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30+ Things to Do With Kids This Week Around Philly and the Main Line: July 16–22

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‘Game Masters’ at the Franklin Institute

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.

‘Xtreme Bugs’ at Academy of Natural Sciences

Through January 21

1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia

 

Nearly 20 towering animatronic bugs will come alive in this new creepy crawly exhibit! Get a bug’s-eye view of the world and learn about their intricacies and behaviors. See our preview here.

Art Splash

Through September 3 (excluding Mondays)

Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia

 

Enjoy a summer of art exploration as the Philadelphia Museum of Art brings city-themed tours, projects, and more to the Great Stair Hall Balcony.  Kids and their grown-ups can experience the “Modern Times” exhibit through tours, art making, and imaginative play, including a LEGO build featuring a model of the Art Museum! On Sundays the museum offers pay-what-you-wish admission, though kids 12 and under are always free!

‘Hello From Japan!’ at Please Touch Museum

Through September 3

Please Touch Museum, 4231 Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia

 

The Please Touch Museum’s new “Hello from Japan!” is an immersive exhibit that teaches about Japanese culture, as well as literacy, math, and problem-solving skills through hands-on activities like construction and pretend play.

‘Hamilton: The Constitutional Clashes That Shaped a Nation’

Through December 31

National Constitution Center, 525 Arch St., Philadelphia

 

Walk in Alexander Hamilton’s shoes 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.

Photo Pop!

Through September 3 (excluding Mondays), 3—11 pm (last timed tickets for 10 pm)

1315 Walnut St., Philadelphia

 

This immersive and interactive pop-up exhibit celebrates local artists and is highly Instagram-worthy! See our preview here!

Longwood Garden’s Festival of Fountains

Through September 30

1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square

 

The gorgeous display of fountains is back combining lights, technology, and water displays which will excite the whole family.

Garden Railway at Morris Arboretum

Through October 8

100 E. Northwestern Ave., Philadelphia

 

Model trains and cable cars navigate a quarter-mile of track all set against the beautiful garden backdrop. The Garden Railway is one of the true highlights of the incredible Morris Arboretum, and is always a kid favorite. The exhibit runs daily through Labor Day (and then weekends only through October 8).

Spruce Street Harbor Park

11 am — 11 pm Monday — Thursday; 11 am — 1 am Friday and Saturday

301 S. Christopher Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia

 

This waterfront spot has food, drink, games, and is a great place to relax!

Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest

1 pm — 11 pm Monday — Thursday; 1 pm — 1 am Friday; 11 am — 1 am Saturday; 11 am — 11 pm Sunday

101 S. Christopher Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia

 

Skate, ride the Ferris wheel, play mini-golf, and then take a break for some crab fries and Skee-Ball. You can do it all at this fun attraction.

Cirque du Soleil: ‘VOLTA’

Through August 19

Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, 100 Station Ave, Oaks

 

A stunning show celebrating themes of freedom and self-discovery, and inspired in part by the adventurous spirit that fuels the culture of street sports, VOLTA weaves acrobatics in a visually striking world driven by a stirring melodic score.

Animal Party Workshops at Color Me Mine

July 16—20, 10 am—1 pm

109 W. Lancaster Ave., Wayne

 

A different animal-themed drop-off workshop every day, using different media. Sign up for one day or the whole week.

Shark Week at Please Touch Museum

July 16—21

4231 Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia

 

Please Touch Museum celebrates Shark Week with a week of STEM, art, and literacy based programs all about marine animals and habitats.

Parks on Tap: Burholme Park

July 18—22

7370 Central Ave., Philadelphia

 

Family-friendly beer garden Parks on Tap comes to the Northeast, located right in front of the Ryerss Museum and Library. On opening day (Wednesday, July 18), there will be free tours of the museum and an outdoor movie at night—Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

Ardmore Restaurant Week

July 16—29

 

Ardmore Restaurant Week runs from July 16—29, and offers three-course meals for $15, $25 or $35. Here are our top family-friendly picks.

Delaware County Summer Festival in Rose Tree Park

July 18—22, 7:30 pm

1671 N. Providence Rd., Media

 

Every night is a new free outdoor concert! See the full schedule here.

Monday

Storytime in Franklin Square

July 16, 10—11 am

200 N. Sixth St., Philadelphia

 

A librarian from the Independence Branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia will read free stories to children in the Franklin Square Pavilion every Monday this summer.

