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High Five! Main Line and Philly Family-Friendly Weekend Events: July 21–22

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

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

July 21, 5:30 pm—July 22, 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.

Messy Marvelous Mixtures at Academy of Natural Sciences

July 21—22, 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: Burholme Park

July 18—22

7370 Central Ave., Philadelphia

 

Family-friendly beer garden Parks on Tap comes to the Northeast, located right in front of the Ryerss Museum and Library.

Saturday

Shark Week at Please Touch Museum

July 21, 9:30 am—5 pm

4231 Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia

 

Please Touch Museum celebrates Shark Week with a week of STEM, art, and literacy based programs all about marine animals and habitats.

Sensory-Friendly Morning at Philadelphia Museum of Art

July 21, 9—10 am

2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia

 

This morning event is specially designed for children on the autism spectrum, or who have other sensory sensitivities. The lights, volume, and crowds are turned down but not the fun or creativity! Space is limited. To reserve your spot, email AccessProg@philamuseum.org.

Family Art Workshop: Clay Play

July 21, 10:15—11:45 am

Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway

 

In this studio class for kids ages 4-7 and their grown-ups, get up close and sculpt a 3D portrait in clay.​ Paid reservation required.

Storybook Walk

July 21, 10:30 am—noon

Pennypack Environmental Center, 8600 Verree Rd., Philadelphia

 

Join Fox Chase Library Children’s Librarian Christine Casperson for a Storybook Walk. Families will join together in a short page by page journey through the story Daniel Finds a Poem by Mischa Archer. This story is about a child learning to see all the beauty of nature through the eyes of the animals that live around him. The walk will be followed by a craft.

Schuylkill Saturdays: Nature Exploration for Families

July 21, 10:30—11:30 am

Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, 8480 Hagy’s Mill Rd., Philadelphia

 

Gather in the Discovery Center for a short introduction and craft before hitting the trails for guided exploration and discovery.

Seafarin’ Saturday

July 21, 11 am—1 pm

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

 

What did sailors think of sea monsters? Learn about these mythical creatures and create your own sea dragon.

Little Chefs Kid’s Pizza Class at Pizzeria Vetri

July 21, 11 am

1615 Chancellor St., Philadelphia

 

Let your little chef get hands-on at Pizzeria Vetri at a pizza class guided by their head chefs. Kids will create their own mini pizzas and watch them bake while also enjoying “make your own pizza” coloring pages. A mini dough ball will be given to take home so they can bring their new skills into your home kitchen. Small bites will be available for snacking. Register at link in title.

Storytime in the Lodge at Blue Cross RiverRink

July 21, 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.

Kickoff of Summer Sounds at the Square

July 21, noon and 6 pm

Franklin Square, 200 N. Sixth St., Philadelphia

 

To kick off their new music series, the square will host a day in partnership with the Philly POPS, during which soloists will perform in four locations throughout the park at noon and at dusk. The noon performances are geared toward a family audience, while the dusk performances will have a more romantic theme.

Storytime at Le Cat Café

July 21, noon—12:30 and 1—1:30 pm

2713 W. Girard Ave., Philadelphia

 

Bring your little one for kitties, snacks, crafts and stories. Pre-register to save your spot.

Saturday Free Boating at Bartram’s Garden

July 21, 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.

Free Art Club at Tacony LAB

July 21; Toddler Time: 11 am—noon, Ages 5 and up: noon—2 pm

Tacony LAB Community Arts Center, 6918 Torresdale Ave., Philadelphia

 

Stop in to draw, paint and create! Mural Arts teaching artists will lead Art Club meetings, organizing projects and developing creative skills. Toddler time is from 11 am—noon, then kids age 5 and up can create until 2 pm.

Lancaster Avenue Jazz and Arts Festival

July 21, noon

Saunders Park Greene, 3827 Powelton Ave., Philadelphia

 

Enjoy a day of free jazz performances, an artists’ village, food trucks, children’s village, and fun for the entire family.

Family Program: Feeling Fun!

July 21, 1—3 pm

The Fabric Workshop and Museum, 1214 Arch St., Philadelphia

 

Children and adults will have the opportunity to make a jacket patch out of felt, sparkly accessories, and screen printing—all inspired by Ursula von Rydingsvard’s new sculpture, a monumentally sized motorcycle jacket. Families will also receive a guided tour of the exhibition. Fun refreshments will be served!

Super Saturday Matinee: ‘Shark Tale’

July 21, 2—4 pm

South Street Cinema, 327 South St., Philadelphia

 

Celebrate Shark Week with this fun animated film.

Philadelphia Orchestra Free Concert in Penn Treaty Park

July 21, 5 pm

1301 N. Beach St., Philadelphia

 

The Philadelphia Orchestra in the park is free and open to the public but online RSVP is recommended.

Mt. Airy Moonlight Movie: ‘Hugo’

July 21, sunset

Trolley Car Diner, 7619 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia

 

Grab dinner and ice cream at Trolley Car Diner, then enjoy Hugo screening outside.

