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

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‘Hamilton: The Constitutional Clashes That Shaped a Nation’

Through December 31

National Constitution Center, 525 Arch St., Philadelphia


Walk in Alexander Hamilton’s shoes (literally) and learn more about the Founding Father whose life has fascinated Americans for centuries. This exhibit focuses on the intellectual and political conflicts between Hamilton and his contemporaries, including Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and John Adams, and of course, Aaron Burr (that one was a bit more personal). It’s included with museum admission.

‘Game Masters’

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.

‘Snow White’

Through June 10

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


Two actors perform all the roles in this world premiere production of the beloved fairy tale. Click here to read our review.


Through June 10

Media Theatre, 104 E. State St., Media


Inspired by the Newsboy Strike of 1899, this Disney musical is full of great songs and dance routines. Tickets are $33 — $58.

Chinese Lantern Festival in Franklin Square

Through June 30

200 N. Sixth St., Philadelphia


Franklin Square will once again glow with 1,500 individual works of art consisting of giant sculptures wrapped in colorful silk and filled with thousands of LED lights. Guests will also enjoy the nightly Dragon Beer Garden and Asian cuisine. Read our full guide to the Chinese Lantern Festival to plan your visit. Want to know more? Go behind the scenes and see how these beautiful lanterns were made!

Parks on Tap: FDR Park

May 23–28

1500 Pattison Ave. (at Broad Street), Philadelphia


Parks on Tap comes to South Philly for the Memorial Day weekend, with extended hours (including Memorial Day) and a big location close to the ballparks.

‘The Prince and the Pauper’

May 16—June 3

Sedgwick Theater, 7137 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia


Mark Twain’s classic tale of mistaken identity is full of wild adventures as two boys risk it all to find out who they are, what they are worth, and what friendship really is.


Music Monday with Roots with Ruark

May 21, 10—10:30 am

Lulu’s Casita, 6 Cricket Ave., Ardmore


Join Ruark for music circle, then stay after and play at Lulu’s.

Not a Peep Sleep Workshop

May 21, 10:30 am—noon

The Nesting House, 4501 Baltimore Ave., Philadelphia


Join Pediatric Sleep Consultant Maria Lopez for a sleep workshop and learn about the science of sleep, what makes your child’s sleep different, and walk away with the tools to troubleshoot your sleep issues at home.

Story Jams at DiSilvestro

May 21, 10:30 am

DiSilvestro Rec Center, 1701 S. 15th St., Philadelphia


This playgroup focused on play and positivity includes storytime, music, dancing, and sensory exploration.

Birds, Birds, Birds at Norristown Farm Park

May 21, 1 pm

2500 Upper Farm Road, Norristown


Kids age 3 and up can learn more about our colorful feathered friends, hear a story, make a bird craft, and walk to listen and look for birds in the park. Pre-registration is required.

Snake Party!

May 21, 4 pm

Lovett Memorial Library, 6945 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia


Snake expert Scott Prior will bring some of his large collection of favorite live snakes – all harmless! You can learn about snakes, and if you are brave you can even pet one!


Music Monkey Jungle at Reading Terminal Market

May 22, 10 — 10:30 am

51 N. 12th St., Philadelphia


Sing, dance, move, and have a rockin’ good time with Music Monkey Jungle. Admission is free and open to the public.

Elephant and Piggie at Children’s Book World

May 22, 11:30 am and 4 pm

17 Haverford Station Road, Haverford


Elephant and Piggie are popping in on their “Thank-O-Rama Tour” for some silly springtime fun and activities. There will be crafts, a reading corner, and of course meet-and-greet and photo opportunities with Elephant and Piggie!

Garden Sprouts at Tyler Arboretum

May 22, 1—2:30 pm

515 Painter Road, Media


Kids age 4-6 will learn about “Dandy Dandelions.” Read about these dandy wildflowers and sample some dandelion leaves!

Sensory Friendly Event at LEGOLAND

May 22, 5—7 pm

LEGOLAND Discovery Center, Plymouth Meeting Mall, Unit #1055, 500 W. Germantown Pike, Plymouth Meeting


LEGOLAND is teaming up with The Ruttenberg Autism Center and MusicWorks to provide a sensory friendly LEGO experience and music therapy. There will be music therapy sessions, reduction of sound and light levels in certain areas, and quiet spaces.

