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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’ at the Franklin Institute

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 July 8

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.

Parks on Tap: Columbus Square 

June 27—July 1

1200 Wharton St., Philadelphia

Family-friendly beer garden Parks on Tap comes to South Philly’s Columbus Square, where you can sip and play all through the weekend!

Monday

Music Monday with Roots with Ruark

June 25, 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 25, 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 25, 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.

Robotics at Logan Library

June 25, 11 am

1333 Wagner Ave., Philadelphia

 

Kids ages 6-12 can create their own robots and program small electronic creatures!

Eric Carle’s Birthday Celebration

June 25, 11 am — noon

Paoli Library, 18 Darby Rd., Paoli

 

Celebrate beloved author Eric Carle’s birthday! Which is your favorite? The Very Hungry Caterpillar? The Very Busy Spider? Come celebrate with crafts, stories, and fun! For children ages 3 to 6. Registration is required.

Code-A-Pillar Race 

June 25, 2 — 3 pm

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

 

Meet the friendly Code-a-pillars, Ludington Library’s friendly resident robots. Come program them for a fun race! Perfect for ages 3-6.

Drag Queen Storytime

June 25, 4 pm

Lovett Memorial Library, 6945 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia

 

Join Miss Brittany Lynn as she reads children’s books about diversity and self-love!

Tuesday

Drag Queen Storytime

June 26, 10:30 am

Queen Memorial Library, 1201 S. 23rd St., Philadelphia

 

Join special guest Navaya Shay for stories, songs, and movement that center on themes of diversity, and inclusion.

Local Author Storytime with Shawn Fulton

June 26, 3 pm

Torresdale Library, 3079 Holme Ave., Philadelphia

 

Local author Shawn Fulton will read her book Mom Can I Help? and then talk about how this labor of love came about. Limited copies available for purchase and signing.

Mister John’s Birthday Party!

June 26, 4—7 pm

904 S. 9th St., Philadelphia

 

This party celebrating Mister John’s birthday will have treats, live musical performances with Mister John’s Music, Drag Storytime with Maria Topcatt, and “all sorts of shenanigans.” Plus, you can donate to the 2018 Instrument Fund to create even more amazing music classes for kids!

Pride Month Family Night

June 26, 6:30 pm

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

 

Kids age 11 and under and their families are invited for an evening of stories, songs, rhymes, music, movement, and creative play, along with a fun art project at this LGBTQ+ themed family night.  You are welcome to wear your pajamas and bring your favorite stuffed animal!

Eagleview Town Center Outdoor Concert

June 26, 7 pm

540 Wellington Square, Exton

 

Enjoy a free outdoor concert with The Mallett Brothers Band and Zephaniah OHora.

Firetruck Night at Mario Lanza Park

June 26, 7—8:15 pm

235 Queen St, Philadelphia

 

Beat the heat: get sprayed by the hose! Wear bathing suits and bring towels!

Wednesday

Tyler Arboretum’s Toddlers in Nature

June 27, 10—11 am

515 Painter Rd., Media

 

This week, kids age 18 months-3 years will learn how spiders help us and the environment through a story, exploration, and time in nature.

Jams! in the Park @ Dickinson Square

June 27, 10 am

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

 

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

Parkway Pals at Sister Cities Park

June 27, 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.

Science Tellers

June 27, 10:30 am — noon

Oakbourne Park, 1014 S. Concord Road, West Chester

 

Science Tellers will present a Wild West adventure story about a bank-robbing outlaw.  Volunteers from the audience will help explore the science behind chemical reactions, acids and bases, combustion, air pressure, inertia, and more.

Storytime Expeditions and World Wonders at Penn Museum

June 27, 10:15—noon

3260 South St., Philadelphia

 

First, hear the story Mama Panya’s Pancakes, which teaches of the rewards of sharing, and incorporates Kiswahili greetings and illustrations of the many animals and plants the characters see around their Kenyan village. At 11 am, learn about the artistry of African culture through dance, live music, and storytelling.

