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High Five! Main Line and Philly Family-Friendly Weekend Events: July 28-29

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

Shakespeare in Clark Park: ‘Twelfth Night’

July 25—29, 7—8 pm

Clark Park, 43rd St. and Baltimore Ave., Philadelphia

 

This free, all-ages performance of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night will embrace the musical bent of the script as a glam rock celebration of love, music, and identity.

Storybook Celebration at Camden Children’s Garden

July 28—29, 1—4 pm

3 Riverside Drive, Camden, NJ

 

The Storybook Gardens come alive inside the many fairytale-themed exhibits at the Camden Children’s Garden. There will be book crafts and storytime.

Kittydelphia

July 28, 11 am—7 pm and July 29, 11 am—5 pm

Power Plant Productions, 230 N. 2nd St., Philadelphia

 

This free pop-up cat fair will feature a variety of vendors selling cat-themed apparel, toys, jewelry, art, and housewares; as well as adoptable cats from PAWS, a cat art exhibit, and more.

Christmas in July at Photo Pop!

July 28—29, noon—10 pm

1315 Walnut St., Philadelphia

 

This Insta-worthy interactive pop-up art exhibit is getting festive with special holiday installations! Photo Pop is encouraging guests to dress in Christmas attire, Santa hats, red and green, anything festive for the holiday!

Messy Marvelous Mixtures at Academy of Natural Sciences

July 28—29, 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: Pastorius Park

July 25—29

200 W. Hartwell Ln., Philadelphia

 

Family-friendly beer garden Parks on Tap comes to a new location in Chestnut Hill. On opening night, there will be a free outdoor concert.

Saturday

Philadelphia Dance Day

July 28

 

This nonprofit festival features free classes and live performances from some of the city’s best-known instructors at three different locations in Philly, culminating in a two-hour dance performance at the Gershman Y. See our family-friendly picks here!

MommyCon

July 28, 9 am—4:30 pm

Pennsylvania Convention Center, 1101 Arch St., Philadelphia

 

A full day of educational panels and workshops, plus a product showcase, for new and expectant parents.

Minecraft Day at the Franklin Institute

July 28, 10 am—3 pm

222 N. 20th St., Philadelphia

 

The Franklin Institute celebrates the creative spirit of the video game phenomenon Minecraft with a daylong celebration including mini-game challenges, Minecraft karaoke, interactive Minecraft crafting, Minecraft-themed 3D printing, live science, and more. Activities included in general admission, but “Game Masters” admission is extra.

Family Workshop: Claying Around on the Wheel

July 28, 10 am—noon

The Clay Studio, 137-139 N. Second St., Philadelphia

 

Kids age 4-12 (with a parent) will be guided through basics of working on the pottery wheel in this fun and muddy workshop. Parents with children age 4-7 work together on one wheel. Pre-registration is required.

East Passyunk Family Arts Festival

July 28, 10 am—2 pm

East Passyunk Community Center, 1025 Mifflin St., Philadelphia

 

Families can enjoy a live theatrical performance, join in on a yoga class for kids, sing karaoke, and make some fun crafts. Tickets are $10 and available online (link in title of event).

Gorgas Park Veterans Tribute Day

July 28, 10 am—noon

6300 Ridge Ave., Philadelphia

 

A morning of free concerts, performances, and activities honoring the community’s World War II, Korean War, and Vietnam War veterans.

Seafarin’ Saturday

July 28, 11 am—1 pm

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

 

What were some of the superstitions sailors believe in while at sea? Find out, and create your own lucky charm.

Storytime in the Lodge at Blue Cross RiverRink

July 28, 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.

The Ugandan Kids Choir at Please Touch Museum

July 28, noon—12:30 pm and 2—2:30 pm

4231 Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia

 

Sing and dance with the high-energy and joyous children of the Ugandan Kids Choir! These young performers are traveling the world to share a message of hope and love through traditional music and dance.

PHS Summerfest

July 28, 2—6 pm

PHS Pop-Up Garden, 15th and South streets, Philadelphia

 

Celebrate summer in the garden with free plants, trivia, activities for kids, and more.

Potty Training Story Hour

July 28, 3—4 pm

Across the street from Please Touch Museum, Philadelphia

 

Free outdoor storytime with songs and dance, snacks, and take homes. You can even buy a potty-themed art project to take home and create. The event is free, but pre-registration is requested.

Summer Sounds on the Square

July 28, 6—8 pm

Franklin Square, 200 N. Sixth St., Philadelphia

 

Franklin Square will host a free live blues performance by Queen Esther and a beer garden.

Sunday

East Passyunk Avenue Car Show and Street Festival

July 29, 11 am—4 pm

East Passyunk Avenue between Broad and Dickinson streets, Philadelphia

 

This East Passyunk summer tradition features over 175 muscle, classic, antique, custom, and show cars, trucks and motorcycles, as well as street vendors, rack sales, kids’ activities, live music, and a craft fair.

Make Your Own Puppet

July 29, 10 am—2 pm

Liberty Lands, 913 N. Third St., Philadelphia

 

Built from recycled materials, things we would otherwise throw away are given new life as whimsical characters. Company Aiello leads the workshop, and provides materials. A $10 donation is suggested. The event runs from 10 am—2pm, but you can drop in at any time, and expect the project to take 30-60 minutes.

