist in Belle Air Terrace and two entertainers, Jim Karol and Chris Chelko, will be performing in the Villanova Room. Karol has been featured on “The Tonight Show” with Jay Leno.

Saturday is the big event. Brad and Colin from “Whose Line is it Anyway?” will be showcasing their hilarious improvisational comedy. This sold-out event of 2003’s Parents’ Weekend is back again. If you don’t have tickets, you can try to beg the Office of Student Development for extras. If you can’t get into the comedy show, definitely check out the Connelly Center Cinema which will be showing “Over the Hedge” Thursday at 9 p.m., Friday at 8 p.m., 10 p.m. and midnight and Saturday at 10 p.m. and midnight for free.

The most important unwritten rule of Parents’ Weekend: don’t take your parents to the dining hall. This is your chance to get out to a great restaurant on your parents’ wallet. Minella’s Diner in Wayne is always good, but how about expanding your horizons? Head out to the KOP and try Bahama Breeze, Maggiano’s, The Cheesecake Factory or The Bamboo Club. I heard that Kildare’s Irish Pub has a great brunch, maybe even better than the Pit.

If you want to head into the city, I had a great dinner at Marathon Grill near UPenn this week, but there are several locations downtown.

Of course, there are all of the cheesesteak landmarks, too. On South Street, you can check out Jim’s Steaks or head over to my new favorite place, Lorenzo’s Pizza, where you can get a slice and a Coke for just three dollars There’s also a great coffee shop on South Street: The Bean Café. I highly recommend the Peppermint Patty drink.

Finally, you can’t go into Philly without visiting some of the historical sites. You can always hit up the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Rodin Museum or the National Constitution Center. Some of CAT’s favorite things to do in town include the Ride the Duck tour and the Philly Ghost Tour. Information about all these tours and museums is just a quick Google search away.

Have a great time with your parents this weekend and don’t forget about your friends who live too far for their parents to visit. Share yours and take them out with you if you can.