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High Five! Main Line and Philly Family-Friendly Weekend Events: April 21 and 22

Make the most of your weekend with our picks.

Plan the perfect weekend with our picks!

 

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Philadelphia Events

All Weekend

Middle East Galleries Opening Celebration

April 21 and 22, 10 am — 3:30 pm

Penn Museum, 3260 South St., Philadelphia

 

The new Middle East Galleries open this weekend, and the Penn Museum has planned a weekend-long celebration with plenty of family-friendly events. Kids can take part in building activities, storytime, games, and workshops in Middle Eastern arts like drumming, calligraphy, and more. Craft activities, like making a hamsa and a bull mask, will be going on throughout the weekend as well. There will also be visits from the Philadelphia Zoo’s “Zoo on Wheels,” bringing animals native to the Middle East, and a Bazaar, where you can purchase tea and food from the region.  In addition, there will be performances and demonstrations in music, soccer, and dance.

Museum of the American Revolution Anniversary Celebration

April 21 — 22, 10 am — 5 pm

101 S. Third St., Philadelphia

 

Celebrate the museum’s one-year anniversary! Snap a photo in a complimentary photo booth, sign your name to a Revolutionary muster roll or help them create a temporary installation of paper chains in honor of their “Paper Anniversary.” The muster roll will be included in a time capsule to be locked away in the museum’s archives until 2026, America’s 250th birthday.

 

On Saturday and Sunday, the fifes and drums of the Old Barracks will perform their repertoire of colonial music (11 am—3pm). On Saturday at 1 pm, visitors can enjoy a piece of a birthday cake shaped like Washington’s War Tent. On Sunday, musicians from the Philadelphia Orchestra will delight visitors with a free, family-friendly musical performance inspired by artifacts in the museum’s collection in the Patriots Gallery from 3 – 5 pm.

Free Entry to Benjamin Franklin Museum

April 21 — 22, 9 am — 5 pm

317 Chestnut St., Philadelphia

 

Celebrate Junior Ranger Day and the beginning of National Park Week with free admission to the museum.

Citizen Science Lab

April 21 and 22, 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

Phield House Open House

April 21, 3:30 — 7:30 pm

Phield House, 814 Spring Garden St., Philadelphia

 

Join the Philadelphia Family team to learn about Phield House‘s camps, clinics, and so much more. Tour the facility, meet the staff, and learn about Phield House’s programming. This event is FREE and open to all ages. Come dressed to play!

Naturepalooza

April 21, 10 am — 2 pm

Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, 8480 Hagy’s Mill Road, Philadelphia

 

Celebrate with science and environmental art activities, hikes, and crafts. The event will also have food trucks, dance, and a fort-building competition. This event is part of the Philadelphia Science Festival.

Riverfront North Earth Day Festival 

April 21, 10 am — 4 pm

Lardner’s Point Park, 5202 Levick St., Philadelphia

 

This all-ages festival will include outdoor cleanup, live music, food trucks, environmental demos, and kids’ activities.

Open House and Spring Plant Sale

April 21, 10 am — 4 pm

Bartram’s Garden, 5400 Lindbergh Blvd., Philadelphia

 

Keep that wishing-for-spring campaign going by buying some new plants! You can even chat with a horticulturist for advice. (The boating season is opening next weekend, since it’s still so chilly.)

Junior Ranger Day

April 21, 10 am — 3 pm

Franklin Court Courtyard, 322 Market St., Philadelphia

 

Experience life as a child in colonial America, and celebrate National Park Week with games, living history, and more.

Mural Arts Community Paint Day

April 21, 10 am — 1 pm

Mt. Airy Playground, 7001 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia

 

Artist Greg Christie has designed and painted a beautiful children’s mural on one wall, and you can help paint his design on the other wall! Baseboards, door frames, and a kitchenette will also be painted.

Indoor Playtime and Open Gym at Empirical Pediatric Therapy

April 21, 10:30 am — noon

413 Fairmount Ave., Philadelphia

 

Children up to 10 years of age can climb, jump, swing, crash, and play at this new indoor kids’ gym.

Singing City at Lovett Memorial Library

April 21, 11 am

6945 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia

 

Enjoy a free choral performance by Singing City. Join an audience-participation song and meet the performers at a short reception afterwards. For singers (and non-singers!) of all ages.

