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30+ Things to Do With Kids This Week Around Philly and the Main Line: August 20–26

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LEGOLAND Kids vs. Grown-Ups Imagination Build-Off Challenge

August 20—24

500 W. Germantown Pike, Plymouth Meeting

 

Kids and adults will to go head to head in the ultimate creativity build-off! The 15-minute challenges vary in theme by time slot, and each challenge will be mediated and judged by an expert Model Builder.

Van Gogh Museum Editions Pop-up Tour

Through 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.

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.

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!

‘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: Penn Treaty Park

August 22–26

1301 N. Beach St., Philadelphia

 

Family-friendly beer garden Parks on Tap comes to Fishtown!

Yes! And… presents: ‘Down with the Crown!’

August 22—24, 6 pm

Holman Field (enter at 21 W. Washington Lane), Philadelphia

 

Bring your blanket, your folding chairs, and your dinner to Holman Field for this amazing community event. Yes! And… Collaborative Arts’ Summer Sort of Thing presents an original outdoor musical for the whole family to enjoy.

Monday

Music Monday at Lulu’s Casita with Roots with Ruark

August 20, 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 20, 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.

Summer Carnival Skate Party

August 20, 10 am—9:30 pm

Rolling Thunder Skating Center, 7017 Roosevelt Boulevard, Philadelphia

 

Enjoy discount admission, carnival games, character appearances, face painting, a bouncy house, and of course skating!

PAWS for Reading at Please Touch Museum

August 20, 1:30—2:30 pm

4231 Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia

 

Children in kindergarten and up can read aloud to a therapy dog (or cat, or bunny) to improve reading and communication skills. Sessions are one-on-one with trained therapy pets (and their handlers) in a setting where they can feel comfortable and confident. Pre-registration is required for a 10-minute time slot.

Tuesday

Music Monkey Jungle at Reading Terminal Market

August 21, 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 21, 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.

Young Audiences Series: Ran’D Shine

August 21, 10:30 am

The Colonial Theatre, 227 Bridge St., Phoenixville

 

Come watch engaging illusions and sleight of hand that will leave you amazed. Tickets are free, but must be reserved in advance on The Colonial Theatre’s Website.

Toddler Time: Summer in Sweden

August 21, 10:30—11:30 am

American Swedish Historical Museum, 1900 Pattison Avenue, Philadelphia

 

Read the book Summer in Sweden by Anette Henningson and experience summer activities like “fishing,” imagination picnic play, and a nature walk. To finish off the warm summer day children and adults alike will enjoy a refreshing lingonberry popsicle. Registration is recommended, but not required. Register online or pay at the door.

Yoga Storytime

August 21, 4 pm

South Philadelphia Library, 1700 S. Broad St., Philadelphia

 

Join certified yoga teacher Amanda Hendricks from Roots 2 Rise and explore a children’s story through yoga poses and song. This event is for children ages 3-7, and registration encouraged. Contact Link at 215-685-1866 or RossL@FreeLibrary.org to register.

Community Night at Franklin Institute

August 21, 5—8 pm

222 North 20th Street, Philadelphia

 

Everyone is welcome to join in the fun at this FREE educational and fun-filled science extravaganza that includes access to the museum and hands-on activities. Admission is free and there is no need to pre-register.

Willistown Country Fair

August 21, 5:30—7:30 pm

Greentree Park, 21 Grubb Rd., Malvern

 

Come for a down-home summer send off with live bluegrass, pony rides, a petting zoo, treats, face painting, and more! Rain date is Thursday, August 23.

Eagleview Summer Concerts on the Square

August 21, 7 pm

565 Wellington Square, Exton

 

Greg Stover Band and Dalton & the Sheriffs will perform.

‘Paddington 2’ at Gorgas Park

August 21, 8 pm

6300 Ridge Ave., Philadelphia

 

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

Wednesday

Sensory Friendly Morning at Philadelphia Museum of Art 

August 22, 9—10 am

2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia

 

Offered in conjunction with Art Splash, these mornings are specially designed for children on the autism spectrum or who have other sensory sensitivities. The lights, volume, and crowds are turned down but not the fun or creativity. Space is limited. To reserve your spot, email AccessProg@philamuseum.org.

