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

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Daily; Rothman Ice Rink open noon — 9 pm

Monday — Thursday; noon — 11 pm

Friday; 11 am — 11 pm Saturday; 11 am — 8 pm Sunday

Dilworth Park, 1 S. 15th St. (west side of City Hall), Philadelphia


This great Center City fun spot is back, and perfectly suited to this cold weather! Ice skate, share a hot cocoa in the cabin, tour a garden maze, and more.

Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest

Through March 4

121 N. Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia


Winterfest offers with ice skating, arcade games, a cozy lodge, and marshmallow roasting. Admission is free, but activities are an extra cost.

Indoor Mini Golf

Daily through March 31

Linvilla Orchards, 137 W. Knowlton Road, Media


Even the coldest day can’t keep you off these links! The orchards’ “Fore the Planet” course was designed by the Academy of Natural Sciences and featured environmental education along with some physical fun. It’s $6.95 for ages 11 and up to play and $5.95 for ages 10 and under.

Orchid Extravaganza

Daily through March 28

Longwood Gardens, 1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square


These beautiful flowers are the focus of an indoor celebration, bringing bursts of brilliant color to even the dreariest day. This is free with admission to the gardens and for members.

Sid the Science Kid: The Super-Duper Exhibit!’

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!

Crocs: Ancient Predators in a Modern World’

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.



February 12, 10:30 — 11 am

Nest Center City, 1301 Locust St., Philadelphia


Drop in for a special Monday workshop with Mr. Billy where kids ages 1-3 can move and groove to the story!

Drop-in Toddler Paint Party at Lume

February 12, 10:30am —  noon

Lume Creative Learning Studios, 1916-18 E. Passyunk Ave., Philadelphia


Drop into the studio with your little one for creative experimentation in a non-class structured environment. Best of all: no cleanup!

Black History Month Scavenger Hunt

February 12, 4 pm

Free Library of Philadelphia, Blanche A. Nixon/Cobbs Creek Branch, 5800 Cobbs Creek Parkway, Philadelphia


During a scavenger hunt through the library children will learn information about well-known African American authors and illustrators.

Dance to the Music!

February 12, 4 pm

Free Library of Philadelphia, West Oak Lane Branch, 2000 E. Washington Lane, Philadelphia


As part of the Free Library’s “One Book, One Philadelphia,” kids will learn some dance steps of the 1960s and 70s (when this year’s selection, Another Brooklyn, is set), and see their influence on how they dance today.


Sid the Science Kid Meet and Greet

February 13, 10:30 am and 1:30 pm

Please Touch Museum, 4231 Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia


Meet Sid the Science Kid in Hamilton Hall for a picture, then visit his super-duper exhibit!

Night Skies in the Observatory

February 13, 7 — 10 pm

The Franklin Institute, 222 N. 20th St.


Join Chief Astronomer Derrick Pitts for planetarium shows, a live presentation on astronomy or space science, hands-on astronomy activities, and continuous telescopic observing all evening (weather permitting). Learn about light adaptation and make your own souvenir pin to help guide you for a night of stargazing. There’s also a cash bar for the grownups!

Self Care Day

February 13, 4—6 pm

Free Library of Philadelphia, Lillian Marrero Branch, 601 W. Lehigh Ave., Philadelphia


Spa day at the library! There will be nail art, sugar scrub facials, candle making and making bath bombs.

Mardi Gras Night

February 13, 6 — 9 pm

Rolling Thunder Skating Rink, 7017 Roosevelt Blvd., Philadelphia


Everyone gets free Mardi Gras beads with paid admission, and the person with the best masque wins a free birthday party!

Kids’ Yoga

February 13, 4:30 pm

Free Library of Philadelphia, Lucien E. Blackwell West Philadelphia Branch, 125 S. 52nd St., Philadelphia


One hour of fun kids’ yoga games for kids age 7-12. Get active with movement activities to help kids relax, focus, and stretch.

Pajama Storytime

February 13, 7 — 7:30 pm

Haverford Township Library, 1601 Darby Road, Havertown


Get on your PJs and enjoy good night tales with Ms. Danielle before heading to bed.  This program is for children of all ages and their caregivers.

Therapy Animals

February 13, 5 — 6 pm

Penn Wynne Library, 130 Overbrook Parkway, Wynnewood


PALS for life will bring therapy animals (dogs, cats, and bunnies) as reading partners. Pre-registration is required.


Tweetheart Social and Babysitting

February 14, 4:30 — 9 pm (Babysitting starts at 6)

Nest Chestnut Hill, 10 W. Gravers Lane, Philadelphia


First, come for the Tweetheart Social, where all donations will be given to the Children’s Heart Foundation. There will be crafts, playspace activities, and Valentine’s Day refreshments. Then, drop your kids off for the evening and enjoy an adult night out while they keep playing at Nest.

