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30+ Things to Do With Kids This Week Around Philly and the Main Line: August 6–12

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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!

The Oval+

Through August 19

2451 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia

 

This colorful transformation of Eakins Oval brings 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 are held Wednesdays through Sundays, including plenty of kid-friendly activities. See all the details in our preview.

‘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).

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!

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.

‘Green Thumbs’ Workshops at Color Me Mine

August 6–10, 10 am—1 pm

109 W. Lancaster Ave., Wayne

 

A different garden-themed drop-off art workshop every day, using different media. Sign up for one day or the whole week.

Parks on Tap: Dickinson Square

August 8—12

1600 E. Moyamensing Ave., Philadelphia

 

Family-friendly beer garden Parks on Tap comes to this Pennsport park and playground.

Summer Festival in Rose Tree Park

August 8—12, 7:30 pm

1671 N. Providence Rd., Media

 

Bring your own blankets and chairs for different free outdoor concert every night.

Monday

Storytime in Franklin Square

August 6, 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.

Roots with Ruark

August 6, 10:30 – 11:00 am

Gladwyne Library, 362 Righters Mill Road, Gladwyne

 

Come dance and sing to the music of Roots with Ruark.

Story Jams at DiSilvestro

August 6, 10:30

Outside DiSilvestro Rec Center, 1701 S. 15th St., Philadelphia

 

A playgroup centered around play and positivity that includes storytime, music, dancing, and sensory exploration.

Parkway Pals at Sister Cities Park

August 6, 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.

‘The Wizard of Oz’ Sing-Along

August 6, noon

Lansdowne Public Library, 55 S Lansdowne Ave., Lansdowne

 

Watch the classic movie The Wizard of Oz, and sing along!

‘Despicable Me 3’ at Upper Darby Municipal Library

August 6, 12:30—2:30 pm

501 Bywood Ave., Upper Darby

 

This program is open to all children entering 1st – 12th grades in the fall. To register, stop by the library or call 610-734-7649.

Mondays with Marty at Academy of Natural Sciences

August 6, 1—2 pm

1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia

 

Join Marty the Moose and his favorite humans to hear a special story and meet a live animal.

Rock N’ Roll

August 6, 1 — 2 pm

Malvern Public Library, 1 E. First Ave. #2, Malvern

 

Use the Google Chrome music lab to create songs and beats. Then play a music guessing game. For children entering grades 3-5.  Registration is required.

Read With A Dog!

August 6, 4:15 pm

Falls of Schuylkill Library, 3501 Midvale Ave., Philadelphia

 

School age kids are invited to come read with Wally, a certified therapy dog, and share a new book or an old favorite in a judgment free space. Space may be limited.

‘Coco’ at Oak Lane Library

August 6, 6 pm

6614 N. 12th St., Philadelphia

 

Families are invited for a movie in the Meeting Room. Refreshments will be served. Tonight’s selection is Coco.

Family DIY Marble Run Challenge

August 6, 6—7 pm

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

 

Use drinking straws, cardboard, and tape and make your own marble run to take home!  Best for ages 3 and up. Please call 610-566-1918 to register.

Northeast Philadelphia National Night Out Kick Off Festival

August 6, 6—8 pm

Target Shopping Center, 7400 Bustleton Ave., Philadelphia

 

On the eve of National Night Out, the Northeast is kicking things off early. Come out and enjoy free music, fun, entertainment, refreshments, information tables, and giveaways regarding crime prevention.

Storytime in the Park

August 6, 6:15 pm

McMichael Park, 3299 Midvale Ave., Philadelphia

 

Meet at the turtle statue in McMichael Park for a summer evening storytime. Feel free to wear your pajamas and bring a favorite stuffed toy, along with a blanket to sit on. Best for ages 2-6, and siblings are always welcome. Snacks are provided.

‘Coco’ at Marconi Plaza

August 6, 8 pm

2800 S. Broad St., Philadelphia

 

Bring your blanket for a family-friendly movie outside. Movie starts approximately 15 minutes after sunset.

Tuesday

National Night Out

 This Tuesday, August 7, is National Night Out: an annual community-building night that promotes police-community partnerships and brings neighbors together for a fun time. Neighborhoods across the country come together on the first Tuesday in August and host community events like block parties, festivals, cookouts, and more. Here is our rundown of local events, and we’ve also included a couple top choices in this post, below.

