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

Plan your week with our picks of the best local kid-friendly activities around Philly.

Need plans? We’ve got something great, every day.

 

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All Week

Betsy Ross House’s Flag Fest

June 10—16

239 Arch St., Philadelphia

 

All week there will be fun activities at Betsy Ross House, beginning with daily flag raisings with Betsy Ross at 10 am, and including “Stars and Stripes selfies,” educational programming, historical reenactors, and more. Read all about it in our Flag Day guide!

Spruce Street Harbor Park

11 am — 11 pm Monday — Thursday; 11 am — 1 am Friday and Saturday

301 S. Christopher Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia

 

This waterfront spot has food, drink, games, and is a great place to relax!

Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest

1 pm — 11 pm Monday — Thursday; 1 pm — 1 am Friday; 11 am — 1 am Saturday; 11 am — 11 pm Sunday

101 S. Christopher Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia

 

Skate, ride the Ferris wheel, play mini-golf, and then take a break for some crab fries and Skee-Ball. You can do it all at this fun attraction.

Garden Railway at Morris Arboretum

Through October 8

100 E. Northwestern Ave., Philadelphia

 

Model trains and cable cars navigate a quarter-mile of track all set against the beautiful garden backdrop. The Garden Railway is one of the true highlights of the incredible Morris Arboretum, and is always a kid favorite. The exhibit runs daily through Labor Day (and then weekends only through October 8).

‘Xtreme Bugs’ at Academy of Natural Sciences

Through January 21

1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia

 

Nearly 20 towering animatronic bugs will come alive in this new creepy crawly exhibit! Get a bug’s-eye view of the world and learn about their intricacies and behaviors. See our preview here.

‘Hello From Japan!’ at Please Touch Musuem

Through September 3

Please Touch Museum, 4231 Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia

 

The Please Touch Museum’s new “Hello from Japan!” is an immersive exhibit that teaches about Japanese culture, as well as literacy, math, and problem-solving skills through hands-on activities like construction and pretend play.

Chinese Lantern Festival in Franklin Square

Through June 30

200 N. Sixth St., Philadelphia

 

Franklin Square will once again glow with 1,500 individual works of art consisting of giant sculptures wrapped in colorful silk and filled with thousands of LED lights. Guests will also enjoy the nightly Dragon Beer Garden and Asian cuisine. Read our full guide to the Chinese Lantern Festival to plan your visit. Want to know more? Go behind the scenes and see how these beautiful lanterns were made!

‘Hamilton: The Constitutional Clashes That Shaped a Nation’

Through December 31

National Constitution Center, 525 Arch St., Philadelphia

 

Walk in Alexander Hamilton’s shoes and learn more about the Founding Father whose life has fascinated Americans for centuries. This exhibit focuses on the intellectual and political conflicts between Hamilton and his contemporaries, including Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and John Adams, and of course, Aaron Burr (that one was a bit more personal). It’s included with museum admission.

‘Game Masters’

Through September 3

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

 

Showcasing the work of over 30 innovative game designers, “Game Masters” takes visitors on an interactive journey inside their favorite video games. The exhibit features over 100 playable games, as well as the opportunity to learn the stories of the designers and see the evolution of favorite games from concept art to what we know today.

Photo Pop!

Through July 8 (excluding Mondays), 3—11 pm (last timed tickets for 10 pm)

1315 Walnut St., Philadelphia

 

This immersive and interactive pop-up exhibit celebrates local artists and is highly Instagram-worthy! See our preview here!

Longwood Garden’s Festival of Fountains

Through September 30

1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square

 

The gorgeous display of fountains is back combining lights, technology, and water displays which will excite the whole family.

Parks on Tap: Belmont Plateau

June 13—17

2000 Belmont Mansion Dr., Philadelphia

 

“A place called the Plateau is where everybody goes.” Family-friendly beer garden Parks on Tap comes to this West Fairmount Park destination this week and through the weekend, so you can pair your drinks with beautiful views of the city!

‘Aladdin’

June 13 — July 1

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

 

Broadway Philadelphia brings the stage musical version of the classic Disney movie musical to Philly! Read our review here.