Night Skies in the Observatory

May 22, 7—10 pm

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


Join Chief Astronomer Derrick Pitts for planetarium shows, a live presentation on astronomy or space science, hands-on astronomy activities, and continuous telescopic observing all evening (weather permitting). There’s also a cash bar for the grownups!


Mommy (or Daddy) & Me Gardening

May 23, 10—10:30 am

Linvilla Orchards, 137 W. Knowlton Road, Media


Every Wednesday, Miss Marcia will be picking another gardening subject to introduce to you and your child.

Tyler Arboretum Little Chefs

May 23, 10—11:30 am, and 1—2:30 pm

515 Painter Road, Media


Make tomato sauce, then use it to create pizza-inspired treats, with some of nature’s best toppings. Thematic content and cooking tasks will be best suited to kids ages 3-6, but all ages are welcome.

Welsh Valley Middle School Band at Reading Terminal Market

May 23, 11:30 am—1 pm

51 N. 12th St., Philadelphia


The band from Welsh Valley Middle School will perform at Reading Terminal Market’s music space.

PECO Performances at The Porch: Unidos da Filadelfia

May 23, noon—1 pm

2955 Market St. (at 30th Street Station), Philadelphia


Kick off the season of performances at The Porch with Unidos da Filadelfia samba school, who will do a free Brazilian drumming show. There will also be foodtrucks on site.

Farmers Market Opening Day at the Singing Fountain

May 23, 3—7 pm

11th and Tasker Streets (East Passyunk), Philadelphia


Celebrate the return of the Singing Fountain and the weekly Fountain Farmers’ Market kickoff for the season. There will be live music by Dariel Peniazek, specials at neighboring businesses on East Passyunk Avenue, and an outdoor market with local produce, cheese, bread and other vendors.

ADULTS ONLY: Party in the Playground

May 23, 5:30—8 pm

Smith Memorial Playground and Playhouse, 3500 Reservoir Drive, Philadelphia


Come for an adults-only benefit for Smith Memorial Playground and Playhouse. Enjoy food from popular food trucks, cocktails, live entertainment, a silent auction, and an evening honoring two extraordinary champions of play.


Storytime at Mt. Cuba Center

May 24, 10:30—11:30 am

3120 Barley Mill Road, Hockessin, Delaware


Get lost in a book during Mt. Cuba’s “Story Time in the Gardens.” Children age 5 and under are invited to visit the gardens for a story from a nature-themed children’s book. Meet in the Main House before walking outside to read.

Sail Philadelphia begins with the Parade of Sail

May 24, 3—5 pm

Penn’s Landing, 101 N. Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia


The Sail Philadelphia festival kicks off with the Parade of Sail on Thursday, May 24. This is a free event where everyone in attendance can see the tall ships arrive to Penn’s Landing in a stunning display of maritime pageantry. Each ship gets its moment to shine in the parade before docking. The event is free, though if you really want to live it up, you can participate in the parade with a Sail Away ticket, which (for $150) offers an exclusive three-hour experience on the water complete with views of the arriving ships. Don’t worry—if you miss out on this cruise, there are other cruise opportunities throughout the festival.

Opening Day of the Devon Horse Show

May 24, 8 am—10 pm

23 Dorset Road, Devon


The Devon Horse Show and Country Fair combines equestrians, family fun, and Main Line tradition in one fabulous 10-day event. It opens May 24 with a Family Day, which includes special deals all day on food, rides, and souvenirs at the Country Fair and Midway.

Photo Pop! Opens

May 24, 3—11 pm (timed tickets required)

1315 Walnut St., Philadelphia


This brand new interactive pop-up exhibit contains selfie-worthy art, impactful murals, fun installations, and an endless amount of photo opportunities all created by local artists. The theme is red, white, and blue; and fittingly the exhibit runs from Memorial Day through Independence Day!

