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

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‘Winter Fountains’

Through March 18

Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia

 

This surreal art installation by Jennifer Steinkamp has no water, but the lighted domes along the Parkway are utterly captivating. This is part of the larger Parkway 100 celebration, and it’s free. Just be prepared to stay a while — these are mesmerizing.

Indoor Mini Golf

Daily through March 31

Linvilla Orchards, 137 W. Knowlton Road, Media

 

Even the coldest day can’t keep you off these links! The orchards’ “Fore the Planet” course was designed by the Academy of Natural Sciences and featured environmental education along with some physical fun. It’s $6.95 for ages 11 and up to play and $5.95 for ages 10 and under.

Orchid Extravaganza

Daily through March 28

Longwood Gardens, 1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square

 

These beautiful flowers are the focus of an indoor celebration, bringing bursts of brilliant color to even the dreariest day. This is free with admission to the gardens and for members.

‘The Diary of Anne Frank’

Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays through March 31

People’s Light, 39 Conestoga Road, Malvern

 

The touching, tragic story comes to life at this small theater. Suitable for older kids and teenagers.

Sid the Science Kid: The Super-Duper Exhibit!’

Daily through May 6

Please Touch Museum, 4231 Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia

 

Using the settings and situations from the PBS show, kids will discover and investigate everyday science questions through age-appropriate lessons and experiments in this super-duper interactive exhibit!

Crocs: Ancient Predators in a Modern World’

Daily through May 6

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

 

Get up close to crocodilians with nearly a dozen live species, as well as realistic models and interactive elements at the Academy of Natural Science’s newest exhibit.

Women’s History Month at the National Constitution Center

Through March 31

525 Arch St., Philadelphia

 

Participate in an array of activities throughout March, including the new program “Decoding the Lyrics: Bad Romance: Women’s Suffrage,” which rewrites Lady Gaga’s song to tell the story of women’s suffrage with more than a little bit of levity. Take a self-guided tour of the museum’s main exhibition, “The Story of We the People,” which highlights defining moments in women’s history. Artifact highlights include a judicial robe worn by retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor and a collection of artifacts from Susan B. Anthony and the movement for women’s suffrage. You can also test your knowledge of women’s history at the Giant Game Board.

Monday

Chelsea Clinton at Children’s Book World

March 12, 6 pm

17 Haverford Station Road, Haverford

 

Chelsea Clinton will be at Children’s Book World in Haverford for her new children’s book, She Persisted Around the World: 13 Women Who Changed History, which celebrates women who have used their voices and determination to create change and shape history. You will have the chance to buy her books, meet Clinton, and get your book signed. Tickets are required, and your ticket gets you the new book as well as admission for up to four family members.

Sixth Annual Research to Practice Symposium

March 12, 8:30 am — 3:30 pm

AIM Academy, 1200 River Road, Conshohocken

 

Educators (and parents) can learn from top experts on bridging the gap between the needs of students with reading-based learning differences, current research, and classroom practices. This year’s theme is “Reading Proficiency: Differences That Matter – Another Look at High Risk Populations – Literacy Development & Practices That Work.” This event is free.

Girls Rock Women’s History Month: Movie

March 12, 4 pm

Free Library of Philadelphia, Lovett Memorial Branch, 6945 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia

 

School-age kids can enjoy a snack and a short movie that celebrates girl power!

Make a Friendship Bracelet

March 12, 4 pm

Free Library of Philadelphia,, Fumo Family Branch, 2437 S. Broad St., Philadelphia

 

Inspired by the time period of Another Brooklyn — the pick for One Book, One Philadelphia — kids will make a craft that was popular in the 1970s.

Tuesday

Sound Start Free Demo Class

March 13, 10 — 10:45 am

Little Nest Portraits Chestnut Hill, 8617 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia

 

Come for a special demonstration class of Sound Start’s research based music classes developed for children newborn through age 4 to enjoy with a parent or caregiver. Pre-register to reserve your spot.

Sid the Science Kid Meet and Greet

March 13, 10:30 am and 1:30 pm

Please Touch Museum, 4231 Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia

 

Meet Sid the Science Kid in Hamilton Hall for a picture, then visit his super-duper exhibit!

