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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.

Philadelphia Events

All Weekend

CityKids Consignment Sale

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.

Animal Superhero Weekend

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!

Pennsylvania Ballet’s ‘Snow White’

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.

‘Sesame Street Live: Let’s Party!’

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!

Sake Garden at Shofuso

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).

Franklin Institute Camp-In

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.

Dino Day and Bug Bonanza

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.

Citizen Science Lab

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.

Saturday

Family Festival: The 5 Senses

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.

PNC Grow Up Great

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.

Cherry Blossom Festival at Morris Arboretum

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.

Dining Out For Life Food Truck-Pop Up

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.

Macy’s Family Fun Day– Jazz Music Jam

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.

Second Saturday: Cities around the Globe

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.

Slow Art Day: Meditation for Families

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

and

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.

Mille Miglia Demo Day

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.

BYO Baby Barre Free Class

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.

“The Sami People of Alaska” and “Sami: Walking with Reindeer” Exhibit Openings

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.

Northeast Philadelphia Spring Arts Festival 

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.

Puppy Prom

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.

Sunday

Sakura Sunday

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.

Drop-in Baby Bubbles Swim Class

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.

Family Time at the Art Museum

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!

STEM Story Time with Katey Howes

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.

PAFA Family Arts Academy

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.

Main Line and Suburban Events

All Weekend

LEGO NINJAGO Event Days

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.

Saturday

The Saturday Club Shuffle

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!

Ivory Tree Portraits’ Open House 

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.

Sensory Friendly Saturday at Brandywine River Museum

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.

Birding and Bagels

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.

Bluebird Box Building

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.

Elmwood Park Zoo’s Little Learners

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.

Tree Lady Storytime

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.

Saturday Family Drop-In Art

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.

Sunday

Haverford Home and Garden Show

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!

Orienteering for All Ages

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.

‘The Little Mermaid’

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.

Magic in the Spring Garden: Nature Treasure Hunt for Kids

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.

 

PHILADELPHIA ASSISTANT EDITOR

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