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High Five! Main Line and Philly Family-Friendly Weekend Events: May 19-20

Plan a great weekend with our picks.

Plan the perfect weekend with our picks!

 

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Philadelphia Events

All Weekend

‘Peter Pan’ Ballet

May 19—20

Prince Theater, 1412 Chestnut St., Philadelphia

 

Journey to Never Land with the School of Pennsylvania Ballet’s spring performance of Peter Pan. This ballet is sure to excite audiences of all ages.

Italian Market Festival

May 19—20, 11 am — 6 pm

South Ninth Street, Philadelphia

 

This festival is just too big to limit itself to one day, so it goes all weekend, offering every Italian delicacy possible, art vendors, live entertainment, a family fun zone, and more. There’s even a Grease Pole Climbing Competition so you can gear up for the Eagles’ next Super Bowl win!

Parks on Tap: Fernhill Park

May 16—20

4600 Morris St., Philadelphia

 

This new Parks on Tap location is a huge Germantown park that contains a playground, sports fields and courts, and a pavilion. Lots of room for kids to run around while you enjoy some adult time outdoors. Stop by this kid-friendly beer garden from Wednesday through the weekend.

Love Your Park Week

May 12—20

 

Over 100 parks across Philadelphia will host volunteer cleanups and special events to clean, green, and celebrate Philly’s parks.

Wizard World Comic Con

May 17—20

Pennsylvania Convention Center, 1101 Arch St., Philadelphia

 

Thousands of fan of all ages will converge to celebrate movies, comics, gaming, and more. Costumes are encouraged. Special guests include Elijah Wood and Sean Astin from Lord of the Rings, members of the Justice League, and more. Children age 10 and under are free with an adult.

‘The Prince and the Pauper’

May 16—June 3

Sedgwick Theater, 7137 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia

 

Mark Twain’s classic tale of mistaken identity is full of wild adventures as two boys risk it all to find out who they are, what they are worth, and what friendship really is.

Citizen Science Lab

May 19–20, 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.

Saturday

Eagles Autism Challenge

May 19, 7 am (registration begins at 6 am)

Begins at Lincoln Financial Field, 1 Lincoln Financial Field Way, Philadelphia

 

Join Philadelphia Eagles players, alumni, coaches, executives, cheerleaders and Swoop to raise money for autism research and programs. The event will feature a one-day bike ride and family-friendly 5K run/walk (strollers are also welcome). Children 12 and under may participate free of charge while under the supervision of a registered adult. The day also includes entertainment at the Linc afterwards. Tickets will be available for guests to attend the Finish Line Celebration and enjoy food and beverage even if they are not participating in the race.

Philadelphia Children’s Festival at the Annenberg Center

May 19, 10 am—3 pm

3680 Walnut St., Philadelphia

 

The Annenberg Center presents a whole schedule of professional performances for the whole family. You can also attend PlazaMania with free hands-on activities from arts partners from across the city, as well as food trucks and an appearance by the Phillie Phanatic. See our guide to the festival here.

Mt. Airy Kids’ Literary Festival

May 19, 10 am—5 pm

Charles W. Henry School (601 Carpenter Lane) and Big Blue Marble Bookstore (551 Carpenter Lane), Philadelphia

 

Celebrate your favorite books, discover some new ones. The day begins with an appearance and storytime with Mo Willems’ beloved Elephant and Piggie, then ends at Big Blue Marble with an Author Extravaganza featuring many local children’s authors for stories, games, and more.

Party Planning: Meschianza 1778

May 19, 10 am—5 pm

Museum of the American Revolution, 101 S. Third St., Philadelphia

 

In 1778, the departing British Army and its supporters planned a huge party complete with floating barges, jousting, gaudy costumes, and candlelit banquet halls. Living history interpreters at the museum will be making preparations for this event (making costumes, designing invitations, and discussing where they can get enough candles and mirrors for the impending festivities!); and you can design your own Meschianza invitation and decide if you would have partied with the British.

