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High Five! Main Line and Philly Family-Friendly Weekend Events: August 4–5

Plan the 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

Philadelphia Women’s Theatre Festival

August 2—5

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

 

Four days of performances, workshops, and more created by women celebrating motherhood in the arts. For performances that are not kid-friendly, childcare is provided on site with crafts and games. You can also drop off kids age 5 and up for the interactive children’s musical The King Who Wanted to Clean the Moon, or stay and enjoy it with them (kids under 5 can watch too, but need a parent there).

Liberty Lands Puppet Festival

August 2—5, 6—8 pm

Liberty Lands Park, 913 N. Third St., Philadelphia

 

Company Aiello presents four evenings of puppetry performances by local artists, suitable for all ages. Performances are a suggested $10 donation.

Parks on Tap: Mount Pleasant

August 1—5

3800 Mt. Pleasant Dr., Philadelphia

 

Family-friendly beer garden Parks on Tap comes to East Fairmount Park at a historic site overlooking the Schuylkill River.

Roars, S’mores, and Snores: Members Only Overnight at Philadelphia Zoo

August 4, 5:30 pm—August 5, 9:30 am

3400 W. Girard Ave., Philadelphia

 

Member families with children five years of age and older are invited to a unique night at the zoo. Enjoy games, activities, a late night hike, a meet and greet with a member of the keeper staff, and of course s’mores! Sleep over in KidZooU, then wake up with wildlife and enjoy the zoo during the day on Sunday. Pre-registration is required.

Saturday

Nature Tots

August 4, 10—11 am

John Heinz 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 storytimes, crafts, hikes, and more! Event is free, but email Brianna_Patrick@fws.gov to register.

Deco on the Delaware

August 4, 11 am—5 pm

Glen Foerd, 5001 Grant Ave., Philadelphia

 

Step back in time to celebrate the elegance of the Jazz Age. Guests will enjoy an afternoon of 1920’s era music and dancing, lawn games, food, vintage-inspired cocktails, plus fashion and pie contests. Kids 12 and under are free!

Seafarin’ Saturday

August 4, 11 am—1 pm

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

 

Learn more about jellyfishes and their roles in the ocean by creating your own jellyfish suncatcher.

Scavenger Hunt and Free Boating at Bartram’s Garden

August 4, 11 am—3 pm

5400 Lindbergh Blvd., Philadelphia

 

Come out to enjoy the beautiful Lower Schuylkill and Bartram’s botanical banks while engaging in a family-friendly scavenger hunt. Learn all about what exists along the river and its banks.

Nature Play at Morris Arboretum

August 4, 11 am—3 pm

100 E. Northwestern Ave., Philadelphia

 

Meet at the top of Oak Allée for unstructured fun in a natural setting. Explore and engage with nature, from digging in the dirt to turning over tree stumps to building teepees, and more.

Storytime in the Lodge at Blue Cross RiverRink

August 4, 11:30 am—12:30 pm

101 S. Christopher Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia

 

Enjoy a new book each week, and entertainment with Listen, Learn, and Play. Light refreshments will be provided for the kids, as well as a book swap.

Peach Festival at Woodford Mansion

August 4, noon—2 pm

33rd St. and Dauphin Dr., Philadelphia

 

Celebrate National Peach Month at this free celebration in Fairmount Park featuring peach refreshments, games, live music, tours of the historic mansion, open beehives, and more.

Lanier Playground Grand Opening and Community Celebration

August 4, 1—5 pm

2900 Tasker St., Philadelphia

 

Join project partners and community members in celebrating the grand opening of the newly renovated Lanier Playground. Activities will include music, fitness demonstrations, health screenings, dog park opening, games for kids, and performances by Taskerville Lillies and The Young Chances Drill Team. There will also be refreshments provided by Rita’s Italian Ice, The Fresh Grocer, Wawa, and other local businesses.

