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

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All Week

Philadelphia Flower Show

Through March 11

Pennsylvania Convention Center, 12th and Arch streets, Philadelphia

 

The Flower Show returns to Philadelphia with “Wonders of Water,” which celebrates the beauty and life-sustaining interplay of horticulture and water. Enter through the magnificent Entrance Garden, and be transported to a rain forest with all its lush sensory elements. Experience garden design on a larger-than-life scale as you walk through the different displays. Create fun make-and-takes like wearable flower art. Don’t forget to see the live butterfly garden! Check out our Flower Show guide for all the info!

‘Winter Fountains’

Through March 18

Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia

 

This surreal art installation by Jennifer Steinkamp has no water, but the lighted domes along the Parkway are utterly captivating. This is part of the larger Parkway 100 celebration, and it’s free. Just be prepared to stay a while — these are mesmerizing.

Indoor Mini Golf

Daily through March 31

Linvilla Orchards, 137 W. Knowlton Road, Media

 

Even the coldest day can’t keep you off these links! The orchards’ “Fore the Planet” course was designed by the Academy of Natural Sciences and featured environmental education along with some physical fun. It’s $6.95 for ages 11 and up to play and $5.95 for ages 10 and under.

Orchid Extravaganza

Daily through March 28

Longwood Gardens, 1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square

 

These beautiful flowers are the focus of an indoor celebration, bringing bursts of brilliant color to even the dreariest day. This is free with admission to the gardens and for members.

‘The Diary of Anne Frank’

Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays through March 31

People’s Light, 39 Conestoga Road, Malvern

 

The touching, tragic story comes to life at this small theater. Suitable for older kids and teenagers.

Sid the Science Kid: The Super-Duper Exhibit!’

Daily through May 6

Please Touch Museum, 4231 Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia

 

Using the settings and situations from the PBS show, kids will discover and investigate everyday science questions through age-appropriate lessons and experiments in this super-duper interactive exhibit!

Crocs: Ancient Predators in a Modern World’

Daily through May 6

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

 

Get up close to crocodilians with nearly a dozen live species, as well as realistic models and interactive elements at the Academy of Natural Science’s newest exhibit.

Women’s History Month at the National Constitution Center

Through March 31

525 Arch St., Philadelphia

 

Participate in an array of activities throughout March, including the new program “Decoding the Lyrics: Bad Romance: Women’s Suffrage,” which rewrites Lady Gaga’s song to tell the story of women’s suffrage with more than a little bit of levity. Take a self-guided tour of the museum’s main exhibition, “The Story of We the People,” which highlights defining moments in women’s history. Artifact highlights include a judicial robe worn by retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor and a collection of artifacts from Susan B. Anthony and the movement for women’s suffrage. You can also test your knowledge of women’s history at the Giant Game Board.

Monday

Marty the Moose’s Storytime

March 5, 11 am—12 pm

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

 

It’s March of the Moose at the Academy of Natural Sciences! Laugh along with Marty the Moose as he shares his March book club choice. Join Marty, his favorite humans, and a live animal guest for this special story time. Pick up a copy of the book in the gift shop and Marty will sign it for you!

Drop-in Toddler Paint Party

March 3, 10:30am — noon

Lume Creative Learning Studios, 1916-18 E. Passyunk Ave., Philadelphia

 

Drop into the studio with your little one for creative experimentation in a non-class structured environment. Best of all: no cleanup!

Music Monday with Roots with Ruark

March 5, 10 — 10:30 am

Lulu’s Casita, 6 Cricket Ave., Ardmore

 

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

Dance to the Music

March 5, 6:30 pm

Free Library of Philadelphia, Walnut Street West Branch, 201 S. 40th Street, Philadelphia

 

As part of the Free Library’s “One Book, One Philadelphia,” kids will learn some dance steps of the 1960s and ‘70s (when this year’s selection, Another Brooklyn, is set), and see their influence on how they dance today.

Tuesday

Trail Tuesdays at Valley Forge

Valley Forge National Historical Park, 1400 N. Outer Line Drive, King of Prussia

March 6, 10 — 11 am

 

Enjoy a family nature walk through Valley Forge National Park. All ages and fitness levels are welcome, as are dogs and strollers! In case of inclement weather the walk will be canceled, so register online to be contacted in that case.

Museum Playdate: Explore Africa

March 6, 10:30 — 11:30 am

Penn Museum, 3260 South St., Philadelphia

 

Kids ages 3-5 can explore the vast continent of Africa through storytime and dramatic play in the galleries, art-making in the classroom, and a small snack.