Music Monday at Lulu’s Casita with Roots with Ruark

July 16, 10—10:30 am

Lulu’s Casita, 6 Cricket Ave., Ardmore

 

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

Parkway Pals at Sister Cities Park

July 16, 10:30 am—12:30 pm

Sister Cities Park, 210 N. 18th St., Philadelphia

 

From 10:30—11:30 am, enjoy Story Art: a storytime led by Free Library, followed by nature-themed crafts. Then, at 11:30 am, the Franklin Institute will bring unique science experiments, demonstrations, and hands-on activities.

Story Jams at DiSilvestro

July 16, 10:30 am

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

 

A free playgroup centered around play and positivity that includes storytime, music, dancing, and sensory exploration.

Mondays with Marty at Academy of Natural Sciences

July 16, 1—2 pm

1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia

 

Join Marty the Moose and his favorite humans to hear a special story and meet a live animal.

From Opera to ABBA

July 16, 6 pm

Holmesburg Library, 7810 Frankford Ave., Philadelphia

 

Learn about Swedish music with an introduction to classical opera, traditional folk, ABBA, and even the Swedish musicians of today.

Magic Comedy Show

July 16, 6 pm

Kennett Library, 216 State St., Kennett Square

 

Come watch Craig’s Magic Comedy Show. His show is fast-paced, filled with original magic, music, audience participation, and comedy.

Guest Author Visit: Faith Balsama

July 16, 6–7 pm

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

 

Faith Balsama will read her new book Orange Chipmunks Rock, lead some interactive songs, and help with a craft or other activity. Call the library to register.

Movie Night: ‘Coco’

July 16, 7 — 9 pm (crafts begin at 6)

Eagleview Town Center, 565 Wellington Square, Exton

 

Bring a blanket and chairs to enjoy this free movie event just for the little ones. Come early for Coco-themed crafts at 6 pm!

Tuesday

Music Monkey Jungle at Reading Terminal Market

July 17, 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.

Young Audiences Series: Gustafer Yellowgold

July 17, 10:30 am

The Colonial Theatre, 227 Bridge St., Phoenixville

 

Taylor’s funny and touching multimedia presentation about a little guy from the Sun who landed in the Minnesota woods has loads of adult crossover appeal, making this show a truly all-ages experience. Tickets are free, but must be reserved in advance on The Colonial Theatre’s Website.

Toddler Time at American Swedish Historical Museum

July 17, 10:30—11:30 am

1900 Pattison Avenue, Philadelphia

 

Kids will explore all modes of transportation and they ways people get around in Sweden. Kids will get to race cars on velocity ramps, explore a cityscape, float a boat, and make their own transportation art project to take home.

Tyler Arboretum Garden Sprouts

July 17, 1—2:30 pm

515 Painter Road, Media

 

This week’s theme is “Here Comes the Sunflowers,” where kids will learn the lifecycle of a sunflower plant and its uses, try some sunflower seeds, and take some home to grow! For kids age 4-6. Pre-register online.

Dinos After Dark

July 17, 4–8 pm

Academy of Natural Sciences, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia

 

This week, Dinos After Dark extends outside the museum, with pop-up performances by BalletX and the Dino Drafts Beer Garden will be outside serving beer and tacos. You can also go inside the museum for fun activities for the whole family, including a Dino Puppet Workshop.

Community Night at Franklin Institute

July 17, 5—8 pm

222 North 20th Street, Philadelphia

 

Everyone is welcome to join in the fun at this FREE educational and fun-filled science extravaganza that includes access to the museum and hands-on activities. Admission is free and there is no need to pre-register.

Stuffed Animal Sleepover

July 17, 6:30—7:30 pm

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

 

Bring your (second or third-favorite, because you’ll be leaving it behind for a night) stuffed animal to listen to stories, sing, and dance. When storytime is over, put them to bed in the library. The next day, come back to pick them up and see if they stayed sleeping throughout the night! Best for ages 3-5.

Free Concert at Eagleview Town Center

July 17, 7 pm

540 Wellington Square, Exton

 

Free outdoor concert by Molly Tuttle and Jesse Terry.