Wayne Art Center Family Entertainment Series: Musicopia presents Bollywood Dance

June 27, 11 am—noon

413 Maplewood Ave., Wayne

 

Using Bollywood dancing as the vehicle, Swati Chaturvedi introduces the sounds and rhythms of India to showcase its diversity of culture, music, and the arts. This event is free and open to the public.

Tweens Cook: Tie-Dye Pancakes

June 27, 4—5 pm

Media-Upper Providence Free Library, 1 E. Front St., Media

 

Kids ages 9-12 can learn to make this easy, colorful, and delicious breakfast treat.

Who Got the Jazz: A Tribute to Nina Simone

June 27, 5:30–8 pm

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

 

Part of the Summer Sounds series, this tribute to Nina Simone features Suzann Christine, Voss, and Seraiah Nicol.

P.M. @ Penn Museum Summer Nights Concert

June 27, 5—8 pm

3260 South St., Philadelphia

 

Enjoy music by Ensemble Novo in the courtyard, and light food 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).

Free Library of Pride Drag Show

June 27, 6 pm

Parkway Central Library, 1901 Vine St., Philadelphia

 

Returning for its second year, this all-ages drag show features local Philadelphia performers.

Wednesday Free Fishing at Bartram’s Garden

June 27, 6—8 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.

Family Stages Theatre Presents ‘Jungle Book’

June 27, 6 pm

Kennett Library, 216 State St., Kennett Square

 

Enjoy the unique, imaginative world of “Family Stages” at the library. This pair of multi-talented actors will bring The Jungle Book to life.

Malvern Summer Stage

June 27, 6:30 — 8:30 pm

Amphitheater at Valley Creek Park, 361 Morehall Road, Malvern

 

Come for a free concert with Mark Schultz & the Wayne Rangers, and a beer garden from Locust Lane Craft Brewery.

Narberth Summer Concert Series

June 27, 7 pm

Narberth Park, 80 Windsor Ave., Narberth

 

Free outdoor concert in the park with Mox Nix.

Music with Gina

June 27, 7–8 pm

Haverford Township Free Library, 1601 Darby Rd., Havertown

 

Music with Gina and Friends is a concert of original, upbeat songs that will get the whole family singing and dancing. Gina and her band will lead a show full of fun songs and plenty of audience participation. Suggested for ages 2 and up with a caregiver.

Zydeco a-Go-Go at Pastorius Park

June 27, 7:30 pm

200 W. Hartwell Ln., Philadelphia

 

XPN welcomes this “spicy gumbo of irresistible dance music” at a free concert in Chestnut Hill. Bring blankets and chairs and enjoy the music!

Thursday

Wawa Hoagie Day

June 28, noon—2 pm

Independence Mall and National Constitution Center Lawn, 525 Arch St., Philadelphia

 

The best day of the year! Is that too much of an exaggeration? We don’t think so. Celebrate the 26th annual Wawa Hoagie Day honoring our troops, enjoy a 7-ton hoagie salute, FREE Wawa hoagies, a performance by the USO Show Troupe, and two hoagie-building competitions: between Philly police and firefighters, and between members of the Air and Army National Guard! Tons of hoagies are trucked in, along with free Wawa iced tea and lemonade, Tastykakes, and of course the coveted Wawa flag hats. It’s not July 4th without them! The anthropomorphic hoagie mascot, Shorti, will be there too!

Free Museum Day: National Constitution Center

June 28, 9:30 am—8 pm

525 Arch St., Philadelphia

 

Wawa Hoagie Day just got even better, because you can pair your hoagies with some history at the National Constitution Center. There will be patriotic festivities like the interactive “Independence Day Show,” colonial-era arts and crafts, 18th Century games, and more. In celebration of Wawa Hoagie Day, the center will also host a “History of the Hoagie” exhibit, which explores Wawa’s history in the Philadelphia region. Additional activities stations will recognize the service of American military personnel and their families.

