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30+ Things to Do With Kids This Week Around Philly and the Main Line: July 9-15

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Art Splash

Through September 3 (excluding Mondays)

Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia

 

Enjoy a summer of art exploration as the Philadelphia Museum of Art brings city-themed tours, projects, and more to the Great Stair Hall Balcony.  Kids and their grown-ups can experience the “Modern Times” exhibit through tours, art making, and imaginative play, including a LEGO build featuring a model of the Art Museum! On Sundays the museum offers pay-what-you-wish admission, though kids 12 and under are always free!

‘Game Masters’ at the Franklin Institute

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.

‘Xtreme Bugs’ at Academy of Natural Sciences

Through 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. See our preview here.

‘Hello From Japan!’ at Please Touch Museum

Through September 3

Please Touch Museum, 4231 Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia

 

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.

‘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.

Photo Pop!

Through September 3 (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!

Longwood Garden’s Festival of Fountains

Through September 30

1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square

 

The gorgeous display of fountains is back combining lights, technology, and water displays which will excite the whole family.

Garden Railway at Morris Arboretum

Through October 8

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 runs daily through Labor Day (and then weekends only through October 8).

Spruce Street Harbor Park

11 am — 11 pm Monday — Thursday; 11 am — 1 am Friday and Saturday

301 S. Christopher Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia

 

This waterfront spot has food, drink, games, and is a great place to relax!

Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest

1 pm — 11 pm Monday — Thursday; 1 pm — 1 am Friday; 11 am — 1 am Saturday; 11 am — 11 pm Sunday

101 S. Christopher Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia

 

Skate, ride the Ferris wheel, play mini-golf, and then take a break for some crab fries and Skee-Ball. You can do it all at this fun attraction.

Parks on Tap: Glendinning Rock Garden

July 11—15

Brewery Hill Dr., Philadelphia

 

Family-friendly beer garden Parks on Tap comes to a new spot this year: a cozy secret park located along the Schuylkill River under the West Girard Overpass. This park has plenty of natural beauty and trails, and is perfect for a family picnic along with some craft beer and cocktails!

Fruity Cutie Workshops at Color Me Mine

July 9—13, 10 am—1 pm

109 W. Lancaster Ave., Wayne

 

A different fruit-themed drop-off workshop every day, using different media. Sign up for one day or the whole week.

Malvern Fire Company Carnival

July 10—14, 6—10 pm

550 Monument Ave, Malvern

 

The 5-day carnival ends on Saturday, and there will be carnival rides for all ages, food and treats, carnival games, and more.

Monday

Storytime in Franklin Square

July 9, 10—11 am

200 N. Sixth St., Philadelphia

 

Librarian Margaret Bernardi of the Independence Branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia will read free stories to children in the Franklin Square Pavilion every Monday this summer.

Parkway Pals at Sister Cities Park

July 9, 10:30 am—12:30 pm

Sister Cities Park, 210 N. 18th St., Philadelphia

 

From 10:30—11:30 am, enjoy Story Art: a storytime led by Free Library, followed by nature-themed crafts. Then, at 11:30 am, the Franklin Institute will bring unique science experiments, demonstrations, and hands-on activities. Click here for our full preview of summer programs at this Center City oasis.

Music Monday at Lulu’s Casita with Roots with Ruark

July 9, 10—10:30 am

Lulu’s Casita, 6 Cricket Ave., Ardmore

 

Join Ruark for music circle, then stay after and play at Lulu’s.

Dancing with Miss Christa at Gladwyne Library

July 9, 10:30—11 am

362 Righters Mill Road, Gladwyne

 

Kids age 4 and under will learn to move and dance through the simple joy of play with Merge Dance Studio. Miss Christa will have them hopping, skipping, and jumping to the beat.

Robotics at Logan Library

July 9, 11 am

1333 Wagner Ave., Philadelphia

 

Kids ages 6-12 can create their own robots and program small electronic creatures!

Reading with the Radnor Police

July 9, 11 am

Encke Park, 305 Iven, Avenue, Wayne

 

This program is a great opportunity to get to know your local police officers. There will be a story, some snacks, and an opportunity to ask questions about some of the things our police officers do each day. There might even be tours of the police vehicles or surprise visits from the K-9 officers!

Mondays with Marty at Academy of Natural Sciences

July 9, 1—2 pm

1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia

 

Join Marty the Moose and his favorite humans to hear a special story and meet a live animal.

Writers and Readers Rock! Workshop for Ages 6-8

July 9, 4—5 pm

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

 

This week, the group will read passages from Bunnicula, and then write about it.