Family Food Science

April 21, 11:30 am — 12:30 pm

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

 

As part of the Philadelphia Science Festival, Hungry Education, in partnership with Reading Terminal Market and The Franklin Institute, will lead families on fun and engaging free hands-on activities, including a scavenger hunt to discover the science behind the market.

‘Peter and the Wolf’

April 21, 11:30 am

Kimmel Center, 300 S. Broad St., Philadelphia

 

Prokofiev’s classic children’s tale, Peter and the Wolf, comes to life in this enchanting performance by the Philadelphia Orchestra. Before the main piece, the orchestra will also perform two other recognizable classical pieces for the young audience.

United States Colored Troops (USCT) Memorial Dedication

April 21, 11 am

Philadelphia National Cemetery, 6909 Limekiln Pike, Philadelphia

 

A new Civil War commemoration erected by the Veterans Administration will be unveiled at Philadelphia National Cemetery, dedicated to the United States Colored Troops (USCT) buried there. The unveiling ceremony, co-sponsored by the Mütter Museum, will include music, the presentation of wreaths, USCT re-enactors, and light refreshments.

Philadelphia Kite Festival

April 21, noon — 5 pm

Penn Treaty Park, 1301 N. Beach St., Philadelphia

 

Come experience kites of all shapes and sizes, live music and entertainment, kite designing and kite making workshops, kite flying competitions, art and essay competitions, face painting, the Nature Heroes, food and ice cream trucks, and more. This annual family-friendly event is a laid-back venture into the world of STEAM for all ages!

Science in the Park

April 21, noon — 4  pm

Clark Park, 4300-4398 Baltimore Ave., Philadelphia

and

Hunting Park, 900 Hunting Park Ave., Philadelphia

 

Teach your kids the fundamentals of curiosity and experimentation as the community comes together to delight in the science that surrounds us every day. There will be an afternoon full of hands-on science activities at two different parks, in partnership with many scientific and educational institutions.

Silhouettes by Shadow Cuts at Momo’s Treehouse

April 21, 1 — 4 pm

2207 South St., Philadelphia

 

Using just paper and scissors, T.J. Stuessy captures the essence of a child in minutes. Reserve your spot in advance here.

Dr. Seuss Toons

April 21, 2 — 4 pm

South Street Cinema, 327 South St., Philadelphia

 

Two hours of Dr. Seuss tales in animated splendor!

Philadelphia Free Library Family Event

April 21, 6 — 8 pm

Parkway Central Library, 1901 Vine St., Philadelphia

 

Experience the library as never before as you enjoy art projects, games, storytelling, a scavenger hunt, a kid-friendly dinner buffet, a photobooth, and— of course — plenty of books! All proceeds benefit the critical programs offered in every community across the city by the Free Library of Philadelphia.

Sunday

WXPN ‘Kids Corner’ 30th Anniversary Concert

April 22, 10 am

World Café Live, 3025 Walnut St., Philadelphia

 

Celebrate 30 years of WXPN’s Kids Corner with great music from some of the local call-in show’s favorite bands: Trout Fishing in America, Lard Dog and the Band of Shy, Billy Kelly, and the Philadelphia Boys Choir and Chorale. Want to win a family 4-pack of tickets to the show? Follow us and like our post on Instagram by noon on Friday, and you’ll be entered to win!

Run for Clean Air

April 22, 7 – 11 am (Kids’ Fun Run begins at 9:30 am)

Martin Luther King Jr. Drive and Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia

 

Choose from a 3K walk, 5K run, or 10K run. The three distance runs on Earth Day follow the banks of the Schuylkill River along Martin Luther King Drive. As you run, you’ll see signs with engaging environmental facts and statistics at every mile marker. And even if you’re not a runner, the whole family can get involved — there is also a Kids’ Fun Run (a half-mile for kids ages 6-12, and a 250-yard dash for kids ages 5 and under!), along with a Kids’ Corner where kids can learn about sustainability and healthy living with make-and-take crafts and environmentally-friendly games!

Be a Scientist! Day

April 22

 

Philly’s premier research institutions, hospitals, universities, and museums (over 20 locations) open their doors for a very special hands-on day of the Philadelphia Science Festival where kids and adults can learn from experts in their fields. There is truly something for everyone, whether you’re interested in medicine, wildlife, engineering, and more. The events take place all around the city and surrounding suburbs, so check their schedule for all the options.

