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High Five! Main Line and Philly Family-Friendly Weekend Events: Memorial Day Weekend

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Philadelphia Events

All Weekend

Sail Philadelphia

May 24—28

Penn’s Landing, 101 N. Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia

 

Beginning on May 24, nearly a dozen majestic ships will sail into our city a five-day celebration honoring the sailing community as well as Philadelphia’s history as a maritime city (the Navy did begin here, after all). From a family-friendly waterfront festival on land to engaging cruises of the Delaware River aboard one of these amazing ships, there is so much to do and see during the long weekend. Free concert and fireworks will held on Saturday, May 26 beginning at 7:30 pm. See our guide to Sail Philadelphia here.

Garden Railway at Morris Arboretum

Opens for the season May 26

100 E. Northwestern Ave., Philadelphia

 

Model trains and cable cars navigate a quarter-mile of track all set against the beautiful garden backdrop. The Garden Railway is one of the true highlights of the incredible Morris Arboretum, and is always a kid favorite. The exhibit opens for the season on May 26, and runs daily through Labor Day (and then weekends only through October 8).

Memorial Day Weekend at the National Constitution Center

May 26—28

525 Arch St., Philadelphia

 

The National Constitution Center will honor the men and women who have defended our freedom. There will be live shows about our nation’s memorials and national anthem, flag ceremonies and etiquette lessons, and make-and-takes like Uncle Sam and Lady Liberty hats, star wands and wreaths, and crepe paper flags. Throughout the weekend, visitors can also take a moment to write letters of gratitude to the men and women who have served in the country’s Armed Forces.

Xtreme Bugs at Academy of Natural Sciences

May 26—January 21

1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia

 

Nearly 20 towering animatronic bugs will come alive in this new creepy crawly exhibit! Get a bug’s-eye view of the world and learn about their intricacies and behaviors.

‘Hello From Japan!’ Opening Weekend

May 26—28

Please Touch Museum, 4231 Avenue of the Republic

 

The Please Touch Museum’s new “Hello from Japan!” is an immersive exhibit that teaches about Japanese culture, as well as literacy, math, and problem-solving skills through hands-on activities like construction and pretend play. They will celebrate opening weekend as “Friendship Weekend” with special programming and events, including meet-and-greets with Pikachu!

Memorial Day Weekend and Revolutionary Sailors at the Museum of the American Revolution

May 26—28, 10 am—5 pm

101 S. Third St., Philadelphia

 

To coincide with Sail Philadelphia, the museum will highlight the lives of revolutionary sailors, and how they thought about wartime losses. Throughout the weekend, visitors will be encouraged to post notes of gratitude to America’s servicemembers on a large panel in the rotunda. Active and retired members of the military will receive free museum admission throughout the weekend.

Parks on Tap: FDR Park

May 23–28

1500 Pattison Ave. (at Broad Street), Philadelphia

 

Parks on Tap comes to South Philly for the Memorial Day weekend, with extended hours (including Memorial Day) and a big location close to the ballparks.

Photo Pop!

May 24—July 4 (excluding Mondays)

3—11 pm (last timed tickets for 10 pm)

1315 Walnut St., Philadelphia

 

This immersive and interactive pop-up exhibit celebrates local artists and is highly Instagram-worthy! See our preview here!

Big Apple Circus

May 23—June 24

Philadelphia Mills, 1455 Franklin Mills Circle, Philadelphia

 

The Big Apple Circus will thrill generations of guests with the world’s most celebrated acts in the most intimate setting—no seat is more than 50 feet from the ring. For performances May 24—28, use discount code FOCUS for $5 off.

Fit and Fun at the Carnival Family Festival

May 26—27, 1—4 pm

Camden Children’s Garden, 3 Riverside Drive, Camden, New Jersey

 

Children who come dressed as their favorite sports hero or a circus clown will receive $1 off of admission. Visit the (temporary) tattoo booth, a guessing booth, play hopscotch and other outdoor games, ride the carousel and train, and visit the Butterfly House.

Saturday

Meet Ivy + Bean

May 26, 10 am

Parkway Central Library, 1901 Vine St., Philadelphia

 

To celebrate their new Walnut Street Theatre show Ivy + Bean the Musical, Ivy + Bean will be at the library performing some songs from the musical and hosting storytime.

Spring Family Fishing

May 26, 10 am–1 pm

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

 

John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge will hold a free Family Fishing Day. Volunteers and staff will be on hand to help you get a start on fishing. Limited rods and bait will be available, or you can bring your own. No license needed. There will also be a celebration with awards for the spring fishing season!

Schuylkill Saturdays: Nature Exploration for Families

May 26, 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.

Pop-Up Skate Park at DiSilvestro

May 26, 10 am–2 pm

DiSilvestro Playground, 1701 S. 15th St., Philadelphia

 

The playground will hold an all-ages pop-up skate park on Saturdays.