Delaware County Summer Festival at Rose Tree Park

June 28, 10 am

1671 N. Providence Road, Media

 

Steve Pullara and His Cool Beans Band bring fun kids’ music with zany themes to this free outdoor concert.

Bollywood Dance for Elementary School Students 

June 28, 10:30 — 11:30 am and noon — 1 pm

Chester Springs Library, 1709 Art School Road, Chester Springs

 

Learn Indian inspired dance moves.  For children in grades 1 through 4.

Caribbean Storytime with Miranda Alexander

June 28, 11 am

Parkway Central Library, 1901 Vine St., Philadelphia

 

A special storytime honoring the songs, stories and culture of the Caribbean.

Tyler Arboretum’s Tiny Trackers

June 28, 1—2:30 pm

515 Painter Rd., Media

 

Kids ages 4-6 will explore to find the bluebird boxes at Tyler and discover why they’re there. Learn about the importance of bluebirds and our other feathered friends.

Jewelry Making: Bracelets

June 28, 3 pm

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

 

Make and take jewelry with Chef Char on this special crafternoon! All materials will be provided.

Summer Love Launch Party

June 28, 3–8 pm

Dilworth Park, 1 S. 15th St., Philadelphia

 

Welcome America and welcome summer with live music on two stages, food trucks, a patriotic photobooth, lawn games, and even performances from the Philadelphia School of Circus Arts! And for adults, be sure not to miss Barefoot Wine tastings in the City Hall Courtyard Beer Garden!

Family Fishing Night at John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum

June 28, 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.

Celebrate Puerto Rico

June 28, 4:30 pm

Tacony Library, 6742 Torresdale Ave., Philadelphia

 

Hear a folktale, make a Vejigante mask, and enjoy a traditional snack.

Manayunk Stroll the Street, Barks on Tap, and Outdoor Movie

June 28, 5—10 pm

Main Street, Manayunk, Philadelphia

 

Manayunk will host local food trucks, vendors, and live music as visitors and residents walk, shop, and eat. This week, the theme is pets, so there will also be a special dog-friendly version of Parks on Tap (called Barks on Tap, naturally) in Pretzel Park! The night will end with a family-friendly outdoor screening of The Secret Life of Pets at 8:30 pm.

Pairings on the Parkway

June 28, 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!

Philly at the Movies: ‘The Nutty Professor’

June 28, 7 pm

Dell Music Center, 2400 Strawberry Mansion Dr., Philadelphia

 

As part of the weeklong Wawa Welcome America celebration, enjoy a free outdoor screening (with plenty of seating) of The Nutty Professor in Fairmount Park’s Dell Music Center. Make sure you arrive early to enjoy movie trivia (spoiler-free!), free giveaways, and some real-life science experiments!

Superhero Movie Night: ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’

June 28, 7 pm

Schmidt’s Commons, 1001 N. Second St., Philadelphia

 

Bring your own chairs and enjoy the newest Spider-Man movie, Homecoming.

Summer Concert Series at Wilson Farm Park

June 28, 7 pm

Shire Pavilion, Chesterbrook

 

Enjoy a free outdoor concert by River of Dreams.

Merion Concert Band at Gorgas Park

June 28, 7—9 pm

6300 Ridge Ave., Philadelphia

 

Merion Concert Band kicks off the Thursday night summer concert series.

Who’s Awake Family Night Hike

June 28, 8:30 — 9:30 pm

Springton Manor Farm, 860 Springton Rd, Glenmoore

 

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

‘Grease’ at King of Prussia Town Center

June 28, 8–10 pm

200 Main Street, King of Prussia

 

Enjoy a classic on the big screen with your family!

Friday

“Continental” Breakfast at the Museum of the American Revolution

June 29, 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.

