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17+ Things to Do With Kids This Week Around Philly and the Main Line

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This pre-Memorial Day week is a great chance to get out and explore before your holiday weekend. Stick with our list for something fun to do with kids every day.

Looking for our High Five weekend picks? Click here for Philly, and here for the Main Line.

All Week

Free Yoga on Race Street Pier

May 22 — 24, 7 am and 6 pm

May 26, 7 am

May 27 and 28, 9:30 am

Race Street Pier, Race Street and North Columbus Boulevard, Philadelphia


Free yoga is back, and it runs all summer! Bring your mat, water, a towel, and a good attitude for classes in the mornings and evenings out on the pier.

Parks on Tap: FDR Park Boathouse

May 24 and 25, 5 — 10 pm

May 26 and 27, 1 — 11 pm

May 28, 1 — 10 pm

May 29, noon — 10 pm

FDR Park, 1500 Pattison Ave., Philadelphia


Parks on Tap takes up residence at FDR Park this week for happy hour, music, and gatherings with friends. Enjoy the views of the Delaware River while enjoying a drink with friends.

Devon Horse Show and Country Fair

May 25 — June 4

The Devon Horse Show Grounds, 23 Dorset Road, Devon


Do you go to see the horses, or to be seen? Either way, this is fun for the whole family. For the tentative time schedule, go here. In addition to the horse shows and races is a country fair with rides, traditional fried fair food, and carnival games to enjoy. Thursday is one of two family days (the second is May 30). Tickets are required for this event and can be purchases at the event or click here to buy them in advance.

Chinese Lantern Festival

Through June 11

Franklin Square Park, 200 Sixth St., Philadelphia


The Chinese Lantern Festival is showing now! Don’t miss this spectacular show of lights, including a 200-foot dragon. Tickets are required and cost $17 for adults, $12 for children ages 17 and under (children under 2 get in free), and $15 for seniors/military. Tuesday, May 23, is family day — click here to get kids’ tickets for $9 with the FAMILYDAY code.

Spruce Street Harbor Park

Through October 1

Penn’s Landing, Philadelphia


Spruce Street Harbor Park is open again for the season! Head out to the hammocks, take pictures by the water, grab a sweet treat, and much more.

Children’s Discovery Garden

Through October 1

Sister Cities Park, 210 N. 18th St, Philadelphia


Take your child to enjoy the imagination playground and boat pond at Sister Cities Park’s Children’s Discovery Garden. Kids will love the imaginative play around the streams, mountains, and winding pathways. The garden is free and open to the public. Rent a boat for $5 and $7.


Teeny Tiny Trackers

May 22, 10 — 11 am

Tyler Arboretum, 515 Painter Road, Media


It’s time to find some frogs! This time of year is perfect for frog hunting, the subject for this week’s teeny tiny trackers class. This event is best for children 3 years old along with an adult partner. This event is $10 for members and $15 for nonmembers.

Mommy and Me Craft Hour

May 22, 4 pm

Lulu’s Casita, 6 Cricket Ave., Ardmore


Head to Lulu’s Casita for a craft hour hosted by The Handwork Studio for you and your child! This week will feature a needle arts craft, and is included with general admission.


NOT What I Was Expecting!

May 23, 10 am — 11:15 am

Breastfeeding Resource Center, Abington, 1355 Old York Road, Suite 101, Abington


Kellie Wicklund, a licensed therapist, will facilitate this group, which is an opportunity for new moms to talk about their experiences, and which things are — and aren’t — meeting their expectations. It’s free, but you must register to attend; click here to register. 

Family Storytime

May 23, 10 am and 10:45 am

Longwood Gardens, 1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square


Enjoy storytime at the lookout loft treehouse at Longwood Gardens this Tuesday morning for either one or both sessions. This storytime is intended for children ages 3 — 5, and is included with garden admission.

Mighty Toddlers

May 23, 10 — 11 am

Mighty Writers South, 1501 Christian St., Philadelphia


This class for toddlers and caregivers is about learning, but plenty of fun, too! It’s free and part of the amazing Mighty Writers program.

Chinese Language Storytime

May 23, 11:30 am

Free Library of Philadelphia, Walnut Street West branch, 201 S. 40th St., Philadelphia


Expose your kids to a foreign language at this storytime, where all the books are in Chinese.


Imagination Playground

May 24, noon — 6 pm

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


Build, learn, and play at the Play Cafe this Wednesday! This open play space is the building blocks for your child’s imagination, and is included with general admission.

Community Night

May 24, 5 — 8 pm

The Franklin Institute, 222 N. 20th St., Philadelphia


This educational evening at the Franklin Institute included science activities and hands-on interactions. This event is free and open to the public.


Gentle Yoga

May 25, 9 — 10 am

Winterthur Museum and Gardens, 5105 Kennett Pike, Winterthur, Delaware


This yoga class is meant as a way to wellness rather than an intense workout. Enjoy this gentle approach Thursday morning at Winterthur. Advance registration is $5, and drop in costs is $10.