LEGO Harry Potter Event at Barnes and Noble

August 4, 2 pm

1805 Walnut St., Philadelphia

 

Build your own mini LEGO Harry Potter train to take home with you. Recommended for kids age 6 and up. Call the store to sign up: 215-665-9958.

F.I.S.H. (Family Inclusive Special Hours) Night at Adventure Aquarium

August 4, 6—8 pm

1 Riverside Dr., Camden, NJ

 

This event is designed for the special needs community to visit Adventure Aquarium in a relaxed setting. Sound and lighting accommodations have been made to ensure an enjoyable experience for everyone.  Tickets available online.

Mt. Airy Moonlight Movies: ‘Ferdinand’

August 4, sunset

Trolley Car Diner, 7619 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia

 

Grab some dinner and ice cream before the show, and enjoy a free screening of Ferdinand.

Free Outdoor Movie: ‘Iron Man 2’

August 4, dusk

Rainbow de Colores Park, 2326 N. Fifth St., Philadelphia

 

Bring your own blanket for Iron Man 2 at the park. In case of rain, movie will be rescheduled by one week.

Sunday

Play without Boundaries at Please Touch Museum

August 5, 9—11 am

4231 Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia

 

Children with learning and developmental disabilities and those on the autism spectrum can enjoy the museum before it is open to the public with activities and experiences designed especially for this program, including sensory toys, performances, and guest presenters. The museum will be calmer and quieter with fewer people and reduced lighting and sound in exhibition areas. Activities include dance-movement therapy, sensory art, and a quiet room with certified therapy animals from PAWS for People. Register here.

Doc’s Rock the Block Car Show

August 5, 10—2 pm

Doc Bresler’s Cavity Busters, 240 Geiger Rd., Philadelphia

 

Spend the day enjoying live music, classic cars, food, raffles, and more.

Free First Sunday Family Day at the Barnes

August 5, 10 am—5 pm

Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia

 

Get free admission to the Barnes, and celebrate the magic of storytelling with an array of voices and presentations that will entertain audiences of all ages, including multicultural dance performances all afternoon.

Brady Rymer and the Little Band That Could

August 5, 11:30 am and 1:30 pm

Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia

 

Grammy Award nominees Brady Rymer and the Little Band That Could bring their infectious, high-energy rock ’n’ roll to the Great Stair Hall for an Art Splash celebration.

Sundays with Pop-Up Play

August 5, 11:30 am–12:30 pm

Spruce Street Harbor Park, 301 S. Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia

 

Children and families will engage in free interactive activities through art, music, science, and physical movement that revolve around themes like water science, civic engagement, building, and more.

2nd Street Festival

August 5, noon—10 pm

Second Street, Northern Liberties, Philadelphia

 

This street fair features live music all day, loads of food vendors, and more.

School of Rock’s Summer Season Festival

August 5, noon (doors at 11)

Underground Arts, 1200 Callowhill St., Philadelphia

 

A kid-friendly day filled with rock, roll, and raffles! Tickets available online.

Family Fun Sunday at The Oval+

August 5, 2—7 pm

2451 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia

 

Bring the whole family out for Let’s Rock Recess, a free family dance party with prizes, a DJ, face painting, and games and activities.

Sundays on Stage: Traditions of Chinese Acrobatics

August 5, 2 pm

Parkway Central Library, 1901 Vine St., Philadelphia

 

In this mesmerizing one-woman acrobatic performance, Li Liu performs hand balancing, plate spinning, artistic cycling, ribbon dancing, diabolos, and foot juggling.

ACANAFest 2018

August 5, 2—8 pm

Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing, Philadelphia

 

Part of the PECO Multicultural Series, this African musical, dance and cultural festival will involve 6 hours of nonstop music, food, games, and activities for the whole family.

Family Theatre in Penn Treaty Park

August 5, 6—7 pm

1199 N. Delaware Ave., Philadelphia

 

Two professional actors from Walking Fish Theatre will read and perform The Gruffalo, with the help of audience participation. Best for kids ages 2-7 with their caregivers. Bring your own blanket!

