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

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‘Hamilton: The Constitutional Clashes That Shaped a Nation’

Through December 31

National Constitution Center, 525 Arch St., Philadelphia

 

Walk in Alexander Hamilton’s shoes (literally) 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.

‘Game Masters’

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.

‘Snow White’

Through June 10

Arden Theatre Co., 40 N. Second St., Philadelphia

 

Two actors perform all the roles in this world premiere production of the beloved fairy tale. Click here to read our review.

‘Newsies’

Through June 10

Media Theatre, 104 E. State St., Media

 

Inspired by the Newsboy Strike of 1899, this Disney musical is full of great songs and dance routines. Tickets are $33 — $58.

Chinese Lantern Festival in Franklin Square

Through June 30

200 N. Sixth St., Philadelphia

 

Franklin Square will once again glow with 1,500 individual works of art consisting of giant sculptures wrapped in colorful silk and filled with thousands of LED lights. Guests will also enjoy the nightly Dragon Beer Garden and Asian cuisine. Read our full guide to the Chinese Lantern Festival to plan your visit. Want to know more? Go behind the scenes and see how these beautiful lanterns were made!

Parks on Tap: Fernhill Park

May 16—20

4600 Morris St., Philadelphia

 

This new Parks on Tap location is a huge Germantown park that contains a playground, sports fields and courts, and a pavilion. Lots of room for kids to run around while you enjoy some adult time outdoors. Stop by this kid-friendly beer garden from Wednesday through the weekend.

Register for Science in the Summer

May 14—18

 

GSK Science in the Summer is a fun and free science education program sponsored by GSK and administered by The Franklin Institute, which introduces students entering grades 2-6 to the wonderful and fascinating world of science. Programs are held during the summer in public libraries throughout the Philadelphia area. Each county has a different registration date, so check the website to learn more.

Love Your Park Week

May 12—20

 

Over 100 parks across Philadelphia will host volunteer cleanups and special events to clean, green, and celebrate Philly’s parks.

‘The Prince and the Pauper’

May 16—June 3

Sedgwick Theater, 7137 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia

 

Mark Twain’s classic tale of mistaken identity is full of wild adventures as two boys risk it all to find out who they are, what they are worth, and what friendship really is.

Philadelphia Children’s Festival at the Annenberg Center

May 17—19

3680 Walnut St., Philadelphia

 

The Annenberg Center presents three days of professional performances for the whole family. You can also attend PlazaMania with free hands-on activities from arts partners from across the city. See the schedule here.

Wizard World Comic Con

May 17—20

Pennsylvania Convention Center, 1101 Arch St., Philadelphia

 

Thousands of fan of all ages will converge to celebrate movies, comics, gaming, and more. Costumes are encouraged. Special guests include Elijah Wood and Sean Astin from Lord of the Rings, members of the Justice League, and more. Children age 10 and under are free with an adult.

Monday

French Story Time

May 14, 10—10:30 am

Easttown Library, 720 First Ave., Berwyn

 

Main Line French Tutor hosts singing and stories in French, including French versions of Eric Carle favorites.

Storytime with Marty the Moose

May 14, 11 am—noon

Academy of Natural Sciences, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia

 

Laugh along with Marty the Moose as he shares his May book club choice. Join Marty, his favorite humans, and a live animal guest for this special story time. Pick up a copy of the book in the gift shop and Marty will sign it for you!

Software Programming for Kids

May 14, 4 pm

Parkway Central Library, 1901 Vine St., Philadelphia

 

These free classes for kids age 8-12 will introduce coding and programming, and will use Scratch, a drag-and-drop coding platform created in partnership with MIT and LEGO. Children will learn to code virtual pets, games, animations, and interactive stories.

Tuesday

Music Monkey Jungle at Reading Terminal Market

May 15, 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.

