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Things to Do With Kids Around Philly and the Main Line: Spring Break Edition

Kids out of school? There's tons to do, in the city and out.

It’s spring break this week for many schools, which means everyone’s got one question on their minds: what’s happening? If you’re looking for things to do with kids this week, we’ve got it all planned out.


Still looking for a camp or other activity for one or more days during the break? Click here to see our list of camps. 

All Week/Ongoing Events

Hayrides to Bunnyland

April 10 — 15, 11 am — 4 pm

Linvilla Orchards, 137 Knowlton Road, Media


Take the kids on a hayride to Bunnyland this week at Linvilla Orchards before Easter this Sunday! They’ll love meeting the Easter bunny, taking photos, and eating sweet treats.

‘We the Detectives’

Through September 1

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


This free, interactive exhibit just opened, so there’s plenty of time to catch the whole thing. Click here to read our preview. 

Pop-Up Cherry Blossom Tours

Through April 20, 1 pm

Morris Arboretum, 100 E. Northwestern Ave., Philadelphia


Head to Morris Arboretum all week long for cherry blossom tours through the arboretum. Tours start at 1 pm and are included with general admission to the arboretum.

Philadelphia Jazz Appreciation Month

Through April 30

Various Locations


April is Jazz Appreciation Month in Philadelphia, and there are many events going on throughout the entire month for the family to enjoy. Among the offerings this week: a performance from the School of Rock Wednesday at the Mount Airy Playground and pop-up poetry readings all week at 30th Street Station. 

Spring Blooms at Longwood Gardens

Through May 26, 9 am — 6 pm

Longwood Gardens, 1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square


Spring flowers are in bloom at Longwood Gardens, including thousands of tulips! Head over during this week to see the spectacular displays. This event is included with general admission to the gardens.

‘Frogs: A Chorus of Colors’ Spring Break Activities

Through April 14, 10 am — 4:30 pm

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


This cool exhibit features more than 15 species of amazing amphibians, and the museum is hosting special activities this week for spring break visitors. They include live animal shows, keeper talks, crafts, and even a scavenger hunt. Click here to read our preview of the exhibit. 

‘The Fantastic World of Dan Yaccarino’

Through May 14; 9 am — 5 pm Monday — Saturday; 11 am — 5 pm Sunday

The Please Touch Museum, 4231 Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia


This home-grown exhibit features interactive ways to appreciate the beauty of Yaccarino’s work, and the museum (also on USA Today‘s 10 best list) has a ton of daily activities planned around it. Click here to see the full calendar. 

Smith Memorial Playground and Playhouse

April 11 — 14, 10 am — 6 pm; April 15 — 16, 10 am — 7 pm

3500 Reservoir Dr., Philadelphia


The playground recently reopened for the season, and this week’s weather forecast all but mandates a visit to this kids’ paradise. Philly Mayor Jim Kenney is stopping by Wednesday for a special storytime, but we’re all in it for the chance to ride the wooden slide. (If you’re looking for another playground, click here to see our list of 10 great ones in our area.)


11 am — 6 pm

100 Pinedge Dr., West Berlin, New Jersey


For the truck-obsessed kid, this is heaven — and it’s open all week for spring break! Click here to read our season preview, including news of a brand-new ride that just opened.

Franklin Square

All Week, 10 am — 7 pm

Franklin Square, 200 6th St., Philadelphia


If you’re closer to Center City than Fairmount, let the fair weather take you to Franklin Square. Take a ride on the carousel, purchase food from the food trucks, and play on the grounds for a fun day outdoors.

Spring Break at the Museum

April 11 — 14, 11 am — 3 pm

Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia


The museum has special programs running for this spring break week, including family tours at 11 am each morning and the family art cart from noon to 3 pm. There’s also a stroller tour on Wednesday at noon, and as always, Wednesday nights are pay what you wish.