Main Line and Suburban Events

All Weekend

Greenberg’s Great Train and Toy Show

August 4–5, 10 am–4 pm

Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, 100 Station Ave, Oaks

 

The largest and longest-running model train and collectible toy show in the country, this show features hundreds of tables of trains and accessories for sale, huge operating exhibits, activities for kids, and more. Plus, kids go free!

Cirque du Soleil: ‘VOLTA’

Through August 19

Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, 100 Station Ave, Oaks

 

A stunning show celebrating themes of freedom and self-discovery, and inspired in part by the adventurous spirit that fuels the culture of street sports, VOLTA weaves acrobatics in a visually striking world driven by a stirring melodic score.

Saturday

Linvilla Orchards Peach Festival

August 4, 9 am—5pm

137 W. Knowlton Rd., Media

 

August is National Peach Month, and Linvilla is celebrating with a day of hayrides, pony rides, face painting, train rides, fishing, music, games, storytime and so much more! Of course, there is also pick-your-own peaches (and other produce) all day long.

Teddy Bear Clinic at Elmwood Park Zoo

August 4, 11 am—2 pm

1661 Harding Blvd., Norristown

 

Children can bring their stuffed animals for “check-ups” from the zoo’s vet staff, and enjoy a live donkey check-up in the Zoo Bowl Theater at noon!

Cirque du Soleil at Elmwood Park Zoo

August 4, 12:30 pm

1661 Harding Blvd., Norristown

 

Some cast members from Cirque du Soleil’s VOLTA will visit for a meet-and-greet and photo op.

Financial Peace, Jr.

August 4, 2—3 pm

Ardmore Library, 108 Ardmore Avenue, Ardmore

 

Kids ages 6 and up, and their parents, can learn about managing money through games, activity sheets, coloring pages, and more. Please call the library to register at 610-642-5187.

Stay Woke

August 4, 2—3:30 pm

Haverford Township Free Library, 1601 Darby Rd., Havertown

 

Stay Woke is a club for teens that like to stay informed about the social issues and current events. Come for information, discussion, and debate. Led by Widener University student Veronica Hudson and group facilitator Jenifer Phillips, this group aims to discuss a poignant topic every month. August’s topic will be Racial Socialization.

Gaming After Dark: Teens Only

August 4, 6:30—9 pm

Haverford Township Free Library, 1601 Darby Rd., Havertown

 

Teens take over the library during this monthly, after-hours club. Come for video games, board games, music, and art. $5 for a group order of pizza is optional.

Sunday

Rock and Roll Playhouse: Phish for Kids!

August 5, 11:30 am (doors at 11 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, it’s the music of Phish.

Brandywine River Museum First Sunday for Families

August 5, 11 am—2 pm

1 Hoffman’s Mill Rd., Chadds Ford

 

At this monthly free hands-on day, families will create imaginative creatures and plants with teaching artists, get up close to animal ambassadors from the Brandywine Zoo, and discover fantastic specimens from the Delaware Museum of Natural History.

Jenkins Summer Sunday

August 5, 2—3 pm

Jenkins Arboretum, 631 Berwyn Baptist Road, Devon

 

Kids age 4-8 are invited to meet in the Children’s Garden for a nature based story and activity. The event is free, but registration is required. Rain or shine.

Upper Merion Concerts Under the Stars

August 5, 6 pm (beer garden opens at 5 pm)

Township Building Park, 175 W. Valley Forge Rd., King of Prussia

 

Part of Upper Merion’s free, open-air concert series, this week will feature Buckwheat Zydeco Jr. and The Legendary Ils Sont Partis Band with special guest Carly Pomerantz. Outside food is permitted, but alcohol must be purchased at the beer garden. The concerts are held rain or shine—in case of inclement weather, the concert will be moved indoors.

PHILADELPHIA ASSISTANT EDITOR

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