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High Five! Philly and Main Line Family-Friendly Weekend Events: March 10 and 11

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Philadelphia Events

All Weekend

Philadelphia Flower Show

Through March 11

Pennsylvania Convention Center, 12th and Arch streets, Philadelphia


The Flower Show is back 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!

Franklin Institute Camp-In

March 10, 6:15 pm — March 11, 9:30 am

222 N. 20th St., Philadelphia


Kids ages 6-13 (and their chaperones) can spend an overnight at the museum with live science shows, hands-on workshops, IMAX and Planetarium shows, stargazing in the rooftop observatory, and time to explore the entire museum. Sleep somewhere unique like near the Giant Heart or in the train room, then wake up for breakfast at the museum.

Ranger Program: Ladies of Liberty, Justice, and Equality

March 10 and 11, 3 — 3:30 pm

Portrait Gallery in the Second Bank of the U.S., Chestnut Street between 4th and 5th streets


Join a park ranger and hear about some of the many women whose contributions helped further the cause of liberty, justice, and equality for all Americans.

Citizen Science Lab

March 10 — 11, 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.


Archaeology in the A.M.

March 10, 9 — 10 am

Penn Museum, 3260 South St., Philadelphia


For individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities and their families, early opening time allows you to explore the museum at your own pace before it opens to the public, with crafts, dress-up, and storytime. There will also be touchable replica artifacts, with educators stationed to answer questions. A designated quiet space with dimmed lighting and fidgets will be accessible throughout the event, and a limited number of noise-reducing headphones will be available to borrow.

Second Saturday at the Penn Museum 

March 10, 11 am — 4 pm

3260 South St., Philadelphia


Make an animals mask, go on a tour of the museum, and pick up a scavenger hunt that will challenge you to take a closer look at objects inspired by animals on display in the galleries.

PNC Grow Up Great

March 10, 11 am — noon

Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. 300 S. Broad St., Philadelphia


This free monthly concert for little ones teaches basics of jazz and musical theater in an interactive hour of music and movement.

Preschool Yoga Storytime 

March 10, 10:30 — 11:30 am

Free Library of Philadelphia, at Parkway Central Branch, 1901 Vine St., Philadelphia


A class filled with stories, yoga and fun for 2- to 5-year-olds. No prior yoga experience is necessary, but bring a mat if possible.

Sid the Science Kid Meet and Greet

March 10, 10:30 am and 1:30 pm

Please Touch Museum, 4231 Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia


Meet Sid the Science Kid in Hamilton Hall for a picture, then visit his super-duper exhibit!

Grand Re-Opening of SplashLab Arts

March 10, 9 am — 2:30 pm

3510 Scotts Lane, Philadelphia


SplashLab Arts is back! Enjoy light refreshments, music, and enter a raffle to win a piece of art. There will also be the opportunity to sign up for mini-camps, summer camps, birthday parties, after-school programs, and workshops.

Macy’s Family Fun Day

March 10, 11 am — 4 pm

African American Museum in Philadelphia, 701 Arch St., Philadelphia


Celebrate Women’s History Month with interactive arts workshops for kids age 5 and up. There will be storytelling, yoga, dance fitness workshop, and a book presentation and signing with Kamari Talley.

Pizza Plus! Family Cooking

March 10, 11 am

Free Library of Philadelphia, at Parkway Central Branch, 1901 Vine St., Philadelphia


Kids in grades 2-4 and their families are invited for a pizza-making class — with a slice of math. Join cookbook author and culinary educator, Tara Mataraza Desmond for a kids and caregiver lunchtime cooking class, where participants will make pizzas, salads, and homemade dressings, and sneak in some edible math lessons, too!

Saturday Morning Cartoons

March 10, noon — 2 pm

PhilaMOCA, 531 N. 12th St., Philadelphia


This month’s theme is 1980s obscurities with short-lived and strange series from deep in the archives. Plus free sugary cereal! The program is family-friendly and will run around 100 minutes.

PECO Second Saturday: Abstract Action!