Music Monkey Jungle at Reading Terminal Market

August 7, 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 7, 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: Balloon Freak John Cassidy

August 7, 10:30 am

The Colonial Theatre, 227 Bridge St., Phoenixville

 

John Cassidy is an eccentric comedian whose bizarre antics have earned him widespread acclaim as one of the most original and unique performers today. Tickets are free, but must be reserved in advance on The Colonial Theatre’s Website.

Science Fun with Architecture and Engineering

August 7, 4 pm

Parkway Central Library, 1901 Vine St., Philadelphia

 

Architecture in nature and building: how big can you build?  Suggested for ages 5 to 12.

Woofstock: Summer Concert Series

August 7, 5:30 pm

Seger Park, 1020 Lombard St., Philadelphia

 

Enjoy live music while your pups run and play in the off-leash dog run, or bring a blanket and sit by the performers on the grassy hillside of the park. A local food truck will also be available to purchase food and drinks.

National Night Out at Snyder Plaza

August 7, 5—8 pm

Corner of Snyder Avenue and Swanson Street at Snyder Plaza, Philadelphia

 

Food, live entertainment, games, music and more! And if their Facebook page is any indication, you may even see the Phillie Phanatic!

National Night Out at Wynnewood Shopping Center

August 7, 6—9 pm

50 Wynnewood Rd., Wynnewood

 

Wynnewood goes all out for National Night Out. They’ve got moon bounce, carnival rides, magicians and other entertainment, music, face painting, the Phillie Phanatic, and much more! This event is in partnership with the Lower Merion Police Department, where it all started.

Summer Bash in the Park

August 7, 7—8 pm

Veterans Memorial Park, 354 Lawrence Rd., Broomall

 

An end of the summer event with the Delaware County Symphony Orchestra. Get a chance to meet with all the musicians, learn about their instruments and hear the symphony play. Desserts will be provided by the library. In case of rain, the event will move inside to Marple Public Library.

Wednesday

Backyard Bugs Pop-up Camp

August 8, 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’s Toddlers in Nature

August 8, 10—11 am

515 Painter Rd., Media

 

There are so many cool animals and insects with wings! Toddlers (age 18 months-3 years) and their caregivers will take a walk and see how many winged things they find. Each session involves a story and nature exploration. Pre-register online.

Homeschool on Vacation: Ice Cream Making, Summer Art, Nature Walks, and Open Play

August 8, 10 am—2 pm

Bartram’s Garden, 5400 Lindbergh Blvd., Philadelphia

 

Come anytime between 10 am and 2 pm to make ice cream, create art, enjoy a nature walk, experiment with science equipment, and play! Bring a picnic, too, to enjoy outdoors.

Parkway Pals at Sister Cities Park

August 8, 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.

StoryUP! at Penn Museum

August 8, 11 am—noon

3260 South St., Philadelphia

 

Improvisational actors present an interactive show based on ideas and stories from the kids in the audience.

Music Monkey Jungle at Marple Public Library

August 8, 4 pm

2599 Sproul Rd., Broomall

 

Free performance by Music Monkey Jungle, ages 5 and under.

End of Summer Reading Party

August 8, 4—6 pm

Penn Wynne Library, 130 Overbrook Parkway, Wynnewood

 

Celebrate the final week of Summer Reading, and wish Ms. Alison well as she leaves to start her new career as a school librarian. There will be free popsicles, sidewalk chalk art, music, freebies, and more.

West Philadelphia Orchestra at Penn Museum

August 8, 5–8 pm

3260 South St., Philadelphia

 

An eclectic ensemble made up of some of Philly’s finest and wildest musicians, the West Philadelphia Orchestra offers up music that is rooted in Eastern European folk traditions, and blended with free jazz, punk, and blues, among other genres at this outdoor concert. The museum’s galleries will stay open late, and Pepper Mill Café offers light foods and beverages outside.

LEGOLAND and Art Splash at the Art Museum

August 8, 5–7 pm

Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia

 

Take a selfie with LEGOLAND mascot Bertie. At 6:00 p.m. design your own creation with the master builder who made a LEGO model of the Art Museum for Art Splash. Stay up late and make some art in Art Splash before bedtime. For the littlest art fans, there will be a stroller tour. Free after pay-what-you-wish admission.

Family Night in the Garden

August 8, 5:30 pm

Holmesburg Library, 7810 Frankford Ave., Philadelphia

 

Enjoy an evening of fun outside! Bring a blanket and mingle with friends, get your face painted, do an art activity, listen to stories, and enjoy refreshments.

