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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.

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All Week

‘Aladdin’

Through 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.

‘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.

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 Museum

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.

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.

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!

Skate Week

June 18–22

Haverford Skatium, 1002 Darby Rd., Havertown

 

The Skatium will host its first ever “Skate Week” with open public skating all week. $8 admission includes skate rental and a skate helper, if needed.

Parks on Tap: Schuylkill Banks

June 20—24

2501 Walnut St., Philadelphia

 

Family-friendly beer garden Parks on Tap comes to the banks of the Schuylkill River this week and through the weekend, so you can drink and play riverside! Come on June 21 and enjoy some drinks and snacks before a classic outdoor movie: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.

Champions of Magic

June 20—24

Merriam Theater, 250 S. Broad St., Philadelphia

 

A cast of top magicians presents daring grand illusions, stunning close-up magic, and incredible mind reading. Witness the impossible, including disappearances, levitation, teleportation and a heart stopping finale, all presented with lighting and special effects to rival the biggest theatrical spectacles.

Monday

Music Monday with Roots with Ruark

June 18, 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 18, 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.

Parkway Pals at Sister Cities Park

June 18, 10:30 am—12:30 pm

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

 

From 10:30—11:30 am, enjoy Story Art: a storytime led by Free Library, followed by nature-themed crafts. Then, at 11:30 am, the Franklin Institute will bring unique science experiments, demonstrations, and hands-on activities. Click here for our full preview of summer programs at this Center City oasis.

Story Jams at DiSilvestro

June 18, 10:30 am

DiSilvestro Rec Center, 1701 S. 15th St., Philadelphia

 

Story Jams is a playgroup centered around play and positivity that includes storytime, music, dancing, and sensory exploration. Stay after Story Jams in DiSilvestro Park and get your face painted!

Storytime with Marty the Moose

June 18, 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!

Summer @ Lower Merion Libraries Kickoff

June 18, noon—1 pm

Ludington Library, 5 S. Bryn Mawr Ave., Bryn Mawr

 

Pick up your bag and summer reading registration kit while enjoying fun activities planned throughout the day. Stop by the Kona Ice Truck at noon to receive a free treat!

Pop-up Pride Storytime in Rittenhouse Square

June 18, 6 pm

210 W. Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia

 

Meet at the goat statue in Rittenhouse Square for a pop-up Pride storytime with the Book Bike!

Tuesday

Toddler Time: Soccer Fever! Sweden and the World Cup

June 19, 10:30—11:30 am

American Swedish Historical Museum, 1900 Pattison Ave., Philadelphia

 

This month at Toddler Time, kids will learn about soccer at storytime, get to practice their best kicks, and take home a flag to root on Sweden during their big games.

Tyler Arboretum Garden Sprouts

June 19, 1—2:30 pm

515 Painter Rd., Media

 

Learn about sprouts and prepare a “greenhouse” to take home and watch it sprout. For kids ages 4-6.

Drag Queen Storytime

June 19, 4 pm

Lillian Marrero Library, 601 W. Lehigh Ave., 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.

Pride Month Crafts for Teens

June 19, 4 pm

Philadelphia City Institute, 1905 Locust St., Philadelphia

 

Teens are invited to create colorful and inspirational crafts for Pride Month!

Franklin Institute Community Night

June 19, 5—8 pm

222 North 20th St., Philadelphia

 

Everyone is welcome to join in the fun at these free educational and fun-filled science extravaganzas that include the museum’s famous permanent exhibits, special programs, and hands-on activities. Admission is free and there is no need to pre-register.

Mario Lanza Kid Fest

June 19, 7–8:15 pm

235 Queen St., Philadelphia

 

Decorate your bikes and come for a parade around town complete with police escort!

Wednesday

Little Friends Festival in Rittenhouse Square

June 20, 5:30–7:30 pm

Rittenhouse Square (line up by the Goat), Philadelphia

 

Rittenhouse Square becomes a carnival, concert, and block party all under a large tent! The festival features music, amusements, performances, rides, food, and art, and be sure to stop by the Philly Family table to say hi and do a fun craft!