‘An Elephant & Piggie Biggie!’ Storytime

May 26, 11 am

Barnes and Noble, 1805 Walnut St., Philadelphia

 

Mo Willems’ beloved Piggie and Gerald celebrate 10 years of friendship in this special collection featuring five classic “Elephant and Piggie” stories. There will be storytime and activities to follow.

Saturday Free Boating at Bartram’s Garden

May 26, 11 am—3 pm

Bartram’s Gardens’ Community Boathouse, 5400 Lindbergh Blvd., Philadelphia

 

Bartram’s Garden will provide the boats, life jackets and basic instruction. Choose from a kayak (for 30 minutes) or rowboat (for 45 minutes). No experience is necessary. All ages are welcome, but minors must be accompanied by an adult.

Celebration of the Roses at Wyck Historic House

May 26, 11 am—3 pm

 

Celebrate Wyck’s nearly-200-year-old rose garden, which features over 50 different heritage roses. The celebration will include free tours of Wyck Historic House, children’s activities, and light refreshments such as rose tea. At 11:15 am and 1 pm, there will be an English Concertina featuring music and musical games especially for children.

‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ Kids Day

May 26, 12:30 pm

Prince Theater, 1412 Chestnut St., Philadelphia

 

The Philadelphia Film Society is hosting a bunch of events around the opening of this new Star Wars movie, and Saturday’s first screening is just for kids! Come early in costume for games and activities, and enjoy $8 tickets for kids.

Philadelphia Chinese Opera Society Free Performance

May 26, 1 pm

Parkway Central Library, 1901 Vine St., Philadelphia

 

Presenting traditional Chinese opera in this free performance, the Philadelphia Chinese Opera Society will transport you to ancient China with their elaborate storytelling through live music accompanies and songs. The subtitles in English and Chinese will be provided.

‘Star Wars’ Stage Combat

May 26, 2—5 pm

Arden Theatre Drama School, Hamilton Family Arts Center, 62 N. Second St., Philadelphia

 

This class will teach your kid some moves to take their Jedi game to the next level! For kids in grades 3-5.

Philly POPS present Comcast NBCUniversal Memorial Salute at the Mann Center

May 26, 7 pm (doors at 5)

Mann Center for Performing Arts, 5201 Parkside Drive, Philadelphia

 

The 65-piece Philly POPS orchestra will perform with renowned vocalists, playing patriotic anthems, Great American Songbook classics, and legendary show tunes.  In celebration of those who serve, all tickets to the concert will be provided free of charge, just register online and you’ll receive your ticket voucher as confirmation.

Memorial Day Concert and Fireworks at Sail Philadelphia

May 26, 7:30—9:30

Penn’s Landing, 101 N. Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia

 

 

On Saturday, the U.S. Air Force Band Full Spectrum will put on a free concert at the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing. This high energy group of active duty musicians will perform their pop and hip-hop concert from 7:30—8:45 pm. Immediately following the concert, a spectacular (and free) fireworks show will illuminate the Delaware River.

Sunday

Family Time at Philadelphia Museum of Art

May 27, 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.

Laurel Hill Cemetery Parade and Service 

May 27, noon

3822 Ridge Ave., Philadelphia

 

Laurel Hill Cemetery was the site of the first Memorial Day Observance in Philadelphia in 1868. Their parade and service recreates that traditional Decoration Day service of the Grand Army Meade Post #1. Laurel Hill Cemetery will hold an observance at the resting place of General George Gordon Meade, who courageously fought in the Battle of Gettysburg. A wreath-laying, speeches, and honor guards will enhance the ceremony.

Monday

Independence Seaport Museum Memorial Day Ceremony

May 28, 10—11 am

211 S. Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia

 

The Seaport Museum will commemorate Memorial Day with a special ceremony aboard Cruiser Olympia, their historic warship. Together with the U.S. Coast Guard Ceremonial Honor Guard, the ceremony will honor fallen soldiers and veterans, and tell the important story of Cruiser Olympia and its naval history. The ceremony is free and open to the public.

Memorial Day at the National Liberty Museum

May 28, 10 am—5 pm

321 Chestnut St., Philadelphia

 

The museum is offering “pay what you wish” admission for guests to discover stories of both military heroes and ordinary citizens who contributed to preserving our country’s liberty. The museum will also have military trivia at 1:30 pm that day. In conjunction with their current Sound + Vision exhibit, there will also be a “Sight + Sound Creative Workshop” where kids ages 5-10 will be encouraged to express the sounds they are hearing as a work of art (pre-registration is required for the workshop).

Main Line and Suburban Events

All Weekend

Devon Horse Show and Country Fair

May 24—June 3, 8 am—10 pm

23 Dorset Road, Devon

 

The Devon Horse Show and Country Fair combines equestrians, family fun, and Main Line tradition in one fabulous 10-day event. Make sure to visit the midway for rides and more family fun! View our guide to the Devon Horse Show here!

