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High Five! Main Line and Philly Family-Friendly Weekend Events: September 1–2

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

Check out our guide to Labor Day Weekend 2018 in Philly!

The Draken Experience

August 31—September 6

Penn’s Landing, Philadelphia

 

The world’s largest operating Viking ship, the Norwegian Draken Harald Hårfagre, will dock at Penn’s Landing for the first time ever! You can buy tickets to take a deck tour where you will be guided through the ship and offered a look at a day-in-the-life of the crew and the historic craftsmanship used to build it. Meanwhile back on shore, the Draken Village, which is free and open to the public, offers a photo and video exhibition, land-side views of the ship, merchandise, and more to celebrate the modern-day Viking spirit alongside Philadelphia’s nautical heritage.

Labor Day Celebration at Franklin Square

September 1—3

200 N. Sixth St., Philadelphia

 

Take a ride on the Lightning Bolt Express Train ($5 adults, $4 children) in the Square to celebrate Labor Day and the end of summer!

Labor Day Volksfest

September 1—3

9130 Academy Rd., Philadelphia

 

This three-day German festival happens every Labor Day Weekend, and features food, live entertainment, prizes, vendors, rides for the kids, and much more.

Please Touch Museum Family Festival

September 1—3

4231 Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia

 

Say goodbye to summer by celebrating the best of the season at Please Touch Museum. Buddy the Dino from Dinosaur Train will hold a little meet-and-greet every day, too!

Back to School Weekend at Museum of the American Revolution

September 1—3

101 S. Third St., Philadelphia

 

Find out how children in the 1700s learned their ABCs, apprenticed for trades, and grew up to be revolutionaries in Revolution Place, the museum’s family discovery center. Kids 12 and under will receive free admission to the museum all weekend, and also will receive a free back-to-school pack including colored pencils, an eraser, a history-themed coloring book, and a pocket-sized Declaration of Independence.

African Penguin Awareness Weekend

September 1—3

Adventure Aquarium, 1 Riverside Dr., Camden, NJ

 

Every Labor Day Weekend, Adventure Aquarium hosts this conservation festival featuring an array of perfectly-penguin activities.

Parks on Tap: Clark Park

August 29–-September 3

Clark Park, 4300-4398 Baltimore Ave., Philadelphia

 

Family-friendly beer garden Parks on Tap comes to West Philly with an even longer pop-up stay for Labor Day Weekend!

Saturday

Open Gym Party at Nest

September 1, 10 am–noon

1301 Locust St., Philadelphia

 

Live music, parachute games, and open play at Nest for a special morning party.

Nature Play Saturday

September 1, 10:30—11:30 am

The Schuylkill Center, 8480 Hagy’s Mill Road, Philadelphia

 

Bring your family for a hike and unstructured nature play with representatives from NaturePHL. Climb, explore, and learn about the many health benefits of outdoor activity. All ages welcome, no registration required.

Phillies Fun at the Philadelphia Zoo

September 1, 11 am

3400 W. Girard Ave., Philadelphia

 

Meet the Phillie Phanatic, his friends from the Galapagos Gang, and Phillies Ballgirls! The fun begins at 11:00 am on Impala Plaza with music, animal photo ops and storytime, followed by an appearance by the Phanatic at noon. If it rains, the event will be held inside the Rare Animal Conservation Center.

Nature Play at Morris Arboretum

September 1, 11 am—3 pm

100 E. Northwestern Ave., Philadelphia

 

Morris Arboretum offers monthly ‘Nature Play’, unstructured fun in a natural setting with plenty of space to explore and engage with nature, from digging in the dirt to turning over tree stumps to building teepees, and more. Meet at the top of Oak Allee!

Saturday Free Boating at Bartram’s Garden

September 1, 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)

September 1, 11:30 am—12:30 pm

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

 

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

Summer Sounds on the Square

September 1, 3—8 pm

Franklin Square, 200 N. Sixth St., Philadelphia

 

The final Summer Sounds is a double header! Catch April Mae and the Junebugs (Country) from 3–5 pm, and Black Horse Motel (Genre Fluid City Folk) from 6–8 pm.

