High Five! Main Line and Philly Family-Friendly Weekend Events: May 12 and 13
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Plan the perfect weekend with our picks!
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May 12 and 13, 10 am (Storybook Weekend goes from 11 am — 3 pm)
210 N. 18th St., Philadelphia
Celebrate with a VIP meet-and-greet and character brunch with your favorite superhero mom. Brunch is followed by Storybook Weekend, two fun-filled days of activities, storytelling, and more throughout the park. Plus, entertainment and live music, face painting, balloon art, crafts, educational demonstrations, and maybe even a splash in the boat pond if it’s warm enough!
Delaware River Waterfront, Philadelphia
Celebrate the beginning of the season on the Delaware River waterfront! Spruce Street Harbor Park will celebrate with UNIVESTival, featuring musical performances, make and take activities, and more throughout the weekend. Walk five minutes north to the Blue Cross RiverRink at Penn’s Landing, and Summerfest will open with roller skating, mini-golf, and the full Midway rides!
May 12 and 13, noon–2 pm
Please Touch Museum, 4231 Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia
Meet your favorite princesses all weekend! On Saturday, meet Cinderella and Elsa. Then on Sunday, meet Belle and Snow White. Princess appearances will be from noon to 2 pm both days.
May 12 and 13, 11 am — 3 pm
Betsy Ross House, 239 Arch St., Philadelphia
In celebration of Betsy Ross and all colonial mothers, meet three female entrepreneurs and learn how women and mothers played an active role during the American Revolution, from making important military supplies, such as flags and musket cartridges, to choosing “patriotic” beverages like hot chocolate and coffee, rather than tea. Sample the hot chocolate drink that colonists enjoyed.
2535 E. Allegheny Ave., Philadelphia
This new Parks on Tap location is in the heart of Port Richmond. Stop by this kid-friendly beer garden from Wednesday through the weekend.
May 12—13, 1—4 pm
3 Riverside Drive, Camden, New Jersey
Children who come dressed as a butterfly or a bird will receive $1 off of admission. Learn about bird adaptations and butterfly gardening. Create your own butterfly life cycle model and a bird’s nest model.
May 12—13, 9:30 am—5 pm
1 Riverside Drive, Camden, New Jersey
Adventure Aquarium is celebrating moms with special themed programming, promotions, and penguins! The African penguin babies will make their official debut, and kids can continue the penguin-themed fun by coloring a penguin card for mom!
May 12, 7 am—5 pm
2200 Kelly Dr., Philadelphia
Come watch the largest collegiate regatta in North America, with over 100 colleges and universities participating. It’s free to watch, and you can bring a picnic or buy refreshments at the stands and make a day of it watching rowers compete on the Schuylkill!
May 12, 10 am — noon
1301 Locust St., Philadelphia
Come for a morning of open play, live music, bagels, and crafts. Kids can make a Mother’s Day card and bring home some special surprises for Mom too!
May 12, 10 am
DiSilvestro Rec Center, 1701 S. 15th St., Philadelphia
Vendors of all different backgrounds and styles, as well as music and the Free Library Book Bike will be in attendance.
May 12, 10 am—4 pm
1901 Vine St., Philadelphia
The Parkway Central Library is hosting its 4th annual free comics and gaming convention. It is a day of art displays and workshops, discussion panels, gaming, cosplay, and community-building. Best for older kids and teens.
May 12, 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.
May 12, 11 am
300 S. Broad St., Philadelphia
The Johnny Shortcake Show returns to the Kimmel Center in a free concert with lots of singing, dancing, and silliness!
May 12, 11 am—3:30 pm
701 Arch St., Philadelphia
“Spring into Action” at the African American Museum in Philadelphia. There will be a day of fun including a hip-hop dance cardio workshop, a percussion workshop, and a creative chemistry workshop. The activities are designed for kids age 5 and up. Also, the first 250 people will receive free entry to the museum.
May 12, 10 am—6 pm
23rd and Pine Streets, Philadelphia
Fitler Square’s annual Spring Fair has raffles, vendors, live music, and donations to raise money for the square. There will also be a bounce castle and live performances!
