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High Five! Main Line and Philly Family-Friendly Weekend Events: March 17 and 18

Find out what you're doing this weekend with our fun picks.

Philadelphia Events

All Weekend

Button’s Birthday Weekend

March 16 — 18

Adventure Aquarium, 1 Riverside Drive, Camden

 

Button the hippo will be celebrating her 21st birthday in Adventure Aquarium’s Hippo Haven all weekend long! Button and her hippo pal Genny will enjoy special fruit and veggie hippo-friendly birthday cakes each morning to kick off party time, and as the party comes to a close each day, you can wish happy birthday to Button and a good night to both the girls during Hippo Bedtime!

 

There will also be crafts, a giant birthday card to sign, enrichment activities, hippo talks, and more. Much of the celebration will have a St. Patrick’s Day theme as well, including green hippo treats.

Citizen Science Lab

March 17 — 18, 11 am, 1 pm, and 3:30 pm

211 S. Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia

 

The museum will host hands-on, interactive experiences centered around water, with a focus on the Delaware River’s biology, ecology and chemistry, plus language arts, history and basic engineering.

Saturday

Bubble Guppies Live! ‘Ready to Rock’

March 17, 2 pm and 5 pm

Merriam Theater, 250 S. Broad St., Philadelphia

 

Including a wave of playful characters, energetic song and dance, and theatrical magic, Nickelodeon’s Bubble Guppies will come to life in an interactive stage show. There are two performance times, as well as an optional meet-and-greet add-on.

St. Patrick’s Day Celebration

March 17, 10 am — 5 pm

Please Touch Museum, 4231 Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia

 

This family festival will feature an Irish step-dancing performance, a hands-on traditional Irish cooking demonstration, storytimes, and themed art programming to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.

Schuylkill Saturdays: Nature Exploration for Families

March 17, 10:30 — 11:30 am

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

 

Gather in the Discovery Center for a short introduction and craft before hitting the trails for a naturalist-led exploration and discovery with your family.

Fishtown Fishing Derby

March 17, 8 — 11 am

Penn Treaty Park, 1199 N. Delaware Ave., Philadelphia

 

Fishing experts and novices alike can participate in the derby, with prizes for the biggest fish caught. There will be rods provided for kids, who will all receive participation prizes. Adults must have a fishing license to enter.

Women in Science Day

March 17, 10 am — 3 pm

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

 

Participate in hands-on activities featuring local partners who represent an array of scientific fields to show the many opportunities available to women in the STEM arena. Female scientists from the Franklin Institute will also share their science stories and demonstrate hands-on science for visitors. The day will also feature a special presentation, “Breaking Barriers in Space,” a conversation with Dr. Soyeon Yi—at just 29 years old, she became South Korea’s first astronaut and the 49th woman to travel to space.

Harriet Tubman Living History Experience

March 17, 11 am — noon

Wyck Historic House, 6026 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia

 

This program (suitable for kids age 9 and up) highlights and heightens public awareness of the Underground Railroad, the Civil War, and the life of one of our country’s strongest and most courageous women. Tubman will be portrayed by Millicent Sparks, an accomplished actor, writer, and producer.

Indoor Playtime and Open Gym

March 17, 10:30 am — noon

Empirical Pediatric Therapy, 413 Fairmount Ave., Philadelphia

 

Children up to 10 years of age can climb, jump, swing, crash, and play at this brand-new indoor kids’ gym.

St. Patrick’s Day at Nest Chestnut Hill

March 17, 10 — 11:30 am

10 W. Gravers Lane, Philadelphia

 

Nest will have a themed craft, activities, green food for sale, and some other special treats for St. Patrick’s Day.

‘Finders Keepers’ Improv Show

March 17, noon — 1 pm

PHIT Comedy, 2030 Sansom St., Philadelphia

 

Come see some of Philly’s most talented improvisers, along with the wonderful teachers from the PHIT Kids and Teens program, perform a completely improvised family-friendly show right before your eyes.

Sunday

Family Time at the Art Museum

March 18, 11 am — 3 pm

Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia

 

The theme this week is “The Great Outdoors.” Come for a family tour at 11 am, where you will explore art inspired by nature. Then stay for the Family Art Cart from noon — 3 pm, where you can create your own masterpiece inspired by your tour!

How Do We Know? An Afternoon of Learning and Fun in the Penn Museum

March 18, 1 — 4 pm

Penn Museum, 3260 South St., Philadelphia

 

The Penn Museum will be free all day, and there will be gallery talks and tactile activities for all ages throughout the galleries. Kids and adults can learn about archaeological science through hands-on experiments and demonstrations all afternoon. This program is the kickoff event to Penn’s five-day multi-disciplinary Teach-In.

“Nonna Makes a Salad” Book Signing

March 18, 1 — 4 pm

Carré d’artistes Art Gallery, 104 S. 13th St., Philadelphia

 

Come check out this super stylish and imaginative book created by local author Hunter Fike, local artist Denise Fike, and Philly Current publisher Eddie Keels. The party will feature readings, light bites, and live one-of-a-kind fashion illustrations by Denise Fike. Best of all you can pick up a signed copy of the new book to take home and enjoy over and over!

