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High Five! Main Line and Philly Family-Friendly Weekend Events: August 11–12

Plan the perfect weekend with our picks!

Plan the perfect weekend with our picks!

Click here for ongoing events that run through the weekend, like exhibits and pop-ups!

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.

PHILADELPHIA ASSISTANT EDITOR

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