30+ Things to Do With Kids This Week Around Philly and the Main Line
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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!
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.
Through December 31
National Constitution Center, 525 Arch St., Philadelphia
Walk in Alexander Hamilton’s shoes (literally) and learn more about the Founding Father whose life has fascinated Americans for centuries. This exhibit focuses on the intellectual and political conflicts between Hamilton and his contemporaries, including Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and John Adams, and of course, Aaron Burr (that one was a bit more personal). It’s included with museum admission.
Through September 3
The Franklin Institute, 222 N. 20th St., Philadelphia
Showcasing the work of over 30 innovative game designers, “Game Masters” takes visitors on an interactive journey inside their favorite video games. The exhibit features over 100 playable games, as well as the opportunity to learn the stories of the designers and see the evolution of favorite games from concept art to what we know today.
Through June 3
Arden Theatre Co., 40 N. Second St., Philadelphia
Two actors perform all the roles in this world premiere production of the beloved fairy tale. Click here to read our review and enter to win tickets!
April 18 — June 10
Media Theatre, 104 E. State St., Media
Inspired by the Newsboy Strike of 1899, this Disney musical is full of great songs and dance routines. Tickets are $33 — $58.
April 16, 9 am — 5 pm
4231 Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia
The Please Touch Museum’s Earth Day celebration is focused on the ocean and water. There will be a dress-up area in Hamilton Hall, “Splish Splash Storytime,” naturalist shell art, and more all day long.
April 16, 10:30 am
Liacouras Center, Temple University, 3406 N. Broad St., Philadelphia
Sing, dance, and laugh along with all your favorite friends from Sesame Street in their new live show!
April 16, 10 — 10:30 am
6 Cricket Ave., Ardmore
Join Roots with Ruark for music circle at Lulu’s Casita, then stay for playtime.
April 16, 4 pm
5800 Cobbs Creek Parkway, Philadelphia
Come for stories and games about planet Earth.
Read to a Therapy Dog
4 pm: Lovett Memorial Library, 6945 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia
4:30 pm: Falls of Schuylkill Library, 3501 Midvale Ave., Philadelphia
6 pm: Whitman Library, 200 Snyder Ave., Philadelphia
Come read to a certified therapy dog who loves to have children read books to him! Kids can practice reading in a judgment-free zone, and make this doggy’s day!
April 17, 9:30 am — 5 pm
525 Arch St., Philadelphia
Learn about the history and significance of taxation, and the role that Alexander Hamilton played in creation of the American financial system. Kids can also make piggy banks and other handy crafts.
April 17, 10:30 — 11:30 am
1900 Pattison Ave., Philadelphia
Come for a “Moo-ving Experience” as the focus will be on dairy cows, and toddlers explore some of Sweden’s favorite dairy treats. Farmers from What-Knott Farm will bring the guest of honor, a calf. In addition to the live animal presentation, toddlers will enjoy a themed story, get a chance to “milk” their own cow, and enjoy a Swedish dairy inspired snack.
April 17, 9 — 11 am
10 W. Gravers Lane, Philadelphia
Learn the ins and outs of applying (and affording) a private school education, while your kids do a building activity.
April 17, 4 pm
Lillian Marrero Library, 601 W. Lehigh Ave., Philadelphia
The author of The King Who Had Issues will play the part of the Chef, and read his book to the kids with the help of his puppets to teach nutrition.
April 17, 6:30 pm
Lucien E. Blackwell West Philadelphia Regional Library, 125 S. 52nd St., Philadelphia
Celebrate “One Book, Every Young Child” with a special evening storytime featuring this year’s selection: My Cousin Momo by Zachariah Ohora. This program highlights the importance of early literacy development in preschoolers, and the significance of reading early and often to children. Come in your pajamas, and bring your favorite stuffed animal!
April 17, 7 — 7:30 pm
1601 Darby Road, Havertown
Enjoy good night tales with Ms. Danielle before heading to bed. Come dressed in your favorite pajamas, and bring a cuddle friend! This program is for children of all ages and their caregivers.
April 18, 1 — 2 pm
Tyler Arboretum, 515 Painter Road, Media
What are the birds up to in the springtime? Learn how they find each other and build nurseries for their babies. See if you can build a nest like the birds do. For kids ages 18 months-3 years and their grownups.