Tchaikovsky Spectacular with Fireworks

July 17, 8 pm

The Mann Center for the Performing Arts, 5201 Parkside Ave., Philadelphia

 

The Philadelphia Orchestra presents an all-ages night of Tchaikovsky, ending with the 1812 Overture, culminating with fireworks! Get tickets online, or call The Mann box office.

Outdoor Movie: ‘Despicable Me 3’ at Bridesburg Recreation Center

July 17, 8:30—10:30 pm

4601 Richmond Street, Philadelphia

 

This free outdoor movie by the river will be paired with activities for the whole family! Kids’ activities start at 7:30pm, movie starts at sundown. Bring your own blankets and snacks.

Wednesday

Sensory-Friendly Morning at Philadelphia Museum of Art

July 18, 9—10 am

2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia

 

This morning event is specially designed for children on the autism spectrum, or who have other sensory sensitivities. The lights, volume, and crowds are turned down but not the fun or creativity! Space is limited. To reserve your spot, email AccessProg@philamuseum.org.

Parkway Pals at Sister Cities Park

July 18, 10:30 am—1:30 pm

Sister Cities Park, 210 N. 18th St., Philadelphia

 

At 10:30 am, enjoy Grow Up Green outdoor play with the Philadelphia Parks & Recreation staff. Then at 11:30 am, do a craft project at Crafty Creations. Finally, join the Academy of Natural Sciences for Nature in the Park at 12:30 pm. Click here for our full preview of summer programs at this Center City oasis.

Make Art Philly 2018

July 18, 11 am–2 pm

City Hall Courtyard, Philadelphia

 

Cultural organizations from the Philadelphia region will provide free make-and-take creative experiences for kids 12 and under.

Campfire Chefs at Tyler Arboretum

July 18, 10—11:30 am

515 Painter Road, Media

 

Little Chefs goes outdoors! Kids age 3-6 and their grownups will create delicious meals to cook in a fun foil packet. Pre-registration required.

Book Nook Storytime at Reading Terminal Market

July 18, 10—10:30 am

51 N. 12th St., Philadelphia

 

This program, in partnership with The Free Library of Philadelphia, is geared towards children ages 3 to 5.

Jams! in the Park @ Dickinson Square

July 18, 10 am

Charles Santore Library, 932 South Seventh St., Philadelphia

 

Meet in the park for stories, music, and a sensory activity.

Backyard Bugs Pop-up Camp

July 18, 10 am—noon

Smith Memorial Playground, 3500 Reservoir Dr., Philadelphia

 

Come discover the wonderful world of bugs with games, art projects, and activities that teach kids how bugs live, move, and eat.  Explore Smith Playground like a bug, and search for beetles, butterflies, spiders and more! For ages 3-5. Children can be accompanied with a grown up for the class, or they can remain on Smith premises (with other children, for example). 10 kids max per class, so email rebecca@smithplayground.org to sign up.

Zydeco-a-Go-Go

July 18, 10:30–11:30 am

Parkway Central Library, 1901 Vine St., Philadelphia

 

Zydeco-A-Go-Go will put on a free performance at the library, bringing some New Orleans sound to Philly!

Momma Sandi Tales presents Myth Making

July 18, 11 am—noon

Penn Museum, 3260 South St., Philadelphia

 

Storyteller Momma Sandi will guide the group on a journey of how myths are created, and demonstrate how are passed down orally. In this interactive session, Momma Sandi will focus on three types of myths; the creation myths, the nature myths and the hero myths.

Wayne Art Center’s Family Entertainment Series: ‘Country Conjuring Magic’

July 18, 11:30 am—12:30 pm

413 Maplewood Ave., Wayne

 

Erick Hershey will perform a free magic show for all ages.

Tween LED Throwies and Hologram Viewers

July 18, 4—5 pm

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

 

Jason Fialkovich leads a hands-on workshop to make LED throwies and hologram viewers to take home. For ages 9-12.

Musical Movie Wednesday at Gladwyne Library

July 18, 4—5 pm

362 Righters Mill Rd., Gladwyne

 

The library will have snacks and movies you can sing along to! Perfect for families looking for an afternoon activity indoors.

Wednesday Night Family Art Studio

July 18, 5—7 pm

2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia

 

Stay up late and make some art in Art Splash before bedtime. There will also be a stroller tour at 6 pm. Free after pay-what-you-wish admission.

