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30+ Things to Do With Kids This Week Around Philly and the Main Line: July 23–29

Need plans? We've got something great, every day.

Need plans? We’ve got something great, every day. It’s looking to be a soggy week, so with all events that are dependent on weather, be sure to check the venue’s site (the title of each event in this post is also a link to the page) to make sure it is not rained out!

 

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All Week

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).

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!

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.

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.

Ardmore Restaurant Week

July 16—29

 

Ardmore Restaurant Week runs from July 16—29, and offers three-course meals for $15, $25 or $35. Here are our top family-friendly picks.

Snack Attack Workshops at Color Me Mine

July 23—27, 10 am—1 pm

109 W. Lancaster Ave., Wayne

 

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

Christmas in July at Sesame Place

July 23—29

100 Sesame Road, Langhorne

 

Come celebrate with holiday shopping discounts, photos with Cookie Monster Santa and more! On July 25, there will be special character dining (pre-registration required) and storytime with Santa in Hooper’s Emporium.

Christmas in July at LEGOLAND

July 21—29

500 W. Germantown Pike, Plymouth Meeting

 

Enjoy seasonal build activities (including a LEGO ornament) and holiday theming throughout LEGOLAND. Check out a brand new LEGO sleigh for a special photo op with LEGO Santa!

Shakespeare in Clark Park: ‘Twelfth Night’

July 25—29, 7—8 pm

Clark Park, 43rd St. and Baltimore Ave., Philadelphia

 

This free, all-ages performance of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night will embrace the musical bent of the script as a glam rock celebration of love, music, and identity.

Parks on Tap: Pastorius Park

July 25—29

200 W. Hartwell Ln., Philadelphia

 

Family-friendly beer garden Parks on Tap comes to a new location in Chestnut Hill. On opening night, there will be a free outdoor concert.

Monday

Music Monday at Lulu’s Casita with Roots with Ruark

July 23, 10—10:30 am

Lulu’s Casita, 6 Cricket Ave., Ardmore

 

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

Parkway Pals at Sister Cities Park

July 23, 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.

Mondays with Marty at Academy of Natural Sciences

July 23, 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.

‘Frozen’ at Upper Darby Municipal Library

July 23, 2—4 pm

501 Bywood Ave., Upper Darby

 

Movie Monday! This program is open to all school aged kids. You can bring a snack and a covered beverage to enjoy during the show. To register, stop by the library or call 610-734-7649.

American Girl Club

July 23, 3—3:45 pm

Marple Library, 2599 Sproul Rd., Broomall

 

Kids age 4-6 will enjoy nature-themed activities: have some fun making ice cream and planting some seeds. Don’t forget to bring your American Girl Doll to join in on the fun! Registration required by phone (610-356-1510) or in person.

Read With a Therapy Dog

July 23, 4:15 pm

Falls of Schuylkill Library, 3501 Midvale Ave., Philadelphia

 

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

Paper Plane Workshop

July 23, 6—7 pm

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

 

Learn about aerodynamics by creating and fine-tuning different models of paper planes, and then send them down the “hangar”! Best for ages 7 and up. Register by calling 610-566-1918.

Tuesday

Music Monkey Jungle at Reading Terminal Market

July 24, 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.

Storytime at Longwood Gardens

July 24, 10 am and 10:45 am

1001 Longwood Rd., Kennett Square

 

Young guests (ages 3-5) can enjoy nature-based stories in Lookout Loft Treehouse amid the beauty of the surrounding forest. Storytelling, songs, and puppets encourage children to discover the joys of nature, language, and literature. In case of inclement weather, meet in the Peirce-du Pont House.

Young Audiences Series: Alex and The Kaleidoscope

July 24, 10:30 am

The Colonial Theatre, 227 Bridge St., Phoenixville

 

Emmy award winning children’s entertainer Alex Mitnick, leader of Alex and The Kaleidoscope, is your trusted friend and guide on a journey that leads to the treasures of the world!  Tickets are free, but must be reserved in advance on The Colonial Theatre’s Website.

