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

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Summer of Spectacle

Through September 30

Longwood Gardens, 1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square

 

The beauty of the long-anticipated Fountain Garden is finally here, and coming in with a bang with light shows live music to light up the summer. Entrance to the gardens is included with museum admission.

‘Winter’

Through August 20

Philadelphia Zoo, 3400 W. Girard Ave., Philadelphia

 

Come cool off in the summer heat with the Philadelphia Zoo’s summer exhibit, Winter. Where else can you find real snow in the middle of the summer? Non-members pay $10 on weekdays and $12 on weekends.

‘How I Became A Pirate’

July 26 — 28, 10:30 am

July 27, 7:30 pm

Upper Darby Performing Arts Center, 601 N. Lansdowne Ave., Drexel Hill

 

Kids who love the funny stories of Jeremy Jacob will adore this Upper Darby Summer Stage show . Tickets are $8 to $12.

Shakespeare in Clark Park: ‘Coriolanus’

July 26 — 30, 7 pm

Clark Park, Philadelphia

 

The Bard’s classic political tragedy gets an all-female cast in this annual series of free performances in West Philly’s favorite park. The rain location is the Harold Prince Theater at 3680 Walnut St.

Free Yoga on Race Street Pier

July 24 – 27, 7 am and 6 pm

July 28, 7 am

July 29 and 30, 9:30 am

Race Street Pier, Race Street and North Columbus Boulevard, Philadelphia

 

Yoga memberships can be expensive, but nothing beats free yoga on a beautiful day with your community! Roll out your mat and stretch out near the Delaware River amongst other Philly yogis, and join on Wednesday night for the Summer Solstice class!

The Brandywiners: ‘Beauty and the Beast’

July 27 – 29, 8 pm

Longwood Gardens, 1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square

 

Come by for an evening of enchantment as one of the largest nonprofit theatrical groups in the area performs this beloved musical. Tickets are $15 for ages 12 and younger, $25 for select members and ages 13 – 21, and $30 for adults.

ArtSplash Gets ‘Wild’

Through September 4, 10 am – 5 pm

Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia

 

Get ready to create at the Philadelphia Museum of Art all summer with ArtSplash! Journey through the world of animals in the wild through creative play inspired by the photographs of Michael Nichols. This event runs throughout the summer, and admission to this event is included with museum tickets (and children 12 and under are always free unless otherwise noted.)

David Rogers’ ‘Big Bugs’

Through August 29

Tyler Arboretum, 515 Painter Road, Media

 

Come and experience 10 gigantic insect sculptures (all made sustainably) scattered throughout the scenic loop of the arboretum, including a 17-foot dragonfly and 25-foot-long ants. This exhibit is included in general admission to the arboretum.

‘A Mirror Maze: Numbers in Nature’

Through September 4

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

 

Learn how to use math to unlock the mysteries of nature, and explore the patterns found throughout the world. Admission is $25 for adults and $21 for children, and includes general admission to the museum.

Spruce Street Harbor Park/Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest

Through October 1

Penn’s Landing, Philadelphia

 

Come swing on a hammock, play some fun outdoor games, and eat some of Philly’s classic delicacies on the Delaware River.

Children’s Discovery Garden

Through October 1

Sister Cities Park, 210 N. 18th St, Philadelphia

 

Exploring nature doesn’t always include driving far away; you can do it right here in the city! There are many fun things to explore at Sister Cities Park, including an Imagination Playground, a boat pond, and even a library to find a new book to read in the park.

‘Storyland’

Through September 10

Please Touch Museum, 4231 Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia

 

Take a leap right into the pages of a book, as some of your childhood favorites come to life at the Please Touch Museum. Admission to this exhibit is included with general admission to the museum.

Monday

Bug Bonanza: The Extraordinary Life of a Damselfly

July 24, 10 – 11:30 am

Tyler Arboretum, 515 Painter Road, Media

 

Come see the 10-foot-long damselfly and learn all about what she eats, how she hunts, and where she lives. Tickets to this event are $10 for members and $15 for non-members, and registration is required online.

‘Ratatouille’

July 24, 7 – 9 pm

The Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia

 

An awesome movie about a rat who finds his true calling as a chef! Tickets are $14 for general admission and $7 for members and students.

