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

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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.

‘Peter Pan’

Through February 4

The Arden Theatre Co., 40 N. Second St., Philadelphia

 

J.M. Barrie’s classic comes to life in this show for children ages 6 and up. 

Constructing Play: Classic + Modern Building Toys

Through January 25, Monday — Saturday, 10 am — 6 pm

The Center for Architecture and Design, 1218 Arch St., Philadelphia

 

This is a historical exhibit of children’s toys, but it’s far from a dry experience. Everyone can get their hands on creating things, and enjoy building and other skills. This exhibit is free.

Brandywine Railroad

Daily through January 28

Brandywine River Museum of Art, 1 Hoffman’s Mill Road, Chadds Ford

 

The holidays are over, but the popular train layout at this lovely museum has been held over through the end of the month! Kids flock to this dazzling display of toy and model trains, and maybe you can even get them to look at the stunning art collection, too. This is included with museum admission.

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.

Center City Restaurant Week

See our top picks in our CCRW guide!

Monday

Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service

See our guide for all the great family-friendly service opportunities and celebrations to commemorate MLK Day.

MLK Day Break Camps

If your kids have the day off, but you don’t, check out our list of all the great one-day camps around town!

Please Touch Museum’s MLK Day Celebration

January 15, 9 am — 5 pm

Please Touch Museum, 4231 Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia

 

Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.’s vision through a day of art and stories. Create art projects, learn about “superheroes among us,” and attend a very special storytime led by author and illustrator Rashad Davis including a book signing afterward. End your day with a Peace Parade, when everyone will march around the museum and sing of world peace and unity.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service at the National Constitution Center

January 15, 9:30 am

National Constitution Center, 525 Arch St., Philadelphia

 

The National Constitution Center has a full day of community service projects, special performances, and fun for the whole family; along with special $5 admission courtesy of Macy’s. Special storytimes will take place in the Grand Hall Lobby, along with an all-day craft center where kids can create “I Have a Dream” mobiles. There will also be a number of live performances, including a passionate reading of Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech performed by local actors and students. In the spirit of service, the museum is organizing the donation of books and school supplies for Philadelphia school students. Visitors will be invited to help museum staff and Alex Holley of FOX 29’s “Good Day Philadelphia” to sort the supplies to deliver to classrooms throughout the city.

 Martin Luther King Day of Service at the Franklin Institute

January 15, 10 am — 5 pm

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

 

Relive Dr. King’s powerful delivery of “I Have a Dream” featured on screens throughout the day in the Benjamin Franklin National Memorial. Local spoken word poet Ron Cook will deliver a poignant tribute to Dr. King, and visitors are encouraged to turn their passion for science into action through various citizen science activities throughout the day, including coloring and a scavenger hunt for younger kids.

Final Day of ‘Daniel Tiger: A Grr-ific Exhibit’

January 15, 10 am — 5 pm

Please Touch Museum, 4231 Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia

 

It’s the last chance for kids to step into Daniel Tiger’s world in this cute, hands-on exhibit. It’s free with admission to the museum and for members. 

Final Day of ‘Tiny Titans: Dinosaur Eggs and Babies’

January 15, 10 am — 5 pm

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

 

Find out more about the beginning of the dinosaurs’ life cycle at this neat exhibit. Kids can see and touch real and replica fossils, excavate their own eggs, and even dress up as a dinosaur parent. Admission starts at $13.95, and it’s a $3 fee for museum members; click here to buy tickets.

‘Animal Keeper for the Day’ Camp

January 15, 9 am — 3:30 pm

Riverbend Environmental Education Center, 1950 Spring Mill Road, Gladwyne

 

Kids ages 4 — 11 will join the experts as they feed, clean, groom and exercise Riverbend’s Red Barn residents.

‘Alice in Wonderland’

January 15, 11 am

Ambler Theater, 108 E. Butler Ave., Ambler

 

Enjoy a kid-friendly Family Stages production of the Lewis Carroll classic. Tickets are $12 ($10 for seniors, free for kids under 3).

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Family Festival

January 15, noon — 4 pm

Woodmere Art Museum, 9201 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia

 

This free event offers activities for kids, including storytelling, an introduction to the Philly Children’s March’s letter-writing project, and the chance to see the museum’s latest exhibit, “Jerry Pinkney: Martin Luther King Jr. and Great American Heroes.”

Tuesday

Community Night at the Franklin Institute

January 16, 5 — 8 pm

The Franklin Institute, 220 N. 20th St., Philadelphia

 

An evening of free educational and fun-filled science activities that include the Franklin Institute’s permanent exhibits, special programs, and hands-on activities. Admission is free and there is no need to pre-register.

History After Hours

January 16, 5 — 8 pm

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

 

Experience the new exhibit “Among His Troops,” and get inspired for hands-on activities like stitching a tent in the style of George Washington’s field tents, and painting watercolors like L’Enfant’s central work in the exhibit. There will also be happy hour specials in the Cross Keys Café for all the grownups in attendance

Construction Club

January 16, 4 pm

Fishtown Community Library, 1217 E. Montgomery Ave., Philadelphia

 

School-aged kids are invited for an afternoon of building with Legos, connectors, blocks and more.

