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

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All Week

Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest

Through March 4

121 N. Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia

 

Catch the last week of this outdoor ice skating rink, with arcade games, a cozy lodge, and marshmallow roasting. Admission is free, but activities are an extra cost.

Chestnut Hill Restaurant Week

Through March 2

Various locations, Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia

 

Fifteen neighborhood restaurants are offering $35 dinner specials. Try Hawaiiian cuisine at Trade Winds, Mexican at El Poquito, and much more.

‘Winter Fountains’

Through March 18

Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia

 

This surreal art installation by Jennifer Steinkamp has no water, but the lighted domes along the Parkway are utterly captivating. This is part of the larger Parkway 100 celebration, and it’s free. Just be prepared to stay a while — these are mesmerizing.

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.

‘The Diary of Anne Frank’

Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays through March 31

People’s Light, 39 Conestoga Road, Malvern

 

The touching, tragic story comes to life at this small theater. Suitable for older kids and teenagers.

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.

Dr. Seuss Week at the Pop Shop

February 26 — March 2

729 Haddon Ave., Collingswood, New Jersey

 

The Pop Shop is hosting a full week of meals, parties, and more celebrating Dr. Seuss’s work. There will be appearances by the Cat in the Hat, trivia nights, and much more.

Monday

Drop-in Toddler Paint Party at Lume

February 26, 10:30 am — noon

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!

Tree Hugger Storytime at Bala Cynwyd Library

February 26, 4 pm

131 Old Lancaster Road, Bala Cynwyd

 

Kids ages 7-12 will read The Tree Lady by H. Joseph Hopkins, learn about the pioneering scientist Katherine Olivia Sessions, and plant seeds.

Read to a Therapy Dog at the Free Library

February 26

4 pm at Lovett Memorial Library, 6945 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia

4:30 pm at Falls of Schuylkill Library, 3501 Midvale Ave., Philadelphia

6 pm at Whitman Library, 200 Snyder Ave., Philadelphia

 

Reading to a therapy dog is a judgment-free environment and allows children to open up and feel comfortable about reading aloud. Dogs love to hear stories!

Tuesday

Sid the Science Kid Meet and Greet

February 27, 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!

Trail Tuesdays at Valley Forge

Valley Forge National Park, 1400 North Outer Line Drive, King of Prussia

February 27, 10 — 11 am

 

Enjoy a family nature walk through Valley Forge National Park. All ages and fitness levels are welcome, as are dogs and strollers! In case of inclement weather the walk will be canceled, so register online to be contacted in that case.

Preschool Explorers: Process Art

February 27, 1:30—2:15 pm

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

 

Kids ages 3-5 will have storytime, then make art based on something from the story exploring different materials.

UPenn Science Fun for Kids and Teens

February 27, 4 pm

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

 

Do you want to learn how make slime? What about extracting DNA from a strawberry? Graduate students and faculty from Penn will visit the library to conduct fun and exciting hands-on science experiments.

ADULTS ONLY: Science After Hours

February 27, 7 — 9:45 pm

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

 

Each event in the Franklin Institute’s monthly adults-only nights features a cash bar and has a different theme with appropriate experiments, demonstrations, games, and more to go along with the night. You can explore the entire museum and also enjoy live performances, surprising challenges, and unexpected extravaganzas depending on each evening’s lineup. This month’s them is “Love and Lust,” and will feature an evening of taboo topics and salacious science, including Quizzo and a dance party in the “Chamber of Venus.”

Wednesday

Tyler Arboretum Little Chefs

February 28, 10 — 11:30 am

515 Painter Road, Media

 

Create a fruity twist on a Turkish kebob. You and your little chef will work together to prepare delicious snacks made with healthy, natural ingredients.

Open Sensory Studio

February 28, 10 am — noon pm

PlayArts, 1241 N. Front St., Philadelphia

 

Safe, non-toxic materials will be used to engage the senses and encourage play and learning. This is an open-ended class intended to allow for choice, flexibility and achievable goals. Most importantly, you and your little one (ages 1-4) can spend time together playing, moving, creating and exploring.