AdventureWoods Free Public Hours

August 22, 9 am—3 pm

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.

Backyard Bugs Pop-up Camp– Last One of the Summer!

August 22, 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!

Tyler Arboretum Toddlers in Nature

August 22, 10 am

515 Painter Road, Media

 

Toddlers 18 months to 3 years old enjoy a story, exploration, and time in nature with their favorite adult. Pre-registration is required.

‘Moana’ Screenings at Haverford Township Free Library

August 22, 10:30 am and 3:30 pm

1601 Darby Rd., Havertown

 

Beat the heat and enjoy Moana at the library, with two different showtimes.

Street Corner Symphony Pop-Up at Franklin Square

August 22, 1 pm and 3 pm

200 N. Sixth St., Philadelphia

 

Enjoy pop-up daytime performances by Victor North in Franklin Square.

Ballet 180 Open House

August 22, 4—7 pm (free mini class at 5:15 pm)

1708 Lancaster Ave., Paoli

 

New and returning students are invited to Ballet 180’s open house. See the facilities, meet the teachers, and sign up for classes. There will be a free mini class from 5:15–5:30 pm for kids ages 3-6.

Wednesday Night Family Art Studio

August 22, 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.

Pet Portrait Pop-Up

August 22, 5—7 pm

MOMO Mural, Frankford Avenue and Berks Street, Philadelphia

 

Celebrate National Dog Day a little early with a free pop-up portrait session. Stop by for pet portraits in Smilebooth’s signature GIFbooth and information on adoptable dogs in Philadelphia (and some adorable adoptable dogs themselves!).

Jungle Joe Exotic Animal Show

August 22, 7 pm

Bala Cynwyd Library, 131 Old Lancaster Road, Bala Cynwyd

 

Jungle Joe’s Wildlife Adventures is an eco-adventure that spotlights some of the rarest and most exotic animals from around the world, including birds of prey, parrots, mammals, reptiles, and amphibians.  Children and adults will learn about the fascinating diversity of wildlife and how to protect and preserve the world’s animals and environment. Appropriate for ages 5 and up, registration is required so please contact the library to sign up.

Haverford Concert in the Park

August 22, 7—10 pm

Westgate Hills Park, 357 Windsor Park Ln., Havertown

 

Bring your own chairs, blankets, and picnics for free music by Drew Nugent & the Midnight Society.

Thursday

Trolls Storytime at Lulu’s Casita

August 23, 10:30 am

6 Cricket Ave., Ardmore

 

A special storytime featuring a bubble dance party and a special Trolls craft. 

Family Picnic in the Playground at ChesLen Preserve

August 23, 11 am—1 pm

1199 Cannery Road, Coatesville

 

Ollie Owl invites families for an afternoon picnic in the NaturePlayGround! Pack your own lunch to enjoy beneath shady trees during this one-time, special opportunity. Children can play at their own pace, create crafts, and take part in other activities.

Tyler Arboretum Tiny Trackers

August 23, 1 pm

515 Painter Rd., Media

 

Kids age 4-6 will learn about the many kinds of butterflies and moths. Pre-registration required.

Dinos after Dark: Bug Edition 

August 23, 4—8 pm

1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia

 

Enjoy pay-what-you-wish admission, family activities, and an outdoor beer garden right in front of the museum.

Pop-up Archery at Cecil St. Garden

August 23, 4—6 pm

Cecil St. and Kingsessing Ave., Philadelphia

 

Take your first shot at archery and learn a quick overview of the skills required to hit a bullseye. No registration or equipment required. Ages 8 and up.

Pairings on the Parkway

August 23, 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!

Manayunk Stroll the Street 

August 23, 5—9:30 pm

Main Street, Manayunk, Philadelphia

 

Come out and stroll the street at Manyunk’s weekly summer block party series with live music, food and drink specials, themed activities, and more. This week’s theme is “Throwback Thursday,” and will include a screening of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.

