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High Five! Main Line and Philly Family-Friendly Weekend Events: April 7 and 8

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Animal Superhero Weekend

April 7 and 8, 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!

Dog Parties at Pet Friendly Dog Bakery

April 7 and 8, noon

4324 Main St., Philadelphia 

 

Come to this adorable Manayunk spot to party with your furry friends this weekend. Play with toys in the indoor dog lounge or outdoor puppy patio, and have free treats and drinks! Saturday is Hound Hoedown, while Sunday will be the Bully Breed Bonanza.

‘The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley Jr.’

April 7 and 8, 11 am

Walnut Street Theatre, 825 Walnut St., Philadelphia

 

This fun-filled musical is based on the popular children’s book series about a kid who dreams of adventure, and then gets his wish when he wakes up flat and can easily travel all over the world by envelope! Flat Stanley has inspired countless kids over the years to mail their own Flat Stanley throughout the world to go on new adventures.

Citizen Science Lab

April 7 and 8, 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

Liberty Lands Market

April 7, 9 am — 3 pm

913 N. Third St., Philadelphia

 

This seasonal market offering fresh local produce, crafts, baked goods, and more re-opens this Saturday.

Sarah Jacoby and Greg Pizzoli at Head House Books

April 7, 10 am

619 S. Second St., Philadelphia

 

Sarah Jacoby and Greg Pizzoli, two local children’s book authors, will be in the store on Saturday morning for a special children’s story time–maybe even some crafts and treats! Jacoby will be reading from her debut picture book, Forever or a Day, and Pizzoli will read from his new book This Story is for You.

Cherry Blossom Festival

April 7, 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. This Saturday will feature a taiko drum performance, a traditional tea demonstration, and more.

Nature Play

April 7, 10:30 — 11:30 am

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

 

Bring your family for some unstructured nature play and a hike with representatives from NaturePHL.

Nature Tots Take to the Trails!

April 7, 10 — 11 am

John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum, 8601 Lindbergh Blvd., Philadelphia

 

Children ages 3-5 and an adult are invited to explore nature with a refuge ranger. Participants will enjoy storytime, crafts, hiking, and more.

Junior Ranger Insect Walk

April 7, 1 — 2:30 pm

John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum, 8601 Lindbergh Blvd., Philadelphia

 

Calling all nature-lovers ages 9-15! Join a Refuge Ranger on a nature walk to discover wildlife in the spring.

‘Finders Keepers’ Improv Show

April 7, noon — 1 pm

PHIT Comedy, 2030 Sansom St., Philadelphia

 

Come see some of Philly’s most talented improvisers, along with the wonderful teachers from the PHIT Kids and Teens program, perform a completely improvised family-friendly show right before your eyes.

Book Signing and Panel Discussion: Marley Dias and the SuperGirls

April 7, 1 — 3 pm

African American Museum in Philadelphia, 701 Arch St., Philadelphia

 

Popular teen author Marley Dias, the precocious and purpose-driven 13-year-old founder of #1000BlackGirlBooks, will be signing her book Marley Dias Gets It Done: And So Can You! as well as participating in a Q&A panel and doing photo-ops and book signings.

Seafarin’ Saturday

April 7, 11 am — 1 pm

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

 

What do you think lurks beneath the sea? Dive beneath the surface and create your own paper plate porthole for peering into the ocean.

Who Am I? Self-Portraits for Young Children

April 7, 11 am

Free Library of Philadelphia, Cecil B. Moore Branch, 2320 Cecil B. Moore Ave., Philadelphia

 

Join the Philadelphia Museum of Art for stories, rhymes and to create your own self-portrait.

Philly Pillow Phight

April 7, 3–6 pm

Washington Square (210 W. Washington Square), Philadelphia

 

Saturday is International Pillow Fight Day (really!), and Philly will once again stage a fight in Washington Square. At 3 pm, chaotic fun will commence on the square! Following the event, organizer Got Laundry? will be taking pillow donations to give to local shelters.

Les Petits Penseurs

April 7, 4 — 5 pm

Alliance Francaise de Philadelphie, 1420 Walnut St., Suite 700, Philadelphia

 

“Les Petits Penseurs” is a monthly philosophy workshop for kids ages 4-8 (with a good level in French). Children will interact and reflect on various topics such as friendship, anger, forgiveness, frustration, and love.

Ryakubon Tea Demonstration

April 7, 3 — 4:30 pm

Shofuso Japanese House and Garden, Lansdowne and Horticultural drives, Philadelphia

 

See a demonstration of ryakubon, a simple tray-style tea ceremony as performed by members of Urasenke Philadelphia. Learn about tea ceremony and the traditional techniques used by the tea school when teaching at Shofuso.

Sunday

Autism Awareness Day

April 8, 10 am — 4 pm

Philadelphia Zoo, 3400 W. Girard Ave., Philadelphia

 

A day of fun for kids and information for parents. Meet the Phillie Phanatic, Anna and Elsa, and Belle! Enjoy face painting, sensory and craft stations, and performances (like music and juggling). There will also be an Autism Resource Expo and merchandise market all day.

Circus and Storytelling Family Festival

April 8, noon — 4 pm

Woodmere Art Museum , 9201 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia

 

Celebrate the art of local illustrator Charles Santore (now on exhibit at the Woodmere) with storytelling, art making, and circus performances! At 2 pm, aerial, trapeze, juggling, and tightwire artists from the Little Circus will provide an interactive performance that interprets Charles Santore’s illustrations. Children can meet with the performers and learn some circus arts after the performance.

