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18+ Things To Do With Kids on the Main Line and in Philadelphia This Week

If you're looking for something to do this week, look no further than our weekly list of family friendly events to fill up your week with fun!

Snow is in the forecast, so we know you’ll want to get out the rest of the week. Here’s a blueprint for fun.

All Week:

The Philadelphia Flower Show

March 13 — 17, 10 am — 9 pm

March 18, 8 am — 9 pm

March 19, 8 am — 6 pm

The Pennsylvania Convention Center, 12th and Arch streets, Philadelphia


This year’s theme is “Holland: Flowering the World,” and it’s sure to be a stunning sight. There will be displays of amazing horticultural artworks, landscape design, flowers for sale, and fun activities. See our guide to family fun, then buy tickets here.

Extended Hours at the Reading Terminal Market

March 13 — 18, 8 am — 7 pm

Reading Terminal Market, 12th and Arch streets, Philadelphia


While the Philadelphia Flower Show is going on, there will be extended hours at the Reading Terminal Market. It’s the perfect place to grab a bite, shop for local treats, or just relax a bit.

‘The Fantastic World of Dan Yaccarino’

March 13 — 18, 9 am — 5 pm; March 19, 11 am — 5 pm

Please Touch Museum, 4231 Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia


This brand-new exhibit is both engaging and inspiring, bringing art and play together. The museum’s staff put this exhibit together, and planned activities to go with it. If you can’t do this week, the exhibit is around until May 14.

Open Gym

March 13, 1 – 6 pm

March 14, 12:30 — 6 pm

March 15, 11:30 am — 6 pm

March 16, 11 am — 3:45 pm

March 17, 8:30 am — 6 pm

March 18, noon — 3 pm

March 19, 9 am — 3 pm

Nest Chestnut Hill, 10 West Gravers Lane, Philadelphia


If you need a place for your child to play this week, take them to Nest in Chestnut Hill! Their indoor play facility is perfect for this unexpected wintry weather week. Children will love playing on the gymnastics equipment in a fun and safe environment. Parental supervision is required. This event costs $15 for nonmembers and is free to green and purple members.

Monkey Music Jungle at Momo’s Tree House

March 14 and 17, 10:30 — 11 am

Momo’s Treehouse, Momo’s Tree House, 205 Arch St., Philadelphia


Sing, dance, move, and groove at this weekly class, held on Tuesdays and Fridays.  All ages are welcome. This class costs $10 per child, and is free for babies under 6 months.


Play Workshop

March 13, 10 — 11 am

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


If you want to get out of the house, head to the Upper Merion Township Library with your little one (this event is meant for ages 1 — 3) to play with developmentally appropriate toys. This event is free, but registration is required.

Kids Yoga

March 13, 11:15 am — noon

Lilypad, 1234 S. Broad St., Philadelphia


This drop-in yoga class with Develop Yoga is perfect for little ones looking to learn more about yoga! This event is for children ages 2 — 5. This class costs $12 per child for drop ins and $10 for Lilypad members. Register for the class here.


Revenge of the Snowbirds

March 14, 10 am — noon, 1 — 3 pm

Bartram’s Gardens, 5400 Lindbergh Blvd., Philadelphia


Ever wonder what the birds that fly south for the winter do when they get back? Learn all about the birds back from vacation at this educational event designed for home-schooled children. This event costs $12 per student, and is free for Bartram’s Garden members at the family level and above. Registration is required. Register for the morning session here and the afternoon session here.

WOW! Wee Ones at Winterthur

March 14, 10:30 — 11:30 am

The Galleries Reception Atrium, Winterthur Museum and Gardens, 5105 Kennett Pike, Winterthur, Delaware


Children ages 3 — 5 can learn through music, movement, and exploration in a warm and welcoming setting. Each week, the theme will relate to the museum and garden. This event costs $5 per child with an adult. Admission is free for children under 2.

Garden Sprouts: Spring into Seeds

March 14, 1 — 2:30 pm

Tyler Arboretum, 515 Painter Road, Media


This activity, designed for children ages 4 — 6, lets kids to learn about the amazing seeds and the plants they will become as the spring season begins. This event costs $15 per child. To register for this event, go here.

Play K Playscapes: Kindergarten Readiness

March 14, 6:30 — 7:30 pm

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


The Play K Playscapes are new to the Media Upper Providence Library, thanks to the Office of Commonwealth Libraries. This Tuesday, head over and try them out for the first time. These playscapes are made for children ages 3 — 5, and teach children about pets, grocery stores, and more. This event is free to attend, but advance registration is preferred.


Storytime Wednesdays

March 15, 3:30 pm

Momo’s Tree House, 205 Arch St., Philadelphia


Storytime is a lovely way to enjoy yourself out of the house without having to commit to activity. Join Stephen Pauley this Wednesday to entertain your little ones with his favorite books. Most children stay after the story is over, so hang around and meet other local children and their parents. This event is free and open to the public.

Explore the Masters: Claude Monet

March 15, 4 — 6 pm

Wayne Art Center, 413 Maplewood Ave., Wayne


This children’s workshop, led by Miss Abby Ober, will explore the gorgeous painting style of impressionism and the artwork of Claude Monet, one of the greatest French Impressionists of all time. Tickets are $45 per child, and preregistration is required.

Community Night

March 15, 5 — 8 pm

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


This world-renowned science museum is FREE during this event, so stop in with your little scientists. The museum is offering a special $6 parking rate in its garage, but space is limited.


