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30+ Things to Do With Kids This Week Around Philly and the Main Line: August 13–19

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Last week of The Oval+

Through August 19

2451 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia

 

This colorful transformation of Eakins Oval ends its four weeks of fun for all ages to the Parkway, from a beer garden for grownups to a sandbox for little ones, and so much more. Free events will be held Wednesday through Sunday, including plenty of kid-friendly activities. See all the details in our preview.

Last week of Cirque du Soleil: ‘VOLTA’

Through August 19

Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, 100 Station Ave, Oaks

 

A stunning show celebrating themes of freedom and self-discovery, and inspired in part by the adventurous spirit that fuels the culture of street sports, VOLTA weaves acrobatics in a visually striking world driven by a stirring melodic score.

Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest

1 pm — 11 pm Monday — Thursday; 1 pm — 1 am Friday; 11 am — 1 am Saturday; 11 am — 11 pm Sunday

101 S. Christopher Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia

 

Skate, ride the Ferris wheel, play mini-golf, and then take a break for some crab fries and Skee-Ball. You can do it all at this fun attraction.

Spruce Street Harbor Park

11 am — 11 pm Monday — Thursday; 11 am — 1 am Friday and Saturday

301 S. Christopher Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia

 

This waterfront spot has food, drink, games, and is a great place to relax!

Art Splash

Through September 3 (excluding Mondays)

Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia

 

Enjoy a summer of art exploration as the Philadelphia Museum of Art brings city-themed tours, projects, and more to the Great Stair Hall Balcony.  Kids and their grown-ups can experience the “Modern Times” exhibit through tours, art making, and imaginative play, including a LEGO build featuring a model of the Art Museum! On Sundays the museum offers pay-what-you-wish admission, though kids 12 and under are always free!

‘Game Masters’ at the Franklin Institute

Through September 3

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

 

Showcasing the work of over 30 innovative game designers, “Game Masters” takes visitors on an interactive journey inside their favorite video games. The exhibit features over 100 playable games, as well as the opportunity to learn the stories of the designers and see the evolution of favorite games from concept art to what we know today.

‘Xtreme Bugs’ at Academy of Natural Sciences

Through January 21

1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia

 

Nearly 20 towering animatronic bugs will come alive in this new creepy crawly exhibit! Get a bug’s-eye view of the world and learn about their intricacies and behaviors. See our preview here.

‘Hello From Japan!’ at Please Touch Museum

Through September 3

Please Touch Museum, 4231 Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia

 

The Please Touch Museum’s new “Hello from Japan!” is an immersive exhibit that teaches about Japanese culture, as well as literacy, math, and problem-solving skills through hands-on activities like construction and pretend play.

‘Hamilton: The Constitutional Clashes That Shaped a Nation’

Through December 31

National Constitution Center, 525 Arch St., Philadelphia

 

Walk in Alexander Hamilton’s shoes and learn more about the Founding Father whose life has fascinated Americans for centuries. This exhibit focuses on the intellectual and political conflicts between Hamilton and his contemporaries, including Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and John Adams, and of course, Aaron Burr (that one was a bit more personal). It’s included with museum admission.

Photo Pop!

Through September 3 (excluding Mondays), 3—11 pm (last timed tickets for 10 pm)

1315 Walnut St., Philadelphia

 

This immersive and interactive pop-up exhibit celebrates local artists and is highly Instagram-worthy! See our preview here!

Longwood Garden’s Festival of Fountains

Through September 30

1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square

 

The gorgeous display of fountains is back combining lights, technology, and water displays which will excite the whole family.

Garden Railway at Morris Arboretum

Through October 8

100 E. Northwestern Ave., Philadelphia

 

Model trains and cable cars navigate a quarter-mile of track all set against the beautiful garden backdrop. The Garden Railway is one of the true highlights of the incredible Morris Arboretum, and is always a kid favorite. The exhibit runs daily through Labor Day (and then weekends only through October 8).

Parks on Tap: Lemon Hill

August 15–19

Lemon Hill Dr, Philadelphia

 

Family-friendly beer garden Parks on Tap comes to this historic mansion in Fairmount Park. This is Parks on Tap location offers beautiful views of the city, and lots of space for kids to run around!

Chestnut Hill Restaurant Week

August 12–17

Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia

 

Select restaurants in Chestnut Hill offer $35 prix fixe menus.

Monday

Member Morning at Elmwood Park Zoo

August 13, 9—10 am

1661 Harding Blvd., Norristown

 

EPZ Members receive early admission to the zoo, an hour before it opens to the public. Members can even go on a yoga walk with their extra hour.

Music Monday at Lulu’s Casita with Roots with Ruark

August 13, 10—10:30 am

Lulu’s Casita, 6 Cricket Ave., Ardmore

 

Join Ruark for music circle, then stay after and play at Lulu’s.