Around the Table

March 13, 4:30 pm

Free Library of Philadelphia, South Philadelphia Branch, 1700 S. Broad St., Philadelphia

 

Taking inspiration from the traditions of family reunions celebrated in This Is the Rope (this year’s children’s book selection for One Book, One Philadelphia), participants will make reusable place mats and hear stories from Mama Carla Wiley—a storyteller, educator and artist who weaves together multi-generational memories with activities for children that inspire and engage the whole family.

Newborn Sleep 101

March 13, 11 am

Center City Pediatrics, 1740 South St., Philadelphia

 

This 90-minute interactive workshop facilitated by certified sleep coach Erica Desper will cover the most common causes of pediatric sleep issues, the typical pitfalls that lead to sleepless nights and the different methods to overcome them. This workshop is tailored for parents and caregivers of newborns through 3 months of age. You don’t have to be a patient at Center City Pediatrics, but you do need to preregister.

Garden Sprouts

March 13, 1 — 2:30 pm

Tyler Arboretum, 515 Painter Road, Media

 

Ready, set, grow! Take a look at seeds of all kinds, learn what they need to grow, and plant some to sprout at home. Then sample a special seed snack. Program is for kids ages 4-6.

St. Patrick’s Day at Gladwyne Library

March 13, 4 — 4:30

362 Righters Mill Road, Gladwyne

 

Make a leprechaun and Irish potatoes to get ready for St. Patrick’s Day.

Wednesday

Little Chefs

March 14, 10 — 11:30 am

Tyler Arboretum, 515 Painter Road, Media

 

Make pancake art! Get creative with pancake designs, and top it off with tasty maple syrup. Thematic content and cooking tasks will be best suited to kids ages 3-6, but all ages are welcome.

Snake Party!

March 14, 4 pm

Free Library of Philadelphia, Fishtown Community Branch, 1217 E. Montgomery Ave., Philadelphia

 

Learn all about snake behavior and habitats. Scott Prior will bring some of his favorite live snakes for an up-close-and-personal encounter with these fascinating creatures. If you are brave enough, you can pet one!

Magic Lessons (Grades 6-8)

March 14, 4:30 — 5:30 pm

Free Library of Philadelphia, Tacony Branch, 6742 Torresdale Ave., Philadelphia

 

Join magician Jim MacElroy for this series of fun lessons on how to perform real magic tricks! Register in advance, as class space is limited.

MOMS’ NIGHT OUT: Yoga Wine and a Whole Lot More

March 14, 6 — 9 pm

Levering Mill House, 382 Bala Ave., Bala Cynwyd

 

Join the “M” List and Focus Fitness for a night with friends, food, shopping, bubbles, and of course yoga! Be sure to snap a picture in the photo booth and grab a swag bag with goodies from Main Line Parent!

Thursday

Toddler Time

March 15, 10 am and 11 am

The Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia

 

Bring your curious and imaginative toddlers (ages 2-4) to the museum for art-related stories, art making, movement activities, and an introduction to the works in the Barnes collection.

Children’s Read-Aloud Tour

March 15, 10:30 am

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

 

Hear The Tallest Leprechaun, see the museum’s collection, then make your own art. This event is free for members, and $5 for a non-member child (one adult gets to come along for free). Please pre-register by calling 610-388-8382 or emailing the museum.

Wow! Wee Ones

March 15, 10:30 — 11:30 am

Winterthur Museum, Garden, and Library, 5105 Kennett Pike. Wilmington, Delaware

 

This event is for kids ages 3-5 and incorporates movement, music, and learning in a fun environment. It’s free for members and kids under 2; non-members pay $5 each for the first child and adult.

Preschool Science Exploration

March 15, 11 am

Free Library of Philadelphia, Lillian Marrero Branch, 601 W. Lehigh Ave., Philadelphia

 

Kids ages 3-7 will explore concepts of science and do STEM activities.

Learn Listen Play

March 15, 11:30 am — 12:30 pm

Penn Wynne Library, 130 Overbrook Parkway, Wynnewood

 

An interactive drum and music program for toddlers and preschoolers (and their caregivers). Register online.