Chinese Language Storytime

July 24, 11:15 am

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

 

All storybooks are read in Chinese by local parents and volunteers.

Outdoor Water Party

July 24, 1:30–2:30 pm

Newtown Public Library, 201 Bishop Hollow Rd., Newtown Square

 

Come for some water games and activities in the park next to the library. Dress to get wet! For all ages. No registration required.

Science Fun with Chemistry

July 24, 4 pm

Parkway Central Library, 1901 Vine St., Philadelphia

 

Fun facts and cool experiments.  Suggested for ages 5-12.

Yoga Storytime

July 24, 4 pm

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

 

Join certified yoga teacher Amanda Hendricks from Roots 2 Rise to explore a children’s story through yoga poses and song. This event will be filled with fun, laughter, noises of all kinds, and a few special quiet moments too. For children ages 3-7. Registration encouraged.

Henna Design

July 24, 5 — 6:30 pm

Easttown Library, 720 First Ave., Berwyn

 

Learn about the art of henna and its design, and how to create small motifs with Swati Chaturvedi from Bollywood Dance Project. For kids in grades 5-12. Registration is required.

Eagleview Summer Concert: Kids’ Night

565 Wellington Square, Exton

July 24, 7 — 9 pm

 

Kids can rock out with interactive children’s band Jump Jive and Jam!

‘A Championship Season’ with the Philadelphia Orchestra featuring Jason Kelce

(Sensory Friendly Performance)

July 24, 8 pm (doors at 6 pm)

The Mann Center for the Performing Arts, 5201 Parkside Ave., Philadelphia

 

Hosted by the “Voice of the Eagles,” Merrill Reese, relive NFL Films’ stunning video highlights of the Philadelphia Eagles’ Championship Season on three giant screens alongside the great Philadelphia Orchestra. Eagles center Jason Kelce will trade in his cleats for a saxophone reed to play the baritone sax during the event! Show your team spirit by wearing your Eagles’ gear and come celebrate with the Eagles Cheerleaders and Swoop! Be sure to pack a picnic and bring the whole family to celebrate this unforgettable football season! This is a sensory-friendly performance, with volunteers from Temple University’s occupational therapy program to help hand out noise-cancelling headphones and fidget toys to those who need them, and a designated quiet area located to the right of the Mann’s pavilion. A portion of the proceeds benefits Eagles Autism Challenge. Buy tickets online.

Wednesday

Backyard Bugs Pop-up Camp

July 25, 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!

Bilingual Storytime at Lulu’s Casita

July 25, 10 am

6 Cricket Ave., Ardmore

 

Come for a mini fiesta and bilingual storytime at Lulu’s, and stay after to play! Free with admission.

Tyler Arboretum Toddlers in Nature

July 25, 10—11 am

515 Painter Rd., Media

 

Toddlers (age 18 months-3 years) will learn why the wind blows and more about our weather through storytime and exploration. Register online.

Box of Light: ‘Burble, Fizz, Kaboom!’

July 25, 10:30 am

Parkway Central Library, 1901 Vine St., Philadelphia

 

Rand Whipple combines chemical reactions, solutions, molecules, and phase changes with a great sense of humor, and a lot of help from the audience. Students help make liquid lasagna, shatter a marshmallow, and more in this fun free performance.

Franklin Institute presents ‘Sound, Music, and Math’ at the Penn Museum

July 25, 11 am—noon

3260 South St., Philadelphia

 

The Franklin Institute will explain the science behind the making of music. Explore how vibrations produce waves in air, and how those waves are related to our sense of hearing.

Owls and What They Eat

July 25, 11 am—noon

Garden Center at Linvilla Orchards, 137 W. Knowlton Rd., Media

 

In this class, Miss Marcia will be talking about owls and their prey. Each child will get to play forensic scientist as they dissect an owl pellet and identify his meal. Call (610) 876-7116 to register.

