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

Need plans? From weekday storytimes to get out of the house to date night ideas, we've got you covered from the 'burbs and into the city.

All Week:

Final Week of Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest

February 27 — March 5

Penn’s Landing, Philadelphia

Winter has been dwindling to a close for a while now, but this week it takes its final bow. Jump onto the rink for one last skate, take a lounge in the lodge, or take in the views on the waterfront while the decorations are still up. If you miss it, don’t worry! It will be back this year around the holidays, and we’ll let you know when.

East Passyunk Restaurant Week

February 27 — March 5 (continues through March 10)

East Passyunk Avenue

Try foods from all over the world without having to leave Philly! Along East Passyunk Avenue, participating restaurants are offering prix-fixe lunch and dinner menus from February 27 — March 10. There are $15, $25, and $35 menu options available. Enjoy comfort Italian food, decadent French fare, and more. Be sure to make your reservations in advance — it will fill up fast! — and follow the #EPRW hashtag on Twitter and Instagram for last-minute and hard to get reservations.

Winterthur Reopens

March 1 — 5, 10 am — 5 pm

Winterthur Museum and Gardens, 5105 Kennett Pike, Winterthur, Delaware

The gorgeous gardens and museum at Winterthur is opening back up for the spring. With their reopening comes family programming, long walks in the gardens, museum tours, and much more.

Franklin Square Reopens

March 1 — 5 pm

Franklin Square, 200 6th St., Philadelphia

The Franklin Square’s programming has halted over the winter months, and now they’re opening again on March 1. Jump on the carousel, play on the green, and eat some SquareBurger treats in the (pre)spring sunshine.


Monday:

The Handwork Studio Workshop

February 27, 4 — 4:45 pm

Lulu’s Casita, 6 Cricket Ave., Ardmore

Join Lulu’s Casita and The Handwork Studio this Monday to celebrate February, the month of love. You’re invited to stitch a heart into cardstock to take home with you and your little one. They ask that you register in advance. This event is included with admission to the casita.

Bessie Coleman Airplane Craft

February 27, 4:30 pm

Eastwick Library, 2851 Island Ave., Philadelphia

Learn more about African-American pilot Bessie Coleman. Children will learn about her amazing accomplishments and make their own Popsicle stick airplanes. This event is free and open to the public.

Yoga at Jenkins Arboretum and Gardens

February 27, 6 — 7:30 pm

Jenkins Arboretum, 631 Berwyn Baptist Road, Devon

For the final class in an eight-week series, head out for this all levels yoga. The class is taught by Janet Muti, instructor at YogaLife. Find your inner zen on a Monday, the day you least expect it.


Tuesday:

Storytime and Craft

February 28, 10 — 11 am

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

Kids love this weekly event at Linvilla Orchards, which is free and open to the public.


Wednesday:

Little Explorers: It’s Raining, It’s Pouring

March 1, 10 — 11:30 am

Bartram’s Gardens, 5400 Lindbergh Blvd., Philadelphia

Springtime brings with it rain showers and wiggly earthworms, and Bartram’s Gardens is hosting an event for children to explore the rain with art and science. This event is designed for toddlers and preschoolers ages 2 — 4, and one chaperone is required for every two children. This event costs $12 per student and is free for Bartram’s Garden members at the family level and up.

Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!

March 1, 10:30 am

Thomas F. Donatucci Sr. Library, 1935 Shunk St., Philadelphia

Celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday a day early this year. There will be stories and games — and let’s not forget, it’s not a birthday party without cake! This event is free and open to the public.

Squeaky Wheels

March 1, 10:30 — 11:30 am

Winterthur Museum and Gardens, 5105 Kennett Pike, Winterthur, Delaware

With the opening of Winterthur Museum and Gardens this week comes the start of spring family programming. The first Wednesday of every month is Squeaky Wheels! Designed for parents and their toddlers, this event is an interactive tour through the gardens and galleries kids will love. This event is $5 per child, one adult per child admitted free. Members get in free.

