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High Five! Main Line and Philly Family-Friendly Weekend Events: August 25–26

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

Space Odyssey Weekend at Please Touch Museum

August 25—26

4231 Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia

 

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

Parks on Tap: Penn Treaty Park

August 22–26

1301 N. Beach St., Philadelphia

 

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

Chocolate and Vanilla Celebration at Camden Children’s Garden

August 25—26, 1—4 pm

3 Riverside Dr., Camden, NJ

 

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

Citizen Science Lab

August 25–26, 11 am, 1 pm, and 3:30 pm

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

 

The Citizen Science Lab at Independence Seaport Museum hosts hands-on, interactive experiences for the whole family centered around water, with a focus on the Delaware River’s biology, ecology and chemistry, plus language arts, history and basic engineering.

Saturday

Back to School Donation Day for Cradles to Crayons

August 25

PlayArts, 1241 N. Front St., Philadelphia

 

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

Founders Day at Independence National Historical Park

August 25, 9 am—5 pm

5th and Chestnut Streets, Philadelphia

 

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

Daniel Tiger at Smith Memorial Playground (waitlist only)

August 25, 9 am—noon

3500 Reservoir Drive, Philadelphia

 

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

Free Admission to National Museum of American Jewish History

August 25, 10 am—5 pm

101 South Independence Mall East, Philadelphia

 

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

AdventureWoods Free Public Hours

August 25, 10 am—noon

Awbury Arboretum, 1 Awbury Road, Philadelphia

 

This innovative, sustainable natural playground engages children in creative, imaginative, and active discovery. Kids are free to have fun and learn, experiment and discover, all while exercising and enjoying the outdoors.

Schuylkill Saturdays: Nature Exploration for Families

August 25, 10:30—11:30 am

8480 Hagy’s Mill Road, Philadelphia

 

Grab your hiking boots for a naturalist-led exploration with your little ones. Gather in the Discovery Center for a short introduction and craft before hitting the trails for guided exploration and discovery.

Scavenger Hunt and Free Boating at Bartram’s Garden

August 25, 11 am—3 pm

5400 Lindbergh Blvd., Philadelphia

 

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

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

August 25, 11:30 am—12:30 pm

Spruce Street Harbor Park, 301 S. Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia

 

Enjoy a new book each week, and entertainment with Listen, Learn, and Play. Light refreshments will be provided for the kids, as well as a book swap.

PHIT Family Time: The Debut Show!

August 25, noon—1 pm

2030 Sansom St., Philadelphia

 

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

Summer Sounds on the Square

August 25, 6–8 pm

Franklin Square, 200 N. Sixth St., Philadelphia

 

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

‘Black Panther’ & Backpack Giveaway 

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

Dell Music Center, 2400 Strawberry Mansion Dr., Philadelphia

 

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

Movie Night at Benson Park: ‘Coco’

August 25, 7:30—9:30 pm

1442-1444 N. Fourth St., Philadelphia

 

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

Sunday

Open House at Sue’s Art Class

August 26, 11 am—1 pm

2119 Spruce St., Philadelphia

 

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

Sundays with Pop-Up Play

August 26, 11:30 am–12:30 pm

Spruce Street Harbor Park, 301 S. Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia

 

Children and families will engage in free interactive activities through art, music, science, and physical movement that revolve around themes like water science, civic engagement, building, and more.

Critter Crafternoon with Snapology

August 26, 12:30—2:30 pm

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

 

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

‘The Wiz’ at Malcolm X Park

August 26, 5–7:30 pm

5150 Pine St., Philadelphia

 

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

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

August 26, 6—8 pm

3400 W. Girard Ave., Philadelphia

 

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

Main Line and Suburban Events

All Weekend

Van Gogh Museum Editions Pop-up Tour

Through October 14

Lord and Taylor Court at King of Prussia Mall, 160 N. Gulph Rd., King of Prussia

 

If you’re at the mall (or need an excuse to go), stop by Lord and Taylor Court to see a display of unparalleled, curator-approved replicas of nine Van Gogh masterpieces– it is even possible to feel Van Gogh’s famous brushstrokes! This pop-up is the first stop on the Van Gogh Museum’s tour, and will be there until October 14.

Saturday

Bat Box Building Workshop (age 10+)

August 25, 8:30—10:30 am

Chanticleer, 786 Church Rd., Wayne

 

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

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

August 25, 10—11 am

500 Lee Rd., Wayne

 

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

Unicorn Fair

August 25, 10 am — 1 pm

Downingtown Public Library, 122 Wallace Ave., Downingtown

 

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

Butterfly Festival

August 25, 10 am—4 pm

Colonial Gardens, 745 Schuylkill Rd., Phoenixville

 

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

Storytime Live with Curious George and Pinkalicious

August 25, 10 am—noon

Kiddie Academy of Phoenixville, 10 Chrisevyn Lane, Phoenixville

 

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

Kiwanis Halloween Carnival Preview

August 25, 10:30—11:30 am

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

 

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

Butterfly Celebration at Upper Schuylkill Valley Park

August 25, 11 am—1 pm

1600 Black Rock Rd., Royersford

 

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

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

August 25

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

 

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

Ballet 180 Open House

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

1708 Lancaster Ave., Paoli

 

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

‘Avengers: Infinity War’ at Bala Cynwyd Library

August 25, 2—4:30 pm

131 Old Lancaster Rd., Bala Cynwyd

 

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

East Goshen Food Truck and Music Festival

August 25, 4 — 8 pm

East Goshen Township Park, 1661 Paoli Pike, West Chester

 

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

Arts in the Park: Delco Symphony Brass Quintet

August 25, 6—7:30 pm

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

 

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

Sunday

Philadelphia Sports Day at Elmwood Park Zoo

August 26, 10 am—5 pm

1661 Harding Blvd., Norristown

 

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

Family Fun Cooking Class at Sur la Table

August 26, 10 am—noon

690 West DeKalb Pike, King of Prussia

 

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

Hava NaGrilla

August 26, noon—5 pm

1001 Remington Rd., Wynnewood

 

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

Meet Linvilla Orchards’ Barnyard Friends

August 26, 11:30 am—12:30 pm

137 W. Knowlton Rd., Media

 

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

Full Moon Hike

August 26, 7:30 pm

Norristown Farm Park, 2500 Upper Farm Rd., Norristown

 

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

Members-Only Evening Concert at Longwood Gardens

August 26, 7:30 pm

1001 Longwood Rd., Kennett Square

 

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

PHILADELPHIA ASSISTANT EDITOR

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