Phillies Christmas in July

July 25, 12:35 pm

1 Citizens Bank Way, Philadelphia

 

Celebrate Christmas in July and watch the Phillies play the Dodgers. Bring a new, unwrapped toy to donate for a toy drive. Kids age 14 and under can stay after the game to run the bases! Tickets are available at the title link above, including a discount code for certain seats.

Toe Tappin’ Tunes with Winterthur Museum

July 25, 1—2 pm

Haverford Township Free Library, 1601 Darby Rd., Havertown

 

Join Winterthur Museum for this exciting program for kids entering kindergarten through fourth grade. Learn about the rhythms of everyday life from long ago, sing traditional American tunes, step into dance moves inspired by life in the 1800s, and compose a verse about life today.

Elmwood Park Zoo’s Keeper Olympics

July 25, 1:30 pm

1661 Harding Blvd., Norristown

 

It’s National Zookeeper Week, and the animal care staff will compete against one another, in highly anticipated events, such as hose wrangling, hay bale toss, and a water bucket relay.

STEM Wednesdays

July 25, 2 pm

Thomas F. Donatucci, Sr. Library, 1935 Shunk Street, Philadelphia

 

School age kids will explore the world of robots, mazes, building challenges, science experiments and more!

Comparing Seeds

July 25, 2 pm

Oak Lane Library, 6614 N. 12th St., Philadelphia

 

Learn about the different seeds we find in the fruit we eat, read The Watermelon Seed by Greg Pizzoli, look closely at different fruits, and make a delicious dip to eat!  This program is best for preschoolers and school-age children.  Space is limited, so call or stop by to reserve your spot.

Musical Movie Wednesday at Gladwyne Library

July 25, 4 pm

362 Righters Mill Rd., Gladwyne

 

Gladwyne Library will have snacks and movies the whole family can sing along to.

Tween Slime Clinic

July 25, 4—5 pm

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

 

The library will provide supplies and basic recipes, and kids will tweak them to make their own creation! Ages 9-12. Call 610-566-1918 to register by Monday, July 23.

Turtle Dance Party

July 25, 4–5 pm

Newtown Public Library, 201 Bishop Hollow Rd., Newtown Square

 

Back by popular demand! Join Mr. Matt for a super-fun, inclusive and interactive music concert!

Wednesday Night Family Art Studio

July 25, 5—7 pm

Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia

 

Stay up late and make some art in Art Splash before bedtime. Free after pay-what-you-wish admission.

Wish Upon a Wednesday: Character Dinner with Rapunzel

July 25, 5:30—7:30 pm

The Pop Shop, 729 Haddon Ave., Collingswood, NJ

 

Have dinner with Rapunzel! Reservations strongly suggested (call 856-869-0111, ext. 5).

Movie Night in the Park: ‘Coco’

July 25, 6–10 pm (Rain date: August 1)

Mifflin Square Park, 6th and Ritner Streets, Philadelphia

 

Enjoy a free outdoor screening of Pixar’s Coco. Before the movie there will be a fun and exciting activity, soccer, and more. In case of rain, the movie night will be rescheduled for August 1.

Sharon Katz and the Peace Train

July 25, 6:30 pm

Independence Library, 18 S. Seventh St., Philadelphia

 

The Peace Train’s group of musicians, singers, and dancers create a show of unity, friendship, and peace through pulsating rhythms, rich harmonies, guitar-driven maskanda and mbaqanga melodies, spine-tingling Zulu dances, and compelling lyrics that tell South Africa’s story.

Read with Lacie the Dog!

July 25, 6:30 pm

Roxborough Library, 6245 Ridge Ave., Philadelphia

 

Lacie is a retired greyhound that loves to read with kids. Stop in to read with Lacie for 10 minutes—space is very limited, so it’s first come, first served. For ages 6 and up.

