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High Five! Main Line and Philly Family-Friendly Weekend Events: June 2-3

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Philadelphia Events

All Weekend

‘Ivy + Bean: The Musical’

June 1–10

Walnut Street Theatre, 825 Walnut St., Philadelphia

 

The popular kids’ book series by Annie Barrows comes to musical life starting this Friday in the newest Walnut Street Theatre for Kids production. The show will run on weekends through June 10.

Parks on Tap: Gorgas Park

May 30—June 3

6300 Ridge Ave., Philadelphia

 

Family-friendly beer garden Parks on Tap comes to Roxborough this week and through the weekend. Bonus: This Saturday there will also be a special kid-friendly music festival going on right at Gorgas Park!

‘Water on Mars’

June 1—3

Kimmel Center, 300 S. Broad St., Philadelphia

 

Hailing from Stockholm, Water on Mars combines bold athleticism and acrobatics into a circus of dizzying tricks and gravity-defying stunts. The show promises comedy and “airborne geometry” in an unforgettable multi-sensory experience. This is part of PIFA 2018—read our guide to the festival here!

‘Cristal Palace’

June 1—10, 8 pm

Kelly Drive at Fountain Green Drive, Fairmount Park, Philadelphia

 

Compagnie Transe Express returns to PIFA for the first time since their thrilling finale to PIFA 2011. This time, they will perform for 10 days on the banks of the Schuylkill River, with the world premiere of Cristal Palace, a high-flying, 360-degree immersive event featuring a human chandelier as the centerpiece for what they are calling an “aerial dance party.”

Nobuntu — the world-renowned, all female a cappella quintet from Zimbabwe — will open the show with a 20-minute performance including Zimbabwean music, Afro Jazz, and gospel. The event is rain or shine.

Saturday

National Drawing Day at Please Touch Museum 

June 2, 9 am–5 pm

4231 Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia

 

Grab some chalk and contribute to a huge, collaborative drawing in Hamilton Hall! This is part of a worldwide event that encourages everyone to draw! While you’re at the museum, you can also check out the new “Hello from Japan!” exhibit, which will also have some fun drawing activities.

BalletX Community Day

June 2, 9:30 am — 6 pm

1923 Washington Ave., Philadelphia

 

Come see this company’s new home at the Center for World Premiere Choreography in Germantown, and check out a full day of free classes!

Settlement Music School Family Fun Day Open House

June 2, 10 am–1 pm

All locations

 

Settlement Music School branches in Philly (as well as Camden and Willow Grove) will all be holding a Family Fun Day Open House featuring family-friendly activities, drop-in classes, student performance hours, open studios, and more!

Nature Play at Morris Arboretum 

June 2, 11 am–3 pm

100 E. Northwestern Ave., Philadelphia

 

Nature play is unstructured fun using what’s available in nature. Meet above the entrance to the Oak Allée.

Storytime in the Lodge at Blue Cross RiverRink

June 2, 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.

Drag Queen Storytime 

June 2, 11 am

Parkway Central Library, 1901 Vine St., Philadelphia

 

Come hear some favorite fairytales and other stories read by a drag queen! This fun and inclusive event is part of the Free Library’s Pride Month activities.

Celebration of Jamaica: A World Culture Day

June 2, 11 am–4 pm

Penn Museum, 3260 South St., Philadelphia

 

Spend the day celebrating Jamaican culture at Penn Museum. Enjoy reggae and other steel pan band music, learn some Caribbean dance moves, and experience the island arts and crafts, stories, and foods of Jamaica.

Seafarin’ Saturday

June 2, 11 am—1 pm

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

 

Create your own tattoos and understand the importance and significance of them in naval life.