Evelyn’s Corner Farewell Party 

February 28, 10 am — noon, 3 — 5 pm

2201 Pine St., Philadelphia

 

February 28 will be Evelyn’s Corner’s last day at its Pine Street location. To mark the occasion, they are having an Open Studio Celebration filled with sparkly play dough, snacks, and art. Drop in and get creative.

Learn about George Crum at Paschalville Library

February 28, 4 pm

Free Library of Philadelphia, Paschalville Branch, 6942 Woodland Ave., Philadelphia

 

George Crum created the potato chip.  How well do you know your potato chips? Participate in taste testing and take home your favorite chips!

The Art of Jean-Michel Basquiat: Share Your Creativity

February 28, 4 pm

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

 

Enjoy a reading of Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat by Javaka Steptoe and Life Doesn’t Frighten Me by Maya Angelou and illustrated by Jean-Michel Basquiat.  After the reading, add your own drawing and writing to the library’s Young Artists’ Wall.

Purim Fun at Kesher Israel

February 28, 5:30 — 7:30 pm

412 Lombard St., Philadelphia

 

Come in costume, enjoy yummy hamantashen, and rock out to a live performance by Music Monkey Jungle.

Thursday

Dr. Seuss’ Birthday Party

March 1, 4 pm

Free Library of Philadelphia, Richmond Branch, 2987 Almond St., Philadelphia

and

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

 

Celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday with stories, games, crafts, and, of course birthday cake.

Experimenting with Oobleck

March 1, 4 pm

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

 

Learn and play with Oobleck, the part liquid, part solid mystery matter (it’s a non-Newtonian fluid, and the name comes from one of Dr. Seuss’ great books).

Children’s Read-Aloud Tour at Brandywine River Museum of Art

March 1, 10:30 am

1 Hoffman’s Mill Road, Chadds Ford

 

Young children and their grown-ups will hear Olivia by Ian Falconer, interact with art in the museum, and make their own creative works.

Learn about Phillis the Laundress at the Betsy Ross House

March 1, 12 — 5 pm

239 Arch St., Philadelphia

 

This historical re-enactment program sponsored by the Philadelphia Abolitionist Society Endowment Fund of the Philadelphia Foundation portrays Phillis, a free African-American woman who was born into slavery in Philadelphia. As a free woman of color, Phillis lived in a growing and active community of free blacks in 18th century Philadelphia. Though her work was hard as a free and educated woman, she enjoyed a degree of independence that many were looking for in 18th century Philadelphia.

Friday

Read Across America: Green Screen Yourself with a Dr. Seuss Book!

March 2, 10 — 10:30 am and 3 — 5:30 pm

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

 

Stop by to pose with a Dr. Seuss book background on the green screen and get a copy emailed to you.

Storytime at Morris Arboretum

March 2, 10:30 — 11:15 am

100 E. Northwestern Ave., Philadelphia

 

A fun and engaging reading session with a local librarian that is tailored to the changing seasons.

Dr. Seuss’ Birthday: Puppetmaking at Holmesburg Library

March 2, 10 am

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

 

This program is for preschool and early elementary aged children, and will involve reading The Cat in the Hat and making Thing 1 and Thing 2 puppets.

Read Across America at Lillian Marrero Library

March 2, 11 am

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

 

Join the Lillian Marrero Library and the 25th Police District for a special story time. Listen to your favorite Dr. Seuss Books, play a few games, and sing “Happy Birthday!”

Kids’ First Fridays: Exploring the Arts!

March 2, 3:30 pm

Philadelphia City Institute, 1905 Locust St., Philadelphia

 

Children will have the opportunity to explore the arts and “paint like Michelangelo.”

Dr. Seuss’ Birthday Party

March 2, 5 — 7 pm

Holy Child Academy, 475 Shadeland Ave., Drexel Hill

 

This free event, for kids 5 and under, features crafts, pizza, and birthday fun. Plus, kids can meet cast members of the school’s upcoming production of Seussical!, which starts March 16. Pre-registration is required.