Bunny Storytime

March 6, 1 pm

Norristown Farm Park, 2500 Upper Farm Road, Norristown

 

Learn about bunnies and our local rabbit, the Eastern Cottontail. Hear a story about a rabbit and make a craft. Meet a friendly rabbit from Elmwood Park Zoo. Pre-registration is required.

PAWS for Reading

March 6, 1:30 — 2:30 pm

Please Touch Museum, 4231 Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia

 

Children can read aloud to a therapy dog (or cat, or bunny!) to improve reading and communication skills. Sessions are one-on-one with trained therapy pets (and their handlers) in a setting where they can feel comfortable and confident. Bring a favorite book from home, or choose one from the museum’s collection.

Read to a Reptile

March 6, 2 — 4 pm

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

 

If furry friends at the Please Touch Museum don’t appeal to you, pull up a chair and practice your reading with the live animals of Outside In. Teach a turtle, hang out with our listening lizards, and share a story with a snake!

Dig into History

March 6, 4 — 4:45 pm

Haverford Township Free Library, 1601 Darby Road, Havertown

 

Find out about how archaeologists discover history by digging up the past! Program is for kids in Grades 1-5.

Night Skies in the Observatory

March 6, 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). Learn about light adaptation and make your own souvenir pin to help guide you for a night of stargazing. There’s also a cash bar for the grownups!

Wednesday

Book Nook Storytime

March 7, 10 — 10:30 am

Reading Terminal Market, 51 N. 12th St., Philadelphia

Visit Reading Terminal Market for storytime, with stories, songs, rhymes, music, movement, and more!

Toddlers in Nature: If I Were a Tree

March 7, 10 — 11 am

Tyler Arboretum, 515 Painter Road, Media

 

Come explore the tree’s three Bs: bark, branches, and buds. Find out why trees are so amazing and how we can care for them. Toddlers and their grownups will listen to a story and have time to explore in nature.

St. Patrick’s Day Crafts at Roxborough Library

March 7, 4 pm

Free Library of Philadelphia, Roxborough Branch, 6245 Ridge Ave., Philadelphia

 

A fun hour of crafts celebrating St. Patrick’s Day for school-age kids.

First Wednesday at the Please Touch Museum: Build and Imagine

March 7, 4 — 7 pm

4231 Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia

 

On the first Wednesday of every month, the Please Touch Museum is open until 7 pm for two extra hours of play, and offers $2 per person admission from 4 pm on. There will be building themed activities, including a maker studio where preschool and elementary school kids can explore materials, tools, and technology.

Family LEGO Night

March 7, 6 — 8 pm

Ludington Library, 5 S. Bryn Mawr Ave., Bryn Mawr

 

Build something with your kids at this weekly family night hosted by Ludington Library.

Thursday

Stroller Tour

March 8, 10:30 — 11:15 am

The Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia

 

Take a 45-minute guided tour to learn about art in the collection galleries, and discover ways to look at and appreciate art with little ones in tow. Open to parents and caregivers with babies up to 18 months in a stroller or baby wrap.

Children’s Read-Aloud Tour

March 8, 10:30 am

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

 

Young children and their grown-ups will hear The Tree Lady, interact with the art at the museum, and make their own creative works.

Tiny Trackers: Time to Wake Up

March 8, 1 — 2:30 pm

Tyler Arboretum, 515 Painter Road, Media

 

Kids ages 4-6 and their grownups will participate in a lesson and nature exploration at Tyler Arboretum. This week, discover which animals around Tyler take a long winter nap. Which animals go into a deep sleep and which just snooze?

Paint with Plants

March 8, 4 pm

Free Library of Philadelphia, South Philadelphia Branch, 1700 S. Broad St., Philadelphia

 

Inspired by the Philadelphia Flower Show, kids will create art work using materials from nature!

Kids Yoga

March 8, 4:45 — 5:15 pm

Free Library of Philadelphia, Andorra Branch, 705 E. Cathedral Road, Philadelphia

 

All K-12 kids are welcome to join for free yoga. Wear flexible clothing and bring a mat. Yoga mats are available for kids that do not have their own.

Friday

Sign Language Storytime for Babies and Toddlers

March 9, 11 am

Free Library of Philadelphia, Charles Santore Branch, 932 S. 7th St., Philadelphia

 

The class, geared toward babies and toddlers and their grownups, will be a fun half-hour of learning useful communication signs through songs, stories, and repetition.

Hip Hop Dance Classes

March 9, 3:30 pm

Free Library of Philadelphia, Lillian Marrero Branch, 601 W. Lehigh Ave., Philadelphia

 

Hip Hop Fundamentals will be providing free dance classes for students in Grades 3-8.  Please be aware that space is limited and registration is required.

