High Five! Main Line and Philly Family-Friendly Weekend Events: June 9-10
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Through June 10, 8 pm
Kelly Drive at Fountain Green Drive, Fairmount Park, Philadelphia
Compagnie Transe Express returns to PIFA for the first time since their thrilling finale to PIFA 2011. This time, they will perform for 10 days on the banks of the Schuylkill River, with the world premiere of Cristal Palace, a high-flying, 360-degree immersive event featuring a human chandelier as the centerpiece for what they are calling an “aerial dance party.” Nobuntu — the world-renowned, all female a cappella quintet from Zimbabwe — will open the show with a 20-minute performance including Zimbabwean music, Afro Jazz, and gospel. The event is rain or shine.
June 9–10, 10 am–5 pm
Museum of the American Revolution, 101 S. Third St., Philadelphia
To celebrate the opening of its new family discovery center Revolution Place, the museum will host a Liberation 1778 weekend, which will feature historical reenactors describing the days after the Continental Army reclaimed Philadelphia from the British, and hosting activities both in the new gallery as well as outside in the plaza.
June 9–10, 10 am–5 pm
1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia
Celebrate all things turtle (and tortoise and terrapin) with a weekend of special crafts, demonstrations, touchable specimens, and more centered around these hard-shelled friends.
Through June 10
Arden Theatre Co., 40 N. Second St., Philadelphia
Two actors perform all the roles in this world premiere production of the beloved fairy tale. Click here to read our review.
423 N. 19th St., Philadelphia
Family-friendly beer garden Parks on Tap comes to this unique neighborhood park this week and through the weekend.
Walnut Street Theatre, 825 Walnut St., Philadelphia
The popular kids’ book series by Annie Barrows comes to musical life in the newest Walnut Street Theatre for Kids production.
900 Orthodox St., Philadelphia
Bring the family for a free exotic petting zoo, with pony rides and more.
June 9, 9 am–5 pm
4231 Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia
Please Touch Museum is hosting a day of Pride Month activities that celebrate individuality and family. There will be Drag Queen Storytimes with Brittany Lynn and Miss Aurora throughout the day, live musical performances, and art activities including a workshop with artist Sophie Strachan to finish a mural that highlights prominent LGBTQ figures and locations in Philadelphia. Note: Due to the popularity of Drag Queen Storytime, Please Touch Museum is asking guests to reserve their timeslot at check-in.
June 9, 10 am — noon
Nest Chestnut Hill, 10 W. Gravers Lane, Philadelphia
This hub for Northwest kids is closing for good June 16, so come say goodbye (and maybe score a bargain on merchandise). It’s free for members or if you’ve got a day pass.
June 9, 11 am—7 pm
Broad Street from City Hall to South Street, Philadelphia
As PIFA comes to a close, seven blocks of Broad Street (from City Hall to South Street) will be transformed into an epic street fair! This free block party includes a full day of public performances, food vendors, carnival rides, interactive experiences, and much more. We hear there’s even a camel this year! It is one of the biggest, best street festivals Philly has, and it only happens every few years, so it is not to be missed!
June 9, 12:30 — 4 pm
5000 S. Broad St., Philadelphia
This culinary event is part of Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation’s Lemonade Days. It is hosted by Marc Vetri at the Urban Outfitters Headquarters in the Navy Yard, and features over 40 renowned chefs who will prepare amazing dishes and drinks for guests to sample. For 12 years, this has been an adults-only weeknight evening affair, but this year, it has been transformed into a family-friendly Saturday afternoon event. Kids age 12 and under get in free with an accompanying adult, and there will be a dedicated area to keep kids entertained with fun and games between tasting the food. Also new this year: a beer garden! Tickets are $195 for general admission; kids 12 and under do not require a ticket.
June 9, 9:30 am—4 pm
Grumblethorpe, 5267 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia
Come for some music and food, relax in the gardens, buy some locally grown produce, learn how to cook, take a tour of the historic house, and enjoy the day!
June 9, 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.
June 9, 11 am—1 pm
Independence Seaport Museum, 211 S. Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia
Build your own paper ship by folding origami and taking it home.
June 9, 11 am—noon
Rittenhouse Square, 210 W. Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia
Gather at the goat statue for farmer’s market themed readings (to match the surrounding market on the Square), and free refreshments from a.bar.
