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High Five! Main Line and Philly Family-Friendly Weekend Events: June 30– July 1

Plan the perfect weekend with our picks!

Plan the perfect weekend with our picks!

 

Click here for ongoing events that run through the weekend.

Philadelphia Events

All Weekend

Art Splash

June 30—September 3

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!

Garden Railway Circus Week at Morris Arboretum

June 30–July 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), but for this week, the Railway takes on a circus theme!

Brews & Views

June 29–July 3, 5—9 pm

Parkway Central Library, 1901 Vine St., Philadelphia

 

This beer garden located on the rooftop of the Free Library’s main branch has great views of the Parkway, and is family friendly! Registration will be in the library’s main lobby.

Parks on Tap: Columbus Square 

June 27—July 1

1200 Wharton St., Philadelphia

 

Family-friendly beer garden Parks on Tap comes to South Philly’s Columbus Square, where you can sip and play all through the weekend!

All-American Celebration at National Constitution Center

June 28—July 4

525 Arch St., Philadelphia

 

Visitors can create Colonial-era arts and crafts and stop by the museum’s Revolutionary War encampment on the front lawn. Colonial musical performances will take place throughout the week, as well as appearances by some other famous historical figures (in the form of reenactors).

‘Aladdin’

Through July 1

Academy of Music, 240 S. Broad St., Philadelphia

 

Broadway Philadelphia brings the stage musical version of the classic Disney movie musical to Philly! Read our review here.

Independence Day Celebration at Museum of the American Revolution

June 30—July 4

101 South Third St., Philadelphia

 

The museum will celebrate with music, family-friendly activities, and costumed historical interpreters. Visitors can even sign their names to a giant Declaration of Independence in the museum’s rotunda and take home a complimentary pocket-sized copy of our founding document. Throughout the weekend, visitors and passersby can declare how they are carrying forward the ideals of the American Revolution by adding a personalized ribbon to a flag-shaped “Declarations Wall” on the museum’s outdoor plaza.

Saturday

On the Delaware Music Festival

June 30, 10 am—8 pm

Pennypack on the Delaware Park, Philadelphia

 

Enjoy a full day of live music performed by some of Philly’s most popular rising artists. In addition to the music, there will be a beer garden, art vendors, food trucks, and a kids’ corner including drum circles, face painting, magic, games, and environmental tours of the park.

Go Fourth and Learn: Fireman’s Hall Museum and Elfreth’s Alley

June 30, 10 am—noon

124-126 Elfreth’s Alley, Philadelphia

 

Kids age 6-12 can experience what it meant to live Philadelphia in during the 18th Century. Take a tour of the House Museum, try on colonial clothing and take photos, listen to a story told at the story bench, and take home a free book.

Schuylkill Saturdays: Nature Exploration for Families

June 30, 10:30 am–11:30 am

The Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, 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.

The Philly Ice Cream Scoop

June 30, 11 am—5 pm

Reading Terminal Market, 51 N. 12th St., Philadelphia

 

Enjoy ice cream specials from Philly favorites, and maybe even win prizes in the ice cream eating contest! There will also be ice cream making demonstrations throughout the day, ice cream arts and crafts, ice cream shuffleboard, and a photobooth.

Pennsylvania Convention Center Community Festival

June 30, noon—5 pm

1101 Arch St., Philadelphia

 

A whole day of fun to celebrate the Convention Center turning 25! There will be a DJ dance party, hip hop dance, acrobatic dunk squad, magic show, a Mummers String Band, a cappella performance, even a double dutch tournament! And for even more kid-friendly fun, the party will have oversized games, face painting, balloon art, a painting party, and a petting zoo! It’s right across the street from the Philly Ice Cream Scoop (above), so you don’t have to choose! Stay after to watch the animated movie Sing! at 5 pm.

Dog-Friendly Storytime with Author Karma Wilson

June 30, 11 am—noon

Ned Wolf Park, 7018 McCallum St., Philadelphia

 

Best-selling author Karma Wilson is coming to Big Blue Marble to launch her new book A Dog Named Doug. The entire family is invited – including family dogs!

Saturday Free Boating at Bartram’s Garden

June 30, 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.

Port Richmond Community Fest

June 30, noon—5 pm

Campbell Square Park, 2535 E. Allegheny Ave., Philadelphia

 

Come see over 100 vendors, food trucks, kids’ activities, adult activities, live music, and more.

John Heinz at Tinicum Visitor Center Grand Opening 

June 30, 1—3 pm

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

 

Be the first to experience the new interactive exhibits at the grand opening of the visitor center. Other activities include trolley tours, archery, and crafts.

‘The Little Mermaid’

June 30, 2 pm

Kimmel Center, 300 S. Broad St., Philadelphia

 

The Kimmel Center’s ShowStoppers Musical Theater Camp will put on their final performance of Disney’s The Little Mermaid. Tickets are free, but must be reserved.

Go Fourth and Learn: First Bank of the United States

June 30, 2—4 pm

116 S. Third St., Philadelphia

 

Get free admission to the First Bank and learn about its history (did someone say Alexander Hamilton?) and about financial literacy. Plus, kids will get a free Philadelphia themed coloring book.

Phillies Game and Fireworks

June 30, 6:05 pm (fireworks immediately following game)

Citizens Bank Park, 1 Citizens Bank Way, Philadelphia

 

Watch the Phillies take on the Nationals, and then enjoy the ultimate fireworks show!