Storytime with Penn Wynne Fire Company

July 9, 5—5:45 pm

Penn Wynne Library, 130 Overbrook Parkway, Wynnewood

 

Members of the Penn Wynne Fire Company – Station 21 will read some stories at the library and then give a tour of their fire truck! Registration is required, as this is a very popular event!

Tie Dye for Teens and Tweens

July 9, 6 pm

Katharine Drexel Library, 11099 Knights Road, Philadelphia

 

Bring your own clean white t-shirt to dye. Must register with your library card. For ages 10 and up.

Movie Night: ‘Paddington 2’

July 9, 7 — 9 pm

Eagleview Town Center, 565 Wellington Square, Exton

 

Bring a blanket and chairs to enjoy this free movie event just for the little ones.

Tuesday

Music Monkey Jungle at Reading Terminal Market

July 10, 10 — 10:30 am

51 N. 12th St., Philadelphia

 

Sing, dance, move, and have a rockin’ good time with Music Monkey Jungle. Admission is free and open to the public.

Silhouette Event at Learning Express

July 10, 11 am—5 pm

Learning Express Toys, 160 Market St., Collegeville

 

A Disney artist hand-cuts your child’s silhouette portrait using only scissors! Must call ahead to reserve your spot.

Young Audiences Series: Mister G.

July 10, 10:30 am

The Colonial Theatre, 227 Bridge St., Phoenixville

 

Spanning genres from funk to folk, reggae to rock, and bluegrass to bossa nova, Mister G’s music has been critically acclaimed by publications around the country.  Tickets are free, but must be reserved in advance on the Colonial Theatre’s website.

Rock ‘n’ Roar concert at Philadelphia Zoo

July 10, 11 am

3400 W. Girard Ave., Philadelphia

 

Rock out at the zoo! Pack a comfy blanket and snacks for a morning concert with The Paisley Pickles on the Fisher-Price Little People Stage on Impala Lawn (or in the Treehouse if it’s raining).

Read to a Therapy Dog

July 10, 3:45 pm

Andorra Library, 705 East Cathedral Road, Philadelphia

 

Kids can come read a story to Charlie—a certified therapy dog who loves to have children read books to him—in a judgment-free environment.

Yoga and Meditation for Kids

July 10, 4:30 pm

Overbrook Park Library, 7422 Haverford Avenue, Philadelphia

 

Free yoga and meditation session for school aged kids and older.

Free Concert at Eagleview Town Center

July 10, 7 pm

540 Wellington Square, Exton

 

Free outdoor concert by Cabin Dogs, blending American country roots with 70’s grooves.

Sciencetellers

July 10, 7—8 pm

Haverford Township Free Library, 1601 Darby Road, Havertown

 

Throughout a Wild West adventure story, volunteers from the audience will help explore the fascinating science behind chemical reactions, acids and bases, combustion, air pressure, inertia and more.

Night Skies in the Observatory

July 10, 7—10 pm

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

 

Join Chief Astronomer Derrick Pitts for planetarium shows, a live presentation on astronomy or space science, hands-on astronomy activities, and continuous telescopic observing all evening (weather permitting). There’s also a cash bar for the grownups! The program is staffed with knowledgeable observers, and free star maps are provided.

Wednesday

Tyler Arboretum’s Toddlers in Nature

July 11, 10—11 am

515 Painter Rd., Media

 

This week, kids age 18 months-3 years will learn how different animals stay cool in the summer through a story, exploration, and time in nature.

Jams! in the Park @ Dickinson Square

July 11, 10 am

Charles Santore Library, 932 S. Seventh St., Philadelphia

 

Meet in the park for stories, music, and a sensory activity.

Amigos Spanish Story Time

July 11, 10 am

Momo’s Tree House, 2207 South St., Philadelphia

 

Join Amigos for Spanish story time at Momo’s Tree House in Graduate Hospital! Sing, dance, and read together on the back patio.

World Wonders: Eco Del Sur

July 11, 10:15 am—noon

Penn Museum, 3260 South Street, Philadelphia

 

First, listen to the Aztec myth of Musicians of the Sun, then enjoy authentic Andean music with a variety of traditional instruments by Eco Del Sur.

Drop In Free Range Toddler Art

July 11, 10:30—11:30 am

Lume Creative Learning Studios, 1916-18 E. Passyunk Ave., Philadelphia

 

Drop in to the studio at any point and join your kids (age 18 months-4 years)  for collaborative hands on art-making in an unstructured environment. Go at your own pace, experiment with a few different art materials, and enjoy the process of art play!