March 10, noon — 2 pm

Second State Press, 1400 N. American St. #B103, Philadelphia


Explore a collage and screen printing activity that encourages flexible thinking and playful experimentation with printmaker and full-time museum educator Rachel Ann Dennis.

Remember the Ladies: Celebrating Those Who Fought For Freedom at the Ballot Box

March 10, 1 — 3 pm

2450 Strawberry Mansion Drive, Philadelphia


Come learn about the history and context of women’s suffrage during Women’s History Month with author Angela P. Dodson as she discusses about her book Remember the Ladies: Celebrating Those Who Fought For Freedom at The Ballot Box.

Kids’ ‘Drive-in’ Movie

March 10, 2 pm

Free Library of Philadelphia, Joseph E. Coleman Northwest Regional Branch, 68 W. Chelten Ave., Philadelphia


Kids ages 3-6 will make and decorate their own car, then enjoy a short movie based on a book.

Rock School Open House

March 10, 1 — 3:30 pm

Rock School of Dance, 1101 S. Broad St., Philadelphia


Come for a free Music Monkey Jungle class, sample hip-hop class for kids ages 2-5, and adult beginner ballet barre. There will also be free snacks, a free dance performance, and arts and crafts from Moonstone Pre-School.

Robert Ryerss’ Birthday Party

March 10, 1 — 2:30 pm

Ryerss Museum and Library, 7370 Central Ave., Burholme Park, Philadelphia


Celebrate Robert Ryerss’ 187th Birthday with free refreshments, old-fashioned Victorian-style games, Cash the therapy dog, a magician, crafts, and more.

Family Matinee: Shine On!

March 10, 2 pm

International House, 3701 Chestnut St., Philadelphia


Enjoy an afternoon of the best animated films from the Seattle Children’s Film Festival.

The Peking Acrobats at the Annenberg Center

March 10, 2 pm

Zellerbach Theatre, 3680 Walnut St., Philadelphia


This elite, world record-setting troupe wows with spellbinding trick-cycling, precision tumbling, juggling, somersaulting and gymnastics. With live music and festive costumes, they transform centuries-old traditions into a modern kaleidoscope of dazzling movement, pushing the limits of human ability.


Family Day and Teddy Bear Tea

March 11, 8 am — 6 pm (Teddy Bear Tea at 11:30 am)

Philadelphia Flower Show, Pennsylvania Convention Center, 12th and Arch streets, Philadelphia


On the final morning of the Flower Show, there will be a children’s tea where their favorite stuffed animal will get a seat of honor! The day includes entertainment and a light lunch to relax and enjoy tea with your family before seeing the Flower Show together. This year, Poppy and Branch from Trolls will be there too! Tickets are available online for $28.

PECO Family Jams

March 11, 12—4 pm

Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens, 1020 South St., Philadelphia


Take inspiration from the exhibition Blood, Sweat, and Tears: make your own inkblot and interpret what you see in the form. The day also includes family-friendly tours of the Magic Gardens.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade

March 11, noon — 3 pm

Starts at 18th & JFK, goes to Penn’s Landing via Market Street


Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with music, floats, dancers, and more in a parade down Market Street.

St. Patrick’s Day Scavenger Hunt

March 11, 11 am — 6 pm

The Spiral Bookcase, 112 Cotton St., Philadelphia


Scattered throughout the store there will be gold coins that a leprechaun has spilled from his pot o’ gold! Treasure hunters of all ages welcome to follow the clues and locate the coins for a special secret discount. Irish tea and treats will also be served, and St. Patrick’s Day books will be read.

PAFA Family Arts Academy

March 11, 2 — 4 pm

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, 118-128 N. Broad St., Philadelphia


Using Q-Tips, acetate, and acrylics, learn how tiny dots can create a portrait inspired by artists who use optical illusion.

Caring Bunny: Special Needs Easter Bunny Experience

March 11, 9 — 11 am

Philadelphia Mills, 1455 Franklin Mills Circle, Philadelphia


Caring Bunny provides a subdued and welcoming environment for children with special needs and their families.