Storytime in Franklin Square

August 13, 10—11 am

200 N. Sixth St., Philadelphia

 

Librarian Margaret Bernardi of the Independence Branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia will read free stories to children in the Franklin Square Pavilion every Monday this summer.

Parkway Pals at Sister Cities Park

August 13, 10:30 am—12:30 pm

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

 

From 10:30—11:30 am, enjoy Story Art: a storytime led by Free Library, followed by nature-themed crafts. Then, at 11:30 am, the Franklin Institute will bring unique science experiments, demonstrations, and hands-on activities.

Children’s Story Quilt

August 13, 1:30 pm

Walnut Street West Library, 201 South 40th St., Philadelphia

 

Build a story through patchwork quilting.

American Girl Club at Marple Public Library

August 13, 3—3:45 pm

2599 Sproul Road, Broomall

 

Kids ages 4-6 (and their dolls!) will spend a fun afternoon filled with space-themed activities. Pre-registration required in person or over the phone at 610-356-1510.

Family Adventure Camp at Media-Upper Providence Free Library

August 13, 6—7 pm

1 E. Front St., Media

 

Participate in a hula hooping contest, balloon building challenge, mini catapults, and more! Best for ages 5 and up. Call 610-566-1918 to register.

‘Coco’ at Dickinson Square

August 13, 8 pm

1600 E. Moyamensing Ave., Philadelphia

 

Enjoy a free screening of Coco under the stars!

Tuesday

Music Monkey Jungle at Reading Terminal Market

August 14, 10 — 10:30 am

51 N. 12th St., Philadelphia

 

Sing, dance, move, and have a rockin’ good time with Music Monkey Jungle. Admission is free and open to the public.

Baby Bird Playdate at Philadelphia Museum of Art

August 14, 10:15 am

2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia

 

Play at the museum with your little ones and enjoy music, art making, and gallery walks.​ For toddlers and their grownups.

Rock n’ Roar at Philadelphia Zoo

August 14, 11 am

3400 W. Girard Ave., Philadelphia

 

Pack your blanket and put on your dancing shoes—it’s time to rock and roar at an outdoor concert with Yosi and the Superdads. The concert takes place on Impala Lawn, and is free with zoo admission.

Tyler Arboretum Garden Sprouts

August 14, 1—2:30 pm

515 Painter Rd., Media

 

Kids ages 4-6 can create their own miniature herb gardens to take home. Pre-register online.

Afternoon Adventure: ‘Bake Oven Pizza Party’

August 14, 1—4 pm

Newlin Grist Mill, 219 Cheyney Rd., Glen Mills

 

Join Newlin Grist Mill for the ultimate pizza party! Campers will get to build their own pizzas from scratch, from mixing the dough, to preparing the sauce, and making the mozzarella! After the pizzas have been assembled, bake them in the brick bake oven and finish the afternoon enjoying the delicious homemade creations. Pre-registration is required.

Junior Naturalist Experiments in Nature

August 14, 1–3 pm

Pennypack Environmental Center, 8600 Verree Rd., Philadelphia

 

Children ages 8-12 participate in crafts, snack, games, and a walk. Registration is required. Please email PEC@phila.gov to receive registration forms.

Drop-in Baby Bubbles at The Logan Hotel 

August 14, 5—5:30 pm

1 Logan Square, Philadelphia

 

Using finely honed techniques developed by Fitness Alive co-founder and lead instructor Holly Waters, children ages five months to three years will learn how to feel comfortable and move their bodies in the water, helping them build confidence while exploring new surroundings in a safe, fun and supervised setting. Mom and/or dad are in the pool with their child offering hands-on guidance and encouragement under the direction of our instructor. The class also incorporates light massage techniques to help children develop long, loose, strong bodies. Free, but pre-registration is required.

Science Fun with Light and Optics

August 14, 4 pm

Parkway Central Library, 1901 Vine St., Philadelphia

 

Fun experiments with light, vision and color.  Suggested for ages 5 to 12.

Sensory Friendly Event at LEGOLAND

August 14, 5—7 pm

LEGOLAND Discovery Center, Plymouth Meeting Mall, Unit #1055, 500 W. Germantown Pike, Plymouth Meeting

 

LEGOLAND is teaming up with The Ruttenberg Autism Center and MusicWorks to provide a sensory friendly LEGO experience and music therapy. There will be music therapy sessions, reduction of sound and light levels in certain areas, and quiet spaces.

Storytime Under the Stars

August 14, 7 pm

Northeast Regional Library, 2228 Cottman Ave., Philadelphia

 

Families can enjoy stories, songs, and fingerplays in the library’s garden.

Decoupage Fun 

August 14, 7 pm

Bala Cynwyd Library, 131 Old Lancaster Road, Bala Cynwyd

 

Join Miss Cat as she guides kids in the art of decoupage! Children ages 8-12 are invited to participate. Registration is required.