Mario Kart IRL

May 24, 4—4:45 pm

Haverford Township Free Library, 1601 Darby Road, Havertown


With the aid of the HTFL Teens, design a track and obstacles to use with remote controlled Mario Karts to race against friends! For kids in Kindergarten through 5th Grade.

Yoga for Kindergarten and Up

May 24, 4:45 pm

Andorra Library, 705 E. Cathedral Road


Stretch, bend, and pose!  Be sure to wear comfortable clothing (and if you happen to have a yoga mat, feel free to bring it).

Dinos After Dark

May 24, 5—8 pm

Academy of Natural Sciences, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia


The museum will be open late with pay-as you-wish admission, a “Dino Drafts” pop-up beer garden and tacos in Dinosaur Hall, live animal presentations, and fun hands-on activities.  This month, there will also be family-friendly yoga and movement activities at 5:30pm and 7 pm.

Roots with Ruark at Penn Wynne Library

May 24, 5—6 pm

130 Overbrook Parkway, Wynnewood


Come or a free interactive music class for toddlers and preschoolers, with songs ranging from preschool favorites to Top 40 hits. RSVP online to reserve your spot.

Superhero Movie Night at Schmidt’s Commons

May 24, 7—9 pm

1001 N. Second St., Philadelphia


Each month, Schmidt’s Commons will be featuring a different superhero movie.  This month, it’s THOR: Ragnarok.  Bring your own chair (and cape, if you so choose).


Schuylkill Center Day-Off Camp: Canoeing

May 25, 8 am—3 pm (extended care available til 6 pm)

8480 Hagy’s Mill Road, Philadelphia


Kids ages 5-12 will explore ponds, streams, and wetlands, ending the day in canoes on Wind Dance Pond. Be sure to pack a bathing suit and water-friendly clothing! Pre-registration is required.

Devon Horse Show and Country Fair

May 24—June 3, 8 am—10 pm

23 Dorset Road, Devon


The Devon Horse Show and Country Fair combines equestrians, family fun, and Main Line tradition in one fabulous 10-day event. Make sure to visit the midway for rides and more family fun! View our guide to the Devon Horse Show here!

Music and Dance for All Ages

May 25, 10:30 am

Roxborough Library, 6245 Ridge Ave., Philadelphia


Jeannette’s School of Dance will engage kids with music and dancing for all ages.

‘Parkopolis’ Grand Opening at Please Touch Museum

May 25, 11 am—5pm

4231 Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia


This new exhibit at the Please Touch Museum marries STEM concepts with play and physical activities!

Sail Philadelphia and Waterfront Festival

May 25—28, 11 am—7pm

Penn’s Landing, 101 N. Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia


Sail Philadelphia is a five-day celebration honoring the sailing community as well as Philadelphia’s history as a maritime city. From a family-friendly waterfront festival on land (including indoor activities at Independence Seaport Museum) to engaging cruises of the Delaware River aboard one of these amazing ships, there is so much to do and see. See our guide to the festival here.

National Tap Dance Day

May 25, 6—8 pm

City Hall Courtyard, 1401 John F. Kennedy Blvd., Philadelphia


Come for a celebration of music, tap dancing, and street performances at City Hall. All are welcome—bring your tap shoes!

Movie in the Park: ‘Coco’

May 25, 7:15 pm (movie after sundown)

Hawthorne Park, 1200 Catherine Street, Philadelphia


Gather early to meet some neighbors. Bring a chair or blanket and enjoy Pixar’s hit film Coco, filled with music and heart.

ShowStoppers Spring Revue

May 25, 7:30 pm

Kimmel Center, 300 S. Broad St., Philadelphia


This free spring showcase of teens from the Kimmel Center’s after-school musical theater program will entertain and inspire with songs from musicals like West Side Story and Dear Evan Hansen. This is a free event, but you must reserve your tickets.

Family Outdoor Movie Night: ‘JUMANJI’

May 25, 8:15—10:15 pm

Bartram’s Garden, 5400 Lindbergh Blvd., Philadelphia


Come to Bartram’s Garden for a free screening of JUMANJI: Welcome to the Jungle. Arrive early, at 7:15 pm, for a free one-hour twilight tour of the garden.



Photograph by C. Smyth for Visit Philadelphia. 



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