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

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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.

‘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.

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.

Fashion Machine

January 23—27

FringeArts, 140 N. Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia

 

Running as part of the International Performing Arts for Youth Conference, this show is a live performance event that features 28 local kids who circulate among the audience and select seven audience members to be taken into the Fashion Machine and have their outfits remade.

Center City Restaurant Week

Daily through January 26

 

See our top picks in our CCRW guide!

Monday

Passport Pals

January 22, 6:30 — 7:30 pm

Upper Merion Township Library, 175 W. Valley Forge Road, King of Prussia

 

Kids grades 3-6 participate in crafts, games, and snacks from different countries (this month is Japan) to learn about different cultures.

Twinsies Skate Party

January 22, 6 — 9 pm

Rolling Thunder Skating Rink, 7017 Roosevelt Blvd., Philadelphia

 

Dress alike and get 2-for-1 admission for an evening of roller skating.

Family Zumba 

January 22, 6:30 — 7:30 pm

DiSilvestro Playground, 1701 S. 15th St., Philadelphia 

 

The whole family is invited to get moving at a fun Zumba class!

Maker Monday for Teens

January 22, 3:30 pm

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

 

The Teen Center at the Parkway Central Library provides materials for take-home crafts—participants can do free-form activities or pre-determined crafts.

Let it Snow! Winter Celebration

January 22, 4 pm

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

 

Kids and their parents are invited for snowy stories, crafts, and games for a cold winter day.

 

Tuesday

Garden Sprouts

January 23, 1 — 2:30 pm

Tyler Arboretum, 515 Painter Road, Media

 

Garden Sprouts programs introduce children ages 4-6 and their caretaker to the world of plants and gardening. This week, kids will start their own winter garden plants in a container to take home to grow in their kitchens.

LEGO Star Wars Dinner and Workshop

January 23, 5:45 — 7:30 pm

The Pop Shop, 729 Haddon Ave., Collingswood, New Jersey

 

In collaboration with Snapology, this event features a buffet dinner, an hour of Star Wars themed LEGO activities, and make-your-own-sundae bar for dessert.

‘Last Stop on Market Street’

January 23, 4:30 pm

Free Library of Philadelphia, South Philadelphia Branch, 1700 S. Broad St., Philadelphia

 

Storytime with crafts and storytelling activities inspired by Matt de la Peña and Christian Robinson’s award-winning children’s book Last Stop on Market Street.

Kids Can Cook!

January 23, 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

Drop-in Free Range Toddler Art 

January 24, 10:30 am — noon

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

 

Drop into the studio for collaborative hands on art-making with your little ones in a non-class structured environment. Experiment with different media, have fun, and get as messy as you want.

Zumbini Demo Class

January 24, 1:15 — 2 pm

Morris Estate Cultural Center, 1610 E. Chelten Ave., Philadelphia

 

Sing, dance, and play with your baby or toddler in this fun 45-minute class developed by Zumba and BabyFirst.

Adventurous Afternoon

January 24, 3:30 — 4 pm

Please Touch Museum, 4231 Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia

 

Come to the Adventure Camp exhibit area with children ages 4 — 8 for a 30-minute STEAM adventure. This month, it’s all about building a termite mound. This is free with museum admission and for members.

Kitty Cat Club

January 24, 4 — 5 pm

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

 

Kids age 6-8 are invited to listen to stories about cats and make a craft.

Girls in STEM—Technology Night

January 24, 6:30 — 7:15 pm

Upper Merion Library, 175 W. Valley Forge Road, King of Prussia

 

Girls grades 3-5 will have the opportunity to put their problem solving skills to the test as they complete teamwork challenges and learn about the STEM Careers around them. This week the theme is technology.

 

Thursday

Museum Adventure

January 25, 10—11am

The Rosenbach Museum, 2008-2010 Delancey Place, Philadelphia

 

Start with storytime and a scavenger hunt through the museum. Then move on to the activity room for hands-on art making activities, creative play, music and snacks.

 

Healthy Storytime with Pennsylvania Ballet

January 25, 10:30am

Free Library of Philadelphia, South Philadelphia Branch, 1700 S. Broad St., Philadelphia

 

Listen, move, and learn at this special storytime with the Pennsylvania Ballet designed for preschool-aged kids and their caretakers.

 

Family Puzzle Night at Ludington Library

January 25, 6—8pm

5 S Bryn Mawr Ave, Bryn Mawr

 

Come play with various puzzles provided by the junior room staff. All ages are welcome.

 

Friday

Winter Fountains Dessert Reception & Dinos After Dark

January 26, 5 — 8 pm

Academy of Natural Sciences, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia

 

The museum will be open late with pay-as you-wish admission, a “Dino Drafts” pop-up beer garden with food in Dinosaur Hall, live animal presentations, and fun hands-on activities. There will also be a dessert reception with Ambassadors from the Association for Public Art, who will be there to talk to visitors about Jennifer Steinkamp’s mesmerizing “Winter Fountains” installation.