‘Paddington 2’ at Gorgas Park

August 14, 8 pm

 

Bring the kids at dusk for popcorn and a movie under the stars.

‘If You’re Going to a March’

August 14, 7:30–9 pm

Head House Books, 619 S. Second St., Philadelphia

 

Author Martha Freeman will be at Head House Books in support of her book If You’re Going to a March, which addresses many of the questions kids might have about attending a march or protest, from their point of view.

Wednesday

Book Nook Storytime

August 15, 10 — 10:30 am

Reading Terminal Market, 51 N 12th St., Philadelphia

 

This program, in partnership with The Free Library of Philadelphia, is geared towards children ages 3 to 5.

Tyler Arboretum Campfire Chefs

August 15, 10—11:30 am

515 Painter Rd., Media

 

Discover the many ways to make a deliciously warm sandwich over the fire. Thematic content and cooking tasks will be best suited to kids ages 3-5, but all ages are welcome. Pre-register online.

Backyard Bugs Pop-up Camp

August 15, 10 am—noon

Smith Memorial Playground, 3500 Reservoir Dr., Philadelphia

 

Come discover the wonderful world of bugs with games, art projects, and activities that teach kids how bugs live, move, and eat.  Explore Smith Playground like a bug, and search for beetles, butterflies, spiders and more! For ages 3-5. Children can be accompanied with a grown up for the class, or they can remain on Smith premises (with other children, for example). 10 kids max per class, so email rebecca@smithplayground.org to sign up. Rain or shine!

Parkway Pals at Sister Cities Park

August 15, 10:30 am—1:30 pm

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

 

From 10:30—11:30 am, enjoy Grow up Green with Parks and Rec. Then, at 11:30 am, make some “Crafty Creations.” Finally at 12:30 pm, it’s Nature in the Park with the Academy of Natural Sciences.

‘Coco’ at Haverford Township Free Library

August 15, 10:30 am and 3:30 pm

1601 Darby Road, Havertown

 

Beat the heat and enjoy Coco in the Children’s Room, with two different showtimes.

Musicopia presents Brazilian Adventure at Wayne Art Center

August 15, 11:30 am—12:30 pm

413 Maplewood Ave., Wayne

 

Participants will be introduced to the culture and music of Brazil through the Samba, Bossa Nova, and Lambada styles of Brazilian music as the unique dance rhythms and culture of this Portuguese-speaking country are explored at this free family experience.

Friends of Wissahickon Ice Cream Social

August 15, 3—5 pm

The Cedar’s House, 200 W. Northwestern Ave., Philadelphia

 

A lovely afternoon of free ice cream, live music, nature activities for the whole family. This event is free and open to the public, no registration required. Rain or shine.

Tween DIY Foosball

August 15, 4—5 pm

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

 

Make your own foosball game from a shoebox! All supplies provided. Ages 9-12. Call 610-566-1918 to register.

Wednesday Night Family Art Studio and Stroller Tour

August 15, 5—7 pm

Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia

 

​Stay up late and enjoy pay-what-you-wish admission. Make some art before bedtime in the Art Splash studio. Take a stroller tour at 6 pm.

Fox Chase Farm Open House and Hayrides

August 15, 6 pm

8500 Pine Rd., Philadelphia

 

Fox Chase Farm will be open for visitors to explore the farm. The farm opens at 6 pm, and hayrides start at 7 pm. As a working farm, Fox Chase Farm is open to the public only during public events.

Philadelphia Zoo Member Night: Zooperheroes

August 15, 6—8 pm

3400 W. Girard Ave., Philadelphia

 

Dress up like your favorite superhero and come to the zoo for a special members-only night. Play games, take part in our superhero sprint, and enjoy discounts on rides and face painting. No registration required, just show your membership card!

Zoo on Wheels at Bustleton Library

August 15, 6:30 pm

10199 Bustleton Ave., Philadelphia

 

Intended for children ages 3-8 and their families, Zoo on Wheels emphasizes the importance of cultivating empathy and connecting with animals at a young age.

‘The LEGO Batman Movie’ at Ryerss

August 15, 6 pm (movie at 8 pm)

Ryerss Museum and Library, 7370 Central Ave., Philadelphia

 

Come early for games, face painting, and food, then stay for The LEGO Batman Movie  under the stars. Bring a blanket!

Bats! A Family Exploration Hike

August 15, 8–9 pm

UMLY, 1416 Berwyn-Paoli Rd., Berwyn

 

Discover the amazing world of bats and join us for a hike around the Cassatt Preserve to find them! Ages 2 and up, with a caregiver. Register online.

Outdoor Movie Night: ‘Elf’

August 15, 8 pm

211 Geiger Rd., Philadelphia

 

Free outdoor movie night in the Appel Ortho parking lot with free snacks.