Fattoush Story Circle

August 23, 6—8 pm

PHS Farm for the City, Thomas Paine Plaza, 1401 JFK Boulevard, Philadelphia

 

Discuss the importance of sustainable food practices, explore how food is an important form of cultural heritage, and learn to make fattoush (a traditional Arabic salad) with ingredients sourced from the Farm for the City harvest.

Jammy Jams

August 23, 5:30—6:15 pm

Franny Lou’s Porch, 2400 Coral St., Philadelphia

 

Kids are encouraged to wear their pajamas and bring any or all of their night-night gear: pillows, blankets, and stuffed animals. Start by getting the wiggles out, and then read gentle bedtime stories to relax.

Music Under the Stars with Poor Man’s Gambit

August 23, 7—8:30 pm

Bryn Mawr Gazebo (outside Ludington Library), Bryn Mawr

 

A free evening of lively song and dance under the stars.

‘Coco’ at Penn’s Landing 

August 23, 8 pm

Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing, Philadelphia

 

Coco will be screened outdoors on a big screen at Penn’s Landing.

‘Black Panther’ at Hart Park

August 23, dusk

1315 N. Fourth St., Philadelphia

 

Catch Black Panther under the stars at this free outdoor screening.

‘Jurassic Park’ at Schuylkill Banks

August 23, 7:45 pm

East (Center City) side of the Schuylkill under the Walnut Street Bridge, Philadelphia

 

Bring your friends, blanket and picnic basket for a great time watching Jurassic Park. Snacks and beverages will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Come early for raffles.

Friday

Baby Bird Playdate at Philadelphia Museum of Art

August 24, 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.

Morning Movies for Kids: ‘Paddington 2’

August 24, 10:30 am—12:30 pm

Penn Wynne Library, 130 Overbrook Pkwy., Wynnewood

 

Watch Paddington 2 on the big screen in the meeting room. Online registration is required.

OM My, Yoga Storytime

August 24, 11 am

Charles Santore Library, 932 South 7th St., Philadelphia

 

Bring your preschooler and get ready for a calming storytime to stretch your body and mind.

Summer Storytime Under the Shady Old Tree

August 24, 3—4:30 pm

Vernon Park, 5798 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia

 

Explore mindfulness and peaceful conflict resolution with a special outdoor storytime and activities.

Little Moon + Arrow’s First Birthday

August 24, 3—7 pm

729 S. Fourth St., Philadelphia

 

Little Moon + Arrow will be celebrating its birthday with artist Lauren Cat West and treats from Little Baby’s Ice Cream.

BYOB and Pizza Night at Lulu’s Casita

August 24, 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 24, 4—8 pm

1032 Conshohocken Rd., Conshohocken

 

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

Member Summer Block Party at Philadelphia Zoo

August 24, 6—8 pm

3400 W. Girard Ave., Philadelphia

 

Members are invited to celebrate the summer season with a block party at the zoo! Jump like the kangaroos in bounce houses, enjoy discounts on zoo rides and face painting.

Death by Chocolate Ice Cream Social

August 24, 6—9 pm

Shane Confectionery, 110 Market St., Philadelphia

 

Six types of chocolate ice cream will be served, all made in the Chocolate Works kitchen. The toppings too, will be a chocolate based, including exclusive bean-to-bar dark hot fudge. Shane’s Chocolate maker, Kevin, will be on hand to discuss his processes. Pre-registration is required.

Summer UnWINEd Concert

August 24, 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 Mike Estabrook, 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.

Haverford Township Free Library Sounds of Summer: Jean Therapy

August 24, 7:30—9 pm

1601 Darby Rd., Havertown

 

Free music in the parking lot—bring your lawn chair, the library will provide the snacks and the music! This month, Jean Therapy offers a sophisticated fusion of Jazz, Rock, Latin, and Pop.

Smooth Jazz Summer Nights at Penn’s Landing

August 24, 7:30 pm

Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing, Philadelphia

 

End your week with a free, outdoor concert by Leela James.

