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High Five! Philly and Main Line Family-Friendly Weekend Events, March 3 and 4

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Blue Cross RiverRink Closing Weekend: A Taste of Summer

121 N. Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia


Catch the last weekend of this outdoor ice skating rink and its arcade games, cozy lodge, and marshmallow roasting. Enjoy Storytime at the Lodge on Saturday, as well as a visit from Poppy and Branch from Trolls, including photos and fun giveaways! Guests can also look ahead to warmer weather with chances to win a variety of summer prize packages from Spruce Street Harbor Park and Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest!

Philadelphia Flower Show

March 3 — 11

Pennsylvania Convention Center, 12th and Arch streets, Philadelphia


The Flower Show returns to Philadelphia with “Wonders of Water,” which celebrates the beauty and life-sustaining interplay of horticulture and water. Enter through the magnificent Entrance Garden, and be transported to a rain forest with all its lush sensory elements. Experience garden design on a larger-than-life scale as you walk through the different displays. Create fun make-and-takes like wearable flower art. Don’t forget to see the live butterfly garden!


March 3 — 4, 10 am — 5 pm

Academy of Natural Sciences, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia


Celebrate all things prehistoric during the Academy of Natural Sciences’ annual festival of fossils. This marks its 10th year, so there are even more fun surprises. There will be storytimes with Marty the Moose, face painting, crafts and activities at the T. Rex Appreciation Station, live reptiles and rare specimens (including some from Thomas Jefferson’s collection!), hands-on activities, and many learning opportunities from the museum’s specialists. Finally, be sure not to miss the “Cabinet of Curiosity” by Franklin Fountain and Shane Confectionery, which will include chocolate modeled on museum specimens (and a pop-up shop serving ice cream and Jefferson hot chocolate).

Colonial Chocolate Making

March 3 — 4, 11 am – 4 pm

Betsy Ross House, 239 Arch St., Philadelphia


Meet three female entrepreneurs and learn how women played an active role during the American Revolution – from making important military supplies, like flags and musket cartridges, to choosing “patriotic” beverages like chocolate and coffee, rather than tea. Sample the hot chocolate drink that colonists enjoyed.

Women’s History Month at the National Constitution Center

Through March 31

525 Arch St., Philadelphia


Participate in an array of activities throughout March, including the new program “Decoding the Lyrics: Bad Romance: Women’s Suffrage,” which rewrites Lady Gaga’s song to tell the story of women’s suffrage with more than a little bit of levity. Take a self-guided tour of the museum’s main exhibition, “The Story of We the People,” which highlights defining moments in women’s history. Artifact highlights include a judicial robe worn by retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor and a collection of artifacts from Susan B. Anthony and the movement for women’s suffrage. You can also test your knowledge of women’s history at the Giant Game Board.

Citizen Science Lab

March 3 and 4, 11 am, 1 pm, and 3:30 pm

Independence Seaport Museum, 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.


Holi Family Festival

March 3, 10:30 am — 5 pm

Please Touch Museum, 4231 Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia


Celebrate the colors of springtime with the Indian festival Holi—experiment with art materials, enjoy Indian music and dance performances, and of course rejoice in the end of the day color throwing celebration!

Indonesian Food Festival

March 3, 10 am— 3 pm

St. Thomas Aquinas, 1719 Morris St., Philadelphia


Enjoy Indonesian Cuisine, Modero dancers showcase, raffles, free giveaways and more.

Astral Artists Family Concert: Through the Looking Glass

March 3, 3 pm

Woodmere Art Museum, 9201 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia


Children will discover the connections between music and art with this interactive program of performances and demonstrations and create their own work of art inspired by music. Musical selections will be inspired by the exhibition “Charles Santore: Fifty Years of Art and Storytelling.” Refreshments will follow.

Harry Potter Scavenger Hunt

March 3, 2 pm

Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia


Go on a “Wizard School Scavenger Hunt” as you search for art that echoes characters, places, and enchanted objects from Harry Potter. This hunt is designed for kids and adults to do together, and tickets are available through Watson Adventures, and the cost of tickets includes museum admission.

Maple Sugar Day

March 3, noon —4 pm

Pennypack Environmental Center, 8500 Pine Road, Philadelphia


Enjoy an afternoon of maple tours, candy making, pancake tasting, crafts, storytelling, winter themed games, and more.

Seafarin’ Saturday

March 4, 11 am — 1 pm

Independence Seaport Museum, 211 S. Columbus Blvd. Philadelphia


Learn all about the Channel catfish by creating your own moving fish.

Family Clay Workshop

March 3, 10 am — noon

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


Put the pedal to the metal and the basics of working on the pottery wheel in this workshop focused on making a planter just in time for spring. Classes are appropriate for children ages 4 and up, but parents with children ages 4-7 will work together on one wheel. Pre-registration is required.


