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High Five! Main Line and Philly Family-Friendly Weekend Events: August 18-19

Plan the perfect family 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

Last weekend of The Oval+

Through August 19

2451 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia

 

This colorful transformation of Eakins Oval ends its 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. Stop by Sunday for a kids’ dance party! See all the details in our preview.

The Beach on North Broad

August 18, noon–11 pm; and August 19, 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.

Citizen Science Lab

August 18–19, 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.

Parks on Tap: Lemon Hill

August 15–19

Lemon Hill Dr, Philadelphia

 

Family-friendly beer garden Parks on Tap comes to this historic mansion in Fairmount Park. This is Parks on Tap location offers beautiful views of the city, and lots of space for kids to run around!

Saturday

Pirate Day at Fort Mifflin

August 18, 10 am

1 Fort Mifflin Rd., Philadelphia

 

Complete a scavenger hunt, drill with wooden muskets, talk like a pirate and so much more! Meet the Pirates of the Schooner Pursuit and Fort Mifflin’s very own Cap’n Red Mango. There will also be musket and cannon demonstrations, and live music.

Minecraft Day at the Franklin Institute

August 18, 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.

Kid Friendly Hike of Forbidden Drive

August 18, 10 am–noon

Meet at Valley Glen Inn, Valley Green Road at Wissahickon, Philadelphia

 

A kid friendly hike of Forbidden Drive and on wooded trails. Registration is recommended so that participants can be informed of weather or other emergency cancellations.

Water Works Family Tours with Let’s Go Outdoors

August 18, 10 am and 12:30 pm

640 Waterworks Dr., Philadelphia

 

Attendees will learn about the amazing grounds outside of the historic Water Works, including the Fishway Dam, then head inside for a guided orientation of “Water in Our World” and watch a 15-minute film about the buildings important role in Philadelphia’s history. Event is free, but registration is required.

AdventureWoods Free Public Hours

August 18, 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 18, 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.

Philadelphia Obon Festival

August 18, 11 am—5 pm

Shofuso Japanese House and Garden, Lansdowne Drive and Horticultural Drive, Philadelphia

 

The festivities will include bon odori dance, taiko drumming, tea ceremony demonstrations, traditional games, arts and crafts, as well as a flea market and gift shop with vendors selling traditional goods. This day of celebration outside the gates of Shofuso is free and open to the public. In the event of inclement weather, Obon will be rescheduled to Sunday, August 19.

Drumming Up Attention: Celebrate Revolutionary Fifers and Drummers

August 18, 11 am

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

 

Come for a free Fife and Drum Party on our outdoor plaza. The Fifes and Drums of the Old Barracks will perform patriotic tunes on the plaza, and at 11:30 am, the museum’s own costumed musicians will offer fife and drum demonstrations and a brief lesson. The party also will include free toy fifes for the first 300 guests and other giveaways. Try on Revolutionary costumes and march to the beat of your own drum during parades around the plaza at 12:30 pm and 1:30 pm.

PNC Grow Up Great Concert

August 18, 11 am—noon

Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, 200 S. Broad St., Philadelphia

 

A free interactive kids’ concert with your favorite musicals led by Barrymore Award-winning singer/actress Rachel Camp.

Saturday Free Boating at Bartram’s Garden

August 18, 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.

Free Art Club for Kids

August 18, Toddler Time: 11 am—noon, Ages 5 and up: noon—2 pm

Tacony LAB Community Arts Center, 6918 Torresdale Ave., Philadelphia

 

Stop in to draw, paint and create! Mural Arts teaching artists will lead Art Club meetings, organizing projects and developing creative skills. Toddler time is from 11 am—noon, then kids age 5 and up can create until 2 pm.

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

August 18, 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.

Festival of India

August 18, noon—7 pm

Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing, Philadelphia

 

Part of the PECO Multicultural Series, this free festival is a colorful panorama of art, music, dance, and cuisine celebrating Indian culture and India’s Independence Day.

