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15+ Things to Do With Kids Around Philly and the Main Line This Week: January 30-February 5

Here's your week, all planned out.

Ready to get out and about with the kids? Here’s your cheat sheet for the week.

All Week:

Philly Auto Show

January 30 — February 3, noon — 3 pm

February 4, 9 am — 10 pm

February 5, 9 am — 6 pm

Pennsylvania Convention Center, 1101 Arch St., Philadelphia

 

The Philadelphia Auto Show is taking window shopping to the next level this year. Go rugged in Camp Jeep, take a walk on the wild side down Exotic Alley, or drop into history at the Vintage Auto Museum of New Jersey’s area — the floor plan is wide open with all types of cars, from the highest-end glamour vehicles down to economical family cars. Head out throughout the week for appearances, performances, and more!

Center City Restaurant Week

January 30 — February 3, various times

Center City, Philadelphia

 

It’s the second and final week of Center City Restaurant week. Participating restaurants will be offering prix fixe menus, making your dining experience easy (and it’s a great deal). Reservations are highly recommended, so take a look at the offerings and make a plan for a family night out, date night, or dinner with friends.

‘The Storybook Magic of Jerry Pinkney’

January 31 — February 2, 10 am — 5 pm

February 3, 10 am — 8:45 pm

February 4, 10 am — 6 pm

February 5, 10 am — 5 pm

Woodmere Art Museum, 9201 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia

 

Celebrate the illustrations and artwork of Jerry Pinkney, the African-American illustrator of over 100 children’s books and winner of the Coretta Scott King Award, through March 26, 2017. With Black History Month beginning Wednesday, there’s no better time to pay a visit to the Woodmere Art Museum.

Rothman Ice Rink at Dilworth Park

Dilworth Park, 1 S. 15th St., Philadelphia

January 30 — February 2: Noon — 9 pm

February 3: Noon — 11 pm

February 4: 11 am — 11 pm

February 5: 1 pm — 8 pm

We’re coming into the last month of this rink’s season, so get over there this week! Admission is $3 for kids and $5 for adults, and skate rental is $10.

 

‘Romeo and Juliet’

February 1, 10 am

February 2, 10 am and 7:30 pm

February 3, 8 pm

February 4, 2 pm and 8 pm

February 5, 3 pm

The Media Theatre, 104 E. State St., Media

 

Two households, both alike in dignity, in fair Media, where we lay our scene. See the timeless tale of love at first sight gone horrendously awry this week at the Media Theater. Tickets are required for this event and tend to sell out fast, so get your tickets to any of the showtimes before they’re gone! If you miss out, don’t worry: the show runs through February 19.

Monday:

#Selfie Lecture: Self-Portaiture in the 21st Century

January 30, 6 pm

Main Line Art Center, 746 Panmure Road, Haverford

 

When you think about it, commissions for self-portraits hundreds of years ago were really just expensive selfies. Learn more about the history of self portraiture and contemporary art at this selfie event. Registration for this event is required, and costs $8 for members and $10 for non-members.

Babywearing Instructional Meetup

January 30, 6:30 — 8:30 pm

Lilypad, 1234 South Broad St., Philadelphia

 

If you want to learn more about how to properly wear your baby and try out different carriers you can purchase, this event is for you. Not only that, but you’re likely to meet and make friends with local parents with children the same age. It’s a win-win. This event is free and open to the public.

Tuesday:

Storytime and Craft

January 31, 10 — 11 am

The Garden Center at Linvilla Orchards, 137 Knowlton Road, Media

 

Join in on storytime focusing on barnyards, animals, and nature every Tuesday at the Garden Center at Linvilla Orchards. Children are invited to use the story as inspiration for a craft to finish up the morning. This event is free and no registration is required.

Orchids for the Office

January 31, noon — 1 pm

The Rothman Cabin at Dilworth Park, 1 S. 15th St., Philadelphia

 

Orchids are gorgeous and finicky flowers — if you want to learn how to properly care for them, however, they can make a glorious office decoration. Join Barbara Schmidt, author of Orchid Care: For the Beginner this Tuesday at the Rothman Cabin. This program is free and open to the public.

