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

From storytimes to outdoor movies, this week is packed with fun.

We’re rounding into the last month of summer! Don’t miss out on all of this week’s fun: bookmark this list for something special every day.

 

Looking for weekend fun? Click here to jump to the Philly High Five, and here to go to the Main Line High Five.

All Week

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.

The Oval

August 2 — 6, 11 am — 11 pm

Eakins Oval, Philadelphia

 

This pop-up park is back for another fun season. Check out free exercise classes on Wednesdays, music on Thursdays, food and an outdoor movie on Fridays, and games on Saturday. Sundays are  for special family fun, including a dance party. There’s a beer garden for adults, too.

The Brandywiners: ‘Beauty and the Beast

August 3 – 5, 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.

‘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. Where else can you find real snow in the middle of the summer? Non-members pay $10 on weekdays and $12 on weekends.

‘Curious George and the Golden Meatball’

August 2 — 4 , 10:30 am; August 3, 7:30 pm

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

 

This 60-minute show features the lovable monkey and is ideal for kids 4 and older. Tickets are $8 to $12. 

‘The Hunchback of Notre Dame’

August 4 and 5, 7:30 pm; August 5, 1:30 pm

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

 

Take kids 12 and older to see this adaptation of the 1996 Disney movie. Our reviewer calls it a must-see! Tickets are $13 to $17.

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!

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 starts on June 27 but 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

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

Preschool Yoga

July 31, 12:30 – 1:15 pm

Middletown Free Library, 21 N. Pennell Road, Media

 

Come for the storytime and stay for the yoga poses that come from the book. Learn to balance and breathe at this free event for ages 3 – 6 years old.

Tuesday

Storytime and Craft

August 2, 10 – 11 am

Linvilla Orchards, 137 Knowlton Road, Media

 

Come for a story about farming, animals, and nature, and stay for a free craft. This event is geared towards preschoolers, but all ages are welcome.

National Night Out

August 1, 6 — 9 pm

Wynnewood Shopping Center, 50 E. Wynnewood Road, Wynnewood

 

This is the hometown celebration of what’s become a national program since Wynnewood resident Matt Peskin came up with the idea in 1984. An initiative of the National Association of Town Watch, the goal is to foster relationships between neighbors and law enforcement. This edition will feature live music, games, food, and even the Phillie Phanatic.

Big Bugs Movie Night

August 1, 6 – 8 pm

Tyler Arboretum, 515 Painter Road, Media

 

Bring a blanket and a pillow for this screening of James and the Giant Peach. Popcorn and lemonade for the kids is free (and it’s BYOB for adults). This event is $3 per person.

Wednesday

Foodie First Wednesday

August 2, 10 – 7 pm

Please Touch Museum, 4231 Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia

 

In partnership with Vetri’s Mobile Kitchen, educational food-themed activities will take all day. This event is free with admission to the museum, but admission is only $2 from 4 – 7 pm as part of the First Wednesday Celebration.

Ladybugs at Norristown Farm Park

August 2, 10 am

Norristown Farm Park, 2500 Upper Farm Road, Norristown

 

Learn all about the variety of ladybugs, about their life cycles and habitats, and make a ladybug craft. This event is geared towards children ages 3 – 12, and there’s a craft fee of $5. Call 610-270- 0215 to register.

Kindergarten Mixer

August 2, 11 am – 7 pm

Please Touch Museum, 4231 Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia

 

Kids can get ready for kindergarten and make new friends by exploring a real school bus, a pep rally, and a presentation of Pinky Prepares for Kindergarten. This event is free with admission to the museum, but all admission is $2 from 4 – 7 pm in conjunction with the First Wednesday Celebration.

Free Family Fun Festival

August 2, 5 — 9 pm

United Sports, 1426 Marshallton Thorndale Road, Downingtown

 

There’s lots to do at this event, from a moon bounce to cornhole and a kids’ fun run. Stick around and catch a screening of ‘The Lego Batman Movie’ beginning at dusk.

 

Drive-In Movie: ‘The Lego Batman Movie’

August 2, 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Haverford Township Free Library, 1601 Darby Road, Havertown

 

Bring your own box and create your own drive-in vehicle to sit in and stay for a movie. This is event is free and for all ages.

Thursday

Kidfest

August 3, 5:30 – 9 pm

Abington Art Center, 515 Meetinghouse Road, Abington

 

This event will be filled with live music by Yosi and Steve, and many arts and crafts, including tile painting, t-shirt drawing, and more. Art activities are pay-as-you-go, or $10 for an all-access pass.