Commonwealth Classic Theatre presents ‘The Complete History of America (abridged)’

July 18, 6:30 pm (pay-what-you-wish admission begins at 4 pm)

Morris Arboretum, 100 E. Northwestern Ave., Philadelphia

 

Three comic masterminds will take you from the earliest days of discovery straight through today on a lighthearted and satirical romp through 400 plus years of American history. Chairs will be provided. Picnicking in the gardens is always welcome on Wednesday nights. Come early for pay-what-you-wish admission beginning at 4 pm.

Lucky’s Annual Wiener Race

July 18, 6:30 pm

Pretzel Park, 4300 Silverwood St., Philadelphia

 

Come for the annual running of the wiener dogs, and help raise money for PAWS—for every hot dog you eat, $1 will be donated. The dachshund race begins promptly at 7 pm!

Mystic Drumz

July 18, 7–8 pm

Haverford Township Free Library, 1601 Darby Rd., Havertown

 

This adventure in world music blends multicultural music themes and interactive audience participation. Meet all the hilarious characters who color the show with a splash of silly. Free for all ages.

Free Narberth Outdoor Concert: Jimi Hendrix Tribute Band

July 18, 7 pm

Narberth Park, 80 Windsor Ave, Narberth

 

Bring some chairs or a blanket, a picnic dinner, and have a great evening with the whole family.  Small refreshments will be for sale.  This week, enjoy Hey Joe, a Jimi Hendrix tribute band.

Pastorius Park Concert

July 18, 7:30 pm

200 W. Hartwell Ln., Philadelphia

 

The Luke Carlos O’Reilley Quintent will play a free outdoor concert in Chestnut Hill. Bring blankets and chairs and enjoy the music!

Free Outdoor Movie: ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’

July 18, 8:30 pm

Ryerss Museum and Library, 7370 Central Ave., Philadelphia

 

Come early for free tours of the museum and Parks on Tap opening night!

Thursday

Barnes Toddler Time

July 19, 10 – 10:45am and 11 – 11:45am

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. Sign up for the 10 am or the 11 am session.

Craft Time at Highland Orchards

July 19, 10 am

1000 Marshallton-Thorndale Road, West Chester

 

Come learn about life on the farm through craft. Activities include a story, brief lesson, craft, and fruit sample. This activity is geared towards children ages 4-7 but all are welcome. Pre-registration is required.

John Hadfield’s Dog and Man Comedy Show

July 19, 10:30–11:30 am

Newtown Public Library, 201 Bishop Hollow Rd., Newtown Square

 

Watch Reggie the dog play the piano, read an audience member’s mind, and more in this comedy show that’s fun for the whole family.

Djembe Drum Circle

July 19, 11—11:45 am

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

 

Children (ages 1-7) will play hand drums, sing songs, and end the session with a traditional African dance circle.

Family Fishing Night

July 19, 4—7 pm

John Heinz at Tinicum, 8601 Lindbergh Blvd., Philadelphia

 

Volunteers and staff will help you get a start on fishing. Limited rods and bait will be available, or bring your own. No license needed.

Manayunk Stroll the Street: Superhero Night

July 19, 5—10 pm (movie at 8:30 pm)

Main Street, Manayunk, Philadelphia

 

Come out and stroll the street at Manayunk’s weekly summer block party series featuring food trucks, live performances, specials at local businesses, and fun for the whole family. This week’s theme is superheroes, so there will be fun activities and an outdoor screening of Wonder Woman at Cotton Street at 8:30 pm.

Pairings on the Parkway

July 19, 5—8 pm

Sister Cities Park, 210 N. 18th St., Philadelphia

 

This popular BYOB event features live music by a different singer-songwriter each week, and a special summer grilling menu at the on-site Logan Square Café. If you forget to bring your wine, Chaddsford Winery is there selling wine by the bottle or glass as well. Bonus: the Children’s Discovery Garden has extended hours!

Marshall Square Park Picnic Concert: Tom Craig Band

July 19, 6—8 pm

200 Marshall St., West Chester

 

Come for a picnic at 6 pm, and music starting at 6:30 pm. To join the picnic, bring a dish to share, or contribute$10 toward expenses—they’ll provide burgers, dogs, fixings, plates, and utensils.

Movie Musical Night: ‘The Sound of Music’

July 19, 7—9 pm

Schmidt’s Commons, 1001 N. Second St .#21, Philadelphia

 

Bring your own chair to the Piazza and watch this classic musical!