Parkway Pals at Sister Cities Park

July 11, 10:30 am—1:30 pm

Sister Cities Park, 210 N. 18th St., Philadelphia

 

At 10:30 am, enjoy Grow Up Green outdoor play with the Philadelphia Parks & Recreation staff. Then at 11:30 am, do a craft project at Crafty Creations. Finally, join the Academy of Natural Sciences for Nature in the Park at 12:30 pm. Click here for our full preview of summer programs at this Center City oasis.

Wednesday Showcase: Soul Steps

July 11, 10:30 am

Parkway Central Library, 1901 Vine Street, Philadelphia

 

Blending hip-hop rhythms and complex bodywork, Soul Steps will give a free performance at the Free Library’s main branch.

Stroller Tour at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

July 11, 11 am—noon

2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia

 

Introduce your baby to the world of art (or just enjoy a museum visit while your baby sleeps in the stroller, either way!) during this monthly family-friendly tour.

The Mann Center’s Young People’s Concert Series: Inca Son

July 11, 11 am—12:15 pm

5201 Parkside Avenue, Philadelphia

 

Dressed in authentic brightly colored and feathered attire, Inca Son will celebrate the culture of South America in this free concert.

Children’s Solar Print Class

July 11, 11 am—noon

Linvilla Orchards, 137 W. Knowlton Rd., Media

 

Produce beautiful prints from natural products and the sun! Kids will go on a nature walk to choose natural items for their prints, then use solar print paper to make art.

Altered Book Page

July 11, 1—2 pm

Haverford Township Free Library, 1601 Darby Road, Havertown

 

With the guidance of Rockdale Art Center, elementary students will turn a book page into a work of art using their creativity and a variety of art materials including markers, glue, collage, and more.

Make Ice Cream in a Bag

July 11, 1:30 pm

Newtown Public Library, 201 Bishop Hollow Rd., Newtown Square

 

Use science know-how to create a tasty vanilla treat, then use toppings to complete your creation! Best for ages 5 and up. Pre-registration is requested.

Pet Rock and Roll

July 11, 2 pm

Bala Cynwyd Library, 131 Old Lancaster Road, Bala Cynwyd

 

Come and design your own pet rock and roll along to fun music!  Appropriate for ages 8-12, registration is required as space is limited.

Vetri’s Mobile Teaching Kitchen at Please Touch Museum

July 11, 5—7 pm

4231 Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia

 

Through a partnership with Vetri’s Mobile Teaching Kitchen, chefs young and old will learn how to how to cook fresh produce. Plus, the museum will stay open until 7 pm for two extra hours of play, and will offer $2 per person admission starting at 4 pm.

PM @ Penn Museum Summer Nights

July 11, 5 — 8 pm

Penn Museum, 3620 South St., Philadelphia

 

Come for a relaxed evening at this great museum (check out the new Middle Eastern galleries), plus a concert in the courtyard. You can bring a picnic (no alcoholic beverages) or purchase food on-site.

Wednesday Night at Fox Chase Farm

July 11, 6 pm (Hayrides start at 7 pm)

8500 Pine Rd., Philadelphia

 

Fox Chase Farm will be open for visitors to explore the farm. The farm opens at 6 pm, and hayrides start at 7 pm. Fox Chase Farm is a working educational farm closed to the public, except during public events like this.

Tom Petty Tribute Concert on Malvern Summer Stage

July 11, 6:30—8:30 pm

Amphitheater at Valley Creek Park, 361 Morehall Road, Malvern

 

Enjoy a beer garden from Locust Lane Craft Brewery, and a free concert by Damn the Torpedoes, a Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers tribute band.

Radnor Summer Concert

July 11, 6:30—8:30 pm

Clem Macrone Park, 810 Conestoga Road, Bryn Mawr

 

Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy a free concert by Chico’s Vibe.

Free Narberth Outdoor Concert: Bruce Springsteen Tribute Band

July 11, 7 pm

Narberth Park, 80 Windsor Ave, Narberth

 

Bring some chairs or a blanket, a picnic dinner, and have a great evening with the whole family.  Small refreshments will be for sale.  This week, enjoy Who’s the Boss, a Bruce Springsteen tribute band.

Philly Phairytales with Walnut Street Theatre Company

July 11, 7 — 7:45 pm

Easttown Library, 720 First Ave., Berywn

 

Once upon a time in the city of brotherly love… Come for fractured fairy tales with a Philly twist. Cinderella loses her glass slipper running up the Art Museum steps. Students in grades K-3 will have a fun, silly, exciting theater experience where they will feel the great big heart that surrounds their hometown.