Family Swim

March 15, noon — 1 pm

Goldfish Swim School Oaks, 180 E. Mill Road, Oaks

 

Help christen the newest Goldfish Swim School with a FREE chance for you and your kids to get in the water! A formal ribbon-cutting starts at 11:30 am.

Women’s History Month Storytime

March 15, 4 pm

Free Library of Philadelphia, Whitman Branch, 200 Snyder Ave., Philadelphia

 

Storytime and crafts focused on the contributions of women to events in history and contemporary society.

Philadelphia Orchestra’s All City Festival

March 15, 7 pm

Kimmel Center, 300 S. Broad St., Philadelphia

 

The All City Band, Choir, and Orchestra will perform a free concert in Verizon Hall. Tickets are required, and seating is general admission.

St. Patrick’s Day Skate

March 15, 6 — 9 pm

Rolling Thunder Skating Rink, 7017 Roosevelt Blvd., Philadelphia

 

Wear green for free admission and skate the night away.

Friday

Drop-in Beatles Jam

March 16, 9:30 — 10 am

Nest Center City, 1301 Locust St., Philadelphia

 

Join Mr. Kelvin while he sings and play Beatles favorites on the guitar! Free for Nest members (non-members can drop in for $20).

‘Swan Lake’ Student Matinee

March 16, 11 am — 1 pm

Academy of Music, 240 S. Broad St., Philadelphia

 

If you’re looking for a more kid-friendly viewing environment to see Tchaikovsky’s classic Swan Lake, consider the student matinee, which is a full, regular performance presented to an audience that primarily consists of elementary and middle school students.

Rabbity Art & Yoga

March 16, 11 am — noon

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

 

Join Rabbit and friends as they hop and bop along in a joyful interactive story time using music, art, and kids’ yoga to discover the beginnings of spring. Children will take home a simple craft. Best for ages 2-6, but all are welcome.

STEM Career Showcase (Grades 8-12)

March 16, 3 — 7 pm

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

 

The STEM Career Showcase is the perfect way for students to begin exploring the wide world of STEM careers, and learn about the many free camps, after-school programs, and internships available to our city’s most curious students. Many STEM professionals will be there to give “flash talks” about their careers.

YMCA Youth Cooking Night

March 16, 6:30 — 9:30 pm

5120 Chestnut St., Philadelphia

 

Kids ages 5-12 will create their own pizzas and watch a cooking-themed movie, while you get a night out! Register in advance.

Philadelphia Events

All Weekend

Button’s Birthday Weekend

March 16 — 18

Adventure Aquarium, 1 Riverside Drive, Camden

 

Button the hippo will be celebrating her 21st birthday in Adventure Aquarium’s Hippo Haven all weekend long! Button and her hippo pal Genny will enjoy special fruit and veggie hippo-friendly birthday cakes each morning to kick off party time, and as the party comes to a close each day, you can wish happy birthday to Button and a good night to both the girls during Hippo Bedtime!

 

There will also be crafts, a giant birthday card to sign, enrichment activities, hippo talks, and more. Much of the celebration will have a St. Patrick’s Day theme as well, including green hippo treats.

Citizen Science Lab

March 17 — 18, 11 am, 1 pm, and 3:30 pm

211 S. Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia

 

The museum will host hands-on, interactive experiences centered around water, with a focus on the Delaware River’s biology, ecology and chemistry, plus language arts, history and basic engineering.

Saturday

Bubble Guppies Live! ‘Ready to Rock’

March 17, 2 pm and 5 pm

Merriam Theater, 250 S. Broad St., Philadelphia

 

Including a wave of playful characters, energetic song and dance, and theatrical magic, Nickelodeon’s Bubble Guppies will come to life in an interactive stage show. There are two performance times, as well as an optional meet-and-greet add-on.

St. Patrick’s Day Celebration

March 17, 10 am — 5 pm

Please Touch Museum, 4231 Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia

 

This family festival will feature an Irish step-dancing performance, a hands-on traditional Irish cooking demonstration, storytimes, and themed art programming to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.

Schuylkill Saturdays: Nature Exploration for Families

March 17, 10:30 — 11:30 am

Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, 8480 Hagy’s Mill Road, Philadelphia

 

Gather in the Discovery Center for a short introduction and craft before hitting the trails for a naturalist-led exploration and discovery with your family.

