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

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All Week

Summer of Spectacle

Through September 30

Longwood Gardens, 1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square

 

The renovated Main Fountain Garden is the centerpiece of a summer celebration. Entrance to the gardens is included with museum admission.

The Oval

August 14 — 20, 11 am — 11 pm

Eakins Oval, Philadelphia

 

This pop-up park is back for another fun season. Check out free exercise classes on Wednesdays, music on Thursdays, food and an outdoor movie on Fridays, and games on Saturday. Sundays are for special family fun, including a dance party. There’s a beer garden for adults, too.

Dhoruba’s Birthday Celebration

Through August 31

Elmwood Park Zoo, 1661 Harding Blvd., Norristown

 

It’s Dhoruba the giraffe’s 8th birthday and the zoo is celebrating all month long with special feedings and giraffe crafts. This event is free with admission to the zoo.

‘Freckleface Strawberry, The Musical’

August 15 — 17, 7 pm

Players Club of Swarthmore, 614 Fairview Ave., Swarthmore

 

A fun story about a red-headed girl with lots of freckles who learns that everyone is different with fun music and a lot of laughs. Adults and children 12 and older are $10, children ages 3 — 11 are $8, and children 2 and younger are free.

‘Hero School’

Through August 27

Theatre Horizon, 401 DeKalb St., Norristown

 

Theatre Horizon becomes a school for superhero this summer, as kids can explore the theatre and stop a villain to save the day. There are two sensory-friendly performances on August 19 and 25. This experience is best enjoyed by kids ages 4 – 8 and their grown ups. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for kids.

Chestnut Hill Restaurant Week

August 14 — 18

Multiple locations, Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia

 

So you probably want to leave the kids at home for this one, but we thought you deserved a date night idea, too. Some of the neighborhood’s favorite restaurants are offering $15 lunch specials and $30 dinner menus, so book a sitter and go out.

‘Winter’

Through August 20

Philadelphia Zoo, 3400 W. Girard Ave., Philadelphia

 

Come cool off in the summer heat with the Philadelphia Zoo’s summer exhibit. Where else can you find real snow in the middle of the summer? Non-members pay $10 on weekdays and $12 on weekends.

Free Yoga on Race Street Pier

August 14 – 17 , 7 am and 6 pm

August 18, 7 am

August 19 and 20, 9:30 am

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

 

Yoga memberships can be expensive, but nothing beats free yoga on a beautiful day with your community! Roll out your mat and stretch out near the Delaware River amongst other Philly yogis, and join on Wednesday night for the Summer Solstice class!

ArtSplash Gets Wild

Through September 4, 10 am – 5 pm

 

Get ready to create at the Philadelphia Museum of Art all summer with ArtSplash! Journey through the world of animals in the wild through creative play inspired by the photographs of Michael Nichols. Admission to this event is included with museum tickets (and children 12 and under are always free unless otherwise noted.)

David Rogers’ ‘Big Bugs’

Through August 29

Tyler Arboretum, 515 Painter Road, Media

 

Come and experience 10 gigantic insect sculptures (all made sustainably) scattered throughout the scenic loop of the arboretum, including a 17-foot dragonfly and 25-foot-long ants. This exhibit is included in general admission to the arboretum.

‘A Mirror Maze: Numbers in Nature’

Through September 4

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

 

Learn how to use math to unlock the mysteries of nature, and explore the patterns found throughout the world. Admission is $25 for adults and $21 for children, and includes general admission to the museum.

Spruce Street Harbor Park

Through October 1

Penn’s Landing, Philadelphia

 

Come swing on a hammock, play some fun outdoor games, and eat some of Philly’s classic delicacies on the Delaware River.

Childrens Discovery Garden

Through October 1

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

 

Exploring nature doesn’t always include driving far away; you can do it right here in the city! There are many fun things to explore at Sister Cities Park, including an Imagination Playground, a boat pond, and even a library to find a new book to read in the park. And check out the free classes on Monday, Tuesdays, and Thursdays.

‘Storyland’

Through September 10

Please Touch Museum, 4231 Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia

 

Take a leap right into the pages of a book, as some of your childhood favorites come to life at the Please Touch Museum. Admission to this exhibit is included with general admission to the museum.

Monday

Bilingual Playgroup! / ¡Exploración bilingüe!

August 14, 10 — 10:45 am

PlayArts, 1241 N. Front St., Philadelphia

 

This special playgroup is designed to introduce children to social and bilingual language skills. This group is free for members and included in the price of a play pass for nonmembers.

Pre-K Wooden Block Party

August 14, 3:30 pm

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

 

Build with blocks and get some social time at this free event.