Arden Theatre Bookworms

May 19, 10—10:45 am

Hamilton Family Arts Center, 62 N. Second St., Philadelphia

 

Kids age 2-4 and their grownups will hear the book Swimmy by Leo Lionni, then use theater games, music, and creative movement to bring the story to life.

Art in the Open Family Day

May 19, 10 am—1 pm

South Garden, Fairmount Water Works, 648 Waterworks Drive, Philadelphia

 

Draw, sculpt, paint, and build your own creations alongside the Art in the Open artists.

Greg Pizzoli at Baby Wordplay

May 19

10—10:45 am, 2227 Grays Ferry Ave., Philadelphia

11:30 am—12:15 pm, 1942 Brandywine St., Philadelphia

 

Local author Greg Pizzoli will share stories and sign books at both Baby Wordplay locations.

Diamond Day at Reading Terminal Market

May 19, 10 am—3 pm

51 N. 12th St., Philadelphia

 

As part of Reading Terminal Market’s year-long 125th birthday festivities, the market will have hourly giveaways, food samples, music, tours, and special 125th birthday-themed discounts.

Schuylkill Saturdays: Salamander Finding

May 19, 10:30—11:30 am

8480 Hagy’s Mill Road, Philadelphia

 

Go on a naturalist-led exploration with your little ones and search for salamanders around the forest’s streams and ponds. The event will also include a themed craft.

Verizon Innovative Learning Lab

May 19

Verizon, 1430 Walnut St., Philadelphia

 

In the 3D Design and Printing lab, kids (ages 8-12) learn about the design and physics of objects. They will be able to take home a 3D printed item that has been prepared prior to the lab and will also be able to take their design with them. Pre-registration is required.

 

Seafarin’ Saturday

May 19, 11 am—1 pm

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

 

Learn what fossils are and how they teach us about ancient sea life by making your own “fossil” to take home.

J.S. Jenks Funfest

May 19, 11 am—3 pm

8301 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia

 

Come support the school with games, bouncy castles, food, and more at the J.S. Jenks playground.

Little Chefs Pizza Class at Pizzeria Vetri

May 19, 11 am—1 pm

1939 Callowhill St., Philadelphia

 

Let your little chef get hands-on at Pizzeria Vetri at a pizza class guided by their head chefs. Roll, top, bake, and eat! Kids will create their own mini pizzas and watch them bake, while also enjoying “make your own pizza” coloring pages. A mini dough ball will be given to take home so they can bring their new skills into your home kitchen!

Everyday Instruments Workshop for Kids

May 19, 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.

Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival

May 19, noon — 5 pm

Walnut Street, from Broad Street to 19th Street, Philadelphia

 

Live music, shopping, and plenty of delicious food and drinks fill Walnut Street all afternoon. There are so many Stephen Starr restaurants, they get their own block in the festival! Cannoli are filled to order at Termini Bros! There are also lots of fun activities and photo ops.

 2018 Philadelphia Federal Credit Union Kensington Derby and Arts Festival

May 19, noon — 6 pm

Trenton Avenue (from Norris to Hagert), Philadelphia

 

The centerpiece of this festival is the “derby” portion, where teams drive their human-powered parade floats through a three-mile obstacle course that includes challenges like a mud pit! Prizes are awarded for categories like Best Costume and Best Engineering. The festival also features over 200 local arts vendors, food trucks, and live performances.

Kahn Park Kids Party

May 19, 12—3 pm

Kahn Park, 328 S. 11th St., Philadelphia

 

Free fun for the entire family, including live music by Stomp & Shout, circus performers, face painting, snacks, a Disney singalong, and live animals!

Performance: Kwaya Marimba

May19, 12 – 12:30 pm, 1:30 – 2 pm

Please Touch Museum, 4231 Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia

 

Dance and listen to music inspired by the Shona music of Zimbabwe performed by middle schoolers from Friends School Haverford’s Kwaya Marimba.

Little Tree House Library Celebration

May 19, 1—3 pm

The Tree House at Wissahickon Environmental Center, 300 W. Northwestern Ave., Philadelphia

 

Celebrate the Little Tree House Library with an afternoon of hiking, storytime, yoga, and exploration.  Guests are welcome to bring a gently used book, seeds and/or a favorite recipe to contribute to the library.

