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

Plan your week with our list of fun family-friendly events.

Ready for the week? Check with us every day for something fun to do with the kids.

All Week

Final Week of ‘The Fantastic World of Dan Yaccarino’

May 8 — 13, 9 am — 5 pm

Please Touch Museum, 4231 Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia

 

Enjoy the final week of the Dan Yaccarino exhibit at the Please Touch Museum this week. This interactive exhibition allows children to jump into their favorite children’s book illustrations and lets their imaginations run wild! This event is included with general admission.

Chinese Lantern Festival in Franklin Square Opening

May 9 — 11, 6 pm — 10 pm

May 12 — 13, 6 pm — 11 pm

May 14, 6 pm — 10 pm

Franklin Square Park, 200 6th St., Philadelphia

 

The Chinese Lantern Festival is back for a second year. 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.

Final Week of ‘Frogs: A Chorus of Colors’

May 8 — 12, 10 am — 4:30 pm

May 13 — 14, 10 am — 5 pm

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

 

This exhibit of live amphibians closes on Mother’s Day, so if you haven’t seen it yet (or have and love it), don’t miss the opportunity. Saturday is Frog Jump Day, with shows, activities, talks, crafts, and more.

Kickoff Carnival

May 11, 5 — 10 pm

May 12, 5 — 10 pm

May 13, noon — 10 pm

May 14, noon — 5 pm

Elmwood Park Zoo, 1661 Harding Blvd. Norristown

 

Take part in an old -fashioned carnival this week at Elmwood Park Zoo to kick off the warmer weather season! Don’t forget, on Mother’s Day, moms ride for free! This event is free and open to the public. Rides, food, and other activities are purchased separately.

‘Hansel and Gretel’

May 9 — 12, 10:15 am

May 13, 11 am

May 14, 2 pm

Gratz College Theater, 7605 Old York Road, Melrose Park

 

Storybook Musical Theater presents the classic fairy tale in a 90-minute show that’s appropriate for ages 3 and up. Tickets are $14 for adults and $12 for kids.

Monday

Teeny Tiny Trackers: Fabulous Flowers

May 8, 10 am — 11 am

Tyler Arboretum, 515 Painter Road, Media

 

Take your little one out into nature this Monday and explore the flowers now blooming at Tyler Arboretum. Admission is $10 for members and $15 for nonmembers for an adult and child pairing.

Science on Tap: Botanical Time Travel

May 8, 6 — 7 pm

National Mechanics, 22 S. Third St., Philadelphia

 

Join the Academy of Natural Sciences’ botany collection manager, Jodan Teisher, for Science on Tap! This month’s talk will be about Herbaria, library-like collections of dried plants.

All Levels Yoga

May 8, 7 — 8 pm

Wayne Art Center, 413 Maplewood Ave., Wayne

 

This free family-friendly yoga session is meant for both newbies and yoga experts alike. This evening of yoga will start off your week right!

Tuesday

Wow! Wee Ones at Winterthur

May 9, 10:30 — 11:30 am

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

 

Active learning through music, movement, and exploration is the name of the game at this gathering. This event is $5 per adult and child pairing.

Miss Vicki Reads Stories!

May 9, 3:30 — 4:30 pm

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

 

Does your child have a favorite book they want to read? Bring it to the Media-Upper Providence Library, where the youth services librarian will be available to read to your child. This event is free and all ages are welcome.

Wednesday

Imagination Playground

May 10, noon — 6 pm

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

 

The imagination playground is open for business at the Play Café this Wednesday! Your child can build whatever his or her heart desires — from a castle to a skyscraper and everything in between. This event is included with general admission.

Yoga at the Museum

May 10, 6 and 7 pm

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

 

Enjoy Dhyana Yoga at the Philadelphia Museum of Art after pay-what-you-wish admission this Wednesday. Class sizes vary, so be prepared to come early as space is limited.

Paint and Shop Night

May 10, 6:30 — 9 pm

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

 

Enjoy a night of shopping from local vendors and painting a delightful floral arrangement at Pinot’s Palette this Wednesday night to put some spice into the middle of your week. Tickets are $25 per painter.

Where the Wild Things Art

May 10, 7 pm

Elmwood Park Zoo, 1661 Harding Blvd., Norristown

 

Paint a zoo-tacular portrait of Inka the jaguar at this fun painting event! This event is recommended for ages 13 and up, and tickets are required. Admission is $20 for members and $25 for nonmembers.

Thursday

Night Market

May 11, 6 — 10 pm

Cottman and Rising Sun avenues, Philadelphia

 

Enjoy incredible street food at the kick off celebration to the season of night markets! There will be live music, shopping opportunities, and a lively block party feel that will get you ready for the summer season.

Friday

National Public Gardens Day

May 12, 9 am — 5 pm

Tyler Arboretum, 515 Painter Road, Media

 

What better way to spend National Public Gardens Day than to head out to one of the most lovely gardens in our area? Celebrate at Tyler Arboretum with crafting activities for kids and strolls through the gardens. The best part? Admission is free all day!

