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High Five! Main Line and Philly Family-Friendly Weekend Events: July 14-15

Plan the perfect weekend with our picks!

Plan the perfect weekend with our picks!


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Philadelphia Events

All Weekend

Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends Weekend at Morris Arboretum

July 14—15, 10 am—5 pm

100 E. Northwestern Avenue, Philadelphia


This weekend, Thomas the Tank Engine and his friends take over the rails of Morris Arboretum’s Garden Railway!

Messy Marvelous Mixtures at Academy of Natural Sciences

July 14—15, 1—5 pm

1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia


Make a mess with science as you investigate different mixtures. From ooblek to playdough, learn about the science behind making these concoctions as you measure, scoop, and stir.

Parks on Tap: Glendinning Rock Garden

July 11—15

Brewery Hill Dr., Philadelphia


Family-friendly beer garden Parks on Tap comes to a new spot this year: a cozy secret park located along the Schuylkill River under the West Girard Overpass. This park has plenty of natural beauty and trails, and is perfect for a family picnic along with some craft beer and cocktails!


Members’ Event at Academy of Natural Sciences: Dinos and Donuts

July 14, 9—10 am

1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway


Come for some Kids Club fun before the museum opens. Complete fun dino activities, have a snack, and hang with Eddie, the Academy’s official T. rex mascot. Make sure to bring your Kids Club membership card to receive a stamp.

Nature Tots!

July 14, 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, a hike, and more. Free, but registration is required.

Civil War Saturday at Fort Mifflin

July 14, 10 am—4 pm

1 Fort Mifflin Rd, Philadelphia


The Civil War comes to life at Fort Mifflin with a living history encampment including soldiers and civilians, musket drills, battlefield medicine demonstrations, artillery demonstrations, hearth cooking, and a scavenger hunt. Guided tours focus on areas of the Fort that served as a federal prison during the Civil War.

5 and Under Day at the Philly Pumptrack

July 14, 10 am—noon

Parkside Ave N, West Fairmount Park, Philadelphia


This BMX track is hosting a special morning just for littles, before the track officially opens. Balance bikes will be available for kids who do not know how to ride a bike. This session is led by track ninja Michael Makoto Kasama and his 3-year-old son!

‘Triangle and Circle’ Storytime with Sarah Claxton

July 14, 10:30—11:30 am

Big Blue Marble Bookstore, 551 Carpenter Ln., Philadelphia


Author and illustrator Sarah Claxton will lead a special storytime about the power of difference in our lives with her new book Triangle and Circle.

Bastille Day at Eastern State Penitentiary

July 14: tours beginning at 10 am, performance at 5:30 pm

2027 Fairmount Avenue, Philadelphia


This sublimely unique Philly tradition will throw its last Tastykake in celebration of the storming of the Bastille. One last time, the Bearded Ladies Cabaret will stage an outlandish show about the French Revolution (complete with anachronistic touches like drag Edith Piaf), and cap it off with throwing thousands of Tasykakes from the top of Eastern State Penitentiary down to the crowd in a real “let them eat cake” moment! It is unlike anything else you will ever see!

Free PNC Grow Up Great Concert at the Kimmel Center

July 14, 11 am—noon

300 S. Broad Street, Philadelphia


This free monthly concert for little ones teaches basics of jazz and musical theater in an interactive hour of music and movement.

AAMP Family Fun Day: Arts Exploration

July 14, 11 am—3 pm

African American Museum in Philadelphia, 701 Arch Street, Philadelphia


The first 250 people will receive free entry to the museum for a day of art exploration including drumming workshops, hat making, and dance fitness.

Saturday Free Boating at Bartram’s Garden

July 14, 11 am—3 pm

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.

Storytime in the Lodge

July 14, 11:30 am—12:30 pm

Blue Cross RiverRink, 101 S. Christopher Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia


Enjoy a new book and entertainment with Listen, Learn, and Play, as well as a book swap and light snacks.

