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High Five! Main Line and Philly Family-Friendly Weekend Events: April 28 and 29

Plan a great weekend with our picks.

Plan the perfect weekend with our picks!

 

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Philadelphia Events

All Weekend

Earth and Arbor Day Family Festival at Camden Children’s Garden

April 28—29, 1 — 4 pm

3 Riverside Drive, Camden, New Jersey

 

Celebrate Earth Day and weave a nature square. Children who come dressed as Mother Earth, Fred the Fish, or a Truffula Tree will receive $1 off of their admission.

‘The Sound of Music’

April 28 and 29

Merriam Theater, 250 S. Broad St., Philadelphia

 

The classic musical returns to Philadelphia in a new national tour production. Both weekend days have matinee and evening performances. Recommended for kids ages 5 and older. Read our review of the show to learn more.

Parks on Tap at Azalea Garden

April 28, 1 — 11 pm; April 29, noon — 10 pm

Azalea Garden, Kelly Drive and Fairmount Avenue, Philadelphia

 

Our favorite outdoor day-drinking pop-up returns for the season, this week at this beautiful garden located between Boathouse Row and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Come for a relaxing evening that’s welcoming to families (including kids and dogs!), and a perfect way to celebrate springtime!

The Fit Expo

April 28 — 29

Pennsylvania Convention Center, 1101 Arch St., Philadelphia

 

A family-friendly event which brings together thousands of fitness enthusiasts at all levels, and allows visitors to discover new health and wellness products and services, have access to free fitness classes and cooking demos, witness live fitness competitions, and more. There’s also a Kids Zone!

Saturday

Science Carnival on the Parkway

April 28, 10 am — 4 pm

Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia

 

The Philadelphia Science Festival ends with a free day of family-friendly entertainment, live performances, experiments, demonstrations, and so much more by more than 150 partners filling the Parkway. There are activities for all ages, including some specifically for kids. For little ones, there’s a special Tot Lot by PNC Grow Up Great, with live music from the Lara and Joe Show and storytimes where each science-themed book will come to life with additional opportunities for hands-on exploration.

Sound All Around Ensemble Concert

April 28, 10 am and 11:15 am

Academy of Music Ballroom, 240 S. Broad St., Philadelphia

 

Sound All Around is a great introduction to classical music for little ones. Clap, stomp, sing, and dance with members of The Philadelphia Orchestra and famed storyteller Charlotte Blake Alston as you learn about music and the orchestra. You’ll get an up-close look at all the special instruments featured all season, and get to hear how they create beautiful music when played together.

Penn Relays 

April 28, 9 am

Franklin Field, 235 S. 33rd St., Philadelphia

 

The oldest and largest track and field competition in the country is back at Penn, and its final day includes a carnival outside Franklin Field (on Shoemaker Green) with vendors, food trucks, and a Nike tent with a DJ and giveaways. Also, once you’re done there, your Penn Relay ticket will get you 50 percent off admission at the Penn Museum!

Bookworms at Arden Theatre

April 28, 10 — 10:45 am

Hamilton Family Arts Center, 62 N. Second St., Philadelphia

 

Kids ages 2-4 (and their grownups) will laugh along with Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale by Mo Willems. Then, use theater games, music, and creative movement to bring the story to life!

Saturday Free Boating at Bartram’s Garden

April 28, 11 am — 3pm

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.

Arbor Day Family Day at Morris Arboretum 

April 28, 11 am — 3 pm

100 E. Northwestern Ave., Philadelphia

 

Branch out as a naturalist and dig into learning about trees. Design a tree house, make a “tree map” with five different types of trees, create a street landscape with trees, learn how to “read” the life of a tree, and shadow an arborist to learn what’s involved in caring for trees.

Fairmount Avenue Arts Crawl

April 28, noon — 4 pm

Fairmount Avenue (from 17th Street to 25th Street), Philadelphia

 

This free art festival features more than 40 exhibits in a wide range of media. Philly Art Center (2501 Olive St.) will once again set up their Kids Art-Making Fest with hands-on art stations, a baby zone, music, and face painting. Kids can also participate in craft-making activities near the bulldog statue at 25th and Fairmount. There will be live performances — both of music and art creation — throughout the festival as well.

Go West Craft Fest

April 28, 11 am — 5 pm

The Woodlands, 4000 Woodland Ave., Philadelphia

 

Find unique, creative wares by 100 local makers, as well as food, live music, children’s activities, and acrobatic performances by Tangle Movement Arts.

Mommy’s Mini Movers

April 28, 9 — 9:45 am

Lume Creative Learning Studios, 1916-18 E. Passyunk Ave., Philadelphia

 

You and your little one (age 18 months-3 years) will explore your shared creativity and the joy of moving your bodies while learning techniques and simple dance movements. Focus on developing physical and sensory awareness through movement, parachute play, and sensory activities.

Indoor Playtime and Open Gym at Empirical Pediatric Therapy

April 28, 10:30 am — noon

413 Fairmount Ave., Philadelphia

 

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

Nature Exploration at the Schuylkill Center

April 28, 10:30 — 11:30 am

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

 

Gather in the Discovery Center for a short introduction and craft, then hit the trails for naturalist-led exploration and discovery with your little ones.

