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High Five! Main Line and Philly Family-Friendly Weekend Events: March 31-April 1

Plan your weekend with our picks.

Plan the perfect weekend with our picks!

 

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Philadelphia Events

All Weekend

‘School of Rock’

Through April 1

Academy of Music, 240 S. Broad St., Philadelphia

 

Based on the hit film, this hilarious new musical follows Dewey Finn, a wannabe rock star posing as a substitute teacher who turns a class of straight-A students into a guitar-shredding, bass-slapping, mind-blowing rock band. This high-octane smash features musical theater’s first-ever kids rock band playing their instruments live on stage.

‘Hamilton: The Constitutional Clashes That Shaped a Nation’

Through December 31

National Constitution Center, 525 Arch St., Philadelphia

 

Walk in Alexander Hamilton’s shoes and learn more about the Founding Father whose life has fascinated Americans for centuries. This exhibit focuses on the intellectual and political conflicts between Hamilton and his contemporaries, including Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and John Adams, and of course, Aaron Burr (that one was a bit more personal). It’s included with museum admission. For this weekend, and the rest of Spring Break, kids can enjoy extra Hamilton-related activities like dress-up, games, and crafts.

African American History and Culture Showcase

March 31 — April 1, 11 am — 6 pm

Pennsylvania Convention Center, 1101 Arch St., Philadelphia

 

This free annual event commemorates the important role African Americans have played in American history and to celebrate the cultural contributions they have made to the world through exhibits, performances, and activities that encourage interactive engagement.

‘Game Masters’

Through September 3

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

 

Showcasing the work of over 30 innovative game designers, “Game Masters” takes visitors on an interactive journey inside their favorite video games. The exhibit features over 100 playable games, as well as the opportunity to learn the stories of the designers and see the evolution of favorite games from concept art to what we know today.

 

On the exhibit’s opening day (Saturday, March 31), come for Game Day, where you can play a life-size version of “Tetris,” snap a photo with Sonic the Hedgehog, and meet some local game developers. Costumes are encouraged!

Citizen Science Lab

March 31 — April 1, 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.

Easter Bunny Brunch

March 31 and April 1, 9:30 am and 11:30 am

Philadelphia Zoo, 3400 W. Girard Ave., Philadelphia

 

Enjoy a brunch buffet, followed by an Easter egg hunt and photos with the Easter Bunny. Other activities include crafts for children of all ages and mingling with live animals.

Saturday

Play-a-Palooza

March 31, noon — 4 pm

Smith Memorial Playground and Playhouse, 3500 Reservoir Drive, Philadelphia

 

Smith Memorial Playground kicks off the season with an afternoon of nature play activities, arts and crafts, games, and a special visit from PBS Kids’ Nature Cat. Check out our writeup for all the details!

‘The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley Jr.’

March 31, 10:30 am, 1 pm, 3:30 pm

Walnut Street Theatre, 825 Walnut St., Philadelphia

 

This fun-filled musical is based on the popular children’s book series about a kid who dreams of adventure, and then gets his wish when he wakes up flat and can easily travel all over the world by envelope! Flat Stanley has inspired countless kids over the years to mail their own Flat Stanley throughout the world to go on new adventures. Don’t forget to enter the ticket giveaway with your own Flat Stanley before he lands at the Walnut Street Theatre!

Nature Exploration at the Schuylkill Center

March 31, 10:30 — 11:30 am

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

 

Gather in the Discovery Center for a short introduction and craft, then hit the trails for naturalist-led exploration and discovery with your little ones.

Charles Santore Book Signing

March 31, noon — 3 pm

Woodmere Art Museum, 9201 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia

 

Meet the legendary Philadelphia-born artist and get signed copies of his storybook classics!

Celebrate Women’s History at Betsy Ross House

March 31, 10 am — 4 pm

239 Arch St., Philadelphia

 

To close out Women’s History Month, the Betsy Ross House will host an entire day of free, family-friendly events celebrating Colonial women. You can meet Betsy Ross, of course, as well as Sarah Melton, a colonial businesswoman who was known for her one-of-a-kind dress designs — you can even dress the part. You can also meet Phillis the Laundress, a free African-American woman who was born into slavery in 18th century Philadelphia. Throughout the day, you can hear tales of how women helped to shape our nation by the Once Upon a Nation storytellers.