Uncle Bobbie’s Weekly Storytime

May 15, 10—11 am

Uncle Bobbie’s Coffee and Books, 5445 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia

 

Join Mama Kimberly for interactive stories, singing, dancing, and old fashioned fun together!

Storytime and Seed Planting

May 15, 10:30—11:30 am

Belmont Hills Community Center, 50 Ashland Ave., Bala Cynwyd

 

Come for a special May storytime and seed planting activity.

Toddler Time at the American Swedish Historical Museum

May 15, 10:30–11:30am

1900 Pattison Ave., Philadelphia

 

In conjunction with our the museum’s Sami exhibit, toddlers will learn about this special culture, and the important role reindeer play in the lives of the Sami people in Scandinavia. Read Inger’s Promise by Jamie Parkison, play reindeer games, create a reindeer craft to take home, and enjoy a snack.

Pop Up Games at The Monkey and the Elephant

May 15, 11 am—1 pm

2831 W Girard Ave., Philadelphia

 

Stop by with the kids on Election Day when public schools are closed. Play some fun and unique games, and support this great nonprofit coffee shop.

Faith Balsama at Media-Upper Providence Free Library

May 15, 1:30 pm

1 E. Front St., Media

 

Faith Balsama will read her new book Orange Chipmunks Rock, and be available for book signing and purchase afterward.

Read to a Reptile

May 15, 2—4 pm

Academy of Natural Sciences, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia

 

Grab a book, pull up a chair, and practice your reading with the live animals of Outside In.

Pinnacle Parkour Academy Day Off Camp

May 15, 9 am—3 pm

3500 Scotts Lane, Philadelphia

 

Kids ages 6-16 will have challenges, skills, and games, with some awesome open gym time mixed in.

Wednesday

Mommy (or Daddy) & Me Gardening

May 16, 10—10:30 am

Linvilla Orchards, 137 W. Knowlton Road, Media

 

Every Wednesday, Miss Marcia will be picking another gardening subject to introduce to you and your child.

Toddlers in Nature

May 16, 10—11 am and 1—2 pm

Tyler Arboretum, 515 Painter Road, Media

 

Kids age 18 months-3 years will hear a story, explore the pond, and learn what lives there.

Book Nook Storytime at Reading Terminal Market

May 16, 10—10:30 am

51 N. 12th St., Philadelphia

 

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

Bilingual Story Hour at PlayArts

May 16, 4:30—5:30 pm

1241 N. Front St., Philadelphia

 

This all-ages Spanish storytime (with fun goodies like tattoos and stickers) is held the third Wednesday of each month at PlayArts, and is free with admission.

Town Building Workshop

May 16, 5 pm

Logan Library, 1333 Wagner Ave., Philadelphia

 

Build the Logan of the future (2035) with artist Josh Graupera, using collage, drawing and sculpture.

Thursday

Barnes Toddler Time

May 17, 10 – 10:45 am and 11 – 11:45 am

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.

Storytime at Suburban Square

May 17, 10—11:30 am

Courtyard in Suburban Square, Anderson and Coulter avenues, Ardmore

 

Come hear Jennifer Hansen Rolli read her books Claudia and Moth and Just One More. Bring your gently loved books to donate to Tree House Books.

Little Builders Workshop at PlayArts

May 17, 1:15—2 pm

1241 N. Front St., Philadelphia

 

Kids ages 3-5 will join installation artist Janell Olah and art teacher Kara Rossi as they build sculptures big and small using cardboard as their medium.

Tiny Trackers at Tyler Arboretum

May 17, 1—2:30 pm

515 Painter Road, Media

 

Kids age 4-6 will have a lesson and then nature exploration on that theme.

East Falls Beer Garden

May 17, 6 pm

4100 Ridge Ave., Philadelphia

 

Enjoy craft beers, food trucks, vendors, music and entertainment, and more under the Twin Bridges.

Malvern Stroll

May 17, shops open until 8 pm

King Street, downtown Malvern

 

It’s the third Thursday of May, so it’s time for another Malvern Stroll! Enjoy food and drink specials, music and more during this community event.