Pick-Your-Own Strawberries at Linvilla Orchards

May 26—27, 8 am—6 pm (Hayrides from noon—4 pm)

Linvilla Orchards, 137 W. Knowlton Road, Media

 

“Pick-Your-Own” season begins at Linvilla on Memorial Day weekend. There will also be spring hayrides from noon to 4 pm.

Longwood Garden’s Festival of Fountains

Beginning May 25

1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square

 

The gorgeous display of fountains is back combining lights, technology, and water displays which will excite the whole family. Celebrate Memorial Day Weekend in the sun enjoying this true spectacle!

Brandywine River Museum 47th Annual Antiques Market

May 26–28, 9:30 am — 5 pm

1 Hoffman’s Mill Rd, Chadds Ford

 

Fine antiques including furniture, rugs, porcelain, needlework and much more from 26 distinguished dealers from the mid-Atlantic and beyond will be on sale. Proceeds from this annual fundraising event benefit the Museum Volunteers’ Purchase Fund, and Art Education and Programming.

Chadds Ford Winery Memorial Day Music Festival

May 26 — 28, 11 am

632 Baltimore Pike, Chadds Ford

 

Chadds Ford Winery will celebrate Memorial Day with amazing food, wine, and music. Local food trucks will be on site to offer some unique bites to eat to pair with your wine. Various lineups of bands throughout the weekend will entertain all afternoon long. Families can participate in a Winery Scavenger Hunt and play lawn games.

Saturday

Avon-Grove Memorial Day Parade

May 26, 9 am

104 Rose Hill Ave., West Grove

 

Celebrate Memorial Day with this annual parade.

Build Your Own Terrarium or Fairy Garden

May 26, 10—11 am

Linvilla Orchards, 137 W. Knowlton Road, Media

 

The orchard provides supplies (fairy garden figures sold separately) to build your own terrarium–choose from a variety of containers and plants and their knowledgeable staff will guide you through the whole process. This class fills up quickly, so be sure to pre-register.

‘An Elephant & Piggie Biggie!’ Storytime at Barnes and Noble

May 26, 11 am

150 West Swedesford Road, Devon

and

1991 Sproul Road, Broomall

 

Mo Willems’ beloved Piggie and Gerald celebrate 10 years of friendship in this special collection featuring five classic “Elephant and Piggie” stories. There will be storytime and activities to follow.

Valley Forge Spring Campfire

May 26, 7—8 pm

Conway’s Brigade, located between Gulph Road and PA Route 23/Valley Forge Road, King of Prussia

 

Bring a blanket, flashlight, a jacket and pocket-full of questions for a fireside conversation. Join Ranger Jeff for a short and very simple description of espionage during the Valley Forge encampment of the Revolutionary War.

Sunday

Pennsylvania “Fish For Free Day”

May 27, 10 am—2 pm

Ridley Creek State Park, 1023 Sycamore Mills Road, Media

 

Fishers of all skills and abilities are invited for a free hands-on exhibit of fishing equipment, local fish identification, knot tying, and casting geared towards families. Stop by while hiking—no license or registration required! Bring your fishing gear if you’ve got it, or the park will have some to provide. This is all part of a statewide Free Fishing Day—you can check out Marsh Creek State Park, Warwick Community Park, or many other locations to participate as well. (Click here for our guide to fishing with kids.)

Marshallton Memorial Day Parade

May 27, 1:30 pm

1385 E. Campus Drive, Downingtown

 

Celebrate Memorial Day with this annual parade. There will also be a children’s patriotic bike parade (assemble at Goddard School at 12:45 pm for registration).

Monday

Devon Horse Show Tribute to Heroes

May 28

23 Dorset Road, Devon

 

Admission is free for active and retired military, as well as police, fire, and EMTs. At 6:30 pm there will be a Tribute to Heroes recognition ceremony where the Church Farm School Choir and the Valley Forge Military Academy Equestrian Color Guard will perform.

Gladwyne Memorial Day Parade and Block Party

May 28, Parade assembly beings at 11 am

Behind Gladwyne Park, Gladwyne

 

Decorate your bikes and strollers and come out for the community parade, then stay for the block party!

More Memorial Day Parades:

Radnor Memorial Day Parade

May 28, 9:45 am

6 Forest Road, Wayne

Collegeville Parade and Community Day

May 28, 10 am

Waterworks Park, Collegeville

Downington Memorial Day Parade

May 28, 10 am

1 Pennsylvania Ave., Downingtown

Kennett Square Memorial Day Parade

May 28, 10 am

100 W. State St., Kennett Square

Oxford Memorial Day Parade

May 28, 10 am

South Street, Oxford

Ardmore Memorial Day Parade

May 28, 11 am — 3 pm

Leon Spencer Reid Post 547 American Legion, 233 Simpson Road, Ardmore

 

 

Assistant Editor Sarah L. Bender contributed to this report.

 

 

PHILADELPHIA ASSISTANT EDITOR

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