Summer Concert Series at Wilson Farm Park

July 19, 7 pm

500 Lee Rd., Wayne

 

The Big Band from the Valley performs a free outdoor concert.

Outdoor Movie: ‘The Little Mermaid’

July 19, 7:30 pm

Pennypack on the Delaware, Philadelphia

 

This free outdoor movie by the river starting at sundown will be paired with activities for the whole family! Kids’ activities start at 7:30 pm, movie starts at sundown. Bring your own blankets, chairs, and snacks.

Summer Movie Night: ‘Up’

July 19, 8–10 pm

King of Prussia Town Center, 200 Main St., King of Prussia

 

“Adventure is out there!” Come out for a free movie (and popcorn) that the whole family will love.

Free Outdoor Movie: ‘Coco’

July 19, 8:20 pm

East (South Philly) side of the Schuylkill Banks, by Wharton Street, Philadelphia

 

Bring your friends, blanket and picnic basket for a great time watching this family-friendly Pixar film. Come early to participate in a free pre-movie raffle for gift cards from Philadelphia Runner. Snacks and beverages will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Friday

Sandy Sensory Play

July 20, 11–11:30 am

Nest, 1301 Locust St., Philadelphia

 

A self-directed sensory play experience for kids ages 18 months-4 years. Nest will be hosting an indoor beach bonanza complete with sand, water, toys, and popsicles!

Family Flicks at Fumo: ‘Beauty and the Beast’

July 20, 2:30 pm

Fumo Family Library, 2437 S. Broad St., Philadelphia

 

Bring your own beverage—they’ll provide the popcorn—and enjoy a family friendly movie at the library.

Kidchella at Smith

July 20, 4—7:30 pm (concert at 6 pm)

Smith Memorial Playground, 3500 Reservoir Dr., Philadelphia

 

This “kindie” music festival features kids’ activities starting at 4 pm, then music from 6 — 7:30. This month, enjoy music from Shine and the Moonbeams and the Alphabet Rockers. Tickets are $10 per person, and $5 for Smith members, and Philadelphia Family and Main Line Parent Supporting Members.

BYOB and Pizza Night at Lulu’s Casita

July 20, 4—7:30pm

6 Cricket Ave, Ardmore

 

Lulu’s is open until 7:30pm for more fun, BYOB and pizza starting at 4pm. Parents can relax with some adult beverages while kids tire themselves out before bedtime.

PJ Masks Party at the Pop Shop

July 20, 6—8 pm

729 Haddon Ave., Collingswood, NJ

 

Bring your little superhero! Catboy from Parties on Wheels will be meeting and dancing with guests, taking photos, and more! Guests will enjoy a PJ Masks-inspired buffet and dessert. Advance ticket purchase required and not refundable.

Summer UnWINEd Concert

July 20, 6–9 pm

The Market at DelVal, 2100 Lower State Rd., Doylestown

 

Bring the whole family to relax on the lawn and enjoy great live entertainment by Mango Men Duo, as well as food, wine, and ice cream for purchase. An inflatable attraction and lawn games will keep the kids busy while you enjoy your adult beverages. Tickets here.

Phoenixville Summer Music Series

July 20, 6 — 9 pm

Downtown Phoenixville

 

The Summer Music Series features a variety of music acts including full bands and singer-songwriter performances which are spread throughout all downtown.

Suburban Square Summer Concert: Brian Fitzgerald

July 20, 6:30—8 pm

Anderson and Coulter avenues, Ardmore

 

Brian Fitzgerald is known for his stage presence, improvisational skills, versatility, and unique approach to music. And he’ll be playing Suburban Square for free!

Firefly Frenzy

July 20, 7—8:30 pm

Tyler Arboretum, 515 Painter Rd., Media

 

Come explore the night and go on a “catch and release” hunt for fireflies, moths and other insects that like to lurk in the dark. Learn about what makes them glow and then create your own glowing firefly craft to take home. Please bring a flashlight. Suitable for ages 4 and up. Pre-register online.

Family Outdoor Movie Night: ‘The Jungle Book’

July 20, 7—11 pm

Bartram’s Garden, 5400 Lindbergh Blvd., Philadelphia

 

Come after sundown in the courtyard for a free screening of The Jungle Book. There will also be a guided, family-friendly tour of the garden starting at 7 pm. Movie starts at 8:15 pm. Free and open to all.