Movie Musical Night: ‘Singin’ in the Rain’

May 17, 7—9 pm

Schmidt’s Commons, 1001 N. Second St., Philadelphia

 

Bring your own chair and watch Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds and Donald O’Connor in this classic musical. Singing and dancing along encouraged!

Free Summer Movie Nights: ‘Coco’

May 17, 8—10 pm

King of Prussia Town Center, 155 Village Drive, King of Prussia

 

Town Center is kicking off their Summer Movie Nights series with Coco. Bring a blanket as the pavilion is transformed into an outdoor movie theater!

LEGOLAND Adult Night: LEGO ‘Star Wars’

May 17, 7:30—9:30 pm

500 W. Germantown Pike, Plymouth Meeting

 

Get a babysitter and visit LEGOLAND without a child present in an “adults only” atmosphere, including a cash bar! The theme for this night is LEGO Star Wars! Enjoy full access to LEGOLAND including build tables, Imagination Express ride, build challenges and competitions, and 4D cinema.

Friday

Happy Story Hour at Common Space

May 18, 10—11 am

25 Rittenhouse Place, Ardmore

 

Join to listen, read, and play! Each Happy Story Hour will consist of a book focusing on diversity and an engaging activity.

Storytime at Ryerss Museum and Library

May 18, 10:30—11:30 am

7370 Central Ave., Philadelphia

 

Storytime geared towards kids age 0-5 will explore the five senses.

Family Stories and Puppet Show

May 18, 11—11:45 am

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

 

A program for kids ages 0-5 with stories, music, movement, and the short puppet show: “Zucchini Bread,” inspired by The Little Red Hen.

Rennie Harris RHAW: The History of Hip Hop

May 18, 12:30 pm

Zellerbach Theatre, 3680 Walnut St., Philadelphia

 

Created by Philly native and renowned dancer and choreographer Rennie Harris, RHAW shares the history of hip hop through repertoire excerpts and spotlights on those who invented the techniques and influenced the style, performed by a talented group of young dancers. For kids ages 5-15.

BYOB and Pizza Night at Lulu’s Casita

May 18, 4—7:30 pm

6 Cricket Ave., Ardmore

 

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

‘Disney’s Alice in Wonderland Jr.’

May 18, 7 pm

Rosemont College’s Rotwitt Theatre, 103 Curwin Circle, Bryn Mawr

 

See the Disney version of the Lewis Carroll book performed by third, fourth, and fifth graders in the Wolf Performing Arts Center’s theater program.

Storytelling Campfire

May 18, 7:30—9 pm

Pennypack Environmental Center, 8600 Verree Road, Philadelphia

 

Suggested for kids age 5 and up. Enjoy an evening of stories around the campfire, followed by marshmallow roasting.

Movie Night at Paddock Park: ‘Coco’

May 18, 7:30—10 pm

214 W. Hillcrest Ave., Havertown

 

Come BYO chair or blanket and watch Pixar’s Coco! Snacks will be available to buy. The movie starts at 8 pm, but come early to get a spot!

Weekend

Philadelphia Events

All Weekend

‘Peter Pan’ Ballet

May 19—20

Prince Theater, 1412 Chestnut St., Philadelphia

 

Journey to Never Land with the School of Pennsylvania Ballet’s spring performance of Peter Pan. This ballet is sure to excite audiences of all ages.

Italian Market Festival

May 19—20, 11 am — 6 pm

South Ninth Street, Philadelphia

 

This festival is just too big to limit itself to one day, so it goes all weekend, offering every Italian delicacy possible, art vendors, live entertainment, a family fun zone, and more. There’s even a Grease Pole Climbing Competition so you can gear up for the Eagles’ next Super Bowl win!