Flag Day Weekend at the Museum of the American Revolution

June 14—17

101 South Third St., Philadelphia

 

In honor of Flag Day, the museum will bring out the rare surviving flag that was George Washington’s Commander-in-Chief’s Standard, and display it in the Patriots Gallery all weekend. There will also be lots of hands-on activities throughout the weekend. Add a stitch to a reproduction of a Revolutionary flag, design your own flag, play dress-up, and more. You can also participate in an interactive “capture the flag” challenge in the museum’s galleries, and take this opportunity to visit the museum’s new Revolution Place family discovery center.

Monday

‘Summer of Wonder’ Kick-Off

June 11

Check the Free Library of Philadelphia’s schedule to find your local library’s event.

 

The Free Library of Philadelphia’s “Summer of Wonder” summer reading program has free activities all summer long that support reading, learning, exploration, and fun for all Philly kids. It takes place in every neighborhood library from June 11 through August 3, and to celebrate, libraries are hosting kickoff parties on Monday, June 11.

Music Monday with Roots with Ruark

June 11, 10—10:30 am

Lulu’s Casita, 6 Cricket Ave., Ardmore

 

Join Ruark for music circle, then stay after and play at Lulu’s.

Storytime in Franklin Square

June 11, 10—11 am

200 N. Sixth St., Philadelphia

 

Librarian Margaret Bernardi of the Independence Branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia will read free stories to children in the Franklin Square Pavilion every Monday this summer.

Music Fun

June 11, 10:30 — 11 am

Gladwyne Library, 362 Righters Mill Rd., Gladwyne

 

Dance and sing with Music Training Center of Ardmore. Start the week off with a bang, clang, and a do re mi!

Storytime with Marty the Moose

June 11, 11 am—noon

Academy of Natural Sciences, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia

 

Laugh along with Marty the Moose as he shares his June book club choice. Join Marty, his favorite humans, and a live animal guest for this special story time. Pick up a copy of the book in the gift shop and Marty will sign it for you!

Pop-Up Storytime with Ekua Holmes

June 11, 6 pm

The goat statue in Rittenhouse Square, 210 W. Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia

 

Meet at the goat for a special hands-on art and reading program with Summer of Wonder artist, award-winning illustrator Ekua Holmes.

Tuesday

Music Monkey Jungle at Reading Terminal Market

June 12, 10 — 10:30 am

51 N. 12th St., Philadelphia

 

Sing, dance, move, and have a rockin’ good time with Music Monkey Jungle. Admission is free and open to the public.

Proud to Be You and Me Storytime

June 12, 10:30

Independence Library, 18 S. 7th St., Philadelphia

 

Celebrate families and gender diversity with a “rainbow” storytime filled with stories, songs, and a “make-and-take” unicorn craft! This is part of the Free Library’s Pride Month programming.

Kid Crew Presents ‘Dig! Plant! Grow!’ by ArtyPantz Productions

June 12, 10:30 — 11:30 am

Exton Square Mall, Exton Square Parkway, Exton

 

With beautiful handmade costumes, props and percussion instruments, this interactive theater experience lets everyone participate.

Drag Queen Storytime at Fumo Family Library

June 12, 4:30 pm

2437 S. Broad St., Philadelphia

 

What could be more fabulous than having some favorite fairytales and other stories read by an actual queen? Kids will hear books that share messages of inclusion, anti-bullying, and embracing who you are in these unique, fun-filled hours that will leave everyone feeling uplifted and fabulous.

School’s Out: Let’s Go WilMa 

June 12, 5:30 — 7:30 pm

Greentree Park, 21 Grubb Road, Malvern

 

Join Willistown Parks & Recreation and the Malvern and Paoli Libraries to kickoff the start of summer! Festivities include a DJ, face painting, pony rides, and more. All children in attendance can sign up for the Library’s Summer Quest and GO WilMa!

Night Skies at the Observatory

June 12, 7—10 pm

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!

Wednesday

Toddlers in Nature

June 13, 10—11 am

Tyler Arboretum, 515 Painter Rd., Media

 

Learn about the life cycle of frogs and toads, then head to the pond to search for them and other aquatic life. For kids age 18 months-3 years.

