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15+ Things to Do With Your Kids Around Philly and the Main Line This Week: January 9 – 13

What are you doing this week? Banish boredom and set out for fun with these activities from all over the city and the Main Line.

All Week:

Kids at Play Open Play

January 9 — 12, 11 am — 7 pm
January 13, 11 am — 4:15 pm
Kids at Play, 3502 Scotts Lane, Suite 711, Philadelphia

Kids toddler age through 12 years old are invited to join in open play in Kids at Play’s wonderful sensory gym. Explore the ball pits, jungle jump, giant stacks, SAFE Archery, and much more for both members and drop ins. Drop in fees are $15 for the first child and $10 for each additional child. Have a pre-crawler child? They get in free with one paid admission. Parents must stay onsite and supervise children during play. (Credit or debit cards only.)

Rothman Ice Rink at Dilworth Park

January 9 — 12, noon — 9 pm
January 13, noon — 11 pm
Dilworth Park, 1 S. 15th St., Philadelphia

The holidays are over, but Philadelphia ice skating rinks are still going strong! Take a spin on the rink in front of picturesque City Hall with the whole family and be sure to snap a pic (Tag us using #PhillyFamily on Instagram!). If skating isn’t your thing, warm up in the Rothman Cabin, or search the America’s Garden Capital maze. Skate rentals are available for $10 and admission is $3 for kids 10 and under and $5 for adults.

Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest

January 9 — 12, 1 pm — 11 pm
January 13, 1 pm — 1 am
Delaware River Waterfront, 121 N. Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia

Want to take your skating to the waterfront after you’ve finished in Center City? You can, because Winterfest is still on. Newbies can take skating lessons, then join open skate for friends and families, and of course you can always hang out in the lodge and chow down. It’s a great Instagram (ahem, #PhillyFamily!) moment, so head out this week while the crowds are smaller than during the weekend! Skating admission is $3 per person and skate rentals are $10 per person.

Come keep cozy inside of the heated lodge with a hot cocoa in hand! ☕️ #staywarmfolks 🌬❄️☃️

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Teeny Tiny Trackers: Winter Seeds

January 9, 10 — 11 am
Tyler Arboretum, 15 Painter Road, Media

Have a little one interested in the great outdoors? Take them to the Tyler Arboretum this Monday morning for a program involving both indoor and outdoor activities. This Monday the lesson focuses on trees and plants that still hold their seeds in winter. The cost is $10 for members and $15 for nonmembers. Register here.


Playful Pre-School Storytime

January 10, 10 am
The Free Library of Springfield Township, 1200 E. Willow Grove Ave., Wyndmoor

Get out of the house Tuesday morning and bring the little one! (This program is recommended for ages 3+). There will be lively storytelling, songs, rhymes, and plenty of fun. This program is free, no registration required.

Mama Mac Winter Jam

January 10, 10:30 am — 11:15 am
The Play Café, 934 W. Lancaster Ave., Bryn Mawr

Forget the cold weather outside and pump up the jam inside! Mama Mac will entertain the kiddos with more than music — there will be puppets, scarves, bubbles, and more to keep children energized. This event is designed for ages 1 — 3, and drop in classes are $22 (subject to availability — call ahead recommended.)

Winter Session starts January 5th! 3 spots left! 10:30 a.m. 10-week session. Call us to enroll today: 610-525-0776

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Tree Care for the Homeowner

January 10, noon — 1 pm
Rothman Cabin at Dilworth Park, 1 S. 15th St., Philadelphia

It’s never too early to be thinking about the spring, and if your lawn needs a little sprucing, head to America’s Garden Capital! Sign up for a little “Tree-L-C” this Tuesday and learn about mulching, watering, pruning, and how to find the right tree for your lawn. This event is free and open to the public.


