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

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Ready for the weekend? You will be with our picks. Click here for Philly events, and here for what’s happening on the Main Line and the rest of the suburbs.

All Week

Wintergarden

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’

Get up close to crocodilians with nearly a dozen live species, as well as realistic models of and interactive elements at the Academy of Natural Science’s newest exhibit.

Monday

Rockin’ Robins Music Workshop

February 5, 10:30 — 11 am

Nest Center City, 1301 Locust St., Philadelphia

 

Kids age 18 months – 3 years are invited to join Mr. Kelvin for a classic rockin’ good time as part of Nest’s drop-in Monday workshop series.

Sensory Storytime

February 5, 7 pm

Free Library of Philadelphia, Fumo Family Branch, 2437 S. Broad St., Philadelphia

 

Sensory Storytime is an interactive storytime for kids age 6 and under that uses preschool-level books, songs, and activities to engage all five senses in developing emerging literacy, social interaction, and both gross and fine motor skills. Fidget toys and weighted pads will be made available, and children are encouraged to bring their favorite lovey, toy, or fidget. Call in advance to register.

Software Programming for Kids

February 5, 4 pm

Free Library of Philadelphia, Parkway Central Branch, 1901 Vine St., Philadelphia

 

Part of a series of software programming classes by EPAM for children from 8 – 12 years old. The classes will introduce coding and programming, and will use Scratch, a drag-and-drop coding platform created in partnership with MIT and LEGO.

Tuesday

Sid the Science Kid Meet and Greet

February 6, 10:30 am and 1:30 pm

Please Touch Museum, 4231 Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia

 

Celebrate PTM’s newest exhibit by meeting Sid himself, and taking a photo with him!

‘The Cat in the Hat’

February 6, 10:30 am

Keswick Theatre, 291 N. Keswick Ave., Glenside

 

Dr. Seuss’ beloved story comes to life in this kid-friendly show. At 45 minutes long, it’s recommended for kids in kindergarten through fourth grade. Tickets are $9.50 — $14.25.

Museum Playdate: Mummies and More

February 6, 10:30 — 11:30 am

Penn Museum, 3600 South St., Philadelphia

 

A playdate for kids ages 3-5 and their grownups featuring storytime and dramatic play in the Egyptian gallery, art-making in a classroom, and a small snack.

Kids Yoga at Lucien E. Blackwell Library

February 6, 4:30 pm

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

 

Kids ages 7-12 will get active with movement activities to help kids relax, focus, and stretch.

Kids Can Cook!

February 6, 4 pm

Free Library of Philadelphia, Queen Memorial Branch, 1201 S. 23rd St., Philadelphia

 

Mobile cooking teacher Keisha Prosser will guide school-aged kids through constructing a simple, delicious family meal from start to finish, and teach everyone about food safety and healthy eating.

Wednesday

Little Explorers

February 7, 10 — 11:30 am

Bartram’s Garden, 5400 Lindbergh Blvd., Philadelphia

 

Preschoolers ages 2-4 and their grownups will explore the beautiful geometry of spider webs, learn why spiders spin webs, and spin and weave webs of their own. The program will also include snacks and a walk through the garden.

Magic by Ed Show

February 7, 4 pm

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

 

This interactive magic show is high-energy and includes music and live animals. Meet and greet the animals after the show!

Sekere Workshop

February 7, 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).

Valentine’s Day Craft

February 7, 4 pm

Free Library of  Philadelphia, Roxborough Branch, 6245 Ridge Ave., Philadelphia

 

Kids ages 5-12 can make a craft for the holiday. Materials will be provided.

STEM Storytime

February 7, 10:30 — 11 am

Main Point Books, 116 N. Wayne Ave., Wayne

 

Kids ages 2-5 will enjoy stories and songs followed by open play and exploring a variety of STEM toys and games.

Kids in the Kitchen: Cupcakes!

February 7, 4 — 5 pm

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

 

Bake and decorate cupcakes with your kids (ages 6-8). All materials will be provided. Call to register in advance.

Valentine’s Craft

February 7, 4 — 4:30 pm

Gladwyne Library, 362 Righters Mill Road, Gladwyne

 

Kids ages 3 and up can make Valentines for all their special people, including all their classmates!

Little Chefs Class

February 7, 10 — 11:30 am

Bertucci’s, 500 W. Germantown Pike, Plymouth Meeting

 

Kids will learn the basics of making pizza and conclude with pizza, drinks, and certificates for participants,

Thursday

Philadelphia Eagles Super Bowl Victory Parade

February 8, 11 am

Parade begins at South Broad Street and Pattison Avenue, Philadelphia

 

The city is throwing the Super Bowl Champion Eagles a parade, and it’s going to be a big one! The route starts near Lincoln Financial Field and will head north to the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Drop-in Toddler Paint Party

February 8, 10:30 am — 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!

