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15+ Things To Do With Kids Around Philly and the Main Line This Week

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All Week:

Final Week for Rothman Ice Rink & Wintergarden

February 20 — 23, noon — 9 pm
February 24, noon — 11 pm
February 25, 11 am — 11 pm
February 26, 11 am — 8 pm (Closing Day!)
Dilworth Park, 1 S. 15th St., Philadelphia

 

It’s been around since before the holidays, but this week marks the final week for ice skating at the Rothman Ice Rink and Wintergarden at Dilworth Park. Strap on your ice skates and take a glide on the rink, enjoy a cold one in the cabin, and try out the last workshops of the season.

Expressions of Radnor 2017

February 21 — 25, 9 am — 5 pm
Wayne Art Center, 413 Maplewood Ave., Wayne

 

Local artists are showcasing their work at the Davenport Gallery at Wayne Art Center, starting Tuesday, February 21! Support local artists at the opening reception on Sunday, February 26 from 3 — 5 pm. This event is free and open to the public and refreshments will be served.


Monday:

Mr. Potato Head Closing Day

February 20, 9 am — 5 pm

The Please Touch Museum, 4231 Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia


Don’t miss your chance to see Mr. Potato Head before he leaves town. Enjoy meet and greet opportunities, explore this featured exhibit, and be sure to keep your map with you so you don’t miss anything! This event is included with general admission to the museum.

Presidents Day at the National Constitution Center

February 20, 9:30 am — 5 pm

The National Constitution Center, 525 Arch St., Philadelphia


Enjoy free admission to the National Constitution Center (NCC) this Monday, courtesy of TD Bank for Presidents Day! Come to the NCC dressed as your favorite president and enter the Presidential Costume Contest for a chance to win a family membership to the NCC, or meet the presidents of times past in Kirby Auditorium starting at noon.

OrKID Days

February 20, 11 am — 2 pm

Longwood Gardens, 1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square


After the lovely spring weather we experienced this weekend, keep the springtime feel flowing at OrKID Days. Children will learn the whos, whats, wheres, whens, and hows about orchids and join in on a fun scavenger hunt quest!

Presidents Day at Elmwood Park Zoo

February 20, 1 pm

Elmwood Park Zoo, 1661 Harding Blvd., Norristown


Most presidents of times gone by have had special pets in the white house, and Elmwood Park Zoo has a fun and educational program for children to learn all about them! This event is included with general admission to the zoo.

Emoji Mania

February 20, 1 — 3 pm

Pinot’s Palette Lower Merion, 20 Greenfield Ave., Ardmore


Where would we be if we couldn’t express our emotions with emojis? This fun drop off event for children ages 6 — 12 is perfect for the day off. Children are invited to paint their very own emoji artwork, and Pinot’s Palette will provide refreshments. This event costs $35 per painter and you must register in advance. 


Tuesday:

Storytime and Craft

February 21, 10 — 11 am

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


Head to the garden center this Tuesday with your little one for a storytime and featuring themes of nature, gardens, and more. This event is specifically designed for preschoolers, but the entire family is welcome to join in on the fun. This event is free and open to the public. 

Babytime! 0 — 24 Month Old Playgroup

February 21, 12:30 — 2 pm

Lilypad, 1234 S. Broad St., Philadelphia


If you have a little one younger than 24 months, join in on Lilypad’s weekly playgroup! Your first playgroup visit is free! Meet with parents and caretakers with babies the same age as yours and enjoy the fun.

PAWS for Reading After School

February 21, 4 — 5 pm

Media Upper Providence Free Library, 1 E. Front St., Media


Kids can practice their reading skills with the help of a specially-trained therapy dog this Tuesday at the Media Upper Providence Free Library. Sessions are 10 minutes each, and children must be registered by calling 610-566-1918. This event is free.