New Baby Meetup at The Nesting House

June 13, 10—11:30 am

1605 E. Passyunk Ave., Philadelphia

 

Bring your baby and come to meet other new parents, get out of the house, and talk about whatever is going on at this weekly meetup.

Jams! in the Park @ Dickinson Square

June 13, 10 am

1600 E. Moyamensing Ave., Philadelphia

The library will host stories, music, and a sensory activity in the park.

Parkway Pals at Sister Cities Park

June 13, 10:30 am—1:30 pm

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

 

At 10:30 am, enjoy Grow Up Green outdoor play with the Philadelphia Parks & Recreation staff. Then at 11:30 am, do a craft project at Crafty Creations. Finally, join the Academy of Natural Sciences for Nature in the Park at 12:30 pm. Click here for our full preview of summer programs at this Center City oasis.

Stroller Tour at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

June 13, 11 am—noon

2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia

 

Introduce your baby to the world of art (or just enjoy a museum visit while your baby sleeps in the stroller, either way!) during this monthly family-friendly tour.

Chocolate Making Demonstrations at Betsy Ross House

June 13, 11 am—4pm

239 Arch St., Philadelphia

 

Kids will learn about the Revolutionary role of chocolate, practice their hand at frothing, and finally enjoy a delicious cup of 18th-century chocolate.

Make Wildflower Seed Paper

June 13, 11 am — 3 pm

Chester Springs Library, 1709 Art School Rd., Chester Springs

 

A summer project for the whole family! The materials for this drop in project will be available between 11:00 am and 3:00 pm. Recycled paper and a wildflower seed mix will be used in the paper project.

Children’s Yoga

June 13, 4:30 pm

Lucien E. Blackwell West Philadelphia Regional Library, 125 S. 52nd St., Philadelphia

 

Yoga stories, songs, and adventures for children ages 3-8. Caregivers can participate too!

Magician Ran’D Shine at Independence Library

June 13, 6:30 pm

18 S. 7th St., Philadelphia

 

After performing around the world (and for President Obama!) Ran’D  will surprise, delight, and capture your imaginations in this free show.

Malvern Summer Stage

June 13, 6:30 — 8:30 pm

Amphitheater at Valley Creek Park, 361 Morehall Road, Malvern

 

Come for a free concert with CJ Chenier, and a beer garden from Locust Lane Craft Brewery.

Lower Merion High School Jazz Band Concert at Suburban Square

June 13, 7 — 8:30 pm

Anderson & Coulter avenues, Ardmore

 

Bring your blankets and picnics for a great evening on The Courtyard Lawn of Suburban Square and listen to this 29-piece jazz band’s performance!

Pastorius Park Free Summer Concert

June 13, 7:30 pm

200 W. Hartwell Ln., Philadelphia

 

This is the longest running outdoor concert series in Philadelphia and takes place amongst the backdrop of one of Chestnut Hill’s most majestic areas. Bring blankets and chairs and enjoy the music of Toubab Krewe.

Thursday

Stripes and Stars Festival at the National Constitution Center and Independence National Park

June 14

National Constitution Center, 525 Arch St., Philadelphia

 

Celebrating the birthday of both the American flag as well as the U.S. Army, this festival includes events to honor the flag, as well as military elements. At 10:30 am, come to the front lawn of the National Constitution Center for a 50-star flag raising ceremony followed by a patriotic parade to Independence Hall led by both current and retired troops. Throughout the day, families can stop by the Stripes and Stars Community Fair on the Constitution Center’s front lawn for activities hosted by veterans’ organizations and museums, and displays featuring military vehicles and equipment. Inside the Constitution Center, you will find arts and craft activities, educational programs on the history of the flag, and more.

Flag Day at Betsy Ross House

June 14

239 Arch St., Philadelphia

 

Admission to the Betsy Ross House will be free all day long, and a beer garden will pop up in the courtyard in the evening. Throughout that day, visitors will also have the unique opportunity to meet artisans from the Defense Logistics Agency who hand-embroider the U.S. flags, and see how they do their detailed work. At 1 pm that day, there will be a public naturalization ceremony, as the Philadelphia Flag Day Association will welcome 13 new citizens to take the Oath of Allegiance. All are welcome to join them in their first Pledge of Allegiance as new American citizens. Musical accompaniment will be provided by the U.S. Army Field Band Brass Quintet.