BYOB and Pizza Night

March 9, 4 — 7:30 pm

Lulu’s Casita, 6 Cricket Ave., Ardmore

 

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

The Peking Acrobats at the Annenberg Center

March 9, 7 pm

Zellerbach Theatre, 3680 Walnut St., Philadelphia

 

This elite, world record-setting troupe wows with spellbinding trick-cycling, precision tumbling, juggling, somersaulting and gymnastics. With live music and festive costumes, they transform centuries-old traditions into a modern kaleidoscope of dazzling movement, pushing the limits of human ability.

Franklin Institute Camp-in

March 9, 6:15 pm — March 10, 9:30 am

222 N. 20th St., Philadelphia

 

Kids ages 6-13 (and their chaperones) can spend an overnight at the museum with live science shows, hands-on workshops, IMAX and Planetarium shows, stargazing in the rooftop observatory, and time to explore the entire museum. Sleep somewhere unique like near the Giant Heart or in the train room, then wake up for breakfast at the museum.

Philadelphia Events

All Weekend

Philadelphia Flower Show

Through March 11

Pennsylvania Convention Center, 12th and Arch streets, Philadelphia

 

The Flower Show is back with “Wonders of Water,” which celebrates the beauty and life-sustaining interplay of horticulture and water. Enter through the magnificent Entrance Garden, and be transported to a rain forest with all its lush sensory elements. Experience garden design on a larger-than-life scale as you walk through the different displays. Create fun make-and-takes like wearable flower art. Don’t forget to see the live butterfly garden!

Franklin Institute Camp-In

March 10, 6:15 pm — March 11, 9:30 am

222 N. 20th St., Philadelphia

 

Kids ages 6-13 (and their chaperones) can spend an overnight at the museum with live science shows, hands-on workshops, IMAX and Planetarium shows, stargazing in the rooftop observatory, and time to explore the entire museum. Sleep somewhere unique like near the Giant Heart or in the train room, then wake up for breakfast at the museum.

Ranger Program: Ladies of Liberty, Justice, and Equality

March 10 and 11, 3 — 3:30 pm

Portrait Gallery in the Second Bank of the U.S., Chestnut Street between 4th and 5th streets

 

Join a park ranger and hear about some of the many women whose contributions helped further the cause of liberty, justice, and equality for all Americans.

Citizen Science Lab

March 10 — 11, 11 am, 1 pm, and 3:30 pm

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

 

The museum will host hands-on, interactive experiences centered around water, with a focus on the Delaware River’s biology, ecology and chemistry, plus language arts, history and basic engineering.

Saturday

Archaeology in the A.M.

March 10, 9 — 10 am

Penn Museum, 3260 South St., Philadelphia

 

For individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities and their families, early opening time allows you to explore the museum at your own pace before it opens to the public, with crafts, dress-up, and storytime. There will also be touchable replica artifacts, with educators stationed to answer questions. A designated quiet space with dimmed lighting and fidgets will be accessible throughout the event, and a limited number of noise-reducing headphones will be available to borrow.

Second Saturday at the Penn Museum 

March 10, 11 am — 4 pm

3260 South St., Philadelphia

 

Make an animals mask, go on a tour of the museum, and pick up a scavenger hunt that will challenge you to take a closer look at objects inspired by animals on display in the galleries.

PNC Grow Up Great

March 10, 11 am — noon

Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. 300 S. Broad St., Philadelphia

 

This free monthly concert for little ones teaches basics of jazz and musical theater in an interactive hour of music and movement.

Preschool Yoga Storytime 

March 10, 10:30 — 11:30 am

Free Library of Philadelphia, at Parkway Central Branch, 1901 Vine St., Philadelphia

 

A class filled with stories, yoga and fun for 2- to 5-year-olds. No prior yoga experience is necessary, but bring a mat if possible.

Sid the Science Kid Meet and Greet

March 10, 10:30 am and 1:30 pm

Please Touch Museum, 4231 Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia

 

Meet Sid the Science Kid in Hamilton Hall for a picture, then visit his super-duper exhibit!

Grand Re-Opening of SplashLab Arts

March 10, 9 am — 2:30 pm

3510 Scotts Lane, Philadelphia

 

SplashLab Arts is back! Enjoy light refreshments, music, and enter a raffle to win a piece of art. There will also be the opportunity to sign up for mini-camps, summer camps, birthday parties, after-school programs, and workshops.