World Giraffe Day at Elmwood Park Zoo

June 20

1661 Harding Blvd., Norristown

 

A day-long celebration with giraffe feedings, special crafts, and learning all about these special creatures.

Peter Moses Concert at Rose Tree Park

June 20, 10 am

Rose Tree Park, Media

 

Enjoy a free children’s concert in Rose Tree Park!

Campfire Chefs: Sweet Fruit

June 20, 10—11:30 am

Tyler Arboretum, 515 Painter Rd., Media

 

Summer is ripe with delicious fruits. Bring out their summer sweetness over the fire! Thematic content and cooking tasks will be best suited to kids ages 3-5, but all ages are welcome.

Jams! in the Park @ Dickinson Square

June 20, 10 am

Charles Santore Library, 932 S. Seventh St., Philadelphia

 

Meet us in the park for stories, music, and a sensory activity.

Book Nook Storytime at Reading Terminal Market

June 20, 10—10:30 am

51 N. 12th St., Philadelphia

 

This program, in partnership with The Free Library of Philadelphia, is geared towards children ages 3 to 5.

Drag Queen Storytime

June 20, 10:30 am

Andorra Library, 705 E. Cathedral Rd., 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.

Parkway Pals at Sister Cities Park

June 20, 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.

Paint Along with Rockdale Art 

June 20, 3 — 4 pm

Easttown Library, 720 First Ave., Berywn

 

Join the Rockdale Art Center as they show you how to paint your very own summer masterpiece.  Registration is required.

Musical Movie Wednesday at Gladwyne Library

June 20, 4—5 pm

362 Righters Mill Rd., Gladwyne

 

The library will provide snacks and a movie you can sing along to!

Summer Reading Kick-off and Ice Cream Social

June 20, 4 pm

Lillian Marrero Library, 601 West Lehigh Ave., Philadelphia

 

Celebrate the kick-off to summer reading with a cool treat. Kids and teens can make their own ice cream sundaes and sign up for summer reading.

Bilingual Story Hour at PlayArts

June 20, 4:30—5:30 pm

1241 N. Front Street

 

Emily Meredith-Stein will lead your little ones on a Spanish adventure, and follow it up with fun goodies like tattoos and stickers.

Free Fishing Workshop at Bartram’s Garden

June 20, 5:30—7:30 pm

5400 Lindbergh Blvd., Philadelphia

 

Learn about the various types, techniques and uses of equipment, live and artificial bait and lures for fishing the Schuylkill and Delaware River, as well as streams, ponds and lakes. Free, but you must register in advance.

Summer Solstice Celebration at Riverbend Environmental Education Center

June 20, 6—8:30 pm

1950 Spring Mill Rd., Gladwyne

 

Bring your own picnic and enjoy pond exploration, roasting marshmallows, and more. Kids will love the interactive puppet show, “Why is Owl Grumpy?” as well as field games led by Young Sports and arts and crafts led by Main Line Art Center. There will also be complimentary beer from Victory Brewing and healthy snacks from MOM’s Organic Market.

Late Night Wednesdays at Morris Arboretum 

June 20 until 8 pm

100 E. Northwestern Ave., Philadelphia

 

Enjoy the garden in the cooler evening hours. Bring a picnic dinner and delight in music provided by chirping crickets and lighting by fireflies.

P.M. @ Penn Museum – Summer Nights

June 20, 5—8 pm

3260 South St., Philadelphia

 

Enjoy world music by Animus in the courtyard, and light foods and beverages by Pepper Mill Café. The galleries stay open, and general admission is $10 (free for members, Penn Card holders, and kids under 6).

Summer Kick-Off Picnic

June 20, 6 — 9 pm

Green Valleys Watershed Association, 1368 Prizer Road, Pottstown

 

Kick off the start of summer and “Wednesday Nature Nights.” BYO picnic, with free lemonade and ice cream! A nature walk is scheduled for 6:30 pm, followed by a “Birds of Prey” program at 7:30 pm.