Parks on Tap: Fernhill Park

May 16—20

4600 Morris St., Philadelphia

 

This new Parks on Tap location is a huge Germantown park that contains a playground, sports fields and courts, and a pavilion. Lots of room for kids to run around while you enjoy some adult time outdoors. Stop by this kid-friendly beer garden from Wednesday through the weekend.

Love Your Park Week

May 12—20

 

Over 100 parks across Philadelphia will host volunteer cleanups and special events to clean, green, and celebrate Philly’s parks.

Wizard World Comic Con

May 17—20

Pennsylvania Convention Center, 1101 Arch St., Philadelphia

 

Thousands of fan of all ages will converge to celebrate movies, comics, gaming, and more. Costumes are encouraged. Special guests include Elijah Wood and Sean Astin from Lord of the Rings, members of the Justice League, and more. Children age 10 and under are free with an adult.

‘The Prince and the Pauper’

May 16—June 3

Sedgwick Theater, 7137 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia

 

Mark Twain’s classic tale of mistaken identity is full of wild adventures as two boys risk it all to find out who they are, what they are worth, and what friendship really is.

Citizen Science Lab

May 19–20, 11 am, 1 pm, and 3:30 pm

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

 

The museum will host hands-on, interactive experiences centered around water, with a focus on the Delaware River’s biology, ecology and chemistry, plus language arts, history and basic engineering.

Saturday

Eagles Autism Challenge

May 19, 7 am (registration begins at 6 am)

Begins at Lincoln Financial Field, 1 Lincoln Financial Field Way, Philadelphia

 

Join Philadelphia Eagles players, alumni, coaches, executives, cheerleaders and Swoop to raise money for autism research and programs. The event will feature a one-day bike ride and family-friendly 5K run/walk (strollers are also welcome). Children 12 and under may participate free of charge while under the supervision of a registered adult. The day also includes entertainment at the Linc afterwards. Tickets will be available for guests to attend the Finish Line Celebration and enjoy food and beverage even if they are not participating in the race.

Philadelphia Children’s Festival at the Annenberg Center

May 19, 10 am—3 pm

3680 Walnut St., Philadelphia

 

The Annenberg Center presents a whole schedule of professional performances for the whole family. You can also attend PlazaMania with free hands-on activities from arts partners from across the city, as well as food trucks and an appearance by the Phillie Phanatic. See our guide to the festival here.

Mt. Airy Kids’ Literary Festival

May 19, 10 am—5 pm

Charles W. Henry School (601 Carpenter Lane) and Big Blue Marble Bookstore (551 Carpenter Lane), Philadelphia

 

Celebrate your favorite books, discover some new ones. The day begins with an appearance and storytime with Mo Willems’ beloved Elephant and Piggie, then ends at Big Blue Marble with an Author Extravaganza featuring many local children’s authors for stories, games, and more.

Party Planning: Meschianza 1778

May 19, 10 am—5 pm

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

 

In 1778, the departing British Army and its supporters planned a huge party complete with floating barges, jousting, gaudy costumes, and candlelit banquet halls. Living history interpreters at the museum will be making preparations for this event (making costumes, designing invitations, and discussing where they can get enough candles and mirrors for the impending festivities!); and you can design your own Meschianza invitation and decide if you would have partied with the British.

Arden Theatre Bookworms

May 19, 10—10:45 am

Hamilton Family Arts Center, 62 N. Second St., Philadelphia

 

Kids age 2-4 and their grownups will hear the book Swimmy by Leo Lionni, then use theater games, music, and creative movement to bring the story to life.

Art in the Open Family Day

May 19, 10 am—1 pm

South Garden, Fairmount Water Works, 648 Waterworks Drive, Philadelphia

 

Draw, sculpt, paint, and build your own creations alongside the Art in the Open artists.

Greg Pizzoli at Baby Wordplay

May 19

10—10:45 am, 2227 Grays Ferry Ave., Philadelphia

11:30 am—12:15 pm, 1942 Brandywine St., Philadelphia

 

Local author Greg Pizzoli will share stories and sign books at both Baby Wordplay locations.