‘A Wrinkle in Time’ at Clark Park

August 24, 8 pm (activities at 6 pm)

4300-4398 Baltimore Ave., Philadelphia

 

Come early to paper lanterns with artists from the University City Arts League before the movie, as well as enjoy dinner from food trucks on site. The movie starts at 8 pm.

Chestnut Hill Movies Under the Stars: ‘The Greatest Showman’

August 24, 8 pm (food trucks at 7 pm)

209 East Hartwell Ln., Philadelphia

 

Enjoy a free outdoor movie, and food and drinks for purchase on site. Bring your own blanket!

‘Coco’ at Franklin Square

August 24, 8:30 pm

200 N. Sixth St., Philadelphia

 

Bring a blanket and get cozy as you watch Coco on the Great Lawn.

‘Wonder Woman’ at Dilworth Park

August 24, 8:30 pm

1 S. 15th St., Philadelphia

 

Catch Wonder Woman on the big screen al fresco at Dilworth. Just be sure to bring your own blanket or chair! The first 100 people will receive free popcorn.

Weekend Events

 

Philadelphia Events

All Weekend

Space Odyssey Weekend at Please Touch Museum

August 25—26

4231 Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia

 

Grab your light sabers, blast off, and travel through space fueled on creativity and imagination. Dance and lightsaber battle with Wookiedelphia – Philadelphia’s premiere Star Wars-inspired brass band playing the John Williams jams in out of this world ways; do space-inspired art projects; learn from experts, and much more!

Parks on Tap: Penn Treaty Park

August 22–26

1301 N. Beach St., Philadelphia

 

Family-friendly beer garden Parks on Tap comes to Fishtown!

Chocolate and Vanilla Celebration at Camden Children’s Garden

August 25—26, 1—4 pm

3 Riverside Dr., Camden, NJ

 

A delicious daytime event dedicated to two of nature’s most flavorful plants, vanilla and chocolate. Vote for your favorite ice cream flavor, and take a tropical smell test. There will also be crafts and fun educational activities! Decorate your cookie with your choice of vanilla or chocolate frosting

Citizen Science Lab

August 25–26, 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.

Saturday

Back to School Donation Day for Cradles to Crayons

August 25

PlayArts, 1241 N. Front St., Philadelphia

 

PlayArts will be accepting donations for Cradles to Crayons’ Ready for School initiative, and a portion of the proceeds from the day will also benefit Cradles to Crayons.

Founders Day at Independence National Historical Park

August 25, 9 am—5 pm

5th and Chestnut Streets, Philadelphia

 

Celebrate the National Park Service’s 102nd birthday with fun and educational activities throughout the park all day long, including a walking tour at 3 pm.

Daniel Tiger at Smith Memorial Playground (waitlist only)

August 25, 9 am—noon

3500 Reservoir Drive, Philadelphia

 

Smith Memorial Playground is celebrating Be My Neighbor Day with a visit from Daniel Tiger, family yoga sessions led by Mama’s Wellness Joint, and more. Have your children write postcards to kids across Pennsylvania and New Jersey explaining what’s special about their neighborhood, and bring a gently used book to share with your neighbors and receive a special treat! Note that this event is currently sold out but there is a waitlist, so register online to get on it!

Free Admission to National Museum of American Jewish History

August 25, 10 am—5 pm

101 South Independence Mall East, Philadelphia

 

In honor of what would have been musical icon Leonard Bernstein’s 100th birthday, visitors will have access to the entire museum for free as the special exhibition “Leonard Bernstein: The Power of Music” enters its final week on view.

AdventureWoods Free Public Hours

August 25, 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 25, 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.

Scavenger Hunt and Free Boating at Bartram’s Garden

August 25, 11 am—3 pm

5400 Lindbergh Blvd., Philadelphia

 

An interactive, family-friendly exploration of Tide Field, the river, and the surrounding environment while learning about river ecology, industrial shores, fish, and wildlife. Participants will have up to 30 minutes each to complete the hunt in rowboats and kayaks.