Bump, Set, Spike: An Outdoor Sculpture Installation by Bridget Purcell

May 19, 1—6 pm

Park Towne Place, 2200 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia

 

Working at the intersection of sports and sculpture, Purcell will be building a colorful version of volleyball that replaces traditional sports rules with other ways to play and interact. Purcell’s version will be both for use and observation. Participants will have the opportunity to modify the sculpture, using available materials. The result will be an energetic, visually evolving sculpture that invites the public to create and play.

Super Saturday Matinee: ‘Who Framed Roger Rabbit?’

May 19, 2—4 pm

South Street Cinema, 327 South St., Philadelphia

 

“I’m not bad, I’m just drawn that way.” Bring the kids for this old school Disney classic!

40th Street Summer Series

May 19, 6—8 pm

40th Street Field, 4000 Locust St., Philadelphia

 

University City District is kicking off their 40th Street Summer Series with a special double headliner featuring the West Philadelphia Orchestra and Dan Blacksberg’s Hot Klezmers. Stop by beginning at 6 pm for interactive activities with the University City Arts League—make elegant paper roses with a special musical theme. There will also be free snacks from Honeygrow and Ben & Jerry’s.

Sunday

Sensory Friendly Sunday at Franklin Institute 

May 20, 8 am–noon

222 N. 20th St., Philadelphia

 

The museum will open early, and exhibits will be modified to provide an opportunity to experience all The Franklin Institute has to offer for people on the autism spectrum and with a range of differing abilities. There will also be a quiet space that provides a chance to cool down and take a break. The event will also include a Community Resource Fair showcasing the local sensory friendly programming in and around Philadelphia from 8—10 am. It’s free with pre-registration for guests arriving between 8—9 am on the day of the event.

Fairmount Park Horse Show

May 20, 8 am—3pm

Northwestern Stables, 120 W. Northwestern Ave., Philadelphia

 

This free equestrian event provides an opportunity for horse enthusiasts to watch students from Northwestern Stables’ lesson program and other park stables showcase their talents in a schooling show. There will also be food and fun raffle prizes.

Sensory Friendly Sunday at the Mütter Museum

May 20, 9—11 am

19 S. 22nd St., Philadelphia

 

An early morning geared for families with children on the spectrum or with sensory sensitivities. Visitors will find stations with interactive touch objects, guided tours, and a designated quiet space with snacks. The museum is recommended for ages 11 and up, and admission for this event is “pay what you wish.” Pre-registration is encouraged.

Drop-in Baby Bubbles

May 20, 9–10 am

Fitness Works Philadelphia, 714 Reed St., Philadelphia

 

The hour-long class, open to little ones age 5 months to 3 years, incorporates honed techniques developed by Holly Waters to teach children how to feel comfortable and move their bodies in the water, helping them build confidence while exploring new surroundings in a safe, fun, and supervised setting. A parent is required to be in the pool with the child.

Family Time at Philadelphia Museum of Art

May 20, 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.

Storytime with Victoria Prizzia

May 20, 4—5 pm

Little Moon + Arrow, 729 S. Fourth St., Philadelphia

 

Author Victoria Prizzia will read her book Mussels in the Wild, which was created in conjunction with Fairmount Water Works’ Mussel Hatchery exhibition.

Programming from Scratch workshop at the Franklin Institute

May 20, 11 am–1 pm

222 N. 20th St,. Philadelphia

 

For older kids who want to delve deeper into game development, Franklin Institute will host a beginners’ coding workshop (using Scratch, naturally) for kids ages 10-13, to complement their “Game Masters” exhibit celebrating gaming.

Chestnut Hill Home & Garden Festival (rescheduled)

May 20, 11 am–5 pm

8000 to 8600 blocks of Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia

 

Check out over 150 home and garden vendors along Germantown Avenue, eat some delicious food, and watch live performances on two stages. For kids, there will also be amusement rides, face painting, arts and craft activities, a rock climbing wall, music, and a free train ride.

