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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 January 28

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. 

‘Daniel Tiger: A Grr-ific Exhibit’

Daily through January 15

Please Touch Museum, 4231 Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia

 

It’s the final week 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. Meet Daniel Tiger at 1:30 pm January 10 and January 14 and noon and 2 pm. 

Disney’s ‘Beauty and the Beast’

Select dates through January 14

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

 

This beloved classic comes alive on stage at The Media Theatre with songs to entertain the whole family. Tickets range from $33 — 58.

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.

 

‘Tiny Titans: Dinosaur Eggs and Babies’

Daily through January 15

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.

‘Sleeping Beauty’

January 9 — 13

Bluett Theater, St. Joseph’s University, North 56th Street and Overbrook Avenue, Philadelphia.

 

Looking for a show for little kids? This 60-minute production from Storybook Musical Theatre is for ages 3 and up and is sure to be fun. Tickets are $12 for kids and $14 for adults.

Monday

Philadelphia Orchestra Sound all Around

January 8, 10 am or 11:15 am

Academy of Music Ballroom, 240 S. Broad St., Philadelphia

 

Sound All Around is a great introduction for youngsters and features members of the Philadelphia Orchestra and award-winning storyteller Charlotte Blake Alston. Philadelphia Orchestra principal trumpeter David Bilger will demonstrate the instruments of the brass family. Tickets are $10.

EPAM e-Kids Software Programming Class

January 8, 4 — 5 pm

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

 

EPAM Systems joins the Free Library to host software programming classes for kids ages 8-12. Participants will use Scratch to learn how to code virtual pets, games, animations, and interactive stories.

Viva Elvis at South Street Cinema

January 8, 7 — 10 pm

327 South St., Philadelphia

 

An all-ages tribute to Elvis Presley on his birthday with featured films, concert clips, music, and trivia.

Sneak Peek of Painting and Drawing: Paper to Canvas

January 8, 4:15 — 5:15 pm

Main Line Art Center, 746 Panmure Road, Haverford

 

Get a sneak peek view of this pre-teen (ages 10-13) favorite class in which students use various drawing and painting mediums to develop fundamental skills. Register in advance on the center’s website ($12.50).

Storytime at Ardmore Library

January 8, 11:30 am — 12:30 pm

108 Ardmore Ave., Ardmore

 

Sing, read, and play with Ms. Val!

Tuesday

Night Skies at the Observatory 

January 9, 7 — 10 pm

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

 

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). There’s also a cash bar for the grownups!

Zumbini Demo Class at Allens Lane Art Center

January 9, 10 — 10:45 am

601 W. Allens Lane, Philadelphia

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

Kids Can Cook!

January 9, 4 pm

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

 

Mobile cooking teacher Keisha Prosser will guide school-age children through constructing a simple, delicious family meal from start to finish, while learning about healthy cooking and food safety.

Wednesday

Daniel Tiger Meet and Greet

January 10, 1:30 — 2 pm

Please Touch Museum, 4231 Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia

 

Cameras ready! Come meet Daniel Tiger in Hamilton Hall at one of his last meet and greets before his special exhibit leaves the Please Touch Museum.

LEAP: MLK and Diversity

January 10, 3 pm

Free Library of Philadelphia, Wynnefield Branch, 5325 Overbrook Ave., Philadelphia

 

Children and teens will listen to an informational read-aloud about Martin Luther King, Jr. and participate in an activity and craft that celebrates diversity.

Little Hoots at Norristown Farm Park

January 10, 1 pm

2500 Upper Farm Road, Norristown

 

Touch an owl feather, examine an owl skull, and look at a pellet. Learn how owls hear, see, call, and hunt. Listen to a story and make an owl craft. Meet one of Elmwood Park Zoo’s owls. For ages 3 and up.

LEGO Club

January 10, 6 — 7 pm

Ardmore Library, 108 Ardmore Ave., Ardmore

 

Build and create the second Wednesday of every month at Ardmore Library.

‘Paw Patrol’ Pajama Party Dinner

January 10, 6 — 7:30 pm

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

 

Chase and Marshall will join you for a special dinner, which includes a Paw Patrol-themed buffet, an hour to meet, greet and dance with Chase and Marshall, puppy face painting, and Paw Patrol on the big TV. Wear your PJs and bring your favorite stuffed animal!