Children’s Read-Aloud Tour

March 16, 10:30 am

The Brandywine River Museum of Art, 1 Hoffman’s Mill Road, Chadds Ford


Get into the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day a day early! This Thursday, The Tallest Leprechaun by Emily Grace Koenig will be read aloud. Afterwards, children can create their own works of art using the story as inspiration. Registration is requested by contacting the education office at (610) 388-8382 or education@brandywine.org.

Toddler Yoga

March 16, 10 — 11 am

Kids At Play, 3502 Scotts Lane, Suite 711, Philadelphia


Toddler Yoga class will take your child to nature and introduce yoga poses, too. Imagine animals and explore the wild, all from your mat. The suggested age for this event is 4 — 6 years old, and parental involvement is required. Contact Kids at Play to register for this event.

Thursday Tots – Bird Nests

March 16, 1 — 2 pm

Wissahickon Environmental Center, 300 Northwestern Ave., Philadelphia


Ever wonder how birds build their nests? Learn all about local birds and their homes in the Treehouse and then create a wildlife gift to provide the birds with extra nest material. This event is for children ages 3 — 5 and is $5 per child per lesson. Parental supervision is required. Registration is required and you may register by phone (215) 685-9285 or by emailing wec@phila.gov.


Baby Bird Playdate

March 17, 10:15 — 11 am

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


This event, designed for toddlers and their grownups, is a great way to introduce your child to art! Children can play at the museum, walk through the galleries, create their own artwork, and dance to music. This event is included with admission to the museum. 

Free Storytime at the Arboretum

March 17, 10:30 — 11:15 am

Morris Arboretum, 100 E. Northwestern Ave., Philadelphia


Head to Morris Arboretum this Friday for a free storytime held at the Outdoor Children’s Classroom (next to the Widener Visitor Center). Tailored to the changing seasons, this event is designed to entertain and engage children’s imaginations.

Fido Friday

March 17, 6 — 9 pm

The Pennsylvania Convention Center, 12th and Arch streets, Philadelphia


Bring your family’s favorite furry friend to the Philadelphia Flower Show this Friday! That’s right: it’s Fido Friday and Yappy Hour time. There will be dog-themed promotions and products throughout the show floor and more. The only things your dog needs are a dog tag, and they must be updated on their rabies vaccine. Have more questions? Check out the safety guidelines.

All Weekend

Holi Family Day Celebrations

March 18, 9 am  — 5 pm
March 19, 11 am — 5 pm
The Please Touch Museum, 4231 Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia

Celebrate the Holi Festival, otherwise known as the Festival of Colors. Artists will be creating colorful and traditional Indian artwork while music plays and dancers perform all weekend long. This event is included with general admission.

Madagascar Jr.

March 18, 11 am
March 19, noon
The Media Theatre, 104 E. State St., Media

If you like to move it move it, move it on over to the Media Theatre for this kid-friendly show. Tickets for this event are available by calling the Media Theatre’s box office at 610-891-0100.

Wine and Cheese Weekends

March 18 and 19, noon — 5 pm
Chaddsford Winery, 632 Baltimore Pike, Chadds Ford

Wine and cheese: an unstoppable combination. Chaddsford Winery is pairing wine with delicious cheese all weekend long — plus live music from Colin & Drewon Saturday and Ryan Schubert on Sunday. There will also be food trucks if the cheese samples don’t do it for you. This weekend, enjoy food from Mara-Leo! Tickets are $20 per person, and must be reserved in advance.


PECO Sensory-Friendly Saturdays

March 18, 8:30 — 10 am
The Brandywine River Museum of Art,1 Hoffmans Mill Road, Chadds Ford

Families can enjoy the space before it opens to the general public. There will be creative activities and sensory break areas for children who need them. Registration is required and space is limited. To register, contact Laura Westmoreland atlwestmoreland@brandywine.org or call610-388-8120.

Passport to Discovery: Japan

March 18, 9:30 am — 3 pm
The Garden State Discovery Museum, 2040 Springdale Road, Suite #100, Cherry Hill, New Jersey

This series allows children to learn about exciting cultures different from their own through educational and interactive activities, and is included with general admission.


Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1

March 18, 11 am
The Bryn Mawr Film Institute, 824 W. Lancaster Ave., Bryn Mawr

Catch the first of the final two Harry Potterfilms this weekend at the Bryn Mawr Film Institute as part of their film fest. This film is rated PG-13. Tickets are $5 for adults and $4 for kids.


Scout Day

March 18, 11 am — 3 pm
The Franklin Institute, 222 N. 20th St., Philadelphia

This event, specifically designed for both Girl and Boy Scout troops from the area, lets troops work on their achievement requirements. There are 12 world-class exhibitions to explore together! Tickets are $9.95 per child and $12.95 per adult, and include general admission.


ORKid Days

March 18, 11 am — 2 pm
Longwood Gardens, 1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square

Head to the conservatory for an Orchid Quest! Children will love exploring in search of unique orchids while they learn about the blooms. Children who complete all the tasks earn a prize! This event is included with general admission.


Family Day at the Philadelphia Flower Show

March 19, 8 am — 6 pm

The Pennsylvania Convention Center, 12th and Arch streets, Philadelphia

This is worth a trip into the city. Take the children to see butterflies live, enjoy family fun, and make their own flower crown or succulent garden. Both the “Butterflies Live” and Make and Take events require additional tickets. This is also the final day of the flower show, so don’t miss it! Get tickets to the show here.


Tangled Textiles

March 19, 2 — 4 pm
The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, 118-128 N. Broad St., Philadelphia

Using applique and stitching techniques, participants in this week’s Family Arts Academy workshop are invited to create a quilt inspired by Nick Cave. This event is free and open to the public.


Photograph by Alex Goins. 

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