Fishtown Fishing Derby

March 17, 8 — 11 am

Penn Treaty Park, 1199 N. Delaware Ave., Philadelphia

 

Fishing experts and novices alike can participate in the derby, with prizes for the biggest fish caught. There will be rods provided for kids, who will all receive participation prizes. Adults must have a fishing license to enter.

Women in Science Day

March 17, 10 am — 3 pm

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

 

Participate in hands-on activities featuring local partners who represent an array of scientific fields to show the many opportunities available to women in the STEM arena. Female scientists from the Franklin Institute will also share their science stories and demonstrate hands-on science for visitors. The day will also feature a special presentation, “Breaking Barriers in Space,” a conversation with Dr. Soyeon Yi—at just 29 years old, she became South Korea’s first astronaut and the 49th woman to travel to space.

Harriet Tubman Living History Experience

March 17, 11 am — noon

Wyck Historic House, 6026 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia

 

This program (suitable for kids age 9 and up) highlights and heightens public awareness of the Underground Railroad, the Civil War, and the life of one of our country’s strongest and most courageous women. Tubman will be portrayed by Millicent Sparks, an accomplished actor, writer, and producer.

Indoor Playtime and Open Gym

March 17, 10:30 am — noon

Empirical Pediatric Therapy, 413 Fairmount Ave., Philadelphia

 

Children up to 10 years of age can climb, jump, swing, crash, and play at this brand-new indoor kids’ gym.

St. Patrick’s Day at Nest Chestnut Hill

March 17, 10 — 11:30 am

10 W. Gravers Lane, Philadelphia

 

Nest will have a themed craft, activities, green food for sale, and some other special treats for St. Patrick’s Day.

‘Finders Keepers’ Improv Show

March 17, noon — 1 pm

PHIT Comedy, 2030 Sansom St., Philadelphia

 

Come see some of Philly’s most talented improvisers, along with the wonderful teachers from the PHIT Kids and Teens program, perform a completely improvised family-friendly show right before your eyes.

Sunday

Family Time at the Art Museum

March 18, 11 am — 3 pm

Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia

 

The theme this week is “The Great Outdoors.” Come for a family tour at 11 am, where you will explore art inspired by nature. Then stay for the Family Art Cart from noon — 3 pm, where you can create your own masterpiece inspired by your tour!

How Do We Know? An Afternoon of Learning and Fun in the Penn Museum

March 18, 1 — 4 pm

Penn Museum, 3260 South St., Philadelphia

 

The Penn Museum will be free all day, and there will be gallery talks and tactile activities for all ages throughout the galleries. Kids and adults can learn about archaeological science through hands-on experiments and demonstrations all afternoon. This program is the kickoff event to Penn’s five-day multi-disciplinary Teach-In.

“Nonna Makes a Salad” Book Signing

March 18, 1 — 4 pm

Carré d’artistes Art Gallery, 104 S. 13th St., Philadelphia

 

Come check out this super stylish and imaginative book created by local author Hunter Fike, local artist Denise Fike, and Philly Current publisher Eddie Keels. The party will feature readings, light bites, and live one-of-a-kind fashion illustrations by Denise Fike. Best of all you can pick up a signed copy of the new book to take home and enjoy over and over!

Instrument Petting Zoo

March 18, 2 — 4 pm

PAFA, 118-128 N. Broad St., Philadelphia

 

Members of the Delaware County Symphony will be in the galleries to show their instruments, share information, and perform.

Sundays on Stage: ‘The Fisherman and the Flounder’

March 18, 2 pm (Doors at 1:30 pm)

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

 

With expressive masks, life-size puppets, original music, and imaginative scenic effects, Enchantment Theatre Company brings this beloved Grimm fairytale to life in a free, family-friendly performance.