Free Youth Skateboarding Day

August 18, noon—1:30 pm

Skate The Foundry, 894 N. 40th St., Philadelphia

 

Beginner to intermediate level skaters aged 6 – 13 are invited to a free afternoon in positive, safe, active and healthy environment, where kids can meet fellow skaters while improving their tricks.

Free to Be Dance Academy Open House

August 18, noon—3 pm

6757 Greene St., Philadelphia

 

The dance academy’s fall open house will have food, games, vendors, demo classes, and more.

Math in Motion with Origami Mommy

August 18, 2—3 pm

Please Touch Museum, 4231 Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia

 

Look closely at shapes, lines, and geometric patterns – then learn how to turn a square into a box, a boat, a frog, or even a whale! Origami Mommy has spent over 2 decades making math fun and accessible to children through hands on creative play. For ages 5 and up. Register at the front desk when you arrive to hold your spot.

Paint Nite for Kids (Ages 6+)

August 18, 2–4 pm

Destination Dog, 1111 Walnut St., Philadelphia

 

At this kid-friendly version of Paint Nite, guests will be guided through painting “Ollie the Owl.” Pre-register online.

40th Street Summer Series

August 18, 6 pm

Behind Walnut Street Library at 40th and Walnut streets, Philadelphia

 

The York Street Hustle with Three Aksha performs at this free concert with kids’ activities, giveaways, and more. If it’s raining, the Summer Series will move indoors to the back room at The Rotunda at 4014 Walnut Street.

Summer Sounds on the Square

August 18, 6–8 pm

Franklin Square, 200 N. Sixth St., Philadelphia

 

Enjoy a free live musical performance by country band April Mae and The June Bugs, and a beer garden at Franklin Square.

The Patchwork Storytelling Guild

August 18, 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.

Outdoor Movie Night: ‘Finding Nemo’

August 18, 7 pm

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

 

Bring your blankets and friends for an outdoor movie at the Refuge! Bring your own chairs, blankets, and bug spray. Kids’ activity begins at 7 pm, movie at 8 pm.

Mt. Airy Moonlight Movies: ‘The Princess and the Frog’

August 18, sunset

Trolley Car Diner, 7619 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia

 

Come early for dinner, grab an adult beverage, and some ice cream for the kids. Movie starts 10 minutes after sunset.

Outdoor Movie Night: ‘Black Panther’

August 18, 7:30 pm

Triangle Park, 5425-65 Upland Way, Philadelphia

 

Triangle Park is hosting a free outdoor movie night, featuring the superhero film Black Panther. Bring your own blankets. Movie begins at dusk.

Sunday

Philadelphia Zoo Member Morning Stroll

August 19, 8:30—9:30 am

3400 W. Girard Ave., Philadelphia

 

Visit the zoo on your own, an hour before they open, for a less-crowded members-only experience.

Drop-in Baby Bubbles

August 19, 9–10 am

Fitness Works Philadelphia, 714 Reed St., Philadelphia

 

The hour-long class, open to little ones age 5 months to 3 years, incorporates honed techniques developed by Holly Waters to teach children how to feel comfortable and move their bodies in the water, helping them build confidence while exploring new surroundings in a safe, fun, and supervised setting. A parent is required to be in the pool with the child.

Make Your Own Puppet

August 19, 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.

Sundays with Pop-Up Play

August 19, 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.

Family Sports Day at Franklin Square

August 19, noon–4 pm

Franklin Square, 200 N. Sixth St., Philadelphia

 

Celebrate the Super Bowl Champion Philadelphia Eagles with football-inspired activities.

Caribbean Festival

August 19, noon—8 pm

Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing, Philadelphia

 

Part of the PECO Multicultural Series, this festival celebrates the culture, music and food from across the Caribbean islands.

Family Fun Sunday at The Oval+

August 19, 2—7 pm

2451 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia

 

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

Free Rooftop Khmer Dance Workshop

August 19, 3—4 pm

Bok Bar, 800 Mifflin St., Philadelphia

Celebrate the end of summer with Cambodian American Girls Empowering with a free all-ages Khmer dance workshop! Sunday afternoon is kid-friendly (and pet-friendly) at Bok Bar so make a day of it!