Diamond Day at Reading Terminal Market

May 19, 10 am—3 pm

51 N. 12th St., Philadelphia

 

As part of Reading Terminal Market’s year-long 125th birthday festivities, the market will have hourly giveaways, food samples, music, tours, and special 125th birthday-themed discounts.

Schuylkill Saturdays: Salamander Finding

May 19, 10:30—11:30 am

8480 Hagy’s Mill Road, Philadelphia

 

Go on a naturalist-led exploration with your little ones and search for salamanders around the forest’s streams and ponds. The event will also include a themed craft.

Verizon Innovative Learning Lab

May 19

Verizon, 1430 Walnut St., Philadelphia

 

In the 3D Design and Printing lab, kids (ages 8-12) learn about the design and physics of objects. They will be able to take home a 3D printed item that has been prepared prior to the lab and will also be able to take their design with them. Pre-registration is required.

 

Seafarin’ Saturday

May 19, 11 am—1 pm

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

 

Learn what fossils are and how they teach us about ancient sea life by making your own “fossil” to take home.

J.S. Jenks Funfest

May 19, 11 am—3 pm

8301 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia

 

Come support the school with games, bouncy castles, food, and more at the J.S. Jenks playground.

Little Chefs Pizza Class at Pizzeria Vetri

May 19, 11 am—1 pm

1939 Callowhill St., Philadelphia

 

Let your little chef get hands-on at Pizzeria Vetri at a pizza class guided by their head chefs. Roll, top, bake, and eat! Kids will create their own mini pizzas and watch them bake, while also enjoying “make your own pizza” coloring pages. A mini dough ball will be given to take home so they can bring their new skills into your home kitchen!

Everyday Instruments Workshop for Kids

May 19, 11:30 am—12:30 pm

National Liberty Museum, 321 Chestnut St., Philadelphia

 

Kids ages 5-10 will explore the different ways that found or discarded objects can create music to become instruments of expression. At the end of the workshop, everyone will join together to demonstrate their new creation through a song. This activity is presented alongside Sound + Vision, the museum’s current exhibit exploring the relationship between music and visual expression.

Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival

May 19, noon — 5 pm

Walnut Street, from Broad Street to 19th Street, Philadelphia

 

Live music, shopping, and plenty of delicious food and drinks fill Walnut Street all afternoon. There are so many Stephen Starr restaurants, they get their own block in the festival! Cannoli are filled to order at Termini Bros! There are also lots of fun activities and photo ops.

 2018 Philadelphia Federal Credit Union Kensington Derby and Arts Festival

May 19, noon — 6 pm

Trenton Avenue (from Norris to Hagert), Philadelphia

 

The centerpiece of this festival is the “derby” portion, where teams drive their human-powered parade floats through a three-mile obstacle course that includes challenges like a mud pit! Prizes are awarded for categories like Best Costume and Best Engineering. The festival also features over 200 local arts vendors, food trucks, and live performances.

 

Performance: Kwaya Marimba

May19, 12 – 12:30 pm, 1:30 – 2 pm

Please Touch Museum, 4231 Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia

 

Dance and listen to music inspired by the Shona music of Zimbabwe performed by middle schoolers from Friends School Haverford’s Kwaya Marimba.

Little Tree House Library Celebration

May 19, 1—3 pm

The Tree House at Wissahickon Environmental Center, 300 W. Northwestern Ave., Philadelphia

 

Celebrate the Little Tree House Library with an afternoon of hiking, storytime, yoga, and exploration.  Guests are welcome to bring a gently used book, seeds and/or a favorite recipe to contribute to the library.

Bump, Set, Spike: An Outdoor Sculpture Installation by Bridget Purcell

May 19, 1—6 pm

Park Towne Place, 2200 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia

 

Working at the intersection of sports and sculpture, Purcell will be building a colorful version of volleyball that replaces traditional sports rules with other ways to play and interact. Purcell’s version will be both for use and observation. Participants will have the opportunity to modify the sculpture, using available materials. The result will be an energetic, visually evolving sculpture that invites the public to create and play.