Pastorius Park Concert

July 11, 7:30 pm

200 W. Hartwell Ln., Philadelphia

 

Irish super group Runa will play a free outdoor concert in Chestnut Hill. Bring blankets and chairs and enjoy the music!

‘Men in Black’ Outdoor Movie at La Peg

July 11, 8:30 pm

140 N. Columbus Boulevard, Philadelphia

 

July’s theme is 90’s Action Movies, and it doesn’t get more 90’s action than this Will Smith classic!

Thursday

National Summer Learning Day

July 12, 9 am—5 pm

Please Touch Museum, 4231 Avenue of the Republic

 

National Summer Learning Day is a national advocacy day aimed at elevating the importance of keeping kids learning, safe and healthy every summer. Come for a day of fun educational events.

Museum Explorers Family Workshop at Brandywine River Museum

July 12, 10 am and 11 am

1 Hoffman’s Mill Rd., Chadds Ford

 

Colorful Creatures: Hunt for animals throughout the museum before using scratch art paper to design a colorful creature. This program is designed for children ages 3-10 accompanied by an adult.

‘Pinkalicious’ and ‘Peterrific’ Storytime at Lulu’s Casita

July 12, 10:30 am—noon

6 Cricket Ave., Ardmore

 

Come for a special storytime, plus a craft, cupcake decorating, and open play at Lulu’s!

Stroller Tour at the Barnes Foundation

July 12, 10:30—11:15 am

2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia

 

Take a 45-minute guided tour and discover ways to look at and appreciate art with little ones in tow. Open to parents and caregivers with babies up to 18 months in a stroller or baby wrap. Note: no double-wide strollers.

Tyler Arboretum’s Tiny Trackers

July 12, 1—2:30 pm

515 Painter Road, Media

 

Cool off in the shade with a woodland walk. Walk under the tall trees and see who else is hanging around. For kids age 4-6 and an adult.

Jewelry Making at South Philadelphia Library

July 12, 3 pm

1700 South Broad Street, Philadelphia

 

This week, kids will learn to make and take earrings with Chef Char on this special crafternoon! All materials will be provided.

Stenton Star Gazers Astronomy Club

July 12, 4 pm

Logan Library, 1333 Wagner Avenue, Philadelphia

 

School-aged astronomers and their families can learn all about space with fun hands-on activities. There will be crafts like origami constellations and playdough planets, exploring with telescopes, space travel games, and looking at interesting astronomy books.  There will even be a miniature planetarium right in the library!

Pairings on the Parkway

July 12, 5—8 pm

Sister Cities Park, 210 N. 18th St., Philadelphia

 

This popular BYOB event features live music by a different singer-songwriter each week, and a special summer grilling menu at the on-site Logan Square Café. If you forget to bring your wine, Chaddsford Winery is there selling wine by the bottle or glass as well. Bonus: the Children’s Discovery Garden has extended hours!

Pop-Up Archery

July 12, 5—7 pm

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

 

Take your first shot at archery and learn a quick overview of the skills required to hit a bullseye. Families are welcome with kids age 8 and up. The event is free and no registration or equipment is required.

Little Rebel Beer Garden at Betsy Ross House

July 12, 5—10 pm

239 Arch St., Philadelphia

 

Presented by South Philly’s popular Devil’s Den, the Little Rebel Beer Garden features craft beers by several different local brewers each month, as well as tasty treats from some of the city’s most popular food trucks, and a live jazz performance by the Melange Jazz Collective. Food and drink are pay-as-you-go, and after-hours tours of the Betsy Ross House are just $5.

Free Fishing Workshop at Bartram’s Garden

July 12, 5:30—7:30 pm

5400 Lindbergh Blvd., Philadelphia

 

Learn about the various types, techniques and uses of equipment, live and artificial bait and lures for fishing the Schuylkill and Delaware River, as well as streams, ponds and lakes. The workshop is free for adults and kids, but must pre-register because it is capped at 25 people.

Decorate a Beach Cup with Mudroom Studio

July 12, 6 — 7 pm

Penn Wynne Library, 130 Overbrook Parkway, Wynnewood

 

Paint a beautiful ceramic piece at the library and pick it up after it has been fired in the kiln! For kids ages 7 and up. Registration is required.

Dinner with ‘The Descendants’

July 12, 6—8 pm

The Pop Shop, 729 Haddon Avenue, Collingswood, NJ

 

Mal and Evie will mix and mingle with guests, lead dances and read from their spell book. Mini makeovers are available for an additional $10. The evening also includes a kid-friendly buffet, and dessert.