Bastille Day Celebration at Parc

July 14, noon—5 pm

227 S. 18th St., Philadelphia


Celebrate Bastille Day and 10 years of Parc with a celebration featuring activities for the whole family, including balloons, face painting, a photobooth, and a cookie decorating station by Pastry Chef Abigail Dahan. There will also be surprise roving performances throughout the afternoon.

Pizzadelphia Pizza Festival

July 14, noon—5:30 pm

The Navy Yard, 4747 S. Broad St. #120, Philadelphia


In partnership with the Vetri Community Partnership, this foodie-forward, family friendly event will feature some of the city’s most beloved pizza brands, and include demos by local chefs, live podcasts, celebrity chef Q & As, DJs, a beer garden, and jumbo lawn games. And of course a whole lot of pizza.

40th Street Summer Series

July 14, 6 pm

40th and Walnut streets, Philadelphia (if it rains, it will be indoors in the Rotunda)


Activities, free giveaways, and performances begin at 6 pm. This month’s performance will be by Las Cafeteras with Philadelphia Women’s Slavic Ensemble.


Sensory Friendly Sunday at Franklin Institute

July 15, 8 am—noon

222 N. 20th St., Philadelphia


The museum will open early, and exhibits will be modified to provide an opportunity to experience all The Franklin Institute has to offer for people on the autism spectrum and with a range of differing abilities. There will also be a quiet space that provides a chance to cool down and take a break. Free with pre-registration, and for guests arriving between 8–9am on the day of the event.

National Ice Cream Day at Please Touch Museum

July 15, 9 am—5 pm

4231 Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia


Explore a favorite dessert from milk to ice cream all day through art, literacy, and STEM activities.


July 15, 10:30 am—noon

3400 W. Girard Ave., Philadelphia


Join African Plains keeper Elise Forbes as she explains how trains the zoo’s Southern White Rhinoceros, Tony. Find out why his training was very special and unique. You’ll also learn how you can help save endangered rhinos in the wild by going bowling. Pre-registration is recommended.

Tildie’s Toy Box Two Year Birthday Bash

July 15, 11:30 am—1:30 pm

1829 E. Passyunk Ave., Philadelphia


Celebrate Tildie’s Toy Box turning two with an incredible party including music by Music Monkey Jungle, Drag Queen Storytime with Brittany Lynn, a firetruck parked outside for kids to explore, and more surprises.

Sundays with Pop-Up Play

July 15, 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.

Dog Days of Summer in Franklin Square

July 15, noon—3 pm

200 N. Sixth St, Philadelphia


This new free event in Franklin Square will welcome four-legged friends with free pet portraits, sprinklers, and shallow pools for cooling off.

Critter Crafternoon with Snapology

July 15, 12:30—2:30 pm

uCity PHS Pop-Up Garden, 36th and Filbert Streets, Philadelphia


Create butterflies, insects, flowers, root systems, and more with K’nex and LEGO bricks!

PAFA Family Arts Academy

July 15, 2—4 pm

118-128 N. Broad St., Philadelphia


During this free family arts workshop, observe the “Infinite Spaces” exhibitions and learn painting techniques to capture the city from a new perspective.

Sundays on Stage: Magic by Poly

July 15, 2 pm

Parkway Central Library, 1901 Vine Street, Philadelphia


The library is hosting a free, fun filled magic program. Poly’s performance includes a dazzling display of illusions, comedy, live animals, music, and lots of audience participation!

Main Line and Suburban Events

All Weekend

Peddler’s Village Bluegrass and Blueberries Festival

July 14—15, 10 am—6 pm

Peddler’s Village, Routes 202 and 263, Lahaska


Dance along to live bluegrass and country bands playing throughout the village, and enjoy a variety of blueberry treats at this midsummer festival.

Disney’s ‘Beauty and the Beast’

July 14, 7:30—10 pm and July 15, 2—4:30 pm

Shannondell Performing Arts Center at the Bradford Clubhouse, 10000 Shannondell Drive, Audubon


Methacton Community Theater performs the Broadway musical of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast.

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.