Rockin’ Thru the Revolution 

July 25, 7–8 pm

Haverford Township Free Library, 1601 Darby Rd., Havertown

 

Children and adults alike will take a rockin’ journey through the Revolution by singing catchy, original songs that teach important and powerful aspects of each time period.  Gripping storytelling is interspersed throughout the show to create a truly engaging experience led by Damien Drago.

Philadelphia Dance Day Pre-Party

July 25, 7—8 pm

The Oval, 2451 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia

 

This all-ages outdoor dance party will be hosted by Philly Dance Fitness, and will combine a mix of Cardio Pop, Zumba and line dancing. No experience necessary, just jump in and follow along!

Pastorius Park Concert: Ben Arnold

July 25, 7:30 pm

200 W. Hartwell Ln., Philadelphia (read details for rain venue)

 

Free concert by soulful singer-songwriter Ben Arnold. In case of rain, the concert will take place in the lower auditorium at Springside Chestnut Hill Academy—Cherokee Campus.

Thursday

Healthy Story Time at Wolff’s Apple House

July 26, 10—10:45 am

81 S. Pennell Rd., Media

 

Mr. Jason from Middletown Library will read a story, and afterwards children will get to make and eat a healthy snack. Children are welcome to stay afterward to play in the play area.

Museum Explorers at Brandywine River Museum

July 26, 10 am and 11 am

1 Hoffman’s Mill Rd., Chadds Ford

 

Kids age 3-10 and their grownups will adventure through the galleries to find paintings worthy of a storybook, and help re-imagine N. C. Wyeth paintings in an art project.

Hip-Hop and Funk Dance Class

July 26, 10:30—11:15 am

Marple Library, 2599 Sproul Rd., Broomall

 

Come and join Miss Christa (from Merge Dance Studios in Philly) for a phenomenal time learning new dance moves. For ages 5-9. Registration required by phone (610-356-1510) or in person.

The Train Ride! Theater for Toddlers

July 26, 10:30 am

Chestnut Hill Library, 8711 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia

 

Mlanjeni the Magician will perform a fun show for little ones with music, magic, and puppets.

Tyler Arboretum Tiny Trackers

July 26, 1—2:30 pm

515 Painter Rd., Media

 

Kids age 4-6 will explore aquatic life, and find differences and similarities. Register online.

Manayunk Stroll the Street: Christmas in July

July 26, 5–9:30 pm

Main Street, Manayunk, Philadelphia

 

Manayunk will host local food trucks, vendors, and live music as visitors and residents walk, shop, and eat. This week, for Christmas in July, there will be carols performed by the Delaware Valley Opera Company, and a free screening of the movie Elf.

Pairings on the Parkway

July 26, 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!

Alex and the Kaleidoscope at Radnor Memorial Library

July 26, 6:30 pm

114 W. Wayne Ave., Wayne

 

Children’s musician Alex Mitnick performs an uplifting feel-good concert full of musical magic for the whole family!

Free Summertime String Orchestra Concert at Wayne Art Center

July 26, 7 pm

413 Maplewood Ave., Wayne

 

Free and open to the public, this concert features classical music by advanced, junior, and chamber groups.

‘Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban’ in Concert

July 26, 7:30 pm

The Mann Center for the Performing Arts, 5201 Parkside Ave., Philadelphia

 

The Philadelphia Orchestra will perform the magical score from Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban while the entire film plays in high-definition on a 40-foot screen. This performance is part of the Mann’s Summer Picnic Series, so feel free to pack a picnic to enjoy on the lawn during the performance! Buy tickets online or at the Mann Box Office.

Free Outdoor Movie Night: ‘A Bug’s Life’

July 26, 7:30 pm

Pennypack on the Delaware Park, Philadelphia

 

This free outdoor movie by the river starting at sundown will be paired with activities for the whole family! Kids’ activities start at 7:30 pm, movie starts at sundown. BYO blankets, chairs, and snacks.

