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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.

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

 

Looking for weekend plans? Click here for Philly events, and here for what’s happening on the Main Line and in the suburbs.

 

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All Week

‘Cristal Palace’

Through June 10, 8 pm

Kelly Drive at Fountain Green Drive, Fairmount Park, Philadelphia

 

Compagnie Transe Express returns to PIFA for the first time since their thrilling finale to PIFA 2011. This time, they will perform for 10 days on the banks of the Schuylkill River, with the world premiere of Cristal Palace, a high-flying, 360-degree immersive event featuring a human chandelier as the centerpiece for what they are calling an “aerial dance party.” Nobuntu — the world-renowned, all female a cappella quintet from Zimbabwe — will open the show with a 20-minute performance including Zimbabwean music, Afro Jazz, and gospel. The event is rain or shine.

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 (literally) 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.

‘Snow White’

Through June 10

Arden Theatre Co., 40 N. Second St., Philadelphia

 

Two actors perform all the roles in this world premiere production of the beloved fairy tale. Click here to read our review.

‘Newsies’

Through June 10

Media Theatre, 104 E. State St., Media

 

Inspired by the Newsboy Strike of 1899, this Disney musical is full of great songs and dance routines. Tickets are $33 — $58.

Big Apple Circus

Through June 24

Philadelphia Mills, 1455 Franklin Mills Circle, Philadelphia

 

The Big Apple Circus will thrill generations of guests with the world’s most celebrated acts in the most intimate setting—no seat is more than 50 feet from the ring. Use discount code FOCUS for $5 off.

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.

‘SEA – Singular Extreme Actions’

June 5—7, 7 pm

Kimmel Center, 300 S. Broad St., Philadelphia

 

In a performance combining dance, acrobatics, gymnastics, and daredevil stunt work, SEA will put the laws of physics to the test. This is part of PIFA 2018— read our guide to the festival here!

‘Tape Riot’

June 5—8, 5:30 pm and 7:30 pm

Mystery Center City Location, Philadelphia

 

Tape Riot begins at a secret location in Center City Philadelphia, which will only be revealed to ticketholders through a communication before the performance. Audiences will then be guided by quartet of performers who combine electronic soundscapes, improvised dance, and graphics. This performance art tour accomplishes its goal of “infiltrating urban public spaces” by leaving traces of tape along the way. While this is for all ages, it is not recommended for young children or parents pushing strollers due to the all-weather, all-terrain traveling nature of the performance. This is part of PIFA 2018— read our guide to the festival here!

‘PAW Patrol’ Fun Fest at the Pop Shop

June 3—6

729 Haddon Ave., Collingswood, New Jersey

 

This Collingswood mainstay is hosting a week of events and times for your kids to meet and dine with Chase and Marshall from PAW Patrol!

Parks on Tap: Matthias Baldwin Park

June 6—10

423 N 19th St, Philadelphia

 

Family-friendly beer garden Parks on Tap comes to this unique neighborhood park this week and through the weekend.

Monday

Music Monday with Roots with Ruark

June 4, 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 4, 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.

Story Jams at DiSilvestro

June 4, 10:30 am

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

 

This playgroup focused on play and positivity includes storytime, music, dancing, and sensory exploration.

Parkway Pals at Sister Cities Park

June 4, 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.

Fabulous Fun Family Storytime

June 4, 5:30 pm

Ramonita G. de Rodriguez Library, 600 W. Girard Ave., Philadelphia

 

The library celebrates Pride Month with an evening family storytime featuring gender-diverse and LGBTQ+ themed books, and exploring the contents of the Free Library of Pride Traveling Trunk!

‘Doggie Hamlet’

June 4, 6 pm

Belmont Plateau, 2000 Belmont Mansion Drive, Philadelphia

 

This 70-minute production stars a flock of sheep, three herding dogs, and five performers; and no, it does not retell Shakespeare’s tragedy with them. Instead, Doggie Hamlet weaves dance, music, visual, and theatrical elements in what they are calling a “3D pastoral poem.” This is part of PIFA 2018— read our guide to the festival here!