May 12, 11:30 am—12:30 pm
National Liberty Museum, 321 Chestnut St., Philadelphia
This activity is presented alongside Sound + Vision, the museum’s current exhibit exploring the relationship between music and visual expression. In this workshop, a museum educator will play selections and encourage the group to consider the rhythm, pitch, emotion and tone of the music, and explore various materials to interpret the music and create their own unique works of art. Designed for kids ages 5-10. Pre-registration is required.
May 12, noon—7 pm
Grays Ferry Triangle (23rd and South), Philadelphia
Come for live music, food trucks, and a designated Kid’s Corner with activities, games, and more including neighborhood favorite Baby WordPlay. There will also be a Puppy Kissing Booth by PAWS!
May 12, noon—3 pm
Broad St & Oregon Ave, Philadelphia
Celebrate your local park! There will be food sales and face painting on the east side of the park, and pony rides for kids on the west side of the park!
May 12, noon—5 pm
Market Square Park (5501 Germantown Ave.) and along Germantown Avenue, between School House Lane and Coulter Street, Philadelphia
This festival celebrates the start of the Second Saturday series, when all 16 Historic Germantown sites are open monthly. Throughout the day, musicians, poets, and creative performing artists will take to the main stage. There will also be a Kid Zone with moon bounce, face painting, karate demonstrations, and interactive art activities. Over 40 business and food vendors will participate in the festival’s marketplace.
May 12, 1 pm
Parkway Central Library, 1901 Vine St., Philadelphia
Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow will introduce her new picture book, Mommy’s Khimar, about a little Muslim-American girl who plays dress-up with her mother’s head scarves.
May 12, 1 — 5 pm
211 S. Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia
Build a flower box or toolbox with traditional woodworking tools. Guided sessions will take place every hour. $20 fee includes one tool kit to build your flower or tool box and admits one child to the museum. This workshop is recommended for kids age 6 and up.
May 12, 1—8 pm
738 S. 11th St., Philadelphia
Stop by for live bands, food trucks, kids and adult playgrounds, and of course lots of great adult beverages. Kids’ activities will include a giant inflatable slide, obstacle courses, sidewalk chalk fun, bubbles galore and cornhole. New this year, Hawthornes reserved the lot across the street to provide added space for families to enjoy the day out under the sun.
May 12, 2 pm
Holmesburg Library, 7810 Frankford Ave., Philadelphia
School-age children and their families will make bald eagle puppets for Memorial Day.
May 12, 2—5 pm (Moana ends at 4pm)
Hamilton Family Arts Center, 62 N. Second St., Philadelphia
Arden Theatre Company’s Drama School is holding a one-day workshop for kids where they will focus on the music and choreography of a popular musical. For kids grades K-2, they will learn songs and choreography from Disney’s Moana. Kids in grades 3-5 will focus on Hamilton. For both classes, their work will be performed at the end of class for family and friends.
May 13, 9:30 am, 11:30 am, and 1:30 pm
3400 W. Girard Ave., Philadelphia
Choose from three available seating times and enjoy a delicious unlimited brunch buffet in the zoo’s private Peacock Pavilion. During your meal, get up-close with some of the animals and learn about their maternal instincts and behavior from the zoo’s education staff.
May 13, 11 am—3 pm
2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia
The theme this week is “Artful Opposites.” Come for a family tour at 11 am to search high and low, left to right, near and far for opposites in art. Then stop by the Family Art Cart to continue the theme with games and art projects.
May 13, noon—4 pm
Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens, 1020 South St., Philadelphia
Try your hand at sgraffito with teaching artist Kate Glasheen. Create a colorful base layered underneath black paint, then scratch away your own drawing to reveal the colors below. Learn more about Isaiah Zagar and his sgraffito tiles on a family-friendly tour at 1 pm or 2:30 pm.
May 13, noon — 2 pm
Agricultural Village at Awbury Arboretum, 901 E. Washington Lane, Philadelphia
Create a lovely tea cup garden, as well as other plant related crafts, in this fun filled Mother’s Day craft activity. A light tea will be served. Email to register in advance.
