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High Five! Main Line and Philly Family-Friendly Weekend Events: May 5 and 6

Plan your weekend with our picks.

Plan the perfect weekend with our picks!

 

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Philadelphia Events

All Weekend

‘PAW Patrol Live! The Great Pirate Adventure’

May 5 and 6

Merriam Theater, 250 S. Broad St., Philadelphia

 

This all-new show is full of music, adventure, teamwork, and all your kids’ favorite pups live on stage (including the newest pup, Tracker). The show is geared towards kids ages 2-6, so it’s a great way to introduce your kids to a theater setting with some familiar faces on stage.

Parks on Tap at Lovett Park

May 2 — 6

6945 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia

 

This new Parks on Tap location is adjacent to Mt. Airy’s newly renovated branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia. Stop by this kid-friendly beer garden from Wednesday through the weekend.

Rittenhouse Flower Market

May 5 — 6, 9 am — 2 pm

Rittenhouse Square (18th and Walnut streets), Philadelphia

 

Shop for the perfect additions for your garden and home, and enjoy a beautiful spring day with kids’ activities, like a coloring contest. PHS experts will be on site to offer advice and answer all of your gardening questions.

Philadelphia Renaissance Fair

May 5 and 6, 11 am — 7 pm

6400 Fort Mifflin Road, Philadelphia

 

Fort Mifflin will transform into an interactive, fantasy-based recreation of a Medieval village. There will be costumed actors, performers, crafts, games, and of course turkey legs!

All-Girls Camp-In at the Franklin Institute 

May 5, 6:15 pm — May 6, 9:30 am

222 N. 20th St., Philadelphia

 

Girsl 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.

Cinco de Mayo Weekend at PHS Pop-Up Garden

May 4 — 6 (performance on May 5, 4 — 5 pm)

1438 South St., Philadelphia

 

This visually creative urban oasis will celebrate Cinco de Mayo on its opening weekend. On Saturday, May 5, from 4 — 5 pm there will be a mariachi performance.

Saturday

South Street Spring Festival

May 5, 11 am — 8 pm

South Street (between Front and 8th), and along Headhouse Plaza (between South and Lombard), Philadelphia

 

A giant, all-ages outdoor block party takes over South Street with over 30 restaurants serving outside, live music all day, and artists selling their creations. Outside of Atomic City Comics, look for free giveaways and superhero sightings, celebrating Free Comic Book Day! There will also be the South Street Family Zone with fun games and play areas for little ones.

Mommy’s Mini Movers

May 5, 9 — 9:45 am

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

 

You and your little one (age 18 months-3 years) will explore your shared creativity and the joy of moving your bodies while learning techniques and simple dance movements. Focus on developing physical and sensory awareness through movement, parachute play, and sensory activities.

Blue Cross Broad Street Run Health and Wellness Expo

May 5, 9 am — 6 pm

Pennsylvania Convention Center, 1101 Arch St., Philadelphia

 

Pick up your race bib if you’re running, or visit with health and wellness exhibitors if you’re not.

Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House Plane Pull

May 5, 9 am — 12:30 pm

Atlantic Aviation, 8375 Enterprise Ave., Philadelphia

 

This Ronald McDonald House fundraiser features teams competing to see who can pull a plan (yes, really) the fastest.

Nature Play Saturdays at the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education

May 5, 10:30 — 11:30 am

8480 Hagy’s Mill Road, Philadelphia

 

Bring your family for unstructured nature play and a hike with representatives from the NaturePHL program. Climb, explore, and learn more about the many health benefits of outdoor activity.

Mount Airy Day

May 5, 11 am — 5 pm

Cliveden, 6400 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia

 

Celebrate this Northwest Philly neighborhood at its annual festival, featuring food, activities, games, music, and more! Admission is free, games and other extras cost money.

Necklace Making for Mom at Little Moon + Arrow

May 5, 11 am — 7 pm

729 S. Fourth St., Philadelphia

 

Stop by anytime for a free Mother’s Day necklace making workshop, with all materials provided. Make colorful beaded necklaces with a sliding knot as a special gift.