Tasting Thursdays

May 25, noon — 1 pm

Reading Terminal Market, 11th and Arch streets, Philadelphia


For free samples, the city kitchen at Reading Terminal Market is serving up delicious tastes of their signature products every Thursday.

Thursday Crafternoon

May 25, 4 pm

Children’s Department, Free Library of Philadelphia, Parkway Central Branch, 1901 Vine St., Philadelphia


Storytime and a craft for the whole family. Mark your calendar for this weekly event.

Spring Training: Zumba

May 25, 6 — 7 pm

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


Head to the final Spring Training event at Dilworth Park this Thursday with a lively Zumba class that will get your heart racing and your body moving! This class is free and open to the public.

Yoga Class

May 25, 6:30 — 7:30 pm

FDR Park, 1500 Pattison Ave., Philadelphia


Enjoy a yoga class as part of the Parks on Tap offerings this week at FDR Park, hosted by Roots 2 Rise. The suggested donation for the class is $10, and if you donate you’ll receive a $1 off drink ticket.


Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest Opening

May 26, 11 am — 1 am

101 S. Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia


This fun throwback roller rink is back for the summer, just in time for the holiday weekend. Admission is $3 and skate rental is $10.

BYOB Pizza Night

May 26, 4 — 7:30 pm

Lulu’s Casita, 6 Cricket Ave., Ardmore


Enjoy pizza and your favorite beverages with friends as your children play the night away and head home tuckered out. It’s the perfect recipe for a Friday night. This event is included with admission.

Philly High Five!

All Weekend

Memorial Day Beach Party

May 27, 9 am — 5 pm

May 28, 11 am — 5 pm

Please Touch Museum, 4231 Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia


It’s a beach party without the icky sand and sunblock! Head to the Please Touch Museum for a beach party with storytimes, boardwalk treats, crafts, sand art, and more! This event is included with general admission.

Citizen Science Lab

May 27, 2 pm and 3:30 pm

May 28, 11 am, 2 pm, and 3:30 pm

The Independence Seaport Museum, 211 S. Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia


Bring your children to take part in hands on science programming this weekend at the Independence Seaport Museum, with a focus on the Delaware River! This event is included with general admission.


Garden Railway Season Opening

May 27, 10:30 am — 12:30 pm

Morris Arboretum, 100 E. Northwestern Ave., Philadelphia


Kick off the grand opening of the garden railway with kids crafting and tasty treats! This year’s theme is “In Motion,” and the displays include a windmill and a replica of the arboretum’s water mill. Over the winter, the railway had a major renovation, with repairs and new structures making their debut this weekend. This event is included with general admission.

Comcast NBCUniversal Memorial Day Salute

May 27, 7 pm (doors open at 5 pm)

The Mann Center for the Performing Arts, 5201 Parkside Dr., Philadelphia


This free concert features the Philly POPS orchestra, singers, and lots of patriotic fun. Click here to register for tickets. 


Penn’s Landing Waterfront Day

May 28, 11:30 am — 10 pm

Spirit of Philadelphia at Penn’s Landing, Philadelphia


There will be a complimentary rooftop beer garden, discounts on skating admission at the Blue Cross RiverRink, paddle boating, and more! This event is free and open to the public. Different activities have separate ticket costs, including a special deal at the Independence Seaport Museum (click here to see the details).

Main Line High Five!

All Weekend

Main Fountain Garden Premiere Weekend

May 27, 9 am — 10 pm

May 28, 9 am — 6 pm (Open through 10 pm for Fireworks and Fountains ticket holders)

May 29, 9 am — 6 pm

Longwood Gardens, 1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square


See the glorious, newly restored Main Fountain Garden in its first weekend of shows! Tickets are recommended in advance of this event due to the highly anticipated return. On Sunday night especially for the “Fireworks and Fountains” show that you don’t want to miss!

‘The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane’

May 26, 7 pm

May 27 and 28, 2 pm

People’s Light, 39 Conestoga Road, Malvern


This musical spins the tale of a china rabbit who travels the world. Based on the book by acclaimed children’s author Kate DiCamillo (she wrote The Tale of Despereaux and Because of Winn-Dixie), this show is recommended for kids 8 and older. (The show runs through June 4.)

Downingtown Fine Arts Festival

May 27, 10 am — 6 pm

May 28, 10 am — 5 pm

203 Lancaster Ave., Downingtown


This Chester County gem features art, music, food, and more.


Aquatic Bug Hunt

May 27, 10 am — 11:30 am

Tyler Arboretum, 515 Painter Road, Media


Explore Tyler Arboretum’s Rocky Run Creek, and see what aquatic bugs you can find! This event is best for children ages 5 and above, and costs $6 for members and $12 for nonmembers.

Science Saturday: Chain Reaction

May 27, 1 –4 pm

Hagley Museum, 200 Hagley Creek Road, Wilmington, Delaware


Kids can learn about gravity, force, inertia, and motion, and build their own Rube Goldberg devices at this fun event. It’s free for members and included with admission ($14 for adults, $5 for kids 6 — 14, free for kids under 6).



Photograph by Alix Coleman, courtesy of the Devon Horse Show. 



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