Camp-in at the Franklin Institute 

January 26, 6:15 pm — January 27, 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.

40 Winks with the Sphinx

January 26, 5:30 pm — January 27, 9 am

Penn Museum, 3260 South St., Philadelphia

 

Kids ages 6-12 (and their chaperones) are invited on an overnight expedition of the Penn Museum with hands-on opportunities to learn about ancient civilizations through games, crafts, and more.

Mommy and Me Yoga (Ages 3-6)

January 26, 6 — 6:45 pm

Tara Yoga, 84 Bethlehem Pike, Philadelphia

 

This class lets parents and their children move together to develop strength, flexibility and a loving bond. Expect a fast-paced class that will provide a fun learning environment and keep the kids’ attention.

BYOB and Pizza Night

January 26, 4 — 7:30 pm

Lulu’s Casita, 6 Cricket Ave., Ardmore

  

Lulu’s is open until 7:30 pm for more fun, with BYOB and pizza starting at 4 pm. Parents can relax with some adult beverages while kids tire themselves out before bedtime.

 

Philly High Five!

Click here for ongoing events that run through the weekend. 

All Weekend

Philly Auto Show

January 27 — February 4

Pennsylvania Convention Center, 1101 Arch St., Philadelphia

 

The Philly Auto Show returns to the Pennsylvania Convention Center with dazzling cars, from exotic to classic and everything in between! There’s so much to see, but your kids definitely won’t want to miss Mater from Pixar’s Cars or the Mystery Machine from Scooby Doo! Bonus: Pop in on Sunday for a chance to win a football signed by Eagles safety Rodney McLeod!

‘The Johnny Shortcake Show’

January 27 — 28, 11 am and 2 pm

The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, 300 S. Broad St., Philadelphia

 

The Johnny Shortcake Show is a funky dance party for families with intense musicality and heart that shine through even more intense silliness. The four weekend performances are larger scale stage productions of Johnny Shortcake’s previous “Grow up Great” concerts, and are BYOB for the parents!

Camp-in

January 27, 6:15 pm — January 28, 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.

Citizen Science Lab

January 27 and 28, 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

Chinese New Year Celebration

January 27, 11 am — 4 pm

Penn Museum, 3260 South St., Philadelphia

 

Celebrate the upcoming Year of the Dog with a full schedule of family-friendly activities. The museum’s celebration includes traditional Chinese music and dance, storytelling, calligraphy workshop, crafts, martial arts demonstrations, and more. There will also be a Chinese marketplace in the rotunda and zodiac animal photo ops all day.

One-Day Theater Workshop

January 27, 11 am — 4 pm

Allens Lane Art Center, 601 W. Allens Lane, Philadelphia

 

Using improv games, brainstorming activities and storyboards, students will write, create, and stage their very own one-of-a-kind show all in one day. The day will end in a performance at 3:30 pm for friends and family. Pre-registration is required.

Seafarin’ Saturday

January 27, 11 am — 1 pm

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

 

Learn about “flying fish” and make your own fish windsock.

Intro to Nature Play with NaturePHL

January 27, 2 — 3:30 pm

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

 

With a Schuylkill Center educator and a CHOP pediatrician, families can climb, explore, and learn more about the many health benefits of outdoor activity and time in nature. This afternoon of unstructured nature play and a hike starts at Tall Trees Nature Playscape at the Schuylkill Center.

 Summer in January

January 27, 1 pm

Free Library of Philadelphia, Tacony Branch, 6742 Torresdale Ave., Philadelphia

 

Come to the library for an afternoon party of summer fun. There will be indoor mini golf, fruit drinks from Little Man’s Juice Bar, giveaways, a meet and greet with host of WXPN’s Kid’s Corner Kathy O’Connell, giveaways, and beach party music!

Stories Come Alive: One Book, One Philadelphia

January 27, 10 am — noon

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

 

Kids ages 4-12 and their parent will explore Jacqueline Woodson’s This Is the Rope through a hands-on clay project—learn basics of working with clay and make a piece inspired by the story.

Plastics Chemistry Fair

January 27, 10 am — 4 pm

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

 

Featuring more than 20 hands-on science activities and presentations, as well as a museum-wide scavenger hunt, the 14th Annual Plastic Chemistry Fair promises to engage excite visitors of all ages in the wonderful world of plastics.

Picture Us Together: Make a Family Portrait!

January 27, 1 — 3 pm

The Fabric Workshop and Museum, 1214 Arch St., Philadelphia

 

Using an array of materials, children and adults will work together to assemble their very own “Family Portrait Box.” All materials will be provided, but families are encouraged to bring their own items to personalize their boxes if they wish. Frosted face cookies and juice will be served as well.