Macy’s Family Fun Day

March 10, 11 am — 4 pm

African American Museum in Philadelphia, 701 Arch St., Philadelphia

 

Celebrate Women’s History Month with interactive arts workshops for kids age 5 and up. There will be storytelling, yoga, dance fitness workshop, and a book presentation and signing with Kamari Talley.

Pizza Plus! Family Cooking

March 10, 11 am

Free Library of Philadelphia, at Parkway Central Branch, 1901 Vine St., Philadelphia

 

Kids in grades 2-4 and their families are invited for a pizza-making class — with a slice of math. Join cookbook author and culinary educator, Tara Mataraza Desmond for a kids and caregiver lunchtime cooking class, where participants will make pizzas, salads, and homemade dressings, and sneak in some edible math lessons, too!

Saturday Morning Cartoons

March 10, noon — 2 pm

PhilaMOCA, 531 N. 12th St., Philadelphia

 

This month’s theme is 1980s obscurities with short-lived and strange series from deep in the archives. Plus free sugary cereal! The program is family-friendly and will run around 100 minutes.

PECO Second Saturday: Abstract Action!

March 10, noon — 2 pm

Second State Press, 1400 N. American St. #B103, Philadelphia

 

Explore a collage and screen printing activity that encourages flexible thinking and playful experimentation with printmaker and full-time museum educator Rachel Ann Dennis.

Remember the Ladies: Celebrating Those Who Fought For Freedom at the Ballot Box

March 10, 1 — 3 pm

2450 Strawberry Mansion Drive, Philadelphia

 

Come learn about the history and context of women’s suffrage during Women’s History Month with author Angela P. Dodson as she discusses about her book Remember the Ladies: Celebrating Those Who Fought For Freedom at The Ballot Box.

Kids’ ‘Drive-in’ Movie

March 10, 2 pm

Free Library of Philadelphia, Joseph E. Coleman Northwest Regional Branch, 68 W. Chelten Ave., Philadelphia

 

Kids ages 3-6 will make and decorate their own car, then enjoy a short movie based on a book.

Rock School Open House

March 10, 1 — 3:30 pm

Rock School of Dance, 1101 S. Broad St., Philadelphia

 

Come for a free Music Monkey Jungle class, sample hip-hop class for kids ages 2-5, and adult beginner ballet barre. There will also be free snacks, a free dance performance, and arts and crafts from Moonstone Pre-School.

Robert Ryerss’ Birthday Party

March 10, 1 — 2:30 pm

Ryerss Museum and Library, 7370 Central Ave., Burholme Park, Philadelphia

 

Celebrate Robert Ryerss’ 187th Birthday with free refreshments, old-fashioned Victorian-style games, Cash the therapy dog, a magician, crafts, and more.

Family Matinee: Shine On!

March 10, 2 pm

International House, 3701 Chestnut St., Philadelphia

 

Enjoy an afternoon of the best animated films from the Seattle Children’s Film Festival.

The Peking Acrobats at the Annenberg Center

March 10, 2 pm

Zellerbach Theatre, 3680 Walnut St., Philadelphia

 

This elite, world record-setting troupe wows with spellbinding trick-cycling, precision tumbling, juggling, somersaulting and gymnastics. With live music and festive costumes, they transform centuries-old traditions into a modern kaleidoscope of dazzling movement, pushing the limits of human ability.

Sunday

Teddy Bear Tea

March 11, 11:30 am

Philadelphia Flower Show, Pennsylvania Convention Center, 12th and Arch streets, Philadelphia

 

On the final morning of the Flower Show, there will be a children’s tea where their favorite stuffed animal will get a seat of honor! The day includes entertainment and a light lunch to relax and enjoy tea with your family before seeing the Flower Show together. This year, Poppy and Branch from Trolls will be there too! Tickets are available online for $28.

PECO Family Jams

March 11, 12—4 pm

Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens, 1020 South St., Philadelphia

 

Take inspiration from the exhibition Blood, Sweat, and Tears: make your own inkblot and interpret what you see in the form. The day also includes family-friendly tours of the Magic Gardens.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade

March 11, noon — 3 pm

Starts at 18th & JFK, goes to Penn’s Landing via Market Street

 

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with music, floats, dancers, and more in a parade down Market Street.

St. Patrick’s Day Scavenger Hunt

March 11, 11 am — 6 pm

The Spiral Bookcase, 112 Cotton St., Philadelphia

 

Scattered throughout the store there will be gold coins that a leprechaun has spilled from his pot o’ gold! Treasure hunters of all ages welcome to follow the clues and locate the coins for a special secret discount. Irish tea and treats will also be served, and St. Patrick’s Day books will be read.