Instrument Petting Zoo

March 18, 2 — 4 pm

PAFA, 118-128 N. Broad St., Philadelphia

 

Members of the Delaware County Symphony will be in the galleries to show their instruments, share information, and perform.

Sundays on Stage: ‘The Fisherman and the Flounder’

March 18, 2 pm (Doors at 1:30 pm)

Free Library of Philadelphia, Parkway Central Library, 1901 Vine St., Philadelphia

 

With expressive masks, life-size puppets, original music, and imaginative scenic effects, Enchantment Theatre Company brings this beloved Grimm fairytale to life in a free, family-friendly performance.

Main Line and Suburban Events

All Weekend

Easter Bunny Brunch and Egg Hunt

March 17 and 18, 10:30 am and 12:30 pm

Elmwood Park Zoo, 1661 Harding Blvd., Norristown

 

Choose from three weekends, including Easter Sunday. Each brunch will feature an appearance by the Easter Bunny for a photo op, as well as crafts, admission to the zoo, and a brunch buffet. Then go for an “egg-ucational” hunt around the zoo as you learn about the different animals and win prizes at each station. There will be a special small egg hunt for little ones ages 0-3 as well.

Hayrides to Bunnyland

March 17-18, 11 am — 4 pm

Linvilla Orchards, 137 W. Knowlton Road, Media

 

Hop aboard a hayride as it carries you through the woods to visit the Easter Bunny’s house where you’ll have the chance to meet Linvilla’s Easter Bunny for photos and treats.

Saturday

Best for Boys Speaker Series: ‘Achieving Success Through Failure’

March 17, 9 — 10:30 am

The Haverford School, 450 Lancaster Ave., Haverford

 

Paul Assaiante, the winningest coach in college sports history, will address the community on how to raise balanced children in a pressurized society. Learn about the value of positive risk-taking and failure in raising resilient and healthy children. This event is free and open to the public, but please register in advance.

Little Learners

March 17, 10:30 — 11:30 am

Elmwood Park Zoo, 1661 Harding Blvd., Norristown

 

Learn about porcupines that call Elmwood Park Zoo home through live animal encounter, crafts, and other activities. For kids ages 3-5 and their caregivers.

OrKID Day

March 17, 11 am – 2 pm

Longwood Gardens, 1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square

 

As part of Longwood Gardens’ Orchid Extravaganza, this is a special day for kids to engage with these beautiful flowers. There will be activity stations for kids of all ages as well as discover unusual orchids from around the globe as they embark on an informative and fun orchid hunt.  Even youngest kids can enjoy interactive storyreading, puppets, and more.

Shamrock Planting

March 17, 11 am — noon

Terrain, 914 Baltimore Pike, Glen Mills

 

Bring along the little ones to plant a jar of lucky shamrock seeds, which will sprout as spring begins. The event costs $20, which includes seed sprouting instruction and Weck jar with soil, moss, and seeds to take home.

Easter Eggstravanza

March 17, 1:30 — 2:30 pm

Media Upper Providence Free Library, 1 E. Front St., Media

 

The library will host Easter crafts and fun photo ops for kids and their families.

Sunday

El Bruncho with Elmo

March 18, 9:30 am — noon

Lulu’s Casita, 6 Cricket Ave., Ardmore

 

Elmo is coming to Lulu’s! Enjoy all-you-can-eat food stations, complimentary mimosas, playtime, and of course Elmo time!

David Bowie for Kids!

March 18, 11:30 am (Doors at 11 am)

Ardmore Music Hall, 23 E. 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, they’re bringing the music of David Bowie, so in the words of the Starman himself, “let all the children boogie.”

Gnome Homes, Hobbit Huts, Fairy Houses, and Forest Forts

March 18, 2 — 3 pm

Jenkins Arboretum and Gardens, 631 Berwyn Baptist Road, Devon

 

Using only natural materials and your imagination, create your own little structures to take home (or to leave at Jenkins). Jenkins will provide the materials – sticks, rocks, pebbles, bark, seeds, pods, cones, nuts, and leaves—to build these structures at this family workshop.

Stuffed Animal Clinic and Teddy Bear Tea

March 18, 2 — 3:30 pm

Delaware Museum of Natural History, 4840 Kennett Pike, Wilmington, Delaware

 

Bring your favorite cuddle friend to the museum for a checkup with the stuffed animal doctor. Then stay for storytime, “tea,” and a delicious treat. Pre-registration is required.

Girl Scout Thinking Day

March 18, 2 — 4 pm

Conestoga High School, 200 Irish Roadd, Berwyn

 

Girl Scouts, family, friends, teachers, and anyone interested in STEM education are invited to a special showcase entitled “Up in the Air.” Over 40 local Girl Scout troops will be showcasing their research on weather, aircraft, flight mechanics, winged creatures, and more through displays, activities, experiments, games, and hands-on fun. Special guests will include the Elmwood Park Zoo, Philadelphia Insectarium, and female aviators from the PA Chapter of Ninety-Nines.

PHILADELPHIA ASSISTANT EDITOR

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