Weekday Wildflower Walks

March 1, 11:15 am  — 1:15 pm

Tyler Arboretum, 515 Painter Road, Media

Spring has sprung early this year, and it’s the perfect time to take a look at the early budding blooms at Tyler Arboretum. Join garden experts Richard Brenner and Dick Cloud for a guided walk to discover them all. This event is included with admission to the arboretum.

First Wednesdays

March 1, 4 — 7 pm

Please Touch Museum, 4231 Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia

Every first Wednesday of the month, the Please Touch Museum offers $2 admission after 4 pm and extended play time until 7 pm. 

Yoga for Kids

March 1, 5:30 pm

Whitman Library, 200 Snyder Ave., Philadelphia

Yoga can seem intimidating, especially for kids who are always on the move. This Wednesday, take them to a yoga class made for kids! All skill levels are welcome ages 12 and under. This event is free and open to the public.

Main Line Parent Community Dinner

March 1, 7:30 — 9:30

The Silverspoon (Freeman’s Gallery), 503 West Lancaster Ave., Wayne

We’re all about building community, and this week we’re hosting a dinner! Join us at the Silverspoon in Wayne for food and conversation. We’ll provide your first glass of Prosecco, but you’re free to BYO! Get your tickets now and meet new friends.


Thursday:

Children’s Read-Aloud Tour

March 2, 10:30 am

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

Join the Brandywine River Museum of Art for a fun storytime and read along event children will adore. This week is Lines That Wiggle by Candace Whitman. Children are invited after the reading to create their own artwork inspired by the story! This event is free for members, and is $5 per child (one adult per child included) for non-members. Register for this event by calling 610-388-8382 or emailing education@brandywine.org.

Meet me at WAC: Art for Alzheimer’s

March 2, 1:30 — 3 pm

Wayne Art Center, 413 Maplewood Ave., Wayne

If a family members of yours has Alzheimer’s, the Wayne Art Center has a new program for those with early to mid-stage Alzheimer’s disease and their family members or caretakers. Participants will take in the art around them as well as create art themselves. This event is $10 to attend; materials are included.

Music on the Brandywine

March 2, 7:30 pm (the museum opens at 6 pm)

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

Join the Brandywine River Museum of Art for the ultimate date night idea (you can take credit!) Enjoy an evening under the stars filled with music and delight. As of right now, the weather is looking lovely! Advance tickets are $12 for members, $15 for nonmembers, and $8 for students. Prices increase after March 1 to $20 for member, $25 for nonmembers and $10 for students.


Friday:

Homeschool Workshop: Mixed Media Masterpiece

March 3, 2 — 3:30 pm

Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, 118 — 128 N. Broad St., Philadelphia

PAFA’s programming for homeschooled students takes many different forms, and so does art. Join them for a mixed media workshop this Friday for homeschooled students that also acts as a sample for the programming offered at PAFAs summer arts camp! This event is $10 for family level members, which includes the student and the parent.

First Friday Soda Tasting

March 3, 5 — 7 pm

Rocket Fizz, 302 Arch St., Philadelphia

You deserve a treat this Friday! For $5, you get to try five sodas and take a commemorative cup home with you.

Sweethearts of Rhythm

March 3, 6 — 8 pm

Woodmere Art Museum, 9201 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia

In conjunction with “The Storybook Magic of Jerry Pinkney exhibit, join the Woodmere Art Museum for a tribute concert to the Sweethearts of Rhythm swing band, the first interracial women’s swing band that performed in the 1930s and 40s all over the United States and Europe. It’s sure to be a swingin’ good time!

 


All Weekend:

Dear Edwina

March 4, 5 pm

March 5, 11 am

The Player’s Club of Swarthmore, 614 Fairview Ave., Swarthmore

If your child is a fan of Junie B. Jones, they’ll adore this sweet musical about 13-year old Edwina and her friends about the joys of being a kid and growing up. Tickets are $10 for ages 12 and up, and $8 for children ages 3 — 11. All seats are general admission.

Paleopalooza

March 4 and 5, 10 am — 5 pm

The Academy of Natural Sciences, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway Philadelphia

It’s time for Paleopalooza! This year’s “Festival of Fossils” is bigger and better than ever. LEarn about the mystery and fascinating science behind fossils, learn about the ancient sky and prehistoric dinosaurs, and more. There are interactive shows, activities, tours, and crafting activities to enjoy all weekend long. You don’t want to miss this one. This event is included with general admission to the museum.