‘Jurassic World’

Through April 23, 9: 30 am — 5 pm (daytime ticket); 5:30 — 8 pm (evening ticket)

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


If you haven’t seen this thrilling exhibit yet, you’re running out of time (and if you have seen it, this week is a perfect time to take another look). Click here to learn more, and see a discount code for our readers! USA Today just confirmed what we all already knew: that the Franklin is one of the 10 best museums for kids in the country. As if you needed another excuse to take one more trip through the giant heart.

‘The Light Princess’

April 11 — 14, 10 am; April 14, 7 pm; April 15 — 16, noon and 4 pm

The Arden Theatre Co., 40 N. Second St., Philadelphia


This new show officially opens Friday night, so you can catch it this week in previews. Click here to see our preview of the musical.

Legoland Discovery Center

April 10 — 15, 10 am — 5:30 pm; April 16, 10 am — 4 pm (open for two hours after last admission)

Plymouth Meeting Mall, 500 W. Germantown Pike, Plymouth Meeting


It’s time to build! This Lego-themed attraction just opened, with tons of bricks, a 4D movie theater, a ride, and more. Click here to read more and meet the center’s Master Model Builder.

Free Yoga on Race Street Pier

April 10 — 14, 7 am and 6 pm

April 14, 7 am

April 15 and 16, 9:30 am

Race Street Pier, Race Street & N. Columbus Boulevard, Philadelphia


It’s that time of year again! Free yoga returns to the Race Street Pier this week. Bring your mat, water, a towel, and a good attitude for classes in the mornings and evenings out on the pier.


Under One Play Group

April 10, noon — 2 pm

The Play Cafe, 934 W. Lancaster Ave., Bryn Mawr


Enjoy this fun-filled play group for babies under one and their caregivers. This event is included with general admission to the cafe.


Storytime and Craft

April 11, 10 — 11 am

The Garden Center at Linvilla Orchards, 137 Knowlton Road, Media


Enjoy this free event at Linvilla Orchards for a boost to your child’s creativity while getting you both out of the house. Children can hear a children’s book read aloud, followed by a craft inspired by this week’s book.

Twilight Yoga & Special Solstice Class

April 11, 6 pm

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


Want to feel inspired? This week, among the free yoga classes at Race Street Pier, is the Twilight Yoga and Special Solstice class, which centers around the solstice.


Bilingual Storytime and Music Circle

April 12, 10 am

Lulu’s Casita, 6 Cricket Ave., Ardmore


Join Ms. Val Wednesday morning for Spanish language storytime and music! This event is included with general admission to the casita.

Attack of the Killer Potatoes!

April 12, 10 am — noon and 1 — 3 pm

Bartram’s Garden, 5400 Lindbergh Blvd., Philadelphia


At this week’s Homeschooler Day series at Bartram’s Garden, learn about hybrid and clone fruits and vegetables from gardeners who know all about it. Registration is required for either the 10 am or 1 pm session, and is $12 per child.



Mommy and Me Yoga

April 13, 10 — 11 am

The Garden Center at Linvilla Orchards, 137 Knowlton Road, Media


Enjoy yoga in the garden center at Linvilla Orchards this Thursday morning to find your zen. This class is $10 per pair and $5 for each additional child. Participants are advised to bring their own towel, mat, and water.

Enchanted Storytime

April 13, 10:30 am

The Enchanted Woods at Winterthur Museum and Gardens, 1505 Kennett Pike, Winterthur, Delaware


Spend your Thursday morning being thoroughly enchanted at the Winterthur Gardens. This storytime is intended for children ages 3 — 6 and is included with general admission to the gardens.

Night Skies in the Observatory

April 13, 7 — 10 pm

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


Another good reason to go to the Franklin this week: the chance to see the night sky with their powerful telescopes in the observatory! Tickets are $10 for nonmembers and $5 for members.


Let’s All Find a Poem

Aril 14, 10 — 11 am

The Rosenbach, 2008-2010 Delancey Place, Philadelphia


Start the event with a reading of Daniel Finds a Poem by Micha Archer, then head onto your own poetry hunt! This event was created for children ages 3 — 6, but older and younger siblings are welcome. This event is included with admission to the Rosenbach.