Tuesday

Audubon Bird Town Bird Walk

August 15, 8 am

Lorimer Park, 183 Moredon Road, Huntington Valley

 

Explore the Pennypack Trail and learn all about different bird species in Pennsylvania with an observation walk. Admission is free, and is recommended for ages 12 and older.

Garden Sprouts: Flutter and Fly

August 15, 1 — 2:30 pm

Tyler Arboretum, 515 Painter Road, Media

 

Explore the journey of a butterfly, learn about why they are so important for your garden, and even craft your own! Price is $10 for members and $15 for nonmembers (fee for child only) and is geared towards ages 4 – 6.

 Wednesday

‘Kung Fu Panda’

August 16, 9:30 — 11:45 am

Newtown Theatre, 120 N. State St., Newtown

 

See the original movie in this funny series for free! Doors open at 9:30 am, and the show starts at 10.

Book Nook Storytime

August 16, 10 — 10:30 am

Reading Terminal Market, 51 N. 21st St., Philadelphia

 

Come by the Reading Terminal Market for a free storytime, and make it a day and stay for lunch!

Wild Wednesdays at Aviator Park

August 16, 11 — 11:30 am

The Oval, Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia

 

Explore the natural world from big beasts to butterflies with an ambassador from the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University. This event is free.

Ice Cream Social

August 16, 3 — 5 pm

Cedars House Café, 200 W. Northwestern Ave., Philadelphia

 

Spend an awesome day outside with free ice cream, live music, and nature activities.

Storytime Book Trail

August 16, 4:30 — 7:30 pm

Morris Arboretum, 100 E. Northwestern Ave., Philadelphia

 

Take a family walk and enjoy a story with this interactive experience. This event is free with admission to the arboretum.

Community Night

August 16, 5 — 8 pm

The Franklin Institute, 271 N. 21st St., Philadelphia

 

Admission is completely free at the Franklin Institute with a $6 parking special. Come by for special educational activities in addition to all of the permanent exhibits at the Franklin Institute.

Thursday

Kid Concert Series

August 17, 10 — 11 am

Market Square Park, 5501 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia

 

This free concert event features Monnette Sudler and special guests playing selections from her children’s CD, “The Sun’s Peeking Over the Mountain.”

ARTime Storytime: Only One You

August 17, 10:30 am — noon

The Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia

 

Read the story about a lively rockfish teaching important lessons about being yourself. After storytime, design your own colorful fish! This event is free with admission to the Barnes Foundation and geared towards ages 2 – 5.

Family Entertainment Series: Musicopia, Recycled Sounds with Dendê

August 17, 11:30 am

Wayne Art Center, 412 Maplewood Ave., Wayne

 

Come for a performance by Dendê Macêdo, a percussionist who uses materials he found around to teach a message about recycling through music. This event is free.

Philly Family at Parks on Tap

August 17, 6 — 9 pm

Penn Treaty Park, Philadelphia

 

This awesome traveling beer garden is stopping in Fishtown this week, and we’re getting together to enjoy it! Come meet members of the Philly Family Community in real life, plus enjoy some free yoga and a tasty adult beverage or two. This event is free and kid-friendly, but please let us know you’re coming!

Summer Concert Series: Rave On!

August 17, 7 — 8:15 pm

Montgomery Township Community and Recreation Center, 1030 Horsham Road, Montgomeryville

 

Sing and dance along with classic by Buddy Holly, The Beatles, and other early rock-n-roll music at this free music event!

Friday

Back 2 School Event

August 18, 8 am — 3 pm

High School of the Future, 4201 Parkside Ave., Philadelphia

 

Join the School District of Philadelphia for the ninth edition of this annual event, aimed at helping kids and families get ready for the new school year. You can register for school, get a free dental screening, learn about what to expect for the year, and even snag a free backpack and school supplies while they last. There will also be entertainment and a kids’ zone, so come out and get psyched for school.

Creepy Crawly Critters Nature Play Day

August 18, 10 am — noon

ChesLen Preserve, 1199 Cannery Road, Coatesville

 

This free event is for kids ages 4 — 12 and encourages free play in the natural environment. You must register to attend.

Free Storytime at the Arboretum

August 18, 10:30 — 11:15 am

Morris Arboretum, 100 E. Northwestern Ave., Philadelphia

 

Come to the beautiful setting of the arboretum to listen to an engaging story about nature. This event is free with admission to the arboretum.

Little Learners Monthly Play Day

August 18, 10:30 am

Free Library of Philadelphia Fishtown Community Library, 1217 E. Montgomery Ave., Philadelphia

 

This monthly open play hour is for kids ages 0 — 5.