Thursday

Kindergarten Readiness: Code-a-Pillar

August 16, 10 am—5 pm

Gladwyne Library, 362 Righters Mill Rd., Gladwyne

 

Gladwyne Library will have rotating stations set up in the meeting room all day where kids can play, build, and do simple coding with the Code-a-pillar. Recommended for ages 3-6, no registration required.

Music with Gina

August 16, 9:30 am

Vault + Vine, 3507 Midvale Ave., Philadelphia

 

Drop in for a class designed for babies and toddlers (ages 6 months to 4 years) and caregivers. Let your little one express themselves in a positive and compassionate setting through the use of movement, playing, and singing.

Barnes Toddler Time

August 16, 10 – 10:45am and 11 – 11:45am

2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia

 

Bring your curious and imaginative toddlers (ages 2-4) to the museum for art-related stories, art making, movement activities, and an introduction to the works in the Barnes collection.

Jewelry Stamping Workshop at The Oval (Ages 10+)

August 16, 5—8 pm

2451 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia

 

Make your own stamped pendant necklace or keychain! NextFab provides the tools, the space, and the training for makers of all kinds. With guidance from an experienced staff instructor, stamp your own personalized bar pendant necklace or keychain. Ages 10 and up, small groups at a time.

Pairings on the Parkway

August 16, 5—8 pm

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

 

This popular BYOB event features live music by a different singer-songwriter each week, and a special summer grilling menu at the on-site Logan Square Café. If you forget to bring your wine, Chaddsford Winery is there selling wine by the bottle or glass as well. Bonus: the Children’s Discovery Garden has extended hours!

Sound, Music, and Math: A Franklin Institute Traveling Science Show

August 16, 6:30 pm

Radnor Memorial Library, 114 W. Wayne Ave., Wayne

 

Discover the science behind the making of music with visitors from the Franklin Institute.

‘Zootopia’ at Inn Yard Park

August 16, 7:30—9:30 pm

4208-52 Ridge Ave., Philadelphia

 

Bring your own blanket for a free screening of Zootopia. Movie begins at dusk.

‘A Wrinkle in Time’ at Penn’s Landing 

August 16, 8 pm

Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing, Philadelphia

 

A Wrinkle in Time will be screened outdoors on a big screen at Penn’s Landing for free.

Barks on Tap and Canine Carnival

August 16, 4—8 pm

Mario Lanza Dog Park, 200 Queen St., Philadelphia

 

Come to Parks on Tap’s dog-friendly companion event Barks on Tap, as it joins forces with the annual Canine Carnival. There will be a photobooth, cotton candy, a dog ball pit, vendors, and more!

Manayunk Stroll the Street: Campfire and S’mores Night

August 16, 5—9:30 pm

Main Street Manayunk, Philadelphia

 

Manayunk will host local food trucks, vendors, and live music as visitors and residents walk, shop, and eat.

Nature at the Woodlands: Bat and Moth Night

August 16, 6—9 pm

4000 Woodland Ave., Philadelphia

 

Pack a picnic and bring your flashlights for the search for moths and bats with the Academy of Natural Sciences and Temple University. They will be here to guide visitors through a night filled with the science of bats and moths. Lil’ Pop Shop will also be there serving popsicles!

Family Fun Night at Lawncrest

August 16, 6:30—11 pm

Lawncrest Recreation Center, 6000 Rising Sun Ave., Philadelphia

 

Bring a blankets and lawn chairs for face painting, games, music, dancing, food trucks, and a screening of Black Panther.

KOP Town Center Free Movie Night: ‘Little Giants’

August 16, 8—10 pm

155 Village Drive #100, King of Prussia

 

Catch the 90s sports comedy Little Giants playing on the big screen, with free popcorn!

Friday

“Continental” Breakfast at the Museum of the American Revolution

August 17, 9 am

101 S. Third St., Philadelphia

 

Enjoy early access to the Museum’s Revolutionary Philadelphia playscape while enjoying a continental breakfast with a costumed interpreter. Pre-registration required.

Baby Bird Playdate at Philadelphia Museum of Art

August 17, 10:15 am

2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia

 

Play at the museum with your little ones and enjoy music, art making, and gallery walks.​ For toddlers and their grownups.

Nature Storytime

August 17, 10–11 am

Cobbs Creek Environmental Center, 700 Cobbs Creek Parkway, Philadelphia

 

Bring your little ones for nature themed stories and a walk or activity.

Kidchella at Smith Memorial Playground

August 17, 4 pm (concert starts at 6 pm)

3500 Reservoir Dr., Philadelphia

 

Come to the last “kindie” concert of the summer, as Red Yarn bring their “Critters” for some folksongs and puppetry, and Vered and the Babes bring their doo wop inspired acoustic rock music to close out the series. Before the concert, come for art activities, food trucks, and more.

