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

This week's best family-friendly events, all in one handy list.

Enjoy your holiday, then keep the fun going all week with these great events.

Looking for weekend fun? Click here to see the Philly High Five, and here to see the Main Line edition.

All Week

Free Yoga on Race Street Pier

May 29 — June 1, 7 am and 6 pm

June 2, 7 am

June 3 and 4, 9:30 am

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

 

Free yoga is in full swing through the rest of the summer! Bring your mat, water, a towel, and a good attitude for classes in the mornings and evenings out on the pier.

Devon Horse Show and Country Fair

May 29 — June 4

The Devon Horse Show Grounds, 23 Dorset Road, Devon

 

Do you go to see the horses, or to be seen? Either way, this is fun for the whole family. For the tentative time schedule, go here. In addition to the horse shows and races is a country fair with rides, traditional fried fair food, and carnival games to enjoy. Tickets are required for this event and can be purchases at the event or in advance here. Want a full preview, including the details on Tuesday’s family day? Click here.

Parks on Tap: Belmont Plateau

May 31 and June 1, 5 — 10 pm

June 2 and 3, 1 — 11 pm

Belmont Plateau, West Fairmount Park, Army Rd, Philadelphia

 

This week’s stop for this fun mobile beer garden is Belmont Plateau in west Fairmont. Enjoy happy hour while you take in the early summer air. This event is free and open to the public.

Chinese Lantern Festival

Through June 11

Franklin Square, 200 Sixth St., Philadelphia

 

The Chinese Lantern Festival is showing now! 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.

Summer of Spectacle

Through September 30

Longwood Gardens, 1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square

 

The Main Fountain Garden has returned, and with them the daily fountain performances, extended during the evenings on Thursdays — Saturdays. This event is included with general admission to the gardens. (Click here to see our preview.)

Spruce Street Harbor Park

Through October 1

Columbus boulevard and Spruce Street, Philadelphia

 

Spruce Street Harbor Park is open again for the season! Head out to the hammocks, take pictures by the water, and enjoy the array of tasty food and drink options.

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 strems, mountains, and winding pathways. The garden is free and open to the public. Boats can be rented for $5 and $7.

‘A Mirror Maze: Numbers in Nature’

Through September 4, 9:30 am — 5 pm

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

 

This iconic museum’s latest exhibit highlights the way nature’s patterns can help us understand math. The centerpiece is a neat 1,700-square-foot mirror maze for visitors to explore. Tickets are $25 for adults and $21 for kiids ages 3 to 11 (that includes general admission to the museum). Members pay $5 for adult tickets and $4 for kids. Click here to read our preview.

Garden Railway

Daily, 10 am — 4 pm

Morris Arboretum, 100 E. Northwestern Ave., Philadelphia

 

This fun model railroad attraction just reopened for the season, with a spruced-up look at a new theme, “In Motion.” Enjoy the arboretum’s splendor, too — this is a fantastic time of year to visit. Tickets are $17 for adults and $9 for kids ($9 and $5, respectively, if you bike in).

Monday

Main Fountain Garden Premiere Weekend

May 29, 9 am — 6 pm

Longwood Gardens, 1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square

 

The Main Fountain Garden weekend extends through this Monday! Tickets are recommended in advance of this event due to the highly anticipated return. Why not spend your memorial day taking in the sights of the fountains and walking among the flowers? This event is included with general admission.

Shark Awareness Weekend

May 29, 10 am — 5 pm

Adventure Aquarium, 1 Riverside Dr., Camden

 

Shark Awareness continues through this Memorial Day Monday! Head to the Adventure Aquarium this weekend and learn all about different species of sharks! There will be fun shark-themes activities, photo ops, and more. This event is included with general admission.

Parks on Tap: FDR Park Boathouse

May 29, noon — 10 pm

FDR Park, Fairmount, Philadelphia

 

Parks on Tap will be at FDR Park for an extra day! Head out on Memorial Day for happy hour, music, and gatherings with friends while you enjoy the views of the Delaware River.

Tuesday

Family Storytime

May 30, 10 am and 10:45 am

Longwood Gardens, 1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square

 

Enjoy storytime at the lookout loft treehouse at Longwood Gardens this Tuesday morning for either one or both sessions. This storytime is intended for children ages 3 — 5, and is included with garden admission.

Wednesday

Little Chefs in Nature’s Pantry: Scrumptious Strawberries

May 31, 10 — 11 am

Tyler Arboretum, 515 Painter Road, Media

 

Create scrumptious strawberry treats at this fun cooking class for kids! Drop ins are welcome and admission is $15 for members and $20 for nonmembers.