Sensory-Friendly Saturday: Art and Nature

July 14, 9—10:30 am

Brandywine River Museum of Art, 1 Hoffman’s Mill Rd., Chadds Ford


Created in conjunction with occupational therapists and local families specifically for visitors on the autism spectrum or with sensory processing disorder, this inclusive program strives to provide a welcoming experience through offering early admission, quiet areas, noise cancelling headphones, fidgets, hands-on art activities, and more indoor and outdoor activities to meet a variety of sensory needs. Register in advance, as space is limited.

Build a Butterfly Container

July 14, 10—11:30 am

515 Painter Road, Media


Learn about butterflies, and what they need to survive and thrive.Create your own outdoor attraction to take home and entice butterflies to visit your backyard. For ages 5 and up.

Bollywood Dance and Henna Fun

July 14, 11 am—noon

Penn Wynne Library, 130 Overbrook Parkway, Wynnewood


Learn a bit about Indian culture, and then learn some Bollywood dance moves from the Bollywood Community Dance Project. Afterwards, there will be a chance to get a henna design! This program is for children age 4 and up and their families.

Blobfest 2018 Street Fair

July 14, 11 am—5 pm

Colonial Theatre, 227 Bridge St., Phoenixville


As part of Colonial Theatre’s three-day festival celebrating the classic sci-fi/horror movie The Blob, this free street fair will feature a Fire Extinguisher Parade, costume contest, storytelling, and more!

Malvern Fire Company Carnival

July 14, 6—10 pm

550 Monument Ave, Malvern


The 5-day carnival ends on Saturday, and there will be carnival rides for all ages, food and treats, carnival games, and more.

Bryn Mawr Twilight Concert

July 14, 7 pm

Bryn Mawr Gazebo, 9 S. Bryn Mawr Ave., Bryn Mawr


Enjoy a family-friendly concert under the stars.

Upper Darby Summer Stage Shooting Stars at Rose Tree Park

July 14, 7:30 pm

1671 N. Providence Rd., Media


Free concert in Rose Tree Park’s scenic outdoor amphitheater featuring the Shooting Starts of Upper Darby’s Summer Stage.


Philadelphia Sports Day at Elmwood Park Zoo

July 15, 11 am—2 pm

1661 Harding Blvd., Norristown


Meet the 2018 Temple Football team from 11 am—1 pm, then get ready to meet the Phillie Phanatic from 1—2pm! Wear your Phillies or Temple gear and receive $2 off admission to the zoo.

Rock and Roll Playhouse Presents: Tom Petty for Kids!

July 15, 11 am

Ardmore Music Hall, 23 East 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 Tom Petty, performed by the Mighty Fergusons.

DMNH Fairy Tale Sunday: Mermaids

July 15, 12:30—2 pm

4840 Kennett Pike, Wilmington, DE


Dress as your favorite storybook character and head to the Museum for an afternoon of fairytale fun! There will be special storytimes, a classic mermaid movie, special visits from live animal friends, and crafts. The Chesapeake Mermaid will also be attending to tell her tales from the bay and introduce kids to her wildlife friends!

Narberth Music and Arts Festival

July 15, 2 — 7 pm

Forrest and Haverford Avenues, Narberth


Join your friends and neighbors for an afternoon of fun in downtown Narberth.  Enjoy street food, drinks, vendors, and live music.

Kiwanis Annual Duck Race

July 15, 2—2:30 pm

Rapps Dam Bridge, Phoenixville


Ducks will be dumped into the creek, each with a ticket stub. Buy a ticket for your own duck, and cheer it on—the first duck to cross the finish line will win $1000! See details in link for how to buy a ticket.

Animal Habitat Walk

July 15, 6 pm

Norristown Farm Park, 2500 Upper Farm Rd., Norristown


Join ranger Tim Wilson on a nature walk in the early evening. Learn about the animals that live in the park. Look for the habitats of particular animals, including their foods and shelters. For kids age 5 and up—it’s a long hike, so plan accordingly for little ones.



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