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

It may be hot, but you won't break a sweat planning activities, thanks to our list.

It’s going to be a hot one, at least early in the week, so plan accordingly. We’ve got a great mix of indoor and outdoor fun for you to choose from.

Looking for weekend events? Click here for the Philly High Five, and here for the Main Line High Five.

All Week

Free Yoga on Race Street Pier

June 12 — June 15, 7 am and 6 pm

June 16, 7 am

June 17 and 18, 9:30 am

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

 

Free yoga runs through the summer at the Race Street Pier. Bring your mat, water, a towel, and a good attitude for classes in the mornings and evenings. See their full schedule for special classes throughout.

Chinese Lantern Festival

Through June 18

Franklin Square Park, 200 6th St., Philadelphia

 

This really IS the last week of this spectacular lantern festival, so be sure to get your tickets before it’s gone to see a 200-foot lit up dragon. Tickets are required and are $17 for adults, $12 for children ages 17 and under (children under 2 get in free), and $15 for seniors/military.

Name Me Maybe?

Through June 21

Adventure Aquarium, 1 Riverside Drive, Camden

 

Name the little blue penguin chick this week at the Adventure Aquarium! Voting is open through June 21, so be sure to get your vote in before they announce the blue baby penguin’s name! Admission to this event is included with general admission, and votes are made by placing change into the voting station. Voting donations will support little blue penguins in the wild and the Manly little penguin colony restoration through the Foundation for National Parks & Wildlife.

David Rogers’ ‘Big Bugs’

Through August 29

Tyler Arboretum, 515 Painter Road, Media

 

Come see the giant bugs scattered throughout Tyler Arboretum all summer long. There are 25-foot tall ants, 17-foot tall Daddy long legs, and more! This exhibition is included with general admission to the arboretum.

‘A Mirror Maze: Numbers in Nature’

Through September 4

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

 

Enter a maze of mirrors at the Franklin Institute all summer long. General daytime admission is $21 for children ages 3 — 11 and $25 for adults. Click here to see our preview.

Summer of Spectacle

Through September 30

Longwood Gardens, 1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square

 

The Main Fountain Gardens has returned to wide acclaim, which means the daily fountain performances are also back with extended hours during the evenings on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. This event is included with general admission to the gardens.

Spruce Street Harbor Park

Through October 1

Penn’s Landing, Philadelphia

 

Spruce Street Harbor Park is open for the season! Head out to the hammocks, take pictures by the water, eat and drink, and much more.

Children’s Discovery Garden

Through October 1

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

 

Take your child to enjoy the imagination playground and boat pond at Sister Cities Park’s Children’s Discovery Garden. Kids will love the imaginative play around the streams, mountains, and winding pathways. The garden is free and open to the public, and is a great place to cool off this week! You can rent boats for $5 and $7, and there are free programs for kids on some weekdays (click here for the scoop).

‘Storyland’

Through September 10

Please Touch Museum, 4231 Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia

 

Walk into some of your favorite books at this new exhibit (click here to read our preview). It’s charming and the perfect way to emphasize literacy as schools start wrapping up for the summer.

Monday

Summer of Wonder Kickoff

June 12

Free Library of Philadelphia, various branches

 

The Free Library’s summer reading program is here to help your kids beat the heat and stop the summer slide. Click here for the full calendar of events at branches around the city, and read our rundown of the program here. 

Under One Play Group

June 12, noon — 2 pm

The Play Cafe, 934 W. Lancaster Ave., Bryn Mawr

 

Bring your little one under one to the Play Cafe this Monday to meet other babies at this fun playtime event designed just for them. This event is included with general admission.

Tuesday

Storytime and Craft

June 13, 10:30 am — 11 am

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

 

Get inspired by the storytelling to create your very own crafts to take home with you! This event is free and open to the public.

Rock ‘N’ Roar: Yosi and the Superdads

June 13, 11 am

The Impala Lawn at the Philadelphia Zoo, 3400 W Girard Ave., Philadelphia

 

Enjoy a children’s concert on the Impala Lawn this Tuesday morning with the kids. This event is included with zoo admission.

Innovate and Imagine: Rigamajig

June 13, 11:30 am — 12:30 pm

Please Touch Museum, 4231 Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia

 

Let children follow their curiosity to create with the materials provided by the Please Touch Museum: wooden planks, wheels, pulleys and more. This event is included with general admission to the museum.