Fireworks on the Waterfront

September 1; concert at 8 pm, fireworks at 9:30 pm

Penn’s Landing, Philadelphia

 

Celebrate Labor Day with a spectacular fireworks display over the Delaware River. Celebrate with a FREE concert by The U.S. Army Band Downrange at 8 pm, followed by fireworks at 9:30 pm. If you want to reserve a spot, check out Independence Seaport Museum’s tickets for prime viewing on their rotunda (tickets also include admission to the museum and their historic ships the Olympia and submarine Becuna). You can also catch the show for free from anywhere along Penn’s Landing, including Spruce Street Harbor Park, or the River Rink on its final weekend.

Sunday

PECO Free First Sunday Family Day at the Barnes Foundation

September 2, 10 am—5pm

2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia

 

“Reboot, renew, revive” for the school year with art making, live performances, and more family time.

Waterfront Day

September 2

Penn’s Landing and Spruce Street Harbor Park, Philadelphia

 

Get $3 off skating admission at the River Rink when you mention “Waterfront Day,” and walk down to Spruce Street Harbor Park for a free performance by Beatles tribute band The Beat Tells. There will also be drink specials for the grownups

Sundays with Pop-Up Play

September 2, 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.

Blue Corn Lifestyle Green and Organic Fest

September 2, noon—5 pm

Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing, Philadelphia

 

Part of the PECO Multicultural Series at Penn’s Landing, the Blue Corn Green and Organic Festival is a cultural effort to gather communities from all walks of life under a common awareness theme that supports the need for promoting a sustainable lifestyle that fuses old traditions with new ways of living.

Main Line and Suburban Events

All Weekend

Labor Day Fireworks at Sesame Place

September 1—2, after the 8 pm parade

100 Sesame Road, Langhorne

 

Rock out with Elmo, Abby Cadabby, Cookie Monster, and Count von Count as their music fills the air and the sky is covered with colorful bursts of brilliance. Fireworks take place after the 8 pm evening performance of the Neighborhood Street Party Night Parade.

Ludwig’s Corner Horse Show and Country Fair

September 1–3

1325 Pottstown Pike, Glenmoore

 

Celebrating its 75th year, this iconic Chester County country fair has a midway full of fun for the kids, a wide array of vendors selling everything from antiques to handmade jewelry, and of course equestrian events all weekend long. Don’t miss the carriage parade or the alpaca meet and greet.

Saturday

Member Morning at Elmwood Park Zoo

September 1, 9—10 am

1661 Harding Blvd., Norristown

 

EPZ Members receive early admission to the zoo, an hour before it opens to the public.

West Chester Growers Market Labor Day Weekend Picnic

September 1, 9 am—1 pm

Corner of N. Church & W. Chestnut streets, West Chester

 

This farmers’ market holds an annual picnic to thank customers. They’ll be grilling hot dogs and sweet corn, and serving lemonade.

Charming Star Playroom Grand Opening 

September 1, 9 am–3 pm

4627 West Chester Pike, Newtown Square

 

Take your littlest ones to Charming Star Playroom–a new indoor play space in Newtown Square. Important note: This space is only open to kids six years and younger.

Delaware Children’s Museum: Star Wars Science

September 1, noon– 3 pm

550 Justison St., Wilmington, DE

 

Celebrate the force with hands-on science experiments and visits from your favorite Star Wars characters.

Summer unWINEd Concert featuring Fireworks

September 1, 5—10 pm

Shadybrook Farm, 931 Stony Hill Rd., Yardley

 

Come for a live concert celebrating the music of the Eagles, wines by Rose Bank Winery, locally brewed craft beer, signature cocktails featuring PA distilled spirits, great food, lawn games, and fun for the kiddos. An amazing fireworks show will end the night. Tickets available online.

Sunday

Free Entry to Elmwood Park Zoo for Norristown Residents

September 2, 2–5 pm

1661 Harding Blvd., Norristown

 

Animal lovers who live in Norristown are invited to visit the EPZ for free! Don’t forget your proof of residency–a driver’s license or a utility bill will do the trick.

 

For more events, see our Main Line Labor Day guide.

PHILADELPHIA ASSISTANT EDITOR

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