Tuesday

Music Monkey Jungle at Reading Terminal Market

June 5, 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.

Family Storytime at Longwood Gardens

June 5, 10—10:45 am

1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square

 

Young guests (ages 3–5) can enjoy nature-based stories in Lookout Loft Treehouse amid the beauty of the surrounding forest. Storytelling, songs, and puppets encourage children to discover the joys of nature, language, and literature.

Free Baby and Toddler Music Class from Music Training Center

June 5, 10:30—11:15 am

Haverford Township Free Library, 1601 Darby Road, Havertown

 

Free First Notes class for babies and toddlers age 0-5. No registration necessary.

Ribbon Cutting at Goldfish Swim School Malvern

June 5, noon–3 pm

309 Lancaster Ave, Malvern

 

Mark the official opening of Goldfish Swim School in Malvern! The ribbon cutting starts at noon, and refreshments will be served. This is also a great chance to see the facility and meet the team before the first day of lessons.

Garden Sprouts at Tyler Arboretum

June 5, 1—2:30 pm

515 Painter Road, Media

 

Garden Sprouts programs introduce children (age 4-6) and their favorite adult to the world of plants and gardening. Each program includes an interactive lesson and outdoor exploration. This week, learn about the various parts of a plant that we can eat, and even try some!

Summer of Wonder Kick-Off Party at Falls of Schuylkill Library

June 5, 3:30—5:30 pm

3501 Midvale Ave., Philadelphia

 

Register for the Free Library of Philadelphia’s summer reading program, enjoy some snacks, and try on a different look with facepainter/artist Jane Lashner.

Rainbow Slime: Introducing Children to Symbols of Pride

June 5, 4 pm

West Oak Lane Library, 2000 E. Washington Lane, Philadelphia

 

In a safe space, explore the vocabulary of LGBTQ+ pride and the symbolism of the rainbow flag.

PAWS for Reading at Media-Upper Providence Free Library

June 5, 4—5 pm

1 E. Front St., Media

 

Help your child (age 5 and up) increase their reading confidence by reading to a specially-trained therapy dog team. You must register in advance for a 10-minute time slot due to high popularity of this event.

Eagleview Summer Concerts on the Square

Wellington Square, Exton

June 5, 7 — 9 pm

 

Free outdoor music with Billy Walton Band and the Tonebenders.

Wednesday

Swedish National Day

June 6, 10 am—3 pm

American Swedish Historical Museum, 1900 Pattison Ave., Philadelphia

 

Enjoy free admission to the American Swedish Historical Museum, including guided tours at 11 am and 2 pm highlighting the history of the museum, and a special Swedish summer dessert treat.

Campfire Chefs: Summer Veggies

June 6, 10—11:30 am

Tyler Arboretum, 515 Painter Road, Media

 

Tyler Arboretum’s popular Little Chefs program goes outdoors for the summer! This week, roast some of your favorite summer veggies and create a savory snack. Thematic content and cooking tasks will be best suited to kids ages 3-5, but all ages are welcome.

Bartram’s Garden Little Explorers

June 6, 10—11:30 am

5400 Lindbergh Blvd., Philadelphia

 

Explore Bartram’s Garden with all of your senses, and create colorful flower art. Little Explorers is a monthly program for toddlers and preschoolers ages 2-4. Each session includes activities, performances, snacks, and walks through the garden, weather permitting.

Not a Peep Sleep Workshop

June 6, 10–11:30 am

PlayArts, 1241 N. Front St., Philadelphia

 

During this 90-minute workshop, sleep expert Maria Lopez will teach you about the science of children’s sleep, why problems occur, how to prevent them, and how to troubleshoot your current issues. This class addresses sleep issues for children at any age.

Book Nook Storytime at Reading Terminal Market

June 6, 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.

Parkway Pals at Sister Cities Park

June 6, 10:30 am—1:30 pm

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

 

Sister Cities Park partners with local institutions to bring STEAM lessons and activities all morning.