Garden Sprouts: Sweet or Spicy

June 13, 1 — 2:30 pm

Tyler Arboretum, 515 Painter Road, Media

 

Introduce your little one to the love of gardening at this fun workshop for kids ages 4 — 6.  This week they’ll be learning about scents that come from plants. Admission is $15 for non-members and $10 for members.

Wednesday

Stripes and Stars Festival

June 14, 10 am — 4 pm

National Constitution Center, Independence Mall, 525 Arch St., Philadelphia

 

Wave those flags and commemorate those Stars and Stripes this Wednesday for Flag Day. There will be flag-raising ceremonies, professional skydivers, $5 admission to the Constitution Center courtesy of Macy’s, and much more! Don’t miss out — lawn events are free and open to the public.

Stroller Tour

June 14, 11 am

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

 

Want to bring your child to the art museum but you’re afraid they might get fussy? You’re in good company! Join this week’s stroller tour at the Philadelphia Museum of art to see artwork with little one in tow. This event is included with general admission.

Return to Work With Ease and Flow

June 14, 1 — 2 pm

Hatch, 230 W. Lancaster Ave., Suite 110, Wayne

 

This course is designed for third trimester and postpartum moms who want advice on how to manage the transition back to work. It’s led by RNC Sharon Whiteman, who’s also a mother of five. This class is free for Hatch members and $35 for non-members.

Adventurous Afternoons: Cloudy Days

June 14, 4 — 4:30 pm

The Please Touch Museum, 4231 Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia

 

Embark on a 30-minute STEAM adventure! This event is for children ages 4 — 8, and is included with general admission.

Bike and Hike

June 14, 5 — 8 pm

Hagley Museum, 200 Hagley Creek Road, Wilmington, Delaware

 

Bring a picnic, your bikes, or your hiking shoes to bike or bike Hagley Museum’s property in the evening. Admission is $2 per person, and free for children 5 and under.

Dining Under The Stars

June 14, 5 — 11 pm

State Street, Media

 

Choose from the amazing restaurants along State Street and dine under the stars in Media this Wednesday and every Wednesday through September!

Little Friends Festival

June 14, 5:30 — 7:30 pm

Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia

 

This summer kickoff party — with food, rides, games, and more — is a blast for a good cause. Ticket sales benefit the Friends of Rittenhouse Square, one of the big reasons the park is such a popular city attraction. If you buy your tickets before 11 pm June 13 (click here to buy), it’s $10 for adults and $15 for kids over 2. Buy at the event and tickets are $20.

Thursday

Storytime in Enchanted Woods

June 15, 10:30 am

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

 

Take your children to the Enchanted Woods at Winterthur for a lovely storytime outdoors. This week’s story in the Enchanted Woods will be Pitter and Patter by Martha Sullivan. This event is included with general admission.

ARTime Storytime: Counting Monet’s Lilies

June 15, 10:30 — 11 am and 11:30 am — noon

The Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia

 

Join the Barnes Foundation for a creative storytime incorporating Monet’s Garden — can you count how many lilies are in Monet’s garden? This event is free, but tickets must be reserved in advance.

Tyler at Twilight

June 15, 6 — 10 pm

Tyler Arboretum, 515 Painter Road, Media

 

Enjoy the beauty of Tyler Arboretum, minus the daytime heat. Join in for a mid-June celebration this Thursday with food, wine, and an auction! Tickets are required for this event, and start at $100.

From Mom to Boss

June 15, 6 — 8 pm

Primp and Play, 249 S. 10th St., Philadelphia

 

Thinking about starting a business? Come to this workshop. Communication coach Claudia Consolati will talk about how to sharpen your public speaking and blaze a path to success.

Friday

Breastfeeding Support Group

June 16, 12:30 — 2:30 pm

Breastfeeding Resource Center Bensalem, 2546 Knights Road, Bensalem

 

Join this free weekly group for a special discussion on infant development and play between 6 and 12 months of age. No need to register, just come and connect with other moms!