Superhero Movie Night: ‘Wonder Woman’

July 26, 7—9 pm

Schmidt’s Commons, 1001 N. Second St #21, Philadelphia

 

Bring your own chair for a free screening of Wonder Woman at the Piazza!

‘Jurassic Park’ at KOP Town Center

July 26, 8—10 pm

200 Main St., King of Prussia

 

It’s time for a classic! Grab your family and come for a screening of Jurassic Park at King of Prussia Town Center. They’ll provide the popcorn!

Schuylkill Banks Movie Series: ‘Moana’

July 26, 8:20 pm

Schuylkill Banks (east side of the Schuylkill under the Walnut Street Bridge), Philadelphia

 

Bring your own blanket and picnic for Moana! Come early to participate in a free pre-movie raffle for gift cards from Philadelphia Runner. Snacks and beverages will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ at Penn’s Landing

July 26, 8:30—11 pm

Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing, Philadelphia

 

Star Wars: The Last Jedi will be screened outdoors on a big screen at Penn’s Landing for free.

Friday

“Continental” Breakfast at the Museum of the American Revolution

July 27, 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.

Enchanted Forest Fun

July 27, 10 am—noon

ChesLen Preserve, 1199 Cannery Rd., Coatesville

 

Families are invited to explore the Enchanted Forest during a morning of nature play, activities, and light refreshments. Kids can create their own fairy or gnome home to take home!

Baby Bird Playdate at Philadelphia Museum of Art

July 27, 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.

Smith Memorial Playground’s Birthday Celebration

July 27, 10:30 am—3 pm

3500 Reservoir Dr., Philadelphia

 

Enjoy birthday cake and a field day as Smith celebrates turning 119!

Morning Movies for Kids: ‘Coco’

July 27, 10:30 am

Penn Wynne Library, 130 Overbrook Pkwy., Wynnewood

 

Kids and their caregivers can come enjoy Coco on the big screen in the library meeting room. Pre-register (title link).

Carlino’s Family Fun Day

July 27, 11 am—1 pm

2616 E. County Line Rd., Ardmore

 

Carlino’s is hosting free lunchtime fun for the whole family. Parents can relax on the patio with charcuterie and olive oil pairings, while kids can decorate their own cupcakes. Even dogs can participate, with natural dog treats and even special doggy cupcakes.

Beatles Sing-a-Long

July 27, 11—11:30 am

Nest, 1301 Locust St., Philadelphia

 

Join Mr. Kelvin for a Beatles sing-a-long jam session! Perfect for little musicians ages 18 months-3years.

Family Stories and Puppet Show

July 27, 11—11:45 am

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

 

Stories, music, movement, and a brief puppet show. Best for ages 0-5.

David and Digger Puppet Show

July 27, 2 pm

Torresdale Library, 3079 Holme Ave., Philadelphia

 

David Hutchman — a treasured Philadelphia actor known by generations of children and their families for his work at the Please Touch Museum — is taking his pal Digger the Dog out on the road.  This 40-minute show promotes kindness, personal responsibility, resourcefulness, and creativity with silly, gentle humor, and a little bit of magic. Arrive early, as space is limited.

Science for Girls: Design Your Own Robot

July 27, 2—3 pm

Ardmore Library, 108 Ardmore Ave., Ardmore

 

Science for Girls is all about empowering younger girls in the STEM sciences through teen mentorship. Space is limited, so please call to register: 610-642-5187. For ages 8-12.

‘My Neighbor Totoro’ at Fumo Family Library

July 27, 2:30 pm

2437 S. Broad St., Philadelphia

 

Spend the afternoon enjoying a family-friendly movie. The library will provide the popcorn!

Fourth Friday Celebration with Potted Perfection

July 27, 3—7 pm

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

 

Potted Perfection will be at Little Moon + Arrow selling floral crowns and bouquets. There will also be chalk and snacks outside.

BYOB and Pizza Night at Lulu’s Casita

July 27, 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.