Stroller Tour

February 8, 10:30 — 11:15 am

The Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia

 

Take a 45-minute guided tour to learn about the art in the Barnes’ collection, and discover ways to look at and appreciate art with little ones in tow. Open to parents and caregivers with babies up to 18 months in a stroller or baby wrap.

Storytime

February 8, 10 — 11 am

Wolff’s Apple House, 81 S. Pennell Road, Media

 

Join Miss Kim in Wolff’s café area for a Valentine’s Storytime. After stories, make a “heart-healthy” snack.

Friday

East Passyunk Community Center Family Movie Night

February 9, 6:30 – 9:00 pm

1025 Mifflin St., Philadelphia

 

Watch Disney’s The Princess and the Frog with your family at East Passyunk Community Center. Refreshments will be provided. Register online.

 ‘Stinky Kids: The Musical’

February 9, 10:30 am

Walnut Street Theatre, 825 Walnut St., Philadelphia

 

Based on the children’s book series by Britt Menzies, this musical is fun, colorful, and only an hour-long, so it’s great for kids of all ages. Watch along as Britt and her friends get into mischief that turns a simple problem into mayhem, and learn a little about friendship along the way.

 

Enter our giveaway for 4 tickets to the February 10 performance!

Knitting with Miss Merrily

February 9, 3:30 pm

Free Library of Philadelphia, Charles Santore Branch, 932 S. 7th St., Philadelphia

 

All school-aged children are welcome to try out knitting under instruction of Miss Merrily after school. Materials will be provided.

Science Night

February 9, 6:30 — 9:30 pm

West Philadelphia YMCA, 5120 Chestnut St., Philadelphia

 

Kids ages 5-12 will create a hands-on science experiment, enjoy a light dinner, and watch a science-themed movie.

‘Singin’ in the Rain Jr.’

February 9, 7 pm

Acting Naturally Theatre, 164 N. Flowers Mill Road, Langhorne

 

Part of Philly Theatre Week, enjoy a free Youth Company performance of Singin’ in the Rain. RSVP required.

Buddy Bash

February 9, 6 — 7 pm

Mr. A’s Martial Arts, 31 S. Eagle Road, Havertown

 

Free event to meet and play with other martial arts students.

Philadelphia Weekend Events

All Weekend

Citizen Science Lab

February 10—11, 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.

 Historical Watercolor Painting Demonstrations

February 10 — 11, 11 am — 5 pm

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

 

Join a costumed interpreter at his easel in Patriots Gallery for demonstrations of watercolor techniques mastered by artists during the Revolutionary War. Ask about the colors and tools in his watercolor box to inspire your own landscape drawing. Nearby, play a game of I-Spy-in-the-Watercolor, matching historical reproduction objects with similar items that L’Enfant saw at Verplanck’s Point, New York—the scene for the centerpiece of the Museum’s special exhibit, “Among His Troops.”

Super Bowl Champions Weekend

February 9 — 11

Please Touch Museum, 4231 Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia

 

Celebrate the Eagles’ Super Bowl victory all weekend at Please Touch Museum! First, you’ll get a free soft pretzel at the admissions desk upon check-in, and if you wear Eagles gear, you get a free carousel ride. The event includes a pop-up play corner with dress-up and props, a pep rally hosted by DJ Wiggles, art projects like painting with clothespins and creating cards to congratulate the Eagles on their win, and finally a Super Bowl Victory Parade to close out the day with cheers and movement. Plus, on Sunday afternoon, Sid the Science Kid will be there for meet-and-greets at noon and 2 pm (and you can check out his new exhibit while you’re there).

 ‘Stinky Kids: The Musical’

February 9 — 11

Walnut Street Theatre, 825 Walnut St., Philadelphia

 

Based on the children’s book series by Britt Menzies, this musical is fun, colorful, and only an hour long, so it’s great for kids of all ages. Watch along as Britt and her friends get into mischief that turns a simple problem into mayhem, and learn a little about friendship along the way.

Camp-in

February 10, 6:15 pm — February 11, 9:30 am

The Franklin Institute, 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.

Night in the Museum with Special Guest Star: Crocs

February 10, 6:30pm — February 11, 9 am

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

 

Pick your sleeping spot next to lions, tigers, or dinosaurs! Go on a scavenger hunt, do a hands-on experiment, watch a live animal show, eat treats, and get a chance to see what the special stars of the museum’s new special exhibit, “Crocs,” are up to after the sun goes down. Wake up to a light breakfast and another whole day to explore the museum.

Saturday

‘Mr. Popper’s Penguins’

February 10, 2 pm and 5 pm

Merriam Theater, 250 S. Broad St., Philadelphia

 

With original songs and performing penguin puppets, this delightful, action packed musical adaptation of Richard and Florence Atwater’s popular children’s book is sure to delight.

