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

Find something fun to do every day with our weekly roundup of family-friendly activities.

Bookmark this list, and you’ll never have to hear “I’m bored.”

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All Week

Summer of Spectacle

Through September 30

Longwood Gardens, 1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square

 

The beauty of the long-anticipated restoration and renovation of the Main Fountain Garden is finally here, Longwood is celebrating all summer. Entrance to the gardens is included with museum admission.

Summer Sort of Thing: ‘The Clean Green Machine’

August 9 — 11, 6 pm

Holman Field (Cherokee Street at Washington Lane), Philadelphia

 

Join Yes, and… Collaborative Arts for the company’s annual summer show. This year, the popular Clean Green Machine is back, with a fun environmental story. Mother Nature has called it quits — who will succeed her? Find out at the performance. The company is asking for a $5 donation from each person at the door.

‘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.

The Brandywiners; ‘Beauty and the Beast’

August 3 — 5, 8 pm

Longwood Gardens, 1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square

 

Come by for an evening of enchantment as one of the largest nonprofit theatrical groups in the area performs this beloved musical. Tickets are $15 for ages 12 and younger, $25 for select members and ages 13 – 21, and $30 for adults.

The Oval

August 9 — 13, 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.

‘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.

ArtSplash Gets Wild

Through September 4, 10 am – 5 pm

Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia

 

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. This event starts on June 27 but runs throughout the summer, and admission to this event is included with museum tickets (and children 12 and under are always free unless otherwise noted.)

Free Yoga on Race Street Pier

August 7 – 10, 7 am and 6 pm

August 11, 7 am

August 12 and 13, 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!

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.

Children’s 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.

‘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

Bug Bonanza: Awesome Arachnids

August 7, 10 – 11:30 am

Tyler Arboretum, 515 Painter Road, Media

 

Did you know that Daddy Long Legs aren’t actually spiders? Come by to learn the real secrets of our eight-legged friends. Geared towards ages 3 – 6 but all are welcome. Tickets are $10 for members and $15 for nonmembers.

Family Full Moon Hike

August 7, 8 – 9:30 pm

Wissahickon Environmental Center, 300 Northwestern Ave., Philadelphia

 

This nighttime hike guides families through the outdoors in a safe way to observe nighttime sounds and enjoy roasting marshmallows around a campfire. This event is geared towards ages 6 and older and is completely free but registration is required.

Tuesday

Knee Deep in the Park

August 8, 10 am

Lorimer Park, 183 Moredon Road, Huntingdon Valley

 

Meet new friends and explore the Pennypack Creek together. This event is free, but pre-registration is required, so call 215-947-3477 or email lorimerpark@montcopa.org.

Moona Luna

August 8, 10:30 am

The Colonial Theatre, 227 Bridge St., Phoenixville

 

This bilingual New York City-based band will have the kids rocking in the aisles! Tickets are $7 for ages 3 and older.

Storytime in the Park

August 8, 2 pm

Wissahickon Environmental Center, 300 Northwestern Ave., Philadelphia

 

Dance, sing, and learn all about American Sign Language with this fun and free nature-themed event at the Tree House for all ages.

Wednesday

History & Archaeology in a Bag

August 9, 10 – 11 am

Linvilla Orchards, 137 Knowlton Road, Media

 

Explore the field of archeology by digging through historic artifacts and hands-on activities. This event is $10 and registration is required.

‘The Lego Movie’

August 9, 10 am — noon

Newtown Theatre, 120 N. State St., Newtown

 

The doors open at 9:30 for this free showing of an instant classic. Get there early, since it’s first come, first served.

Toddlers in Nature: Nature’s Music

August 9, 10 – 11 am and 11:15 – 12:15 pm

Tyler Arboretum, 515 Painter Road, Media

 

Come by for a listening walk to listen to the symphony of nature and identify our animal and bug friends by sound along with a story. Price per child is $10 for members and $15 for nonmembers.

Homeschooler Days on Vacation: Boating on the Schuylkill

August 9, 10 am – noon and 1 – 3 pm

Bartram’s Garden, 5400 Lindbergh Blvd., Philadelphia

 

Learn water safety and then explore the Schuylkill River by boat or with on-land activities. Price is free at the family membership level and $12 per student.

Franklin Institute: Chemistry

August 9, 7 – 8 pm

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

 

The Franklin Institute comes to the library with an awesome science show all about chemistry. Learn what it means to be not only a laboratory scientist, but an everyday scientist in your own home. This event is free and for all ages.


Thursday

ARTime Storytime: Cloudette

August 10, 10:30 – 11 and 11:30 – noon

The Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia

 

Read the story about a charming cloud who wants to help the garden grow, and color your own cloud landscape. This event is for children ages 2 – 5 and free with admission to the Barnes Foundation.

‘The Jungle Book’

August 10, 11 am — noon

Ambler Theater, 108 E. Butler Ave., Ambler

 

Two actors play all the characters in this production of the beloved Rudyard Kipling story. Tickets are $12; seniors pay $10 and kids under 3 are free.

Family Fun Night with WSTW

August 10, 6 – 8 pm

Brandywine Zoo, 1001 N. Park Drive, Wilmington

 

Enjoy special activities and games, $1 hot dogs and drinks and free parking at the zoo with an extended-hours event.