Moth Night in Andorra Natural Area with Kris Soffa

July 24, 7:30 – 9:30 pm

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

 

Learn how to observe these nighttime creatures in your own backyard, and how to construct a simple catch-and-release moth trap. This event is free, but recommended for children ages 10 and older and registration is recommended.

Moth Observation

July 24 – 25, 9 – 11 pm

Bartram’s Garden, 5400 Lindbergh Blvd., Philadelphia

 

Observe nocturnal insects in the lower garden under blacklights and how they interact with different foods. This event is free as part of National Moth Week.

Tuesday

Songbird Family Music Jam

July 24, 10:30 – 11:15 am

Passyunk Community Recreation Center, 1025 Mifflin St., Philadelphia

 

Kids of all ages (and their families) are welcome to sing and play along. Come by to play some old favorites and learn some new ones. The drop-in price is $12 and a five-class card is $45.

Wow! Wee Ones at Winterthur

July 25, 10:30 – 11:30 am

Winterthur Museum, Garden, and Library, 5105 Kennett Pike, Winterthur, Delaware

 

This event for kids ages 3 – 5 (but all ages welcome) teaches children all about the magic of gardening and nature through music, movement, and exploration. The price is $5 per child and $5 per accompanying adult, but children under 2 years old are free.

Rock ‘n’ Roar Series: Cris and Lou

July 25, 11 am

The Philadelphia Zoo, 3400 W. Girard Ave., Philadelphia

 

Listen to some music to get the whole family grooving on a Tuesday. This concert is free with admission to the zoo, but be sure to pack a blanket and snacks.

Discovering Dinosaur Fossils

July 25, 6:30 – 7:30

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

 

Learn all about digging for fossils and try a hands-on dig with paleontologists. This event is free, but registration is required.

Wednesday

Owls & What They Eat

July 26, 11 am –  noon

Linvilla Orchards, 137 Knowlton Road, Media

 

Become a forensic scientist for a day and dissect an owl pellet to identify what they eat. This event is $10, and registration is required.

Dino-Mite Date Night

July 26, 5 – 9 pm

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

 

Grab a sitter and spend the night at a summer evening picnic. There will be a cash bar, live music, adult crafts, and the option to bring your own food, but there will be a picnic meal deal for $22 per person.

Thursday

Little Chefs: Ants and Eats

July 27, 10 – 11:30 am

Tyler Arboretum, 515 Painter Road, Media

 

Why are ants always trying to steal our food? Make some healthy snacks fit for the queen. Price is $15 for members and $20 for non-members, and registration is required.

STEAM Storytime – Motion

July 27, 10:30 am

American Helicopter Museum, 1220 American Blvd., West Chester

 

Come by for storytime with a reading of 3, 2, 1 Go! and stay for a free craft. This event is free with admission to the museum.

Family Entertainment Series: The Magic of Erick Hershey

July 27, 11:30 am

Wayne Art Center,413 Maplewood Ave., Wayne

 

Magic and humor that’s sure to keep the whole family laughing at this free event for all ages!

Live Animal Encounter with the Brandywine Zoo

July 27, 6:30 pm

Radnor Middle School, 150 Louella Ave., Wayne

 

Radnor Middle School brings the Brandywine Zoo to you! Meet the animals and their caretakers at this free event.

Friday

Laurie Berkner

July 28, 1:30 — 3 pm

New Jersey Festival of Ballooning, Soleberg Airport, 39 Thor Solberg Road, Whitehouse Station (Readington Township), New Jersey

 

This is a bit of a drive, but Berkner fans know it’s well worth it, especially since she’s playing her greatest hits. Tickets start at $25.

PlayArts Happy Hour BYOB

July 28, 5 – 7 pm

PlayArts, 1241 N. Front St., Philadelphia

 

Bring your kids, your best beverage, and your favorite vinyl to make it a playdate for the whole family. There will be a DJ spinning your tunes and complimentary light snacks. Price is $5 for adults, but reserve tickets for everyone who might be attending.

Family Date Night

July 28, 5 – 8:45 pm

Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia

 

ArtSplash stays open late on final Fridays of the month! Stay and play with all ArtSplash has to offer with extended hours, and it’s free after admission to the museum (children 12 and younger are always free.)