Music Monkey Jungle’s Sunday Family Singalong

March 4, 10—11 am

Old Pine Community Center, 401 Lombard St., Philadelphia


The whole MMJ team will be there for a morning of music, movement, dance, refreshments, and balloon art.  A portion of the proceeds will go to the American Cancer Society’s new initiative, Mamas Move Mountains. Want to win free tickets? Head over to the Philly Family Instagram and enter our giveaway by noon on Friday!

Play Without Boundaries

March 4, 9 — 11 am

Please Touch Museum, 4231 Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia


The Please Touch Museum will open early for a free event specially designed for children with learning and developmental disabilities and those on the autism spectrum. The museum will be calmer and quieter with fewer people and reduced lighting and sound in exhibition areas. There are also special activities planned, like arts and crafts, a visit with therapy dogs, and dance-movement therapy. Kids can also relax in the “Quiet Space of the Day” with Quiet Kit sensory toys. The event is free, but pre-registration is required.

PECO Free First Sunday Family Day: From Concept to Creation

March 4, 10 am — 5 pm

Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway


The Barnes is hosting STEAM fair featuring artworks created by local K-12 students using math and art. See the students’ work and vote for the top projects. Plus, watch an experimental Hula-Hoop performance by dancer-choreographer Gabrielle Revlock, and try some Hula-Hoop action on your own! There are also many art activities like building a cardboard city, constructing a kite, and creating simple animation. For little ones, there will also be stroller tours and storytime.

Art and Storytelling

March 4, 11 am — noon

Woodmere Art Museum, 9201 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia


Introduce your preschoolers to the enjoyment of art through stories and art making. Young visitors and their grown-ups enjoy reading picture books in the galleries, followed by an art project.

Whimsical Fairy Garden Workshop

March 4, 1 — 3 pm

Morris Arboretum, 100 E. Northwestern Ave., Philadelphia


Working with an assortment of succulents and cute accessories, you will create a personalized miniature indoor garden to enjoy all year round.

Harlem Globetrotters

March 4, noon and 5 pm

Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S. Broad St., Philadelphia


The Harlem Globetrotters’ show features amazing basketball skills and wizardry, with a focus on family entertainment.

PAFA Family Arts Academy

March 4, 2 — 4 pm

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


This week the theme is “Storydrawing,” where kids will visit the galleries and create an illustrated adventure story based on a favorite painting.

Main Line and Suburban Events


Dr. Seuss’ Birthday Party at Ardmore Library

March 3, 2 — 3 pm

108 Ardmore Ave., Ardmore


Celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday with games, activities, and books.

Read Across America at Elmwood Park Zoo

March 3, 11 am — 3 pm

1661 Harding Blvd., Norristown


This special Read Across America event will feature lots of special guests, like Maniac Magee author Jerry Spinelli, NBC10’s Deanna Durante, and a special appearance by The Cat in the Hat! Montgomery County-Norristown Public Library will be hosting an activity table, and Children’s Book World will be supplying books for an interactive book fair. There will also be a special themed cake. Elmwood Park Zoo is also holding a book drive until March 10: bring a new or gently used book to the zoo to donate to kids in Norristown, and each group donating gets a free children’s ticket.

Join the Continental Army at Valley Forge

March 3, 11 am

Valley Forge National Park, 1400 N. Outer Line Drive, King of Prussia


Children can experience a day in the life of a Revolutionary soldier. Recruits will be mustered by receiving enlistment papers and continental currency, then be issued (fake) wooden muskets and learn how to stand, march, and carry their musket as one of Washington’s soldiers would have done. Park rangers dressed in continental uniform will train the recruits in a full musket drill.

Beach Bash

March 3, 11 am — 2 pm

Suburban Square, Anderson and Coulter avenues, Ardmore


Suburban Square is partnering with Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation for a day of summertime fun in the winter! Watch as a sand sculpture is created over two days, and enjoy live music, kids’ crafts, and face painting.

Mad Hatter Tea Party and Easter Bunny Visit

March 3, 1 — 4 pm

Springfield Mall, 1250 Baltimore Pike, Springfield


Meet characters from Alice in Wonderland at the Mad Hatter’s tea party, and enjoy arts and crafts, snacks, family entertainment, and a visit from the Easter Bunny.


#CelebrateFemaleArtists Concert by Alice Marie

March 4, 1:30 — 3 pm

Haverford Township Free Library, 1601 Darby Road, Havertown


Alice Marie is a Philadelphia-based vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, and music educator who launched #CelebrateFemaleArtists as a collaborative Social Media/Performance in response to the male-dominated nature of the music scene. In her all-ages concert, she performs and samples many classics from Ella Fitzgerald, Rita Hayworth, Carole King, Bonnie Raitt, and Omaha Portuondo’s masterful catalogues, to legendary fiddlers, Eileen Eivers and Regina Carter’s soulful riffs.




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