Olympia Game Day

April 28, 10 am — 8 pm

Independence Seaport Museum, 211 S. Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia

 

The historic Cruiser Olympia will be transformed into a live gaming station. Play your favorite board games aboard a floating vessel! Bring your own games to play or borrow one from their small game library. There is also the option to sleepover and bunk on Cruiser Olympia for the night!

Jump Jive and Jam CD Release party 

April 28, 10:30 — 11:45 am

HighPoint Performance Cafe, 6182 Ridge Ave., Philadelphia

 

Come rock out and celebrate the release of Jump Jive and Jam’s second full album! The JJJ live band will be playing songs from the new album, and every family gets a CD included with their ticket!

Sheep Shearing Day at Fox Chase Farm

April 28, noon — 4 pm

8500 Pine Road, Philadelphia

 

Watch the sheep being sheared to get ready for warmer weather. Then enjoy hayrides, crafts, face painting, live music, games, and more.

Sunday

Run Wild for the Zoo 5K

April 29, 7:30 am (registration at 6:30 am)

Philadelphia Zoo, 3400 W. Girard Ave., Philadelphia

 

Join hundreds of runners and walkers to support the zoo in a fun 5K. There are separate medals for different age groups (all the way down to the “9 and under” category), and strollers are allowed so even the littlest zoo lovers can get involved! There will also be crafts and activities for children, iced coffee and beer for the adults, music, entertainment, photo ops and surprise giveaways. The price includes zoo admission, so stay after the race for a fun day of exploring.

Flavors on the Avenue

April 29, 11 am—5 pm

 

East Passyunk Avenue will bring out its best with five blocks of street food, seasonal sips, craft beer, live music, sidewalk sales, and free family fun. Over two dozen of the region’s best restaurants will be offering pay-as-you-go small plates specially priced between $3-$6, so you can try a little of everything. The street fair will offer free family friendly activities, including a kids’ art and activity zone (at the Singing Fountain) by Lume, a typewriter station at Dickinson, kids’ moon bounce and giant inflatable slide at the East Passyunk Gateway, crafts with Frame Fatale, and outdoor games for kids and adults of all ages. Additionally, boutiques and businesses along the avenue will host more activities and family fun inside their spaces. We’re especially excited to play Stikball at Tildie’s Toy Box!

Phillie Phanatic’s Birthday Celebration

April 29, 1 pm (game starts at 1:35 pm)

Citizens Bank Park, 1 Citizens Bank Way, Philadelphia

 

Get to the game early so you can watch the Phanatic celebrate his birthday with his mascot friends and an impressive birthday cake. And as a bonus, all kids (age 14 and under) get a Phanatic bucket hat! Game tickets required.

Carnaval de Puebla

April 29, welcome celebration at 8 am; parade beginning at noon

9th Street between Wolf Street and Washington Avenue, Philadelphia

 

Get an early start on Cinco de Mayo celebrations with South Philly’s colorful parade and street fair showcasing Mexican history and folk traditions through vibrant dance, song, and costumes.

Family Friendly Horticulture Walking Tour of Rittenhouse Square

April 29, 10 — 11 am

Rittenhouse Square (18th and Walnut Streets), Philadelphia

 

Join Master Gardener Guina Hammond for a horticultural stroll through Rittenhouse Square to explore its past, present, and future. Learn tree identification, why it’s important to plant native species, and how you can help maintain this beautiful oasis.

PAFA Family Arts Academy: Robo Art

April 29, 2 — 4 pm

118-128 N. Broad St., Philadelphia

 

Unlikely tools and technology come together in this workshop that asks the question: can robots make art?

Philly MAC-Down 3: Return of the Mac

April 29, 2 — 5 pm

The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut St., Philadelphia

 

Philadelphia’s vegan mac and cheese contest is back again! 12 local competitors will compete to make the best vegan mac and cheese, and you get to try them all and vote for a winner. And for dessert, MomPops!

Main Line and Suburban Events

All Weekend

‘Zuzz the Alien Needs Your Help’

April 28 and 29, 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.

Saturday

Sesame Place Opening Day

April 28, 10 am — 8 pm

100 Sesame Road, Langhorne

 

Don’t miss a very special Opening Day parade at 10:30 am featuring your favorite Sesame Street friends making a grand entrance and showcasing a year of fun-filled and exciting events! New this year, Sesame Place was recently designated as a Certified Autism Center and has developed a number of sensory-friendly resources for guests.

Merlin’s Mayhem Debuts at Dutch Wonderland

April 28, 10 am — 6 pm

2249 Lincoln Highway East, Lancaster

 

Dutch Wonderland will debut its first suspended family roller coaster with a ribbon-cutting just after the gates to the park open.