Kidchella: Karen K and the Jitterbugs & Deedle Deedle Dees 

June 16, 4 — 7:30 pm

Smith Memorial Playground and Playhouse, 3500 Reservoir Dr., Philadelphia

 

This fun “kindie” concert series kicks off for the summer with music, crafts, food, and fun. Come at 4 for the youth arts zone; the main concert starts at 6. Tickets are $5 for Smith members and $10 for non-members. click here to join now!Supporting Members of the Philadelphia Family and Main Line Parent communities get 50 percent off tickets;

Fireworks at Hagley

June 16, 5 pm

Hagley Museum, 200 Hagley Creek Road, Wilmington, Delaware

 

Enjoy fireworks before the Fourth of July this year at Hagley Museum. There will be lawn games, picnic dinners, raffles, and more. Tickets are required for this event.

Philly High Five!

All Weekend

Opening Weekend of ‘Winter’

June 17 and 18, 9:30 am — 5 pm

Philadelphia Zoo, 3400 W Girard Ave., Philadelphia

 

You’ve heard of Christmas in July, and now “Winter” comes to the zoo all summer long. Starting this weekend through August 20, frolic in a winter wonderland even as the heat swells outside. Tickets are required and start at $8.

Saturday

Freedom Day Family Festival

June 17, 9 am — 5 pm

Please Touch Museum, 4231 Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia

 

Celebrate Juneteenth this Saturday at the Please Touch Museum. Drop in to create freedom quilts, see art demonstrations, dance performances, and much more. This event is included with general admission.

Philadelphia Juneteenth Festival

June 17, 11 am — 8 pm

Johnson House, 6300 block of Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia

 

Mark the day celebrating the end of slavery in the United States at this historic site, which was once a stop on the Underground Railroad. Meet at the historical marker at 1509 Germantown Ave. at 11 am, then join a “Freedom Walk” parade to the house to kick off the festivities. There will be food, activities, a beer garden, tours, and discussions, including one at 2:30 pm about “The State of Black Women.” The festival is free.

Sunday

Phillies vs. Diamondbacks

June 18, 1:35 pm

Citizen’s Bank Park

 

Join the Philadelphia Phillies this Father’s Day to see them play against the Arizona Diamondbacks and to enjoy Chevrolet Father’s Appreciation Day! It’s a big day for dads, and all men 15 and over will receive a cute Phillies-themed Hawaiian shirt with their ticket (while supplies last).

Grist Mill Demonstration Day at Bloomfield Farm

June 18, 1 — 4 pm

Bloomfied Farm at Morris Arboretum, 100 E. Northwestern Ave., Philadelphia

 

Learn about local history at the Grist Mill at Bloomfield farm this Sunday. This event showcases the historic restored mill along with tours along the Wissahickon Creek. This event is included with admission to the arboretum.

Main Line High Five!

Saturday

Fairy House Workshop

June 17, 9:30 am — noon

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

 

Create a magical fairy house for your summer garden at this fun weekend workshop. Tickets are required and cost $20 for adults and $15 for children. Member rates also available.

Father’s Day Dance with Songs for Seeds

June 17, 10:30 am — 12:30 pm

Lulu’s Casita, 6 Cricket Ave., Ardmore

 

This Father’s Day weekend, head to Lulu’s Casita for dancing, refreshments, arts and crafts, and more! There will be a photo booth for memories as well. Tickets are $15 per child.

Summer Saturdays

June 17, 10:30 am — 2:30 pm

Hagley Museum, 200 Hagley Creek Road, Wilmington, Delaware

 

It’s summertime! Let the warm weather take you to Hagley Museum for fishing, boat racing, and other outdoor activities. This event is included with general admission.

Sunday

Father’s Day at Linvilla Orchards

June 18, 9 am — 5 pm

Linvilla Orchards, 137 Knowlton Road, Media

 

Enjoy fishing, workshops, and photo ops this Sunday at Linvilla Orchards to celebrate Father’s Day! This event is open to the public, and fathers fish for free on June 18.

Father’s Day BBQ and Car Show

June 18, 11 am — 3 pm

Elmwood Park Zoo, 1661 Harding Blvd., Norristown

 

It’s a safe bet that your dad loves cars and BBQ, because most people love cars and barbecue. This Father’s Day, take them to Elmwood Park zoo to enjoy both! Tickets are required for this event and range for members and non-members. See more info on tickets here.

Photograph courtesy of the National Constitution Center. 

 

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