Dining Under The Stars

May 31, 5 — 11 pm

State Street, Media

 

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

Thursday

Pairings on the Parkway

June 1, 5 — 8 pm

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

 

This fun BYOB event returns for the season this week at Sister Cities Park. Enjoy live music by  Nalani and Sarina this week. The Logan Square case will be offering a special summer menu and the Children’s Discovery Garden will be open for extended hours. This event is free and open to the public.

Yoga in Belmont Plateau

June 1, 6:30 — 7:30 pm

Belmont Plateau, West Fairmount Park, Army Road, Philadelphia

 

Enjoy a yoga class as part of the Parks on Tap offerings this week at Belmont Plateau, hosted by Roots 2 Rise. The suggested donation for the class is $10, and if you donate you’ll receive a $1 off drink ticket.

Friday

‘Junie B. Jones’

June 2, 10:30 am (performances through June 18)

Walnut Street Theatre, 825 Walnut St., Philadelphia

 

This musical version of the popular books will delight kids (and parents, too).

Moonlight and Roses

June 2, 5:30 — 11 pm

Morris Arboretum, 100 E. Northwestern Ave., Philadelphia

 

Enjoy a night dancing under the stars surrounded by roses at Morris Arboretum’s annual fundraiser. Advance registration is required, and tickets starts at $150.

Drive In Movie: ‘Moana’

June 2, 8:30 pm (gates open at 7:30 pm)

Elmwood Park Zoo, 1661 Harding Blvd., Norristown

 

Take your child to see an outdoor drive in movie like you used to go to when you were a kid! Tickets are required, and are $20 a car for nonmembers and $14 a car for members. Lawn seats are also available for $5.


Philly High Five!

Saturday

Seafarin’ Saturday: Foil Fish

June 3, 11 am — 1 pm

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

 

Learn about all the types of fish that live in the Delaware River, and then create your own! This event is included with admission to the museum.

Discovery Series: Wind Sock Science

June 3, 11 am — 3 pm

Morris Arboretum, 100 E. Northwestern Ave., Philadelphia

 

Create a wind sock (and find out what a wind sock is) this weekend at Morris Arboretum! This event is included with general admission.

Starting Science Conversations

June 3, 10 am — 1 pm

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

 

This adults-only event is a great way to learn how to start conversations about science! There’s never been a better time to arm yourself with education, and this is a great place to start. Tickets are required for this event and are $25 for non-members and $20 for members. Your ticket includes general admission to the museum.

Sunday

Free First Sunday: Strong at Art

June 4, 10 am — 5 pm

The Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway

 

Enjoy free admission during June’s Free First Sunday at the Barnes. Ever Ensemble will be performing, and there are ArtSee Activities to enjoy as well. While this event is free, you must reserve your ticket; click here to do so.

PECO Multicultural Series: Irish American Festival

June 4, 1 — 7 pm

Penn’s Landing, Philadelphia

 

Summertime means the cultural festivals at Penn’s Landing! Kick off the seasons’s festivities with the Irish American Festival happening this Sunday. Enjoy traditional Irish food, music, art, and more. This event is free and open to the public.


Main Line High Five!

Saturday

Strawberry Festival

June 3, 10 am — 4 pm

Linvilla Orchards, 137 Knowlton Road, Media

 

Warmer weather means fresh fruits. Join Linvilla Orchards as they celebrate their fresh strawberry harvest this Saturday for a day of picking fruit, tasting the giant strawberry shortcake, and family activities.

 ‘Dave Rogers’ Big Bugs’ Exhibit Opening Day

June 3, 9 am — 6 pm

Tyler Arboretum, 515 Painter Road, Media

 

“Big Bugs” are here for the summer at Tyler Arboretum! There are bug tours, kids crafts, and more to celebrate the day. This exhibit runs through August 29 and is included with general admission to the arboretum.

Sensory Garden Party

June 3, 1 pm

Main Line Art Center, 746 Panmure Road, Haverford

 

Mark the end of the center’s spring exhibit — featuring work by children and adults with disabilities, and at-risk youth — with a fun day for the whole family. Kids can do a variety of art projects, watch a yarn bombing take shape, and enjoy storytime. At 3 pm, the Enchantment Theatre Company will perform.

Sunday

PNC Arts Alive First Sunday for Families

June 4, 11 am — 2 pm

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

 

Enjoy bird walks, musical performances from singer-songwriter Dana Lyons (at 11:30 am and 12:30 pm), plus the chance to walk along the trails on the museum’s property and sketch what you see.

Sights, Sounds, and Smells

June 4, 1 pm

Hagley Museum, 200 Hagley Creek Road, Wilmington, Delaware

If toy volcanoes, explosions, and things that go boom are your child’s idea of a good time, keep the living room clean and head to Hagley Museum this weekend! Experience their Powder Yard and see gunpowder production from hundreds of years ago. This event is included with admission to the museum, but reservations are requested.

 

Photograph by William Crane, courtesy of the Morris Arboretum. 

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