Makin’ Music at Highland Orchards

June 14, 10 am

1000 Marshallton-Thorndale Rd., West Chester

 

This 30-minute music and movement enrichment program is just $5 per kid and takes place at the orchard’s Farm Market.

Stroller Tour at the Barnes Foundation

June 14, 10:30—11:15 am

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. Note: no double-wide strollers.

Opening of The Rail Park

June 14, 11 am

13th and Noble streets, Philadelphia

 

Modeled after New York’s High Line, this park will revitalize three miles of unused rail lines into a usable, beautiful, public space for all. For now, a quarter-mile section called Phase 1 is set to open on Thursday, and we can’t wait to see it!

Thursday Tots: Creek Creatures

June 14, 1—2 pm

Northwestern Ave. and Forbidden Dr., Philadelphia

 

Bring your little one (ages 3-5) for an hour of discovery at the Tree House. Tots will get their feet wet and explore life in the Wissahickon Creek. Pre-registration required.

Tyler Arboretum’s Tiny Trackers

June 14, 1—2:30 pm

Tyler Arboretum, 515 Painter Rd., Media

 

Kids ages 4-6 will explore “wormy” creatures crawling on the ground, and find out what’s above and below the soil.

Phillies’ #TBT and Kids Run the Bases

June 14, 1:05 pm (Jim Thome ceremony at 12:35 pm)

Citizens Bank Park, 1 Citizens Bank Way, Philadelphia

 

Join the Phillies in honoring 2018 National Baseball Hall of Fame inductee Jim Thome during a special on-field, pre-game ceremony at 12:35 pm. As for the #TBT part of the day, the Phillies players will sport old school powder blue uniforms. Immediately following the game, kids 14 and under are invited to go onto the field and run the bases!

Pop-Up Archery

June 14, 5—7 pm

John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum, 8601 Lindbergh Blvd, Philadelphia

 

Take your first shot at archery and learn a quick overview of the skills required to hit a bullseye. Families are welcome with kids age 8 and up. The event is free and no registration or equipment is required.

Pairings on the Parkway: Jeff Campbell

June 14, 5—8 pm

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

 

This popular BYOB event features live music by a different singer-songwriter each week, and a special summer grilling menu at the on-site Logan Square Café. If you forget to bring your wine, Chaddsford Winery is there selling wine by the bottle or glass as well. Bonus: the Children’s Discovery Garden has extended hours!

Manayunk Stroll the Street

June 14, 5—9:30 pm

Main Street, Manayunk

 

On Thursday nights this summer, Manayunk throws a weekly summer block party with food trucks, activities, specials at local shops, and more.

Schuylkill Banks Movie Night: ‘Going in Style’

June 14, 8 pm

East (South Philly) side of the Schuylkill Banks (by Wharton Street), Philadelphia

 

Bring a blanket, snacks, and the whole family for a fun movie! Come early to participate in a free pre-movie raffle for gift cards from Philadelphia Runner. Snacks and beverages will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Friday

‘Coco’ at Fumo Family Library

June 15, 2:30 pm

2437 S. Broad St., Philadelphia

 

Spend the afternoon watching Pixar’s heartwarming Coco—the library will supply the popcorn!

Kidchella at Smith Memorial Playground

June 15, 4—7:30 pm

3500 Reservoir Dr., Philadelphia

 

This “kindie” music festival features kids’ activities starting at 4 pm, then music from 6 — 7:30. This month, enjoy music from The Pop-Ups and Alex and the Kaleidoscope. Tickets are $10 per person, and $5 for Smith members, PA Access Cardholders, and Philadelphia Family and Main Line Parent Supporting Members.

BYOB and Pizza Night at Lulu’s Casita

June 15, 4—7:30pm

6 Cricket Ave., Ardmore

 

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

Bryn Mawr Twilight Concert: Merion Concert Band

June 15, 7 pm

Bryn Mawr Gazebo, 9 S. Bryn Mawr Ave., Bryn Mawr

 

End your week with a concert under the stars. Free for all ages, register online.