Puppets Pizazz at Haverford Township Free Library 

June 20, 7–8 pm

1601 Darby Rd., Havertown

 

Puppets Pizzazz presents a show complete with different skits and songs with the use of silly puppets and performers. They put a satirical spin on pop songs, all through the use of over 20 handmade puppets.

Malvern Summer Stage

June 20, 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.

Narberth Summer Concert Series

June 20, 7 pm

Narberth Park, 80 Windsor Ave., Narberth

 

Free outdoor concert in the park with Chico’s Revenge.

Pastorius Park Summer Concerts

June 20, 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.

Outdoor Movie in Burholme Park: ‘Beauty and the Beast’

June 20, 9–10:30 pm

Ryerss Museum and Library, 7370 Central Ave., Burholme Park, Philadelphia

 

Come early, because two hours before the movie there will be games, refreshments, face painting, and free admission to Ryerss Museum and Library (plus $5 tours of the museum’s cupola).

Thursday

Make Music Day PHL

June 21

Various locations throughout Philadelphia

 

Make Music Day is a live, free musical celebration on June 21, the longest day of the year, with concerts on streets, sidewalks, and parks across the city. See the full listings on their website, and find a way to celebrate near you!

Barnes Toddler Time

June 21, 10 – 10:45am and 11 – 11:45am

2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia

 

Bring your curious and imaginative toddlers (ages 2-4) to the museum for art-related stories, art making, movement activities, and an introduction to the works in the Barnes collection.

Dance Me a Story with Pennsylvania Ballet

June 21, 10:30 am

South Philadelphia Library, 1700 S. Broad St., Philadelphia

 

Listen, move, and learn at this special story time with the Pennsylvania Ballet. This program is for kids in Pre-K and their caretakers.

Summertime Concert at Chestnut Hill Library

June 21, 10:30 am

8711 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia

 

Enjoy a summertime-themed concert for toddlers.

Make Music PHL at DiSilvestro Playground

June 21, 1–7 pm

1701 S. 15th St., Philadelphia

 

Celebrate International Music Day with fun activities and performances.

Summer Reading Kick-Off Party at Fishtown Community Library

June 21, 2 pm

1217 E. Montgomery Ave., Philadelphia

 

Kick off the Free Library’s Summer of Wonder program with face painting, balloon twisting, and snacks.

Phillies Phestival

June 21, 4–6 pm

Citizens Bank Park, 1 Citizens Bank Way, Philadelphia

 

The Phillies will hold their fun-filled autograph and auction party for all ages, which is held annually with the goal to strike out ALS.

Dinos After Dark

June 21, 4–8 pm

Academy of Natural Sciences, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia

 

The after-hours Dino Drafts beer garden moves back outside for the season! Also, enjoy pay-what-you-wish admission and family activities until 8 pm, try your hand at drawing a dinosaur, and make your own paleo-perfect crafts to take home. And while you’re there, visit “Xtreme Bugs!”

Old City Eats Kick-off Block Party

June 21, 5—8 pm

Second and Market streets, Philadelphia

 

Old City District kicks off summer with a spectacular block party! Second Street will be closed down at Market as nearly two dozen local restaurants will serve up signature sips and tasty bites out on the street. The party will also have live entertainment and bands, including an outdoor dueling piano performance!

Pairings on the Parkway

June 21, 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!

From Opera to Abba: Swedish Music for Kids 

June 21, 5 — 6 pm

Penn Wynne Library, 130 Overbrook Parkway, Wynnewood

 

This rocking program will have kids dancing and singing to the music of Sweden. Children will learn and perform an opening operatic warm-up, collaborative choral song, fanfare fiddle craft, and folk dance finale. For kids in grades 1-5 and their families. Registration is required.

Music at Marshall – First Picnic Concert of 2018

June 21, 6—8 pm

Marshall Square Park, 200 E. Marshall St., West Chester

 

A free concert by the Vince Brown Band with a face painter, gelato, and a potluck picnic!

