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

Make the pre-Labor Day week special with some late summer fun.

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

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.

Circus Week Garden Railway at Morris Arboretum

August 28 — September 4

Morris Arboretum, 100 E. Northwestern Ave., Philadelphia

 

Learn about the history of the circus with special trains on the Garden Railway. This event is free with admission to the arboretum.

Dhoruba’s Birthday Celebration

Through September 2

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.

Free Yoga on Race Street Pier

August 28 – 31 , 7 am and 6 pm

September 1, 7 am

September 2 and 3, 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!

Parks on Tap

August 30 and 31, 5 — 10 pm

September 1 and 2, 1 — 11 pm

September 3 and 4, noon — 10 pm

Cliveden Park, 6415 Musgrave St., Philadelphia

 

This cool traveling beer garden sets up in Mount Airy this week, so stop by for a chance to relax in a hammock, sip a cold beer, and soak up the scenery. The kids can climb on the playground, play a game or cornhole, or just run around on the grass.

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

Baby & Toddler Storytime

August 28, 11 am

Parkway Central Library, 1901 Vine St., Philadelphia

 

Little ones ages 0 – 23 months and their caregivers can enjoy a free story time at the library filled with songs, rhymes and dances. This event is free.

Tuesday

Two Dollar Tuesday

August 29, 9:30 am — 4:30 pm

Delaware Museum of Natural History, 4840 Kennett Pike, Wilmington, Delaware

 

Get in to the museum all day for just $2 per person. Check out the new “In the Dark” exhibit and enjoy other special activities.

Storytime & Craft

August 29, 10 — 11 am

Linvilla Orchards, 137 Knowlton Road, Media

 

Read a story about animals, farming, or nature, and stay for a themed craft! This class is free.

Baby Bird Playdate

August 29, 10:15 — 11 am

Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia

 

Enjoy music and make art with new friends at the museum. This event is geared towards toddlers, and is free with admission to the museum (children 12 and younger are always free.)

WOW! Wee Ones at Winterthur

August 29, 10:30 — 11:30 am

Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library, 5105 Kennett Pike, Winterthur, Delaware

 

This class for ages 3 — 5 incorporates music, movement, and object exploration with themes of nature. Members and children under 2 are free, nonmembers are $5 per child and $5 per adult with paying child.

 Wednesday

Music Training Center

August 30, 10:30 — 11:15 am

Haverford Township Free Library, 1601 Darby Road, Havertown

 

This toddler music class is designed for ages 0 — 5 and teaches the first steps in rhythm and small instruments. This event is free.

Storytime in the Galleries

August 30, 1:30 pm

Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia

 

Enjoy the last few days of ArtSplash with a story time in the Splash Studio. This event is geared towards children 6 and younger, but all are welcome. This event is free with admission to the museum, but children 12 and younger are always free.

Thursday

Wood & Meadow Hike in the Andorra Meadow

August 31, 9 — 11 am

Wissahickon Valley Park, Bells Mill Avenue and Forbidden Drive, Philadelphia

 

Explore the Andorra Meadow with a 2.5 mile loop and learn about the Wissahickon. This event is free, but registration is required and donations are accepted. Ages 8 and older with an adult are welcome.

Lilly Storytime and Meet & Greet

August 31, 1:30 — 2 pm

Please Touch Museum, 4231 Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia

 

Watch the beloved character from Lilly and her Purple Plastic Purse come to life in a meet-and-greet with a reading of the book. This event is free with admission to the museum.

Budweiser Clydesdales

August 31, 5 — 7 pm

Begins at Gay and Matlack streets, West Chester

 

Yes, it’s a giant beer ad, but kids love these giant horses.

Waterfront Sessions: West Philadelphia Orchestra

August 31, 6:30 — 9 pm

Spruce Street Harbor Park, Philadelphia

 

Enjoy one of summer’s last evenings at this free concert along the waterfront. The orchestra plays a variety of music, all of it fun and fresh.

 

Friday

Family Fun Evenings

September 1, 4 — 7 pm

Philadelphia Zoo, 3400 W. Girard Ave., Philadelphia

 

Visit the zoo after hours with discounted admission and discounted rides, food and merchandise. Cost is $15 per person with additional discounts for attractions such as the  Zoo Balloon and Swan Boat rides. This event is also happening August 31.

Philly High Five!

All Weekend

Labor Day Weekend

September 2 — 4, noon — 3 pm

Franklin Square, 200 N. Sixth St., Philadelphia

 

Come by for patriotic fun and take a ride on the Lightning Bolt Express Train. Train rides are $5 for adults and $4 for children.

Saturday

Saturdays @ SCEE: Weekly Nature Exploration

September 2, 10:30 — 11 am

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

 

Explore nature on this kid-friendly hike that begins with a story time and ends with exploration. This event is free.

Discover Series: Monarch Metamorphosis

September 2, 11 am — 3 pm

Morris Arboretum, 100 E. Northwestern Ave., Philadelphia

 

Learn about the life cycle and migration pattern of a monarch butterfly and make your own butterfly creation. This event is free with admission to the arboretum.

 

Sunday 

ArtSee Activities: At Work

September 3, 9 am — noon

The Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia

 

Visit the galleries with a Free First Sunday ticket, and make artwork with inventive toolbox and bag projects. This event is free, but is on a first come, first served basis. 

Labor Day Fireworks

September 3, 10 am — 10 pm

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

 

Enjoy a special access spot to view the fireworks up close and personal. Enjoy live music at Deck and experience the show at a private viewing spot. Tickets to this event include admission to the museum.


Main Line High Five!

All Weekend

International Vulture Awareness Weekend

September 2 and 3, 10 am — 3:30 pm

Brandywine Zoo, 1001 N. Park Drive, Wilmington, Delaware

 

Celebrate the importance of birds of prey with special learning stations and zookeeper talks. This event is free with admission to the zoo.

Saturday

Corn Husk Dolls

September 2, 10 — 11 am

Linvilla Orchards, 137 Knowlton Road, Media

 

Dolls made from corn husks are an important part of Native American and Colonial history. Learn all about it while making your own doll. This event is $10 and registration is recommended to ensure the availability of materials.

Muhlenberg Natural History Days

September 2, all day

Valley Forge National Historical Park, 1400 N. Outer Line Drive, King of Prussia

 

Go back in time to understand how hard life was at this encampment during the Revolutionary War. Watch cooking and baking demonstrations, too.

Sunday

Zoo Kids: Animal Alphabet

September 3, 10:30 — 11 am

Brandywine Zoo, 1001 N. Park Drive, Wilmington, Delaware

 

Learn about the alphabet with an animal presentation and a craft. This event is free with admission to the zoo.

The Eastern Coyote

September 3, 6:30 pm

Norristown Farm Park, 2500 Upper Farm Road, Norristown

 

Take a walk in the park while learning about the history of the coyote. This event is free, but pre-registration is required by calling 610-270-0215.

 

 

Photograph courtesy of the Morris Arboretum. 

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