Where the Wild Things Art at Elmwood Park Zoo (Age 12 and up)

August 8, 5:30—8:30 pm

1661 Harding Blvd., Norristown

 

A wild night of painting at the zoo’s Zoo Brew Beer Garden, featuring Pinot’s Palette! This special event will feature after-hours admission, special time with an animal ambassador, light bites, bar selections for adults, and more! This event is $45 per person and for ages 12 and up. Pre-register here.

Read with Lacie the Dog!

August 8, 6:30 pm

Roxborough Library, 6245 Ridge Ave., Philadelphia

 

Lacie is a retired greyhound that loves to read with kids. Kids age 6 and up can stop in to read with Lacie for 10 minutes. Space is very limited – first come, first served.

‘Coco’ at Greater Plymouth Community Center

August 8, 7:30—9:30 pm

2910 Jolly Rd., Plymouth Meeting

 

DJ entertainment begins at 7:30 pm, and then Coco at dusk. Chick-Fil-A and Kona Ice will be available for purchase.

‘Moana’ at Fisher Park

August 8, dusk

571 W Spencer St., Philadelphia

 

Bring your own blanket for a free outdoor screening of Moana.

Outdoor Movie Night: ‘The Parent Trap’

August 8, 8:30–11 pm

FringeArts, 140 N. Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia

 

Enjoy a free film screening of The Parent Trap (the Lindsay Lohan version) in the Haas Biergarten underneath the Ben Franklin Bridge.

Thursday

Music Monkey Jungle at cBOP

August 9, 10:30—11 am

393 W. Lancaster Ave., Haverford

 

Kids ages 4 and under will have a great time singing and dancing at this weekly drop-in.

Stroller Tour at the Barnes Foundation

August 9, 10:30—11:15 am

2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia

 

Take a 45-minute guided tour and discover ways to look at and appreciate art with little ones in tow. Open to parents and caregivers with babies up to 18 months in a stroller or baby wrap. Note: no double-wide strollers.

Alex and the Kaleidoscope

August 9, 11—11:45 am

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

 

Emmy award-winning children’s musician Alex Mitnick performs a free uplifting feel-good concert full of musical magic for the whole family! All ages. Just drop in!

Tyler Arboretum Tiny Trackers

August 9, 1—2:30 pm

515 Painter Rd., Media

 

A lesson and nature exploration for kids ages 4-6 and their caregivers. Search for summer colors at Tyler. Why are some colors harder to find than others? How do colors help plants and animals?

Pop-Up Archery

August 9, 4—6 pm

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

 

Take your first shot at archery and learn a quick overview of the skills required to hit a bullseye. Families are welcome with kids age 8 and up. The event is free and no registration or equipment is required.

Pairings on the Parkway

August 9, 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!

Little Rebel Beer Garden

August 9, 5—10 pm

Betsy Ross House, 239 Arch St., Philadelphia

 

Craft beer, tasty treats, and the Eagles preseason game on the big screen!

Night Market: Kensington

August 9, 6–10 pm

Frankford Avenue and York Street, Philadelphia

 

Food trucks and live music take over Kensington for the night.

Djembe African Drum Circle

August 9, 6:30 pm

Radnor Memorial Library, 114 West Wayne Ave., Wayne

 

Get up and moving and dance to the beat! Play hand drums, an authentic African djembe, and join a traditional African dance circle.  No registration required.

Free Outdoor Movie Night: ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’

August 9, 8 pm (kids’ activities start at 7 pm)

Pennypack on the Delaware, Philadelphia

 

This free outdoor movie by the river starting at sundown will be paired with activities for the whole family. Kids’ activities start at 7 pm, then the movie starts at sundown. BYO blankets/chairs and snacks.

‘Black Panther’ at Penn’s Landing

August 9, 8:30 pm

Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing, Philadelphia

 

Black Panther will be screened outdoors on a big screen at Penn’s Landing for free!

Friday

“Continental” Breakfast at the Museum of the American Revolution

August 10, 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 10, 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.

Fort Day at Smith Memorial Playground

August 10, 10:30 am—3 pm

3500 Reservoir Dr., Philadelphia

 

Part of Smith’s “Fun Fridays” summer program. This week, build and create with cardboard.

