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

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Summer of Spectacle

Through September 30

Longwood Gardens, 1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square


The beauty of the long-anticipated Fountain Garden is finally here, and coming in with a bang with light shows live music to light up the summer. Entrance to the gardens is included with museum admission.


Through August 20

Philadelphia Zoo, 3400 W. Girard Ave., Philadelphia


Come cool off in the summer heat with the Philadelphia Zoo’s summer exhibit, Winter. Where else can you find real snow in the middle of the summer? Non-members pay $10 on weekdays and $12 on weekends.

‘The Near-Sighted Knight and the Far-Sighted Dragon’

July 18, 19, and 20, 7 pm

Players Club of Swarthmore, 614 Fairview Ave., Swarthmore


The tale of an unemployed knight, elderly dragon, and smart princess comes to life on stage for this entertaining musical. Tickets are $10 for ages 12 and older, $8 for ages 3 – 11, and free for children under 2.

‘Shrek the Musical, Jr.’

July 19 — 21, 10:30 am

July 20, 7:30 pm

Upper Darby Performing Arts Center, 601 N. Lansdowne Ave., Drexel Hill


This beloved story comes to life, acted out by young performers, at this Upper Darby Summer Stage show. Tickets are $8 to $12.

Free Yoga on Race Street Pier

July 17 – 21, 7 am and 6 pm

July 20, 7 am

July 22 and 23, 9:30 am

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


Yoga memberships can be expensive, but nothing beats free yoga on a beautiful day with your community! Roll out your mat and stretch out near the Delaware River amongst other Philly yogis, and join on Wednesday night for the Summer Solstice class!

National Zoo Keepers Week

July 17 – 23, 10 am – 4 pm

Brandywine Zoo, 1001 N. Park Drive, Wilmington, Delaware


Come for special events and activities all week at the zoo to celebrate the zookeepers! All events are free with admission to the zoo.

ArtSplash Gets ‘Wild’

Through September 4, 10 am – 5 pm

Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia


Get ready to create at the Philadelphia Museum of Art all summer with ArtSplash! Journey through the world of animals in the wild through creative play inspired by the photographs of Michael Nichols. This event runs throughout the summer, and admission to this event is included with museum tickets (and children 12 and under are always free unless otherwise noted.)

David Rogers’ ‘Big Bugs’

Through August 29

Tyler Arboretum, 515 Painter Road, Media


Come and experience 10 gigantic insect sculptures (all made sustainably) scattered throughout the scenic loop of the arboretum, including a 17-foot dragonfly and 25-foot-long ants. This exhibit is included in general admission to the arboretum.

‘A Mirror Maze: Numbers in Nature’

Through September 4

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


Learn how to use math to unlock the mysteries of nature, and explore the patterns found throughout the world. Admission is $25 for adults and $21 for children, and includes general admission to the museum.

Spruce Street Harbor Park/Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest

Through October 1

Penn’s Landing, Philadelphia


Come swing on a hammock, play some fun outdoor games, and eat some of Philly’s classic delicacies on the Delaware River.

Children’s Discovery Garden

Through October 1

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


Exploring nature doesn’t always include driving far away; you can do it right here in the city! There are many fun things to explore at Sister Cities Park, including an Imagination Playground, a boat pond, and even a library to find a new book to read in the park.


Through September 10

Please Touch Museum, 4231 Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia


Take a leap right into the pages of a book, as some of your childhood favorites come to life at the Please Touch Museum. Admission to this exhibit is included with general admission to the museum.


Music Monkey Jungle

July 17, 10:30 – 11 am

Momo’s Tree House, 205 Arch St., Philadelphia


Sing, dance, and move to the music while making new friends. $10 per child, babies 6 months and under are free.

Tiny Tots: Mushy Gushy Science

July 17, 10 – 11 am

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


Ages 3 – 5 can come and get messy with this small, hands-on workshop about science. Price is $25 for non-members and $20 for members, and registration is required.


Terrific Tuesdays: Genuine vs. Imitation

July 18, 10 am – 3 pm

Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library, 5105 Kennett Pike, Winterthur, Delaware


In conjunction with the “Treasures on Trial” exhibit, come learn through stories, games, and crafts how opposites attract. Members and children 2 and younger are free; for non-members it’s $5 per adult and $5 per accompanying adult.

Garden Sprouts: Bugs Galore

July 18, 1 – 2:30 pm

Tyler Arboretum, 515 Painter Road, Media


Learn about the harmful and helpful insects in your garden. Bring a camera and


An awesome way to introduce kids to nature and gardening. This program includes a walk and hands-on activities, and be sure to bring a camera. Pre-registration is required, and is $10 for members and $15 for non-members.

Family Movie Night: ‘Moana’

July 18, 5 — 8 pm

Xfinity Live!, 1100 Pattison Ave., Philadelphia


See this awesome movie for just $3 per person, and all proceeds benefit the local Ronald McDonald House! There will be kids’ activities, free popcorn, and a special kids’ menu, too.

Mike Rose Magic Show

July 18, 6:30 – 7:30 pm

Middletown Free Library, 21 N. Pennell Road, Lima


A free magic and comedy show for kids and parents! Mike Rose works on two levels to entertain kids and their parents with situational humor and inside jokes.


‘The Jungle Book’

July 19, 10 — 11 am

East Goshen Township Park, 1661 Paoli Pike, West Chester


Family Stages is presenting this free show, based on the familiar story.

Book of Spells

July 19, 1 – 2 pm

Haverford Township Free Library, 1601 Darby Road, Havertown


Witches and wizards in-training can learn how to print and bind their own spellbooks. This event is free, but registration is required.