June 9, 11 am—noon
National Liberty Museum, 321 Chestnut St., Philadelphia
Come for an engaging exploration of friendship, acceptance, respect, and kindness. Using puppets, props, and lots of imagination, author and illustrator Staci Schwartz will lead an interactive reading of her book, The New Bear on the Block. Your family will receive a signed copy of the book, as well as a special Hide-and-Seek Adventure Map of the National Liberty Museum, which will guide your family throughout the museum to see different kid-friendly exhibits with the lessons learned from the book.
June 9, 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.
June 9, noon—5 pm
South Concourse Drive between 41st Street and East Memorial Hall Drive, West Fairmount Park, Philadelphia
Come for art on display by local artists, and free performances, activities, and historic trolley tours for the whole family.
June 9, noon—6 pm
400 S. 51st St., Philadelphia
Welcome summer with kids’ activities, entertainment, snacks, and more.
June 9, noon–8 pm (kids’ area until 5 pm)
Frankford Avenue, between Girard and Oxford
In addition to drinks, this street fair has food trucks, three stages of entertainment including a DJ playing music all day, vendors, carnival games, and a kids’ activity area hosted by PlayArts!
June 9, 12—1 pm
PHIT Comedy, 2030 Sansom St., Philadelphia
Come see some of Philly’s most talented improvisers, along with the wonderful teachers from the PHIT Kids and Teens program, perform a completely improvised family-friendly show right before your eyes.
June 9, 1–4 pm
1201 S. 23rd St., Philadelphia
Celebrate summer reading at the library with crafts, refreshments, and live entertainment for all ages! Among other activities, you can catch a Zoo on Wheels “Around the World Safari” performance at 1 pm and 2:30 pm.
June 9, sunset
Trolley Car Diner, 7619 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia
Grab some dinner and ice cream at the diner and enjoy a free movie under the stars!
June 10, 9–11 am
Academy of Natural Sciences, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia
Children on the autism spectrum and their families are invited to experience the museum before the crowds. Pre-registration is required.
June 10, parade at 11:30 am
Parade begins at 13th and Locust streets at 11:30 am
Catch the parade– which features lots of fun and colorful musical performances– beginning at 13th and Locust in the heart of the Gayborhood, or along its route to Penn’s Landing, where there is a festival featuring six hours of entertainment, and headlined by Margaret Cho. Philly Family Pride will be sponsoring the Family Zone during the Pride Festival as a place for LGBTQ parents to stop by with their kids, and will have crafts and a rest area. Kids get into the festival free (adult tickets are $15). Check out more Pride Month events here!
June 10, 9—10 am
Fitness Works, 714 Reed St., Philadelphia
The hour-long drop-in class, open to little ones aged five months to three years, incorporates techniques 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 in the pool with their child, offering hands-on guidance and encouragement.
June 10, 10 am—8 pm
23rd and South streets, Philadelphia
Celebrate African culture at this street fair featuring food, vendors, live performances, and more.
June 10, 11 am—3 pm
2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia
This week’s theme is “Things that Go.” Come for a family tour at 11 am, then stop by the Family Art Cart to continue the theme with games and art projects.
June 10, 10 am—3 pm
6839 Henry Ave., Philadelphia
This event is for both advanced riders familiar with the trail system, as well as beginners looking to explore what the Wissahickon has to offer through guided rides. It is an all-ages event with music, food, swap meet, guided rides, raffles, mini obstacle courses, and other fun events and activities!
June 10, 3:45 pm
205 Arch St., Philadelphia
Bilingual interactive story time presented by Amigos Spanish Immersion Preschool.
June 10, 10 am—4 pm
239 Arch St., Philadelphia
Betsy Ross House begins its week long Flag Day festivities, starting with a morning flag raising with Ms. Ross herself! From 11 am—4 pm, there will be a colonial chocolate demonstration, where you can meet three female entrepreneurs and learn how women played an active role during the American Revolution, including choosing “patriotic” beverages like chocolate and coffee, rather than tea; and of course, sample the chocolate drink!
June 10, 1:35 pm
Citizens Bank Park, 1 Citizens Bank Way, Philadelphia
Watch the Phillies take on the Brewers. Come early for a pre-game tribute dedicated to all dads. All men age 15 and over will get a free retro John Kruk batting practice pullover! Plus, the team from Main Line Parent and Philly Family will be there (we’ll be tailgating before the game too), so come say hello if you see us!