 Seafarin’ Saturday

February 10, 11 am — 1 pm

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

 

Learn about the American Shad as you create clothespin fish to take home.

Storytime Yoga for Preschoolers

February 10, 10:30 am

Free Library of Philadelphia, Parkway Central Branch, 1901 Vine St., Philadelphia

 

A class filled with stories, yoga, and fun for 2- to 5-year-olds. No prior yoga experience is necessary, but bring a mat if possible.

Second Saturdays at the Penn Museum: The Olympics

February 10, 11 am—4 pm

Penn Museum, 3600 South St., Philadelphia

 

Learn about the ancient Olympics at the Penn Museum through a special tour, play games in the galleries, make a special craft, and pick up a scavenger hunt that will challenge you to take a closer look at many objects in the galleries.

Family Cooking: Tiny Treats with BIG FLAVOR

February 10, 10:30 am

Free Library of Philadelphia, Parkway Central Branch, 1901 Vine St., Philadelphia

 

In this interactive workshop, parents and caregivers with children ages 5-12 will have the opportunity to create tiny treats that are big on flavor. Inspired by the Free Library’s current exhibition, “Big and Small: Books for All”, participants will roll up their sleeves and make mini cupcakes and bite-sized energy circles that are filled with delicious, exciting ingredients. Then package the treats, so they’ll be ready to share with someone special for Valentine’s Day. Pre-registration is required.

Winter Fare PHL

February 10, 10 am—2 pm

Building BOK, 850 Dudley St., Philadelphia

 

Shop for local food, sip coffee, and meet the people behind local businesses and artisan products at this pop-up market.

Singing City

February 10, 11 am

Free Library of Philadelphia, Logan Branch, 1333 Wagner Ave., Philadelphia

 

Enjoy a free choral performance by Singing City. Join an audience-participation song and meet the performers at a short reception afterwards.

Wagner’s Winter Wonderland: The Ice Age

February 10, noon — 4 pm

Wagner Free Institute of Science, 1700 W. Montgomery Ave., Philadelphia

 

Come for an educational afternoon of hands-on Ice Age themed activities, scavenger hunts of the museum, and demonstrations that will teach you more about this fascinating period of Earth’s history. Activities are geared towards kids ages 6-12, but all ages can enjoy this event.

Family Gardening Workshop: Valentine Flowers to Wear

February 10, 10 — 11 am

Rothman Cabin at Dilworth Park, 1 S. 15th St., Philadelphia

 

Work together to create a floral headpiece or boutonniere at this free family workshop. We recommend staying to skate afterwards!

Lunar New Year at the Franklin Institute

February 10, 10 am — 3 pm

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

 

See the Terracotta Warriors before they leave the Franklin Institute, and enjoy a day of colorful performances by the Penn Lions, various crafts, including kite and lantern making, make-your-own clay dogs with The Clay Studio, and explosive fiery demonstrations of the science behind fireworks.

Black History Month Celebration

February 10, 9 am — 2 pm

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

 

Celebrate Black History Month with cooking demos, musical performances, face painting, and balloon animals.

Date Night Drop-Off at Philadelphia Zoo (members only)

February 10, 5 — 10 pm

3400 W. Girard Ave., Philadelphia

 

Have a kid-free Valentine’s date while your kids explore the zoo! Kids ages 4-11 will have a fun-filled night including a dinner, thematic crafts, and exclusive tours with keeper staff. There will also be a live animal show and a movie to top off the evening.

Storytime at the Lodge at Winterfest

February 10, 11:30 am — 12:30 pm

Blue Cross RiverRink, 101 S. Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia

 

Come to the cozy Lodge at Penn’s Landing for musical storytelling and sing along with instruments! This week, The Lara & Joe Show will be there reading “We’re Going on a Bear Hunt.”

Sunday

Nest Center City’s Tweet Heart Social

February 11, 10:30 am — 1:30 pm

1301 Locust St., Philadelphia

 

Bring your family for a fun-filled morning benefitting Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society (PAWS). There will be three floors of fun: open play in the downstairs playspace, dance and obstacle course upstairs, food and drinks (including mimosas for adults), a photobooth, crafts, cookie decorating, a photobooth, and more! There will also be cute adoptable dogs from PAWS to play with, and a silent auction benefitting PAWS.

Print Love-In

February 11 at 10 am, noon, and 2 pm

Fleisher Art Memorial, 719 Catharine St., Philadelphia

 

Explore Fleisher’s printmaking facilities and crank the presses in one of three family-friendly sessions and you’ll walk away with enough cards for everyone on your list. Includes all print making materials and takeaways. Register online.