Moonlight Movie: ‘Zootopia’

July 28, 6:30 pm

Pleasant Playground, 6757 Chew Ave., Philadelphia

 

Come by for a story time, book swap, and food trucks, and stay for a free viewing of Zootopia. This event is free, but there is a suggested donation of gently-used art supplies for the drive.

‘The Secret Life of Pets’

July 28, 8 pm

Linwood Park, Linwood and Athens avenues, Ardmore

 

More proof that summer outdoor movie season is at its peak: this screening of the recent hit.

Birthday Celebration Fireworks

July 28, 9 pm

Sesame Place, 100 Sesame Road, Langhorne

 

Watch the night performance of the Neighborhood Street Birthday Night Parade and stay for fireworks to paint the sky. Discounted tickets are also available to make a second visit free!

Food and Flicks Fridays: ‘Hidden Figures’

July 28, movie begins at 9 pm

Eakins Oval, Philadelphia

 

Catch this inspiring film at Philly’s fun pop-up summer hub, The Oval. Come early to enjoy the park, which features games, food trucks, and an adults-only beer garden.

Philly High Five!

All Weekend

Citizen Science Lab

July 29, 2 and 3:30 pm

July 30, 11 am, 2 and 3:30 pm

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

 

Come play with hands-on learning activities and live demonstrations right on the Delaware River Waterfront to learn about its biology! All activities are free with admission to the museum.

Saturday

The Philly Ice Cream Scoop

July 29, 10 am – 4 pm

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

 

Stop in Center City for a delicious day filled with ice cream demos, arts and crafts, a photo booth, and more! Featuring local ice cream artisans, this event is free (except for the ice cream, of course). Local ice cream makers, including Franklin Fountain, Bassetts, Zsa’s and Little Baby’s, will be there with their sweet concoctions.

StoryUP! Saturday

July 29, 11:30 am and 1 pm

Please Touch Museum, 4321 Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia

 

Kids can become part of the creative process at these shows, presented by a local Philly troupe. Children help write the show, then get to watch as improv actors make it come to life on stage. This event is included with admission to the museum.

Moonlight Movies: ‘Tangled’

July 29, 8:30 pm

Trolley Car Diner, 7619 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia

 

Have a family date night with dinner and a movie with this free summer movie event. Movies start 15 minutes after sunset, so make sure to check out the times here.

Sunday

Ice Cream Social

July 30, noon – 4 pm

Historic Strawberry Mansion, 2450 Strawberry Mansion Drive, Philadelphia

 

Sample some strawberry-inspired ice cream from Franklin Fountain and enjoy live music and fun activities sponsored by Smith Memorial Playground and Strawberry Mansion Learning Center. Price is $5 and children 5 and younger are free.


Main Line High Five!

Saturday

Once Upon a Garden at Chanticleer Gardens

July 29, 10:30 am

Chanticleer Gardens, 786 Church Road, Wayne

 

Come spend a day in the gardens and listen to a tale about nature, with a storytime and craft for ages 3 and older. Children 12 and younger are free and adults are $5 with a Radnor Library card.

Harry Potter Birthday Bash

July 29, 1 – 3:30 pm

Haverford Township Free Library, 1601 Darby Road, Havertown

 

Dress up as your favorite character from Hogwarts or Diagon Alley to celebrate Harry Potter’s birthday at this free event filled with fun, magical activities.

Fun in the Sun

July 29, 2 pm

Heuser Park, 649 W. Beidler Road, King of Prussia

 

Come by for this all-day family-friendly event with face painting, pony rides, animal friends from the Elmwood Park Zoo, and even a beer garden. Stay for a free concert at 6 pm with The Dirty Dozen All Star Band. Tickets are $5 per person or $15 per carload.

Sunday

Cannon Firing Demonstration

July 30, 1, 2 and 3 pm

Hagley Museum, 200 Hagley Creek Road, Wilmington, Delaware

 

Learn all about how black powder was made and used with an explosive demonstration and a hands-on tour about gunpowder production. This event is free with admission to the museum.

Freshwater Investigation

July 30, 2 pm

Norristown Farm Park, 2500 Upper Park Road, Norristown

 

Search for salamanders, frogs, and crayfish. Bring your own net and some sneakers to get wet at this exploration in the park. Call 610-270-0215 to register for this free event.

 

 

Photograph by Casey Kallen. 

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