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

August 25, 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.

PHIT Family Time: The Debut Show!

August 25, noon—1 pm

2030 Sansom St., Philadelphia

 

Philly Improv Theater debuts its new family-friendly weekly show! Each week will feature a different variety of comedy from improv to sketch, stand up to magic, clowning to music, and more! Each show will be high energy, fast paced and totally goofy fun for all ages. And you can bring your own snacks!

Summer Sounds on the Square

August 25, 6–8 pm

Franklin Square, 200 N. Sixth St., Philadelphia

 

Enjoy a free live musical performance by Fish Harmonics, and a beer garden at Franklin Square.

‘Black Panther’ & Backpack Giveaway

August 25, 7 pm (doors open at 6:30 pm)

Dell Music Center, 2400 Strawberry Mansion Dr., Philadelphia

 

Come for a free screening of Black Panther. Backpacks will be given to children 5 years and older. Free event—get tickets from the Dell Music Center box office.

Movie Night at Benson Park: ‘Coco’

August 25, 7:30—9:30 pm

1442-1444 N. Fourth St., Philadelphia

 

Benson Park is hosting a free outdoor movie night, featuring the family-friendly flick Coco. Movie begins at dusk. Bring your blanket.

Sunday

Open House at Sue’s Art Class

August 26, 11 am—1 pm

2119 Spruce St., Philadelphia

 

Explore the studio and learn about fall classes and workshops with free art activities.

Sundays with Pop-Up Play

August 26, 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.

Critter Crafternoon with Snapology

August 26, 12:30—2:30 pm

PHS Pop-Up Garden (uCity), 36th and Filbert Streets, Philadelphia

 

Create butterflies, insects, flowers, root systems and more with K’nex and LEGO bricks, then let your child’s imagination go wild with free building. Call 215-988-1698 to register; walk-ins accepted pending availability, but pre-registration is recommended.

‘The Wiz’ at Malcolm X Park

August 26, 5–7:30 pm

5150 Pine St., Philadelphia

 

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

‘Shake Your Tailfeathers Back to School’ Member Night at Philadelphia Zoo

August 26, 6—8 pm

3400 W. Girard Ave., Philadelphia

 

Zoo members celebrate the end of summer with a dance party, a special performance by Steve Pullara and His Cool Beans Band, and discounts on zoo rides and face painting.

Main Line and Suburban Events

All Weekend

Van Gogh Museum Editions Pop-up Tour

Through 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

Bat Box Building Workshop (age 10+)

August 25, 8:30—10:30 am

Chanticleer, 786 Church Rd., Wayne

 

In this hands-on workshop, participants will construct a bat box as they learn about the importance of bats to our regional ecosystem. Bat houses provide a safe home for bats and are educational and fun. This class is not appropriate for children under 10; anyone below age 16 should be accompanied by an adult. Pre-registration is required.

Free Soccer Shots at Wilson Farm Park (ages 2-8)

August 25, 10—11 am

500 Lee Rd., Wayne

 

Sign up online to reserve your spot for a free morning of Soccer Shots for kids ages 2-8.

Unicorn Fair

August 25, 10 am — 1 pm

Downingtown Public Library, 122 Wallace Ave., Downingtown

 

Join in this fun-filled day of pony/unicorn rides, face painting, craft tables, and special treats. $5 per family upon entrance. All proceeds benefit the library.

Butterfly Festival

August 25, 10 am—4 pm

Colonial Gardens, 745 Schuylkill Rd., Phoenixville

 

Join Colonial Gardens for this annual celebration of pollinators with two releases of Monarch butterflies (at 11:30 am and 2 pm), as well as food, local vendors and crafters, and a warm family atmosphere.

Storytime Live with Curious George and Pinkalicious

August 25, 10 am—noon

Kiddie Academy of Phoenixville, 10 Chrisevyn Lane, Phoenixville

 

Curious George and Pinkalicious will jump off the page and visit the classroom in person! This event is free and open to everyone, but online registration is requested.