May 13, noon — 1 pm
Tuck Barre and Yoga, 1155 S. 20th St., Philadelphia
This class will focus on building core strength and the strength of the pelvic floor as well as increasing flexibility, and toning arms, core, calves, and buns all while bonding with your baby. All babies that can be carried or worn are welcome.
May 13, 1 pm and 2:30 pm
Lansdowne and Horticultural drives, Philadelphia
Enjoy a traditional Japanese tea ceremony led by Shofuso’s own tea school. Members of Urasenke Philadelphia will demonstrate a tea ceremony, and then provide guests with a bowl of matcha (green tea) and a seasonal sweet.
May 13, 1 pm and 2 pm
101 S. Third St., Philadelphia
Celebrate Mother’s Day at the Museum with Founding Mother, Martha Washington! Enjoy a delicious buffet with tea sandwiches and scones, then explore the museum afterwards.
May 13, 1—5 pm
1438 South Street, Philadelphia
Bring the family to the garden on Mother’s Day. Kids can decorate a picture frame as a special gift.
May 13, 2–4 pm
118-128 N. Broad St., Philadelphia
Collaborate on a large mural using silhouettes of your body on paper and paint water, land and sea creatures.
May 12 and 13
1661 Harding Blvd., Norristown
Pick from many seatings throughout the morning and afternoon all weekend, and enjoy a delicious brunch buffet and a day at the zoo.
Special Character Visits at Sesame Place
May 12 and 13
100 Sesame Road, Langhorne
In addition to all your favorite characters from Sesame Street, you could meet Curious George in Abby’s Paradise Theater, meet Clifford the Big Red Dog in 123 Smile with Me, or even dine with Peppa Pig!
May 12, noon
Ardmore Library, 108 Ardmore Ave., Ardmore
Kids age 4 and up can bring a teddy bear and wear a disguise to enjoy a special picnic. Pre-registration required.
May 12, 1—2:30 pm
Wayne Art Center, 413 Maplewood Ave., Wayne
Go back in time and learn about the urns and vases of Ancient Greece. Create a vessel and then using ancient Greek ideas, create a painting depicting a scene from your life. For kids age 6 and up and an adult (kids and adults must register separately).
May 12, 2—3 pm
631 Berwyn Baptist Road, Devon
Kids ages 4-8 can visit the new Children’s Garden at Jenkins, and hear the adorable No Roses for Harry. After the read-aloud, children will make a mesh nest bag to take home to help local birds build a nest. Children are welcome to borrow a Junior Explorer vest and binder of materials to enjoy a walk on the garden paths after the activities.
May 12, 2 — 4 pm
Wayne Art Center, 413 Maplewood Ave., Wayne
Design and decoupage a custom wooden bangle using strips of magazines and printed collage papers. This workshop is sure to bring you and your child together for fun, laughs and crafts! For kids ages 8 and up. Cost is $20 per person, and you should pre-register to reserve your spot.
May 13, 8 am– 4 pm
137 W. Knowlton Road, Media
Mothers fish for free at Linvilla’s Orchard Lake with paid child’s admission.
May 13, 9 am — noon
6 Cricket Ave., Ardmore
Enjoy all you can eat food stations, mimosas for the adults, and complimentary chair massage for all the mamas (while your kids play in the playspace).
May 13, 11 am, 12 pm, 1 pm, and 2 pm
301 Gap Road, Ronks
Enjoy a traditional Lancaster County meal aboard the scenic Strasburg Rail Road’s Lee E. Brenner Dining Car.
May 13, 11:30 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!
May 13, noon — 1 pm
914 Baltimore Pike, Glen Mills
Bring along the little ones to make a sweet surprise! Reservations are required. $5 per child includes all materials and instruction.
May 13, 1:30—3 pm
Media-Upper Providence Free Library, 1 E. Front St., Media
Kids can enjoy building toys and learning centers while parents enjoy some teatime.