A Children’s Taste of African Heritage

March 31, 10:30 am — 12:30 pm

Widener Library, 2808 W. Lehigh Ave., Philadelphia

 

Families with children ages 8 to 12 will participate in an introductory cultural lesson and cooking activity designed to bring the African Heritage Diet Pyramid to life. Kids will learn basic cooking skills and some simple, healthy recipes to try at home. Call the library in advance to register.

Easter Hoppin’ Workshop

March 31, 10 — 11 am

SplashLab Arts, 3510 Scotts Lane #2911, Philadelphia

 

Hop on over for a full Easter crafting session. Create a mini Easter hanging basket, learn the process of print making with paint and potatoes, and welcome in spring with handmade sun catchers for your window!

The Hop-A-Long Trail at Franklin Square

March 31, 11 am — 1 pm

Franklin Square, 200 N. Sixth St., Philadelphia

 

Kids age 10 and under will start at the Great Lawn where they will get a map, ”carrot cards” and an Easter Egg box, which they will use to navigate Franklin Square in search of giant spring tulips. At each stop, kids will receive Easter eggs in exchange for their cards. And at the end of the trail, they’ll find the Easter bunny!

Easter Toons

March 31, 2 – 4 pm

South Street Cinema, 327 South St., Philadelphia

 

Enjoy a family-friendly afternoon of classic Easter themed cartoons.

Nest Center City Easter Egg Hunt

March 31, 10 am — noon

Nest Center City, 1301 Locust St., Philadelphia

 

Come for an Easter egg hunt in the playspace and Easter crafts and treats!

Easter Fun at Nest Chestnut Hill

March 31, 10 — 11:30 am

Nest Chestnut Hill, 10 W. Gravers Lane, Philadelphia

 

Come for crafts, free play, and egg hunt, and refreshments! Tickets are $20 per family (two adults and one child), and $5 for each additional family member.

Welcome Spring! Egg Hunt

March 31, 10 am —  2 pm

Awbury Arboretum, 1 Awbury Road, Philadelphia

 

Start with an Easter egg hunt at 10 am sharp, then stay for a spring bulb sale and playtime in AdventureWoods natural playground. Bring a picnic (or buy light refreshments on site) and make a day of it with your family.

The Great Glen Foerd Easter Egg Hunt

March 31, 10 am — 1 pm

5001 Grant Ave., Philadelphia

 

When children aren’t hunting for eggs at this historic mansion on the Delaware, they are welcome to visit with the Easter Bunny, enjoy children’s crafts, enjoy delicious treats from the Dining Car, or participate in the Settlement Music School Kardon Northeast Branch’s Children’s Music Workshop. The Children’s Music Workshop will be held at noon, but kids will be invited throughout the event to explore instruments and the fun of music.

The Stenton Easter Egg Hunt

March 31, 1 — 3 pm

4601 N. 18th St., Philadelphia

 

Located at the historical house of James Logan, this event includes egg hunt, natural egg dyeing, crafts, and games.

The Great Reading Terminal Market Easter Egg Hunt

March 31, 8 am — noon

12th and Arch streets, Philadelphia

 

Come early for an Easter egg hunt around the market at 8 am. Then stay for storytime in the Book Nook and egg dyeing in City Kitchen.

Hop to the Top

March 31, 10 am and 1 pm

One Liberty Observation Deck, 1650 Market St., Philadelphia

 

Kids and their families will get to meet the Easter Bunny and take part in an egg hunt for prizes, candy, and more from 57 floors above the city!

Sunday

Passover Celebration at the Please Touch Museum

April 1, 11 am — 5 pm

4231 Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia

 

Celebrate Passover through art, stories, and play at this pop-up holiday celebration. There will be a pretend Seder, storytime, songs, and even matzo art!

