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19+ Things To Do This Week With Kids on the Main Line and in Philadelphia March 20 – 26

This week is full of excitement, from spring equinox celebrations, to children's illustration exhibitions and creative date night ideas.

All Week

Storytime: Books and Illustrations by Dan Yaccarino

March 20 — 23 and 26, 1:30 — 2 pm

City Park, Floor 1 at the Please Touch Museum, 4231 Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia

Enter the storybook world of Dan Yaccario at the Please Touch Museum this week. The exhibit, which opened recently, features a weekly storytime Monday through Thursday and again on Sundays. Stop by! Storytime is included with general admission to the museum.

“The Storybook Magic of Jerry Pinkney” Final Week

March 21 — 23, 10 am — 5 pm

March 24, 10 am — 8:45 pm

March 25, 10 am — 6 pm

March 26, 10 am — 5 pm

The Woodmere Art Museum, 9201 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia

This gorgeous exhibit is closing soon, so stop by this Chestnut Hill museum and see it before it’s gone! Admission is $10, and is free on Sundays.

Orchid Extravaganza

March 20 — 26, 9 am — 6 pm (This event continues through March 31)

Longwood Gardens, 1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square

Winter has proven it wants to stick around for the long haul despite this being the first week of spring. Escape the wintry breeze at Longwood Gardens’ Orchid Extravaganza, taking place in the Conservatory, where the weather is always warm. This event is included with general admission to the gardens.


Monday

Spring Equinox Wissahickon Walk

March 20, 10 am — noon

Meets at the Cedars House at Northwestern Avenue and Forbidden Drive, Philadelphia

March 20 marks the first day of spring! Celebrate with the Friends of the Wissahickon on an energizing two-mile walk through the woods. While registration is required, this event is free.

Founders Day

March 20, 10 am — 4:30 pm

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

Enjoy pay-what-you-wish admission to the Academy of Natural Sciences on Founders Day! The day’s activities include fossil prep, a naturalist presentation, as well as the current featured exhibit, “Frogs: A Chorus of Colors.”

Celebrate Spring with Adult Coloring Pages

March 20, 10 am — 8 pm

The Ardmore Free Library, 108 Ardmore Ave., Ardmore

Coloring books aren’t just for kids anymore! Pop over to the Ardmore Free Library this Monday all day long and get your color on.

First Day of Spring/Free Water Ice

March 20, noon — 9 pm

Rita’s Italian Ice, all locations

Welcome spring (even if there’s still snow on the ground) with this sweet annual tradition. Click here to find a location close to you.

‘Midnight in Paris’

March 20, 7:30 — 9:05 pm

The Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia

This event is for the parents: enjoy a screening of Midnight in Paris at the Barnes Foundation for a laid back date night that gets you out of the house. Tickets are $14 for non-members, and $7 for members and students. Reserve your tickets here.


Tuesday

Wee Ones at Winterthur

March 21, 10:30 — 11:30 am

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

Bring your wee one to Winterthur to learn through music, movement, and exploration. Admission is $5 per child and adult pair, and is free for members and children under 2.

Build a Robotic Boat for Pi Day

March 21, 11 am — noon

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

Pi Day was overtaken by a blizzard, and this museum is celebrating this week instead. Tickets are required for this event and are $16 for an adult and child pair, and $12 for each additional child.

PAWS For Reading After School

March 21, 4 — 5 pm

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

There will be a specially-trained therapy dog at the Media Upper Providence Library this Tuesday. Reserve your child’s 10-minute slot to read to the dog in a judgment-free zone by calling the library at 610-566-1918.


Wednesday

Little Chefs in Nature’s Pantry Series

March 22, 10 — 11 am

Tyler Arboretum, 515 Painter Road, Media

This all-ages event is perfect for children who want to learn how to cook — with parents who want to keep their kitchen clean — and is the first in a series. Register for the entire series here. You may also register for just this class individually here.

Book Bike

March 22, 10 — 11 am

The Reading Terminal Market, 12th and Arch streets, Philadelphia

The Book Bike returns to the Reading Terminal Market this week! Head over for story time and interactive games. This event is free and open to the public.

Mindful Mamas Yoga (Mommy and Me Yoga)

March 22, 10:30 — 11:15 am

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

This is the first in a new yoga series with Molly Goecke of Mindful Mamas Yoga! Join in on the fun with your little one this Wednesday. Classes are available in a series and drop in basis for $24 per class.

Spring Organizing Workshop with Closets by Design

March 22, 7 — 9 pm

Closets by Design Showroom, 928 Springdale Dr., Exton

We’re hosting a mingle this week with Closets by Design! Join us for a fun night of learning organizing tips and meeting like-minded parents. You never know, you might just meet your new best friend! Admission is free but advance registration is preferred.


Thursday

Storytime at the Square

March 23, 10 — 11:30 am

Suburban Square, Anderson and Coulter avenues, Ardmore

This interactive story and song event is just in time for the official change of season.

Children’s Read-Aloud Tour: Tap the Magic Tree

March 23, 10:30 am

The Brandywine River Museum of Art, 1 Hoffmans Mill Road, Chadds Ford

Join the Brandywine River Museum of Art for an interactive storytime reading of Tap the Magic Tree by Christie Matheson. This program is free for members and $5 for each adult and child pair. Registration is requested by contacting the education office at 610-388-8382 or education@brandywine.org. 