Super Saturday Matinee: ‘Who Framed Roger Rabbit?’

May 19, 2—4 pm

South Street Cinema, 327 South St., Philadelphia

 

“I’m not bad, I’m just drawn that way.” Bring the kids for this old school Disney classic!

40th Street Summer Series

May 19, 6—8 pm

40th Street Field, 4000 Locust St., Philadelphia

 

University City District is kicking off their 40th Street Summer Series with a special double headliner featuring the West Philadelphia Orchestra and Dan Blacksberg’s Hot Klezmers. Stop by beginning at 6 pm for interactive activities with the University City Arts League—make elegant paper roses with a special musical theme. There will also be free snacks from Honeygrow and Ben & Jerry’s.

Sunday

Sensory Friendly Sunday at Franklin Institute 

May 20, 8 am–noon

222 N. 20th St., Philadelphia

 

The museum will open early, and exhibits will be modified to provide an opportunity to experience all The Franklin Institute has to offer for people on the autism spectrum and with a range of differing abilities. There will also be a quiet space that provides a chance to cool down and take a break. The event will also include a Community Resource Fair showcasing the local sensory friendly programming in and around Philadelphia from 8—10 am. It’s free with pre-registration for guests arriving between 8—9 am on the day of the event.

Fairmount Park Horse Show

May 20, 8 am—3pm

Northwestern Stables, 120 W. Northwestern Ave., Philadelphia

 

This free equestrian event provides an opportunity for horse enthusiasts to watch students from Northwestern Stables’ lesson program and other park stables showcase their talents in a schooling show. There will also be food and fun raffle prizes.

Sensory Friendly Sunday at the Mütter Museum

May 20, 9—11 am

19 S. 22nd St., Philadelphia

 

An early morning geared for families with children on the spectrum or with sensory sensitivities. Visitors will find stations with interactive touch objects, guided tours, and a designated quiet space with snacks. The museum is recommended for ages 11 and up, and admission for this event is “pay what you wish.” Pre-registration is encouraged.

Drop-in Baby Bubbles

May 20, 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.

Family Time at Philadelphia Museum of Art

May 20, 11 am—3 pm

2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia

 

The theme this week is “Artful Opposites.” Come for a family tour at 11 am to search high and low, left to right, near and far for opposites in art. Then stop by the Family Art Cart to continue the theme with games and art projects.

Storytime with Victoria Prizzia

May 20, 4—5 pm

Little Moon + Arrow, 729 S. Fourth St., Philadelphia

 

Author Victoria Prizzia will read her book Mussels in the Wild, which was created in conjunction with Fairmount Water Works’ Mussel Hatchery exhibition.

Programming from Scratch workshop at the Franklin Institute

May 20, 11 am–1 pm

222 N. 20th St,. Philadelphia

 

For older kids who want to delve deeper into game development, Franklin Institute will host a beginners’ coding workshop (using Scratch, naturally) for kids ages 10-13, to complement their “Game Masters” exhibit celebrating gaming.

Chestnut Hill Home & Garden Festival (rescheduled)

May 20, 11 am–5 pm

8000 to 8600 blocks of Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia

 

Check out over 150 home and garden vendors along Germantown Avenue, eat some delicious food, and watch live performances on two stages. For kids, there will also be amusement rides, face painting, arts and craft activities, a rock climbing wall, music, and a free train ride.

Open House and Play Day at North Light Community Center

May 20, 11 am—3 pm

175 Green Lane, Philadelphia

 

Take a tour and meet the staff, and enjoy a dance presentation by students from Merge Dance Studio and a demonstration by Action Karate Manayunk. For kids, there will be face painting, games in the play yard, coloring and crafts in the art room, and a petting zoo with a miniature horse, alpaca, goat, rabbits, chickens, and ducks.