‘Star Wars: A New Hope’ with the Philadelphia Orchestra

July 20, 7:30 pm (doors at 6 pm)

The Mann Center for the Performing Arts, 5201 Parkside Ave., Philadelphia

 

The Philadelphia Orchestra will play John Williams’ iconic musical score live as Star Wars: A New Hope is projected on three giant screens. Tickets available online, or call The Mann box office.

Movie Night: ‘LEGO Batman’

July 20, 8 pm

Wagenseller Park, 140 Park Lane, Glenmoore

 

Bring your own chair or blanket—popcorn will be provided!

‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ at Dilworth Park

July 20, 8:30—10:30

1 S. 15th St., Philadelphia

 

Bring your own blanket or chair for Star Wars under the stars. The first 200 people will receive free popcorn.

‘The Greatest Showman’ at The Oval+

July 20, 9 pm

2451 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia

 

Free outdoor screening on this pop-up park’s opening day! There will also be food trucks for some showtime treats.

 

Philadelphia Events

All Weekend

Roars, S’mores, and Snores: Members Only Overnight at Philadelphia Zoo

July 21, 5:30 pm—July 22, 9:30 am

3400 W. Girard Ave., Philadelphia

 

Member families with children five years of age and older are invited to a unique night at the zoo. Enjoy games, activities, a late night hike, a meet and greet with a member of the keeper staff, and of course s’mores! Sleep over in KidZooU, then wake up with wildlife and enjoy the zoo during the day on Sunday. Pre-registration is required.

Messy Marvelous Mixtures at Academy of Natural Sciences

July 21—22, 1—5 pm

1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia

 

Make a mess with science as you investigate different mixtures. From ooblek to playdough, learn about the science behind making these concoctions as you measure, scoop, and stir.

Parks on Tap: Burholme Park

July 18—22

7370 Central Ave., Philadelphia

 

Family-friendly beer garden Parks on Tap comes to the Northeast, located right in front of the Ryerss Museum and Library.

Saturday

Shark Week at Please Touch Museum

July 21, 9:30 am—5 pm

4231 Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia

 

Please Touch Museum celebrates Shark Week with a week of STEM, art, and literacy based programs all about marine animals and habitats.

Sensory-Friendly Morning at Philadelphia Museum of Art

July 21, 9—10 am

2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia

 

This morning event is specially designed for children on the autism spectrum, or who have other sensory sensitivities. The lights, volume, and crowds are turned down but not the fun or creativity! Space is limited. To reserve your spot, email AccessProg@philamuseum.org.

Family Art Workshop: Clay Play

July 21, 10:15—11:45 am

Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway

 

In this studio class for kids ages 4-7 and their grown-ups, get up close and sculpt a 3D portrait in clay.​ Paid reservation required.

Storybook Walk

July 21, 10:30 am—noon

Pennypack Environmental Center, 8600 Verree Rd., Philadelphia

 

Join Fox Chase Library Children’s Librarian Christine Casperson for a Storybook Walk. Families will join together in a short page by page journey through the story Daniel Finds a Poem by Mischa Archer. This story is about a child learning to see all the beauty of nature through the eyes of the animals that live around him. The walk will be followed by a craft.

Schuylkill Saturdays: Nature Exploration for Families

July 21, 10:30—11:30 am

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

 

Gather in the Discovery Center for a short introduction and craft before hitting the trails for guided exploration and discovery.

Seafarin’ Saturday

July 21, 11 am—1 pm

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

 

What did sailors think of sea monsters? Learn about these mythical creatures and create your own sea dragon.

Little Chefs Kid’s Pizza Class at Pizzeria Vetri

July 21, 11 am

1615 Chancellor St., Philadelphia

 

Let your little chef get hands-on at Pizzeria Vetri at a pizza class guided by their head chefs. Kids will create their own mini pizzas and watch them bake while also enjoying “make your own pizza” coloring pages. A mini dough ball will be given to take home so they can bring their new skills into your home kitchen. Small bites will be available for snacking. Register at link in title.

Storytime in the Lodge at Blue Cross RiverRink

July 21, 11:30 am—12:30 pm

101 S. Christopher Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia

 

Enjoy a new book each week, and entertainment with Listen, Learn, and Play. Light refreshments will be provided for the kids, as well as a book swap.