Preschool Valentine STEAM

February 14, 1:30 — 2:15 pm

Media-Upper Providence Free Library, 1 E. Front St., Media


Storytime and STEAM learning for kids ages 3-5.

Valentine’s Day Fun

February 14, 4 pm

Free Library of Philadelphia, Holmesburg Branch, 7810 Frankford Ave., Philadelphia


Come for a story in the children’s room, then stay to make a fun heart-shaped craft and enjoy goodies in the meeting room.

Valentine’s Day Party

February 14, 4 pm

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


Celebrate Valentine’s Day by making a craft and eating some sweet treats.

Oral Motor/Feeding Skills Workshop

February 14, 11 — 11:45 am

Center City Pediatrics, 1740 South St., Philadelphia


Targeting newborns to infants 5 months of age, this class will promote early, healthy motor skills necessary to improve breast and bottle feeding, as well as to prepare for solid foods. Special focus will be paid to exercises, positioning, and movement support. Advance registration is required.

Sekere Workshop

February 14, 6:30 — 8 pm

Penn Museum, 3600 South St., Philadelphia


Come and play at the Penn Museum with master percussionist Omomola Iyabunmi. All sessions are held in a gallery space, surrounded by ancient artifacts. The classes are for all ages and for all levels of playing. A limited number of sekeres will be provided (or you can bring your own if you’ve got one).


Toddler Time

February 15, 10 – 10:45 am and 11 – 11:45 am

The Barnes Foundation, 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.

Family Movie Night: ‘Beauty and the Beast’

February 15, 5 pm

XFINITY Live!, 1100 Pattison Ave., Philadelphia


Come for a night of fun with Beauty and the Beast, and Disney-themed activities and crafts, giveaways, and popcorn to watch the movie! There will also be a kids’ menu available. Every one entering needs a ticket (purchase in advance at the link), and all of the proceeds benefit the Ronald McDonald House.

ArtBreak at AAMP

February 15, 12:30 – 1:30 pm

African American Museum in Philadelphia, 701 Arch St., Philadelphia


AAMP curatorial staff will guide visitors through special exhibition galleries. This informal, conversational tour will give visitors the opportunity to get the inside scoop on the works on view, including their current special exhibit, “Black Pulp!

Chinese New Year Celebration

February 15, 4 pm

Free Library of Philadelphia, Northeast Regional Branch, 2228 Cottman Ave., Philadelphia


Celebrate Chinese New Year with stories, and crafts, and treats.

Lunar New Year 2018 Celebration

February 15, 7 pm

International House Philadelphia, 3701 Chestnut St., Philadelphia


The evening celebration includes the Lion Dance and show of traditional music, dance performances, and martial arts demonstrations, followed by a reception featuring tastings of traditional Chinese cuisine. Note: Though it’s not listed on the website, children’s tickets are available for $5. Call the Box Office to purchase at the discounted price.

Tail Waggin’ Tutor

February 15, 5:30 pm

Free Library of Philadelphia, Andorra Branch, 705 E. Cathedral Road, Philadelphia


Come read to Charlie, 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!

Roots with Ruark

February 15, 10:15 — 11 am

Haverford Township Library, 1601 Darby Road, Havertown


Roots With Ruark is a music class for kids age 0-5 that is full of energy and excitement. Enjoy a musical morning listening to an exciting mix of original music, kids’ classics, and some favorite rock/pop tunes.


‘Winter Fountains’ Dessert Reception

February 16, 5 — 8 pm

The Galleries at Moore, 1916 Race St., Philadelphia


Explore Jennifer Steinkamp’s mesmerizing “Winter Fountains” on the Parkway, then come inside the Galleries at Moore for a yummy dessert and hot chocolate, and to explore their current exhibitions.

Board Game Bonanza!

February 16, 4 pm

Children’s Department, Free Library of Philadelphia, Parkway Central Library, 1901 Vine St., Philadelphia


From Chutes and Ladders to Connect 4, from Bingo to Twister, play some games and make some friends after school!

‘Marvel Universe Live!’

February 16, 7 pm

Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S. Broad St., Philadelphia


Marvel Universe Live! begins its weekend-long run in Philly this Friday. Watch your favorite Marvel superheroes and threatening villains come to life in an action-packed arena experience. You’ll feel the energy with cutting-edge special effects, pyrotechnics, aerial stunts, martial arts, motorcycles and more.

One-Day Exploration Camp

February 16, 9 am — 3:30 pm

Riverbend Environmental Education Center, 1950 Spring Mill Road, Gladwyne


Join “Team Green” and learn to care for the planet by learning, experimenting, and adopting sustainability practices such as recycling and composting.