West African Storytime

June 6, 10:30 am

Andorra Library, 705 E. Cathedral Road, Philadelphia

 

Learn about the West African culture by reading traditional folktales and dancing to festive music. For kid ages 2-5 and a caregiver.

First Wednesday at the Please Touch Museum

June 6, 4—7 pm

4231 Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia

 

On the first Wednesday of every month, Please Touch Museum is open until 7 pm for two extra hours of play, and offers $2 per person admission from 4 pm on. Through a partnership with Vetri’s Mobile Teaching Kitchen, chefs young and old will learn how to how to cook fresh produce.

Identity, Empathy, and Awareness Workshop

June 6, 4 pm

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

 

This training for children and teens provides basic knowledge and insight on LGBTQ+ terminology and concepts, and generates empathy amongst students through self-exploration and firsthand recollections from LGBTQ+ young people regarding their experiences in school. This is part of the Free Library’s Pride Month programming.

Immigrant Heritage Month: Albanian

June 6, 4:30 pm

Tacony Library, 6742 Torresdale Ave., Philadelphia

 

Celebrate Immigrant Heritage Month and sample the cultures that make Tacony such a diverse and enjoyable place! Hear a folktale, learn a new recipe, make a craft.

Narberth Summer Concert Series

June 6, 7 pm

Narberth Park, 80 Windsor Ave., Narberth

 

Bring some chairs or a blanket, a picnic dinner, and have a great evening with the whole family.  Small refreshments will be for sale.  This week features free music by the Zing Kings.

Outdoor Movie at La Peg: ‘Ferris Bueller’s Day Off’

June 6, 8:30 pm

FringeArts, 140 N. Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia

 

For this summer’s La Peg movie series, June’s theme is “High School.” There’s also food available on site, and for grown-ups, each movie will be paired with a special cocktail you can buy at the outdoor bar!

Thursday

Summer of Wonder Kickoff

June 7, 10—11 am

Lobby of Parkway Central Library, 1901 Vine St., Philadelphia

 

Kick off the Free Library’s summer reading program with Mayor Jim Kenney, special story sessions, a craft workshop hosted by the Philadelphia Museum of Art, a scavenger hunt with the Rosenbach, and a visit from the Phillie Phanatic!

Storytime in the Gardens

June 7, 10:30 — 11:30 am

Mt. Cuba Center, 3120 Barley Mill Road, Hockessin, Delaware

 

Meet in the main house of this Delaware gem, then head outside for a story. This event is for kids 5 and under and happens every Thursday all summer!

Family Storytime featuring ‘Pride: The Story of Harvey Milk and the Rainbow Flag’

June 7, 4 pm

Whitman Library, 200 Snyder Ave., Philadelphia

 

Come for a reading of a new children’s book about the history of the gay pride flag, and then enjoy rainbow water ice.

LGBTQ+ Jeopardy for Children and Teens

June 7, 4 pm

Ramonita G. de Rodriguez Library, 600 W. Girard Ave., Philadelphia

 

Celebrate Pride Month with a lively round of Jeopardy focused on LGBTQ+ trivia.

Ice Cream Social

June 7, 4–7 pm

Chester Springs Creamery, 521 E. Uwchlan Ave., Chester Springs

 

Bring in summer while you enjoy a free delicious ice cream cone at the historic Milky Way Farms!  Feel free to walk about the Springhouse area experiencing the genuineness of the farm and visiting animals in their habitats.

Touch-A-Truck

June, 4 — 6  pm

Eagleview Town Center, 565 Wellington Square, Exton

Give your child a fun-filled afternoon exploring our huge variety of trucks and vehicles, and make difference in the lives of children in crisis at the same time. Donations of children’s books and school supplies are appreciated. All donations will go to SafeBerks to benefit children impacted by domestic violence.