Swingin’ Summer Thursday

July 12, 6:30 — 9 pm

Downtown West Chester

 

Enjoy and evening in Downtown West Chester where there will be food, music, clowns, artists, magicians, jugglers, and lots of family fun!

Country Conjouring: The Magic of Erick Hershey at Radnor Library

July 12, 6:30 pm

114 West Wayne Avenue, Wayne

 

A blend of marvelous illusions with the charm of country living.

Outdoor Concert at Gorgas Park

July 12, 7—9 pm

6300 Ridge Ave., Philadelphia

 

Free outdoor concert with The Duke Brothers.

Movie Night at Schmidt’s Commons: ‘Rocky’

July 12, 7—9 pm

 

Bring your own chair, and watch this Philadelphia classic on the big screen!

Screening Under the Stars: ‘Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle’

July 12, 8:30—11 pm

Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing, Philadelphia

 

Jumanji will be screened outdoors on a big screen at Penn’s Landing for free!

Friday

Enchanted Forest Exploration at ChesLen Preserve

July 13, 8 am—8:30 pm

1199 Cannery Road, Coatesville

 

Search for fairy and gnome homes in Ollie Owl’s Enchanted Forest during this magical, self-guided exploration!

“Continental” Breakfast at the Museum of the American Revolution

July 13, 9 am

101 S. Third St., Philadelphia

 

Enjoy early access to the Museum’s Revolutionary Philadelphia playscape while enjoying a continental breakfast with a costumed interpreter.

Reader’s Theatre Workshop

July 13, 11—11:30 am

Nest, 1301 Locust St., Philadelphia

 

Jump into Mr. Billy’s Workshop and bring a story to life! Get the full theater experience from costumes to the final bow at the end a riveting performance! Work on early literacy skills as your child retells a story as a team, reenacting the major plot points, and putting their silly spin on what they’ve read! For ages 2.5-6 years old.

Toe Tapping Tunes for Time Travelers 

July 13, 11:30 am — 12:30 pm

Paoli Library, 18 Darby Road, Paoli

 

Learn about the rhythms of everyday life long ago! During this hour long program, kids ages 5-10 will sing traditional American tunes, step into dance moves inspired by life in the 1800s, and compose a verse of their own about life today. Registration is required.

Science for Girls at Ardmore Library

July 13, 2 pm

108 Ardmore Ave, Ardmore

 

Local teens from Bala Cynwyd Library’s Girls Science Camp are coming to Ardmore Library to teach girls 8-12 about Geology. Space is limited, so please call to register: 610-642-5187.

Free Youth Archery Class at John Heinz Wildlife Refuge (Registration Required)

July 13, 5 pm or 6 pm

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

 

In this free 60-minute lesson for kids age 8-14, USA Archery Certified instructors will focus on form and safety, getting participants comfortable with the basics of archery. No equipment required. Register in advance with your preferred class time.

Member-Only Night at Smith Memorial Playground

July 13, 6—8 pm

3500 Reservoir Drive, Philadelphia

 

Current Smith members are invited for a monthly, members only night with exclusive access to the playground. Smith will provide pizza (while it lasts), or feel free to bring dinner for a picnic at the playground. This event is free but an RSVP is required.

Cedar Park Jazz Outdoor Concert

July 13, 6—8 pm

49th Street and Baltimore Avenue, Philadelphia

 

Bring your lawn chair, cooler, and dancing shoes for a free family-friendly jazz concert in Cedar Park.

Parents’ Night Out Babysitting at Nest

July 13, 6—9 pm

1301 Locust St, Philadelphia

 

Drop your (potty-trained) kids age 18 months-6 years off for a night of fun at Nest while you enjoy an adult night out. This month’s theme is All-Star Sports Party, and kids will enjoy a pizza dinner, making custom medals, and sport-themed activities! Pre-registration is required.

Summer UnWINEd Concert

July 13, 6–9 pm

The Market at DelVal, 2100 Lower State Rd., Doylestown

 

Bring the whole family to relax on the lawn and enjoy great live entertainment by August Duo, as well as food, wine, and ice cream for purchase. An inflatable attraction and lawn games will keep the kids busy while you enjoy your adult beverages.

Phoenixville Summer Music Series

July 13, 6 — 9 pm

Downtown Phoenixville

 

The Summer Music Series features a variety of music acts including full bands and singer-songwriter performances which are spread throughout all downtown.