Kickoff of Summer Sounds at the Square

July 21, noon and 6 pm

Franklin Square, 200 N. Sixth St., Philadelphia

 

To kick off their new music series, the square will host a day in partnership with the Philly POPS, during which soloists will perform in four locations throughout the park at noon and at dusk. The noon performances are geared toward a family audience, while the dusk performances will have a more romantic theme.

Storytime at Le Cat Café

July 21, noon—12:30 and 1—1:30 pm

2713 W. Girard Ave., Philadelphia

 

Bring your little one for kitties, snacks, crafts and stories. Pre-register to save your spot.

Saturday Free Boating at Bartram’s Garden

July 21, 11 am—3 pm

Bartram’s Gardens’ Community Boathouse, 5400 Lindbergh Blvd. Philadelphia

 

Bartram’s Garden will provide the boats, life jackets and basic instruction. Choose from a kayak (for 30 minutes) or rowboat (for 45 minutes). No experience is necessary. All ages are welcome, but minors must be accompanied by an adult.

Free Art Club at Tacony LAB

July 21; Toddler Time: 11 am—noon, Ages 5 and up: noon—2 pm

Tacony LAB Community Arts Center, 6918 Torresdale Ave., Philadelphia

 

Stop in to draw, paint and create! Mural Arts teaching artists will lead Art Club meetings, organizing projects and developing creative skills. Toddler time is from 11 am—noon, then kids age 5 and up can create until 2 pm.

Lancaster Avenue Jazz and Arts Festival

July 21, noon

Saunders Park Greene, 3827 Powelton Ave., Philadelphia

 

Enjoy a day of free jazz performances, an artists’ village, food trucks, children’s village, and fun for the entire family.

Family Program: Feeling Fun!

July 21, 1—3 pm

The Fabric Workshop and Museum, 1214 Arch St., Philadelphia

 

Children and adults will have the opportunity to make a jacket patch out of felt, sparkly accessories, and screen printing—all inspired by Ursula von Rydingsvard’s new sculpture, a monumentally sized motorcycle jacket. Families will also receive a guided tour of the exhibition. Fun refreshments will be served!

Super Saturday Matinee: ‘Shark Tale’

July 21, 2—4 pm

South Street Cinema, 327 South St., Philadelphia

 

Celebrate Shark Week with this fun animated film.

Philadelphia Orchestra Free Concert in Penn Treaty Park

July 21, 5 pm

1301 N. Beach St., Philadelphia

 

The Philadelphia Orchestra in the park is free and open to the public but online RSVP is recommended.

Mt. Airy Moonlight Movie: ‘Hugo’

July 21, sunset

Trolley Car Diner, 7619 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia

 

Grab dinner and ice cream at Trolley Car Diner, then enjoy Hugo screening outside.

Free Movie Night: ‘A Bug’s Life’

July 21, 7:30—9:30 pm

John Heinz at Tinicum, 8601 Lindbergh Blvd., Philadelphia

 

Bring your blankets and friends for an outdoor movie at the Refuge! Bring your own chairs, blankets, and bugspray and they’ll provide the popcorn. Kid’s activity at 7:30 pm, then the film begins at 8:30 pm.

Sunday

Drop-In Baby Bubbles

July 22, 9–10 am

Fitness Works Philadelphia, 714 Reed St., Philadelphia

 

The hour-long class, open to little ones age 5 months to 3 years, incorporates honed techniques developed by Holly Waters to teach children how to feel comfortable and move their bodies in the water, helping them build confidence while exploring new surroundings in a safe, fun, and supervised setting. A parent is required to be in the pool with the child.

Programming from Scratch workshop at the Franklin Institute

July 22, 11 am–1 pm

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

 

For older kids who want to delve deeper into game development, Franklin Institute will host a beginners’ coding workshop (using Scratch, naturally) for kids ages 10-13, to complement their “Game Masters” exhibit celebrating gaming.

Sundays with Pop-Up Play

July 22, 11:30 am–12:30 pm

Spruce Street Harbor Park, 301 S. Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia

 

Children and families will engage in free interactive activities through art, music, science, and physical movement that revolve around themes like water science, civic engagement, building, and more.

Family Fun Sunday at The Oval+

July 22, 2—7 pm

2451 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia

 

Bring the whole family out for Let’s Rock Recess, a free family dance party with prizes, a DJ, face painting, and games and activities.

