The Philly Spring Break Breakdown
Sticking around Philly for break? Here's special programming and more fun to get your family through week!
With Easter being early this year, and Passover right there with it, spring break is creeping up out of nowhere! Never fear: if you’re staying in town for break, there’s plenty to do and see, so make some plans to make the most of your week. Get out there and explore!
March 25 — April 4
525 Arch St., Philadelphia
If haven’t made any plans yet, then just you wait, just you wait… The Constitution Center is opening a new exhibit, “Hamilton: The Constitutional Clashes That Shaped a Nation,” which will explore Alexander Hamilton’s clashes and debates with rivals like James Madison, Thomas Jefferson, and of course Aaron Burr. During break, there will be special tours, Decoding the Document workshops, arts and crafts activities, and more, all centered around Hamilton’s life and legacy!
March 26 — 30, 10:30 am — 3 pm
2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia
Spend the week indulging in creative family time with family tours every day at 11 am, and the Family Studio set up on the Great Stair Hall Balcony all day. And while the museum is usually closed on Mondays, the museum will not only be open on March 26, but will be offering special “Pay What You Wish” admission.
March 24 — April 8
101 S. Third St., Philadelphia
Join educators in the Patriots Gallery every day at 11 am as they demonstrate activities and crafts from the Revolutionary period. Topics will include shoemaking, tailoring, fencing, and the work of the men, women, and children who supported the Continental Army.
Through March 31
239 Arch St., Philadelphia
The Betsy Ross House has recently opened two new exhibits: “Stitching the Story Together” and “Furnishing the Widow’s Chamber,” both of which will give you more insight into the life and legend of Betsy Ross.
To close out the month, the Betsy Ross House will host Colonial Chocolate Making on March 30, and then on March 31 there will be an entire day of free, family-friendly events celebrating Colonial women. You can meet Betsy Ross, of course, as well as Sarah Melton, a colonial businesswoman who was known for her one-of-a-kind dress designs — you can even dress the part. You can also meet Phillis the Laundress, a free African-American woman who was born into slavery in 18th century Philadelphia. Throughout the day, you can hear tales of how women helped to shape our nation by the Once Upon a Nation storytellers.
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.
Franklin Square is open again, so take advantage of the nice weather and free time to play Philly-themed mini golf, take a ride on the carousel, and indulge in a Tastykake shake! The park is open from 10 am –5 pm daily through March 24, when the operating hours lengthen to 7 pm.
See a Show
There are great options, whatever your kids’ ages, to catch a show in town. The hit musical School of Rock will be at the Academy of Music from March 27 — April 1. Meanwhile, for younger kids, The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley Jr. hits Walnut Street Theatre on March 31, and you can use your Spring Break adventures around town as photographic inspiration to enter WST’s Flat Stanley contest before the show opens! Finally, the Arden Theatre’s production of Snow White starts April 4 and runs through June 3.
Even with all these great ideas, maybe your kids want to be a little more independent and adventurous. How about a day of rock climbing, or circus arts, or exploring the wilderness? There’s all that and more, you just need to know where to look (Hint: it’s right here, in our spring break camp rundown)!
Photographs by Laura Swartz.