Springfield Mills Opening Day Celebration

May 20, 1—4 pm

Morris Arboretum, 100 E. Northwestern Ave., Philadelphia

 

This historic mill at Morris Arboretum is restored and stone-grinding corn for meal and flour. Come and explore revolutionary technology, local history and a beautiful setting along the Wissahickon Creek. Bring a picnic and relax on the lawn while enjoying some live music.

Sundays on Stage: Sciencetellers: Super Heroes

May 20, 2 pm

Parkway Central Library, 1901 Vine St., Philadelphia

 

Experience Sciencetellers’ powerful fusion of science and storytelling as they take the audience on an adventure about six inquisitive students and the cast of quirky teachers that make their school truly super.

PAFA Spring Festival and Family Exhibition

May 20, 2—4:30 pm

118-128 N. Broad St., Philadelphia

 

Enjoy music, free food, performances, and art-making stations with animal drawing. Also, check out the annual juried Family Arts Academy exhibition.

Nature Movie Series: ‘WALL-E’

May 20, 7:30—10 pm

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

 

The first outdoor movie of the season, WALL-E is the breathtaking Pixar film with a message of our interconnectedness and the need to protect our planet.

Main Line and Suburban Events

All Weekend

Elmo’s Pirate Weekend

May 19—20

Sesame Place, 100 Sesame Road, Langhorne

 

All weekend, Sesame Place will feature the live show “Elmo and the Bookaneers.” Elmo, Abby, Bert, Ernie, Rosita, Cookie  Monster, and Telly set sail on an adventure to Sesame Beach, only to be bombarded by a couple of Bookaneers who try to steal their books! The show runs throughout the weekend in Abby’s Paradise Theater.

Magical Unicorn Festival

May 19 and 20, noon—3 pm

Paws Discovery Farm, 1105 Hainesport-Mount Laurel Road, Mount Laurel, New Jersey

 

Come for a magical day at the farm with some unicorn crafts, games, glitter tattoos, a bounce house, and the greatly anticipated unicorn rides! Pre-registration is recommended.

Peddler’s Village Strawberry Festival

May 19—20, 10 am—6pm

2400 Street Road, New Hope

 

One of Peddler’s Village’s signature festivals, this celebrates spring with strawberry treats and family fun. There will be live music all weekend, artisans selling their creations, and kids’ activities like moonbounce, face painting, and crafts. There’s also a “Strawberry Princes and Princesses” contest for kids on Sunday, where kids will be judged on judged on their strawberry-themed outfit/costumes, enthusiasm, and overall creativity (register for that part in advance).

‘Disney’s Alice in Wonderland Jr.’

May 19, 7 pm; May 20, 2:30 and 5 pm

Rosemont College’s Rotwitt Theatre, 103 Curwin Circle, Bryn Mawr

 

See the Disney version of the Lewis Carroll book performed by third, fourth, and fifth graders in the Wolf Performing Arts Center’s theater program. Tickets are $10.

Zoo Snooze at Elmwood Park Zoo

May 19, 5:30 pm—May 20, 9 am

1661 Harding Blvd., Norristown

 

Spend a night under the stars with your favorite animal friends and enjoy outdoor family time in a safe and unique environment!  Recommended for kids age 4 and up with a parent. Pre-registration is required.

Saturday

Radnor Hunt Races

May 19, 10 am—6 pm

826 Providence Road, Malvern

 

A Main Line tradition of steeplechasing and tailgating! There will be six exciting races with some of the very best horses galloping over hurdles and timber fences. Proceeds from the Radnor Hunt Races benefit the open space and clean water programs of the Brandywine Conservancy.

Haverford Kids’ Comic Fest

May 19, 10 am—2 pm

Haverford Middle School, 1701 Darby Road, Havertown

 

Come meet over fifteen creators of comics, including local favorite, Matt Phelan.  Costumes are encouraged!