‘The Wiz’ at Malcolm X Park

August 19, 5–7:30 pm

5150 Pine St., Philadelphia

 

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

Main Line and Suburban Events

All Weekend

Last weekend of 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.

‘Alice in Wonderland’

August 18, 11 am and 3 pm; August 19, 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.

Van Gogh Museum Editions Pop-up Tour

August 17—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

Surfer Beach Party

August 18, 11 am—1 pm

Ludington Library, 5 S. Bryn Mawr Ave., Bryn Mawr

 

Wear your beach attire and bring a beach towel. Ludington Library will be playing beach games while listening to some totally awesome beach music. All ages welcome.

East Brandywine Township Presents: Community Day at the Park

August 18, 11 am — 3 pm

East Brandywine Township Community Park, 444 Dilworth Road, Downingtown

 

Join in this family-friendly day packed with entertainment, a car show and plenty of hands-on activities.

Family Music, Art, and Me: World of Song

August 18, 11:15 am—12:15 pm

Penn Wynne Library, 130 Overbrook Parkway, Wynnewood

 

Come for a free “Rock-A-Boom” library adventure with Allison DeSalvo’s World of Song. Young children explore singing songs, musical concepts with a variety of instruments, rhythms, listening games and creative movement activities stimulating development and innate musical response. Registration is required on the library’s website.

Country Fest at Elmwood Park Zoo

August 18, noon—4 pm

1661 Harding Blvd., Norristown

 

Grab your hats and boots for a day of country-themed activities. Spend the afternoon with country radio station 92.5 XTU for live broadcasts, refreshments, mechanical bull rides, and live entertainment.

‘Fancy Nancy’ Activities at King of Prussia Mall

August 18, 1—3 pm

Clock Tower Court at King of Prussia Mall, 160 N. Gulph Rd., King of Prussia

 

Free family fun and creative activities based on the new Disney Junior series Fancy Nancy.

The Revolution in Chester County

August 18, 2—3 pm

William Brinton 1704 House and Historic Site, 21 Oakland Rd., West Chester

 

Experience the American Revolution in Chester County through the eyes of a patriot, a loyalist, and a civilian. Led by a trained teacher, participants will have a chance to see (and touch) reproductions of Revolutionary-era artifacts. Admission includes tour of the William Brinton 1704 House.

Color Me Mine Kids Night Out

August 18, 6–9 pm

109 W. Lancaster Ave., Wayne

Drop off your kids (age 6 and up) for a fun night of painting, pizza, games, and a movie. Meanwhile, you get to enjoy an adult night out! Register online to reserve your spot.

Japanese Bon Festival

August 18, 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. This event was moved to Saturday because it was rained out last week.

Moon and Planet Party

August 18, 7—9 pm

ChesLen Preserve, 1199 Cannery Rd., Coatesville

 

Discover wonders of the night sky during this star-gazing extravaganza! Astronomers from local clubs – Chester County Astronomical Society and Delaware Astronomical Society – will share far-out knowledge and telescopic views of Venus, Mars, Jupiter, the moon, and countless stars. Exciting for all ages.

Outdoor Movie Night in Linwood Park: ‘The Secret Garden’

August 18, 8 pm

Linwood Park, Linwood and Athens Avenues, Ardmore

 

Bring your own blankets and chairs for a free outdoor screening of The Secret Garden. Snacks will be available to purchase on site, with all funds raised going towards future park maintenance and planting.

Sunday

Community Day at the Melton Center

August 19, 11 am—5 pm

Charles A. Melton Arts and Education Center, 501 E. Miner St., West Chester

 

Come for an afternoon of family activities including live music and dancing, food, vendors, and championship basketball!

Jenkins Explorers: Summer Sundays

August 19, 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.

PHILADELPHIA ASSISTANT EDITOR

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