BYOB and Pizza Night at Lulu’s Casita

August 17, 4—7:30pm

6 Cricket Ave., Ardmore

 

Lulu’s is open until 7:30pm for more fun, BYOB and pizza starting at 4 pm. Parents can relax with some adult beverages while kids tire themselves out before bedtime.

BYOB Friday at Chatter Splatter

August 17, 4—8 pm

1032 Conshohocken Rd., Conshohocken

 

Bring your own beverage (and dinner) for some after-hours family playtime.

Suburban Square Summer Concert Series: Chris Havrilla

August 17, 6:30–8 pm

Anderson and Coulter Avenues, Ardmore

 

Enjoy a free evening of live music at Suburban Square.

Zoo Snooze at Elmwood Park Zoo

August 17, 5:30 pm—August 18, 5:30 pm

1661 Harding Blvd., Norristown

 

Discover what happens at the zoo after the sun goes down. Spend a night under the stars with your favorite animal friends and enjoy outdoor family time in a safe and unique environment! For ages 4 and up with a caregiver. Includes admission, pizza dinner, activities, a movie and popcorn under the stars, s’mores by the campfire, and breakfast in the morning—bring your own camping equipment. Register online.

Summer UnWINEd Concert

August 17, 6–9 pm

The Market at DelVal, 2100 Lower State Rd., Doylestown

 

Bring the whole family to relax on the lawn and enjoy great live entertainment by Cherry Lane Duo, as well as food, wine, and ice cream for purchase. An inflatable attraction and lawn games will keep the kids busy while you enjoy your adult beverages.

‘Peter Rabbit’ at Bryn Mawr Movies in the Park

August 17, 7—10 pm

5 S. Bryn Mawr Ave., Bryn Mawr

 

Come see Peter Rabbit on a huge outdoor movie screen at the Gazebo Park beside the Ludington Library. There will be free popcorn and prizes for the kids.

‘Inside Out’ at Pennypack Park

August 17, 7:30—9:30 pm

8600 Verree Rd., Philadelphia

 

Bring your own blanket for a free outdoor screening of Pixar’s Inside Out.

‘The Greatest Showman’ at Dilworth Park 

August 17, 8:30 pm

1 S. 15th St., Philadelphia

 

Bring your own blanket or chair for The Greatest Showman! The first 100 people will receive free popcorn.

‘Coco’ in Clark Park

August 17, 8 pm

43rd Street and Chester Avenue, Philadelphia

 

Come early to enjoy an authentic Mexican musical performance by Son Revoltura presented by the Mexican Cultural Center. Audience members are invited to bring chairs or blankets for the films, and can enjoy food and dessert offerings from a rotating list of vendors, beginning around 6pm.

Movies Under the Stars: ‘Wonder Woman’

August 17, 8 pm (food trucks start at 7 pm)

Water Tower Recreation Center, 209 E. Hartwell Lane, Philadelphia

 

Bring your family, friends, lawn chairs, and blankets for a free outdoor movie and local food trucks!

 

Weekend Events

Philadelphia Events

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Last weekend of The Oval+

Through August 19

2451 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia

 

This colorful transformation of Eakins Oval ends its four weeks of fun for all ages to the Parkway, from a beer garden for grownups to a sandbox for little ones, and so much more. Stop by Sunday for a kids’ dance party! See all the details in our preview.

The Beach on North Broad

August 18, noon–11 pm; and August 19, 1–6 pm

1415 N. Broad St., Philadelphia

 

For just two weekends, a 1500 square foot beach will pop up on North Broad Street, complete with 50 tons of sand, hammocks, games, activities, and more.

Citizen Science Lab

August 18–19, 11 am, 1 pm, and 3:30 pm

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

 

The Citizen Science Lab at Independence Seaport Museum hosts hands-on, interactive experiences for the whole family centered around water, with a focus on the Delaware River’s biology, ecology and chemistry, plus language arts, history and basic engineering.

Parks on Tap: Lemon Hill

August 15–19

Lemon Hill Dr, Philadelphia

 

Family-friendly beer garden Parks on Tap comes to this historic mansion in Fairmount Park. This is Parks on Tap location offers beautiful views of the city, and lots of space for kids to run around!

Saturday

Pirate Day at Fort Mifflin

August 18, 10 am

1 Fort Mifflin Rd., Philadelphia

 

Complete a scavenger hunt, drill with wooden muskets, talk like a pirate and so much more! Meet the Pirates of the Schooner Pursuit and Fort Mifflin’s very own Cap’n Red Mango. There will also be musket and cannon demonstrations, and live music.

Minecraft Day at the Franklin Institute

August 18, 10 am—3 pm

222 N. 20th St., Philadelphia

 

The Franklin Institute celebrates the creative spirit of the video game phenomenon Minecraft with a daylong celebration including mini-game challenges, Minecraft karaoke, interactive Minecraft crafting, Minecraft-themed 3D printing, live science, and more. Activities included in general admission, but “Game Masters” admission is extra.