June 10, noon—3 pm
Kahn Park, 328 S. 11th St., Philadelphia
Free fun for the entire family, including live music by Stomp & Shout, circus performers, face painting, snacks, a Disney singalong, and live animals!
June 10, noon—4 pm
1020 South St., Philadelphia
In celebration of Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens’ current exhibition Allá Abajo— in which Ornella Ridone uses textile and embroidery to explore complex themes– create your own original piece of embroidery to take home (with safety needles, so no worries for kids). All skill levels and ages are welcome. Take a family-friendly tour of Magic Gardens at 1 pm and 2:30 pm.
June 10, noon–1:30 pm
John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum, 8601 Lindbergh Blvd., Philadelphia
Join a Refuge Ranger on a nature walk to discover insects in the summertime! For kids ages 7-12.
June 10, 2–4 pm
118-128 N. Broad St., Philadelphia
BYO device and experiment with projection art photography.
June 10, 4–7:30 pm
Little Moon + Arrow, 729 S. Fourth St., Philadelphia
Join Philadelphia-based writer, educator, and performer Maryan Nagy Captan for a workshop on storytelling and story creation. This is a parent-led workshop with your child as the inspiration, and the “ideal age” is 11, though all ages are welcome.
LEGOLAND Discovery Center, 500 W. Germantown Pike, Plymouth Meeting
This LEGOtastic birthday bash will be filled to the brim with all things Minifigures. There will be scavenger hunts, master builds, costumed character meet-and-greets, dance parties, and more.
100 Sesame Road, Langhorne
Rock out with the KIDS BOP Kids at Sesame Place. They will host concerts three times each day in Sesame Place Neighborhood Theater. Tickets and a reservation required.
June 9, 10 am — 6 pm; June 10, 11 am — 4 pm
135 E. Gay St., West Chester
Come and get the first look at this new store, which specializes in high-end apparel, accessories, furniture, interior design and decor, and essentials for babies and children 6 and younger. Mention Main Line Parent and get 20 percent off one apparel item!
June 9, 10 am–8 pm
Suburban Square, Anderson and Coulter avenues, Ardmore
Professional artists will be painting en plein air throughout Suburban Square. Students can participate by registering here.
June 9, 10 am — 4 pm
The Mill at Anselma, 1730 Conestoga Road, Chester Springs
Come tour the mill and enjoy hands on activities that children would have done in the Colonial area: Think homemade ice cream, games and a puppet theatre. Children who come in a colonial-themed costume receive free admission.
June 9, 10–11 am
56 E. Butler Ave., Ambler
Lolly and YoYo inspire children to play, exercise and be healthy with their high energy, interactive shows and music. Their songs and games will engage the children’s imaginations while they dance, jump, hop, run, and play!
June 9, 10:30 am — 3:30 pm
Chester County Library, Struble Room, 450 Exton Square Parkway, Exton
Come for a day filled with fun and games at the Library. Registrations for the Super Smash Bros Tournament Qualifier #1 begin at 9:30 am on a first come first serve basis. Registration is limited to 64 participants. There will be more qualifying tournaments held on July 21 and August 18, with the finals on September 15.
June 9, 11 am — noon
Penn Wynne Library, 130 Overbrook Parkway, Wynnewood
Luv-N-Buns Rescue will visit for a Meet and Greet with live pet rabbits. Families will learn about animal rescue and how to properly handle and care for pet bunnies. There will be lots of opportunities to pet the bunnies! Best for kids in grades K-5 with their families. Registration is required.
June 10, 11 am–1 pm
413 Maplewood Ave., Wayne
Welcome summer with free crafts, demos, caricatures, face painting and music set up in the gardens and studios of Wayne Art Center.
June 10, 10 am—4pm
600 S. Broad St., Kennett Square
The last market of the season will be in Kennett Square, bringing unique art, antiques, and more.
June 10, 1—4 pm
233 E. King St., Malvern
Celebrate Lemonade Days by getting crafty for a cause! Make your own lemonade stand plank sign or kit, and AR will donate $10-$15 to Alex’s Lemonade Stand.
Assistant Editor Sarah L. Bender contributed to this report.