Nature Nights: Firefly Night

June 21, 6—9 pm

The Woodlands, 4000 Woodland Ave., Philadelphia

 

Celebrate the official start of summer with a BYO picnic and your flashlights. Tangle Movement Arts will dazzle with their firefly inspired aerial performance at 7 pm, and Lil’ Pop Shop will be there with treats!

Mewtiny on the Moshulu

June 21, 6–9 pm

401 S. Christopher Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia

 

Climb aboard for an evening of fun for all ages, including cocktails and raffles for the adults, and caricatures and juggling for the kids! It’s all to raise money and awareness of the Mac Fund, set up through the Cat Shack Rescue to promote the TNR program in local cat colonies.

Night Market Gayborhood

Thursday, June 21, 7—11 pm

13th and Locust streets, Philadelphia

 

The streets are shut down for food trucks, live entertainment, and community!

Summer Concert Series at Wilson Farm Park

June 21, 7 pm

Shire Pavilion, Chesterbrook

 

Enjoy a free outdoor concert by Chico’s Vibe.

Free Outdoor Movie in KOP Town Center: ‘Beauty and the Beast’

June 21, 8—10 pm

King of Prussia Town Center, 155 Village Drive #100, King of Prussia

 

Enjoy a tale as old as time, and free popcorn!

Free Movie Night at Schmidt’s Commons: ‘Pitch Perfect 3’

June 21, 8—10 pm

1001 N. Second St., Philadelphia

 

Bring your own chair and enjoy a free screening of this aca-awesome movie!

Friday

“Continental” Breakfast at the Museum of the American Revolution

June 22, 9 am

101 S. Third St., Philadelphia

 

Enjoy early access to the Museum’s Revolutionary Philadelphia playscape while enjoying a continental breakfast with a costumed interpreter.

OM My, Yoga Storytime

June 22, 11 am

Charles Santore Library, 932 S. Seventh St., Philadelphia

 

A storytime with a meditative twist. Bring your preschooler and get ready for a calming storytime to stretch your body and mind.

Discover the Middle East

June 22, 2 pm

Torresdale Library, 3079 Holme Ave., Philadelphia

 

“Discover Different Cultures,” presented by The Geography Lady Alycia Kohler!  The program will include music, folktales, crafting with clay, and ethnic foods.

‘Moana’ at Fumo Family Library

June 22, 2:30 pm

2437 S. Broad St., Philadelphia

 

Spend the afternoon watching Disney’s Moana. The library will serve popcorn, you bring your own beverage.

Summer Solstice Celebration at Little Moon + Arrow

June 22, 3–7 pm

729 S. 4th St., Philadelphia

 

Celebrate the beginning of summer with free organic popsicles and face painting.

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.

Family Safety Expo

June 22, 6:30 — 10:30 pm

Wilson Farm Park, 500 Lee Road, Chesterbrook

 

Bring the kids for the moon bounce, inflatable slide, and ice cream.  There will be live music, fire engines, and the PennSTAR helicopter. Don’t miss the outdoor movie Despicable Me 3, which begins at 8:30 pm.

Sounds of Summer: Conjunto Philadelphia

June 22, 7:30—9 pm

Haverford Township Free Library, 1601 Darby Rd., Havertown

 

Enjoy a free concert in the parking lot! Bring your lawn chair – they’ll provide the snacks and the music.

Weekend Events

Philadelphia Events

All Weekend

Jurassic Weekend at the Academy of Natural Sciences

June 23—24, 10 am—5 pm

1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia

 

Check out touchable specimens, create dinosaur-themed make-and-takes, ask experts your most pressing dinosaur questions, and meet some “Rad Reptile Relatives” at special Meet the Animals presentations.

Great American Backyard Campout

June 23, 3 pm—June 24, 11:30 am

The Schuylkill Center, 4840 Hagy’s Mill Road, Philadelphia

 

Spend the night under the stars. Go hiking in the forest and tell stories around the campfire. You can bring your own tent or rent one from the center. This is all part of the National Wildlife Federation’s nationwide Great American Backyard Campout.