Kid Friendly Hike of Forbidden Drive

August 18, 10 am–noon

Meet at Valley Glen Inn, Valley Green Road at Wissahickon, Philadelphia

A kid friendly hike of Forbidden Drive and on wooded trails. Registration is recommended so that participants can be informed of weather or other emergency cancellations.

Water Works Family Tours with Let’s Go Outdoors

August 18, 10 am and 12:30 pm

640 Waterworks Dr., Philadelphia

Attendees will learn about the amazing grounds outside of the historic Water Works, including the Fishway Dam, then head inside for a guided orientation of “Water in Our World” and watch a 15-minute film about the buildings important role in Philadelphia’s history. Event is free, but registration is required.

AdventureWoods Free Public Hours

August 18, 10 am—noon

Awbury Arboretum, 1 Awbury Road, Philadelphia

 

This innovative, sustainable natural playground engages children in creative, imaginative, and active discovery. Kids are free to have fun and learn, experiment and discover, all while exercising and enjoying the outdoors.

Schuylkill Saturdays: Nature Exploration for Families

August 18, 10:30—11:30 am

8480 Hagy’s Mill Road, Philadelphia

 

Grab your hiking boots for a naturalist-led exploration with your little ones. Gather in the Discovery Center for a short introduction and craft before hitting the trails for guided exploration and discovery.

Philadelphia Obon Festival

August 18, 11 am—5 pm

Shofuso Japanese House and Garden, Lansdowne Drive and Horticultural Drive, Philadelphia

 

The festivities will include bon odori dance, taiko drumming, tea ceremony demonstrations, traditional games, arts and crafts, as well as a flea market and gift shop with vendors selling traditional goods. This day of celebration outside the gates of Shofuso is free and open to the public. In the event of inclement weather, Obon will be rescheduled to Sunday, August 19.

Drumming Up Attention: Celebrate Revolutionary Fifers and Drummers

August 18, 11 am

Museum of the American Revolution, 101 S. Third St., Philadelphia

 

Come for a free Fife and Drum Party on our outdoor plaza. The Fifes and Drums of the Old Barracks will perform patriotic tunes on the plaza, and at 11:30 am, the museum’s own costumed musicians will offer fife and drum demonstrations and a brief lesson. The party also will include free toy fifes for the first 300 guests and other giveaways. Try on Revolutionary costumes and march to the beat of your own drum during parades around the plaza at 12:30 pm and 1:30 pm.

PNC Grow Up Great Concert

August 18, 11 am—noon

Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, 200 S. Broad St., Philadelphia

 

A free interactive kids’ concert with your favorite musicals led by Barrymore Award-winning singer/actress Rachel Camp.

Saturday Free Boating at Bartram’s Garden

August 18, 11 am—3 pm

Bartram’s Gardens’ Community Boathouse, 5400 Lindbergh Blvd. Philadelphia

 

Bartram’s Garden will provide the boats, life jackets and basic instruction. Choose from a kayak (for 30 minutes) or rowboat (for 45 minutes). No experience is necessary. All ages are welcome, but minors must be accompanied by an adult.

Free Art Club for Kids

August 18, Toddler Time: 11 am—noon, Ages 5 and up: noon—2 pm

Tacony LAB Community Arts Center, 6918 Torresdale Ave., Philadelphia

 

Stop in to draw, paint and create! Mural Arts teaching artists will lead Art Club meetings, organizing projects and developing creative skills. Toddler time is from 11 am—noon, then kids age 5 and up can create until 2 pm.

Storytime in the Park (note relocation to Spruce Street Harbor Park)

August 18, 11:30 am—12:30 pm

Spruce Street Harbor Park, 301 S. Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia

 

Enjoy a new book each week, and entertainment with Listen, Learn, and Play. Light refreshments will be provided for the kids, as well as a book swap.

Festival of India

August 18, noon—7 pm

Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing, Philadelphia

 

Part of the PECO Multicultural Series, this free festival is a colorful panorama of art, music, dance, and cuisine celebrating Indian culture and India’s Independence Day.

Free Youth Skateboarding Day

August 18, noon—1:30 pm

Skate The Foundry, 894 N. 40th St., Philadelphia

 

Beginner to intermediate level skaters aged 6 – 13 are invited to a free afternoon in positive, safe, active and healthy environment, where kids can meet fellow skaters while improving their tricks.

Free to Be Dance Academy Open House

August 18, noon—3 pm

6757 Greene St., Philadelphia

 

The dance academy’s fall open house will have food, games, vendors, demo classes, and more.

Math in Motion with Origami Mommy

August 18, 2—3 pm

Please Touch Museum, 4231 Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia

 

Look closely at shapes, lines, and geometric patterns – then learn how to turn a square into a box, a boat, a frog, or even a whale! Origami Mommy has spent over 2 decades making math fun and accessible to children through hands on creative play. For ages 5 and up. Register at the front desk when you arrive to hold your spot.