‘Go 4th and Learn’ at Penn Park

June 29, 10 am—1 pm

3000 Walnut St., Philadelphia

 

Part of Wawa Welcome America, kids can enjoy a day of educational fun based around the themes of innovation and technology, health and fitness, performing arts, and literacy. See technology and innovation demonstrations of the Pennovation Center’s drones and robotics! Kids can also engage in the arts and learn about health and fitness by actively participating in dance lessons and games, and by watching live performances. There will also be a book giveaway and a book reading by Senator Vincent Hughes.

Free Museum Day: Penn Museum

June 29, 10 am—5 pm

3260 South St., Philadelphia

 

The Penn Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology opens its doors to all at this free day, part of the Wawa Welcome America celebration. Don’t forget to check out the new Middle East Galleries with lots of kid-friendly elements (including a special guide just for them!).

Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow at Falls of Schuylkill Library

June 29, 10:30 am

3501 Midvale Ave., Philadelphia

 

Meet Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow!  Hear all about her lovely new picture book, Mommy’s Khimar, which tells the story of a young Muslim American girl who plays dress-up and make-believe with her mother’s headscarves.

Red, White, and Blue Beer-BQ and “E.T.” Screening

June 29, 5 pm (movie at 8 pm)

Schmidt’s Commons, 1001 N. Second St., Philadelphia

 

Come out for a full day of patriotic fun and food for the whole family. There will be local food trucks and craft brews to enjoy. Stay for a classic throwback movie screening: E.T.

A Celebration of Community and Culture at Mifflin Park

June 29, 5—7 pm

6th and Ritner streets, Philadelphia

 

Come and enjoy some local food trucks, or have a cook out for yourself!  Enjoy live music, games, treats, and fun activities in the Kids Zone too!

Brews & Views

June 29, 5—9 pm

Parkway Central Library, 1901 Vine St., Philadelphia

 

This beer garden located on the rooftop of the Free Library’s main branch has great views of the Parkway, and is family friendly! Registration will be in the library’s main lobby.

‘Despicable Me 3’ at Hawthorne Park 

June 29, 7–10:30 pm

12th and Catherine streets, Philadelphia

 

Come early for snacks, then stay for the movie after sundown.

Summer UnWINEd Concert

June 29, 6–9 pm

The Market at DelVal, 2100 Lower State Rd., Doylestown

 

Bring the whole family to relax on the lawn and enjoy great live entertainment by Cherry Lane Duo, as well as food, wine, and ice cream for purchase. An inflatable attraction and lawn games will keep the kids busy while you enjoy your adult beverages.

‘A Wrinkle in Time’ Movie Screening at Pleasant Playground

June 29, 6:30 pm (movie begins at sundown)

6757 Chew Ave., Philadelphia

 

Come at 6:30 for storytime and a book swap, and then stay for A Wrinkle in Time at sundown.

Family Outdoor Movie Night: ‘The Wiz’

June 29, 7—11 pm

Bartram’s Garden, 5400 Lindbergh Blvd., Philadelphia

 

Come on and ease on down, ease on down the road for an interactive screening of The Wiz! Attendees of all ages are invited to sing along with this beloved Motown musical production and make cool collage art inspired by the film. Lyrics and art supplies provided! Come early for MythMedia prize giveaways, a very special pop-up performance from Theatre in the X, and a pre-screening discussion that peeks behind the curtain into the wonderful World of Oz.

Movie on the Lawn: ‘Sing!’

June 29, 7–10:30 pm

Urinus College, 601 E. Main St., Collegeville

 

Families are invited to spend Friday evening on Ursinus College’s front lawn for a free movie screening of Sing!, live music, and food and refreshments provided by local food trucks. The Philip and Muriel Berman Museum of Art will be open and host family-friendly activities. The movie will begin between 8 pm and 8:30 pm. In the event of rain, the movie will be screened in Olin Auditorium.

Family Camp Out at Tyler Arboretum

June 29, 5:30 pm—June 30, 10 am

515 Painter Rd., Media

 

Stay overnight at the arboretum! Pitch your tent and camp out under the stars. Cook dinner and s’mores over a campfire, play some outdoor games and explore Tyler at night with an evening hike. Bring your own camping gear. Dinner and breakfast will be provided. Suitable for ages 5 and up, with a caregiver. Pre-registration is required.