Free Storytime at the Arboretum

April 14, 10:30 — 11:15 am

The Outdoor Children’s Classroom at the Morris Arboretum, 100 E. Northwestern Ave., Philadelphia


Enjoy an engaging reading session with local librarians outside in the gorgeous arboretum! This event is for younger children, and is included with admission to the arboretum.

Midday Melodies

April 14, noon — 2 pm

Center Court at Reading Terminal Market, 12th and Arch Streets, Philadelphia


Enjoy music in the terminal while you shop for groceries during midday melodies! There will be live music playing, stop by and tap your feet to the tunes.

All Weekend

Easter Bunny Train

April 14 — 16, various times

Strasburg Rail Road, 301 Gap Road, Ronks

All aboard with the bunny! Go for a lovely ride through the Lancaster countryside on a beautiful vintage steam engine, and give the kids a chance to meet and snap a photo with the Easter Bunny. Coach tickets are $18 for adults, $12 for kids ages 2 — 11, and $4 for kids under 2.

Springtime in the Park

April 14 and 15,  10 am — 9 pm; April 16, 10 am — 6 pm

Hershey Park, 100 W. Hershey Park Dr., Hershey

It’s officially springtime! Head to the sweetest place on earth this weekend and enjoy sweet treats, thrilling rides, and more. Spingtime admission is $34.95 for ages 9 — 54 and $23.95 for ages 3 — 8. Special rates apply for two-day passes.

Easter Weekend at Longwood Gardens

April 15 and 16, 9 am — 6 pm

Longwood Gardens, 1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square

What better way to enjoy Easter weekend than surrounded by the spring blooms at Longwood Gardens? Take the family out to enjoy dining, scenery, and activities for this magnificent weekend. This event is included with general admission. Brunch and dining costs are separate.


Alex’s Lemonade Stand Family Festival

April 15, 9:30 am — 5 pm

National Constitution Center, 525 Arch St., Philadelphia

The Constitution Center is teaming up with the Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation for Childhood Cancer to host this spring event that’s perfect for families. Kids get in free, and adults pay $14.50 (half the proceeds will go to the foundation). There will be games, a picnic, food trucks, and plenty of history — plus, you can meet some childhood cancer heroes.

National Junior Ranger Day

April 15, 10 am — 2 pm

The Visitor Center at Valley Forge Historical National Park, 1400 N. Outer Line Dr., King of Prussia

Ever wanted to be a ranger? Now’s your chance! Children can become a junior ranger this weekend at Valley Forge Historical National Park. Visit different stations throughout the park to see if you have what it takes! This event is free and open to the public.

Japanese Cherry Blossom Festival

April 15, 10 am — 3 pm

Morris Arboretum, 100 E. Northwestern Ave., Philadelphia

Couldn’t get enough of last week’s Cherry Blossom Festival? Morris Arboretum will be hosting its own festival, with traditional Japanese cultural activities all day long. This event is included with general admission to the arboretum.

Rainbow Rock Band

April 15, 11 am (Doors Open at 10:30 am)

World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St., Philadelphia

Join World Cafe Live for their renowned Peanut Butter and Jams this weekend with special performers, Rainbow Rock Band! This concert is both a celebration of Easter and a celebration of music.

Great Egg Hunt

April 15, 11 am — 1 pm

Franklin Square, 200 6th St., Philadelphia

This egg hunt is sure to be a great one! Head to Franklin Square for their Great Egg Hunt this Saturday. This event is free, and is best for children ages 10 and under. Registration begins the day of the event at 10 am.

Tea With The Easter Bunny

April 15, 1 — 3 pm

The Radnor Hotel, 591 E. Lancaster Ave., St. Davids

Take high tea this Saturday with the Easter Bunny in attendance! Tickets to this event are $59.95 for one child and one adult. Call 610-341-3145 to make your reservation.


Philadelphia Easter Promenade

April 16, 12:30 — 2 pm

400 South St., Philadelphia

Promenade yourself down to South Street this Sunday for an Easter celebration. There will be costume contents, treats, live music, an appearance by the Easter Bunny, and more! Can you win best dressed? Find out! This event is free to attend.


Photograph by Casey Kallen. 

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