Drop-In Baby Bubbles Swim Class

February 11, 9 — 10 am

Fitness Works, 714 Reed St., Philadelphia

 

The hour-long drop-in class, open to little ones aged five months to three years, incorporates techniques to teach children how to feel comfortable and move their bodies in the water, helping them build confidence while exploring new surroundings in a safe, fun and supervised setting. A parent is required in the pool with their child, offering hands-on guidance and encouragement.

PAFA’s Family Arts Academy: Come. Sit. Color.

February 11, 2 — 4 pm

118-128 N. Broad St., Philadelphia

 

Join local artist and PAFA Alumni Jay McClellan, learn about his process and create an animal portrait all your own.

PECO Family Jams at Magic Gardens

February 11, 12—4 pm

Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens, 1020 South St., Philadelphia

 

Use multi-colored multi-use paracord to craft your own object and hear a reading of Jacqueline Woodson’s This is the Rope, this year’s children’s selection for One Book, One Philadelphia. Family-friendly tours will be held at 1 pm and 3 pm.

 

Valentine’s Lunch Cruise on the Spirit of Philadelphia

February 11, 1 — 3 pm (boards at 12:30 pm)

Departs from Penn’s Landing (101 S. Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia)

 

Take a two-hour cruise on the Delaware River with beautiful views of the skyline, brunch, and onboard entertainment and dancing. Children are welcome, and kids under 3 are free!

Family Nature Club Hike & Play

February 11, 10 am — noon

Wissahickon Environmental Center, 300 W. Northwestern Ave., Philadelphia

 

Explore nature, build a fire, and go on a child led hike through the woods. Feel free to bring treats to roast at the firepits!

Main Line and Suburban Weekend Events

All Weekend

Celebrate the Eagles’ Super Bowl Victory at LEGOLAND

February 10 — 11

LEGOLAND Discovery Center Philadelphia, 500 W. Germantown Pike, Plymouth Meeting

 

Check out the LEGO Lombardi Trophy for a photo-op! The celebration continues through Sunday with a recreated Eagles parade in MINILAND Philadelphia and themed builds in the Creative Workshop next to the LEGO Lombardi Trophy. Guests can show their Eagles pride and wear green to receive a discount on tickets at the door.

Saturday

Two For Art: TRY IT (ages 2 & 3)

February 10, 10 — 11 am

Wayne Art Center, 413 Maplewood Ave., Wayne

 

In this one-hour class, you and your child age 2-3 will engage in creative, fun crafts and art making.

Family Workshop: Personalized Valentine Cookies

February 10, 1 — 3 pm

Wayne Art Center, 413 Maplewood Ave., Wayne

 

Bring your little one and create delicious heart shaped cookies and then personalize them with little words and sayings to celebrate the holiday. Register online.

Sesame Street Pop Up Tour: ‘F is for Friends’

February 10, 11 am — 4 pm

Sears Court at the Neshaminy Mall, 707 Neshaminy Mall, Bensalem

 

During the Pop Up “F is for Friends” tour, preschoolers and their families will learn about everything they can do to be a good friend, while having fun with Sesame Street! Kids and parents will have the opportunity to experience a live Sesame Street performance, Abby Cadabby and Elmo meet-and-greets, a library reading corner, the Cookie Monster Foodie Truck as well as an interactive digital station.

Saturday Morning Stories

February 10, 10:30 — 11 am

Haverford Township Free Library, 1601 Darby Road, Havertown

 

During this 20-minute rhyme and movement program, kids will participate in nursery rhymes, songs, movement, literacy modeling, and free play with educational toys.

Family Open Studio

February 10, 11 am — 2 pm

Ludington Library, 5 S. Bryn Mawr Ave., Bryn Mawr

 

Decorate a canvas bag & learn about being a community helper.

Sunday

‘The Princess and the Pea’

February 11, noon

Media Theatre, 104 E. State St., Media

 

Kids will love this cute new musical based on Hans Christian Anderson’s classic fairy tale.

Kids’ Playtime, Parents’ Teatime

February 11, 1:30—3 pm

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

 

Kids can enjoy building toys and learning centers while parents enjoy some teatime.

Kennett Square’s Chocolate Lover’s Festival

February 11, noon — 3 pm

Kennett High School, 100 E. South St., Kennett Square

 

Hundreds of chocolate treats, including cakes, brownies, candies, cookies and cupcakes, will be available for attendees to taste at this festival benefiting the United Way of Southern Chester County. New this year is a Kiddie Korner with cookie decorating, crafts, and photos with fun characters.

Concert and Valentine’s Make-and-Takes

February 11, 11 am —1 pm

Trail’s End Café, 375 Conshohocken State Road, Bala Cynwyd

 

At 11 am there will be a live concert by Mama Mac and Chana Rothman. Then at noon, make a valentine for someone special with Sky Soup Art Center.

 

Photograph by Laura Swartz. 

PHILADELPHIA ASSISTANT EDITOR

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