High Five! Main Line and Philly Family-Friendly Weekend Events: April 14 and 15
Plan your perfect weekend with our picks.
Plan the perfect weekend with our picks!
Click here for ongoing events that run through the weekend.
April 14, 10 am — 3 pm and April 15, 9 am — 2 pm
Neumann Goretti High School, 1736 S. 10th St., Philadelphia
Score amazing deals on used clothes, toys, and gear for kids and babies at this semiannual pop-up consignment sale in South Philly. All proceeds support Lilypad, South Philly’s family playspace. Note: strollers not permitted inside the sale.
April 14 and 15, 10 am — 5 pm
Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia
How much do the superheroes of the animal kingdom inspire the superheroes (and supervillains) of comic books and movies? More than you think! Explore the real-life super abilities of animals from around the world with live animal shows, activity stations, and crafts! Save $2 when you come in your favorite superhero costume!
April 14, 11 am and 3 pm, and April 15, 3 pm
Prince Theater, 1412 Chestnut St., Philadelphia
Experience the fairy tale of Snow White in a one-hour children’s ballet danced by members of Pennsylvania Ballet II and students from the School of Pennsylvania Ballet. The ballet is best suited for kids ages 5-12, but all ages are welcome. Note: Saturday morning will be a sensory-friendly performance.
April 14 — 16
Liacouras Center, Temple University, 3406 N. Broad St., Philadelphia
Sing, dance, and laugh along with all your favorite friends from Sesame Street in their new live show!
April 14, 1 — 9 pm; April 15, 10 am — 5 pm
Horticultural and Lansdowne drives, Philadelphia
New for this year’s Cherry Blossom Festival is the Sake Garden, a pop-up beer garden from one of our favorite family-friendly al fresco experiences, Parks on Tap. The garden will have beer, cocktails, and Asian fusion fare available to purchase and enjoy beneath the trees of Fairmount Park (along the walking path towards the gazebo and sundial).
April 14, 6:15 pm — April 15, 9:30 am
222 N. 20th St., Philadelphia
Kids ages 6-13 (and their chaperones) can spend an overnight at the museum with live science shows, hands-on workshops, IMAX and Planetarium shows, stargazing in the rooftop observatory, and time to explore the entire museum. Sleep somewhere unique like near the Giant Heart or in the train room, then wake up for breakfast at the museum.
April 14 — 15, 1 — 4 pm
Camden Children’s Garden, 3 Riverside Drive, Camden, New Jersey
During this weekend-long family festival, kids can do craft activities, explore the Butterfly House, and decorate special themed cupcakes! Children who come dressed as a dinosaur or a bug will receive one dollar off of admission.
April 14 and 15, 11 am, 1 pm, and 3:30 pm
Independence Seaport Museum, 211 S. Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia
The museum will host hands-on, interactive experiences centered around water, with a focus on the Delaware River’s biology, ecology and chemistry, plus language arts, history and basic engineering.
April 14, 9 am — 5 pm
Please Touch Museum, 4231 Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia
Please touch, smell, see, and hear! Get curious about the world using your five senses to create and explore.
April 14, 11 am
Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, 300 S. Broad St., Philadelphia
This free monthly concert for little ones teaches basics of jazz and musical theater in an interactive hour of music and movement.
April 14, 10 am — 3 pm
Morris Arboretum, 100 E. Northwestern Ave., Philadelphia
Experience the beauty of Morris Arboretum’s cherry tree collection in bloom, as well as traditional Japanese cultural activities to celebrate the season. The event will feature a taiko drum performance, a traditional tea demonstration, kimono dressing, origami workshops, and a samurai demonstration of the ancient Japanese swordsmanship technique Ken Jutsu. To read more about the Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival, check out our guide to the whole week.