‘Aladdin’

Through 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.

Parks on Tap: Schuylkill Banks

June 20—24

2501 Walnut St., Philadelphia

 

Family-friendly beer garden Parks on Tap comes to the banks of the Schuylkill River through the weekend, so you can drink and play riverside!

Champions of Magic

June 20—24

Merriam Theater, 250 S. Broad St., Philadelphia

 

A cast of top magicians presents daring grand illusions, stunning close-up magic, and incredible mind reading. Witness the impossible, including disappearances, levitation, teleportation and a heart stopping finale, all presented with lighting and special effects to rival the biggest theatrical spectacles.

Saturday

Philly Family Pride Picnic and Arts Festival

June 23, 11 am—5 pm

Lovett Library Park, 6945 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia

 

This Pride Month event celebrates LGBTQ families and artists, and will have family-specific entertainment, fine art and handcraft, music, food, and resource tables from a variety of organizations and nonprofits that provide services and support to LGBTQ parents and youth. Admission is free and open to all ages, families, and community members.

Caribbean Day at Reading Terminal Market

June 23, 10 am—3 pm

51 North 12th St., Philadelphia

 

Parade around the market and stop at center court for Caribbean performances, vendors, giveaways, and food demos.

Grow Up Great Concert and Organ Day at the Kimmel Center

June 23, 11 am—5 pm

300 S Broad Street, Philadelphia

The day begins at 11 am with a free monthly concert for little ones that teaches basics of jazz and musical theater in an interactive hour of music and movement. Then, stay for Organ Day, where audiences of all ages are invited to explore “Fred,” the largest mechanical pipe organ in a concert venue in the United States, through a diverse lineup of programming including Opera Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Ballet, Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, Philadelphia Brass, and more. Visitors can even lie on the stage of Verizon Hall and feel the powerful vibrations of the organ!

Philadelphia Juneteenth Musicfest and Parade

June 23, noon

Parade begins at 15th and JFK, goes to Penn’s Landing, Philadelphia

 

The parade kicks off at noon at 15th and JFK, and marches down Market Street to Penn’s Landing, where the celebration continues with even more music and performances, as well as a children’s village, and a cultural marketplace. You can also catch the parade on 6 ABC at 1 pm!

Tacony Kick-off to Summer

June 23, 11 am–4 pm (Rain Date: June 24)

6600 Keystone St., Philadelphia

 

Kick off summer with music, raffles, moon bounces, fun and games, food, and activities for the entire family.

Amigos Preschool and Music Monkey Jungle

June 23, 4–5 pm

Customs Coffee House, 211 Chestnut St., Philadelphia

 

Take a wild musical coffee break with Music Monkey Jungle and Amigos!

Midsommarfest

June 23, 4—7 pm

American Swedish Historical Museum, 1900 Pattison Ave., Philadelphia

 

Celebrate summer with food, drinks, homemade Swedish pastries, music and maypole dancing, as well as face painting and games for the kids.

Mt. Airy Moonlight Movies

June 23, sunset

Trolley Car Diner, 7619 Germantown Avenue

 

The ice cream shoppe will be open so grab some dinner and dessert and settle in to watch Rio on the big screen! The movie starts 10 minutes after sunset.

Sunday

Freedom Day at Please Touch Museum

June 24, 11 am—5 pm

4231 Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia

 

Learn about African-American quilting traditions and symbols in Freedom Quilts, join special storytimes to learn more about the end of slavery in the U.S. and this important day in history, create works of art, listen to musical performances, and more! Joy O. Ude, a mixed-media artist and designer from Philadelphia’s Fabric Workshop and Museum, will be creating a giant collaborative paper quilt that you can contribute to from 11:30 am—1 pm. And in the afternoon, Hip Hop Fundamentals will celebrate Juneteenth with an interactive performance, highlighting freedom, diversity, and togetherness through hip hop dance!