Earth Day at the National Constitution Center

April 22, 9:30 am — 5 pm

525 Arch St., Philadelphia

 

Learn about green pioneers like President Teddy Roosevelt and First Lady Claudia “Lady Bird” Johnson. Kids can create fun and handy “cootie-catchers” that provide helpful tips on going green at the activities table. And hopefully the weather is nice, and you can go outside on the front lawn for gardening and 18th Century games.

Science in the Garden

April 22, 10 am— 2 pm

Horticulture Center, 100 N. Horticultural Drive, Philadelphia

 

Dig into science with this dynamic ecological exploration for all ages! Through demonstrations and hands-on activities, guests will learn about the wonders of water, the peculiar habits of pollinators, and the strength of seeds as they engage with Master Gardeners in demonstration gardens behind the Horticulture Center in Fairmount Park.

Cardboard Building with Evelyn’s Corner

April 22, 10 — 11 am

Little Moon + Arrow, 729 S. Fourth St., Philadelphia

 

Children will design their own forts, towers, tunnels and more using a cardboard building set. Start the morning with a story, and then get right into building! Best for ages 3-8.

Family Nature Club Hike and Play

April 22, 10 am — noon

Forbidden Drive Trail, Philadelphia

 

Explore nature, build a fire, and go on a child led hike through the woods. Feel free to bring treats to roast at the firepits!

Earth Day at the Academy of Natural Sciences 

April 22, 10 am — 5 pm

1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia

 

See a range of specimens from the museum’s world-renowned collection, and conduct a variety of experiments to learn more about the planet (and how you can be a better steward of the environment). Create sustainable make-and-takes, and learn easy tips on how to make positive changes in your home and community.

Drag Queen Storytime

April 22, 11 — 11:45 am

Music Theatre Philly, 262 S. 12th St., Philadelphia

 

Come for a fabulous family storytime led by Brittany Lynn of The Drag Mafia. Brittany Lynn does a great job of picking kids’ books that share messages of inclusion, anti-bullying, and embracing who you are.

MOVE! with Lolly and Yoyo

April 22, 2 pm (doors open at 1:30pm)

Parkway Central Library, 1901 Vine St., Philadelphia

 

Join Lolly and Yoyo, authors of the hit book MOVE! for a singing, dancing good time.

Please Touch Museum’s Storybook Ball

April 22, 11 am — 5 pm

4231 Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia

 

Explore Medieval fantasy! Enter a castle, meet Sleeping Beauty, Merida, and a knight in shining armor, listen to captivating tales, and become a knight while exploring history through play, stories, and characters. Go through knight school training, try castle building, make crafts, meet animals from the Philadelphia Zoo, and learn dance at the Royal Ball closing celebration.

‘Wild Kratts Live!’

April 22, 1:30 and 5 pm

Merriam Theater, 250 S. Broad St., Philadelphia

 

Animated Kratt Brothers, Martin and Chris, “come to real life” in a classically Wild Kratts story. The Kratt brothers put on a great show, with virtual help from their Tortuga colleagues and some of their show’s meanest villains!

Main Line and Suburban Events

All Weekend

‘Zuzz the Alien Needs Your Help’

April 21 and 22, 11 am and 2 pm

Act II Playhouse, 56 E. Butler Ave., Ambler

 

This original show, for ages 4 and up, is part puzzle, part play. As the title suggests, the goal is to get Zuzz home, and the audience’s skills are needed.

‘Newsies’

April 20, 7 pm; April 21, 2 pm and 7 pm; April 22, 3 pm

Media Theatre, 104 E. State St., Media

 

Inspired by the Newsboy Strike of 1899, this Disney musical is full of great songs and dance routines.

Brick Fest Live

April 21 — 22, 10 am — 5 pm

Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, 100 Station Ave., Oaks

 

The Brick Fest Live LEGO Fan Experience is filled with hands-on attractions and activities engineered to inspire, educate, and entertain builders of all ages. There’s a Glow Gallery, a video game arena with all your favorite LEGO games, a speedway where you can build and race your custom built LEGO derby car, and much more!