Family Happy Hour

March 2, 5 — 7 pm

PlayArts, 1241 N. Front St., Philadelphia

 

Philadelphia Brewing Company will be pouring their favorite beers, while Slice serves their freshest pizza, including gluten-free options. There will also be a DJ spinning tunes as your kid play in the playspace after hours.

Parents Night Out

March 2, 6 — 9pm

Nest Center City, 1301 Locust St., Philadelphia

 

Drop your (potty-trained) little ones off for a fun-filled theme night including pizza, crafts, gym time, and more while you get out for some adult fun!

Harlem Globetrotters

March 2, 7 pm

The Liacouras Center, 1776 N. Broad St., Philadelphia

 

The Harlem Globetrotters’ show features amazing basketball skills and wizardry, with a focus on family entertainment.

Dr. Seuss Birthday Celebration at Barnes and Noble

March 2, 6:30 pm

1805 Walnut St., Philadelphia

150 W. Swedesford Road, Devon

2300 Chemical Road, Plymouth Meeting

1991 Sproul Road, Broomall

 

Barnes and Noble will host a special evening storytime with games and activities in celebration of the beloved author’s birthday.

Franklin Institute Camp-in

March 2, 6:15 pm — March 3, 9:30 am

222 N. 20th St., Philadelphia

 

Kids ages 6-13 (and their chaperones) can spend an overnight at the museum with live science shows, hands-on workshops, IMAX and Planetarium shows, stargazing in the rooftop observatory, and time to explore the entire museum. Sleep somewhere unique like near the Giant Heart or in the train room, then wake up for breakfast at the museum.

Philadelphia Events

All Weekend

Blue Cross RiverRink Closing Weekend: A Taste of Summer

121 N. Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia

 

Catch the last weekend of this outdoor ice skating rink and its arcade games, cozy lodge, and marshmallow roasting. Enjoy Storytime at the Lodge on Saturday, as well as a visit from Poppy and Branch from Trolls, including photos and fun giveaways! Guests can also look ahead to warmer weather with chances to win a variety of summer prize packages from Spruce Street Harbor Park and Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest!

Philadelphia Flower Show

March 3 — 11

Pennsylvania Convention Center, 12th and Arch streets, Philadelphia

 

The Flower Show returns to Philadelphia with “Wonders of Water,” which celebrates the beauty and life-sustaining interplay of horticulture and water. Enter through the magnificent Entrance Garden, and be transported to a rain forest with all its lush sensory elements. Experience garden design on a larger-than-life scale as you walk through the different displays. Create fun make-and-takes like wearable flower art. Don’t forget to see the live butterfly garden!

Paleopalooza

March 3 — 4, 10 am — 5 pm

Academy of Natural Sciences, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia

 

Celebrate all things prehistoric during the Academy of Natural Sciences’ annual festival of fossils. This marks its 10th year, so there are even more fun surprises. There will be storytimes with Marty the Moose, face painting, crafts and activities at the T. Rex Appreciation Station, live reptiles and rare specimens (including some from Thomas Jefferson’s collection!), hands-on activities, and many learning opportunities from the museum’s specialists. Finally, be sure not to miss the “Cabinet of Curiosity” by Franklin Fountain and Shane Confectionery, which will include chocolate modeled on museum specimens (and a pop-up shop serving ice cream and Jefferson hot chocolate).

Colonial Chocolate Making

March 3 — 4, 11 am – 4 pm

Betsy Ross House, 239 Arch St., Philadelphia

 

Meet three female entrepreneurs and learn how women played an active role during the American Revolution – from making important military supplies, like flags and musket cartridges, to choosing “patriotic” beverages like chocolate and coffee, rather than tea. Sample the hot chocolate drink that colonists enjoyed.