Pajama Storytime

January 31, 7 pm

Upper Merion Township Library, 175 W. Valley Forge Road, King of Prussia

 

Head to a storytime in your pajamas to get ready for bed this Tuesday evening at the Upper Merion Township Library. This event is designed for children up to 5 years old and their caregivers. This event is free and while registration is preferred, it is not required.

Wednesday:

Imagination Playground

February 1, 9 am — 6 pm

The Play Café, 934 W. Lancaster Ave., Bryn Mawr

 

The Imagination Playground is open for business on Wednesday. Whatever your children’s minds can think up can be created with easy to move, stackable parts. Kids will spend hours in the play space that is always changing! This event is included with general admission.

Bilingual Storytime and Music Circle

February 1, 10 am

Lulu’s Casita, 6 Cricket Ave., Ardmore

 

Hear a lively story partnered with tunes this Wednesday morning. Your little ones will love hanging out with Ms. Val and having a mini fiesta to rid themselves of those midweek blues. This event is included with admission to the casita.

Little Explorers: Itsy Knitsy Spider

February 1, 10 am — 11:30 am

Bartram’s Garden, 5400 Lindbergh Blvd., Philadelphia

 

Ever wonder how spiders weave their webs? Now you can find out at Bartram’s Garden this Wednesday. Instead of knitting, you’ll be weaving webs inspired by how spiders weave. This event is styled for toddlers and preschool-aged children (ages 2 — 4) with their chaperones. The cost is $14 per child. Register here.

Yoga at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

February 1, 6 and 7 pm

The Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia

 

Enjoy free yoga at the Philadelphia Museum of Art after pay-what-you-wish admission to the museum after 5 pm this Wednesday. The class size varies week to week, but space is limited.

Thursday:

Groundhog Day

February 2, 1 pm

Norristown Farm Park, 2500 Upper Farm Road, Norristown

 

It’s Pennsylvania’s most loved and cherished tradition (okay, maybe not, but it’s up there). Head out Thursday afternoon to celebrate the critter’s prediction, whatever it may be. Children will also learn about the history of Groundhog Day, with some educational activities thrown in. The price is $5 per child 3 years old and up. Registration is required (call 610-270-0215).

‘Groundhog Day’

February 2, 7 pm

Bryn Mawr Film Institute, 824 W. Lancaster Ave., Bryn Mawr

 

Celebrate the holiday with this PG-rated Bill Murray classic. This is an adult-oriented evening — a ticket gets you a free beer at the nearby Grog Grill — but it’s appropriate for older kids. (We guarantee they’ll be quoting the movie for years.) Tickets are $15 for non-members and $12 for members.

Makerspace: Balancing Act — Fun with Mobiles

February 2, 3 — 4 pm

Centennial Train Room, The Please Touch Museum, 4231 Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia

 

It’s time to get creative at the Please Touch Museum! Kids can make mobiles, using weights and varying materials to create a balanced art project. This event is a casual drop-in event, and is included with admission to the museum.

Celebrating Black History with the Penn Museum

February 2, 3:30 pm

Kingsessing Library, 1201 S. 51st St., Philadelphia

 

Celebrate Black History Month at the Kingsessing Library this week. The Penn Museum is partnering up with the library this Thursday to bring a preview of their Africa collection. See traditional artifacts, like garments and religious relics.

A Taste of History: Learning About George Crum, African-American Inventor of the Potato Chip

February 2, 4:30 pm

Whitman Library, 200 Snyder Ave., Philadelphia

 

Do you know who invented the potato chip? We owe him so much. Learn more about George Crum, the African-American man who created the potato chip, through a reading of The Greatest Potatoes. Then, sample different potato chip flavors! This event is all ages.

Friday:

Home-school Workshop: Illustration Nation

February 3, 2 — 3:30 pm

The Philadelphia Academy of the Fine Arts, 118 — 128 N. Broad St., Philadelphia

 

Join PAFA for a sampling of their Arts Academy Workshops and Summer Art Camp offerings. Children will have the chance to learn all about illustration from professional instructor Stephen Coleman. General admission is $10 per child, with accompanying parent or family member free.

First Friday Soda Tasting

February 3, 6:30 — 8 pm

Rocket Fizz, 302 Arch St.,  Philadelphia

 

Head into Old City for First Friday Fun! Every Friday at Rocket Fizz, you can do a soda tasting, with five different flavors. Each participant also receives a cup to bring home with them! This event costs $5 per participant.