April 18, 10:30 am — noon
Lume Creative Learning Studios, 1916-18 E. Passyunk Ave., Philadelphia
Drop into the studio for collaborative hands on art-making with your little ones in a non-class structured environment. Experiment with different media, have fun, and get as messy as you want.
April 18, 4:30 — 5:30 pm
1241 N. Front St., Philadelphia
Emily Meredith-Stein will lead your little ones on a Spanish adventure, and follow it up with fun goodies like tattoos and stickers.
April 18, 4 — 5 pm
1 E. Front St., Media
Kids ages 6-8 will make tofu fingers, with all supplies provided! Call to register.
April 19, 9:30 am — 5 pm
101 S. Third St., Philadelphia
Celebrate the museum’s one-year anniversary! Snap a photo in a complimentary photo booth, sign your name to a Revolutionary muster roll or help them create a temporary installation of paper chains in honor of their “Paper Anniversary.” The muster roll will be included in a time capsule to be locked away in the museum’s archives until 2026, America’s 250th birthday.
To commemorate the museum’s anniversary, they’ll be offering free general admission from 3 – 8 pm (Tickets will be available beginning at 2 pm. Walk-up only, while tickets last). Stay for History After Hours for trivia and games, and happy hour food and drink specials in Cross Keys Café.
April 19, 11 am — 1 pm
51 N. 12th St., Philadelphia
The Phillie Phanatic will be pumping up the crowd, and special guests Gary “Sarge” Matthews and Mickey Morandini will be facing off in City Kitchen!
April 19, 10 – 10:45 am and 11 – 11:45 am
2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia
Bring your curious and imaginative toddlers (ages 2-4) to the museum for art-related stories, art making, movement activities, and an introduction to the works in the Barnes collection.
April 19, 1 — 2 pm
Wissahickon Environmental Center, 300 W. Northwestern Ave., Philadelphia
Kids ages 3-5 will pick dandelions and other edible plants on their way to the Great Beech for a tea party. Tea premade, but kids and their parents will learn how to make it in meadow. Pre-registration is required.
April 19, 1 — 2:30 pm
515 Painter Road, Media
What can you do for Earth? Kids ages 4-6 can learn how to protect the planet with a lesson and nature exploration.
April 19, 4 pm
Widener Library, 2808 W. Lehigh Ave., Philadelphia
Come have a blast and learn some fun new moves from Merge Dance Studio! Please wear sneakers and be dressed to move.
April 20, 9:30 — 10 am
1301 Locust St., Philadelphia
Little ones will have a great time exploring water beads, slime, and other sensory tools! Perfect for toddlers ages 2-5 years old.
April 20, 4 pm
5 S. Bryn Mawr Ave., Bryn Mawr
Kids will read The Tree Lady by H. Joseph Hopkins, learn about the pioneering scientist Katherine Olivia Sessions, and take home a planter and seeds for your garden. You can also enter a raffle for free tickets to Longwood Gardens.
Evening of April 20
Various locations in Philly, the Main Line, and beyond
The Philadelphia Science Festival kicks off in spectacular fashion, engaging all areas of the city (and suburbs) in the Star Party. Local astronomers will bring dozens of telescopes to more than 20 stargazing sites across the region to share their knowledge of the cosmos. Of course, guests are invited to bring their own telescopes as well. And be sure to bring a picnic blanket and make a night of it under the stars! See our guide to the Philadelphia Science Festival for more details!
1241 N. Front St., Philadelphia
PlayArts has partnered with Bluecoat and Root to bring you three curated cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and inclusive childcare for a very special parents’ night. Pre-registration is required.
April 20, 7 pm
Upper Darby Performing Arts Center, 601 N. Lansdowne Ave., Drexel Hill
Theatreworks presents a musical based on the popular series by Barbara Park. Follow her adventures as she writes everything down in her “top-secret personal beeswax” journal!
April 20, 4 — 7:30pm
6 Cricket Ave., Ardmore
Lulu’s is open until 7:30 pm for more fun, BYOB and pizza starting at 4pm. Parents can relax with some adult beverages while kids tire themselves out before bedtime.
Photograph by Laura Swartz.