Saturday:

Berenstain Bears Meet and Greet and Storytime

March 4, 10:30 — 11 am

Please Touch Museum, 4231 Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia

The Berenstain Bears are available for a short meet and greet this Saturday morning at the Please Touch Museum! Hear their story and get a photo at this fun event. This event is included with general admission to the museum.

Gallery Romp: Africa

March 4, 10:30 — 11:30 am

Penn Museum, 3260 South St., Philadelphia

This event, curated for children ages 3 —6 and their grownups are invited to explore Penn Museum’s galleries through stories, craft, and play. This week, the gallery romp is about Zomo the rabbit, a “trickster” from West Africa. This event is free with admission to the museum, but advance registration is recommended.

Read Across America

March 4, 11 am

Elmwood Park Zoo, 1661 Harding Blvd., Norristown

Are you ready to read? Each year children are called upon to read across the country to celebrate the stories of Dr. Seuss, typically on his birthday. This year it’ll be held at Elmwood Park Zoo on Saturday. There will be a book fair and special appearances by children’s author Jerry Spinelli, the Berenstain Bears, and Curious George! Admission to this event is included with general admission to the zoo.

‘Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix’

March 4, 11 am

The Bryn Mawr Film Institute, 824 W. Lancaster Ave., Bryn Mawr

The fifth Harry Potter film will inspire and enthrall you this Saturday and your family joins Harry and his fellow classmates in a stand against tyranny and evil in the form of the meanest teacher there ever was, pink-clad Dolores Umbridge. Admission to the movie is $5 for adults and $4 for kids.

Maple Sugar Magic

March 4, 11 am and 2:30 pm

Green Lane Park, 2144 Snyder Road, Green Lane

It’s maple sugaring season, and life couldn’t be sweeter. Join Green Lane park for their Maple Sugar Magic event, where kids and parents will learn how trees are tapped and how maple syrup is made. You are also invited to taste maple syrup in a blind taste test — can you tell the difference? Find out at this free event.

Dr. Seuss Birthday Party

March 4, 2 — 3 pm

Ardmore Free Library, 108 Ardmore Ave., Ardmore

Celebrate the life and work of Dr. Seuss this weekend at the Ardmore Free Library! Hear the stories read aloud and make crafts in an afternoon full of fun. This event is free and open to the public.


Sunday:

Family Festivals: Set Sail

March 5, 10 am — 3 pm

The Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia

The Philadelphia Museum of Art invites you to set sail on an adventure on the high seas. Explore the sea through art, meet real members of the Coast Guard, and build your own boat! This event is free after pay what you wish admission.

Artmaking and Storytelling

March 5, 11 am — noon

Woodmere Art Museum, 9201 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia

Looking at the illustrations from storybooks in the “Storybook Magic of Jerry Pinkney exhibit, children are invited to create their own art inspired by what they’ve seen this Sunday. There will also be a reading of one of the books featured in the art gallery! This event is for children ages 3 — 5 and is free to attend.

PNC Arts Alive Free First Sunday

March 5, 11 am — 2 pm

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

The first Sunday of every month marks the PNC Arts Alive Free First Sunday at the Brandywine River Museum of Art. This month, groove to the beat at Rhythm and Hues. Children and parents alike are invited to march to the beat of their own rhythm and learn about the visual art and diaspora West African drum and dance traditions from the Mali Empire. This event is free and open to the public,

Slueths and Spies

March 5, 3 — 4 pm

The Rosenbach Museum, 2008 Delancey Place, Philadelphia

Are you ready to solve a mystery? Join the Rosenbach Museum in the spirit of Sherlock Holmes to explore the unfinished novel of Charles Dickens and early editions of the works of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. This hands-on tour allows visitors a look at items that are not usually on view at the museum, and so fill up quickly. Advance registration is highly recommended. Tickets are $15 for adults $13 for seniors, and $10 for students.

 

Photograph by Jeff Fusco courtesy of Franklin Square. 


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