‘Seussical’

June 15, 7:30 pm

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

 

Wolf Performing Arts Center students in sixth through 12th grades put on the charming show based on the family favorite author.

Betsy Ross House Movie Night: ‘Wonder Woman’

June 15, 8:30 pm

239 Arch St., Philadelphia

 

$5 admission includes a tour of the Betsy Ross House and a screening of Wonder Woman in the courtyard. Pack a picnic (and even a bottle of wine if you wish) to watch the movie.

Ice Cream at the Movies: ‘Moana’

June 15, 8:30 — 10:30 pm

East Brandywine Township Community Park, 440 Dilworth Road, Downingtown

 

Come enjoy a complimentary screening of Moana under the stars. Be sure to enjoy $1 ice cream that will be offered at every movie.

Dog Friendly Movie Night

June 15, 8 — 9:30 pm

Osbroune Park, 1014 S. Concord Pike, West Chester

 

Bring your canine companion as we watch Wallace & Gromit:  The Curse of the Were-Rabbit – the claymation adventure of an eccentric inventor and his trusty dog. Popcorn and a snack for your pooch will be available.

Weekend Events

 

Philadelphia Events

All Weekend

‘Seussical’

June 16, 2 and 7:30 pm; June 17, 2 pm

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

 

Wolf Performing Arts Center students in sixth through 12th grades put on the charming show based on the family favorite author.

Parks on Tap: Belmont Plateau

June 16—17

2000 Belmont Mansion Dr., Philadelphia

 

“A place called the Plateau is where everybody goes.” Family-friendly beer garden Parks on Tap comes to this West Fairmount Park destination this week and through the weekend, so you can pair your drinks with beautiful views of the city! Feeling adventurous? Come on Saturday, June 16 to discover and explore six historic houses, their architecture, and history, on a fun and engaging 3.5-hour scavenger hunt in Fairmount Park from 9 am—1 pm.

Flag Day and Father’s Day Weekend at the Museum of the American Revolution

June 14—17

101 South Third St., Philadelphia

 

In honor of Flag Day, the museum will bring out the rare surviving flag that was George Washington’s Commander-in-Chief’s Standard, and display it in the Patriots Gallery all weekend. There will also be lots of hands-on activities throughout the weekend. You can also participate in an interactive “capture the flag” challenge in the museum’s galleries, and take this opportunity to visit the museum’s new Revolution Place family discovery center. And for a unique Father’s Day celebration, you can reserve your seat to have breakfast with with General George Washington on Saturday morning.

Treat Dad at the Barnes Foundation

June 16–17

2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia

 

Celebrate Father’s Day at the Barnes with a tour of their special exhibit “Renoir: Father and Son/Painting and Cinema” for you and your dad. Book online under the promo, or mention “Treat Dad” over the phone or on-site, and Dad gets in free!

‘Aladdin’

June 13 — July 1

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

 

Broadway Philadelphia brings the stage musical version of the classic Disney movie musical to Philly! Read our review here.

Saturday

Eid al-Fitr Festival at Please Touch Museum

June 16, 9 am–5 pm

4231 Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia

Celebrate the end of Ramadan and the new moon with stories, art, and science. Come for some very special storytimes, a collaborative art project with local artist Ameerah Khabir, an Arabic dance workshop, chef-led cooking demos, and more!

Stars and Stripes Saturday at Betsy Ross House

June 16, 10 am–5 pm

239 Arch St., Philadelphia

To cap off their week-long Flag Day celebration, the Betsy Ross House will host a day filled with carnival with games, live entertainment, and more.

Father’s Day at Nest

June 16, 10 am—noon

1301 Locust St., Philadelphia

 

Come for a morning of open play, crafts and live music with Miss Devin. Kids can make a card for Dad and bring home some special surprises for Father’s Day! The event is free for Nest members, $20 for non-members (includes day pass to the Playspace).