Paint Nite for Kids (Ages 6+)

August 18, 2–4 pm

Destination Dog, 1111 Walnut St., Philadelphia

At this kid-friendly version of Paint Nite, guests will be guided through painting “Ollie the Owl.” Pre-register online.

40th Street Summer Series

August 18, 6 pm

Behind Walnut Street Library at 40th and Walnut streets, Philadelphia

 

The York Street Hustle with Three Aksha performs at this free concert with kids’ activities, giveaways, and more. If it’s raining, the Summer Series will move indoors to the back room at The Rotunda at 4014 Walnut Street.

Summer Sounds on the Square

August 18, 6–8 pm

Franklin Square, 200 N. Sixth St., Philadelphia

 

Enjoy a free live musical performance by country band April Mae and The June Bugs, and a beer garden at Franklin Square.

The Patchwork Storytelling Guild

August 18, 6:30—7:30 pm

Ned Wolf Park, 7018 McCallum St., Philadelphia

 

This free hour-long storytelling program will include stories that are suitable for all ages and feature fable, folk, and fairy tales, as well as other ditties, and will progress from stories that are familiar and appeal to the youngest children and families to those that are appropriate for upper elementary, teens, and adults.

Outdoor Movie Night: ‘Finding Nemo’

August 18, 7 pm

John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum, 8601 Lindbergh Blvd., Philadelphia

Bring your blankets and friends for an outdoor movie at the Refuge! Bring your own chairs, blankets, and bug spray. Kids’ activity begins at 7 pm, movie at 8 pm.

Mt. Airy Moonlight Movies: ‘The Princess and the Frog’

August 18, sunset

Trolley Car Diner, 7619 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia

 

Come early for dinner, grab an adult beverage, and some ice cream for the kids. Movie starts 10 minutes after sunset.

Outdoor Movie Night: ‘Black Panther’

August 18, 7:30 pm

Triangle Park, 5425-65 Upland Way, Philadelphia

 

Triangle Park is hosting a free outdoor movie night, featuring the superhero film Black Panther. Bring your own blankets. Movie begins at dusk.

Sunday

Philadelphia Zoo Member Morning Stroll

August 19, 8:30—9:30 am

3400 W. Girard Ave., Philadelphia

 

Visit the zoo on your own, an hour before they open, for a less-crowded members-only experience.

Drop-in Baby Bubbles

August 19, 9–10 am

Fitness Works Philadelphia, 714 Reed St., Philadelphia

 

The hour-long class, open to little ones age 5 months to 3 years, incorporates honed techniques developed by Holly Waters to teach children how to feel comfortable and move their bodies in the water, helping them build confidence while exploring new surroundings in a safe, fun, and supervised setting. A parent is required to be in the pool with the child.

Make Your Own Puppet

August 19, 10 am—2 pm

Liberty Lands, 913 N. Third St., Philadelphia

 

Built from recycled materials, things we would otherwise throw away are given new life as whimsical characters. Company Aiello leads the workshop, and provides materials. A $10 donation is suggested. The event runs from 10 am—2pm, but you can drop in at any time, and expect the project to take 30-60 minutes.

Sundays with Pop-Up Play

August 19, 11:30 am–12:30 pm

Spruce Street Harbor Park, 301 S. Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia

 

Children and families will engage in free interactive activities through art, music, science, and physical movement that revolve around themes like water science, civic engagement, building, and more.

Family Sports Day at Franklin Square

August 19, noon–4 pm

Franklin Square, 200 N. Sixth St., Philadelphia

Celebrate the Super Bowl Champion Philadelphia Eagles with football-inspired activities.

Caribbean Festival

August 19, noon—8 pm

Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing, Philadelphia

 

Part of the PECO Multicultural Series, this festival celebrates the culture, music and food from across the Caribbean islands.

Family Fun Sunday at The Oval+

August 19, 2—7 pm

2451 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia

 

Bring the whole family out for Let’s Rock Recess one last time this year– a free family dance party with prizes, a DJ, face painting, and games and activities.

Free Rooftop Khmer Dance Workshop

August 19, 3—4 pm

Bok Bar, 800 Mifflin St., Philadelphia

Celebrate the end of summer with Cambodian American Girls Empowering with a free all-ages Khmer dance workshop! Sunday afternoon is kid-friendly (and pet-friendly) at Bok Bar so make a day of it!

‘The Wiz’ at Malcolm X Park

August 19, 5–7:30 pm

5150 Pine St., Philadelphia

 

Enjoy the family-friendly musical The Wiz at this free “Theatre in the X” performance.

Main Line and Suburban Events

All Weekend

Last weekend of Cirque du Soleil: ‘VOLTA’

Through August 19

Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, 100 Station Ave, Oaks

 

A stunning show celebrating themes of freedom and self-discovery, and inspired in part by the adventurous spirit that fuels the culture of street sports, VOLTA weaves acrobatics in a visually striking world driven by a stirring melodic score.

