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!
Click here for ongoing events that run through the weekend.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
July 14, 7 pm
Bryn Mawr Gazebo, 9 S. Bryn Mawr Ave., Bryn Mawr
Enjoy a family-friendly concert under the stars.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.