Ruff Ruff Rescue Meet and Greet

May 5, 11 am — 2 pm

Please Touch Museum, 4231 Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia

 

Meet your favorite police pup for a fun photo op!

Nature Tots! ‘Sizing Up Nature’

May 5, 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. Indoors and out, Nature Tots will learn to measure and compare sizes. The program will begin with storytime, the book Inch by Inch. Tots will then head out for a hike to find, measure, and compare objects in nature, and then wrap up with a fun take-home craft.

‘Time in the Garden’ Opens at Morris Arboretum

May 5, 11 am — 3 pm

100 E. Northwestern Ave., Philadelphia

 

Morris Arboretum will open its themed exhibit for spring and summer, featuring art that expresses different interpretation of time. For opening day, there will be make-and-take garden activity stations located at the entrance to the Rose Garden, the Oak Allée Plaza, and the Fernery Plaza. There will also be live performances at 11:30 am and 1:30 pm of “The Morris Arboretum Suite” created specifically for the arboretum by composer and musician Nicholas Escobar.

‘Llama Llama Loves to Read’ Storytime

May 5, 11 am

Barnes and Noble, 1805 Walnut St., Philadelphia

 

Read this cute new book in the  Llama Llama series, and stay for activities featuring everyone’s favorite llamas!

Saturday Free Boating at Bartram’s Garden

May 5, 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.

Seafarin’ Saturday

May 5, 11 am — 1 pm

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

 

Create your own boat and add a sail. Put your boat to the test in the SeaPerch tank and race your family and friends.

Philadelphia School of Rock presents British Invasion and the Music of the Fabulous 50’s

May 5, noon

World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St., Philadelphia

 

Rock out (and teach your kids about rock icons) at this family-friendly concert.

El Rey Cinco de Mayo Block Party

May 5, noon — 3 pm (block party goes until 11 pm, but family-friendly activities are the first three hours)

Ranstead Street between 20th and 21st streets, Philadelphia

 

El Rey will close down Ranstead Street for an all-day block party! In the afternoon, enjoy street friendly Mexican fare, family friendly activities like face painting, game, crafts, and entertainment from a mariachi band.

 

See more Cinco de Mayo celebrations in our guide.

Make Your Own Fairy Garden Terrarium at the Hill-Physick Plant Sale

May 5, 11 am — noon

321 S. Fourth St., Philadelphia

 

All materials provided for kids age 7 and up to make their own fairy gardens using airplants, succulents, flowers, and herbs.

Mother’s Day Gift Workshop at Sue’s Art Class

May 5, 1 — 3:30 pm

2119 Spruce St., Philadelphia

 

Hand paint large glass vases or bowls, or make a handmade, painted, and adorned cake plate from terracotta pots.

Line by Logan Fashion Show

May 5, 2 pm

Logan Library, 1333 Wagner Ave., Philadelphia

 

Explore color palettes and fuel your passion for design.  Experience clothing conceptualized and brought to life on the red carpet, by talented local designers.

STEM Story Time with Katey Howes

May 5, 2 pm

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

 

A former physical therapist specializing in brain injury, Katey Howes now divides her time between writing and raising kids with a love of books. She will read from her book Magnolia Mudd and the Super Jumptastic Launcher Deluxe, a fun and relatable story with a STEM theme.

Down the Rabbit Hole: A Musical Narrative

May 5, 5 — 7 pm

Woodmere Art Museum, 9201 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia

 

Music and storytelling come together in a one-of-a-kind performance of Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland stories. Alice’s adventures will be brought to life with vocals ,piano, bass, drums, flute, and harp.

Monster Jam

May 5, 7 pm (gates open at noon, Pit Party at 3 pm)

Lincoln Financial Field, 1020 Pattison Ave., Philadelphia

 

Watch some of the most recognizable larger-than-life monster trucks in the world, pushed to their limits by expert drivers accomplishing gravity-defying feats. Click here for our preview and to meet one of the female drivers!