Fancy Nancy Picnic Tea Party

August 10, 11 am

Thomas F. Donatucci Library, 1935 Shunk St., Philadelphia

 

Kids age 3-7 (and their caregivers) are invited to dress in their most exquisite ensemble, and bring a blanket to sit on and a tea cup! There will be a marvelous selection of tea and snacks, plus a craft and a reading of Fancy Nancy by Miss Jackie. If it rains, the picnic will be in the library’s downstairs meeting room.

Playscape Playdate at the Schuylkill Center

August 10, 4—5 pm

8480 Hagy’s Mill Rd., Philadelphia

 

Explore with your child in an all-natural play space where you can will dig, build, and make art. This free event is rain or shine, so dress for the weather!

BYOB and Pizza Night at Lulu’s Casita

August 10, 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 10, 4—8 pm

1032 Conshohocken Rd., Conshohocken

 

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

National S’mores Day Fest at The Piazza

August 10, 5—10 pm

1001 N. 2nd St., Philadelphia

 

Come out for live music in the Piazza (7 pm), games, contests, and giveaways, plus s’mores, other treats, and more.

Arts N’ Ice Cream

August 10, 5:45 pm

Little Baby’s Ice Cream, 4903 Catharine St., Philadelphia

 

Fun and free art class for kids age 3 and up, guided by “local artist and kid adventure specialist” Kristen Dolle. Kids will make ice cream themed art, which will be displayed in-store until next Friday when they will be available for pick up. All supplies are provided but seating is limited, so come early!

Summer Star Party at Awbury Arboretum

August 10, 6—9 pm

1 Awbury Rd., Philadelphia

 

Come outside to Awbury Arboretum’s Cope house to enjoy hands-on children’s activities before dusk; then look at the stars and planets through an astronomer’s telescope, or bring your own!  With clear skies Jupiter, Mars, Venus, and Saturn will be visible!

S’mores Day Fun at Tyler Arboretum

August 10, 6:30—8 pm

515 Painter Rd., Media

 

Celebrate National S’mores Day to experience this yummy treat in a whole new way! Play some wacky games, go on a hike and try out different variations of this summertime favorite around the campfire. Suitable for ages 5 and up. Pre-register online.

Mt. Airy Moonlight Movies: ‘Black Panther’

August 10, 6:30 pm (movie at sunset)

New Covenant Campus, 7500 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia

 

Storytime and food trucks start at 6:30 pm, then stay for Black Panther at sunset.

Bartram’s Garden Family Outdoor Movie Night: ‘Black Panther’

August 10, 7—11 pm

5400 Lindbergh Blvd., Philadelphia

 

Gather after sundown in the courtyard for a free screening of Black Panther. There will also be a guided, family-friendly tour of the garden starting at 7 pm. Movie starts at 8:15 pm.

‘Back to the Future’ in Clark Park

August 10, 7 pm

43rd Street and Baltimore Avenue, Philadelphia

 

Time travel back to the 80s by wearing your best 80s outfits, getting your picture taken with Pop-Up Polaroid’s photo booth, and dancing along to the top hits of the decade, before the movie starts at 8 pm. Food trucks will also be on site for some good eats during the movie.

Chestnut Hill Movies Under the Stars: ‘The Princess Bride’

August 10, 7 pm

Water Tower Recreation Center Field, 209 East Hartwell Lane, Philadelphia

 

Come early at 7 pm and enjoy a picnic with food trucks before the film begins at 8 pm.

Shooting Stars and S’mores

August 10, 8–10 pm

The Schuylkill Center, 8480 Hagy’s Mill Rd., Philadelphia

 

Explore the sky during the summer’s most spectacular meteor shower, the Perseids. There will be telescopes, star maps, and laser pointers to find constellations, planets, and stars. And, of course, what night would be complete without a campfire and s’mores? Space is limited so be sure to pre-register.

Weekend Events

Philadelphia Events

All Weekend

Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends Weekend at Morris Arboretum

August 11–12, 10 am—5 pm

100 E. Northwestern Avenue, Philadelphia

 

This weekend, Thomas the Tank Engine and his friends take over the rails of Morris Arboretum’s Garden Railway!

Bug Fest

August 11–12

Academy of Natural Sciences, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia

 

Celebrate the world of insects with live displays and shows, scientist talks, hands-on activities, and more. You can even try some bug-filled cuisine courtesy of Shane Confectionery, or hold a cockroach if you’re feeling particularly adventurous! If you’re feeling less adventurous, there are also less creepy activities like crafts, face painting, and trivia. In celebration of Bug Fest, the museum’s special exhibit Xtreme Bugs will have free admission as well!