Saturday

Haverford Earth Day Celebration

April 21, 9 am — noon

Haverford CREC, 9000 Parkview Drive, Haverford

 

Come for a full morning of fun eco activities for all ages. Kids ages 12 and up can build a bee house, birdhouse, or bat house to take home. Some activities require pre-registration on the township’s website. You can even make yourself a smoothie on a bike-powered blender! There will also be live music and an appearance by Smokey the Bear. Learn about birding, composting, gardening, and other ways to be more environmentally friendly.

Storytime at Suburban Square

April 21, 10 — 11:30 am

Anderson and Coulter avenues, Ardmore

 

Come to Suburban Square to hear author Jolie Della Valle read her story Georgie and the ANTS in the PANTS. It’s guaranteed to get you giggling and grooving! You can also bring your gently loved books to donate to Tree House Books.

Mommy and Me: Story and Art

April 21, 10 — 11 am

Wayne Art Center, 413 Maplewood Ave., Wayne

 

Kids ages 2-4 will listen to this delightful tale about the adventures of Kelp, a unicorn who was born under the sea to a family of Narwals! After that, create a sweet, sparkly painting!

Elmwood Park Zoo’s Party for the Planet

April 21, 10 am — 3 pm

1661 Harding Blvd., Norristown

 

Elmwood Park Zoo’s annual eco-celebration features live entertainment (including a live animal show, and kids’ fitness demo), an Earth Expo with participating vendors showcasing their eco-friendly products and services, and raffles.

Once Upon a Garden: a Storytime at Chanticleer

April 21, 10:30 am

786 Church Road, Wayne

 

Nature storytime and craft at Chanticleer for ages 3 and up. $5 admission with a Radnor Library card, or free with a season pass (kids 12 and under are free).

‘Dragons Love Tacos’

April 21, 10:30 am and 12:30 pm

Keswick Theatre, 291 N. Keswick Ave., Glenside

 

This funny, adorable book comes to the stage in a 50-minute show that will have your kids rolling in the aisles.

Maido Spring Festival

April 21, 11 am — 4 pm

Maido, 5 E. Lancaster Ave., Ardmore

 

Sample Japanese food and drinks for free at Maido!

Dig into Spring Festival

April 21, noon — 5 pm

Terrain, 914 Baltimore Pike, Glen Mills

 

Celebrate spring with garden workshops, live music, and activities like face painting and crafts for the little ones. Clover Market will join the fun with a curated marketplace of local vendors and seasonal wares.

NarbEARTH Day

April 21, noon — 4 pm

Narberth Park, 80 Windsor Ave., Narberth

 

Celebrate Earth Day at Narberth’s annual event featuring exhibitors from environmental organizations, live music, raffles, healthy food, fun and games for the whole family.

‘Snow White’

April 21, 1 pm

The Ware Center, Millersville University, 42 N. Prince St., Lancaster

 

The Pennsylvania Ballet turns the classic fairy tale into a one-hour ballet, danced by members of the Pennsylvania Ballet II company and students from the ballet’s school.

Duck Donuts Workshop

April 21, 1 — 2:30 pm

Wayne Art Center, 413 Maplewood Ave., Wayne

 

Duck Donuts will be becoming to Wayne Art Center for a dynamic donut making workshop for kids ages 7-13 and their parents! Pre-registration is required.

Sunday

Earth Day Celebration at Delaware Children’s Museum

April 22, 10 am — 5 pm

550 Justison St., Wilmington, Delaware

 

The Delaware Children’s Museum will hold earth science programming in their STEM Room, a free plant giveaway, and of course the Earth Balloon will be on display.

‘The Little Mermaid’

April 22, 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.

Poet’s Corner at Haverford Township Library

April 22, 2 — 4 pm

1601 Darby Road, Havertown

 

Celebrate National Poetry Month with an all-ages afternoon of poetry! Hear community members read poetry, or read a poem yourself!  Poems can be of your own creation or from your favorite poet.

Earth Day Workshop at The Handwork Studio

April 22, 3 — 5 pm

35 N. Narberth Ave., Narberth

 

Kids will learn ways to get “eco-consciously crafty.” Pre-registration is required.

Main Line Math Festival

April 22, 4 — 6 pm

Temple Brith Achim, 481 South Gulph Road, King of Prussia

 

Solve challenging puzzles, build tricky structures, learn fascinating magic tricks, create colorful symmetrical artwork, play games, and most importantly, have fun! For kids ages 5-12.

 

 

PHILADELPHIA ASSISTANT EDITOR

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