Women’s History Month at the National Constitution Center

Through March 31

525 Arch St., Philadelphia

 

Participate in an array of activities throughout March, including the new program “Decoding the Lyrics: Bad Romance: Women’s Suffrage,” which rewrites Lady Gaga’s song to tell the story of women’s suffrage with more than a little bit of levity. Take a self-guided tour of the museum’s main exhibition, “The Story of We the People,” which highlights defining moments in women’s history. Artifact highlights include a judicial robe worn by retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor and a collection of artifacts from Susan B. Anthony and the movement for women’s suffrage. You can also test your knowledge of women’s history at the Giant Game Board.

Citizen Science Lab

March 3 and 4, 11 am, 1 pm, and 3:30 pm

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

 

The museum will host hands-on, interactive experiences centered around water, with a focus on the Delaware River’s biology, ecology and chemistry, plus language arts, history and basic engineering.

Saturday

Holi Family Festival

March 3, 10:30 am — 5 pm

Please Touch Museum, 4231 Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia

 

Celebrate the colors of springtime with the Indian festival Holi—experiment with art materials, enjoy Indian music and dance performances, and of course rejoice in the end of the day color throwing celebration!

Indonesian Food Festival

March 3, 10 am— 3 pm

St. Thomas Aquinas, 1719 Morris St., Philadelphia

 

Enjoy Indonesian Cuisine, Modero dancers showcase, raffles, free giveaways and more.

Astral Artists Family Concert: Through the Looking Glass

March 3, 3 pm

Woodmere Art Museum, 9201 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia

 

Children will discover the connections between music and art with this interactive program of performances and demonstrations and create their own work of art inspired by music. Musical selections will be inspired by the exhibition “Charles Santore: Fifty Years of Art and Storytelling.” Refreshments will follow.

Harry Potter Scavenger Hunt

March 3, 2 pm

Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia

 

Go on a “Wizard School Scavenger Hunt” as you search for art that echoes characters, places, and enchanted objects from Harry Potter. This hunt is designed for kids and adults to do together, and tickets are available through Watson Adventures, and the cost of tickets includes museum admission.

Maple Sugar Day

March 3, noon —4 pm

Pennypack Environmental Center, 8500 Pine Road, Philadelphia

 

Enjoy an afternoon of maple tours, candy making, pancake tasting, crafts, storytelling, winter themed games, and more.

Seafarin’ Saturday

March 4, 11 am — 1 pm

Independence Seaport Museum, 211 S. Columbus Blvd. Philadelphia

 

Learn all about the Channel catfish by creating your own moving fish.

Family Clay Workshop

March 3, 10 am — noon

The Clay Studio, 137-139 N. Second St., Philadelphia

 

Put the pedal to the metal and the basics of working on the pottery wheel in this workshop focused on making a planter just in time for spring. Classes are appropriate for children ages 4 and up, but parents with children ages 4-7 will work together on one wheel. Pre-registration is required.

Sunday

Music Monkey Jungle’s Sunday Family Singalong

March 4, 10—11 am

Old Pine Community Center, 401 Lombard St., Philadelphia

 

The whole MMJ team will be there for a morning of music, movement, dance, refreshments, and balloon art.  A portion of the proceeds will go to the American Cancer Society’s new initiative, Mamas Move Mountains. Want to win free tickets? Head over to the Philly Family Instagram and enter our giveaway by noon on Friday!

Play Without Boundaries

March 4, 9 — 11 am

Please Touch Museum, 4231 Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia

 

The Please Touch Museum will open early for a free event specially designed for children with learning and developmental disabilities and those on the autism spectrum. The museum will be calmer and quieter with fewer people and reduced lighting and sound in exhibition areas. There are also special activities planned, like arts and crafts, a visit with therapy dogs, and dance-movement therapy. Kids can also relax in the “Quiet Space of the Day” with Quiet Kit sensory toys. The event is free, but pre-registration is required.