Thursday

Eagles Pep Rally

January 11, noon — 1 pm

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

 

Philadelphia Eagles cheerleaders, along with mascot Swoop, will visit Reading Terminal Market to pump everyone up for the upcoming playoff game!

Tiny Trackers

January 11, 1 pm

Tyler Arboretum, 515 Painter Road, Media

 

Kids ages 4-6 and their parents will explore the outdoors for the hidden wonders of wintertime. The program also includes a lesson and a craft to take home. Cost is $10 members, $15 non-members.

Stroller Tour

January 11, 10:30 — 11:15 am

The Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia

 

Take a 45-minute guided tour, 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.

Sneak Peek of Drawing Superheroes, Fantasy, and Sci-Fi

January 11, 4:15 — 5:15 pm

Main Line Art Center, 746 Panmure Road, Haverford

 

A preview class for kids age 6-11 to learn to draw characters from superhero, fantasy, and science-fiction.

Friday

Day-Off Camp: Nature Ninjas

January 12, 8 am — 3 pm

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

 

Kids will learn tracking and navigation skills, solve nature puzzles and team challenges, go on a series of adventures, and more in this full-day drop-off nature adventure. Register in advance.

Drop-In Art and Music Jam at Lume

January 12, 10:30 am — noon

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

 

Toddlers and their caregivers will join Songbird Music for singing and instrument playing.  Have fun singing along with the guitar, experimenting with percussion instruments, and dancing, and making art projects.

Knitting with Miss Merrily

January 12, 3:30 pm

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

 

All school-age children are welcome to try their hand at this fun and creative craft. Materials provided.

Kids’ Night Out at Color Me Mine

January 12, 6 — 8:30 pm

109 W. Lancaster Ave., Wayne

 

Drop off the kids and have a night out for yourselves! Color Me Mine will provide a painting project, games, and a pizza dinner. $27+ tax per child. Register in advance.

Philly High Five!

Click here for ongoing events that run through the weekend. 

All Weekend

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service

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

Free Admission at Benjamin Franklin Museum

January 13 — 15, 9 am — 5 pm

Benjamin Franklin Museum, 317 Chestnut St., Philadelphia

 

In honor of Benjamin Franklin’s Birthday, the Benjamin Franklin Museum has free admission all weekend to learn all about the life and legacy of one of the most famous Philadelphians.

Closing Weekend of ‘Tiny Titans’

January 13 — 14, 10 am — 5 pm (also January 15)

 

This exhibit about dinosaur eggs and babies is finished on January 15, and the museum is sending it off with special activities all weekend! Try the egg drop challenge, see the live animal shows, and do special crafts.

Treecycling

Get that old Christmas tree out of your house with treecycling events all around town! See our guide for events and locations.

Citizen Science Lab at Independence Seaport Museum

January 13 and 14, 11 am, 1 pm, and 3:30 pm

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.

Dinos after Dark: Overnight at Academy of Natural Sciences

January 13, 6:30 pm — January 14, 9 am

1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia

 

An unforgettable night in the museum where you can sleep next to the dinosaurs, see a live animal show, see the “Tiny Titans” exhibit on a flashlight tour, show off your paleo-skills during hands-on games and activities, and jacket your own fossil to take home. When you wake up in the morning, you will have breakfast and then have the whole Sunday to explore the museum!

Saturday

Storytime at the Lodge at Winterfest

January 13, 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!

A Snowy Bowie Skate

January 13, noon — 5 pm

Blue Cross RiverRink, 101 S. Columbus Blvd, Philadelphia 

 

Ice skate to the music of David Bowie, get your face painted like Ziggy Stardust, watch Labyrinth inside The Lodge, and more! The program continues for adults that evening.

BYO Baby Barre Free Class

January 13, 11:45 am — 12:30 pm

Y2B Fit Yoga and Barre, 7101 Emlen St., Philadelphia

 

This baby-wearing barre class is designed for moms and their babies, and focuses on areas that are most often weakened by pregnancy and delivery. Preregister online and bring a front carrier and a receiving blanket.

 

Second Saturdays at Penn Museum 

January 13, 11 am — 4 pm

Penn Museum, 3260 South St., Philadelphia

 

During this family-friendly event, kids will learn about the importance of music around the world through a special tour, design their own drums, and pick up a scavenger hunt to look for musical instruments on display in the galleries.