Citizen Science Lab

August 11—12, 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.

Peach, Princess, and Pirate Celebration

August 11—12, 1—4 pm

Camden Children’s Garden, 3 Riverside Drive, Camden, NJ

 

Join the party for NJ’s favorite summer fruit with crafts, a planting activity, and a treasure hunt. Children are encouraged to dress in their favorite princess or pirate costume to receive $1 off admission. Walk the plank and make a princess wand! Then visit the farm stand to buy fresh peaches and peach ice cream.

Parks on Tap: Dickinson Square

August 8—12

1600 E. Moyamensing Ave., Philadelphia

 

Family-friendly beer garden Parks on Tap comes to this Pennsport park and playground. On Sunday, the park will also host a farmers market from 10 am–2 pm.

The Beach on North Broad

August 11, 8 am– 5 pm; and August 12, 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. It all kicks off Saturday at 8 am for Philly Free Streets.

Saturday

Philly Free Streets

August 11, 8 am—1 pm

North Broad Street between City Hall and Erie Avenue, Philadelphia

 

Philly Free Streets temporarily closes streets to cars, inviting people to walk, bike, and play all morning. There will be programming from various arts institutions and other civic organizations all day. Stop by PAFA for free admission, chalk drawing activities, and wearable butterfly art. Or join The School of Pennsylvania Ballet for ‘Dance Me a Story!’ at Wood Street! See all our family-friendly picks for this special morning here!

Member Morning Stroll at Philadelphia Zoo

August 11, 8:30—9:30 am

3400 W. Girard Ave., Philadelphia

 

Available only to members of Philadelphia Zoo, Member Morning Strolls are a unique way to enjoy the zoo an hour before it opens!

Japanese Culture Family Festival at Please Touch Museum

August 11, 9 am—5pm

4231 Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia

 

To celebrate the final weeks of their Hello from Japan exhibit, Please Touch Museum is partnering with Japan America Society and Shofuso House to offer a day of exploration and discovery of Japanese culture and traditions. Enjoy kimono dressing, drumming, crafts, and more.

Schuylkill Saturdays: Nature Exploration for Families

August 11, 10:30—11:30 am

The Schuylkill Center, 8480 Hagy’s Mill Rd., 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.

Saturday Free Boating at Bartram’s Garden

August 11, 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.

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

August 11, 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.

Making a Medley: Family Cooking from ‘Haiqal’s Garden’

August 11, 1 pm

Parkway Central Library, 1901 Vine St., Philadelphia

 

This family-friendly class welcomes children and their caregivers to the table for hands-on cooking and read-aloud of Haiqal’s Garden, a bilingual book that celebrates a father-son relationship and a beautiful backyard garden with food grown to nourish the community. Pre-registration is required via Eventbrite.

Grumblethorpe Second Saturday

August 11, noon—6 pm

5267 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia

 

Come for some live music as you relax in the gardens, buy some locally grown produce, take a tour of the historic house, and enjoy some barbecue and herbal sun tea.

Youth Empowerment Celebration

August 11, 11 am—4pm

African American Museum in Philadelphia, 701 Arch St., Philadelphia

 

Celebrate Youth Empowerment during the August Macy’s Family Fun Day at AAMP with interactive workshops. The first 250 people will receive free entry to the museum for this event.

Summer Sounds at the Square: The Jersey Corn Pickers

August 11, 5–6 pm

Franklin Square, 200 N. Sixth St., Philadelphia

 

Enjoy a free bluegrass concert and a beer garden at Franklin Square.

The Patchwork Storytelling Guild

August 11, 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.

‘Avengers: Infinity War’ at Hunting Park

August 11, dusk

900 Hunting Park Ave., Philadelphia

 

Bring your own blanket for a free outdoor screening of Avengers: Infinity War.

Sunday

Programming from Scratch workshop at the Franklin Institute

August 12, 11 am–1 pm

Franklin Institute, 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.

Sundays with Pop-Up Play

August 12, 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.

PECO Family Jams: Rock Figures

August 12, noon—4 pm

Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens, 1020 South St., Philadelphia

 

Hands-on art and family-friendly tours at Magic Gardens.

Dog Days of Summer

August 12, noon–3 pm

Franklin Square, 200 N. Sixth St., Philadelphia

 

Take a stroll with your four-legged friends through Franklin Square to enjoy pet portraits, sprinklers, and shallow pools for cooling off.