Community Gardens Day

June 16, 10 am—2 pm

 

Celebrate summer’s arrival as 60 vibrant and unique community gardens and shared open spaces welcome you to participate in an array of engaging activities for all ages— from garden tours, workshops and demonstrations to music, kid’s activities, and BBQs. Download their map to see all the participating gardens, and which activities each is hosting!

Author and Illustrator Steve Light at Baby Wordplay

June 16

10 am, 2227 Grays Ferry Ave., Philadelphia

11:30 am, 1942 Brandywine St., Philadelphia

 

Steve Light will be there for special storytimes at both Baby Wordplay locations with storytelling and book signings.

Bloomsday at the Rosenbach

June 16, 11 am—8 pm

2008-2010 Delancey Place, Philadelphia

 

Celebrate Leopold Bloom’s fictional journey through the streets of Dublin, as imagined in James Joyce’s epic Ulysses. This free festival features A day-long reading of Ulysses by various public figures, musical performances inspired by the novel, free admission to the Rosenbach, a beer garden, and food vendors.

Clark Park Music and Arts Festival

June 16, 11 am—7 pm

43rd and Baltimore, Philadelphia

 

Come for a day of live music, arts vendors, kids’ activities, and food trucks.

Father’s Day Celebration at the African American Museum in Philadelphia

June 16, noon—2 pm

701 Arch St., Philadelphia

 

The museum will host interactive workshops for ages 5 and up. From noon—1 pm, there’s a “Dad Comic Drawing Workshop.” Then at 1 pm, stick around for a percussion music workshop and performance with Clayton Carothers. Admission is free for the first 250 visitors.

‘The Wiggles’

June 16, 4 pm (12:30 pm showtime is sold out)

Merriam Theater, 250 S. Broad St., Philadelphia

 

See your kids’ favorite friends from Wiggle Wiggle Wiggle! in a live stage show that’s sure to get you on your feet and dancing!

Philadelphia Juneteenth Festival at Johnson House Historic Site

June 16, noon—8 pm

6300 Block of Germantown Avenue (between Washington Lane and Johnson Street), Philadelphia

 

The celebration starts with an 11 am Freedom Walk along Germantown Avenue to the Johnson House Historic Site where there will be a free family-friendly festival all day. The festival will have live entertainment like praise dancers, historical reenactments, drumming, and more. There will also be a children’s village, a beer garden, a cultural marketplace, and tours of the historic sites. Find more Juneteenth celebrations here.

Saturday Free Boating at Bartram’s Garden

June 16, 11 am—3pm

Bartram’s Gardens’ Community Boathouse, 5400 Lindbergh Blvd. Philadelphia

 

Bartram’s Garden will provide the boats, life jackets and basic instruction. Choose from a kayak (for 30 minutes) or rowboat (for 45 minutes). No experience is necessary. All ages are welcome, but minors must be accompanied by an adult.

Seafarin’ Saturday

June 16, 11 am—1 pm

Independence Seaport Museum, 211 S Columbus Blvd, Philadelphia

 

Learn how telescopes were used at sea for navigation, and make your own.

Father’s Day in the Workshop on the Water at Independence Seaport Museum

June 16, 1 — 5 pm

211 S. Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia

 

Build a toolbox with traditional woodworking tools. Guided sessions will take place every hour. $20 fee includes one tool kit to build your toolbox and admits one child to the museum. This workshop is recommended for kids age 6 and up.

Father’s Day Boutonniere Workshop

June 16, 1:30 — 3 pm

Wyck Historic House, 6026 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia

 

This class is open to adults, as well as kids in eighth grade and up. Martha Keen, Wyck’s Horticulturist and Landscape Manager, will teach students the history of boutonnieres and how to make them. Participants will leave with two finished pieces of their own making. All materials and supplies will be provided, but bring a pair of pruners and a hot glue gun if you own them.

Family Fishing Night at John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum

June 16, 3—6 pm

8601 Lindbergh Blvd., Philadelphia

 

Fish for free, while volunteers and staff help you out if you’re a beginner. Limited rods and bait will be available, or you can bring your own! No license needed.

