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25+ Things to Do With Kids Around Philly and the Main Line This Week

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Summer of Spectacle

Through September 30

Longwood Gardens, 1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square

 

The beauty of the long-anticipated Fountain Garden is finally here, and coming in with a bang with light shows live music to light up the summer. Entrance to the gardens is included with museum admission.

‘Winter’

Through August 20

Philadelphia Zoo, 3400 W. Girard Ave., Philadelphia

 

Come cool off in the summer heat with the Philadelphia Zoo’s summer exhibit, Winter. Where else can you find real snow in the middle of the summer? Non-members pay $10 on weekdays and $12 on weekends.

‘The Near-Sighted Knight and the Far-Sighted Dragon’

July 18, 19, and 20, 7 pm

Players Club of Swarthmore, 614 Fairview Ave., Swarthmore

 

The tale of an unemployed knight, elderly dragon, and smart princess comes to life on stage for this entertaining musical. Tickets are $10 for ages 12 and older, $8 for ages 3 – 11, and free for children under 2.

‘Shrek the Musical, Jr.’

July 19 — 21, 10:30 am

July 20, 7:30 pm

Upper Darby Performing Arts Center, 601 N. Lansdowne Ave., Drexel Hill

 

This beloved story comes to life, acted out by young performers, at this Upper Darby Summer Stage show. Tickets are $8 to $12.

Free Yoga on Race Street Pier

July 17 – 21, 7 am and 6 pm

July 20, 7 am

July 22 and 23, 9:30 am

Race Street Pier, Race Street and North Columbus Boulevard, Philadelphia

 

Yoga memberships can be expensive, but nothing beats free yoga on a beautiful day with your community! Roll out your mat and stretch out near the Delaware River amongst other Philly yogis, and join on Wednesday night for the Summer Solstice class!

National Zoo Keepers Week

July 17 – 23, 10 am – 4 pm

Brandywine Zoo, 1001 N. Park Drive, Wilmington, Delaware

 

Come for special events and activities all week at the zoo to celebrate the zookeepers! All events are free with admission to the zoo.

ArtSplash Gets ‘Wild’

Through September 4, 10 am – 5 pm

Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia

 

Get ready to create at the Philadelphia Museum of Art all summer with ArtSplash! Journey through the world of animals in the wild through creative play inspired by the photographs of Michael Nichols. This event runs throughout the summer, and admission to this event is included with museum tickets (and children 12 and under are always free unless otherwise noted.)

David Rogers’ ‘Big Bugs’

Through August 29

Tyler Arboretum, 515 Painter Road, Media

 

Come and experience 10 gigantic insect sculptures (all made sustainably) scattered throughout the scenic loop of the arboretum, including a 17-foot dragonfly and 25-foot-long ants. This exhibit is included in general admission to the arboretum.

‘A Mirror Maze: Numbers in Nature’

Through September 4

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

 

Learn how to use math to unlock the mysteries of nature, and explore the patterns found throughout the world. Admission is $25 for adults and $21 for children, and includes general admission to the museum.

Spruce Street Harbor Park/Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest

Through October 1

Penn’s Landing, Philadelphia

 

Come swing on a hammock, play some fun outdoor games, and eat some of Philly’s classic delicacies on the Delaware River.

Children’s Discovery Garden

Through October 1

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

 

Exploring nature doesn’t always include driving far away; you can do it right here in the city! There are many fun things to explore at Sister Cities Park, including an Imagination Playground, a boat pond, and even a library to find a new book to read in the park.

‘Storyland’

Through September 10

Please Touch Museum, 4231 Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia

 

Take a leap right into the pages of a book, as some of your childhood favorites come to life at the Please Touch Museum. Admission to this exhibit is included with general admission to the museum.

Monday

Music Monkey Jungle

July 17, 10:30 – 11 am

Momo’s Tree House, 205 Arch St., Philadelphia

 

Sing, dance, and move to the music while making new friends. $10 per child, babies 6 months and under are free.

Tiny Tots: Mushy Gushy Science

July 17, 10 – 11 am

Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia

 

Ages 3 – 5 can come and get messy with this small, hands-on workshop about science. Price is $25 for non-members and $20 for members, and registration is required.