FringeArts’ Hand to Hand Circus Festival

June 2, Midway from 11 am—2 pm, performance at 2 pm

140 N. Columbus Blvd. (at Race Street), Philadelphia

 

Teachers and performers from Philadelphia School of Circus Arts will be outside FringeArts in the Haas Biergarten to give attendees of all ages a chance to learn basic aerial acrobatics, juggling, plate spinning, and tight wire, with additional offerings for younger children including circus lasso and balance challenges. Additionally, the event will feature short circus performances throughout, including one from the school’s Youth Troupe. Free and fun for all ages and abilities! Then at 2 pm, catch Barcode Circus Company’s Sweat and Ink performance.

Tree House Books Summer Sidewalk Beach Party and Book Market

June 2, noon—3 pm

1430 W. Susquehanna Ave., Philadelphia

 

Kick off your summer reading with a bang!  Stop by Tree House Books for free summer books, summer treats, games, music, and fun in the sun.

Fete Day at Elfreth’s Alley

June 2, 1—5 pm

124-126 Elfreth’s Alley, Philadelphia

 

Get a rare glimpse into many of the 18th-century private homes on the nation’s oldest residential street, while enjoying crafts, music, and colonial games. Tickets are available online.

Roxborough Music Festival

June 2, 1—9 pm

Gorgas Park, 6400 Ridge Ave., Philadelphia

 

The first annual Roxborough Music Festival will feature live performances, food trucks, the Parks on Tap beer garden on site, art for sale, and kids’ rides and games.

Super Saturday Matinee: ‘The Little Mermaid’

June 2, 2–4 pm

South Street Cinema, 327 South St., Philadelphia

 

Bring the kids for this Disney classic, and feel free to sing along!

‘Jaws’ in Concert with The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia

June 2, 7:30 pm

Mann Center for the Performing Arts, 5201 Parkside Ave., Philadelphia

 

Movies @ the Mann kicks off its season with Jaws! The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia will perform John Williams’ score while the full-length feature film plays on three giant screens.

The Little Mermen

June 2, 8 pm (doors at 7 pm)

The Fillmore, 29 E. Allen St., Philadelphia

 

Rock out with NYC’s premier Disney rock cover band!

Sunday

Play Without Boundaries

June 3, 9 — 11 am

Please Touch Museum, 4231 Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia

 

The museum will be open early for a sensory-friendly event, with quiet spaces, special activities, and the opportunity for parents to learn about the latest research from the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the support services offered by Elwyn SEEDS early intervention program. The museum is also open to the public during this time.

Spaces and Places Family Festival

June 3, 10 am–3 pm

Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia 

 

How do artists transform everyday spaces? Get inspired by colossal creations in the museum’s Sculpture Garden, and work with special guest artist Aaron Asis to transform the Great Stair Hall.

‘Doggie Hamlet’

June 3, 10 am and 6 pm

Belmont Plateau, 2000 Belmont Mansion Drive, Philadelphia

 

This 70-minute production stars a flock of sheep, three herding dogs, and five performers; and no, it does not retell Shakespeare’s tragedy with them. Instead, Doggie Hamlet weaves dance, music, visual, and theatrical elements in what they are calling a “3D pastoral poem.” This is part of PIFA 2018— read our guide to the festival here!

Art and Storytelling at Woodmere Art Museum

June 3, 11 am—noon

9201 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia

 

Introduce your preschoolers to the enjoyment of art through stories and artmaking. Enjoy reading picture books in the galleries, followed by an art project.

Shofuso First Sunday

June 3, 11 am–3:30 pm

Shofuso Japanese House and Garden, Horticultural and Lansdowne drives, Philadelphia 

 

Learn about the culture, history, stories, and art of Japan with this series of interactive programs for children and families. There will be storytime, crafts, and more.

Everyday Instruments Workshop for Kids

June 3, 11:30 am–12:30 pm

National Liberty Museum, 321 Chestnut St., Philadelphia

 

Kids ages 5-10 will explore the different ways that found or discarded objects can create music to become instruments of expression. At the end of the workshop, everyone will join together to demonstrate their new creation through a song. This activity is presented alongside Sound + Vision, the museum’s current exhibit exploring the relationship between music and visual expression.

