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25+ Things to Do With Kids Around Philly and the Main Line

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Summer of Spectacle

Through September 30

Longwood Gardens, 1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square

 

The beauty of the long-anticipated Fountain Garden is finally here, and coming in with a bang with light shows live music to light up the summer. Entrance to the gardens is included with museum admission.

Founders Weekend Celebration

July 15 – 16, 6 – 10 pm

Longwood Gardens, 1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square

 

Celebrate the history of Longwood Gardens with three days of activities for all ages. Go for the special talks and children’s activities in the Outdoor Children’s Corner. This event is free with admission to the gardens.

‘Winter’

Through August 20

Philadelphia Zoo, 3400 W. Girard Ave., Philadelphia

 

Come cool off in the summer heat with the Philadelphia Zoo’s summer exhibit, Winter. Where else can you find real snow in the middle of the summer? Non-members pay $10 on weekdays and $12 on weekends.

Free Yoga on Race Street Pier

July 10 – 13, 7 am and 6 pm

July 14, 7 am

July 15 and 16, 9:30 am

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

 

Yoga memberships can be expensive, but nothing beats free yoga on a beautiful day with your community! Roll out your mat and stretch out near the Delaware River amongst other Philly yogis, and join on Wednesday night for the Summer Solstice class!

ArtSplash Gets Wild

Through September 4, 10 am – 5 pm

Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia

 

Get ready to create at the Philadelphia Museum of Art all summer with ArtSplash! Journey through the world of animals in the wild through creative play inspired by the photographs of Michael Nichols. This event runs throughout the summer, and admission to this event is included with museum tickets (and children 12 and under are always free unless otherwise noted.)

David Rogers’ ‘Big Bugs’

Through August 29

Tyler Arboretum, 515 Painter Road, Media

 

Come and experience 10 gigantic insect sculptures (all made sustainably) scattered throughout the scenic loop of the arboretum, including a 17-foot dragonfly and 25-foot-long ants. This exhibit is included in general admission to the arboretum.

‘A Mirror Maze: Numbers in Nature’

Through September 4

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

 

Learn how to use math to unlock the mysteries of nature, and explore the patterns found throughout the world. Admission is $25 for adults and $21 for children, and includes general admission to the museum.

Spruce Street Harbor Park/Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest

Through October 1

Penn’s Landing, Philadelphia

 

Come swing on a hammock, play some fun outdoor games, and eat some of Philly’s classic delicacies on the Delaware River.

Children’s Discovery Garden

Through October 1

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

 

Exploring nature doesn’t always include driving far away; you can do it right here in the city! There are many fun things to explore at Sister Cities Park, including an Imagination Playground, a boat pond, and even a library to find a new book to read in the park.

‘Storyland’

Through September 10

Please Touch Museum, 4231 Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia

 

Take a leap right into the pages of a book, as some of your childhood favorites come to life at the Please Touch Museum. Admission to this exhibit is included with general admission to the museum.

Monday

Tiny Tots: Superhero Science

July 10, 11 am – Noon

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

 

Explore nature through songs and activities in this summer-long series with a different theme every time. Admission to this event is $20 per adult/child pair for members and  $25 per adult/child pair for non-members.

Tuesday

Family Storytime

July 11, 10 and 10:45 am

Longwood Gardens, 1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square

 

Enjoy nature-themed stories with your little one at the Lookout Loft Treehouse with songs, puppets, and storytelling. This event is geared towards ages 3 – 5 and free with admission to the gardens.

WOW! Wee Ones at Winterthur

July 11, 10:30 – 11:30 am

Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library, 5105 Kennett Pike, Winterthur, Delaware

 

Ages 3 – 5 can come to explore through movement, stories, and music. Members and children 2 and younger are free, $5 per child and $5 per adult in addition to museum admission.