Philadelphia Mini Maker Faire

June 24, 10 am–6 pm

Pennovation Center, 3401 Grays Ferry Ave., Philadelphia

A family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity, and resourcefulness; featuring makers including engineers, artists, and scientists who come to show and share their craft. There will be everything from robots to glass blowing! There will be workshops, demonstrations, and hands-on activities for all attendees to participate in making.

Family Time at Philadelphia Museum of Art

June 24, 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.

Philadelphia Irish Festival at Penn’s Landing

June 24, noon—7 pm

Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing, 101 S Columbus Blvd, Philadelphia

The Irish Festival at Penn’s Landing will include traditional Irish music and dance, as well as food and vendors.

Main Line and Suburban Events

All Weekend

Chester County Hot Air Balloon Festival

June 22—24

New Garden Flying Field, 1235 Newark Rd., Toughkenamon

This unique celebration offers families the chance to experience dozens of aviation-themed events, including the not-to-be-missed balloon glow. See our preview of this fantastic event here!

Great American Backyard Campout

June 23—24

Check out our rundown to see where you can join the nationwide campout near you!

Day Out With Thomas

June 23—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!

Saturday

Pride Day (including Drag Queen Storytime) at Haverford Township Free Library

June 23, 10:30 am

1601 Darby Road, Havertown

 

The day kicks off with a fabulous Drag Queen Storytime hosted by Brittany Lynn from 10:30—11:30 am. Kids will love the uplifting stories with themes like embracing who you are, standing up to bullies, and more.

 

Then, for teens, there will be a panel discussion about how to navigate being LGBTQ in the suburbs from 12:30—1:30 pm. Finally, at 2:30 pm, there will be a Teen Pride Party with dancing, games, food, and more; and while the teens party, there will be a meetup for parents of LGBTQ youth.

Build Your Own Terrarium or Fairy Garden

June 23, 10—11 am

Linvilla Orchards, 137 W Knowlton Rd, Media

 

The orchard provides supplies (fairy garden figures sold separately) to build your own terrarium–choose from a variety of containers and plants and their knowledgeable staff will guide you through the whole process. This class fills up quickly, so be sure to pre-register.

Alpaca Party!

June 23, noon—4 pm

Grist Mill Farm Alpacas, 2230 Creek Rd., Glenmoore

 

Celebrate the farm’s 10th Anniversary with fun selfies with the alpacas, and goodie bags for all the kids! There will be wine and refreshments for adults too!

Veganfest

June 23, 11 am–4 pm

Weavers Way Co-op (Ambler), 217 E. Butler Ave., Ambler

 

Enjoy a vegan marketplace featuring vegan product sampling and demos, live music, and more.

Berries & Beer Garden at Highland Orchards

June 23, 1—6 pm

Highland Orchards, 1000 Marshallton Thorndale Rd., West Chester

 

This event will feature local and regional craft beer, food trucks, live music, artisans and crafters, and of course Highland Orchard’s Pick-Your-Own berries!

Science Saturday: Helicopter Hunt

June 23, 2—3 pm

American Helicopter Museum, 1220 American Boulevard, West Chester

 

Using shapes and colors, kids identify aircraft, either in the museum gallery or through large photo posters, in a hunt for various helicopter attributes.

Who’s Awake Family Night Hike

June 23, 8:30 — 9:30 pm

Hibernia Park, Pavilion 5, 1 Park Road, Coatesville

 

Join this easy guided hike and learn what goes on in the park after dark.

Sunday

Kid Power People Safety Workshop

June 24, 2 — 3:30 pm

Haverford Township Free Library, 1601 Darby Road, Havertown

 

This workshop provides an introduction to People Safety Skills for children ages 5-10 with their adult. Storytelling and interactive role-plays teach children simple but powerful skills to act aware and confident, set boundaries, stop unwanted touch, handle unkind words, get help from adults effectively, even when they are busy. For children ages 5 – 10 with a caregiver. Registration is required.

 

Photograph courtesy of the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts.

PHILADELPHIA ASSISTANT EDITOR

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