Community Night at the Franklin Institute

July 19, 5 – 8 pm

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


Free admission to the Franklin Institute is worth celebrating. Enjoy all of the famous exhibitions and special hands-on activities, and even discounted parking.


Wonderful Water! For Sprouts and Seedlings

July 20, 10 – 11:30 am

Camden Children’s Garden, 3 Riverside Drive, Camden, New Jersey


Learn all about the water cycle and local watersheds at this workshop filled with explorations and hands-on activities. Bring a bathing suit to get wet in the splash area. Price is $10 for members, $12 for non-members, and includes admission to the museum.

STEAM Storytime – Engineering

July 20, 10:30 am

American Helicopter Museum, 1220 American Blvd., West Chester


Come for a reading of an all-time favorite, Rosie Revere, Engineer. This event is free with admission to the museum.

Storytime in Enchanted Woods

July 20, 10:30 – 11 am

Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library, 5105 Kennett Pike, Winterthur, Delaware


Enjoy a nature-themed tale, Daylight Starlight Wildlife, right in the garden at Winterthur. This event is free with admission to Winterthur.

Opening Day at the Oval

July 20

Eakins Oval, Philadelphia


Philly’s summer pop-up fun spot is back for a month of outdoor fun. There’s something for everyone here, from kids’ games to a beer garden that’s just for adults. Kick off this year’s season with jazz music and a DJ.

Twilight in the Arboretum

July 20, 5:30 – 7:30 pm

Barnes Arboretum, 300 N. Latches Lane, Merion


Come for a picnic on a summer evening with acoustic music, and stroll around the grounds after-hours. This event is $10 for non-members, members and children 12 and under are free.

Park-to-Park Bike Ride

July 20, 5:30 — 8 pm

Begin at Linwood Park, Linwood and Athens avenues, Ardmore


Ride from Linwood Park to the Cynwyd Trail along low-traffic, bike-friendly roads. This event is best for older kids and adults; you should be back before dark, but bring a bike light just in case.


Let’s Get Messy! Art Workshop

July 21, 11 am – noon

Upper Merion Township Library, 175 W. Valley Forge Road, King of Prussia


Soon-to-be Kindergarteners through 3rd Graders can learn new art techniques in this free workshop.


July 21, 4 — 7:30 pm

Smith Memorial Playground and Playhouse, 3500 Reservoir Drive, Philadelphia


Celebrate this Philly icon’s 118th birthday with the second of three fun summer concerts. This week, the Not-Its and Chibi Kodama will be rocking the playground. The fun starts at 4 pm with art activities and food trucks; the music starts at 6. Tickets are $10 for non-members and $5 for playground members. Remember, Supporting Members of the Philly Family and Main Line Parent communities get half-price tickets, so join today!

Philly High Five!

All Weekend

Storybook Celebration

July 22 and 23, 1 – 4 pm

Camden Children’s Garden, 3 Riverside Drive, Camden


Explore the fairytale-themed exhibits through crafts, storytime, and even planting magic beans. This celebration is free with admission to the museum.


Family Art Workshop: Wild About Painting

July 22, 1 – 3 pm

Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia


Get in touch with your wild side and play with paint. In conjunction with the “Wild” exhibit, find inspiration in animals and paint your own masterpiece. This activity is geared towards ages 6 – 12, and is $20 per person for non-members and $16 for members; kids 12 and under are always free! Learn more about the museum’s ArtSplash program here.

Kid-Friendly Hike with Marv Schwartz

July 22, 10 am – noon

Valley Green Inn, Valley Green Road, Philadelphia


Learn all about the Wissahickon along Forbidden Drive, with stops at Devil’s Pool and Pee Wee Rock. This 2.5 mile hike is free, but registration is required.

Parks on Tap Jr./Saturday Night at the Movies

July 22, 1 – 11 pm

Franklin Square, 200 N. Sixth St., Philadelphia


Come for a mini-version of Parks on Tap (it’s family-friendly) and stay for a free viewing of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off on the Great Lawn.


Family Fun Sunday

July 23, 11 am — 7 pm

Eakins Oval, Philadelphia


The Oval — the summer pop-up park at the Eakins Oval — is back for the summer. Kick off the season with the first weekly family fun day, with lots of activities for kids and their parents, including mini gold, cornhole, and giant chess and checkers. There’s also a family dance party from 2 — 7 pm.


Main Line High Five!


Sweet Corn and Blackberry Celebration

July 22, 8 am – 7 pm

Linvilla Orchards, 137 Knowlton Road, Media


Pick-your-own corn and blackberries to make some sweet summer treats. Come for the fresh produce, stay for the costumed characters, face-painting, and musical entertainment.

Christmas in July

July 22, 10 am – 5 pm

Elmwood Park Zoo, 1661 Harding Blvd., Norristown


Come see Santa in the summer! Dress up in your favorite tropical outfit and receive $2 off admission the whole day at the zoo.

Science Saturday: Wild About Water Power

July 22, 1 – 4 pm

Hagley Museum, 200 Hagley Creek Road, Wilmington, Delaware


Dive into the science of water power and learn how to generate power from this natural and sustainable resource. This event is free with admission to the museum.



Mindful Morning with Main Line Parent

July 23, 10 am

Wilson Farm Park, 500 Lee Road, Chesterbrook


Join the Main Line Parent community for this FREE yoga and wellness event. Come for a family-friendly yoga class at 10 am, and stick around for healthy snacks, meditation, and wellness education!

 The Rockafillys

July 23, 7:30 pm

Rose Tree Park, 1671 Providence Road, Media


Come groove and swing to this three-part rockabilly group with fun harmonies and lots of dancing. This event is free to the public.





Photograph courtesy of the Brandywine Zoo. 




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