Open House and Play Day at North Light Community Center

May 20, 11 am—3 pm

175 Green Lane, Philadelphia

 

Take a tour and meet the staff, and enjoy a dance presentation by students from Merge Dance Studio and a demonstration by Action Karate Manayunk. For kids, there will be face painting, games in the play yard, coloring and crafts in the art room, and a petting zoo with a miniature horse, alpaca, goat, rabbits, chickens, and ducks.

Springfield Mills Opening Day Celebration

May 20, 1—4 pm

Morris Arboretum, 100 E. Northwestern Ave., Philadelphia

 

This historic mill at Morris Arboretum is restored and stone-grinding corn for meal and flour. Come and explore revolutionary technology, local history and a beautiful setting along the Wissahickon Creek. Bring a picnic and relax on the lawn while enjoying some live music.

Sundays on Stage: Sciencetellers: Super Heroes

May 20, 2 pm

Parkway Central Library, 1901 Vine St., Philadelphia

 

Experience Sciencetellers’ powerful fusion of science and storytelling as they take the audience on an adventure about six inquisitive students and the cast of quirky teachers that make their school truly super.

PAFA Spring Festival and Family Exhibition

May 20, 2—4:30 pm

118-128 N. Broad St., Philadelphia

 

Enjoy music, free food, performances, and art-making stations with animal drawing. Also, check out the annual juried Family Arts Academy exhibition.

Nature Movie Series: ‘WALL-E’

May 20, 7:30—10 pm

John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum, 8601 Lindbergh Blvd., Philadelphia

 

The first outdoor movie of the season, WALL-E is the breathtaking Pixar film with a message of our interconnectedness and the need to protect our planet.

Main Line and Suburban Events

All Weekend

Elmo’s Pirate Weekend

May 19—20

Sesame Place, 100 Sesame Road, Langhorne

 

All weekend, Sesame Place will feature the live show “Elmo and the Bookaneers.” Elmo, Abby, Bert, Ernie, Rosita, Cookie  Monster, and Telly set sail on an adventure to Sesame Beach, only to be bombarded by a couple of Bookaneers who try to steal their books! The show runs throughout the weekend in Abby’s Paradise Theater.

Magical Unicorn Festival

May 19 and 20, noon—3 pm

Paws Discovery Farm, 1105 Hainesport-Mount Laurel Road, Mount Laurel, New Jersey

 

Come for a magical day at the farm with some unicorn crafts, games, glitter tattoos, a bounce house, and the greatly anticipated unicorn rides! Pre-registration is recommended.

Peddler’s Village Strawberry Festival

May 19—20, 10 am—6pm

2400 Street Road, New Hope

 

One of Peddler’s Village’s signature festivals, this celebrates spring with strawberry treats and family fun. There will be live music all weekend, artisans selling their creations, and kids’ activities like moonbounce, face painting, and crafts. There’s also a “Strawberry Princes and Princesses” contest for kids on Sunday, where kids will be judged on judged on their strawberry-themed outfit/costumes, enthusiasm, and overall creativity (register for that part in advance).

‘Disney’s Alice in Wonderland Jr.’

May 19, 7 pm; May 20, 2:30 and 5 pm

Rosemont College’s Rotwitt Theatre, 103 Curwin Circle, Bryn Mawr

 

See the Disney version of the Lewis Carroll book performed by third, fourth, and fifth graders in the Wolf Performing Arts Center’s theater program. Tickets are $10.

Zoo Snooze at Elmwood Park Zoo

May 19, 5:30 pm—May 20, 9 am

1661 Harding Blvd., Norristown

 

Spend a night under the stars with your favorite animal friends and enjoy outdoor family time in a safe and unique environment!  Recommended for kids age 4 and up with a parent. Pre-registration is required.

Saturday

Radnor Hunt Races

May 19, 10 am—6 pm

826 Providence Road, Malvern

 

A Main Line tradition of steeplechasing and tailgating! There will be six exciting races with some of the very best horses galloping over hurdles and timber fences. Proceeds from the Radnor Hunt Races benefit the open space and clean water programs of the Brandywine Conservancy.