Kiwanis Halloween Carnival Preview

August 25, 10:30—11:30 am

Kiwanis Children’s Plaza, 217-219 Bridge St., Phoenixville

 

Get a preview of Halloween with kids’ games and prizes.

Butterfly Celebration at Upper Schuylkill Valley Park

August 25, 11 am—1 pm

1600 Black Rock Rd., Royersford

 

This annual program will include information on tagging, feeding and raising butterflies. This year the park will be hosting local butterfly experts Dave and Audrey Harding from Marvelous Monarchs. There will be hands-on activities for the kids and much more.

Bearemy’s Birthday Party at Build-a-Bear Workshop

August 25

Plymouth Meeting Mall, 500 W. Germantown Pike, Plymouth Meeting

 

Meet Bearemy in the Workshop and pose for a selfie. In addition to cool party hats and fun sing-along songs, all guests will receive an exclusive offer for a party at Build-A-Bear Workshop as a special party favor.

Ballet 180 Open House

August 25, 1—4 pm (free mini class at 1:30 pm)

1708 Lancaster Ave., Paoli

 

New and returning students are invited to Ballet 180’s open house. See the facilities, meet the teachers, and sign up for classes. There will be a free mini class from 1:30—1:45 pm for kids ages 3-6.

‘Avengers: Infinity War’ at Bala Cynwyd Library

August 25, 2—4:30 pm

131 Old Lancaster Rd., Bala Cynwyd

 

Teens are invited for an end-of-summer celebration to watch the Avengers take on Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War. Located in the library’s second floor meeting room. Rated PG-13.

East Goshen Food Truck and Music Festival

August 25, 4 — 8 pm

East Goshen Township Park, 1661 Paoli Pike, West Chester

 

A great variety of food trucks, live music, and fun for the whole family.

Arts in the Park: Delco Symphony Brass Quintet

August 25, 6—7:30 pm

Glen Providence Park, 550 W. State St., Media

 

Bring a blanket or chair, and relax on the lawn by the historical stage for a free evening concert.

Sunday

Philadelphia Sports Day at Elmwood Park Zoo

August 26, 10 am—5 pm

1661 Harding Blvd., Norristown

 

Wear your Philadelphia Phillies or Temple University athletic gear, and receive $2 off your admission. The Phillie Phanatic will be there from 2pm to 3pm!

Family Fun Cooking Class at Sur la Table

August 26, 10 am—noon

690 West DeKalb Pike, King of Prussia

 

Learn to make ice cream, trifle, and individual-size cheesecakes. For ages 8 and up with a parent. Register online.

Hava NaGrilla

August 26, noon—5 pm

1001 Remington Rd., Wynnewood

 

The largest kosher charity barbecue festival in the country serves up stiff barbecue competition, as well as live music, plenty of family fun, food vendors, and even a pickle eating contest! See all the details in our preview!

Meet Linvilla Orchards’ Barnyard Friends

August 26, 11:30 am—12:30 pm

137 W. Knowlton Rd., Media

 

Come visit with Linvilla’s own goatherd, Miss Molly and learn about the transition of goats through the ages from the mountains to the farm, and learn about how they help us today on the farm. Class is free, but please call (610) 876-7116 to register. If class fills up, they will open another at 1:30 pm.

Full Moon Hike

August 26, 7:30 pm

Norristown Farm Park, 2500 Upper Farm Rd., Norristown

 

Join a park ranger on a full moon walk. Native Americans called August’s full moon the “corn moon.” Find out why along with other moon trivia. For kids ages 8 and up and adults. Free, but pre-registration is required: 610-270-0215.

Members-Only Evening Concert at Longwood Gardens

August 26, 7:30 pm

1001 Longwood Rd., Kennett Square

 

The Dan Zanes Trio with Claudia Eliaza and Pauline Jean will make their Longwood debut, performing critically-acclaimed kids’ music that delights ears of all ages.
Photograph courtesy of Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University.

PHILADELPHIA ASSISTANT EDITOR

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