Family Movie Night: ‘Toy Story’

July 13, 6 — 9 pm

East Brandywine Community Park, 440 Dilworth Road, Downingtown

 

Bring your chairs and blankets and join us at dusk for an evening of fun under the stars. Popcorn will be provided!

Taffy Pulling Party at Shane Confectionery

July 13, 6:30—7:30 pm

110 Market St., Philadelphia

 

Participate in an old-fashioned taffy pull in Shane Confectionery’s historic kitchen. Their confectioner will cook up batches of taffy and teach tips and tricks to getting the perfect bite. Nibble on your taffy creations while learning about the history of taffy pulls.

Storytelling Campfire

July 13, 7:30—9 pm

Pennypack Environmental Center, 8600 Verree Rd, Philadelphia

 

Enjoy an evening of stories around the campfire, followed by marshmallow toasting. Suggested age of 5 and up.

Disney’s ‘Beauty and the Beast’

July 13, 7:30—10 pm

Shannondell Performing Arts Center at the Bradford Clubhouse, 10000 Shannondell Drive, Audubon

 

Methacton Community Theater performs the Broadway musical of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast.

 Weekend Events

Philadelphia Events

All Weekend

Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends Weekend at Morris Arboretum

July 14—15, 10 am—5 pm

100 E. Northwestern Avenue, Philadelphia

 

This weekend, Thomas the Tank Engine and his friends take over the rails of Morris Arboretum’s Garden Railway!

Messy Marvelous Mixtures at Academy of Natural Sciences

July 14—15, 1—5 pm

1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia

 

Make a mess with science as you investigate different mixtures. From ooblek to playdough, learn about the science behind making these concoctions as you measure, scoop, and stir.

Parks on Tap: Glendinning Rock Garden

July 11—15

Brewery Hill Dr., Philadelphia

 

Family-friendly beer garden Parks on Tap comes to a new spot this year: a cozy secret park located along the Schuylkill River under the West Girard Overpass. This park has plenty of natural beauty and trails, and is perfect for a family picnic along with some craft beer and cocktails!

Saturday

Members’ Event at Academy of Natural Sciences: Dinos and Donuts

July 14, 9—10 am

1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway

 

Come for some Kids Club fun before the museum opens. Complete fun dino activities, have a snack, and hang with Eddie, the Academy’s official T. rex mascot. Make sure to bring your Kids Club membership card to receive a stamp.

Nature Tots!

July 14, 10—11 am

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

 

Children ages 3-5 and an adult are invited to explore nature with a refuge ranger. Participants will enjoy storytime, crafts, a hike, and more. Free, but registration is required.

Civil War Saturday at Fort Mifflin

July 14, 10 am—4 pm

1 Fort Mifflin Rd, Philadelphia

 

The Civil War comes to life at Fort Mifflin with a living history encampment including soldiers and civilians, musket drills, battlefield medicine demonstrations, artillery demonstrations, hearth cooking, and a scavenger hunt. Guided tours focus on areas of the Fort that served as a federal prison during the Civil War.

5 and Under Day at the Philly Pumptrack

July 14, 10 am—noon

Parkside Ave N, West Fairmount Park, Philadelphia

 

This BMX track is hosting a special morning just for littles, before the track officially opens. Balance bikes will be available for kids who do not know how to ride a bike. This session is led by track ninja Michael Makoto Kasama and his 3-year-old son!

‘Triangle and Circle’ Storytime with Sarah Claxton

July 14, 10:30—11:30 am

Big Blue Marble Bookstore, 551 Carpenter Ln., Philadelphia

 

Author and illustrator Sarah Claxton will lead a special storytime about the power of difference in our lives with her new book Triangle and Circle.

Bastille Day at Eastern State Penitentiary

July 14: tours beginning at 10 am, performance at 5:30 pm

2027 Fairmount Avenue, Philadelphia

 

This sublimely unique Philly tradition will throw its last Tastykake in celebration of the storming of the Bastille. One last time, the Bearded Ladies Cabaret will stage an outlandish show about the French Revolution (complete with anachronistic touches like drag Edith Piaf), and cap it off with throwing thousands of Tasykakes from the top of Eastern State Penitentiary down to the crowd in a real “let them eat cake” moment! It is unlike anything else you will ever see!

Free PNC Grow Up Great Concert at the Kimmel Center

July 14, 11 am—noon

300 S. Broad Street, Philadelphia

 

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

AAMP Family Fun Day: Arts Exploration

July 14, 11 am—3 pm

African American Museum in Philadelphia, 701 Arch Street, Philadelphia

 

The first 250 people will receive free entry to the museum for a day of art exploration including drumming workshops, hat making, and dance fitness.