Main Line and Suburban Events

All Weekend

Easter Bunny Brunch and Egg Hunt

March 17 and 18, 10:30 am and 12:30 pm

Elmwood Park Zoo, 1661 Harding Blvd., Norristown

 

Choose from three weekends, including Easter Sunday. Each brunch will feature an appearance by the Easter Bunny for a photo op, as well as crafts, admission to the zoo, and a brunch buffet. Then go for an “egg-ucational” hunt around the zoo as you learn about the different animals and win prizes at each station. There will be a special small egg hunt for little ones ages 0-3 as well.

Hayrides to Bunnyland

March 17-18, 11 am — 4 pm

Linvilla Orchards, 137 W. Knowlton Road, Media

 

Hop aboard a hayride as it carries you through the woods to visit the Easter Bunny’s house where you’ll have the chance to meet Linvilla’s Easter Bunny for photos and treats.

Saturday

Best for Boys Speaker Series: ‘Achieving Success Through Failure’

March 17, 9 — 10:30 am

The Haverford School, 450 Lancaster Ave., Haverford

 

Paul Assaiante, the winningest coach in college sports history, will address the community on how to raise balanced children in a pressurized society. Learn about the value of positive risk-taking and failure in raising resilient and healthy children. This event is free and open to the public, but please register in advance.

Little Learners

March 17, 10:30 — 11:30 am

Elmwood Park Zoo, 1661 Harding Blvd., Norristown

 

Learn about porcupines that call Elmwood Park Zoo home through live animal encounter, crafts, and other activities. For kids ages 3-5 and their caregivers.

OrKID Day

March 17, 11 am – 2 pm

Longwood Gardens, 1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square

 

As part of Longwood Gardens’ Orchid Extravaganza, this is a special day for kids to engage with these beautiful flowers. There will be activity stations for kids of all ages as well as discover unusual orchids from around the globe as they embark on an informative and fun orchid hunt.  Even youngest kids can enjoy interactive storyreading, puppets, and more.

Shamrock Planting

March 17, 11 am — noon

Terrain, 914 Baltimore Pike, Glen Mills

 

Bring along the little ones to plant a jar of lucky shamrock seeds, which will sprout as spring begins. The event costs $20, which includes seed sprouting instruction and Weck jar with soil, moss, and seeds to take home.

Easter Eggstravanza

March 17, 1:30 — 2:30 pm

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

 

The library will host Easter crafts and fun photo ops for kids and their families.

Sunday

El Bruncho with Elmo

March 18, 9:30 am — noon

Lulu’s Casita, 6 Cricket Ave., Ardmore

 

Elmo is coming to Lulu’s! Enjoy all-you-can-eat food stations, complimentary mimosas, playtime, and of course Elmo time!

David Bowie for Kids!

March 18, 11:30 am (Doors at 11 am)

Ardmore Music Hall, 23 E. 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, they’re bringing the music of David Bowie, so in the words of the Starman himself, “let all the children boogie.”

Gnome Homes, Hobbit Huts, Fairy Houses, and Forest Forts

March 18, 2 — 3 pm

Jenkins Arboretum and Gardens, 631 Berwyn Baptist Road, Devon

 

Using only natural materials and your imagination, create your own little structures to take home (or to leave at Jenkins). Jenkins will provide the materials – sticks, rocks, pebbles, bark, seeds, pods, cones, nuts, and leaves—to build these structures at this family workshop.

Stuffed Animal Clinic and Teddy Bear Tea

March 18, 2 — 3:30 pm

Delaware Museum of Natural History, 4840 Kennett Pike, Wilmington, Delaware

 

Bring your favorite cuddle friend to the museum for a checkup with the stuffed animal doctor. Then stay for storytime, “tea,” and a delicious treat. Pre-registration is required.

Girl Scout Thinking Day

March 18, 2 — 4 pm

Conestoga High School, 200 Irish Roadd, Berwyn

 

Girl Scouts, family, friends, teachers, and anyone interested in STEM education are invited to a special showcase entitled “Up in the Air.” Over 40 local Girl Scout troops will be showcasing their research on weather, aircraft, flight mechanics, winged creatures, and more through displays, activities, experiments, games, and hands-on fun. Special guests will include the Elmwood Park Zoo, Philadelphia Insectarium, and female aviators from the PA Chapter of Ninety-Nines.

 

 

Photograph by Laura Swartz. 

PHILADELPHIA ASSISTANT EDITOR

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