Tuesday

Terrific Tuesdays: Genuine vs. Imitation

July 18, 10 am – 3 pm

Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library, 5105 Kennett Pike, Winterthur, Delaware

 

In conjunction with the “Treasures on Trial” exhibit, come learn through stories, games, and crafts how opposites attract. Members and children 2 and younger are free; for non-members it’s $5 per adult and $5 per accompanying adult.

Garden Sprouts: Bugs Galore

July 18, 1 – 2:30 pm

Tyler Arboretum, 515 Painter Road, Media

 

Learn about the harmful and helpful insects in your garden. Bring a camera and

 

An awesome way to introduce kids to nature and gardening. This program includes a walk and hands-on activities, and be sure to bring a camera. Pre-registration is required, and is $10 for members and $15 for non-members.

Mike Rose Magic Show

July 18, 6:30 – 7:30 pm

Middletown Free Library, 21 N. Pennell Road, Lima

 

A free magic and comedy show for kids and parents! Mike Rose works on two levels to entertain kids and their parents with situational humor and inside jokes.

Wednesday

‘The Jungle Book’

July 19, 10 — 11 am

East Goshen Township Park, 1661 Paoli Pike, West Chester

 

Family Stages is presenting this free show, based on the familiar story.

Book of Spells

July 19, 1 – 2 pm

Haverford Township Free Library, 1601 Darby Road, Havertown

 

Witches and wizards in-training can learn how to print and bind their own spellbooks. This event is free, but registration is required.

Community Night at the Franklin Institute

July 19, 5 – 8 pm

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

 

Free admission to the Franklin Institute is worth celebrating. Enjoy all of the famous exhibitions and special hands-on activities, and even discounted parking.

Thursday

Wonderful Water! For Sprouts and Seedlings

July 20, 10 – 11:30 am

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

 

Learn all about the water cycle and local watersheds at this workshop filled with explorations and hands-on activities. Bring a bathing suit to get wet in the splash area. Price is $10 for members, $12 for non-members, and includes admission to the museum.

STEAM Storytime – Engineering

July 20, 10:30 am

American Helicopter Museum, 1220 American Blvd., West Chester

 

Come for a reading of an all-time favorite, Rosie Revere, Engineer. This event is free with admission to the museum.

Storytime in Enchanted Woods

July 20, 10:30 – 11 am

Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library, 5105 Kennett Pike, Winterthur, Delaware

 

Enjoy a nature-themed tale, Daylight Starlight Wildlife, right in the garden at Winterthur. This event is free with admission to Winterthur.

Opening Day at the Oval

July 20

Eakins Oval, Philadelphia

 

Philly’s summer pop-up fun spot is back for a month of outdoor fun. There’s something for everyone here, from kids’ games to a beer garden that’s just for adults. Kick off this year’s season with jazz music and a DJ.

Twilight in the Arboretum

July 20, 5:30 – 7:30 pm

Barnes Arboretum, 300 N. Latches Lane, Merion

 

Come for a picnic on a summer evening with acoustic music, and stroll around the grounds after-hours. This event is $10 for non-members, members and children 12 and under are free.

Park-to-Park Bike Ride

July 20, 5:30 — 8 pm

Begin at Linwood Park, Linwood and Athens avenues, Ardmore

 

Ride from Linwood Park to the Cynwyd Trail along low-traffic, bike-friendly roads. This event is best for older kids and adults; you should be back before dark, but bring a bike light just in case.

Friday

Let’s Get Messy! Art Workshop

July 21, 11 am – noon

Upper Merion Township Library, 175 W. Valley Forge Road, King of Prussia

 

Soon-to-be Kindergarteners through 3rd Graders can learn new art techniques in this free workshop.

Kidchella

July 21, 4 — 7:30 pm

Smith Memorial Playground and Playhouse, 3500 Reservoir Drive, Philadelphia

 

Celebrate this Philly icon’s 118th birthday with the second of three fun summer concerts. This week, the Not-Its and Chibi Kodama will be rocking the playground. The fun starts at 4 pm with art activities and food trucks; the music starts at 6. Tickets are $10 for non-members and $5 for playground members. Remember, Supporting Members of the Philly Family and Main Line Parent communities get half-price tickets, so join today!

 

 

Photograph courtesy of the Brandywine Zoo.