Saturday Free Boating at Bartram’s Garden

July 14, 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.

Storytime in the Lodge

July 14, 11:30 am—12:30 pm

Blue Cross RiverRink, 101 S. Christopher Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia

 

Enjoy a new book and entertainment with Listen, Learn, and Play, as well as a book swap and light snacks.

Bastille Day Celebration at Parc

July 14, noon—5 pm

227 S. 18th St., Philadelphia

 

Celebrate Bastille Day and 10 years of Parc with a celebration featuring activities for the whole family, including balloons, face painting, a photobooth, and a cookie decorating station by Pastry Chef Abigail Dahan. There will also be surprise roving performances throughout the afternoon.

Pizzadelphia Pizza Festival

July 14, noon—5:30 pm

The Navy Yard, 4747 S. Broad St. #120, Philadelphia

 

In partnership with the Vetri Community Partnership, this foodie-forward, family friendly event will feature some of the city’s most beloved pizza brands, and include demos by local chefs, live podcasts, celebrity chef Q & As, DJs, a beer garden, and jumbo lawn games. And of course a whole lot of pizza.

40th Street Summer Series

July 14, 6 pm

40th and Walnut streets, Philadelphia (if it rains, it will be indoors in the Rotunda)

 

Activities, free giveaways, and performances begin at 6 pm. This month’s performance will be by Las Cafeteras with Philadelphia Women’s Slavic Ensemble.

Sunday

Sensory Friendly Sunday at Franklin Institute

July 15, 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. Free with pre-registration, and for guests arriving between 8–9am on the day of the event.

National Ice Cream Day at Please Touch Museum

July 15, 9 am—5 pm

4231 Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia

 

Explore a favorite dessert from milk to ice cream all day through art, literacy, and STEM activities.

ZooTales

July 15, 10:30 am—noon

3400 W. Girard Ave., Philadelphia

 

Join African Plains keeper Elise Forbes as she explains how trains the zoo’s Southern White Rhinoceros, Tony. Find out why his training was very special and unique. You’ll also learn how you can help save endangered rhinos in the wild by going bowling. Pre-registration is recommended.

Tildie’s Toy Box Two Year Birthday Bash

July 15, 11:30 am—1:30 pm

1829 E. Passyunk Ave., Philadelphia

 

Celebrate Tildie’s Toy Box turning two with an incredible party including music by Music Monkey Jungle, Drag Queen Storytime with Brittany Lynn, a firetruck parked outside for kids to explore, and more surprises.

Sundays with Pop-Up Play

July 15, 11:30 am–12:30 pm

Spruce Street Harbor Park, 301 S. Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia

 

Children and families will engage in free interactive activities through art, music, science, and physical movement that revolve around themes like water science, civic engagement, building, and more.

Dog Days of Summer in Franklin Square

July 15, noon—3 pm

200 N. Sixth St, Philadelphia

 

This new free event in Franklin Square will welcome four-legged friends with free pet portraits, sprinklers, and shallow pools for cooling off.

Critter Crafternoon with Snapology

July 15, 12:30—2:30 pm

uCity PHS Pop-Up Garden, 36th and Filbert Streets, Philadelphia

 

Create butterflies, insects, flowers, root systems, and more with K’nex and LEGO bricks!

PAFA Family Arts Academy

July 15, 2—4 pm

118-128 N. Broad St., Philadelphia

 

During this free family arts workshop, observe the “Infinite Spaces” exhibitions and learn painting techniques to capture the city from a new perspective.

Sundays on Stage: Magic by Poly

July 15, 2 pm

Parkway Central Library, 1901 Vine Street, Philadelphia

 

The library is hosting a free, fun filled magic program. Poly’s performance includes a dazzling display of illusions, comedy, live animals, music, and lots of audience participation!

Main Line and Suburban Events

All Weekend

Peddler’s Village Bluegrass and Blueberries Festival

July 14—15, 10 am—6 pm

Peddler’s Village, Routes 202 and 263, Lahaska

 

Dance along to live bluegrass and country bands playing throughout the village, and enjoy a variety of blueberry treats at this midsummer festival.

Disney’s ‘Beauty and the Beast’

July 14, 7:30—10 pm and July 15, 2—4:30 pm

Shannondell Performing Arts Center at the Bradford Clubhouse, 10000 Shannondell Drive, Audubon

 

Methacton Community Theater performs the Broadway musical of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast.