Nest Family Night In

July 27, 4—7 pm

1301 Locust St., Philadelphia

 

Bring the family to Nest for an evening of games, movement activities, crafts, open play, live music, and a pizza dinner! Pre-registration is required.

Summer UnWINEd Concert

July 27, 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. Tickets here.

Suburban Square Summer Concert: West Philadelphia Orchestra 

July 27, 6:30–8 pm

Anderson and Coulter avenues, Ardmore

 

Bring your own blankets and chairs to the Great Lawn for a free concert with this eclectic group of musicians.

Sounds of Summer: Philadelphia Mandolin and Guitar Ensemble

July 27, 7:30—9 pm

Haverford Township Free Library, 1601 Darby Rd., Havertown

 

Gather in the parking lot for a free concert featuring music from the 16th to the 21st Century.  Bring your lawn chair – the library will provide the snacks and the music!

‘A Wrinkle in Time’ at Dilworth Park

July 27, 8:30–10:30 pm

1 S. 15th St., Philadelphia

 

Bring your own blanket or chair for a free outdoor screening of A Wrinkle in Time.

Friday Night at the Movies: ‘The Lion King’

July 27, 8:30 pm

Franklin Square, 200 N. Sixth St., Philadelphia

 

Enjoy a beautiful night in the square and watch a free screening of the Disney classic The Lion King on the Great Lawn!

Philadelphia Events

All Weekend

Shakespeare in Clark Park: ‘Twelfth Night’

July 25—29, 7—8 pm

Clark Park, 43rd St. and Baltimore Ave., Philadelphia

 

This free, all-ages performance of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night will embrace the musical bent of the script as a glam rock celebration of love, music, and identity.

Storybook Celebration at Camden Children’s Garden

July 28—29, 1—4 pm

3 Riverside Drive, Camden, NJ

 

The Storybook Gardens come alive inside the many fairytale-themed exhibits at the Camden Children’s Garden. There will be book crafts and storytime.

Kittydelphia

July 28, 11 am—7 pm and July 29, 11 am—5 pm

Power Plant Productions, 230 N. 2nd St., Philadelphia

 

This free pop-up cat fair will feature a variety of vendors selling cat-themed apparel, toys, jewelry, art, and housewares; as well as adoptable cats from PAWS, a cat art exhibit, and more.

Christmas in July at Photo Pop!

July 28—29, noon—10 pm

1315 Walnut St., Philadelphia

 

This Insta-worthy interactive pop-up art exhibit is getting festive with special holiday installations! Photo Pop is encouraging guests to dress in Christmas attire, Santa hats, red and green, anything festive for the holiday!

Messy Marvelous Mixtures at Academy of Natural Sciences

July 28—29, 1—5 pm

1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia

 

Make a mess with science as you investigate different mixtures. From ooblek to playdough, learn about the science behind making these concoctions as you measure, scoop, and stir.

Parks on Tap: Pastorius Park

July 25—29

200 W. Hartwell Ln., Philadelphia

 

Family-friendly beer garden Parks on Tap comes to a new location in Chestnut Hill. On opening night, there will be a free outdoor concert.

Saturday

Philadelphia Dance Day

July 28

 

This nonprofit festival features free classes and live performances from some of the city’s best-known instructors at three different locations in Philly, culminating in a two-hour dance performance at the Gershman Y. See our family-friendly picks here!

MommyCon

July 28, 9 am—4:30 pm

Pennsylvania Convention Center, 1101 Arch St., Philadelphia

 

A full day of educational panels and workshops, plus a product showcase, for new and expectant parents.

Minecraft Day at the Franklin Institute

July 28, 10 am—3 pm

222 N. 20th St., Philadelphia

 

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

Family Workshop: Claying Around on the Wheel

July 28, 10 am—noon

The Clay Studio, 137-139 N. Second St., Philadelphia

 

Kids age 4-12 (with a parent) will be guided through basics of working on the pottery wheel in this fun and muddy workshop. Parents with children age 4-7 work together on one wheel. Pre-registration is required.