Haverford Kids’ Comic Fest

May 19, 10 am—2 pm

Haverford Middle School, 1701 Darby Road, Havertown

 

Come meet over fifteen creators of comics, including local favorite, Matt Phelan.  Costumes are encouraged!

 Froggy Madness at Tyler Arboretum

May 19, 10—11:30 am and 1—2:30 pm

515 Painter Road, Media

 

Visit the arboretum’s ponds, streams, and vernal pools to search for frogs and other slithering
things. Learn how to identify frogs and toads by sight and sound, and explore their
habitats. Suitable for ages 4 and up. Pre-registration is required.

Merion Friends History Festival

May 19, 10 am—3 pm

Merion Friends Meeting House, 615 Montgomery Ave., Merion Station

 

This indoor-outdoor festival explores the lives of Quakers in the period before the Civil War (1820-1860) through historical exhibits and reenactments (including a Quaker wedding), period food, carriage rides, silhouette-cuttings, ponies to pet, tours of the meetinghouse, and more.

‘Hansel and Gretel’s Candy Capers’

May 19, 11 am and 3 pm

Rosemont College’s Rotwitt Theatre, 103 Curwin Circle, Bryn Mawr

 

This show features Wolf Performing Arts Center first and second graders, with lots of show-stopping songs. Tickets are $10.

Superhero Saturday at Plymouth Meeting Mall

May 19, 11 am—2pm

500 W. Germantown Pike, Plymouth Meeting

 

Get your costumes on, and celebrate fictional and real life heroes in our community. There will be games, storytime, a superhero photobooth, and a visit from Plymouth Township Police Department.

Instrument Petting Zoo

May 19, noon—1 pm

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

 

Join members of the Delaware County Symphony as they discuss and demonstrate their instruments. They will perform a short piece to show the instruments working together. Children will be invited to interact with the performers.

‘Star Wars’ Day at Brandywine Zoo

May 19, noon—3 pm

1001 N Park Drive, Wilmington, Delaware

 

Star Wars characters will be stationed throughout the zoo for photo ops! Two timed admission tickets are for sale

Family Day of Clay: Ancient Toys of Rome

May 19, 1—2:30 pm

Wayne Art Center, 413 Maplewood Ave., Wayne

 

Learn about what Roman kids played with thousands of years ago, then create your very own ceramic animal whistle and unique toy.

Youth Workshop: Mini Food Jewelry

May 19, 1—2:30 pm

Wayne Art Center, 413 Maplewood Ave., Wayne

 

Kids age 7 and up will be guided through a polymer clay tutorial, and then will have the chance to create their own pair of polymer clay earrings and pendant.

Tadpole Transformation

May 19, 2—4 pm

Riverbend Environmental Education Center, 1950 Spring Mill Road, Gladwyne

 

Join Riverbend to investigate amphibians and explore this fascinating spring phenomenon.

Rose Tree Elementary Strawberry Festival

May 19, 3—6 pm

1101 First Ave., Media

 

Support Rose Tree with a fun-filled afternoon of affordable family entertainment including games, prizes, music, and food.

Sunday

Ardmore Rotary 5K

May 20, 8:30 am

Suburban Square, 602 Coulter and Anderson avenues, Ardmore

 

The streets of Suburban Square will be closed down for this annual 5K walk/run benefiting local veterans. This family-friendly event also includes a Kids Fun Run, cash prizes, and raffles.

Clover Market

May 20, 10 am—4 pm

7 N. Bryn Mawr Ave., Bryn Mawr

 

An outdoor family-friendly market with local makers, antiques, and food.

Narberth Spring Music and Arts Festival

May 20, noon—7 pm

Haverford and Forrest Avenues, Narberth

 

This family friendly event features street food, drinks, and free live music all day. There is also an Artists Alley with local art vendors selling their creations.

M.E. Gerhardt at Children’s Book World

May 20, 1 pm

17 Haverford Station Road, Haverford

 

Children’s Book World hosts host M.E. Gerhardt, author of The Incredible Cousins and the Magic Caboose, a young adult novel.

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