One-Day Camp

February 16, 9 am — 3 pm (half-day also available)

The Handwork Studio, 35 N. Narberth Ave., Narberth


Spend the day (or half day) off of school learning a new skill and creating projects to take home. Handwork Day camp is open to children ages 5-12 years old, and Fashion & Machine Sewing Day Camp is open to children ages 9-15.

Great Backyard Bird Count

February 16, 10 am — noon

Elmwood Park Zoo, 1661 Harding Blvd, Norristown


Learn how to identify local birds, participate in the zoo’s bird count, meet one of the zoo’s live education birds of prey, and even make a recycled bird feeder to take home!

Philadelphia Weekend Events

All Weekend

Presidents Day

Check out our roundup of Presidents Day events around town, from Saturday through Monday!

Carnivore Capades

February 17 — 19

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


Explore the ways that meat-eaters are special while you meet live animals and touch real specimens. There will be live shows, crafts, discussions with animal experts, hands-on discovery, and of course an opportunity to check out the new Crocs exhibit.

Hippo Awareness Weekend

February 17 — 19

Adventure Aquarium, 1 Riverside Drive, Camden, New Jersey


It’s all things hippopotamus at Adventure Aquarium this weekend, as they celebrate their fourth annual hippo conservation festival. There will be a special meal, a photo booth, and the opportunity to learn about hippos and watch them up close, including hippo feedings and workout trainings. Kids can do hippo crafts and play games like Hungry Hippos, Watering Hole, and hippo-themed mini golf; or they can spin the prize wheel for the chance to can win a unique hippo prize. There will also be special hippo T-shirts, paintings, and other items for the occasion. All donations made will help save hippos in the wild and benefit the Turgwe Hippo Trust, a non-profit organization in Zimbabwe.

‘Marvel Universe Live!’

February 17 — 19

Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S. Broad St., Philadelphia


Watch your favorite Marvel superheroes and threatening villains come to life in an action-packed arena experience. You’ll feel the energy with cutting-edge special effects, pyrotechnics, aerial stunts, martial arts, motorcycles and more.


‘Nonna Makes a Salad’ Book Launch at Joan Shepp

February 17, noon — 4 pm

1811 Chestnut St., Philadelphia


Come for the debut of this super stylish and imaginative book created by local author Hunter Fike, local artist Denise Fike, and Philly Current publisher Eddie Keels. The party will feature readings, a fun family photo booth, light bites, and live one-of-a-kind fashion illustrations by Denise Fike. Best of all you can pick up a signed copy of the new book to take home and enjoy over and over!

Read + Make: ‘Ada Twist, Scientist”

February 17, 10:30 am — noon

Center for Architecture, 1218 Arch St., Philadelphia


Read + Make Workshops feature a reading of a creative tale and a project which solves a design challenge related to the reading. After reading Ada Twist, Scientist, you and your kids will do some experiments of your own to figure out what makes buildings and bridges stand up. Best for kid ages 5-8. Pre-registration is required.

Black History Month Celebration Saturday @ AAMP

February 17, noon — 3 pm

African American Museum in Philadelphia, 701 Arch St., Philadelphia


Celebrate Black History Month with a historical reenactment by Noah Lewis at noon, followed by an art workshop. These interactive art workshops are meant for kids age 5 and up.

Lunar New Year

February 17, 11 am — 3 pm

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


Celebrate the Lunar New Year and learn about the heritages of Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, and Japanese cultures. There will be lots of crafts for kids to do like creating dragon puppets, lanterns, and a Year of the Dog drum. Throughout the day there will also be storytimes on the Schooner Diligence. Best of all, in honor of the Year of the Dog, PAWS (Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society) will be there with adoptable dogs.

Chinese New Year

February 17, 10 am — 2 pm

Reading Terminal Market, 51 N. 12th St., Philadelphia


Reading Terminal Market’s celebration features cultural performances, including a traditional Lion Dance around the market by the Philadelphia Suns. There will also be cooking demonstrations in City Kitchen, children’s art activities, and Chinatown vendors.

Lunar New Year Family Festival

February 17, 10 am — 5 pm

Please Touch Museum, 4231 Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia


Practice ancient Chinese calligraphy, make a New Year’s wish, and dance with a lion at this joyful family festival.

‘As Fast As Words Could Fly’ Reading at Strawberry Mansion

February 17, 1 — 3 pm

2450 Strawberry Mansion Drive, Philadelphia


Visit Historic Strawberry Mansion to hear a special reading of As Fast As Words Could Fly by author Pamela Tuck. Guests will receive a copy of the book and can have it signed after the reading. Stick around after the reading for a free guided tour of Historic Strawberry Mansion.

