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

Your week, planned in advance.

Did the rain wash out your weekend? The sunshine and warm temperatures are back, so make up for lost time with one of these great events.

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

All Week

LOVE Your Park Week

Through May 21

Various Locations

 

Get out and show your local parks some love! Registration for volunteering is now open for cleanups and more.

Chinese Lantern Festival

Through June 11

Franklin Square, 200 6th St., Philadelphia

 

The Chinese Lantern Festival is back. Don’t miss this spectacular show of lights, including a 200-foot dragon. Tickets are required and cost $17 for adults, $12 for children ages 17 and under (children under 2 get in free), and $15 for seniors/military.

Spruce Street Harbor Park

Through October 1

Penn’s Landing, Philadelphia

 

Spruce Street Harbor Park is open again for the season. (Click here to read our preview.) Head out to the hammocks, take pictures by the water, indulge in food truck goodness, and much more.

Parks on Tap

May 17, 1 — 10 pm

May 18, 5 — 10 om

May 19 and 20, 1 – 11 pm

May 21, noon — 10 pm

The Azalea Garden, between Boathouse Row and the Philadelphia Museum of Art

 

Parks on Tap returns to Philly for the warm weather, starting at the Azalea Garden this Wednesday through Sunday during LOVE Your Park Week. Enjoy!

‘West Side Story’

May 17 — 21

The Media Theatre, 104 E. State St., Media

 

Who doesn’t love dueling gangs who dance and snap their fingers? This twist on Romeo and Juliet is playing a the Media Theatre through June 21, but why wait? Head out this week. Tickets range from $25 — $50.

Philadelphia Children’s Festival

May 18 — 20

The Annenberg Center, 3680 Walnut St., Philadelphia

 

For performances in theater, dance, art, and much more, this annual children’s festival will ignite an interest in the arts at a young age! (The lineup includes Mister G., pictured above.) Ticket prices vary by show. PlazaMania is an outdoor area with interactive activities and kid-friendly fun like face-painting.

Monday

Under One Play Group

May 18, noon — 2 pm

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

 

Have a little one under one? Take them to the Play Cafe this Monday to meet other babies and their parents for play time! This event is included with general admission.

Tuesday

Preschool Storytime

May 16, 10 am

The RML Recollection at Radnor Memorial Library, 110 W. Lancaster Ave. Wayne

 

Develop language and listening skills for your young one! This event is best for children ages 3 — 5, and is free and open to the public.

Family Storytime

May 16, 10 — 10:45 am

Longwood Gardens, 1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square

 

This storytime takes place at the Lookout Loft Treehouse at Longwood Gardens, surrounding your children in nature while their imaginations take them on a journey! This event is great for children ages 3 — 5 and is included with admission to the gardens.

National Drawing Day

May 16, 10 am — 3 pm

Please Touch Museum, 4231 Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia

 

For this year’s National Drawing Day, take your child to the Please Touch Museum where they can draw to their heart’s content with crayons and chalk which will contribute to a huge collaborative drawing in Hamilton Hall. This event is included with admission to the museum.

Garden Sprouts

May 16, 1 — 2:30 pm

Tyler Arboretum, 515 Painter Road, Media

 

May blossoms are in bloom this week at Tyler Arboretum. Head out and introduce your children to local flowers during a hike. This event is $10 for members ad $15 for nonmembers.

‘Brotherly Love and AT: A Virtual Tour of Tech Tools for Students with Learning Differences’

May 16, 6:30 — 8 pm

AIM Academy, 1200 River Road, Conshohocken

 

Assistive technology expert Jamie Martin will take you on a virtual tour of Philadelphia’s landmarks to demonstrate how these new tools can be essential for students with learning differences. This event is free, but you must register (can’t make it in person? There’s an online option, too).

Spring Pampering

May 16, 7 — 9 pm

Architeqt Salon and Gallery, 265 S. 10th St., Philadelphia

 

Extend your Mother’s Day self-care into the week with this evening event, presented by Architeqt, Primp and Play, and Philadelphia Family! Enjoy cocktails and snacks, spa samples, and a little shopping. We’ll see you there!

Wednesday

Book Nook Storytime

May 17, 10 am — 10:30 am

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

 

Bring kids ages 3 to 5 to listen to a Free Library of Philadelphia read stories in the Book Nook (between Miller’s Twist and Metropolitan Bakery).

‘Singin’ In The Rain’

May 17, 7 pm

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

 

Take your children to see this timeless classic on the big screen! See the late Debbie Reynolds, Gene Kelly, and Donald O’Connor dance and sing in Singin’ In The Rain. Tickets are $15 general admission and $12 for BMFI members.

Thursday

Storytime in Enchanted Woods

May 18, 9:30 am

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

 

Enjoy a lovely outdoor storytime for children this Thursday at Winterthur Museum and Gardens’ Enchanted Woods. Each storytime last 30 minutes and is included with admission to the gardens.

Mother Goose on the Loose

May 18, 10 am

The RML Recollection at Radnor Memorial Library, 110 W. Lancaster Ave., Wayne

 

Join the Radnor Memorial Library to build your child’s early literacy skills with rhymes, songs, puppets and more! This event is free and open to the pubic and is best for children up to 2 years old.