 

Philadelphia Events

All Weekend

Art Splash

June 30—September 3

Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia

 

Enjoy a summer of art exploration as the Philadelphia Museum of Art brings city-themed tours, projects, and more to the Great Stair Hall Balcony. Kids and their grown-ups can experience the “Modern Times” exhibit through tours, art making, and imaginative play, including a LEGO build featuring a model of the Art Museum! On Sundays the museum offers pay-what-you-wish admission, though kids 12 and under are always free!

Brews & Views

June 29–July 3, 5—9 pm

Parkway Central Library, 1901 Vine St., Philadelphia

 

This beer garden located on the rooftop of the Free Library’s main branch has great views of the Parkway, and is family friendly! Registration will be in the library’s main lobby.

Parks on Tap: Columbus Square

June 27—July 1

1200 Wharton St., Philadelphia

 

Family-friendly beer garden Parks on Tap comes to South Philly’s Columbus Square, where you can sip and play all through the weekend!

All-American Celebration at National Constitution Center

June 28—July 4

525 Arch St., Philadelphia

 

Visitors can create Colonial-era arts and crafts and stop by the museum’s Revolutionary War encampment on the front lawn. Colonial musical performances will take place throughout the week, as well as appearances by some other famous historical figures (in the form of reenactors).

‘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.

Independence Day Celebration at Museum of the American Revolution

June 30—July 4

101 South Third St., Philadelphia

 

The museum will celebrate with music, family-friendly activities, and costumed historical interpreters. Visitors can even sign their names to a giant Declaration of Independence in the museum’s rotunda and take home a complimentary pocket-sized copy of our founding document. Throughout the weekend, visitors and passersby can declare how they are carrying forward the ideals of the American Revolution by adding a personalized ribbon to a flag-shaped “Declarations Wall” on the museum’s outdoor plaza.

Garden Railway Circus Week at Morris Arboretum

June 30–July 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), but for this week, the Railway takes on a circus theme!

Saturday

On the Delaware Music Festival

June 30, 10 am—8 pm

Pennypack on the Delaware Park, Philadelphia

 

Enjoy a full day of live music performed by some of Philly’s most popular rising artists. In addition to the music, there will be a beer garden, art vendors, food trucks, and a kids’ corner including drum circles, face painting, magic, games, and environmental tours of the park.

Go Fourth and Learn: Fireman’s Hall Museum and Elfreth’s Alley

June 30, 10 am—noon

124-126 Elfreth’s Alley, Philadelphia

 

Kids age 6-12 can experience what it meant to live Philadelphia in during the 18th Century. Take a tour of the House Museum, try on colonial clothing and take photos, listen to a story told at the story bench, and take home a free book.

Schuylkill Saturdays: Nature Exploration for Families

June 30, 10:30 am–11:30 am

The Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, 8480 Hagy’s Mill Road, Philadelphia

 

Grab your hiking boots for a naturalist-led exploration with your little ones. Gather in the Discovery Center for a short introduction and craft before hitting the trails for guided exploration and discovery.

The Philly Ice Cream Scoop

June 30, 11 am—5 pm

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

 

Enjoy ice cream specials from Philly favorites, and maybe even win prizes in the ice cream eating contest! There will also be ice cream making demonstrations throughout the day, ice cream arts and crafts, ice cream shuffleboard, and a photobooth.

Pennsylvania Convention Center Community Festival

June 30, noon—5 pm

1101 Arch St., Philadelphia

 

A whole day of fun to celebrate the Convention Center turning 25! There will be a DJ dance party, hip hop dance, acrobatic dunk squad, magic show, a Mummers String Band, a cappella performance, even a double dutch tournament! And for even more kid-friendly fun, the party will have oversized games, face painting, balloon art, a painting party, and a petting zoo! It’s right across the street from the Philly Ice Cream Scoop (above), so you don’t have to choose! Stay after to watch the animated movie Sing! at 5 pm.