Beer and Boats at Bartram’s Garden

June 7, 4—8 pm

5400 Lindbergh Blvd., Philadelphia

 

Celebrate Philly Beer Week in the great outdoors. Tickets include the cost of the first beer and a boat or kayak excursion out onto the Schuylkill River, with all instruction and equipment provided. Kids boat free with a parent or guardian!

Manayunk Stroll the Street

June 7, 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. This week, they’ll also be showing Zootopia!

Pairings on the Parkway

June 7, 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!

Pride Month Kickoff at City Hall

June 7, 5–8 pm

1401 JFK Blvd., Philadelphia

 

The Philadelphia Office of LGBT Affairs celebrates Pride Month with a City Hall flag raising ceremony and kickoff party. The official City of Philadelphia flag raising with Mayor Jim Kenney and City Council will occur from 5–6 pm, followed by a huge party in the City Hall courtyard from 6–8pm featuring food trucks, live performances, DJs, dancing, and more. These events are free, family friendly, and welcome all community members to attend.

Baltimore Avenue Dollar Stroll

June 7, 5:30—8:30 pm

Baltimore Ave (from 43rd to 52nd streets), Philadelphia

 

Baltimore Avenue showcases its businesses with $1 bargains from neighborhood favorites, ranging from bites from signature restaurants to pet supplies to theater tickets. Live music, family entertainment, and more accompany the deals, making this a great event for people of all ages.

Swingin’ Summer Thursday

June 7, 6:30 — 9 pm

Downtown West Chester

 

Food, music, clowns, artists, magicians, jugglers, and lots of family fun!

Movie Night at Schmidt’s Commons: ‘The Greatest Showman’

June 7, 7—9 pm

1001 N. Second St., Philadelphia

 

Bring your own chair and enjoy The Greatest Showman on the Jumbotron at the Piazza.

Friday

Drop-In Art and Music Jam at Lume

June 8, 10:30 am—noon

Lume Creative Learning Studios, 1916-18 E. Passyunk Ave., Philadelphia

 

Kids age 5 and under and their caregivers will have fun singing along with the guitar, experimenting with instruments, and dancing to familiar songs. Afterwards, join the Lume staff at the art tables to get creative with make-and-take art projects.

City Institute of Philadelphia Interactive Arts

June 8, 3:30 pm

The goat statue at Rittenhouse Square, enter at 19th and Locust Streets, Philadelphia

 

Spiral Q Puppet Theater and other presenters will perform at the goat statue!

Penn Treaty Playground First Birthday 

June 8, 6—9 pm

Penn Treaty Park, 1199 N. Delaware Ave., Philadelphia

Come out to the first birthday celebration of the Penn Treaty Playground with food, games, and a concert featuring musical stylings of The Crush and Effusion 35.

Westgate Park Movie Night: ‘Wonder’

June 8, 7–11 pm (rescheduled from June 2)

Westgate Hills Park, Oxford Hill Lane, Havertown

 

The park will host a free outdoor movie night. Treats and beverages will be available to purchase on site.

BYOB and Pizza Night at Lulu’s Casita

June 8, 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: Cabin Dogs w/ Jonathan Doh and Band

June 8, 7 pm

Bryn Mawr Gazebo, Bryn Mawr

 

Enjoy a concert under the stars. Kids attend free.

‘The Planets’: An HD Odyssey featuring the Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia

June 8, 8 pm

Kimmel Center, 300 S. Broad St., Philadelphia

 

Experience modern space exploration through a stunning cinematic visual canvas as the Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia performs Gustav Holst’s The Planets. This performance is part of PIFA 2018.

Weekend Events

Plan the perfect weekend with our picks!

Philadelphia Events

All Weekend

‘Cristal Palace’

Through June 10, 8 pm

Kelly Drive at Fountain Green Drive, Fairmount Park, Philadelphia

 

Compagnie Transe Express returns to PIFA for the first time since their thrilling finale to PIFA 2011. This time, they will perform for 10 days on the banks of the Schuylkill River, with the world premiere of Cristal Palace, a high-flying, 360-degree immersive event featuring a human chandelier as the centerpiece for what they are calling an “aerial dance party.” Nobuntu — the world-renowned, all female a cappella quintet from Zimbabwe — will open the show with a 20-minute performance including Zimbabwean music, Afro Jazz, and gospel. The event is rain or shine.