Sundays with Pop-Up Play at Spruce Street Harbor Park

June 3, 11:30 am—12:30 pm

301 S. Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia

 

Free interactive kids’ activities will involve art, music, science, and physical movement. This week’s theme: superpowers!

Philadelphia Irish Festival at Penn’s Landing

June 3, noon—7 pm

Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing, 101 S. Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia

 

The Irish Festival kicks off the season of the PECO Multicultural Series at Penn’s Landing. There will be traditional Irish music and dance, as well as food and vendors.

The University City Arts League Ice Cream Bowl

June 3, 1—3 pm

University City Arts League, 4226 Spruce St., Philadelphia

 

$10 gets you a one-of-a-kind hand-made ceramic bowl filled with ice cream, and free ice-cream refills while supplies last! There will also be live music and hands-on art projects. Proceeds benefit the University City Arts League.

PECO Free First Sunday Family Day at Barnes Foundation/Barnes on the Block

June 3, 10 am—8 pm

Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia

 

The Barnes Foundation is hosting a jam-packed day this Sunday. First, come for their monthly free family day from 10 am—5 pm. Celebrate the arrival of summer with an array of musical performances, art displays, and hands-on activities for all ages. All day you can also watch Philly’s newest mural being made inside, as Olek and her team of artists will begin sewing together individual crochet squares—many crafted by Philly residents—that will form a massive tribute to a Philadelphia woman. From 4—8 pm, the Barnes will host a block party at 20th and Callowhill, featuring a DJ dance party, food trucks, and even more hands-on art.

Italian National Day and Craft Beer Day on East Passyunk Avenue

June 3

East Passyunk Avenue, Philadelphia

 

East Passyunk Avenue kicks off Philly Beer Week with two celebrations winding up and down the Avenue. First, Craft Beer Day will feature 13 hours of beer tastings, events and tap take-overs at 13 restaurants and bars. Next, Italian National Day Festival “La Festa Della Repubblica” returns for the 8th year with live music, outdoor food and drink, shopping, family fun, games and a spaghetti eating contest.

Main Line and Suburban Events

All Weekend

Devon Horse Show and Country Fair

Through June 3, 8 am—10 pm

23 Dorset Road, Devon

 

The Devon Horse Show and Country Fair combines equestrians, family fun, and Main Line tradition in one fabulous 10-day event. Sunday is Children’s Day, with special activities for kids! Click here for our full preview.

Choo-Choo Soul at Sesame Place

June 2 and 3

100 Sesame Road, Langhorne

 

Follow the musical adventures of Disney Jr.’s hip-hop singer, train station manager Genevieve Goings and her dancing, beat-boxing engineer DC as they entertain kids at the Sesame Place Neighborhood Theater.

LEGO Minifigure 40th Birthday

June 2—3

LEGOLAND Discovery Center, 500 W. Germantown Pike, Plymouth Meeting

 

This LEGOtastic birthday bash will be filled to the brim with all things Minifigures. There will be scavenger hunts, master builds, costumed character meet-and-greets, dance parties, and more.

Saturday

Alex’s Original Lemonade Stand

June 2, 10 am–3 pm

Penn Wynne Elementary School, Wynnewood

 

This signature event of Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation’s Lemonade Days honors Alex Scott and the movement she started. Come support childhood cancer research with a family fun carnival, complete with food, games and prizes, crafts, music, raffles, and even a butterfly release. Food and games are donate-as-you-go, or you can purchase an “Alex’s All Access Passfor $25.

Linvilla Orchards’ Strawberry Festival

June 2, 8 am—7 pm

137 W. Knowlton Road, Media

 

Celebrate the season with pick-your-own strawberries, hayrides, live entertainment, costumed characters, and Delaware County’s largest strawberry shortcake!