Dog-Friendly Storytime with Author Karma Wilson

June 30, 11 am—noon

Ned Wolf Park, 7018 McCallum St., Philadelphia

 

Best-selling author Karma Wilson is coming to Big Blue Marble to launch her new book A Dog Named Doug. The entire family is invited – including family dogs!

Saturday Free Boating at Bartram’s Garden

June 30, 11 am—3 pm

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.

Port Richmond Community Fest

June 30, noon—5 pm

Campbell Square Park, 2535 E. Allegheny Ave., Philadelphia

 

Come see over 100 vendors, food trucks, kids’ activities, adult activities, live music, and more.

John Heinz at Tinicum Visitor Center Grand Opening

June 30, 1—3 pm

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

 

Be the first to experience the new interactive exhibits at the grand opening of the visitor center. Other activities include trolley tours, archery, and crafts.

‘The Little Mermaid’

June 30, 2 pm

Kimmel Center, 300 S. Broad St., Philadelphia

 

The Kimmel Center’s ShowStoppers Musical Theater Camp will put on their final performance of Disney’s The Little Mermaid. Tickets are free, but must be reserved.

Go Fourth and Learn: First Bank of the United States

June 30, 2—4 pm

116 S. Third St., Philadelphia

 

Get free admission to the First Bank and learn about its history (did someone say Alexander Hamilton?) and about financial literacy. Plus, kids will get a free Philadelphia themed coloring book.

Phillies Game and Fireworks

June 30, 6:05 pm (fireworks immediately following game)

Citizens Bank Park, 1 Citizens Bank Way, Philadelphia

 

Watch the Phillies take on the Nationals, and then enjoy the ultimate fireworks show!

United States Army Band Concert and Fireworks over the Delaware River

June 30, 8—9:30

Penn’s Landing, Philadelphia

 

A free concert of old standards, new hits, and patriotic tunes; followed by a spectacular fireworks display above the Delaware River!

Sunday

Free Morning at One Liberty Observation Deck

July 1, 8 am—noon (strict timeframe)

1650 Market St. #5700, Philadelphia

 

One Liberty Observation Deck will open two hours early to give visitors a free look at “Philly From The Top.” Guests are encouraged to register in advance, and come well before noon to make sure you get in. Don’t forget your camera!

Free First Sunday Family Day at the Barnes Foundation: Summer Games

July 1, 10 am—5pm

2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia

 

Celebrate summer with creative play at the Barnes! There will be crafts, art-related games, performances by the Almanac Dance Circus Theatre, storytimes, and more, all for free!

Fort Mifflin

July 1, 10 am—4 pm

1 Fort Mifflin Rd., Philadelphia

 

Participate in the flag raising ceremony, then stay to enjoy guided tours, blacksmithing and heritage craft demonstrations, and hands-on living history activities like uniform, weapon and cannon demonstrations. You can also join the Continental Army and learn to drill with a wooden musket. Also, explore 18th Century scientific discoveries with Founding Father Benjamin Franklin!

Take Flight

July 1, 11 am—2 pm

Philadelphia Insectarium and Butterfly Pavilion, 8046 Frankford Ave., Philadelphia

 

The Insectarium will host a day of fun featuring live animal presentations, an exotic snack bar, crafts, live music, bug painting, and more!

First Sunday at Shofuso

July 1, 11 am—3:30 pm

Shofuso Japanese House and Garden, Horticultural and Lansdowne Drives, Philadelphia

 

Learn about the culture, history, stories, and art of Japan in this monthly drop-in program. Enjoy storytime, crafts, and more. View the schedule on the website.

Sundays with Pop-Up Play

July 1, 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.