Wednesday:

Book Bike

February 22, 10 — 11 am

Reading Terminal Market, 12th and Arch Streets, Philadelphia


Head on down to the Reading Terminal Market and hop onto the Book Bike! In partnership with the Free Library of Philadelphia, Link Ross will bring a book bike to the market to lend out books for kids ages 3 — 5 years old and host a storytime. This event is free and open to the public.

Cocktails and Cold Ones in the Cabin

February 22, 5 — 7 pm

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


If you have time to take to yourself this week without the kids, this is your last week to enjoy a cold brew in the Rothman Cabin at Dilworth Park before is closes for the season. There are drink specials on wine, beer, and spirits, so enjoy before they’re gone!

Quizzo In the Lodge

February 22, 6 — 8 pm

The Lodge at Blue Cross RiverRink and Winterfest, Penn’s Landing, Philadelphia


Up for a lively round of trivia down at Penn’s Landing? Every Wednesday night in the Lodge at the Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest, you can try your hand at some tricky trivia. There are prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place, so round up your smart friends and give it a go!


Thursday:

Mommy and Me Yoga

February 23, 10 — 11 am

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


In this new series, join yoga instructor Ava Woodring-Eminson for yoga where you can bring the kids along. It is recommended you come dressed in comfortable clothing, and that you bring your own mat, towel, and water bottle. This event costs $10 for each pair and $5 for each additional child.

Nursery Rhyme Story Boxes

February 23, 10 am — 11:30 am

Suburban Square (The Event Space beside Ann Taylor), Ardmore


Head to Suburban Square for a children’s storytime. This week’s theme is Nursery Rhyme Story Boxes. Children will explore the world of Mother Goose in an interactive setting where they will feel involved in every part of the tale. This event is free and open to the public.

Storyart

February 23, 10 — 11 am

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


Every Thursday at the Play Café, children are invited to listen to a lively story and then participate in an craft together! It’s just the thing to get their creative juices flowing during the week when you need an hour to yourself. This event is included with general admission to the cafe.

Breastfeeding Resource Center King of Prussia Grand Opening

February 23, 5 — 7:30 pm

Breastfeeding Resource Center King of Prussia, 989 Old Eagle School Road, Wayne

Welcome this nonprofit’s third location (the others are in Abington and Bensalem) with wine, snacks, and a chance to chat with the center’s lactation consultants.

‘Being You’ Screening

February 23, 6:30 — 8:30 pm

AIM Academy, 1200 River Road, Conshohocken

 

Watch this amazing documentary about three young people with learning and attention issues, and follow them on a road trip as they discover the peaks and valleys of the road ahead. Then stick around for a panel discussion with Mike Dunn, a college and career counselor at AIM, Columbia University learning specialist Elizabeth Hamblet, and others, including a current AIM student. This free event is a partnership between AIM, Eye to Eye, and Understood.org, and the Poses Foundation. Click here to register.

Hagley After Hours Movie Nights: ‘The Matrix’

February 23, 6:30 pm

The Library/Soda House at Hagley Museum, 200 Hagley Creek Road, Wilmington


Even if you can’t do the Matrix dance move anymore, you can still enjoy the movie! Join Hagley Museum for their after hours movie night! There will be themed cocktails and snacks — and, if you wear your favorite sci fi accessory and win a free goodie! 


Friday:

Pizza Night & BYOB

February 24, 4:30 — 7:30 pm

Lulu’s Casita, 6 Cricket Ave., Ardmore


Want to unwind after a long week? If you’re in the suburbs, head to Lulu’s Casita for their weekly Pizza Night and BYOB. If you register ahead of time, they’ll have your pizza waiting for you at the event. It’s a win-win: the kids get to play, and you get to sit down and talk to other adults. This event is included with admission to the casita.

PlayArts Happy Hour BYOB

February 24, 5 pm

PlayArts, 1241 N. Front St., Philadelphia


If you’re in the city, take your kids to PlayArts for a BYOB night along with your favorite vinyl album. That’s right: it’s time to dust off that vinyl you bought on a whim and set it on the sound system at PlayArts, for a night where your kids can relax and you can kick it with some tunes. Complimentary snacks will be provided by PlayArts, you can bring your favorite beverage. This event is free for members, and $15 for nonmembers, plus $5 for each additional child. Register in advance!