Montgomery School Community Fair

June 2, 10 am–12:30 pm

1141 Kimberton Road, Chester Springs

 

Meet Curious George, see a fire truck up close, bounce and take part in STEAM challenges, creek walks, hayrides, and art projects.

Plymouth Meeting Friends School’s Strawberry Festival

June 2, 11 am—3 pm

2150 Butler Pike, Plymouth Meeting

 

This annual event will feature live musical performances, games, food, and of course homemade strawberry shortcake! There will also be lots of kids’ activities like moon bounce, face painting, magic, a petting zoo, and more.

Kids’ Bug Hotels

June 2, 11 am—noon

Terrain, 914 Baltimore Pike, Glen Mills

Bring along the little ones to create a hotel perfect for garden friendly insects. Kids will fill a wooden box with pine cones, twigs, leaves, bark, and more items for insects to use for their homes.

Superhero Saturday

June 2, 1–4 pm

Exton Square Mall (North Court outside of Macy’s), 260 Exton Square Parkway, Exton

 

Your family will enjoy character appearances, family activities, and a celebration of fictional and local heroes!

Sensory Garden Party at Main Line Art Center

June 2, 1 pm

746 Panmure Rd, Haverford

 

This free and family-friendly event will feature a book reading by children’s author Nahjee Grant, live performances, hands-on art projects, and more. The party celebrates the Accessible Art Exhibition, featuring the inspiring work of children and adults with disabilities.

Kimberton Block Party

June 2, 1–4 pm

1158 Rapps Dam Road, Phoenixville

 

Celebrate Kimberton Park’s 20th birthday with a big party!  Activities include: Elmwood Park Zoo on Wheels (1—3 pm), Amphitheater ribbon cutting and performances by the Springer Studio at 2:30pm, inflatable obstacle course, toddler bounce house, piñatas every half-hour, cupcake decorating, face painting, spin art, raffles, food, and more.

Bryn Mawr Twilight Concert: Dave Wilcox w/ Denise Moser

June 2, 7 pm

Bryn Mawr Gazebo, Bryn Mawr

 

Kick off the season with this outdoor concert. Kids attend free.

Sunday

Children’s Day at Devon Horse Show

June 3, 9:30 am—noon

23 Dorset Rd, Devon

 

The final day of the Devon Horse Show will have kids’ activities like storytelling, cupcake decorating, gardening crafts, and even a therapy dog. Children’s Day will also include the Itty Bitty Hat Party and parade, where kids can decorate their own fancy hats (for $8) and then parade around to show off their creations.

El Bruncho with Elmo

June 3, 9:30–noon

Lulu’s Casita, 6 Cricket Ave., Ardmore

 

Lulu’s is hosting a fun morning with a brunch buffet, coffee and mimosas for adults, and of course Elmo time for the little ones! Email to register.

Super Sunday

June 3, 11 am — 5 pm

Downtown West Chester on Gay Street between Matlack and Darlington streets

 

Come out to this free community celebration where you can enjoy more than 100 food vendors, arts and crafts vendors, information booths, two stage areas for live music, and the children’s fun zone  featuring a variety of moon bounces, games, and zip lining.

Jenkins Explorers: Summer Sundays

June 3, 2—3 pm

Jenkins Arboretum & Gardens, 631 Berwyn Baptist Road, Devon

 

Kids ages 4-8 can come for free nature based story and activity in the Children’s Garden. The event is free, but pre-register online.

Sunday Sports Spectacular

June 3, 2—4 pm

Har Zion Temple, 1500 Hagys Ford Road, Narberth

 

This event brings together the wonderful energy and enthusiasm of the Maccabi Games and Special Olympics for a fantastic day of inclusive sports for individuals with and without disabilities. Activities will be accessible and volunteers will provide various accommodations for participant needs.

 

Assistant Editor Sarah L. Bender contributed to this report.

PHILADELPHIA ASSISTANT EDITOR

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