 

Artini Sit and Spin: Make Your Own Mug

February 3, 6:30 pm

Main Line Art Center, 746 Panmure Road, Haverford

 

Mugs are both adorable accent decor and receptacles of the most heavenly of warm beverages (read: coffee). Why not make your own? The Main Line Art Center invites you and your friends to spin your own mugs this Friday at this fun BYOB event. Registration is required and fills up fast, so reserve your spot now. This event costs $40 for members and $45 for non-members.

Saturday

‘Frogs: A Chorus of Colors’ Opening Day

February 4, 10 am — 5 pm

Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia

 

Kick off “Froguary” and this great exhibit, which features dozens of live frogs. The exhibit runs through mid-May, but why not get an early view? Plus there are special activities this weekend.

Opening Day of ‘Dinosaur Revolution’

February 4, 9:30 am — 4:30 pm

Delaware Museum of Natural History, 4840 Kennett Pike, Wilmington, Delaware

 

Because we can’t seem to get enough of dinosaurs around here, yet another new exhibit is coming to the area. Kids can role-play with three “Mesozoic missions” and pack more facts into their dino-obsessed brains. It runs through May 29.

‘Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone’

February 4, 11 am

Bryn Mawr Film Institute, 824 W. Lancaster Ave., Bryn Mawr

 

Got a Harry Potter head? (Or looking to get your kids interested in the fabulous series?) Here’s a rare chance to see the first film in the series on the big screen. The theater is showing all eight of the films over the next eight weeks. Tickets are $5 for adults and $4 for kids.

Chinese New Year Celebration

February 4, 10 am — 4 pm
Reading Terminal Market, 51 N. 12th St., Philadelphia

 

Celebrate the Chinese New Year all day long at Reading Terminal Market. From the morning and into the afternoon, there will be events to commemorate the day, from tea and Tai Chi demonstrations to dumpling-making demos and musical performances.

Cooking With Judi

February 4, 10 am — 11 am
The Garden Center, Linvilla Orchards,137 Knowlton Road, Media

What’s Judi cooking up this weekend? It’s time for warm and delicious breakfast and brunch ideas for cozy winter mornings. This event is free to attend, but please register ahead of time by calling 610-876-7116.

Disney’s Cinderella

February 4, 11 am
February 5, noon
The Media Theatre, 104 E. State St., Media
The Disney classic comes to life with two performances this weekend (the show runs through February 19). See the story told of a young girl named Cinderella who overcomes obstacles through kindness and a little help from her fairy godmother — and, of course, wonderful songs. Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for children.

Cabin Fever Saturday

February 4, 11 am — noon
Historic Sugartown Carriage Museum, 690 Sugartown Road, Malvern

Get out of the house to escape that cabin fever for some good old fashioned fun! Kids can try games children in the 1700s and 1800s would have played (so, no iPads). Plus, they can get ahead of their Valentine’s Day preparation by making Victorian-style valentines to take home. Admission is $6 per person, and children under 2 get in free.

Wagner’s Winter Wonderland

February 4, Noon 4 pm
Wagner Free Institute of Science, 1700 W. Montgomery Ave., Philadelphia

 

Learn about cold weather and how animals handle it at this free event. This is a little off the beaten path, but if you’ve never been here, it’s a treat (the museum isn’t usually open on weekends). Artist in residence Martha Knox will help lead winter-themed crafts and activities, which are geared toward kids ages 6 to 12. Register here.

The 25th Annual African-American Children’s Book Fair

February 4, 1 — 4 pm

Community College of Philadelphia, 17th and Spring Garden streets, Philadelphia

 

This annual festival celebrates children’s books written by and for African-Americans. This year, authors and illustrators including E.B. Lewis and Christian Robinson will do readings and signings. Of course, plenty of books will be for sale, and there are activities and giveaways, too.

Sunday

Family Festivals: Western Adventures

February 5, 10 am — 3 pm

Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia

 

It’s a pay what you wish day at the museum, and this activity is free, so it’s a great time to visit. The event focuses on the great American West, and the band the Okee Dokee Brothers will be there to help, singing music from their new album, Saddle Up.

 

Photograph by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia.

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