Mindful Me: A Mindfulness Workshop (Ages 6-8)

July 29, 10—10:45 am

PlayArts, 1241 N. Front St., Philadelphia

 

‘Mindful Me’ will guide kids to explore emotions and learn ways to incorporate mindfulness into everyday life using awareness and breathing exercises.

Sundays with Pop-Up Play

July 29, 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 29, noon—3 pm

Franklin Square, 200 N. Sixth St., Philadelphia

 

Take a stroll with your four-legged friends through Franklin Square to enjoy pet portraits, sprinklers, and shallow pools for cooling off.

Family Fun Sunday at The Oval+

July 29, 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.

Member Night at Philadelphia Zoo: Discovery Detectives

July 29, 6—8 pm

3400 W. Girard Ave., Philadelphia

 

Bring the family for the wildest scavenger hunt around! Compete with other member families for “fab-zoo-lous prizes”—and learn more about your favorite animals along the way. Space is limited, and advance online registration is required.

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.

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.

Christmas in July at Sesame Place

July 23—29

100 Sesame Road, Langhorne

 

Come celebrate with holiday shopping discounts, photos with Cookie Monster Santa and more! On July 25, there will be special character dining (pre-registration required) and storytime with Santa in Hooper’s Emporium.

Christmas in July at LEGOLAND

July 21—29

500 W. Germantown Pike, Plymouth Meeting

 

Enjoy seasonal build activities (including a LEGO ornament) and holiday theming throughout LEGOLAND. Check out a brand new LEGO sleigh for a special photo op with LEGO Santa!

Saturday

Chatter Splatter Summer Blowout Party

July 28, 10 am—noon

1032 Conshohocken Rd., Conshohocken

 

Two hours of indoor play, food and drinks, and extras!

Family Yoga Fun at Marple Library

July 28, 10:30—11:15 am

2599 Sproul Road, Broomall

 

Parents and kids (age 4-8) join in on some super fun yoga classes together with Miss Gosha. Please remember to bring a yoga mats or towels, and register in advance by calling 610-356-1510.

Harry Potter Festival 

July 28, 11 am — 6 pm

Atglen Public Library, 413 Valley Ave., Atglen

 

Come for a big birthday bash for this iconic character. Live owls, magic show, magical marketplace. Free kids’ activities, including Potions and Herbology classes. There will be a Victory Beer garden, escape room, food trucks, and bounce houses.

Harry Potter Birthday Bash

July 28, 1—3:30 pm

Haverford Township Free Library, 1601 Darby Rd., Havertown

 

It’s Harry Potter’s birthday, and the library invites muggles and magical folk of all ages for an afternoon of games, crafts, vendors, and speakers. This year’s theme is The Goblet of Fire. Costumes encouraged!

Pop-Up Naturalist: Plant Superheroes

July 28, 1—5 pm

Newlin Grist Mill, 219 South Cheyney Rd., Glen Mills

 

Look for the pop-up naturalist tent in different parts of the park, and discover the plants and animals that call Newlin home. There will be interactive demonstrations, live specimens, games and crafts, and fun for the whole family.

‘Swan Lake’ at Bryn Mawr Film Institute

July 28, 1 pm

824 W. Lancaster Ave., Bryn Mawr

 

Watch the Royal Ballet in London perform this classic ballet on the big screen. Tickets available on BMFI website (link in title).

Free Outdoor Concert: Pink Floyd Tribute

July 28, 7:30 pm

Rose Tree Park, 1671 N. Providence Rd., Media

 

Rose Tree Park hosts a free outdoor concert by Us and Floyd, a Pink Floyd tribute band.

Movie in Normandy Park: ‘The Incredibles’

July 28, 8 pm

Normandy Park, Normandy Rd., Ardmore

 

Come for a free outdoor movie in the park, Pixar’s The Incredibles.

Sunday

Family Cooking at Sur La Table: No-Churn Ice Cream

July 29, 10 am—noon

Sur La Table, The Court at King of Prussia Mall, 690 West DeKalb Pike, King of Prussia

 

Kids age 7 and up, along with a grownup, will learn to create two unique flavors of no-churn ice cream, no fancy tools needed. Pre-registration is required.

Family Yoga

July 29, 12:30 pm

Positivity Yogis, 31 S. Eagle Rd., Ste. 101, Havertown

 

Kids age 5 and up, along with their parents, can do yoga together in this monthly family class. Register in advance, as space is limited.

Jenkins Summer Sunday 

July 29, 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.

Concert Under the Stars: Craig Bickhardt’s Friends and Family Festival

July 29, 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 Craig and Aislinn Bickhardt, with Tom Hampton, Michael G. Ronstadt, Tommy Geddes, and special guest J.D. Malone and the Experts. 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.

Free Kids’ Concert: The Plants

July 29, 7:30 pm

Rose Tree Park, 1671 N. Providence Rd., Media

 

From a snake wearing flip-flops to intergalactic insects and “Monster Under My Bed,” the lighthearted music of The Plants is harmoniously catchy and great fun for everyone. Concert will be cancelled in case of rain.

PHILADELPHIA ASSISTANT EDITOR

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