‘The Beast in the Bayou’

July 11, 11 am

Great Plaza, Penn’s Landing

 

The Enchantment Theatre Company will present this nature-focused show set in Louisiana. Admission is free, and the show is best for ages 4 and older.

Rock ‘N’ Roar Series: Steve Pullara & The Cool Beans Band

July 11, 11 am

Philadelphia Zoo, 3400 W. Girard Ave., Philadelphia

 

Come for live children’s music and stay for the animals! This concert series will be bringing fun music all summer. This event is free with admission to the zoo.

Wednesday

Toddlers in Nature: Colors in Bloom

July 12, 10 – 11 am

Tyler Arboretum, 515 Painter Road, Media

 

Go on a hunt throughout the arboretum after story time to count how many different colors you can find. This event is $10.

Homeschooler Days on Vacation: Summer Art

July 12, 10 am – Noon and 1 – 3 pm

Bartram’s Garden, 5400 Lindbergh Blvd., Philadelphia

 

Learn about how to use the summer sun to make art with pinhole cameras, and how to develop them in a homemade darkroom! This event is $12 for non-members and free for members.

Children’s Solar Print Class

July 12, 11 am – Noon

Linvilla Orchards, 137 Knowlton Road, Media

 

Part of the Science and Nature Summer Series, this workshop at the Garden Center will teach kids how to produce art made by the sun! Start with a nature walk where you will gather materials to make your project, and then use solar print paper to make a unique piece of art. This event is $10 per child.

 

Family Fun Night with WSTW

July 12, 6 – 8 pm

Brandywine Zoo, 1001 N. Park Drive, Wilmington, Delaware

 

Enjoy special games, activities, and live animals with special evening hours at the zoo. Admission is $1 and parking is free!

Franklin Institute: Electricity

July 12, 7 – 8 pm

Easttown Library, 720 First Ave., Berwyn

 

The Franklin Institute comes to the Main Line with a presentation about electricity. This free event will teach you how electricity flies through the air, and even become a human circuit.

Thursday

Little Chefs: Hankering for Honey

July 13, 10 – 11:30 am

Tyler Arboretum, 515 Painter Road, Media

 

Learn how bees make honey and how to make healthy snacks with it! This is suited for ages 3 – 6 but all are welcome. Price is $15 for members and $20 for non-members.

STEAM Storytime: Science Tools

July 13, 10:30 am

American Helicopter Museum, 1220 American Blvd., West Chester

 

Come for storytime, stay for a craft in the Helipad. This event is geared towards ages 3 – 6 but all are welcome, and is free with admission to the museum.

Artime Storytime: ‘My Many Colored Days’

July 13, 10:30 – 11 am, 11:30 am – Noon

The Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway

 

Read this beloved favorite and watch animals and colors be brought to life! This event is free, but reservations are required: book for 10:30 am or 11:30 am or call 215.278.7200; call to cancel.

Family Entertainment Series: Write Like an Egyptian

July 13, Noon – 1 pm

Wayne Art Center, 413 Maplewood Ave., Wayne

 

Come and create a banner with gold pens and black ink. Write your name in hieroglyphics and learn about Egyptian symbols and borders. This event is free to the public and materials are included.

Philly Family at Parks on Tap

July 13, 6 — 9 pm

Schuylkill Banks at the Walnut Street Bridge, Philadelphia

 

Join the Philly Family community for a fun meetup at this awesome stop of the traveling beer garden. There will be free yoga at 6:30, and plenty of hammocks, craft beer, and food. Bring the kids, or leave them at home and enjoy some adult time with other local parents. Tickets are free, but please tell us you’re coming!

Night Skies in the Observatory

July 13, 7 – 10 pm

The Franklin Institute, 271 N. 21st St., Philadelphia

 

Create your own experience with the Franklin Institute’s chief astronomer. There will be hands-on astronomy activities, telescope observing, and a cash bar for Mom and Dad. Tickets are free for members and $10 for non-members.