April 14, 11 am—3 pm
13th and Locust Streets
Locust Street (the block outside Nest, so stay and play after) will shut down and be filled with food trucks, and a beer garden! There will even be a special DOFL ice cream sandwich created by Weckerly’s. All food trucks and vendors will be donating 33% of sales for the day to Action Wellness, which helps those living with HIV and AIDS.
April 14, 11 am — 5 pm
African American Museum in Philadelphia, 701 Arch St., Philadelphia
Celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month with interactive art workshops and performances for kids ages 5 and up. The first 250 people will receive free entry to the museum.
April 14, 11 am — 4 pm
Penn Museum, 3260 South St.
Explore the wide variety of cities around the world through a special tour and scavenger hunt that encourages you to take a closer look at objects in the galleries. Stop by the building station and design your own city or make a special craft to take home.
April 14, 11:30 am — noon, 2 — 2:30 pm
Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia
Find your center as a family in these guided meditation sessions designed just for kids and their grownups, as part of the museum’s “Slow Art Day,” encouraging more mindful art appreciation.
‘One Book Every Young Child’ Storytime
April 14, 11 am
Queen Memorial Library, 1201 S. 23rd St., Philadelphia
Blanche A. Nixon/Cobbs Creek Library, 5800 Cobbs Creek Parkway, Philadelphia
Celebrate “One Book, Every Young Child” with a storytime featuring this year’s selection: My Cousin Momo by Zachariah OHora. This program highlights the importance of early literacy development in preschoolers, and the significance of reading early and often to children.
April 14, 11 am — 2:30 pm
Simeone Foundation Auto Museum, 6825-31 Norwitch Drive, Philadelphia
Check out some vintage Italian cars at this event celebrating a 1,000-mile race through Italy. Tickets are $8-12.
April 14, 11:45 am — 12:30 pm
Y2B Fit, 7101 Emlen St., Philadelphia
This babywearing barre class is designed for mamas and babies (through crawling age). Step up to the barre for a great postnatal workout while spending quality time with your little one. Bring a front-carrier and receiving blanket for your baby.
April 14, noon — 4 pm
American Swedish Historical Museum, 1900 Pattison Ave., Philadelphia
The museum will unveil two exhibits highlighting the Sami culture. This day of cultural learning will include live reindeer, a chance to experience an indoor aurora borealis, samples of traditional Sami recipes prepared by Chef Henrik, a joik musical performance, and more family activities.
April 14, noon — 3 pm
Frankford Avenue, from Tyson to St. Vincent streets, Philadelphia
An afternoon of food, art demonstrations, a craft fair, live entertainment (including ice sculpting), face painting, and more. The day will kick off with a press conference to announce a series of new murals celebrating the past, present, and future of the Mayfair neighborhood.
April 14, 3 — 5 pm
Pet Friendly Dog Bakery, 4324 Main St., Philadelphia
Dress your pooch for a fancy prom experience! There will be photographer handy to take a special snapshot in front of a prom-themed background and a best dressed contest with a special prize awarded at the end.
April 15, 10 am — 5 pm
Horticulture Center in Fairmount Park, 100 N. Horticultural Drive, Philadelphia
Fairmount Park’s Cherry Blossom Festival closes out a week of events celebrating spring and Japanese culture. This day-long festival has everything: performances, food, shopping, crafts, fashion, even a dog parade! There is a full day’s worth of performance on multiple stages, including fashion shows, taiko drum and dance, J-pop, and so much more. Read more in our guide to the Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival.
April 15, 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.
April 15, 11 am — 3 pm
Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia
The theme this week is “Perfect Patterns.” Come for a family tour at 11 am, where you will explore polka dots, stripes, and other repeating designs you can spot over and over again. Then stay for the Family Art Cart from noon — 3 pm, where you can create your own masterpiece inspired by your tour!
April 15, 1 pm
Momo’s Treehouse, 205 Arch St., Philadelphia
A former physical therapist specializing in brain injury, Katey Howes now divides her time between writing and raising kids with a love of books. She will read from her book Magnolia Mudd and the Super Jumptastic Launcher Deluxe, a fun and relatable story with a STEM theme.