Free Movie Night: ‘A Bug’s Life’

July 21, 7:30—9:30 pm

John Heinz at Tinicum, 8601 Lindbergh Blvd., Philadelphia

 

Bring your blankets and friends for an outdoor movie at the Refuge! Bring your own chairs, blankets, and bugspray and they’ll provide the popcorn. Kid’s activity at 7:30 pm, then the film begins at 8:30 pm.

Sunday

Drop-In Baby Bubbles

July 22, 9–10 am

Fitness Works Philadelphia, 714 Reed St., Philadelphia

 

The hour-long class, open to little ones age 5 months to 3 years, incorporates honed techniques developed by Holly Waters to teach children how to feel comfortable and move their bodies in the water, helping them build confidence while exploring new surroundings in a safe, fun, and supervised setting. A parent is required to be in the pool with the child.

Programming from Scratch workshop at the Franklin Institute

July 22, 11 am–1 pm

Franklin Institute, 222 N. 20th St., Philadelphia

 

For older kids who want to delve deeper into game development, Franklin Institute will host a beginners’ coding workshop (using Scratch, naturally) for kids ages 10-13, to complement their “Game Masters” exhibit celebrating gaming.

Sundays with Pop-Up Play

July 22, 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.

Family Fun Sunday at The Oval+

July 22, 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.

Family Sports Day at Franklin Square

July 22, 4 pm

Franklin Square, 200 N. Sixth St., Philadelphia

 

Baseball-themed activities will pay homage to the Phillies! There will be an inflatable batting cage, 45-foot-long obstacle course, speed pitch game, and more. Tickets required for some attractions.

Triangles Summer Concert with Cris and Lou

July 22, 5 pm

Triangles At Grays Ferry, 2235 South St., Philadelphia

 

Enjoy live music by children’s music duo Cris and Lou, soft serve, and food trucks with family and friends.

Main Line and Suburban Events

All Weekend

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.

Delaware County Summer Festival in Rose Tree Park

July 21 and 22, 7:30 pm

1671 N. Providence Rd., Media

 

Every night is a new free outdoor concert! This Saturday night is 80s music, and Sunday night is a Frankie Valli tribute band. See the full schedule here.

Ardmore Restaurant Week

July 16—29

 

Ardmore Restaurant Week runs from July 16—29, and offers three-course meals for $15, $25 or $35. Here are our top family-friendly picks.

Saturday

Artisan Market Fair 

July 21, 10 am — 3 pm

Kennett Library, 216 State St., Kennett Square

 

The library will transform into a summer marketplace for artists and craft persons for the day.

Once Upon a Garden: A Storytime at Chanticleer

July 21, 10:30 am

Chanticleer, 786 Church Rd., Wayne

 

Nature storytime led by Radnor Library, and craft for ages 3 and up. $5 admission with a Radnor Library card, or free with a season pass. Kids 12 and under are free. No registration required.

Harriton’s Annual Beekeeping and Honey Festival

July 21, 11 am—1 pm

Harriton House, 500 Harriton Rd., Bryn Mawr

 

Adults and children can try on beesuits, visit the hives, and help extract honey. Come and learn about the importance of the honeybee to our landscape and to our food supply. Riverbend nature educators will have special activities for little ones. This is a free event and open to the public, but reservations are absolutely necessary (click on title link).

Food Truck Frenzy at Linvilla Orchards

July 21, 11 am—5 pm (Rain Date July 22)

137 W. Knowlton Rd., Media

 

Linvilla is hosting a family fun event featuring a variety of local food trucks. Along with delicious treats from the trucks, there will be live music, hayrides, pony rides, face painting, and pick-your-own fruits and vegetables. Plus, Harvest Ridge Winery will be providing beverages to pair with your food.

LEGO Movie Making

July 21, 2—3 pm

Ardmore Library, 108 Ardmore Ave., Ardmore

 

Come create a movie with LEGOs and stop-motion animation. Movies will be posted on the Ardmore Library Facebook page. Registration required. Please call the library at 610-642-5187 to register.

Exton Community Day

July 21, 4 — 8 pm

Exton Park, 132 Church Farm Lane, Exton

 

The event will feature live music, food, bike rodeo, kids games, face painting, vendor fair, touch-a-truck area, demonstrations, and fireworks.

Sunday

Gardening with Children

July 22, 10—11 am

Linvilla Orchards, 137 W. Knowlton Rd., Media

 

Miss Marcia will be talking dirt, compost that is. She will show you the importance of worms in your garden, and you will go home with your very own worm farm! Class is free, but call (610) 876-7116 to register.

Funky Brunch at Ardmore Music Hall

July 22, 10:30 am—3 pm

23 E. Lancaster Ave., Ardmore

 

Enjoy live music, local vendors, beer, brunch, and face painting. Free admission.

Kid’s Beach Terrariums at Terrain

July 22, 11 am—noon

914 Baltimore Pike, Glen Mills

 

Bring along the little ones to craft a green and growing terrarium with summertime succulents, sand, and sea shells. Reservations are required. $25 per child, no charge for accompanying adults. Cost includes instruction, vessel, soil, plant, and embellishments. Additional plants and embellishments available for purchase.

PHILADELPHIA ASSISTANT EDITOR

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