Newborn Sleep 101

January 16, 11 am — 12:30 pm

Center City Pediatrics, 1740 South St. #200, Philadelphia

 

This 90-minute interactive workshop with certified sleep coach Erica Desper will cover the most common causes of pediatric sleep issues, the typical pitfalls that lead to sleepless nights, and the different methods to overcome them. This workshop is tailored for parents and caregivers of newborns through 3 months of age. You don’t have to be a patient at Center City Pediatrics, but you do need to pre-register.

 Toddler Time

December 16, 10:30 — 11:30 am

American Swedish Historical Museum, 1900 Pattison Ave., Philadelphia

 

Kids age 18 months — 4 years are welcome to come for interactive stories, engaging hands-on activities, and social interaction. The theme will be Winter Wonderland, as kids will hear The Mitten, and then have some indoor wintertime fun with “inside snow” and craft activities.

Roots with Ruark

January 16, 11 — 11:45 am

Penn Wynne Library, 130 Overbrook Parkway, Wynnewood

 

Local favorite singer/guitarist Ruark returns with your favorite preschool and Top 40 hits in a program perfect for toddlers and preschoolers.

Bake and Decorate Chocolate Chip Cookies

January 16, 6:30 — 7 pm

Gladwyne Library, 362 Righters Mill Road, Gladwyne

 

Kids ages 5 and up can decorate an apron to take home, then prepare a chocolate chip cookie recipe to take home and bake.

Wednesday

Mommy and Me Gardening

January 17, 10 — 10:30 am

Linvilla Orchards, 137 W. Knowlton Road, Media

 

Try this free 30-minute class to get your little one excited about planting this spring! The orchard’s market is offering 50 percent off veggies all winter long, so you might even be able to sneak some into your child’s lunch after this.

Spanish Story Hour

January 17, 4:30 — 5:30 pm

PlayArts, 1241 N. Front St, Philadelphia

 

An all-ages bilingual story hour with fun goodies like tattoos and stickers.

Pajama Storytime

January 17, 7 pm

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

 

Children are invited to snuggle in with their parents or caregiver for an evening of stories and songs, with milk and cookies to follow. Wear your pajamas, and bring along your favorite stuffed animal to snuggle with!

Movie Day

January 17, 4 — 6 pm

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

 

Come watch some of your favorite children’s movies. Popcorn provided!

Bilingual Storytime and Music Circle

January 17 10 — 10:30 am

Lulu’s Casita, 6 Cricket Ave., Ardmore

 

Free with regular admission to play at Lulu’s, there will be a mini fiesta and bilingual story time with Ms. Val.

Thursday

Toddler Time

January 18, 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.

Music Monkey Jungle

January 18, 10:30 — 11 am

cBOP, 393 W. Lancaster Ave., Haverford

 

Bring your little music monkeys to sing, dance, laugh, and move with this 30-minute interactive concert.

Friday

PAWs for Reading

January 19, 1:30 — 2:30 pm

Please Touch Museum, 4231 Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia

 

Children can read aloud to a therapy dog to improve reading and communication skills in a setting where they can feel comfortable and confident and have fun! Bring a favorite book from home, or choose one from the museum’s library.

Make-Your-Own Pizza Party

January 19, 5:30 — 7:30 pm

Nest Chestnut Hill, 10 W. Gravers Lane, Philadelphia

 

Each family will receive one large pizza dough and full access to the toppings bar, as well as soda and ice cream for dessert.  While the pizza cooks in the oven, you can play in the playspace. This event is BYOB.

‘The Phantom Tollbooth’

January 19, 7 pm

Wolf Performing Arts Center, 1240 Montrose Ave., Bryn Mawr

 

The Wolf PAC performs this beloved kids’ story of Milo’s wild journey through the Lands Beyond! Recommended for school-aged kids.

Philly High Five!

Click here for ongoing events that run through the weekend. 

All Weekend

Citizen Science Lab

January 20 and 21, 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.

Center City Restaurant Week

See our top picks in our CCRW guide!

Saturday

Princess and Pirate Skate

January 20, 2 — 4 pm

Dilworth Park, 1 S. 15th St, Philadelphia

 

Come dressed as your favorite princess or pirate for an afternoon of skating, crafts, and face painting. There will also be a treasure hunt through the Wintergarden maze — follow the map and find the treasure!

Free Morning at One Liberty Observation Deck for Ben Franklin’s Birthday

January 20, 9 am — noon

One Liberty Observation Deck, 1650 Market St., Philadelphia

 

In honor of Ben Franklin’s Birthday, One Liberty Observation Deck is offering free admission before noon (just register online first). Don’t forget to post for a picture next to his giant bespectacled head when you get up there!

Kids Explore — Winter Wonderland

January 20, 10 am — noon

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

 

Kids ages 6-12 are invited to bundle up for exploring the forest and seeing what living things are still active in the winter. Pre-registration is required.