Sunday

Broad Street Run

May 6, 8 am

Race begins at Broad Street and West Fisher Avenue, and finishes at the Navy Yard (4747 S. Broad St.), Philadelphia

 

Even if you’re not running the 10-mile race down Broad Street, there’s plenty of fun to be had. You can cheer your friends and family anywhere along the route, though there are some especially fun cheer zones with live music and entertainment. Also, down at the Navy Yard, where the race finishes, there are kids’ activities like fun runs for all ages, face painting, a petting zoo, inflatables, balloon artists, and more.

Free First Sunday at the Barnes Foundation

May 6, 10 am — 5 pm

2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia

 

The Barnes’ free family Sunday will celebrate Cinco de Mayo (as well as other world cultures) with bilingual storytimes, Mexican art activities, and more. Throughout the day, kids can try papel picado (Mexican paper cutting) to create cards or banners. At 1:30 pm, Dance Group Nuevo Mexico will teach kids about Mexican folklore and traditional dances.

Family Nature Club Hike and Play

May 6, 10 am — noon

Forbidden Drive Trail, Philadelphia

 

Take a child led hike and explore nature, build a fire and roast snacks, splash in the water, and meet new friends.

Peace, Love, and Collab Family Festival

May 6, 10 am — 3 pm (performances at 11:30 am and 1 pm)

Perelman Building, 2525 Pennsylvania Ave., Philadelphia

 

Take part in a collaborative creation inspired by the psychedelic 1960s, discover artist Jean Shin’s community-based installations, and then watch teamwork in action with improv group StoryUP!

Art and Storytelling at Woodmere Art Museum

May 6, 11 am — noon

9201 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia

 

Introduce your preschoolers to the enjoyment of art through stories and artmaking. Enjoy reading picture books in the galleries, followed by an art project.

Sid the Science Kid Meet and Greet and Closing Day

May 6, noon and 2 pm

Please Touch Museum, 4231 Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia

 

Meet Sid the Science Kid in Hamilton Hall for a picture, and be sure to visit his super-duper exhibit one last time on its closing day!

Fishtown Animal Hospital 3rd Anniversary Party and Adoption Event

May 6, noon — 4 pm

233 E. Girard Ave., Philadelphia

 

Fishtown Animal Hospital will celebrate its third anniversary with a free celebration complete with games, prizes, treats, a petting zoo (goats from Mount Laurel Animal Hospital), adoptable pets and more.

Chestnut Hill Home & Garden Festival 

May 6, 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 performances on two stages, including BalletX and live bands. For kids, there will also be amusement rides, face painting, arts and craft activities, a rock climbing wall, music, and a free train ride.

First Sunday at Shofuso

May 6, 11 am — 3:30 pm

Shofuso Japanese House and Garden, Horticultural and Lansdowne drives, Philadelphia

 

Learn about the culture, history, stories and arts of Japan in this series of interactive programs for children and families, free after admission to Shofuso. Hear Momotaro, The Peach Boy at preschool storytime, and make a koi nobori (koi windsock) pinwheel. For teens, there is a manga meetup where they can sketch, share artwork, and meet new friends from 2—3:30 pm.

World Laughter Day at Smith Memorial Playground

May 6, 1 — 3 pm

3500 Reservoir Drive, Philadelphia

 

Come for a free Laughter Yoga celebration on World Laughter Day.

PAFA Family Arts Academy

May 6, 2 — 4 pm

118-128 N. Broad St., Philadelphia

 

Learn about the Nanicoke Lenni Lenape, the original people of Philadelphia, make traditional corn husk dolls, listen to drumming and dance.

Main Line and Suburban Events

All Weekend

LEGO Star Wars Days

May 4 — 6, 10 am — 7:30 pm

LEGOLAND Discovery Center, 500 W. Germantown Pike, Plymouth Meeting

 

Travel to a galaxy far away and enjoy the most original LEGO Star Wars fun activities and Star Wars-themed building. Participate in an exciting LEGO Lightsaber challenge, do a Star Wars-themed build in Master Builder Academy, and be there for some great photo ops!