Night Market: Roxborough

August 10, 6 — 10 pm

Ridge Avenue from Roxborough Avenue to Fountain Street, Philadelphia

 

This location was the most popular Night Market last year, so expect a crowd for this fun event. Eat, dance, sip, and enjoy this hip but still gritty neighborhood.

Night Skies in the Observatory

August 10, 7 – 10 pm

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

 

Come to the Franklin Institute for astronomy activities and gaze at the stars with telescopes on the observation deck (while parents enjoy the cash bar.) This event is $10.

Friday

Free Storytime at the Arboretum

August 11, 10:30 – 11:15 pm

Morris Arboretum, 100 E. Northwestern Ave., Philadelphia

 

Come by for a nature-themed storytime in the beautiful setting at the arboretum that teaches the values of nature and relates to the surrounding area. This event is free with admission to the arboretum.

The Okee Dokee Brothers

August 11, 6 and 7:30 pm

Longwood Gardens, 1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square

 

This Americana Folk duo plays outdoor nature tunes to teach families about loving nature and their communities. This event is free with admission to the gardens.

Parents’ Night Out

August 11, 6 – 9 pm

Nest Center City, 1301 Locust St., Philadelphia

 

Drop your little ones off for the night to enjoy open gym, pizza dinner, and a DIY art workshop while the adults enjoy a night out on the town. This event is suitable for ages 18 months to 6 years, and children must be potty trained. The price for one child starts at $30 with sibling discounts.

Moonlight Movie: ‘Finding Dory’

August 11, 8 pm

Pleasant Playground, 6757 Chew Ave., Philadelphia

 

Come by to the playground for story time and food trucks, and stay for a movie. This event is free and starts 15 minutes after sunset, so make sure to grab your seat early.

Shooting Stars and S’mores

August 11, 8 – 10 pm

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

 

The Perseids meteor shower is happening and you can have a front row seat. Learn about the stars with telescopes, maps, and laser pointers, and enjoy some s’mores around a campfire. Tickets are $5 for members and $10 for non-members.

Friday Food and Flicks: ‘Spaceballs’

August 11, 9 — 11 pm

The Oval, Eakins Oval, Philadelphia

 

If your kids are Star Wars crazy, they’re sure to find fun in Mel Brook’s screwball parody. From the Dark Helmet to Dot Matrix, this movie needs to be part of their lexicon.

Philly High Five!

All Weekend

Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends

August 12 — 13, 8 am – 5 pm

Morris Arboretum, 100 E. Northwestern Ave., Philadelphia

 

Experience the beloved Garden Railway at the arboretum with a special visit by Thomas and his train friends. This event is free with admission to the arboretum.

Bug Fest

August 12 – 13, 10 am – 5 pm

Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia

 

Featuring live bug displays, face painting, arts and crafts, roach races and more, learn all about your favorite creepy crawly critter friends with a weekend of bug-themed events. This event is free with admission to the museum.

Saturday

Wild About Worms (and Other Wiggly Things)

August 12, 10 am — noon

Wissahickon Environmental Center, 300 Northwestern Ave., Philadelphia

 

Learn all about worms with a story and a worm hunt at this free event for kids ages 3 — 12.

Make a Spectroscope and Eclipse Viewer

August 12, 11 am – noon

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

 

Prepare for the solar eclipse on August 21 by making the tools you need to see it the best! Learn how to break light apart with a spectroscope so you can safely view the eclipse. This event is for ages 8 and older, and is $8 for members and $30 for non-members (which includes admission.)

Sunday 

PECO Family Jams: Cardboard Creatures

August 13, noon – 4 pm

Philadelphia Magic Gardens, 1020 South St., Philadelphia

 

Make your own cardboard creature inspired by the art of Brent Brown. This event is free with admission to the Magic Gardens.


Main Line High Five!

Saturday

Mighty Mud

August 12, 10 am — noon

Stroud Preserve, 454 N. Creek Road, West Chester

 

Finally, here’s the chance for your kids to get as muddy as they want — on purpose! Splash in a creek, wallow in the mud, make pies, whatever you like. It’s free, but you do need to register in advance.

Japanese Bon Festival

August 12, 6:30 – 9:30 pm

Schauffele Plaza, 12 E. Lancaster Ave., Ardmore

 

A free family event comes to Downtown Ardmore and brings a lot of culture with Japanese food, festival games and folk dancing. It’s put together by the Japanese Association of Greater Philadelphia and Maido!

Family Movie Night at Barrall Field

August 12, 8 pm

East Front and North Edgemont streets, Media

 

Enjoy a night out under the stars with a free viewing of Back to the Future on a 2-story inflatable screen. This event is free, but make sure to pack a blanket and snacks.

Perseids Meteor Shower Viewing

August 12, 9:30 — 1 pm

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

 

You need a dark place to be able to see this show, and this park is a perfect choice. It’s $5 per car, and the meetup point is the Hawk Watch parking lot.

Sunday

Masons Miller Summer Concert Series: 309 Express

August 13, 6:30 pm

Masons Mill Park, 3500 Masons Mill Road, Huntingdon Valley

 

Swing by the park for a free concert with 309 Express, playing a variety of genres for the whole family.

 

Photograph courtesy of Bartram’s Garden. 

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