PECO Free First Sunday Family Day: From Concept to Creation

March 4, 10 am — 5 pm

Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway

 

The Barnes is hosting STEAM fair featuring artworks created by local K-12 students using math and art. See the students’ work and vote for the top projects. Plus, watch an experimental Hula-Hoop performance by dancer-choreographer Gabrielle Revlock, and try some Hula-Hoop action on your own! There are also many art activities like building a cardboard city, constructing a kite, and creating simple animation. For little ones, there will also be stroller tours and storytime.

Art and Storytelling

March 4, 11 am — noon

Woodmere Art Museum, 9201 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia

 

Introduce your preschoolers to the enjoyment of art through stories and art making. Young visitors and their grown-ups enjoy reading picture books in the galleries, followed by an art project.

Whimsical Fairy Garden Workshop

March 4, 1 — 3 pm

Morris Arboretum, 100 E. Northwestern Ave., Philadelphia

 

Working with an assortment of succulents and cute accessories, you will create a personalized miniature indoor garden to enjoy all year round.

Harlem Globetrotters

March 4, noon and 5 pm

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

 

The Harlem Globetrotters’ show features amazing basketball skills and wizardry, with a focus on family entertainment.

PAFA Family Arts Academy

March 4, 2 — 4 pm

PAFA, 118-128 N. Broad St., Philadelphia

 

This week the theme is “Storydrawing,” where kids will visit the galleries and create an illustrated adventure story based on a favorite painting.

Main Line and Suburban Events

Saturday

Dr. Seuss’ Birthday Party at Ardmore Library

March 3, 2 — 3 pm

108 Ardmore Ave., Ardmore

 

Celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday with games, activities, and books.

Read Across America at Elmwood Park Zoo

March 3, 11 am — 3 pm

1661 Harding Blvd., Norristown

 

This special Read Across America event will feature lots of special guests, like Maniac Magee author Jerry Spinelli, NBC10’s Deanna Durante, and a special appearance by The Cat in the Hat! Montgomery County-Norristown Public Library will be hosting an activity table, and Children’s Book World will be supplying books for an interactive book fair. There will also be a special themed cake. Elmwood Park Zoo is also holding a book drive until March 10: bring a new or gently used book to the zoo to donate to kids in Norristown, and each group donating gets a free children’s ticket.

Join the Continental Army at Valley Forge

March 3, 11 am

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

 

Children can experience a day in the life of a Revolutionary soldier. Recruits will be mustered by receiving enlistment papers and continental currency, then be issued (fake) wooden muskets and learn how to stand, march, and carry their musket as one of Washington’s soldiers would have done. Park rangers dressed in continental uniform will train the recruits in a full musket drill.

Beach Bash

March 3, 11 am — 2 pm

Suburban Square, Anderson and Coulter avenues, Ardmore

 

Suburban Square is partnering with Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation for a day of summertime fun in the winter! Watch as a sand sculpture is created over two days, and enjoy live music, kids’ crafts, and face painting.

Mad Hatter Tea Party and Easter Bunny Visit

March 3, 1 — 4 pm

Springfield Mall, 1250 Baltimore Pike, Springfield

 

Meet characters from Alice in Wonderland at the Mad Hatter’s tea party, and enjoy arts and crafts, snacks, family entertainment, and a visit from the Easter Bunny.

Sunday

#CelebrateFemaleArtists Concert by Alice Marie

March 4, 1:30 — 3 pm

Haverford Township Free Library, 1601 Darby Road, Havertown

 

Alice Marie is a Philadelphia-based vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, and music educator who launched #CelebrateFemaleArtists as a collaborative Social Media/Performance in response to the male-dominated nature of the music scene. In her all-ages concert, she performs and samples many classics from Ella Fitzgerald, Rita Hayworth, Carole King, Bonnie Raitt, and Omaha Portuondo’s masterful catalogues, to legendary fiddlers, Eileen Eivers and Regina Carter’s soulful riffs.

 

 

Photograph by Laura Swartz. 

PHILADELPHIA ASSISTANT EDITOR

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