April 15, 2 — 4 pm
118-128 N. Broad St., Philadelphia
In this week’s free family event, you’ll learn how to use ceramics to create your own surreal and fantastical world, while learning handbuilding techniques.
April 14 and 15
LEGOLAND Discovery Center Philadelphia, 500 W. Germantown Pike, Plymouth Meeting
To celebrate the opening of the new 4D movie at the center (which features the LEGO NINJAGO crew), come and ninja-kick your way through the weekend! Meet Lloyd, get some ninja training, and more! This event is included with center admission and free for passholders.
April 14, 8:30 am
The Saturday Club, 117 West Wayne Ave., Wayne
Take advantage of one of the first glorious days of spring and get moving! Adults can run the 5K, and there’s a fun run for kids. Plus, it’s stroller-friendly!
April 14, 10 am — 4 pm
21 West Ave., Wayne
Come check out Ivory Tree Portraits’ (formerly Little Nest Portraits Wayne) beautiful new studio in downtown Wayne. Each family that attends will get a free digital portrait.
April 14, 9 — 10:30 am
1 Hoffman’s Mill Road, Chadds Ford
Explore a variety of creative activities throughout the museum during this accessible program designed specifically for visitors of all ages on the autism spectrum or with sensory processing disorder, and their families. Guests will get early access to the museum, and there will be professional and student occupational therapists on hand to provide additional support if needed. There will also be sensory break areas, noise cancelling headphones, and fidgets to borrow.
April 14, 9 — 10:30 am
Riverbend Environmental Education Center, 1950 Spring Mill Road, Gladwyne
All ages and levels are welcome. Learn how to use binoculars, what field guide to choose, what clothing to wear, and share some tips and tricks for identifying local birds.
April 14, 10 am — noon
Tyler Arboretum, 515 Painter Road, Media
Learn all about bluebirds, where they live and how they nest. Take a walk around the arboretum to visit some the nesting boxes, then build a bluebird box to take home (or donate it for installation at Tyler). Materials provided. For ages 6 and up. Pre-register online.
April 14, 10:30 — 11:30 am
1661 Harding Blvd., Norristown
Kids ages 3-5 and their grownups will look at the different types of nests made by animals every spring, and have crafts and a live animal encounter that ties into the lesson.
April 14, 2 — 3 pm
Ardmore Library, 108 Ardmore Ave., Ardmore
Learn about trees with the Longwood Gardens’ Community Read selection The Tree Lady by H. Joseph Hopkins and plant your own seed to take home. You can also stop by the program room for STEM activities all day.
April 14, 2 — 4 pm
Main Line Art Center, 746 Panmure Road, Haverford
Families can enjoy working together to create beautiful artwork in mixed media. For kids ages 3 and up, and their grownups. Register online.
April 15, 10 am — 6 pm
Haverford CREC, 9000 Parkview Drive, Haverford
75 home and garden vendors in one convenient space, plus speakers, raffles, food trucks, and a variety of fun make-and-take workshops, some of which children can do!
April 15, 10 am — 1 pm
Norristown Farm Park, 2500 Upper Farm Road, Norristown
Orienteering is an international sport that uses a detailed map to find your way. Instructors from the Delaware Valley Orienteering Association will give you a lesson and then send you out on a course. Pre-registration is preferred.
April 15, noon
Media Theatre, 104 E. State St., Media
This one-hour musical adaptation of the Hans Christian Andersen story is billed as a “pleasant” performance with no villains, suitable for ages 4 and up.
April 15, 2 — 3:30 pm
Jenkins Arboretum and Gardens, 631 Berwyn Baptist Road, Devon
Helen Standen, Jenkins Greenhouse and Nursery Manager, will lead a nature exploration of the arboretum to uncover the magic of the spring garden. For kids ages 4-8. Pre-registration is required.