East Passyunk Family Arts Festival

July 28, 10 am—2 pm

East Passyunk Community Center, 1025 Mifflin St., Philadelphia

 

Families can enjoy a live theatrical performance, join in on a yoga class for kids, sing karaoke, and make some fun crafts. Tickets are $10 and available online (link in title of event).

Gorgas Park Veterans Tribute Day

July 28, 10 am—noon

6300 Ridge Ave., Philadelphia

 

A morning of free concerts, performances, and activities honoring the community’s World War II, Korean War, and Vietnam War veterans.

Seafarin’ Saturday

July 28, 11 am—1 pm

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

 

What were some of the superstitions sailors believe in while at sea? Find out, and create your own lucky charm.

Storytime in the Lodge at Blue Cross RiverRink

July 28, 11:30 am—12:30 pm

101 S. Christopher 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.

The Ugandan Kids Choir at Please Touch Museum

July 28, noon—12:30 pm and 2—2:30 pm

4231 Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia

 

Sing and dance with the high-energy and joyous children of the Ugandan Kids Choir! These young performers are traveling the world to share a message of hope and love through traditional music and dance.

PHS Summerfest

July 28, 2—6 pm

PHS Pop-Up Garden, 15th and South streets, Philadelphia

 

Celebrate summer in the garden with free plants, trivia, activities for kids, and more.

Potty Training Story Hour

July 28, 3—4 pm

Across the street from Please Touch Museum, Philadelphia

 

Free outdoor storytime with songs and dance, snacks, and take homes. You can even buy a potty-themed art project to take home and create. The event is free, but pre-registration is requested.

Summer Sounds on the Square

July 28, 6—8 pm

Franklin Square, 200 N. Sixth St., Philadelphia

 

Franklin Square will host a free live blues performance by Queen Esther and a beer garden.

Sunday

East Passyunk Avenue Car Show and Street Festival

July 29, 11 am—4 pm

East Passyunk Avenue between Broad and Dickinson streets, Philadelphia

 

This East Passyunk summer tradition features over 175 muscle, classic, antique, custom, and show cars, trucks and motorcycles, as well as street vendors, rack sales, kids’ activities, live music, and a craft fair.

Make Your Own Puppet

July 29, 10 am—2 pm

Liberty Lands, 913 N. Third St., Philadelphia

 

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

Mindful Me: A Mindfulness Workshop (Ages 6-8)

July 29, 10—10:45 am

PlayArts, 1241 N. Front St., Philadelphia

 

‘Mindful Me’ will guide kids to explore emotions and learn ways to incorporate mindfulness into everyday life using awareness and breathing exercises.

Sundays with Pop-Up Play

July 29, 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.

Dog Days of Summer in Franklin Square

July 29, 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+

July 29, 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.

Member Night at Philadelphia Zoo: Discovery Detectives

July 29, 6—8 pm

3400 W. Girard Ave., Philadelphia

 

Bring the family for the wildest scavenger hunt around! Compete with other member families for “fab-zoo-lous prizes”—and learn more about your favorite animals along the way. Space is limited, and advance online registration is required.

Main Line and Suburban Events

All Weekend

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.

Ardmore Restaurant Week

July 16—29

 

Ardmore Restaurant Week runs from July 16—29, and offers three-course meals for $15, $25 or $35. Here are our top family-friendly picks.

Christmas in July at Sesame Place

July 23—29

100 Sesame Road, Langhorne

 

Come celebrate with holiday shopping discounts, photos with Cookie Monster Santa and more! On July 25, there will be special character dining (pre-registration required) and storytime with Santa in Hooper’s Emporium.

Christmas in July at LEGOLAND

July 21—29

500 W. Germantown Pike, Plymouth Meeting

 

Enjoy seasonal build activities (including a LEGO ornament) and holiday theming throughout LEGOLAND. Check out a brand new LEGO sleigh for a special photo op with LEGO Santa!