Sunday

Drop-In Baby Bubbles

June 17, 9–10 am

Fitness Works Philadelphia, 714 Reed St., Philadelphia

The hour-long class, open to little ones age 5 months to 3 years, incorporates honed techniques developed by Holly Waters to teach children how to feel comfortable and move their bodies in the water, helping them build confidence while exploring new surroundings in a safe, fun, and supervised setting. A parent is required to be in the pool with the child.

Father’s Day Beer Swap and Bagels at PlayArts

June 17, 10 am—noon

1241 N. Front St., Philadelphia

 

Bring a six-pack of your favorite beers to trade, swap, and chat about in PlayArts’ “dad lounge” in the back. There will also be complimentary bagels. The event is free; drop-in rates apply for the playspace.

Father’s Day BBQ at the Zoo

June 17; seatings at 11 am, 1 pm, and 3 pm

Philadelphia Zoo, 3400 W. Girard Ave., Philadelphia

 

Choose from three available seating times and enjoy a delicious unlimited barbecue buffet in the zoo’s private pavilion. During your meal, get up-close with some of the animals and learn about their paternal instincts and behavior from the zoo’s education staff.

Family Time at Philadelphia Museum of Art

June 17, 11 am—3 pm

2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia

This week’s theme is “Things that Go.” Come for a family tour at 11 am, then stop by the Family Art Cart to continue the theme with games and art projects.

Sundays with Pop-Up Play

June 17, 11:30 am–12:30 pm

Spruce Street Harbor Park, 301 S. Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia

Children and families will engage in free interactive activities through art, music, science, and physical movement that revolve around themes like water science, civic engagement, building, and more.

Programming from Scratch workshop at the Franklin Institute

June 17, 11 am–1 pm

Franklin Institute, 222 N 20th St., Philadelphia

For older kids who want to delve deeper into game development, Franklin Institute will host a beginners’ coding workshop (using Scratch, naturally) for kids ages 10-13, to complement their “Game Masters” exhibit celebrating gaming.

Father’s Day BBQ at Penguin Park

June 17, 6–8 pm

Adventure Aquarium, 1 Riverside Drive, Camden, New Jersey

 

Treat Dad to a truly unique Father’s Day experience – enjoy a BBQ outside, in Adventure Aquarium’s all new Penguin Park with a buffet, DJ dance party, new nautical-themed soft play area for kids, the largest colony of African penguins ever at Adventure Aquarium, and more.

Main Line and Suburban Events

All Weekend

Day Out With Thomas

June 16—24

Strasburg Railroad, 301 Gap Rd., Ronks

 

This family-favorite event features a ride with Thomas, offers the opportunity to ride with Percy, and is packed with extra Thomas-related activities like an Imagination Station and storytelling. Families also have the opportunity to meet Sir Topham Hatt. A must-do for any Thomas fan!

Father’s Day Weekend Fan Fest at Sesame Place

June 16—17

100 Sesame Road, Langhorne

 

Meet the Philadelphia 76ers mascot, Franklin on Saturday, and Phillies alum Dickie Noles and the Phillies Ballgirls on Sunday! There will be specials all weekend, and your favorite Sesame Street characters will be dressed up in sports gear!

Great American Backyard Campout at The Willows Park

June 16, 1 pm-June 17, 9 am

490 Darby Paoli Road, Villanova

Bring your own camping supplies, and learn how to pitch a tent, build a fire, and more. There will also be a hike through The Willows. The event is free but pre-registration is required.

Father’s Day Camp-Out at Riverbend

June 16, 6 pm—June 17, 9 am

Riverbend Environmental Education Center, 1950 Spring Mill Road, Gladwyne

 

Bring your own tent and sleeping bags, and Riverbend staff will help you set up your tent, build the campfire, provide the food, and lead a night time program. This is a great event for beginner and experienced campers alike, and is sure to be a memorable evening. Cost is $100 per family (member discounts apply), and you must register in advance.

LEGO Minifigure 40th Birthday

June 16—17

LEGOLAND Discovery Center, 500 W. Germantown Pike, Plymouth Meeting

 

This LEGOtastic birthday bash will be filled to the brim with all things Minifigures. There will be scavenger hunts, master builds, costumed character meet-and-greets, dance parties, and more.