Ice Cream Social and Magic Show

August 3, 7 pm

St. James United Church of Christ Fellowship Hall, 135 Myrtle Ave., Havertown

 

Hosted by the Historic Grange Estate, enjoy a fun night of ice cream and magic with Magician George Gallo. This event is for all ages and $6. Pre-register by emailing grangeest@verizon.net.

Friday

The Big Latch On

August 4, 10 am — noon

Breastfeeding Resource Center, 1355 Old York Road, Suite 101, Abington; 2546 Knights Road, Bensalem; 987 Old Eagle School Road, Suite 705, Wayne

 

Nursing moms, bring your babies to any of the center’s three locations to join moms around the world in feeding their babies in unison at 10:30 am. Check out the centers, meet other moms, and enjoy snacks and giveaways, too! Find other celebrations in the area, and our master list of breastfeeding-friendly places here.

Free Storytime at the Arboretum

August 4, 10:30 – 11:15 am

Morris Arboretum, 100 E. Northwestern Ave., Philadelphia

 

Weather permitting, this outdoor storytime will feature a nature-themed tale that will help children connect with the garden and nature around them. This event is free with admission to the arboretum.

Moonlight Movies: ‘ET

August 4, 8 pm

Pleasant Playground, 6757 Chew Ave., Philadelphia

 

Come for this free summer series that features food trucks, a book swap, and an outdoor movie. Movies begin 15 minutes after sunset, so make sure to come by early to enjoy the fun while the sun is still up.

 

Philly High Five!

Saturday

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie’ Chef Demo and Meet-and-Greet

August 5, 10:30 am – 3 pm

Please Touch Museum, 4231 Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia

 

Meet the mouse and watch a special cookie demonstration with take-home recipes, and take a free cookie from Insomnia Cookies. This event is free with admission to the museum.

Discovery Series: Sink or Float Science

August 5, 11 am – 3 pm

Morris Arboretum, 100 E. Northwestern Ave., Philadelphia

 

Learn about what makes objects sink or swim with activities about buoyancy at the Discovery Table. This event is free with admission to the arboretum.

Moonlight Movies: ‘Up’

August 5, 8 pm

Trolley Car Diner, 7619 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia

 

Bring your family on a dinner-and-movie date to watch a film under the stars. Ice cream and other diner treats will be available for purchase, but the movie is free. This event starts 15 minutes after sunset, so make sure to get there early.

Sunday

Second Street Festival

August 6, noon — 10 pm

North Second Street from Germantown Avenue to Spring Garden Street, Philadelphia

 

This one of the city’s biggest summer parties, so don’t miss it! There’s music, beer gardens, food, vendors, and kids’ activities. Admission is free!

Artsee Activities: Sizzling Summer

August 6, 1 – 4 pm

The Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia

 

Paint an ocean-themed masterpiece and design your own beach bag with this free art event. Visit the Barnes Foundation with a Free First Sunday ticket to enjoy the museum free of charge as well. The only catch: you must be there in person to snag one of the limited number of tickets, which are available starting at 9 am.

 


Main Line High Five!

Saturday

Goshen Country Fair

August 5, 5 — 10 pm

1320 Park Ave., West Chester

 

Take in the final day of this fun fair! Get reduced prices on rides from 5 to 7 pm, and make sure to stick around for the candy scramble at 7! All proceeds benefit the Goshen Fire Company.

Teddy Bear Clinic

August 5, 11 am – 2 pm

Elmwood Park Zoo, 1661 Harding Blvd., Norristown

 

Is your stuffed animal feeling under-the-weather? Come to the Elmwood Park Zoo, to have it checked out by the doctors, nurses, and vet techs that take care of the animals. There will also be a live demonstration of a donkey check-up. This event is free with admission to the zoo.

Twilight Hike: Firefly Discovery

August 5, 7:30 – 8:30 pm

Tyler Arboretum, 515 Painter Road, Media

 

Experience the excitement of hiking at night through the grounds of the arboretum as Tyler staff point out the magic that comes out at night. This walk is for teens and adults, and is $10 for members and $15 for non-members.

Sunday

Gyotaku Japanese Fish Printing

August 6, 2 pm

Norristown Farm Park, 2500 Upper Farm Road, Norristown

 

Learn about Japanese cultural art while making your own masterpiece to hang in your home. Using real fish and replicas, become inspired by nature to make art. This event is geared towards ages 8 and older, and there’s a craft fee of $5. Call 610-270-0215 to register.

The Plants

August 6, 7:30 pm

Rose Tree Park, 1671 N. Providence Road, Media

 

Part of the Summer 2017 Festival at Rose Tree Park, this free concert series will feature music by a sing-along band bringing you into the world of flip-flop-wearing monsters and intergalactic insects. This event is free but be sure to bring a blanket!

 

Photograph  courtesy of the Please Touch Museum. 

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