Family Sports Day at Franklin Square

July 22, 4 pm

Franklin Square, 200 N. Sixth St., Philadelphia

 

Baseball-themed activities will pay homage to the Phillies! There will be an inflatable batting cage, 45-foot-long obstacle course, speed pitch game, and more. Tickets required for some attractions.

Triangles Summer Concert with Cris and Lou

July 22, 5 pm

Triangles At Grays Ferry, 2235 South St., Philadelphia

 

Enjoy live music by children’s music duo Cris and Lou, soft serve, and food trucks with family and friends.

Main Line and Suburban Events

All Weekend

Cirque du Soleil: ‘VOLTA’

Through August 19

Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, 100 Station Ave, Oaks

 

A stunning show celebrating themes of freedom and self-discovery, and inspired in part by the adventurous spirit that fuels the culture of street sports, VOLTA weaves acrobatics in a visually striking world driven by a stirring melodic score.

Delaware County Summer Festival in Rose Tree Park

July 21 and 22, 7:30 pm

1671 N. Providence Rd., Media

 

Every night is a new free outdoor concert! This Saturday night is 80s music, and Sunday night is a Frankie Valli tribute band. See the full schedule here.

Ardmore Restaurant Week

July 16—29

 

Ardmore Restaurant Week runs from July 16—29, and offers three-course meals for $15, $25 or $35. Here are our top family-friendly picks.

Saturday

Artisan Market Fair

July 21, 10 am — 3 pm

Kennett Library, 216 State St., Kennett Square

 

The library will transform into a summer marketplace for artists and craft persons for the day.

Once Upon a Garden: A Storytime at Chanticleer

July 21, 10:30 am

Chanticleer, 786 Church Rd., Wayne

 

Nature storytime led by Radnor Library, and craft for ages 3 and up. $5 admission with a Radnor Library card, or free with a season pass. Kids 12 and under are free. No registration required.

Harriton’s Annual Beekeeping and Honey Festival

July 21, 11 am—1 pm

Harriton House, 500 Harriton Rd., Bryn Mawr

 

Adults and children can try on beesuits, visit the hives, and help extract honey. Come and learn about the importance of the honeybee to our landscape and to our food supply. Riverbend nature educators will have special activities for little ones. This is a free event and open to the public, but reservations are absolutely necessary (click on title link).

Food Truck Frenzy at Linvilla Orchards

July 21, 11 am—5 pm (Rain Date July 22)

137 W. Knowlton Rd., Media

 

Linvilla is hosting a family fun event featuring a variety of local food trucks. Along with delicious treats from the trucks, there will be live music, hayrides, pony rides, face painting, and pick-your-own fruits and vegetables. Plus, Harvest Ridge Winery will be providing beverages to pair with your food.

LEGO Movie Making

July 21, 2—3 pm

Ardmore Library, 108 Ardmore Ave., Ardmore

 

Come create a movie with LEGOs and stop-motion animation. Movies will be posted on the Ardmore Library Facebook page. Registration required. Please call the library at 610-642-5187 to register.

Exton Community Day

July 21, 4 — 8 pm

Exton Park, 132 Church Farm Lane, Exton

 

The event will feature live music, food, bike rodeo, kids games, face painting, vendor fair, touch-a-truck area, demonstrations, and fireworks.

Sunday

Gardening with Children

July 22, 10—11 am

Linvilla Orchards, 137 W. Knowlton Rd., Media

 

Miss Marcia will be talking dirt, compost that is. She will show you the importance of worms in your garden, and you will go home with your very own worm farm! Class is free, but call (610) 876-7116 to register.

Funky Brunch at Ardmore Music Hall

July 22, 10:30 am—3 pm

23 E. Lancaster Ave., Ardmore

 

Enjoy live music, local vendors, beer, brunch, and face painting. Free admission.

Kid’s Beach Terrariums at Terrain

July 22, 11 am—noon

914 Baltimore Pike, Glen Mills

 

Bring along the little ones to craft a green and growing terrarium with summertime succulents, sand, and sea shells. Reservations are required. $25 per child, no charge for accompanying adults. Cost includes instruction, vessel, soil, plant, and embellishments. Additional plants and embellishments available for purchase.

 

Photograph courtesy of Visit Philadelphia.

PHILADELPHIA ASSISTANT EDITOR

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