Animal Detectives Open House

January 27, 9 am — noon

Pennypack Environmental Center, 8600 Verree Road, Philadelphia

 

Work together and visit different stations in and around the building with clues to solve a nature mystery, then at noon, hear the story “Groundhog Weather School,” and learn about “nature’s weather predictors.” Recommended for kids age 5 and up.

Groundhog Day Festival

January 27, 10 am — 1 pm

John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge, 8601 Lindbergh Blvd., Philadelphia

 

Celebrate upcoming Groundhog Day with morning of music, crafts, snacks, guided walks, and a visit with Tinicum Tim, the refuge’s resident weather-soothing groundhog.

Sunday

PAFA’s Family Arts Academy: Blossom Buttons

January 28, 2 — 4 pm

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

 

Create wearable art inspired by floral still life paintings from the Graphic Women exhibition.

 Seed Starting Family Gardening Workshop

January 28, 10 — 11 am

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

 

Hosted by the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, this workshop will teach families the basics of starting seeds indoors and out. Participants will take home newly planted seeds to transplant in their garden once Spring comes. Pre-registration is required.

Family Nature Club Hike and Play

January 28, 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!

Winter Orchestra Festival

January 28, 3 — 4:30 pm

Settlement Music School, 416 Queen St., Philadelphia

 

A free classical concert featuring orchestra music by ensembles from Settlement’s String Orchestra and Advanced Study programs.

Stories, Pizza, & Puppets with Company Aiello

January 28, 10:30 am — 1 pm

Dolce Carini, 1929 Chestnut St., Philadelphia

 

Make puppets, eat pizza, and have fun laughing with Spazzolino, the puppet with a wooden head! The Company Aiello will host a workshop in making puppets out of recycled materials, and Dolce Carini will provide a free pizza party. After the pizza, enjoy an Italian puppet show with traditional burattini as well as some of the puppets made of recycled materials!

Blades of Steel Adaptive Ice Skating

January 28, 9:30 — 10:30 am

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

 

The Blades of Steel program brings accessibility to the River Rink and is free and open to people with disabilities and their families. The Philadelphia Flyers Sled Hockey Team, will also be there teaching the basics of sled hockey.

 

Main Line High Five!

Click here for ongoing events that run through the weekend. 

All Weekend

Indoor Campout

January 27, 1 pm — January 28, 10:30 am

Tyler Arboretum, 515 Painter Road, Media

 

Kids ages 5 and up are invited to bring their own camping gear and stay overnight at the Arboretum’s newly renovated Barn Loft. Cook hot dogs and s’mores over a campfire and explore Tyler at night with an evening hike. Dinner and breakfast will be provided.

Saturday

Winter Carnival and Super Science Saturday

January 27, 11 am — 1 pm

Montgomery School, 1141 Kimberton Road, Chester Springs

 

Get to know Montgomery School while your kids dig into STEAM activities. This event is free.

Kids’ Night Out

January 27, 4:45 — 8 pm

Young Sports, 133 Old Sugartown Road, Wayne

 

Drop the kids for a fun evening of sports, crafts, and pizza. A portion of the proceeds goes to the CTC Ten Foundation. It’s $35 for one child, $15 for a sibling, and free for a third child.

Kids XX Race

January 27, noon — 1 pm

iMETTLE, 479 Shoemaker Road, Suite 109, King of Prussia

 

The iMETTLE XX Kids Race is an indoor obstacle course race, designed for kids age 4-13. Kids will run, climb warped wall, traverse monkey bars, crawl under, and jump over obstacles all in 30-45 exhilarating minutes!

‘The Barefoot Executive’

January 27, 11 am

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

 

This week’s Family Saturday Matinee is The Barefoot Executive, a silly 70s movie whose central premise is a pet chimpanzee who can predict the popularity of TV shows. Oh, the antics that will ensue!

Sunday

‘The Princess and the Pea’

January 28, noon

The Media Theatre, 104 E. State St., Media

 

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

Grateful Dead for Kids! Presented by the Rock and Roll Playhouse

January 28, 11 am

Ardmore Music Hall, 23 E. Lancaster Ave., Ardmore

 

Using the songs from the most iconic musicians in rock history, the Rock and Roll Playhouse offers its core audience (typically kids ages 3-8 years old) games, movement, stories, and of course an opportunity to rock! This week, they’re bringing the music of the Grateful Dead to Ardmore Music Hall. While the show is sold out, there is a wait list for “Fan Tickets,” so give it a shot!

Olympic-Themed Family Skate

January 28, 1 — 2:30 pm

Philadelphia Skating Club and Humane Society, 220 Holland Ave., Ardmore

 

Celebrate all things Olympics with themed snacks and on-ice games.

 

Photograph by Gwyneth K. Shaw. 

 

PHILADELPHIA ASSISTANT EDITOR

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