Stroller Tour

January 11, 11 am
Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy., Philadelphia

It’s a bit chilly to be using your stroller outdoors, so take the babies to the museum! The Philadelphia Museum of Art is offering a stroller tour this Wednesday, meeting in Lenfest Hall at the West Entrance. View the galleries without having to worry about the baby being fussy — you’ll be surrounded by parents who understand!

Archaeological Adventures: Celebrating Chinese New Year

January 11, 10 am — 1 pm
Penn Museum, 3260 South St., Philadelphia

It’s the Year of the Rooster, and your child is invited to learn more about Chinese culture from both a modern and historical lens. Join a guided tour, introduce yourselves to the Zodiac calendar, and more! Registration is required and costs $12 per child and adult, children under 3 get in free.

Grateful Dead Yoga

January 11, 6 — 7 pm
National Museum of American Jewish History, 101 South Independence Mall East, Philadelphia

For an all-levels yoga that will let you enjoy the practice without feeling judged, try this fun class. Bring yourself, your zen, and your own yoga mat. This event is included with admission to the museum.



January 12, 10 — 11 am
The Play Café, 934 W. Lancaster Ave., Bryn Mawr

For kids who craft, this event is a must-do. Every Thursday at 10 am, the Play Café invites children to sit for a story and then use inspiration from the story to create a themed craft! This event is included general admission.

Gym Time

January 12, 5:30 — 6:30 pm
Mary C. Howse Elementary School, 641 West Boot Road, Downingtown

Bring the kids to enjoy some physical gym time and to burn off their excess energy from the day. Kindergarten-age children will love participating in rhythmic activities, learning about kinesthetic safety and awareness, and most importantly, having fun. This event is free but registration is required.

ArtTime Storytime: The Snowy Day

January 12, 10:30 — 11 am and 11:30 am — noon
The Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy., Philadelphia

We might not be getting a ton of snow this season (so far), but that won’t stop you from making your own snowflakes at this Thursday’s ArtTime Storytime at the Barnes Foundation! The craft will be inspired by a reading of The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats. While this event is free, they ask that you register for the 10:30 time slot here and the 11:30 time slot here.

Night Skies in the Observatory

January 12, 6 — 9 pm
The Franklin Institute, 222 N. 20th St., Philadelphia

The Franklin Institute is opening it’s first night sky viewing of 2017 in tribute to “the man who fell to Earth,” David Bowie. Take a look at the night sky during a cold winter’s night with free star maps, professional telescopes, and with knowledgeable star gazers to answer your questions. Advance tickets are strongly suggested, and are $5 for members and $10 for nonmembers.


Family Stories and Puppet Show

January 13, 11 — 11:45 am
Media Upper Providence Library, 1 E. Front St., Media

Who doesn’t love a good puppet show? The Media Upper Providence Library invites you and your little ones (all ages invited!) to take part in an interactive puppet show! Move, sing, dance, listen! The kids will love it. This event is free and no registration is required.

Midday Melodies

January 13, noon — 2 pm
Reading Terminal Market, 51 N. 12th St., Philadelphia

Listen to jazz music while you pick up ingredients for your Friday dinner. Jazz piano will be amplified throughout the space — you don’t want to miss this auditory experience. This event is free and open to the public.

Movie Matinee

January 13, 2 pm
The Free Library of Springfield Township, 1200 E. Willow Grove Ave., Wyndmoor

For a relaxed afternoon, head to the library and watch a movie for an hour or two. It’s a great way to wind down before the weekend begins. They switch up between classic and new films, so be sure to drop into this weekly event often. This event is free and no registration is required.

Cirque Éloize: ‘Saloon

January 13, 8 pm (additional performances on January 14, at 2 and 8 pm)
Merriam Theater, 210 S. Broad St.

The Montreal-based troupe tackles the story of America’s Wild West with live music and acrobatics. This show, part of the Broadway Philadelphia series, features folk music fused with snippets of classics from Patsy Cline, John Lennon, Johnny Cash, and more. Tickets start at $65.


Lead photograph by Matt Stanley, courtesy of the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation.


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