Free Storytime at the Arboretum

May 12, 10:30 — 11:15 am

Morris Arboretum, 100 E. Northwestern Ave., Philadelphia

 

Storytime was meant to be enjoyed outdoors at Morris Arboretum. Join an interactive storytime this Friday at the Outdoor Children’s Classroom. This event is included with general admission.

Spruce Street Harbor Park Opening/Univestival

May 12, 11 am — 1 am

May 13, 11 am — 1 am

May 14, 11 am — 11 pm

Spruce Street Harbor Park, Penn’s Landing, Philadelphia

 

It’s still springtime, but summertime is almost here. And it wouldn’t be summertime without Spruce Street Harbor Park. The official opening party is this Friday, and it’s sure to be a great time! Enjoy live music, food galore, hanging out in the hammocks, and more. The festival continues all weekend long!

Mommy’s Night Out Clothing Swap

May 12, 6:30 — 9 pm

Hatch, 250 West Lancaster Ave., Suite 110, Wayne

 

Pamper yourself at this fun MNO event! Enjoy hair styling tutorials, 5-minute makeovers, chatting with friends, and relaxing. The main reason for the event is a clothing swap, so do bring your gently used clothing you’ve outgrown to swap with other moms! RSVP is required by emailing info@hatchmotherhood or calling 484-367-7671.


Philly High Five!

All Weekend

LOVE Your Park Week

May 13 and 14, (continues through May 21)

Various Locations

 

Get out and show your local parks some love starting this weekend! Registration for volunteering is now open for cleanups and more. Do you love your park? Show the city some brotherly love and #LoveYourPark.

Saturday

History Mystery Bicycle Ride

May 13, 10 am — noon

Gloria Dei (Old Swedes’) Church, 916 S. Swanson St., Philadelphia

 

Ride your bike (or skate or walk) on this 4-mile course through Old City and Independence Mall. The course is well-marked, so novice riders are welcome, and you can hear the history of this church, too! Tickets are $28 per family, and the money goes to the historic site.

Philadelphia Literacy Day

May 13, 11 am — 1 pm

Smith Memorial Playground and Playhouse, 3500 Reservoir Dr., Philadelphia

 
Celebrate reading at this free party, thrown by Treehouse Books. The event will feature storytimes, live music, literacy resources, and refreshments. The centerpiece is a huge book market filled with free books! Snag some free pretzels and water ice, too.

‘Music Among Us’

May 13, 7 pm (Doors open at 5:30 pm)

The Mann Center, 5201 Parkside Ave., Philadelphia

 

Celebrate the start to the summer season with the Curtis Symphony Orchestra this Saturday at the Mann Center. They will be performing variations on Beethoven, Bernstein, Barber, and more. Tickets are free, but you must register in advance here.

Sunday

PECO Family Jams

May 14, noon — 4 pm

Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens, 1020 South St., Philadelphia

 

See the latest exhibit here, “Interweave,” and then learn how the artist, Zagar, is inspired by art from around the world. This event is included with admission to the gardens.


Main Line High Five!

All Weekend

Kickoff Carnival

May 12, 5 — 10 pm; May 13, noon — 10 pm; May 14, noon — 5 pm

Elmwood Park Zoo, 1661 Harding Blvd., Norristown
 
It’s a little chilly, but we’re all still ready for summer, right? Get in the spirit at the Elmwood Park Zoo this weekend, with an old-fashioned carnival. Enjoy special rides, food, and chances to meet some of the zoo’s animals. On Mother’s Day, moms get free zoo admission AND ride free all day. The carnival is free to enter, but you must buy ride tickets and food.

Mother’s Day Weekend at Longwood Gardens

May 13 and 14, 9 am — 8 pm

Longwood Gardens, 1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square
 
There will be flowers galore decorating the already gorgeous Longwood Gardens this weekend! There will also be live music, brunch, and dinner opportunities in the cafe (please note 1906 reservations are fully booked.) This event is included with general admission.

Mother’s Day Weekend at Penns Woods Winery

May 13, 10 am — 6:30 pm

May 14, 10 am — 4:30 pm

Penns Woods Winery, 124 Beaver Valley Road, Chadds Ford
 
Enjoy yoga and wine pairings, live music, cupcakes, shopping, painting classes, and much more all weekend at Penns Woods Winery. Tickets are required for this event and ticket prices vary per event.

Saturday

‘Star Wars’ Day

May 13, noon — 3 pm

Brandywine Zoo, 1001 N. Park Dr., Wilmington, Delaware
 
It’s after May 4, but the Force will be strong at this cute zoo Saturday. It’s a grand photo op, and you can book into the noon or 1:30 pm time slot. This is a ticketed event.

Sunday

El Bruncho Mother’s Day

May 14, 9:30 am  — noon

Lulu’s Casita, 6 Cricket Ave., Ardmore
 
For a Mother’s Day brunch with a side of playtime for the kids, join Lulu’s Casita for catered food stations, mimosas, and complimentary massages for mom! Admission is $20 per adult and $15 per child. RSVPs are required.

 

 

Photograph courtesy of Historic Philadelphia. 

Jes@familyfocusmedia.com

CONTRIBUTING WRITER

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