Tiny Trackers

May 18, 1 — 2:30 pm

Tyler Arboretum, 515 Painter Road, Media

 

Learn about pollinators and their importance in the world’s ecosystem at this fun children’s workshop this Thursday. This vent is $10 for members and $15 for nonmembers.

Awesome Adventures Robotics

May 18, 2 pm

East Passyunk Community Recreation Center, 1025 Mifflin St., Philadelphia

 

If you’re homeschooling your child, this four-week class in building and programming models from Snapology is for them. You can sign up for one class or the whole session, and your kids can learn to build Lego models with working motors and sensors.

Opening Reception: ‘Reflections Thru The Lens’

May 18, 5 — 7 pm

Wayne Art Center, 513 Maplewood Ave., Wayne

 

Join Wayne Art Center for a reflective opening night of their newest exhibition, “Reflections Thru The Lens.” As with all their opening receptions, they are free and open to the public.

Party in the Playground

May 18, 5:30 — 8 pm

Smith Memorial Playground, 3500 Reservoir Drive, Philadelphia

 

Do you love Smith Playground? (It won Philadelphia Family‘s LOVE Award for best playground, by the way!) Head out to the annual fundraiser party this Thursday to give back to the playground that benefits so many local kids. Tickets are required, and cost $75 per person. Group rates also available.

 Yoga Class

May 18, 6:30 — 7:30 pm

The Azalea Garden, between Boathouse Row and the Philadelphia Museum of Art

 

Roots 2 Rise will host this all levels yoga class at the Azalea Garden for a suggested donation of $10. Those who donate will receive a $1 drink ticket at the garden after class!

Friday

Let’s Play with Blocks

May 19, 11 am — noon

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

 

Get your child interested in STEM concepts from an early age through fun programs like Let’s Play With Blocks at the Media Upper Providence Library! This event is all ages and is free and open to the public.


Philly High Five!

All Weekend

Philadelphia Renaissance Faire

May 20 and 21, 11 am — 7 pm

Fort Mifflin, 6400 Fort Mifflin Road, Philadelphia

 

Go back in time at the second (and final) weekend of this year’s edition of this fun festival. There’s plenty to entertain kids, from magic show to a pirate band. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for kids.

South 9th Street Italian Market Festival

May 20 and 21, 11 am — 6 pm

919 S. 9th St., Philadelphia

 

This weekend, everyone is Italian. There will be food, live music, family games and activities, and more at the largest block party event Philly has to offer!

Saturday

Kids’ Literary Festival

May 20, 10 am — 6 pm

Big Blue Marble Bookstore, 51 Carpenter Lane, Philadelphia

 

It’s the 11th annual festival, and Frog and Toad are coming! Kick off the morning with storytime, then join in on a neighborhood parade. Literary inspired events continue throughout the whole day. This event is free and open to the public. Participants are encouraged to bring gently used children’s books to donate to fill Northwest Philly’s Little Free Libraries.

Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival

May 20, noon — 5 pm

Walnut Street between Broad and 19th streets, and 17th and 18th streets from Sansom to Locust streets, Philadelphia

 

This huge festival is the only time Walnut Street is closed to traffic, and it’s worth the trek. Enjoy music, art, shopping, and children’s activities in one of the city’s loveliest spots. The festival is free and open to the public.

Sunday

ArtWell Festival

May 21, 1 — 5 pm

Oxford Mills, 100 W. Oxford St., Philadelphia

 
ArtWell promotes art for kids in underserved city neighborhoods, and this fun festival brings artists and families together, too. Enjoy performances, workshops, and activity stations, including paper mask making. Snag some grub from the food trucks and do some shopping, too.


Main Line High Five!

Saturday

Build Your Own Terrarium or Fairy Garden

May 20, 10 — 11 am

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

 

Choose between building a snazzy terrarium or a whimsical fairy garden at this fun class. This class costs $35 per person and fills up quickly, so register early!

Merion Friends History Festival

May 20, 10 am — 3 pm

615 Montgomery Ave., Merion Station

 
Flash back to life in our area in the early 1800s at this beautiful historic site. There will be tours, exhibits, re-enactors, and games, including old-fashioned hoop rolling.

Radnor Hunt Races

May 20, 10 am — 6 pm

826 Providence Road, Malvern

 

Frolic around the Brandywine at the Radnor Hunt Races this weekend! Don your most colorful outfit and be seen on the picnic green, tailgate, and watch the races! Proceeds from the Radnor Hunt Races benefit the open space and clean water programs of the Brandywine Conservancy.

Sunday

Clover Market

May 21, 10 am — 5 pm

North Bryn Mawr Avenue, from Lancaster Avenue to Morris Road, Bryn Mawr

 
Parents come for the shopping, and kids love the crafts, food, and fun. With more than 100 vendors plus a summer-ready list of food sellers (including Philly’s L’il Pop Shop and Weckerly’s), you’re bound to go home happy.

Narberth Music and Arts Festival

May 21, 2 — 7 pm

Haverford Avenue, Narberth

 

Food, drinks, local artists, live music and more await you at this fun outdoor festival. Enjoy the warm weather while music and art surround you this Sunday — this event is free and open to the public.

 

 

Photograph courtesy of Mister G. 

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