Pinnacle Parkour Academy Free First Birthday Jam Open House

January 20, 5 — 10 pm

Pinnacle Parkour Academy, 3500 Scotts Lane, Philadelphia

 

Celebrate Pinnacle Parkour Academy’s first anniversary with a free open gym all evening.

Immigrant Alphabet

January 20, 10 am — 5 pm

Please Touch Museum, 4231 Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia

 

Spend the day exploring the many wonderful cultures that make up the fabric of our country with activities that center on the alphabet as well as diversity. There will be dance performances, storytimes, yoga and music class, and more.

Nature Exploration at the Schuylkill Center

January 20, 10:30 — 11:30 am

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

 

Gather in the Discovery Center for storytime and then hit the trails for naturalist-led exploration.

Seafarin’ Saturday

January 20, 11 am — 1 pm

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

 

Learn all about how ships communicate with signal flags, and create your own message.

Sunday

Philadelphia Family and Main Line Parent School & Camp Fair

January 21, 10 am — 2 pm

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

 

The Philadelphia Family and Main Line Parent School & Camp Fair at The Franklin Institute offers the easiest way to learn about the summer camps, activities, and educational programs in your neighborhood and beyond. Get to know these resources on a personal level, and discover the best fit to help your child excel. You’ll even have the chance to win prizes, including free weeks of camp!

 

The first 150 people to register AND attend will receive free admission to The Franklin Institute for the day.

PAFA’s Family Arts Academy: Knick Knack

January 21, 2—4pm

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, 118-128 N. Broad St., Philadelphia

 

Families can experience the “Rescue” installation by Nick Cave and select from found objects to create an ornate sculpture.

Kids at Play Birthday Bash

January 21, 10 am — 2 pm

Kids at Play, 3502 Scotts Lane, Philadelphia

 

Kids at Play is celebrating its second birthday by throwing a party with open play, character meet-and-greet, face painting, balloon art, cupcakes, a magic show, and goodie bags!

Drag Queen Story Hour

January 21, 4 — 5 pm

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

 

Brittany Lynn of The Drag Mafia will make her triumphant return to Lume to share storytime and crafts with kids and their families in a unique Winter Wonderland themed hour that will leave everyone feeling uplifted and fabulous.

Main Line High Five!

Click here for ongoing events that run through the weekend. 

All Weekend

‘The Phantom Tollbooth’

January 20–21

Wolf Performing Arts Center, 1240 Montrose Ave., Bryn Mawr

 

The Wolf PAC performs this beloved kids’ story of Milo’s wild journey through the Lands Beyond! Recommended for school-aged kids.

Saturday

Ties and Tiaras

January 20, 6 — 9 pm

Elmwood Park Zoo, 1661 Harding Blvd., Norristown

 

The zoo hosts their annual dance date night for kids ages 4-13 and their special parent. The event includes an all-you-can-eat buffet dinner and dessert, crafts, door prizes, photo fun, and a meet-and-greet with an education animal.

Snow Day at Ardmore Free Library 

January 20, 10am–5pm

Ardmore Free Library, 108 Ardmore Ave., Ardmore

 

Ardmore Library hosts a snow day (whether or not there’s snow) with snow crafts, puzzles, and games to play all day.

‘Curious George’

January 20, 11 am

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

 

See your kids’ favorite monkey come to life on the big screen as part of BMFI’s Family Saturday Matinees series.

Snow Glow

January 20, 4 — 7 pm

Suburban Square, Coulter and Anderson avenues, Ardmore

 

Enjoy cozy fire pits, s’mores, live music by Brian LaPann, and fire performers at Suburban Square.

Parents’ Survival Night

January 20, 6:30 — 9:30 pm

The Little Gym, 36 N. Narberth Ave., Narberth

 

Parents get a night out while kids get a night at The Little Gym with movement, music, games, and building activities. Pre-registration is required.

Saturday Family Drop-In

January 20, 2 — 4 pm

Main Line Art Center, 746 Panmure Road, Haverford

 

Kids ages 3 and up can learn and create alongside their caregivers. The class will begin with a tour of the facilities, followed by a story that will relate to a craft. Register online.

Family Culinary Workshop

January 20, 3 — 4 pm

Wayne Art Center, 413 Maplewood Ave., Wayne

 

All materials will be provided for a fun afternoon of decorating cupcakes.

Sunday

Cross-Country Ski Clinic

January 21, 10 am

Norristown Farm Park, 2500 Upper Farm Rd, Norristown

 

Learn about ski technique, equipment, clubs you can join, and places you can ski. If weather permits, there will be on-snow instruction as well (bring your own skis). This program is for kids age 8 and up, as well as adults. Pre-registration is required.

Cubs’ First Birthday Party

January 21, 11am

Elmwood Park Zoo, 1661 Harding Blvd., Norristown

 

Celebrate the first birthday of Elmwood Park Zoo’s jaguar cubs Luna and Diego with party games, crafts, birthday card making, music, and a “cub”cake! Guests will sing “Happy Birthday” to the cubs and watch them play with their new birthday presents.

 

 

Photograph by Carlos Alejandro, courtesy of the Brandywine River Museum of Art. 

PHILADELPHIA ASSISTANT EDITOR

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