Science Storytelling at Aviator Park

August 18, 11 am — noon

The Oval, Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia

 

Presented by the Free Library of Philadelphia, this free story time event will tell the tales of space exploration and the dinosaurs.

Tall Trees Nature Playscape Playdate

August 18, 4 — 5 pm

The Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, 8480 Hagys Mill Road, Philadelphia

 

Make friends at this free event while digging in the dirt and exploring an all-natural playscape.

Kidchella

August 18, 4 — 7:30 pm

Smith Memorial Playground and Playhouse, 3500 Reservoir Drive, Philadelphia

 

The “kindie” concert series wraps up with music from Alex and the Kaleidoscope and Pears 4 Bears. Tickets are $10 for non-members and $5 for smith members (and Supporting Members of Philadelphia Family and Main Line Parent).

Movies in Clark Park: ‘Hidden Figures’

August 18, 7 pm

Clark Park, Philadelphia

 

West Philly folks love this park, and if you come for a free screening of this fantastic movie, you’ll understand why. Franklin Institute staff will be around to talk about space, and you can grab a snack from a food truck before the film starts around 8:15 pm.

Family Outdoor Movie Night: ‘The BFG’

August 18, 7 — 10 pm

Bartram’s Garden, 5400 Lindbergh Blvd., Philadelphia

 

This night starts with guided twilight tours of the garden at 7 pm, followed by a screening of The BFG at 8 pm. This event is free with admission to the garden.

Philly High Five!

All Weekend

Build and Imagine Weekend

August 18 and 19, 9 am — 5 pm

August 20, 11 am — 5 pm

Please Touch Museum, 4231 Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia

 

This three-day event is all about constructing, building, and inventing with various activities to get kids thinking and making. This event is free with admission to the museum.

Saturday

Parks on Tap Jr./Saturday Night at the Movies

August 19, 4 — 10 pm

Franklin Square, 200 N. 6th St., Philadelphia

 

Come by for outdoor fun and snacks (and a beer garden for adults) and stick around for a Finding Dory at 8:30 pm. Admission to the movie is free.

National Honey Bee Day

August 19, 8 am — 5 pm

Morris Arboretum, 100 E. Northwestern Ave., Philadelphia

 

Learn about how important bees are to your gardens and the environment with educational activities and beekeeping demonstrations. This event is free with admission to the arboretum.

Super Solar Saturday

August 19, 1 — 10 pm

The Mann Center for the Performing Arts, 5301 Parkside Ave., Philadelphia

 

Join the Mann for a free party to get you excited for the August 21 solar eclipse. Kids can build, explore, craft, and learn at activities that run all day. At 7 pm, catch free screening of the movie Hidden Figures. This event is free and open to all; please register here.

Sunday 

Let’s Rock Recess!

August 20, 2 — 7 pm

The Oval, Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia

 

Come by The Oval for a fun kids-themed DJ event and enjoy the last day of this pop-up park! This event is free.


Main Line High Five!

All Weekend

Middletown Grange Fair

August 18 and 18, 10 am — 11 pm

August 20, 10 am — 5 pm

Middletown Grange Fair Grounds, 576 Penns Park Road, Wrightstown

 

This is the 69th edition of this old-fashioned fair, featuring rides, livestock, shopping, food, music, and even Dancing Diggers! Admission is free, but there’s a fee for parking, rides, food, and other items.

Saturday

Career & Animal Science Workshop: Working with Carnivores

August 19, 10:30 am — noon

Brandywine Zoo, 1001 N. Park Drive, Wilmington

 

Learn how zookeepers safely work with carnivores at the zoo with interactive learning and demonstrations. This event is $8 for members and  $10 for nonmembers, and is geared towards ages 12 and older.

Summer Saturdays at Hagley

August 19, 10:30 am — 2:30 pm

Hagley Museum, 200 Hagley Creek Road, Wilmington

 

Blender activities are at Hagley this Saturday, with arts-and-crafts that require lots of spinning to create. This event is free with admission to the museum.

Sunday

Main Line Bike Race

August 20, 10 am — 4 pm

Downtown Ardmore

 

All ages are welcome to join in the first edition of this race, which benefits Narberth Ambulance. Registration closes August 18. Read our story on the race here. 

World Helicopter Day

August 20, noon — 4 pm

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

 

How have helicopters contributed to society? Come by the museum to learn about how we rely on helicopters every day, and even take a ride in one! Admission is $10 for adults and $8 for children, students, and seniors.

 

Photograph by Kristin Zubrinski, courtesy of PlayArts. 

 

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