 Froggy Madness at Tyler Arboretum

May 19, 10—11:30 am and 1—2:30 pm

515 Painter Road, Media

 

Visit the arboretum’s ponds, streams, and vernal pools to search for frogs and other slithering
things. Learn how to identify frogs and toads by sight and sound, and explore their
habitats. Suitable for ages 4 and up. Pre-registration is required.

Merion Friends History Festival

May 19, 10 am—3 pm

Merion Friends Meeting House, 615 Montgomery Ave., Merion Station

 

This indoor-outdoor festival explores the lives of Quakers in the period before the Civil War (1820-1860) through historical exhibits and reenactments (including a Quaker wedding), period food, carriage rides, silhouette-cuttings, ponies to pet, tours of the meetinghouse, and more.

‘Hansel and Gretel’s Candy Capers’

May 19, 11 am and 3 pm

Rosemont College’s Rotwitt Theatre, 103 Curwin Circle, Bryn Mawr

 

This show features Wolf Performing Arts Center first and second graders, with lots of show-stopping songs. Tickets are $10.

Superhero Saturday at Plymouth Meeting Mall

May 19, 11 am—2pm

500 W. Germantown Pike, Plymouth Meeting

 

Get your costumes on, and celebrate fictional and real life heroes in our community. There will be games, storytime, a superhero photobooth, and a visit from Plymouth Township Police Department.

Instrument Petting Zoo

May 19, noon—1 pm

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

 

Join members of the Delaware County Symphony as they discuss and demonstrate their instruments. They will perform a short piece to show the instruments working together. Children will be invited to interact with the performers.

‘Star Wars’ Day at Brandywine Zoo

May 19, noon—3 pm

1001 N Park Drive, Wilmington, Delaware

 

Star Wars characters will be stationed throughout the zoo for photo ops! Two timed admission tickets are for sale

Family Day of Clay: Ancient Toys of Rome

May 19, 1—2:30 pm

Wayne Art Center, 413 Maplewood Ave., Wayne

 

Learn about what Roman kids played with thousands of years ago, then create your very own ceramic animal whistle and unique toy.

Youth Workshop: Mini Food Jewelry

May 19, 1—2:30 pm

Wayne Art Center, 413 Maplewood Ave., Wayne

 

Kids age 7 and up will be guided through a polymer clay tutorial, and then will have the chance to create their own pair of polymer clay earrings and pendant.

Tadpole Transformation

May 19, 2—4 pm

Riverbend Environmental Education Center, 1950 Spring Mill Road, Gladwyne

 

Join Riverbend to investigate amphibians and explore this fascinating spring phenomenon.

Rose Tree Elementary Strawberry Festival

May 19, 3—6 pm

1101 First Ave., Media

 

Support Rose Tree with a fun-filled afternoon of affordable family entertainment including games, prizes, music, and food.

Sunday

Ardmore Rotary 5K

May 20, 8:30 am

Suburban Square, 602 Coulter and Anderson avenues, Ardmore

 

The streets of Suburban Square will be closed down for this annual 5K walk/run benefiting local veterans. This family-friendly event also includes a Kids Fun Run, cash prizes, and raffles.

Clover Market

May 20, 10 am—4 pm

7 N. Bryn Mawr Ave., Bryn Mawr

 

An outdoor family-friendly market with local makers, antiques, and food.

Narberth Spring Music and Arts Festival

May 20, noon—7 pm

Haverford and Forrest Avenues, Narberth

 

This family friendly event features street food, drinks, and free live music all day. There is also an Artists Alley with local art vendors selling their creations.

M.E. Gerhardt at Children’s Book World

May 20, 1 pm

17 Haverford Station Road, Haverford

 

Children’s Book World hosts host M.E. Gerhardt, author of The Incredible Cousins and the Magic Caboose, a young adult novel.

 

 

Photograph by R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia. 

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