Saturday

Baking With a Drag Queen

June 16, 1 — 2 pm

Tredyffrin Public Library, 582 Upper Gulph Road, Strafford

 

Join to make peach cobbler with Miss June Peaches. Work along with June as you put together your own cobbler to bring home to bake. All ingredients and baking dish will be provided; please specify if you need dairy free ingredients. Registration required. An adult is required to remain in the program.

Stream Splash at Tyler Arboretum

June 16, 10—11:30 am

515 Painter Rd., Media

 

Hop in the stream and look for creatures in their natural habitat! Water shoes are recommended. Suitable for ages 3 and up. Free for members.

Annual March Out of the Continental Army Commemoration

June 16, 10—11:30 am

Valley Forge National Historical Park, 1400 North Outer Line Drive, King of Prussia

 

Walk in the footsteps of the Continental Army along the historic trace road they used as they departed Valley Forge in June of 1778. Along the way interpreters in continental uniform will explain the events at Valley Forge that allowed the army to turn things around and successfully engage the British. The march begins in Artillery Park. Feel free to pack a picnic to enjoy on the park grounds after the march!

Kids Fest

June 16, 10 am — 1 pm

Great Valley Middle School, 255 North Phoenixville Pike, Malvern

 

State Representative Duane Milne will host this event packed with kid-friendly activities. Come for the rolling video game stations, the rock wall, meet Darth Vader, get a balloon animal and more.

Stormtroopers Summer Kick-Off

June 16, 10 am — noon

Atglen Public Library, 413 Valley Ave., Atglen

 

Members the 501st Battalion of Garrison Carida will be on-hand to encourage you to register for SummerQuest, our summer learning program. Refreshments and photo ops. Costumes encouraged.

Enchanted Summer Day at Winterthur

June 16, 10 am—3 pm

5105 Kennett Pike, Winterthur, DE

 

Celebrate the beginning of summer with a full day of imaginative play and outdoor fun in Enchanted Woods. There will be storytellers, musicians, face painting, games, crafts, and more.

Bubble Festival

June 16, 11:30 am — 3 pm

Valley Forge Baptist, 616 S. Trappe Road, Collegeville

 

Come watch Grandpop Bubbles perform his amazing ‘Bubble Festival,’ and don’t miss the yummy food trucks.

Family Fun Day

June 16, noon –4 pm

Ryerss Farm for Aged Equines, 1710 Ridge Road, Pottstown

 

Enjoy hayrides, pony rides, carnival games, moon bounce, visits with the Ryerss horses, and food.

Goldfish Swim School Malvern Grand Opening Party

June 16, 2—5 pm

309 Lancaster Avenue, Malvern

 

Celebrate Goldfish Swim School’s grand opening with open family swim, raffle prizes, balloons, games, arts and crafts, refreshments, and more.

Star Party

June 16, 8:30 — 10:30 pm

Nottingham Park, 150 Park Road, Nottingham

 

Join the Chester County Astronomical Society for a guided tour of the planets, constellations and other visible features. See all of this through high-powered telescopes.

Sunday

Fathers Fish Free at Linvilla Orchards

June 17

137 W. Knowlton Road, Media

 

Dads fish free with paid child’s admission. Plus, you can stay to pick your own strawberries, with a hayride to the picking fields!

FatherFest at American Helicopter Museum

June 17, 10 am–3 pm

1220 American Blvd., West Chester

 

This event features helicopters and birds of prey, as well as live entertainment, food trucks, and a beer garden. For an additional cost, treat Dad to an amazing helicopter ride!

The Rock and Roll Playhouse: Grateful Dead for Kids!

June 17, 11:30 am and 2:30 pm (doors 30 minutes before showtime)

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 Father’s Day concert features the music of the Grateful Dead, and was so popular that they added a second showtime!

The ‘Daring Dad’ Scavenger Hunt

June 17, 2 pm

Norristown Farm Park, 2500 Upper Farm Road, East Norriton

 

Bring Dad to the park for a challenging nature scavenger hunt. He’ll have to follow a series of clues to find the items or answer questions (families are welcome to help him in the quest), and win prizes. The event is free, but pre-registration is required.
Photograph by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia.

PHILADELPHIA ASSISTANT EDITOR

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