PAFA Family Arts Academy

March 11, 2 — 4 pm

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

 

Using Q-Tips, acetate, and acrylics, learn how tiny dots can create a portrait inspired by artists who use optical illusion.

Caring Bunny: Special Needs Easter Bunny Experience

March 11, 9 — 11 am

Philadelphia Mills, 1455 Franklin Mills Circle, Philadelphia

 

Caring Bunny provides a subdued and welcoming environment for children with special needs and their families.

Anniversary Art Party

March 11, 3 — 5 pm

Philly Art Center, 2501 Olive St. and 514 Bainbridge St., Phildaelphia

 

Celebrate this fun center’s 14th birthday with a free party featuring all kinds of arts and crafts.

North Bowl Fundraiser for Easter Outreach

March 11, 4 — 6 pm

North Bowl, 909 N. 2nd St., Philadelphia

 

Enjoy time bowling with friends and family while supporting Easter Outreach. The Easter Bunny will also be in attendance for pictures.

 

Main Line and Suburban Events

All Weekend

Spring Opening Weekend at Brandywine Zoo

March 10—11, 10 am — 3 pm

1001 N. Park Drive, Wilmington, Delaware

 

Welcome spring and leave behind the cold of winter in a fun afternoon of activities and learning stations centered the animals at the zoo.

Saturday

Suburban Square Storytime

March 10, 10 — 11:30 am

Anderson and Coulter avenue,s Ardmore

 

Story Time returns to Suburban Square this Saturday in the community space (where the Barbour store used to be). Author Katey Howes will be there to read her stories Grandmother Thorn and Magnolia Mudd and the Super Jumptastic Launcher Deluxe. You can also bring your gently loved books to donate to Tree House Books.

Little Learners

March 10, 10:30 — 11:30 am

Elmwood Park Zoo, 1661 Harding Blvd., Norristown

 

Preschoolers ages 3 to 5 and their caregivers can discover the natural world together through live animal encounters, crafts, activities and artifacts. This month’s theme is protection — learn about some interesting and prickly animals that call Elmwood Park Zoo home. Pre-registration is required.

Family Saturday Matinee

March 10, 11 am

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

 

This week, BMFI will be showing the classic film The Great Race: dueling daredevils devise a by-any-means-necessary motor race from NYC to Paris, paving the road for hilarity and antics!

The Great Narberth Leprechaun Hunt

March 10, 1—4 pm

Begins at the corner of Haverford and Forrest Avenues in Narberth

 

Kids start by going to the “Blarney” Booth to get a game card with clues and an empty black plastic pot-o’-gold.  They search all through the town, with parents in tow, to find all the hidden leprechauns.  When they find one, they get a chocolate coin to put in their pot.  Once they’ve found all the leprechauns and have all the chocolate coins, the kids return to the tent for their prize!

Science Saturdays

March 10, 2 pm

American Helicopter Museum and Education Center, 1220 American Blvd., West Chester

 

Helicopter Hunt: using shapes and colors, kids identify aircraft, either in the museum gallery or through large photo posters, in a hunt for various helicopter attributes.

Evening Sensory Exploration

March 10, 6:30 — 8:30 pm

Tyler Arboretum, 515 Painter Road, Media

 

Explore your senses and the arboretum by the light of the moon during this nighttime sensory hike. End the night warming up around a campfire with a delicious treat. Suitable for ages 5 and up.

Sunday

Johnny Appleseed Celebration

March 11, 1 — 2:30 pm

Terrain, 914 Baltimore Pike, Glen Mills

 

Kids will learn to make their own applesauce, then create a piece of art with apple stamps as the sauce cooks. They will also hear the story of Johnny Appleseed. Reservations are required.

Kids’ Playtime; Parents’ Teatime

March 11, 1:30 — 3 pm

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

 

Kids can enjoy building toys and learning centers while parents enjoy some teatime.

Celtic Harp Music

March 11, 2 pm

Norristown Farm Park, 2500 Upper Farm Road, Norristown

 

Musician Renee Arner will play some special music on the Celtic harp. Learn about the history of the Celtic harp and what makes a tune Celtic. For some of the songs children will be invited to dance and at the end of the concert they can try the harp. Pre-registration is required.

Nature Superhero Training

March 11, 2 — 4 pm

Young Sports, 133 Old Sugartown Road, Wayne

 

Riverbend Environmental Education Center and Young Sports are teaming up to get kids moving and teach them about native animals! Parents can drop off kids ages 3-8, or stick around to watch the fun. The cost is $25 per child.

 

 

Photograph by Laura Swartz. 

PHILADELPHIA ASSISTANT EDITOR

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