Messy Marvelous Mixtures

July 1, 1—5 pm

Academy of Natural Sciences, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia

 

Make a mess with science as you investigate different mixtures. From ooblek to play dough, learn about the science behind making these concoctions as we measure, scoop, and stir.

‘Rocky’ on the Art Museum Steps

July 1, 7–9 pm

2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia

 

Watching Rocky on the iconic Art Museum steps has become a tradition during the week of July 4th in Philadelphia. Come take part in the tradition, and come early for a Rocky look-alike contest!

Gospel on Independence

July 1, 7—9 pm

520 Chestnut St., Philadelphia

 

Bring chairs or blankets for a free evening of joyful music. Bask in the beautiful chords from a 100-voice choir from churches all across the city.

Main Line and Suburban Events

All Weekend

‘Shrek The Musical’

June 30, 2 pm ; July 1, 1 and 4 pm

Eagleview Town Center, 565 Wellington Square, Exton

 

SALT Performing Arts is back with this hilarious stage spectacle, based on the Oscar-winning smash hit film and outrageous Broadway musical about everyone’s favorite ogre. While no admission is charged, bring a canned food item to donate to the Chester County Food Bank.

Saturday

East Goshen Community Day

June 30

East Goshen Township Park, 1661 Paoli Pike, West Chester

 

The fun-filled event includes moon bounces, live music, health screenings, a helicopter landing, petting zoo, and ten food trucks serving a delicious bevy of options! The night ends with spectacular fireworks display extending over the Applebrook Park vista!

Craft a Fairy House at Mt. Cuba Center

June 30, 10 am—12:30 pm

3120 Barley Mill Rd., Hockessin, DE

 

Work with foraged twigs, bark, leaves, cones, and other botanicals to construct an enchanting abode for fairies, elves, and trolls. Turn a walk in the woods into magical memories for you and your favorite youngster!

Comedy Magic Show

June 30, 1 — 2 pm

Coatesville Area Public Library, 501 Lincoln Highway, Coatesville

 

Watch Stuart Rudnick perform breathtaking magic and innovative illusions. Combining magic, comedy, audience participation, and live animals, his program is a production! Free prizes for all children attending the show.

Jeanne Birdsall at Children’s Book World

June 30, 1 pm

17 Haverford Station Rd., Haverford

 

Bestselling author Jeanne Birdsall will be at Children’s Book World presenting The Penderwicks At Last, the final book in her modern classic series.

Mummers Aqua String Band at Rose Tree Park

June 30, 7:30 pm

1671 N. Providence Road, Media

 

Bring a blanket, and enjoy the sights and sounds of this family-friendly extravaganza.

Fireflies: Nature’s Fireworks

June 30, 8:30 pm

Norristown Farm Park, 2500 Upper Farm Rd., Norristown

 

Join a field biologist for an evening to discover the world of fireflies—flashlights optional!

Sunday

Kid’s Patriotic Wind Chimes

July 1, 11 am—noon

Terrain, 914 Baltimore Pike, Glen Mills

 

Bring along the little ones to create a patriotic wind chime, just in time to display for the 4th of July! $15 includes instruction and all materials to make the wind chime.

Jenkins Summer Sunday

July 1, 2—3 pm

Jenkins Arboretum, 631 Berwyn Baptist Road, Devon

 

Kids age 4-8 are invited to meet in the Children’s Garden for a nature based story and activity. The event is free, but registration is required.

Public Reading of the Declaration of Independence

July 1, 2—3:30 pm

Norristown Farm Park, 2500 Upper Farm Rd., Norristown

 

Bring a blanket or chair and hear a historical reenactor perform a reading of the Declaration of Independence. . Come ready to participate in the cheering for liberty– there will be toasts and musket fire!

The Rockdale Boys at Rose Tree Park

July 1, 7:30 pm

1671 N. Providence Road, Media

 

Bring a blanket, and enjoy a free concert by this six-piece band playing traditional style Bluegrass.

Photograph by Laura Swartz.

PHILADELPHIA ASSISTANT EDITOR

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