‘Alice in Wonderland’

August 18, 11 am and 3 pm; August 19, 11 am

Players Club of Swarthmore, 614 Fairview Road, Swarthmore

 

Players Club of Swarthmore performs Lewis Carroll’s classic story in their Children’s Theater series.

Van Gogh Museum Editions Pop-up Tour

August 17—October 14

Lord and Taylor Court at King of Prussia Mall, 160 N. Gulph Rd., King of Prussia

 

If you’re at the mall (or need an excuse to go), stop by Lord and Taylor Court to see a display of unparalleled, curator-approved replicas of nine Van Gogh masterpieces– it is even possible to feel Van Gogh’s famous brushstrokes! This pop-up is the first stop on the Van Gogh Museum’s tour, and will be there until October 14.

Saturday

Surfer Beach Party

August 18, 11 am—1 pm

Ludington Library, 5 S. Bryn Mawr Ave., Bryn Mawr

 

Wear your beach attire and bring a beach towel. Ludington Library will be playing beach games while listening to some totally awesome beach music. All ages welcome.

East Brandywine Township Presents: Community Day at the Park

August 18, 11 am — 3 pm

East Brandywine Township Community Park, 444 Dilworth Road, Downingtown

 

Join in this family-friendly day packed with entertainment, a car show and plenty of hands-on activities.

Family Music, Art, and Me: World of Song

August 18, 11:15 am—12:15 pm

Penn Wynne Library, 130 Overbrook Parkway, Wynnewood

 

Come for a free “Rock-A-Boom” library adventure with Allison DeSalvo’s World of Song. Young children explore singing songs, musical concepts with a variety of instruments, rhythms, listening games and creative movement activities stimulating development and innate musical response. Registration is required on the library’s website.

Country Fest at Elmwood Park Zoo

August 18, noon—4 pm

1661 Harding Blvd., Norristown

 

Grab your hats and boots for a day of country-themed activities. Spend the afternoon with country radio station 92.5 XTU for live broadcasts, refreshments, mechanical bull rides, and live entertainment.

‘Fancy Nancy’ Activities at King of Prussia Mall

August 18, 1—3 pm

Clock Tower Court at King of Prussia Mall, 160 N. Gulph Rd., King of Prussia

 

Free family fun and creative activities based on the new Disney Junior series Fancy Nancy.

The Revolution in Chester County

August 18, 2—3 pm

William Brinton 1704 House and Historic Site, 21 Oakland Rd., West Chester

 

Experience the American Revolution in Chester County through the eyes of a patriot, a loyalist, and a civilian. Led by a trained teacher, participants will have a chance to see (and touch) reproductions of Revolutionary-era artifacts. Admission includes tour of the William Brinton 1704 House.

Color Me Mine Kids Night Out

August 18, 6–9 pm

109 W. Lancaster Ave., Wayne

Drop off your kids (age 6 and up) for a fun night of painting, pizza, games, and a movie. Meanwhile, you get to enjoy an adult night out! Register online to reserve your spot.

Japanese Bon Festival

August 18, 6:30—9:30 pm

12 E. Lancaster Avenue, Ardmore

 

Maido hosts a free family fun event with festival food, games, folk dancing and much more. The party will be outside in the municipal parking lot next to Tired Hands Fermentaria. This event was moved to Saturday because it was rained out last week.

Moon and Planet Party

August 18, 7—9 pm

ChesLen Preserve, 1199 Cannery Rd., Coatesville

 

Discover wonders of the night sky during this star-gazing extravaganza! Astronomers from local clubs – Chester County Astronomical Society and Delaware Astronomical Society – will share far-out knowledge and telescopic views of Venus, Mars, Jupiter, the moon, and countless stars. Exciting for all ages.

Outdoor Movie Night in Linwood Park: ‘The Secret Garden’

August 18, 8 pm

Linwood Park, Linwood and Athens Avenues, Ardmore

 

Bring your own blankets and chairs for a free outdoor screening of The Secret Garden. Snacks will be available to purchase on site, with all funds raised going towards future park maintenance and planting.

Sunday

Community Day at the Melton Center

August 19, 11 am—5 pm

Charles A. Melton Arts and Education Center, 501 E. Miner St., West Chester

 

Come for an afternoon of family activities including live music and dancing, food, vendors, and championship basketball!

Jenkins Explorers: Summer Sundays

August 19, 2—3 pm

Jenkins Arboretum, 631 Berwyn Baptist Road, Devon

 

Kids age 4-8 are invited to meet in the Children’s Garden for a nature based story and activity. The event is free, but online registration is required (link in title). Rain or shine.

 

Photograph by Laura Swartz.

PHILADELPHIA ASSISTANT EDITOR

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