Family Fun Sunday at The Oval+

August 12, 2—7 pm

2451 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia

 

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

Sundays on Stage: Villalobos Brothers

August 12, 2 pm

Parkway Central Library, 1901 Vine St., Philadelphia

 

Celebrate the richness of Mexican folk music with the intricate harmonies of jazz and classical music at this free concert.

PAFA Family Arts Academy

August 12, 2—4 pm

PAFA, 118-128 N. Broad St., Philadelphia

 

Bring the family to meet local artists, learn new skills, and make a different project. This week, “Make your Mark”: explore your personal narrative through different mark-making techniques.

‘The Wiz’ at Malcolm X Park

August 12, 5–7:30 pm

5150 Pine St., Philadelphia

 

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

PHC Summer Funfest

August 12, 5–9 pm

Smith Memorial Playground, 3500 Reservoir Drive, Philadelphia

 

The evening fundraiser for Philadelphia Homelessness Coalition will feature live entertainment, face painters, food trucks, magic, a fashion show, games and prizes, clowns, and more!

Main Line and Suburban Events

All Weekend

‘Alice in Wonderland’

August 11, 11 am and 3 pm; August 12, 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.

Summer Festival in Rose Tree Park

August 8—12, 7:30 pm

1671 N. Providence Rd., Media

 

Bring your own blankets and chairs for different free outdoor concert every night.

Saturday

Breakfast with the Bison at Elmwood Park Zoo

August 11, 8:30—10 am

1661 Harding Blvd., Norristown

 

Enjoy the morning with the largest land mammal in North America! You will enjoy a breakfast buffet, special craft, and an intimate morning with the bison before the zoo opens. Space is limited, so be sure to pre-register!

Family Fun Day at Upper Merion Farmers Market

August 11, 9 am—1 pm

175 W. Valley Forge Rd., King of Prussia

 

The farmers market will host activities for the whole family, including face painting, music, and a kids’ play corner.

Gardening with Children workshop at Linvilla Orchards

August 11, 10—11 am

137 W. Knowlton Rd., Media

 

Miss Marcia will show you many different tomato varieties, and tasting is encouraged! You will learn the ins and outs of growing your very own tomato garden. As always there will be a related activity. Class is free, but please call (610) 876-7116 to register.

Peach Festival at Highland Orchards

August 11, 11 am—4 pm

1000 Marshallton-Thorndale Rd., West Chester

 

Celebrate the season with food trucks, kids’ activities, live music, and more.

Royal Tea Party at Ludington Library

August 11, 11 am—1 pm

5 S. Bryn Mawr Ave., Bryn Mawr

 

Kids are invited to dress up in their favorite royal costume and join Miss Patti and Miss Jackie for a great storytime. Afterwards there will be a party complete with snacks and drinks. Sign up is necessary. Please call Ludington Library’s Children’s Room to reserve your child’s spot at 610-525-1776.

S’mores and More at Riverbend

August 11, 3—5 pm

1950 Spring Mill Rd., Gladwyne

 

Come to Riverbend for a fun summer afternoon with campfire and nature exploration. Gather around the camp fire to roast marshmallows and soak up the last of summer. Register online.

Japanese Bon Festival

August 11, 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. In case of rain, it will be held the following week.

Sunday

Main Line Bike Race

August 12, 8 am—4 pm

Ardmore

 

Teams of bike racers will ride a one-mile loop through the business district of Ardmore throughout the day for hours of excitement for a projected thousand spectators. There will be community races for the children, a food donation drive that will benefit local non-profits, a kids’ corner, and more.

Kids Rock Painting at Terrain

August 12, 11 am—noon

914 Baltimore Pike, Glen Mills

 

Bring along the littles ones to spread love as they paint rocks with positive messages to place in the garden. Pre-register online.

Touch a Truck Day

August 12, noon—4

601 Westtown Rd., West Chester

 

This hands-on event gives children the opportunity to see, touch, interact with and learn about dozens of vehicles. There will also be games, water ice, and a food truck!

Jenkins Explorers: Summer Sundays

August 12, 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.

Aloha Style Summer Polynesian Workshops

August 12, 2—5 pm

105 Forrest Avenue # 100, Narberth

 

An afternoon of dance and lei making! Sign up for one or all three online.

 

Photograph by Laura Swartz.

PHILADELPHIA ASSISTANT EDITOR

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