Super WHY & Friends at Sesame Place

May 5 — 6, 11 am —5 pm (character breakfast at 9 am)

Sesame Place, 100 Sesame Road, Langhorne

 

Meet Super WHY and friends all day in Abby’s Paradise Theater. You can also make reservations to eat breakfast with Super WHY, Princess Presto, Alpha Pig and Wonder Red at 9 am in Elmo’s Eatery.

Saturday

Radnor Hunt Pony Club Jumper Show

May 5

810 Providence Road, Malvern

 

Kids and their families can spend the day watching horse jumping, learning about ponies and horses, and doing fun kids’ activities. There will be face painting, arts and crafts, games, and vendor tents too.

Free Comic Book Day at Haverford Township Free Library

May 5, 10 am — 5 pm

1601 Darby Road, Havertown

 

The library will offer more than forty comic titles for all ages to enjoy. Every comic is completely free, but supplies are limited!

Mommy and Me Story and Art at Wayne Art Center

May 5, 10 — 11 am

413 Maplewood Ave., Wayne

 

Read the delightful and colorful book Stack the Cats, and then create your very own mixed media collage of your own colorful stack of cats! For kids ages 2-3 and a grownup.

Storytime at Suburban Square

May 5, 10 — 11:30 am

Anderson and Coulter avenues, Ardmore

 

Come hear Mother Goose told by Marilyn Scanlon. Bring your gently loved books to donate to Tree House Books.

‘Llama Llama Loves to Read’ Storytime

May 5, 11 am

Barnes and Noble, 150 West Swedesford Road, Devon

 

Read this cute new book in the  Llama Llama series, and stay for activities featuring everyone’s favorite llamas!

Sheep Shearing at Elmwood Park Zoo

May 5, 11 am

1661 Harding Blvd., Norristown

 

Spring is in, which means it’s time for the zoo’s sheep to get their annual haircuts! Watch the sheep sheering, as well as live wool-processing demos.

Mother and Child High Tea

May 5, 1 — 4 pm

Wayne Art Center, 413 Maplewood Ave., Wayne

 

In this three-hour workshop, mothers and children will learn about and prepare dishes for a high tea, hear about English table etiquette and experience the diverse blend of flavors, textures, colors and herbs while enjoying a meal together. The cost is $30 per person, and pre-registration is required. This is suited for kids ages 4 and up.

Mother’s Day Pottery Workshop

May 5, 1 — 3 pm

Community Arts Norristown, 506 Haws Ave., Norristown

 

Daisy Chapman will teach kids (with an adult caregiver) how to make a Mother’s Day pottery gift.

Youth Workshop: Mother’s Day Gift and Card

May 5, 1—3 pm

Wayne Art Center, 413 Maplewood Ave., Wayne

 

Kids ages 7 and up can create a “top secret” Mother’s Day project. Kids will leave with a handmade gift wrapped and topped off with a special hand-printed card.

Sunday

Kid’s Spring Terrariums

May 6, 11 am — noon

Terrain, 914 Baltimore Pike, Glen Mills

 

Bring along the little ones for a creative craft as they plant a miniature spring-inspired terrarium inside a Weck jar. Pre-registration is required.

Festival Cinco de Mayo in Kennett Square

May 6, 11 am — 5 pm

100 W. State St., Kennett Square

 

Casa Guanajuato will host a family-friendly day of celebration with food, music, dancing, arts and crafts, and more. There is a whole schedule of live performance, from ballet to mariachi to hip hop. There are also kids’ craft activities starting at noon, including decorating piñatas and little pots for plants.

Haverford Spring Fest

May 6, noon — 7 pm

Brookline Boulevard at Darby Road, Havertown

 

Haverford Spring Fest celebrates the blossoming music, arts, and cultural identity of Haverford Township with  a day of live performances. There is also a Fun Zone, which will feature several inflatables, face painting, and other activities for children of all ages.

 

PHILADELPHIA ASSISTANT EDITOR

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