40 Winks with the Sphinx: Overnight at the Penn Museum

January 13, 5:30 pm — January 14, 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.

Seafarin’ Saturday at Independence Seaport Museum

January 13, 11 am — 1 pm

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

Celebrate the upcoming Martin Luther King Jr. Day by writing your hopes and dreams for the future. Display your message on the wall for all to see!

Nanny Share 101

January 13, 1 pm

WeWork, 1430 Walnut St., Suite 200, Philadelphia 

 

This comprehensive 90-minute class hosted by Marisa Piccarreto of My Fabulous Mama covers everything a family needs to know about the starting a nanny share. This will include an overview of the process, pricing, screening nannies, finding share families, what to expect, payroll questions, and logistics. Preregistration is required via email or phone number in the link.

Sunday

PECO Family Jams: Lava Flow Mosaics

January 14, noon — 4 pm

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

 

Make your own mini “lava flow” style mosaic, employing Isaiah Zagar’s new process of pouring grout over tiles to create art. Family-friendly tours at 1 pm and 2:30 pm.

Sensory Friendly Sunday

January 14, 8 am — noon

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

 

On Sensory-Friendly Sunday, the Franklin Institute will open early, with exhibits modified to be more accessible for kids on the autism spectrum and with a range of differing abilities. Staff will also be on hand to answer any questions and, if necessary, direct guests to a quiet space that provides a chance to cool down and take a break.

Introduction to 3D Printing Workshop 

January 14, 11 am — 1 pm

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

 

Through small-group exercises and personal one-on-one training, students (age 11 and up) will learn how to bring their visions to life through 3D modeling and printing.  The workshop will culminate in a student-made collaborative art piece to be displayed in the museum.

Nibble+squeak

January 14, 11 am — 1 pm

Balboa Supper Club, 2109 E. Susquehanna Ave., Philadelphia

 

A special private dining BYOB brunch for foodies and budding foodies alike.

Kids Afro-Beat Dance Party

January 14, 1 — 2 pm

Performance Garage, 1515 Brandywine St., Philadelphia

 

An African dance bootcamp designed for children age 7-14 sharing culture and the art of Afro-beat dancing.

Main Line High Five!

Click here for ongoing events that run through the weekend. 

All Weekend

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service

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

Saturday

Dads and Daughters Hot Chocolate Hike

January 13, 10 — 11:30 am

Tyler Arboretum, 515 Painter Road, Media

Investigate the different ways animals survive the winter, learn the clues that tell us which animals are still around and what they are doing, then head outside to look for animals at Tyler. Afterwards, warm up with hot chocolate and a special treat. Suitable for ages 5 and up.

Kids’ Cooking Class at Maggiano’s

January 13, 9:30 — 11:30 am

Maggiano’s, 205 Mall Boulevard, King of Prussia 

 

Kids ages 5-9 will learn how to make apple crostada. They will also decorate their very own chef hat and stay for a buffet lunch. Register online.

Sunday

Sneak Peek of Class of Mixed Media: Exploring Art Around the World

January 14, 1:30 — 2:30 pm

Main Line Art Center, 746 Panmure Road, Haverford

 

Get a sneak peek view of this eight-week course designed for kids ages 7-10 to explore various countries and their contributions to art throughout time. Students will examine valuable artistic techniques, mixed media, art history, and geography. Pre-register online.

Kidpower Starting Strong Parent-Child Workshop

January 14, 2 — 3 pm

1221 Darby Road, Havertown

 

This workshop for kids ages 5-10 (and their guardians) introduces simple, important everyday safety skills through storytelling and interactive role-playing, and guides children in practicing these skills with their adult. The goal is to help kids act aware and confident, set boundaries, stop unwanted touch, handle unkind words, be safe with strangers, and get help from adults effectively. It is not a self-defense class, but rather a life skills class.

Kids’ Yoga at Stillpoint Yoga Studios

January 14, 11:30 am — 12:15 pm

217 W. Church Road, King of Prussia

 

Yoga poses are taught and reviewed through games and stories to make learning fun and motivating. The class is geared towards 3-6-year-olds.

 

 

Photograph by by Will Figg, courtesy of the Philadelphia Orchestra. 

PHILADELPHIA ASSISTANT EDITOR

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