Nature Exploration

February 17, 10:30 — 11:30 am

The Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, 8480 Hagy’s Mill Road, Philadelphia


Gather in the Discovery Center for storytime and then hit the trails for naturalist-led exploration and discovery with your little ones.

Puppet Making Workshop at Arden Theatre

February 17, 2 — 5 pm

Hamilton Family Arts Center, 62 N. Second St., Philadelphia


Learn the basics of theatrical design process.  Your kid will be guided through the process of “page to stage” as they take an idea and then bring it to life in this crafty class.  At the end of the workshop, students will leave with their very own puppet! For school-age kids. Pre-register in advance.

Storytime at Big Blue Marble Bookstore

February 17, 10:30 am

551 Carpenter Lane, Philadelphia


As part of “One Book, One Philadelphia,” children ages 0-6 are invited to join a read aloud of Jacqueline Woodson’s This Is the Rope and Show Way.

Bat Demo Day

February 17, noon — 3 pm

Phield House, 814 Spring Garden St., Philadelphia


Phield House has partnered with The Run Around, a local sporting goods store, to offer at a discount bats that meet the new standards set this year by USA Baseball (and adopted by all Little League programs). Come to Phield House to try out the new bats and get yours before the season starts.


Lion Dance Parade in Chinatown

February 18, 11 am

10th and Spring streets, Philadelphia


Chinatown’s New Year parade features the Philadelphia Suns’ Lion Dance with lots of drums, firecrackers, and colorful excitement. Note: this parade might be difficult for small kids or those with sensory issues because there is a lot of smoke and loud noise from the firecrackers.

I Heart Modern Art

February 18 and 25, 11 am—3 pm

Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia


Play with color, shape, and line and make a modern Valentine. There will be family friendly tours of the museum in the morning, and the Family Art Cart will be out in the afternoon so you can drop by to play games, sketch, and make art together.

Breakfast with George Washington

February 18, 10 am and 11 am

Museum of the American Revolution, 101 S. Third St., Philadelphia


Celebrate George Washington’s birthday in Liberty Hall with a meet-and-greet with a Washington historical interpreter, as well as a delicious breakfast buffet and a cup of Thomas Jefferson’s drinking chocolate.

PAFA Family Arts Academy

February 18, 2 — 4 pm

118-128 N. Broad St., Philadelphia


Bead it! Using beads, glue and your imagination, bedazzle everyday objects like the artist Liza Lou in the “Beyond Boundaries” exhibition.

Main Line and Suburban Weekend Events


Chinese New Year Parade

February 17, noon — 1 pm

Margaret Kuo’s, 6 W. State St., Media


The Hung Gar Kung Fu Academy will be there performing the Lion Dance, and leading the parade down State Street.

Chinese New Year

February 17, noon — 1 pm

Elmwood Park Zoo, 1661 Harding Blvd., Norristown


This event takes place in the zoo’s Canopy Gardens, and includes crafts, live animal greetings featuring “animals of the zodiac”, and educational program, and the chance to try on a dragon mask!

Valentine’s Day Kid’s Night Out

February 17, 5:30 — 9:30 pm

Elmwood Park Zoo, 1661 Harding Blvd., Norristown


Your kids (ages 4-10) will play games, make crafts, explore the zoo at night, and see some special animals up close, while you enjoy a night out. Note: the zoo will provide a snack, but you need to pack dinner.

‘Pink Panther’ Cartoons

February 17, 11 am

Bryn Mawr Film Institute, 824 W. Lancaster Ave., Bryn Mawr


The cartoon panther with the unforgettable theme song finds himself in the zaniest of situations in this medley of animated shorts including the Academy Award-winning “Pink Phink.”


George Washington’s Birthday at Washington Crossing

1112 River Road, Washington Crossing

February 18, 10 am — 2 pm


Celebrate with $1 admission and children’s activities throughout the park and visitor center. Children are encouraged to bring homemade birthday cards to present to George Washington. At 1 pm, visitors will sing “Happy Birthday” to Washington and enjoy cake that he will cut…with his sword!

Main Line Chinese Culture Center’s Chinese New Year Free Community Gala

February 18, 1 — 5 pm

Great Valley High School, 225 Phoenixville Pike, Malvern


This free celebration starts with a show featuring Chinese folk dance, traditional Chinese music and poetry, and martial arts. Following the performance is a fair with games, crafts, food,  and more.



Photograph by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia. 


  • Valerie Bozzone February 12, 2018

    How can I post upcoming events at the Brandywine River Museum of Art for March?
    I can’t seem to find it on your website anymore.
    Thank you

    Valerie Bozzone

  • Gwyneth K. Shaw February 13, 2018

    Hi Valerie! We don’t allow direct posting anymore. I will email you with the correct email address to use to submit. Thank you!

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