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

Skip the boredom with our weekly list of fun events.

Need something to do? Start here for something great, every day.

 

Looking for weekend fun? Jump to the Philly High Five picks or the Main Line High Five. 

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.

‘Freckleface Strawberry, The Musical’

August 22 — 24, 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.

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.

‘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.

Free Yoga on Race Street Pier

August 21 – 24 , 7 am and 6 pm

August 25, 7 am

August 26 and 27, 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.

‘Winter’

Through September 4

Philadelphia Zoo, 3400 W. Girard Ave., Philadelphia

 

Come cool off in the summer heat with the Philadelphia Zoo’s summer exhibit, which has just been extended through Labor Day. Where else can you find real snow in the middle of the summer? Non-members pay $10 on weekdays and $12 on weekends.

Monday

Need advise on how to view the solar eclipse safely? Here’s our guide.

Solar Eclipse Celebration

August 21, 9:30 am — 5 pm

Please Touch Museum, 4231 Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia

 

Celebrate the solar eclipse with an all-day event featuring all-ages yoga, space-art activities, and music time. This event is free with admission to the museum.

2017 Great American Solar Eclipse

August 21, noon — 4 pm

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

 

Build a solar viewer, learn all about astronomy, and stay for a special live broadcast during the eclipse. This event is free with admission to the Franklin Institute.

Total Eclipse in the Park

August 21, 12:30 — 3 pm

Brandywine Creek State Park, 41 Adams Dam Road, Wilmington, Delaware

 

 

Enjoy free and fun activities like building pinhole cameras and talking with local astronomers to prepare for the eclipse.

The Great American Eclipse

August 21, 1 — 4 pm

Academic quad, West Chester University (bordered by High and Church streets and Rosedale and University avenues), West Chester

 

Gather to watch the eclipse with education activities for kids of all ages, plus eclipse glasses and viewers on hand.

Tuesday

Family Movie: ‘Wall-E’

August 22, 10 am

Easttown Library and Information Center, 720 First Ave., Berwyn

 

Cool off with a viewing of Wall-E at the library and stay to pick out some great books. This event is free.

Rock ’n’ Roar Concert Series

August 22, 11 am — noon

Philadelphia Zoo, 3400 W. Girard Ave., Philadelphia

 

Enjoy the last day of this summer concert series with Lolly and Yoyo. This concert is free with admission to the zoo.

 Wednesday

Sensory-Friendly Morning

August 23, 9 — 10 am

Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia

 

Enjoy the art museum with special sensory-friendly activities and professionally-trained staff. This event is free, but space is limited, so call 215-684-7606 to book a spot.

Corn Husk Dolls

August 23, 10 — 11 am

Linvilla Orchards, 137 Knowlton Road, Media

 

Create your own doll inspired by Native American and Colonial traditions. This event is $10 and registration is required to ensure the availability of materials.

Family Entertainment Series: Riverbend

August 23, 11:30 am

Wayne Art Center, 413 Maplewood Ave., Wayne

 

Learn all about the life cycle of frogs with special guests from Riverbend Environmental Education Center, and start a project to help conserve frogs in your own neighborhood. This event is free.

Thursday

Spiders: The Original Web Designer

August 24, 10 am

Norristown Farm Park, 2500 Upper Farm Road, Norristown

 

Go on a spider search and make a themed craft. This event is recommended for ages 3 – 12, and is $5.

Night Skies in the Observatory

August 24, 7 — 10 pm

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

 

Observe the stars in the Bloom Observatory using telescopes, and parents can enjoy a cash bar. Tickets are $10 for nonmembers and $5 for members.

Friday

Hiking with Maura the Explorer

August 25, 10 am — 12:30 pm

Wissahickon Valley Park, Forbidden Drive and Northwestern Avenue, Philadelphia

 

Explore the Wissahickon with Maura and take part in the All Trails Challenge with this 3.5 mile hike, learning about the hidden secrets of the Wissahickon. This event is free, but registration is recommended, and directed towards ages 8 and older with an accompanying adult.

Family Date Night

August 25, 5 — 8 pm

Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia

 

Enjoy special extended hours of ArtSplash before the exhibit closes. This event is free after admission, but children 12 and younger are always free.

‘Moana’

August 25, 7:30 — 9:30 pm

Clark Park, Baltimore Avenue and 43rd Street, Philadelphia

 

Come by for a free outdoor movie in the park with special performances by South Pacific island dancers.

Philly High Five!

All Weekend

Beginning of Circus Week at Morris Arboretum

August 26 — 27, 8 am — 5 pm

Morris Arboretum, 100 E. Northwestern Ave., Philadelphia

 

Did you know the first circus was held in Philadelphia? Come by and learn all about the history of the circus. This event is free with admission to the arboretum.

Superhero Weekend

August 26, 10 am — 5 pm; August 27, 11 am — 5 pm

Please Touch Museum, 4231 Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia

 

Snap a pic with your favorite superhero, create your own super alter ego, and more! Kids love this celebration, which is included with museum admission.

Saturday

Seafarin’ Saturday: Ship Caulking

August 26, 11 am — 1 pm

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

 

Try your hand at shipbuilding and learn about what it takes to construct these technological giants at sea. This event is free with admission to the museum.

Michael Jackson Night

August 26, 4 — 9 pm

Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest, Penn’s Landing, Philadelphia

 

Head down to the waterfront roller rink for a celebration of the King of Pop! A DJ will be spinning tunes, there will be a screening of the biopic This Is It, and kids can enjoy face painting and other fun. This event is free, but skating, food, and other activities are pay as you go.

Sunday 

Morning Bird Walk with Martin Seltzer

August 27, 8 — 10 am

Houston Playground, 900 Grakyn Lane, Philadelphia

 

Explore a part of the Wissahickon that is home to many residential and migrating birds. Learn about the beginning of migration season which happens in late August. This event is free and suitable for all ages.


Main Line High Five!

Saturday

Country Fest With 92.5 XTU

August 26, noon — 4 pm

Elmwood Park Zoo, 1661 Harding Blvd., Norristown

 

Enjoy country-themed activities and live music, and take a turn on the mechanical bull! This event is free with admission to the zoo.

Ardmore Pop-Up Movie Night: ‘The Lego Batman Movie’

August 26, 8 — 10 pm

Viva Video, 16 W. Lancaster Ave., Ardmore

 

Bring your own Legos to this free outdoor movie event in downtown Ardmore.

Sunday

Dragons and Damsels

August 27, 10 am

Norristown Farm Park, 2500 Upper Farm Road, Norristown

 

Learn about ancient insects that have been around since before the dinosaurs. Feel free to bring a bug jar and a net if you have one! This event is free and for ages 6 and older.

‘Big Bugs’ Closing Weekend: Bugs and Butterflies

August 27, 10 am — 2 pm

Tyler Arboretum, 515 Painter Road, Media

 

Enjoy monarch-tagging and other buggy demonstrations to celebrate the last day of the exhibit. This event is free with admission to the arboretum.

Animal Enrichment Workshop

August 27, 10:30 am — 12:30 pm

Brandywine Zoo, 1001 N. Park Drive, Wilmington

 

See how zookeepers keep the animals entertained and make your own enrichment to bring back to your pets at home. This workshop is for ages 7 and older, and is $12 for non-members and $10 for members.

 

 

Photograph by R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia. 

 

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