Anniversary Art Party

March 11, 3 — 5 pm

Philly Art Center, 2501 Olive St. and 514 Bainbridge St., Phildaelphia


Celebrate this fun center’s 14th birthday with a free party featuring all kinds of arts and crafts.

North Bowl Fundraiser for Easter Outreach

March 11, 4 — 6 pm

North Bowl, 909 N. 2nd St., Philadelphia


Enjoy time bowling with friends and family while supporting Easter Outreach. The Easter Bunny will also be in attendance for pictures.


Main Line and Suburban Events

All Weekend

Spring Opening Weekend at Brandywine Zoo

March 10—11, 10 am — 3 pm

1001 N. Park Drive, Wilmington, Delaware


Welcome spring and leave behind the cold of winter in a fun afternoon of activities and learning stations centered the animals at the zoo.


Suburban Square Storytime

March 10, 10 — 11:30 am

Anderson and Coulter avenue,s Ardmore


Story Time returns to Suburban Square this Saturday in the community space (where the Barbour store used to be). Author Katey Howes will be there to read her stories Grandmother Thorn and Magnolia Mudd and the Super Jumptastic Launcher Deluxe. You can also bring your gently loved books to donate to Tree House Books.

Little Learners

March 10, 10:30 — 11:30 am

Elmwood Park Zoo, 1661 Harding Blvd., Norristown


Preschoolers ages 3 to 5 and their caregivers can discover the natural world together through live animal encounters, crafts, activities and artifacts. This month’s theme is protection — learn about some interesting and prickly animals that call Elmwood Park Zoo home. Pre-registration is required.

Family Saturday Matinee

March 10, 11 am

Bryn Mawr Film Institute, 824 W. Lancaster Ave., Bryn Mawr


This week, BMFI will be showing the classic film The Great Race: dueling daredevils devise a by-any-means-necessary motor race from NYC to Paris, paving the road for hilarity and antics!

The Great Narberth Leprechaun Hunt

March 10, 1—4 pm

Begins at the corner of Haverford and Forrest Avenues in Narberth


Kids start by going to the “Blarney” Booth to get a game card with clues and an empty black plastic pot-o’-gold.  They search all through the town, with parents in tow, to find all the hidden leprechauns.  When they find one, they get a chocolate coin to put in their pot.  Once they’ve found all the leprechauns and have all the chocolate coins, the kids return to the tent for their prize!

Science Saturdays

March 10, 2 pm

American Helicopter Museum and Education Center, 1220 American Blvd., West Chester


Helicopter Hunt: using shapes and colors, kids identify aircraft, either in the museum gallery or through large photo posters, in a hunt for various helicopter attributes.

Evening Sensory Exploration

March 10, 6:30 — 8:30 pm

Tyler Arboretum, 515 Painter Road, Media


Explore your senses and the arboretum by the light of the moon during this nighttime sensory hike. End the night warming up around a campfire with a delicious treat. Suitable for ages 5 and up.


Johnny Appleseed Celebration

March 11, 1 — 2:30 pm

Terrain, 914 Baltimore Pike, Glen Mills


Kids will learn to make their own applesauce, then create a piece of art with apple stamps as the sauce cooks. They will also hear the story of Johnny Appleseed. Reservations are required.

Kids’ Playtime; Parents’ Teatime

March 11, 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.

Celtic Harp Music

March 11, 2 pm

Norristown Farm Park, 2500 Upper Farm Road, Norristown


Musician Renee Arner will play some special music on the Celtic harp. Learn about the history of the Celtic harp and what makes a tune Celtic. For some of the songs children will be invited to dance and at the end of the concert they can try the harp. Pre-registration is required.

Nature Superhero Training

March 11, 2 — 4 pm

Young Sports, 133 Old Sugartown Road, Wayne

Riverbend Environmental Education Center and Young Sports are teaming up to get kids moving and teach them about native animals! Parents can drop off kids ages 3-8, or stick around to watch the fun. The cost is $25 per child.






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