April Fool’s Day at the Art Museum 

April 1, 10 am — 3 pm

2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia

 

Discover how artists outwit our eyes and create your own cunning masterpiece. Then find out what tricks guest magician Howard Polykoff has up his sleeve. “Pay What You Wish” admission.

PECO Free First Sunday Family Day: Spring Awakening

April 1, 10 am — 5 pm

The Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia

 

Celebrate the arrival of spring with colorful art activities, a museum-wide scavenger hunt, and lively musical performances by singer-songwriter Chris Grunwald. Even the littlest kids can go on a stroller tour, and older kids can come for storytime! There are also plenty of art projects, including crafting paper flowers inspired by Monet.

Easter Promenade on South Street

April 1, 12:30 pm

Parade starts from the corner of Passyunk Avenue and South Street, to Headhouse Square for festivities.

 

Come dressed in your Sunday best and promenade down South Street in this grand and popular tradition. Enjoy Easter treats, live music from the Philadelphia Freedom Band, the Bunny Hop, and of course Mr. and Mrs. Peter Cottontail for photos. There will also be Best Dressed contests in which celebrity judges will crown Best Dressed, Best South Street Razzle Dazzle, Best Easter Bonnet, and even Best Dressed Pet! Nearby restaurants will be running brunch specials so make a day of it.

Three Bears Park Easter Egg Hunt

April 1, noon — 3 pm

319 Delancey St., Philadelphia

 

Free annual Easter egg hunt at the playground!

Easter Sunday at Rolling Thunder Skating Rink

April 1, noon — 10 pm

7017 Roosevelt Blvd., Philadelphia

 

Go skating with the Easter Bunny! This party goes all afternoon into the night, and you’re sure to have some unique Easter photos.

Main Line and Suburban Events

All Weekend

Easter Bunny Brunch and Egg Hunt

March 31 and April 1, 10:30 am and 12:30 pm

Elmwood Park Zoo, 1661 Harding Blvd., Norristown

 

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.

Easter Weekend at Longwood Gardens

March 31 — April 1

1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square

 

Easter Weekend is a perfect time to visit Longwood Gardens and celebrate spring. There will be live music in the Conservatory in the afternoons, and Easter specials at the onsite restaurant.

Easter Bunny Train

March 31 and April 1, hourly from 11 am — 4 pm

Strasburg Rail Road, 301 Gap Road, Ronks

 

Take a ride through the beautiful rural countryside with the Easter Bunny as your conductor, and go on an Easter egg hunt around the station.

Saturday

‘The Duckling Gets a Cookie!?’ Storytime at Barnes and Noble

March 31, 11 am

150 W. Swedesford Road, Devon

and

1991 Sproul Road, Broomall

 

If your kids don’t already know and love Mo Willems’ pigeon, they’ll be introduced to this hilarious series, and do some story-related activities afterwards.

Hayrides to Bunnyland

March 31, 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.

High Tech Egg Hunt

March 31, 1 — 3 pm

Tyler Arboretum, 515 Painter Road, Media

 

Eggs are hidden all over the Arboretum and you’ll need to use a GPS to find them. Crack a secret code and decipher riddles to unlock hints that will help you on your adventure.

Delaware Children’s Theatre’s Storybook Character Breakfast

March 31, 9 am and 11 am

1014 Delaware Ave., Wilmington, DE

 

Join the Easter Bunny, Snow White, and friends for a festive, fun-filled breakfast. Children will be able to get autographs and take pictures with the characters. Tickets must be purchased in advance.

Media Easter Egg Hunt And Lunch

March 31, 11 am — 1:30 pm

301 N. Jackson St., Media

 

The Easter Egg Hunt will start at 11 am on the grounds of the Community Center by the Tot Lot. The annual Easter Luncheon with the Easter Bunny will be held immediately following the hunt from 11:30 am–1:30 pm in the Community Center with food, fun, and games for everyone.

Sunday

Book with a Bunny

April 1, noon — 12:30 pm

Brandywine Zoo, 1001 N. Park Drive, Wilmington, Delaware

 

Read a spring-time story about bunnies and meet a real-life, giant bunny from the zoo! Free with admission.

 

 

PHILADELPHIA ASSISTANT EDITOR

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