Special Saturday Family Drop-In: FREE Day of Service

April 28, 2 pm

Main Line Art Center, 746 Panmure Road, Haverford

 

This free art-making workshop will benefit Philadelphia’s public school children. Decorate home-library boxes that will be filled with exciting donated books and given to children without access to books at home. Main Line Art Center is also collecting new and gently used books of elementary and middle school reading levels to be used for the home library boxes, so bring some old favorites or new treasures!

Theatre Horizon Workshop at Elmwood Park Zoo

April 28, 11 am

1661 Harding Blvd., Norristown

 

Join professional teaching artists from Theatre Horizon for a free one-hour workshop where kids can use their imaginations and learn how to repurpose found objects to create their own animal adventures! This workshop will include dramatic play activities where children can experience the fun of storytelling, combined with the importance of conservation. The event is free with zoo admission, but requires pre-registration online.

‘Prince Charming’

April 28, 11 am

Upper Darby Performing Arts Center, 601 N. Lansdowne Ave., Drexel Hill

 

The Pennsylvania Ballet II performs this take on Sleeping Beauty from the prince’s perspective in a ballet especially for kids.

Roots with Ruark

April 28, 11 am — noon

Penn Wynne Library, 130 Overbrook Parkway, Wynnewood

 

A free interactive music class for toddlers and preschoolers, with songs ranging from preschool favorites to Top 40 hits.

Campfire Cooking

April 28, 11 am — 1 pm

Tyler Arboretum, 515 Painter Road, Media

 

Kids ages 6 and up will gather around the campfire and channel their inner chefs. The class will make three yummy dishes using different campfire cooking techniques.

Spring Festival

April 28, 1:30 — 3:30 pm

Aqua-Tots Swim School, 307 Horsham Road, Horsham

 

Enjoy open swim from 2-3 pm and a bunch of other fun activities at this free event.

Grand Opening Party at Goldfish Swim School (Oaks)

April 28, 2 — 5 pm

180 East Mill Road, Oaks

 

Goldfish Swim School will be hosting a grand opening party in their brand new facility with lots of swimming, activities, snacks, and much more.

Embracing the Curve: Curvy Girls Scoliosis Fashion Show

April 28, 2 pm

Lord and Taylor at King of Prussia Mall (Court), 180 N. Gulph Road, King of Prussia

 

Embracing the Curve is a fashion show featuring young models who are embracing their scoliosis as they show off some spring fashion from mall retailers.

Coding with Dash and Dot

April 28, 2 — 3 pm

Ardmore Library, 108 Ardmore Ave., Ardmore

 

Kids ages 5-12 can learn to code with fun robots Dash and Dot! Pre-registration required.

‘Oliver!’

April 28, 2 — 5 pm

Tredyffrin Easttown Middle School, 801 Conestoga Road, Berwyn

 

Upper Main Line Community Theater presents Lionel Bart’s classic musical based on Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist.

Sunday

‘The Little Mermaid’

April 29, 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.

Outdoor Antique and Vintage Market 

April 29, 8 am — 5 pm

44 E Lancaster Ave., Ardmore

 

Shoppers will find a wide variety of antiques, collectibles, vintage and estate jewelry, clothing and accessories, antique furniture, vintage home furnishings, lighting, glassware, pottery, primitives, and much more from dozens of vendors. Meanwhile, kids will love how many fun activities are planned just for them! There will be plenty of arts and craft stations, including one where kids can make their own version of “vintage art” using recycled materials, as well as a scavenger hunt throughout the market (with candy prizes from pucciManuli), and plenty more entertainment and treats.

Wildflower Celebration

April 29, 10 am — 4 pm

Mt. Cuba Center, 3120 Barley Mill Road, Hockessin, Delaware

 

Celebrate the beauty of native wildflowers as you stroll the grounds, and then participate in a whole day of fun activities. There will also be live music, gardening activities, face painting, educational family programming, crafts, and food vendors. Kids can also go on a scavenger hunt!

Infant and Toddler CPR

April 29, 9:30 — 11:45 am

Center City Pediatrics-Bala Cynwyd, 33 Rock Hill Road, Suite 170, Bala Cynwyd

 

Lee Ann Shore, a registered nurse and certified American Heart Association CPR Instructor, will prepare you for a variety of situations that could face infants and children up to 8 years of age, including choking, cardiac arrest, and respiratory arrest. You do not need to be a patient of either Center City Pediatrics or CCP-Bala Cynwyd to participate, but pre-registration is required.

Everything but the Ark: Ofanim’s Family Fun Day

April 29, 10 am — 2 pm

Home Bred Farms, 1125 Ginkgo Lane, Gladwyne

Enjoy games, a petting zoo, and fun for all ages; and learn about this organization supporting children’s education in Israel. RSVP to RSVP@friendsofanim.org.

New Mom on the Go

April 29, 10 am — noon

Suburban Square, Anderson and Coulter avenues, Ardmore

 

A couple hours of pampering for new and expectant moms! Take a beauty class at Sephora (call to reserve your spot), get haircare and styling advice from the professionals at Drybar, shop the latest children’s fashions from Gilbert & Evans, and enjoy tasty treats from Robeks.

PHILADELPHIA ASSISTANT EDITOR

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