Cirque du Soleil: ‘VOLTA’

Through August 19

Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, 100 Station Ave, Oaks

 

A stunning show celebrating themes of freedom and self-discovery, and inspired in part by the adventurous spirit that fuels the culture of street sports, VOLTA weaves acrobatics in a visually striking world driven by a stirring melodic score.

Saturday

Sensory-Friendly Saturday: Art and Nature

July 14, 9—10:30 am

Brandywine River Museum of Art, 1 Hoffman’s Mill Rd., Chadds Ford

 

Created in conjunction with occupational therapists and local families specifically for visitors on the autism spectrum or with sensory processing disorder, this inclusive program strives to provide a welcoming experience through offering early admission, quiet areas, noise cancelling headphones, fidgets, hands-on art activities, and more indoor and outdoor activities to meet a variety of sensory needs. Register in advance, as space is limited.

Build a Butterfly Container

July 14, 10—11:30 am

515 Painter Road, Media

 

Learn about butterflies, and what they need to survive and thrive.Create your own outdoor attraction to take home and entice butterflies to visit your backyard. For ages 5 and up.

Bollywood Dance and Henna Fun

July 14, 11 am—noon

Penn Wynne Library, 130 Overbrook Parkway, Wynnewood

 

Learn a bit about Indian culture, and then learn some Bollywood dance moves from the Bollywood Community Dance Project. Afterwards, there will be a chance to get a henna design! This program is for children age 4 and up and their families.

Blobfest 2018 Street Fair

July 14, 11 am—5 pm

Colonial Theatre, 227 Bridge St., Phoenixville

 

As part of Colonial Theatre’s three-day festival celebrating the classic sci-fi/horror movie The Blob, this free street fair will feature a Fire Extinguisher Parade, costume contest, storytelling, and more!

Malvern Fire Company Carnival

July 14, 6—10 pm

550 Monument Ave, Malvern

 

The 5-day carnival ends on Saturday, and there will be carnival rides for all ages, food and treats, carnival games, and more.

Bryn Mawr Twilight Concert

July 14, 7 pm

Bryn Mawr Gazebo, 9 S. Bryn Mawr Ave., Bryn Mawr

 

Enjoy a family-friendly concert under the stars.

Upper Darby Summer Stage Shooting Stars at Rose Tree Park

July 14, 7:30 pm

1671 N. Providence Rd., Media

 

Free concert in Rose Tree Park’s scenic outdoor amphitheater featuring the Shooting Starts of Upper Darby’s Summer Stage.

Sunday

Philadelphia Sports Day at Elmwood Park Zoo

July 15, 11 am—2 pm

1661 Harding Blvd., Norristown

 

Meet the 2018 Temple Football team from 11 am—1 pm, then get ready to meet the Phillie Phanatic from 1—2pm! Wear your Phillies or Temple gear and receive $2 off admission to the zoo.

Rock and Roll Playhouse Presents: Tom Petty for Kids!

July 15, 11 am

Ardmore Music Hall, 23 East 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! This week, it’s the music of Tom Petty, performed by the Mighty Fergusons.

DMNH Fairy Tale Sunday: Mermaids

July 15, 12:30—2 pm

4840 Kennett Pike, Wilmington, DE

 

Dress as your favorite storybook character and head to the Museum for an afternoon of fairytale fun! There will be special storytimes, a classic mermaid movie, special visits from live animal friends, and crafts. The Chesapeake Mermaid will also be attending to tell her tales from the bay and introduce kids to her wildlife friends!

Narberth Music and Arts Festival

July 15, 2 — 7 pm

Forrest and Haverford Avenues, Narberth

 

Join your friends and neighbors for an afternoon of fun in downtown Narberth. Enjoy street food, drinks, vendors, and live music.

Kiwanis Annual Duck Race

July 15, 2—2:30 pm

Rapps Dam Bridge, Phoenixville

 

Ducks will be dumped into the creek, each with a ticket stub. Buy a ticket for your own duck, and cheer it on—the first duck to cross the finish line will win $1000! See details in link for how to buy a ticket.

Animal Habitat Walk

July 15, 6 pm

Norristown Farm Park, 2500 Upper Farm Rd., Norristown

 

Join ranger Tim Wilson on a nature walk in the early evening. Learn about the animals that live in the park. Look for the habitats of particular animals, including their foods and shelters. For kids age 5 and up—it’s a long hike, so plan accordingly for little ones.

 

Photograph by Laura Swartz.

PHILADELPHIA ASSISTANT EDITOR

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