All Weekend:

Neverland: Origins Youth Circus Soiree

February 24, 7 pm
February 25, 3:30 and 7 pm
February 26, 6 pm
Philadelphia School of Circus Arts, 5900 Greene St., Philadelphia

Before Peter Pan came to Neverland, two sisters were swept away in a mad pirate queens quest for power. Join the Philadelphia School of Circus Arts as they transport the audience through Neverland! Discover adventure and danger as you watch trained acrobats from the safety of your seat. Tickets are required and cost $15 for adults, $10 for children ages 4 — 17, and free for children 3 and under.

PA Ballet’s ‘The Jungle Book’

February 25, 11 am (Sensory Friendly Show)
February 26, 3 pm
Prince Theater, 1412 Chestnut St., Philadelphia

 

Specifically created for children from preschool to fifth grade, the Pennsylvania Ballet takes its first steps into an original production made for children. See the story brought to life right in front of you, either on the Sensory Friendly show on Saturday, or the traditional show on Sunday. Tickets are $15 per person.


Saturday:

Pancake Breakfast and Maple Sugaring Celebration

February 25, 8 am — 1 pm
Tyler Arboretum, 515 Painter Road, Media

 

It’s maple sugaring season in our region, which means delicious events to celebrate the sweet tree nectar. Join Tyler Arboretum for some outdoor fun, and learn how sap is turned into syrup before you partake in an all-you-can-eat pancake and sausage breakfast. This event is $12 for adults, $8 for children ages 3 — 12, and free for children under 3.

Seed Starting

February 25, 10 am — 11 am
The Rothman Cabin at Dilworth Park, 1 S. 15th St., Philadelphia

 

For the final Rothman Cabin workshops before Winterfest closes at Dilworth Park, get a jump on spring and learn how to nurture seeds both indoors and out from Mai Schwartz. Participants will get seeds to take home with them! This event is free and open to the public.

Maple Sugar Day

February 25, 11 am — 3 pm
Forbidden Drive at Northwestern Avenue, Philadelphia

 

Ever wanted to learn how maple syrup was made? Join the Friends of the Wissahickon for maple sugaring demonstrations and pancake topping taste testings! There will also be maple candy and pancakes to eat. This event is free and open to the public.

Witchhazel Is Your Favorite?

February 25, 1 — 3 pm
Morris Arboretum, 100 E. Northwestern Ave., Philadelphia

 

Did you know about the flower that blooms in the wintertime? Head over to Morris Aboretum, this Saturday and find the witch hazel blooms scattered about the arboretum. You may wander until you find them, or take a map from the visitor’s center to guide your way. There will also be a guided tour of the blooms at 2 pm. This event is included with general admission to the arboretum.

Indian Cooking with the family with Chef Shailu

February 25, 1 — 3 pm
Wayne Art Center, 413 Maplewood Ave., Wayne

 

To learn how to prepare  healthy, 30-minute Indian meals at the Wayne Art Center, join Chef Shailu for an afternoon workshop for parents and children. This event costs $35 per adult and child.

Party for the Market

February 25, 7:30 — 11:30 pm
Reading Terminal Market, 12th and Arch Streets, Philadelphia

 

This is a great date night event for you, your SO, and friends! Join the Reading Terminal Market for a night of food, drink, music and more. It’s a party you won’t soon forget — net proceeds will be dedicated to the preservation of the historic market. Get tickets here.


Sunday:

Family Arts Academy: Clay Creations

February 26, 2 — 4 pm
Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, 118 — 128, N. Broad St., Philadelphia

 

There’s nothing more therapeutic or fun than creating an object from clay with your hands! Join PAFA for their weekly Family Arts Academy series to create shapes with clay inspired by performance artist Cassils’ exhibition, “Melt/Carve/Forge.”

Photograph courtesy of PAFA.

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