Tiny Trackers: Maple Sugaring

March 23, 1 — 2:30 pm

Tyler Arboretum, 515 Painter Road, Media

Happy maple sugaring season! Learn how to make maple syrup at this fun and educational event. Admission is $10 for members and $15 for nonmembers (the fee is for the child only).


Friday

Baby Bird Playdate

March 24, 10:15 — 11 am

Education Studios 1 and 2, The Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia

Every week, the Philadelphia Museum of Art invites little ones to come and tour the museum, make artwork, and dance to music. This event is included with general admission to the museum.

What’s Still Going on? Marvin Gaye

March 24, 6 — 8 pm

The Woodmere Art Museum, 9201 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia

Spice up date night at the Woodmere Art Museum this Friday by dancing to the tunes of one of the most celebrated R&B artists of our time, Marvin Gaye. Tickets are $12 for members and $22 for nonmembers and must be purchased at the door the night of the event.

African American Museum in Philadelphia 40th Anniversary Celebration

March 24, 6:30 pm

Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, 1201 Market St., Philadelphia

Celebrate 40 years with the African American Museum in Philadelphia this Friday night! Tickets are $175 per person. Purchase tickets here.


Saturday:

Fishtown Fishing Derby

March 25, 8 — 11 am

Penn Treaty Park, 1199 N. Delaware Ave., Philadelphia

 

Get back to Fishtown’s roots at this free event. There will be rods available for kids, and there’s a free prize for all of them, too. Adults must have a fishing license to enter. If the fish aren’t biting, try the playground. 

Birding and Bagels

March 25, 9 and 10:30 am

Riverbend Environmental Education Center, 1950 Spring Mill Road, Gladwyne

 

Make up for last weekend’s miserable weather by spending your Saturday birding. This is a basic introduction, with binoculars, plus snacks and the chance to be outside. Please register the number of people in your party at info@riverbendeec.org.

StoryUP! at the Please Touch Museum

March 25, 11 — 11:30 am, and performances at 1 — 1:30 pm and 2 — 2:30 pm

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

 

StoryUP! Will be at the Please Touch Museum this weekend, promoting literacy through comedy, games, and fun. Join them all weekend long. This event is included with general admission to the museum.

Squid Fun Catcher

March 25, 11 am — 1 pm

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

At this weekend’s Seafarin’ Saturday event, create sea creature sun catchers! This event is included with general admission to the museum.

EPZ’s Hawaiian Luau

March 25, noon — 1:30 pm

Elmwood Park Zoo, 1661 Harding Blvd., Norristown

 

Elmwood Park Zoo knows how to throw a party, and this weekend it’s a Hawaiian Luau. Enjoy games, crafts, and free ice cream and water ice courtesy of Petrucci’s. This event is included with general admission to the zoo.

Play-a-Palooza

March 25, noon — 4 pm

Smith Memorial Playground, 3500 Reservoir Dr., Philadelphia

 

Spring is finally here, which means the annual Play-a-Palooza event at Smith Memorial Playground has arrived! Advance tickets are required; get them here.

17th Annual Girls Exploring Tomorrow’s Technology

March 25, 12:30 — 5 pm

West Chester East High School, 450 Ellis Lane, West Chester

 

Get girls excited about Tech this weekend! Students are invited to participate in hands-on STEM activities and learn from female role models in the field. Students and educators participate for free, and parents are charged a nominal fee of $10.

Science Saturday: Egg Newtons

March 25, 1 — 4 pm

Hagley Museum, 200 Hagley Creek Road, Wilmington

 

Save the egg from a car crash this weekend at Hagley Museum. This drop-in scientific event is included with general admission to the museum and is free for members.

The Sandlot

March 25, 2 pm

Colonial Theatre, 227 Bridge St., Phoenixville

 

This sweet 1993 coming of age story gets a big-screen showing. Tickets are $5, and kids under 3 are free.

Greensgrow Farms 20th Anniversary Celebration

March 25, 4 — 6:30 pm

2501 E. Cumberland St., Philadelphia

See the unveiling of a new and beautiful mural at the gardens followed by a reception with refreshments from the Greensgrow community kitchen.


Sunday

Animal Enrichment Workshop

March 26, 10:30 am — 12:30 pm

The Education Building at Brandywine Zoo, 1001 N. Park Dr., Brandywine Park, Wilmington, Delaware

 

Create crafts that will enrich the lives of animals living at the Brandywine Zoo this Sunday. Admission is $12 for non-members and $10 for members. Register here.

Greensgrow Farms 20th Anniversary Season Opening

March 26, 11:30 am — 2:30 pm

5123 Baltimore Ave., Philadelphia
Enjoy live music from the West Philadelphia Foot Tappers at this fun event, unveiling the Tiny House with a ribbon cutting ceremony!

Jerry Pinkney Family Festival and Closing Reception

March 26, noon — 4 pm

The Woodmere Art Museum, 9201 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia

 

This beautiful exhibition closes this Sunday, and the museum is celebrating with readings, circus art, and performances. This event is free and open to the public.

Photograph by Lazlo Bodo, courtesy of Wintherthur.


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