Clover Market in Chestnut Hill

April 8, 10 am — 4 pm

25 W. Highland Ave., Philadelphia

 

The popular outdoor market featuring local vendors of art, antiques, and more comes to Chestnut Hill with food trucks, live music, and kids’ craft activities provided by Nest Chestnut Hill.

Family Time at the Art Museum

April 8, 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 12—3 pm, where you can create your own masterpiece inspired by your tour!

PECO Family Jams: The Shape of a Legacy

April 8, noon — 4 pm

Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens, 1020 South St., Philadelphia

 

Join PMG and Mighty Writers for an afternoon of writing, exploring your legacy, and creating mixed media collages that engage the topics of family, history and dreams. Learn more about Isaiah Zagar and his legacy on a family-friendly tour at 1:00 or 2:30.

Build Your World! Puppet Workshop and Performance

April 8, noon — 3 pm

The Cannery, 2322 S 10th St., Philadelphia

 

Come early to be part of a puppet making workshop, accompanied by live music and followed by a performance led by Angelo Aiello. Make puppets from recycled materials—participants will be provided newspaper, tape, and an assortment of other found objects with which to build their own bizarre figures. Then at 2 pm, stay for a puppet performance of an Italo Calvino fairy tale, reinterpreted.

American Girl Workshop

April 8, 1:30 — 4:30 pm

Sue’s Art Class, 2119 Spruce St., Philadelphia

 

Make spring and summer attire for your American Girl doll (and her dog).  There will be more cool accessories and furnishings to make, and lots of new stations to discover. This workshop is great for kids 8 and older (or come with an adult if you’re younger).

Painting with Light

April 8, 2 — 4 pm

PAFA, 118-128 N. Broad St., Philadelphia

 

At this week’s Family Arts Academy workshop, learn the earliest form of the photographic process using sunlight to expose your own print.

Science at the Ballpark

April 8, activities at 12:05 pm; game at 1:35 pm

1 Citizens Bank Way, Philadelphia

 

Children can explore and take part in fun science activities before the game, with a focus on the science of baseball. There will be different stations by vendors such as the Franklin Institute, CHOP, Independence Seaport Museum, various nature centers, and more. Then stay for Kids’ Opening Day, where fans 14 and under get a free hoodie!

Sundays on Stage: Taikoza Japanese Drummers

April 8, 2 pm (doors at 1:30)

Free Library of Philadelphia, Parkway Central Branch, 1901 Vine St., Philadelphia

 

This electrifying aural and visual display consists of three drummers and a dancer. The huge taiko drums (“big drums”) were originally used in Japan to drive away evil spirits and the plague—today they keep audiences glued to their seats.

Main Line and Suburban Events

Saturday

Join the Continental Army at Valley Forge

April 7, 11 am

Valley Forge National Park, 1400 N. Outer Line Drive, King of Prussia

 

Children ages 7 and up are invited to join the Continental Army and experience a day in the life of a Revolutionary soldier. Recruits will be mustered by receiving enlistment papers and continental currency, then be issued (fake) wooden muskets and learn how to stand, march, and carry their musket as one of Washington’s soldiers would have done. Park rangers dressed in continental uniform will train the recruits in a full musket drill.

Dino-egg Craft

April 7, 11 am — 1 pm

Ludington Library, 5. S. Bryn Mawr Ave., Bryn Mawr

 

Come to the Children’s Library for a make and take giant dino-egg craft. All ages are welcome.

Poetry Pop-Up

April 7, 1:30 — 3:30 pm

Bala Cynwyd Library, 131 Old Lancaster Road, Bala Cynwyd

 

April is National Poetry Month!  Swing by the library and create acrostic poems with a variety of fun craft materials.  Appropriate for ages 7 and up.

Night at the Museum and Star Party

April 7, 6:30 — 9:30 pm

Delaware Museum of Natural History, 4840 Kennett Pike, Wilmington, Delaware

 

Enjoy a family-friendly Saturday evening at the museum’s after-hours event—learn how to read a star chart, then view the spring sky in hopes of seeing Leo and Gemini and other spring constellations. You can also view the exhibits and go to the children’s nature nook earlier in the evening.

Sunday

Innovation Day

April 8, 1 — 3 pm

Westtown School, 975 Westtown Road, West Chester

 

Kids ages 8-12 are invited for a free afternoon where they can design, collaborate, make, build, invent, and have fun! Pre-registration is required; this event is booked but the school has a wait list.

Rock and Roll Playhouse: Bob Marley for Kids!

April 8, 11:30 am

Ardmore Music Hall, 23 E. Lancaster Ave., Ardmore

 

Using the songs from the most iconic musicians in rock history, the Rock and Roll Playhouse offers its core audience (typically kids ages 3-8 years old) games, movement, stories, and of course an opportunity to rock! This week, they’re bringing the music of Bob Marley. While the show is sold out, there is a wait list for “Fan Tickets,” so “every little thing is gonna be all right.”

Kids’ Hanging Air Plants

April 8, 1 — 2:30 pm

Terrain, 914 Baltimore Pike, Glen Mills

 

Bring along the little ones for this greenhouse workshop, where they’ll make and decorate a miniature wooden pallet that can display colorful, low-maintenance air plants on the wall.

Kids’ Playtime; Parents’ Teatime

April 8, 1:30 — 3 pm

Media-Upper Providence Free Library, 1 E. Front St., Media

 

Kids can enjoy building toys and learning centers while parents enjoy some teatime.

PHILADELPHIA ASSISTANT EDITOR

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