United States Army Band Concert and Fireworks over the Delaware River

June 30, 8—9:30

Penn’s Landing, Philadelphia

 

A free concert of old standards, new hits, and patriotic tunes; followed by a spectacular fireworks display above the Delaware River!

Sunday

Free Morning at One Liberty Observation Deck

July 1, 8 am—noon (strict timeframe)

1650 Market St. #5700, Philadelphia

 

One Liberty Observation Deck will open two hours early to give visitors a free look at “Philly From The Top.” Guests are encouraged to register in advance, and come well before noon to make sure you get in. Don’t forget your camera!

Free First Sunday Family Day at the Barnes Foundation: Summer Games

July 1, 10 am—5pm

2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia

 

Celebrate summer with creative play at the Barnes! There will be crafts, art-related games, performances by the Almanac Dance Circus Theatre, storytimes, and more, all for free!

Fort Mifflin

July 1, 10 am—4 pm

1 Fort Mifflin Rd., Philadelphia

 

Participate in the flag raising ceremony, then stay to enjoy guided tours, blacksmithing and heritage craft demonstrations, and hands-on living history activities like uniform, weapon and cannon demonstrations.  You can also join the Continental Army and learn to drill with a wooden musket. Also, explore 18th Century scientific discoveries with Founding Father Benjamin Franklin!

Take Flight

July 1, 11 am—2 pm

Philadelphia Insectarium and Butterfly Pavilion, 8046 Frankford Ave., Philadelphia

 

The Insectarium will host a day of fun featuring live animal presentations, an exotic snack bar, crafts, live music, bug painting, and more!

First Sunday at Shofuso

July 1, 11 am—3:30 pm

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

 

Learn about the culture, history, stories, and art of Japan in this monthly drop-in program. Enjoy storytime, crafts, and more. View the schedule on the website.

Sundays with Pop-Up Play

July 1, 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.

Messy Marvelous Mixtures

July 1, 1—5 pm

Academy of Natural Sciences, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia

 

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

‘Rocky’ on the Art Museum Steps

July 1, 7–9 pm

2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia

 

Watching Rocky on the iconic Art Museum steps has become a tradition during the week of July 4th in Philadelphia. Come take part in the tradition, and come early for a Rocky look-alike contest!

Gospel on Independence

July 1, 7—9 pm

520 Chestnut St., Philadelphia

 

Bring chairs or blankets for a free evening of joyful music. Bask in the beautiful chords from a 100-voice choir from churches all across the city.

Main Line and Suburban Events

All Weekend

‘Shrek The Musical’

June 30, 2 pm ; July 1, 1 and 4 pm

Eagleview Town Center, 565 Wellington Square, Exton

 

SALT Performing Arts is back with this hilarious stage spectacle, based on the Oscar-winning smash hit film and outrageous Broadway musical about everyone’s favorite ogre.  While no admission is charged, bring a canned food item to donate to the Chester County Food Bank.

Saturday

East Goshen Community Day

June 30

East Goshen Township Park, 1661 Paoli Pike, West Chester

 

The fun-filled event includes moon bounces, live music, health screenings, a helicopter landing, petting zoo, and ten food trucks serving a delicious bevy of options! The night ends with spectacular fireworks display extending over the Applebrook Park vista!

Craft a Fairy House at Mt. Cuba Center

June 30, 10 am—12:30 pm

3120 Barley Mill Rd., Hockessin, DE

 

Work with foraged twigs, bark, leaves, cones, and other botanicals to construct an enchanting abode for fairies, elves, and trolls. Turn a walk in the woods into magical memories for you and your favorite youngster!

Comedy Magic Show

June 30, 1 — 2 pm

Coatesville Area Public Library, 501 Lincoln Highway, Coatesville

 

Watch Stuart Rudnick perform breathtaking magic and innovative illusions. Combining magic, comedy, audience participation, and live animals, his program is a production! Free prizes for all children attending the show.

Jeanne Birdsall at Children’s Book World

June 30, 1 pm

17 Haverford Station Rd., Haverford

 

Bestselling author Jeanne Birdsall will be at Children’s Book World presenting The Penderwicks At Last, the final book in her modern classic series.

Mummers Aqua String Band at Rose Tree Park

June 30, 7:30 pm

1671 N. Providence Road, Media

 

Bring a blanket, and enjoy the sights and sounds of this family-friendly extravaganza.

Fireflies: Nature’s Fireworks

June 30, 8:30 pm

Norristown Farm Park, 2500 Upper Farm Rd., Norristown

 

Join a field biologist for an evening to discover the world of fireflies—flashlights optional!

Sunday

Kid’s Patriotic Wind Chimes

July 1, 11 am—noon

Terrain, 914 Baltimore Pike, Glen Mills

 

Bring along the little ones to create a patriotic wind chime, just in time to display for the 4th of July! $15 includes instruction and all materials to make the wind chime.

Jenkins Summer Sunday 

July 1, 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.

Public Reading of the Declaration of Independence

July 1, 2—3:30 pm

Norristown Farm Park, 2500 Upper Farm Rd., Norristown

 

Bring a blanket or chair and hear a historical reenactor perform a reading of the Declaration of Independence. . Come ready to participate in the cheering for liberty– there will be toasts and musket fire!

The Rockdale Boys at Rose Tree Park

July 1, 7:30 pm

1671 N. Providence Road, Media

 

Bring a blanket, and enjoy a free concert by this six-piece band playing traditional style Bluegrass.

 

PHILADELPHIA ASSISTANT EDITOR

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