Saturday

Chatter Splatter Summer Blowout Party

July 28, 10 am—noon

1032 Conshohocken Rd., Conshohocken

 

Two hours of indoor play, food and drinks, and extras!

Family Yoga Fun at Marple Library

July 28, 10:30—11:15 am

2599 Sproul Road, Broomall

 

Parents and kids (age 4-8) join in on some super fun yoga classes together with Miss Gosha. Please remember to bring a yoga mats or towels, and register in advance by calling 610-356-1510.

Harry Potter Festival

July 28, 11 am — 6 pm

Atglen Public Library, 413 Valley Ave., Atglen

 

Come for a big birthday bash for this iconic character. Live owls, magic show, magical marketplace. Free kids’ activities, including Potions and Herbology classes. There will be a Victory Beer garden, escape room, food trucks, and bounce houses.

Harry Potter Birthday Bash

July 28, 1—3:30 pm

Haverford Township Free Library, 1601 Darby Rd., Havertown

 

It’s Harry Potter’s birthday, and the library invites muggles and magical folk of all ages for an afternoon of games, crafts, vendors, and speakers. This year’s theme is The Goblet of Fire. Costumes encouraged!

Pop-Up Naturalist: Plant Superheroes

July 28, 1—5 pm

Newlin Grist Mill, 219 South Cheyney Rd., Glen Mills

 

Look for the pop-up naturalist tent in different parts of the park, and discover the plants and animals that call Newlin home. There will be interactive demonstrations, live specimens, games and crafts, and fun for the whole family.

‘Swan Lake’ at Bryn Mawr Film Institute

July 28, 1 pm

824 W. Lancaster Ave., Bryn Mawr

 

Watch the Royal Ballet in London perform this classic ballet on the big screen. Tickets available on BMFI website (link in title).

Free Outdoor Concert: Pink Floyd Tribute

July 28, 7:30 pm

Rose Tree Park, 1671 N. Providence Rd., Media

 

Rose Tree Park hosts a free outdoor concert by Us and Floyd, a Pink Floyd tribute band.

Movie in Normandy Park: ‘The Incredibles’

July 28, 8 pm

Normandy Park, Normandy Rd., Ardmore

 

Come for a free outdoor movie in the park, Pixar’s The Incredibles.

Sunday

Family Cooking at Sur La Table: No-Churn Ice Cream

July 29, 10 am—noon

Sur La Table, The Court at King of Prussia Mall, 690 West DeKalb Pike, King of Prussia

 

Kids age 7 and up, along with a grownup, will learn to create two unique flavors of no-churn ice cream, no fancy tools needed. Pre-registration is required.

Family Yoga

July 29, 12:30 pm

Positivity Yogis, 31 S. Eagle Rd., Ste. 101, Havertown

 

Kids age 5 and up, along with their parents, can do yoga together in this monthly family class. Register in advance, as space is limited.

Jenkins Summer Sunday

July 29, 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 registration is required.

Concert Under the Stars: Craig Bickhardt’s Friends and Family Festival

July 29, 6 pm (beer garden opens at 5 pm)

Township Building Park, 175 W. Valley Forge Rd., King of Prussia

 

Part of Upper Merion’s free, open-air concert series, this week will feature Craig and Aislinn Bickhardt, with Tom Hampton, Michael G. Ronstadt, Tommy Geddes, and special guest J.D. Malone and the Experts. Outside food is permitted, but alcohol must be purchased at the beer garden. The concerts are held rain or shine—in case of inclement weather, the concert will be moved indoors.

Free Kids’ Concert: The Plants

July 29, 7:30 pm

Rose Tree Park, 1671 N. Providence Rd., Media

 

From a snake wearing flip-flops to intergalactic insects and “Monster Under My Bed,” the lighthearted music of The Plants is harmoniously catchy and great fun for everyone. Concert will be cancelled in case of rain.

 

Photograph courtesy of Philadelphia Museum of Art.

PHILADELPHIA ASSISTANT EDITOR

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