Friday

Baby Bird Playdate

July 14, 10:15 – 11 am

Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia

 

Enjoy art and music making at the museum and curated gallery walks specifically for you and your little one. This event is free with admission to the museum.

Moonlight Movies: ‘Moana’

July 14, 6:30 pm

Pleasant Playground, 6757 Chew Ave., Philadelphia

 

Head to Mount Airy for this hit movie, which begins 15 minutes after sunset. Get there at 6:30 for storytime and a book swap, and grab dinner from the food trucks.

Drive-In Zoovie: ‘The Secret Life of Pets’

July 14, 7:30 pm

Elmwood Park Zoo, 1661 Harding Blvd., Norristown

 

Drive up to the movie or park on the lawn for this “zoovie”, and since it’s about pets, feel free to bring yours! Price is $15 per car for members, $20 per car for non-members, and $5 per lawn seat.

Philly High Five!

All Weekend

Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends Weekend

July 15 – 16, 8 am – 5 pm

Morris Arboretum, 100 E. Northwestern Ave., Philadelphia

 

Come see Thomas and his friends take over the tracks at the Garden Railway at the Arboretum. This is free with admission to the museum.

Citizen Science Lab

July 15 – 16, 10 am – 5 pm

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

 

Have fun with hands-on activities all about water and the biology of the Delaware River. This event has public demonstrations at 2 and 3:30 pm on Saturday, and 11 am, 2 pm, and 3:30 pm on Sunday, and it’s free with admission to the museum.

Bluegrass and Blueberries

July 15, 10 am — 8 pm; July 16, 10 am — 5 pm

Peddler’s Village, Lahaska

 

Celebrate National Blueberry Month with music, fruit, and fun.

Saturday

Wineberry Harvest

July 15, 10 am – Noon

Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, 8480 Hagys Mill Road, Philadelphia

 

Wineberries might be an invasive species, but have yummy benefits too! Come and learn the best spot to pick them to make pies and other summer treats. It’s BYOP (Bring-Your-Own-Pail) and completely free.

Sunday

National Ice Cream Day

July 16, 11 am – 5 pm

Please Touch Museum, 4231 Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia

 

Come by the museum for free ice cream sundaes, and even explore a real ice cream truck. This event is free with admission to the museum.


Main Line High Five!

All Weekend

Blobfest

July 14 — 16

Colonial Theatre, 227 Bridge St., Phoenixville

 

Celebrate one of the most famous moments in horror-movie history at this fun event. The re-enactment of the “run-out” movie scene is sold out, but there’s a street fair on Saturday, and screenings of classic films (including the namesake movie)all weekend. The fair is free; screenings require tickets.

Saturday

East Coast Super Reptile Expo

July 15, 9 am – 4:30 pm

Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, 100 Station Ave., Oaks

 

See live amphibians, arachnids, and reptiles from across the country. It’s free to park, $8 if you buy online, and $10 at the door.

Summer Saturdays at Hagley

July 15, 10:30 am – 2:30 pm

Hagley Museum, 200 Hagley Creek Road, Wilmington, Delaware

 

Spend your Saturday discovering archaeology through hands-on activities. Free with admission to the museum.

Dads & Daughters Hike to Indian Rock 

July 15, 11 am – 1:30 pm

Tyler Arboretum, 515 Painter Road, Media

 

Relax, play, search for crayfish, and splash around with Dad! This 4-mile loop hike is suitable for ages 5 and older. Price is $6 for members and $15 for non-members.

Sunday

Philadelphia Phillies Day

July 16, 10 am – 5 pm

Elmwood Park Zoo, 1661 Harding Blvd., Norristown

 

Show your hometown pride, and wear Phillies gear for $2 off admission to the zoo! Meet the Phanatic from 2 – 3 pm, and makes some cool Phillies crafts to take home. This event is free with admission to the zoo.
 

Photograph courtesy of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University. 

 

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