Liberation 1778

June 9–10, 10 am–5 pm

Museum of the American Revolution, 101 S. Third St., Philadelphia

To celebrate the opening of its new family discovery center Revolution Place, the museum will host a Liberation 1778 weekend, which will feature historical reenactors describing the days after the Continental Army reclaimed Philadelphia from the British, and hosting activities both in the new gallery as well as outside in the plaza.

Totally Turtles Weekend at Academy of Natural Sciences

June 9–10, 10 am–5 pm

1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia

Celebrate all things turtle (and tortoise and terrapin) with a weekend of special crafts, demonstrations, touchable specimens, and more centered around these hard-shelled friends.

‘Snow White’

Through June 10

Arden Theatre Co., 40 N. Second St., Philadelphia

 

Two actors perform all the roles in this world premiere production of the beloved fairy tale. Click here to read our review.

Parks on Tap: Matthias Baldwin Park

June 6—10

423 N. 19th St., Philadelphia

 

Family-friendly beer garden Parks on Tap comes to this unique neighborhood park this week and through the weekend.

‘Ivy + Bean: The Musical’

June 9–10

Walnut Street Theatre, 825 Walnut St., Philadelphia

 

The popular kids’ book series by Annie Barrows comes to musical life in the newest Walnut Street Theatre for Kids production.

Traveling Children’s Zoo

June 6—10

900 Orthodox St., Philadelphia

Bring the family for a free exotic petting zoo, with pony rides and more.

Saturday

Pride Family Festival at Please Touch Museum

June 9, 9 am–5 pm

4231 Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia

 

Please Touch Museum is hosting a day of Pride Month activities that celebrate individuality and family. There will be Drag Queen Storytimes with Brittany Lynn and Miss Aurora throughout the day, live musical performances, and art activities including a workshop with artist Sophie Strachan to finish a mural that highlights prominent LGBTQ figures and locations in Philadelphia. Note: Due to the popularity of Drag Queen Storytime, Please Touch Museum is asking guests to reserve their timeslot at check-in.

Nest Chestnut Hill Goodbye Party

June 9, 10 am — noon

Nest Chestnut Hill, 10 W. Gravers Lane, Philadelphia

 

This hub for Northwest kids is closing for good June 16, so come say goodbye (and maybe score a bargain on merchandise). It’s free for members or if you’ve got a day pass.

PIFA Street Fair

June 9, 11 am—7 pm

Broad Street from City Hall to South Street, Philadelphia

 

As PIFA comes to a close, seven blocks of Broad Street (from City Hall to South Street) will be transformed into an epic street fair! This free block party includes a full day of public performances, food vendors, carnival rides, interactive experiences, and much more. We hear there’s even a camel this year! It is one of the biggest, best street festivals Philly has, and it only happens every few years, so it is not to be missed!

Great Chefs Event

June 9, 12:30 — 4 pm

5000 S. Broad St., Philadelphia

 

This culinary event is part of Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation’s Lemonade Days. It is hosted by Marc Vetri at the Urban Outfitters Headquarters in the Navy Yard, and features over 40 renowned chefs who will prepare amazing dishes and drinks for guests to sample. For 12 years, this has been an adults-only weeknight evening affair, but this year, it has been transformed into a family-friendly Saturday afternoon event. Kids age 12 and under get in free with an accompanying adult, and there will be a dedicated area to keep kids entertained with fun and games between tasting the food. Also new this year: a beer garden! Tickets are $195 for general admission; kids 12 and under do not require a ticket.

Second Saturdays in Historic Germantown

June 9, 9:30 am—4 pm

Grumblethorpe, 5267 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia

 

Come for some music and food, relax in the gardens, buy some locally grown produce, learn how to cook, take a tour of the historic house, and enjoy the day!

Storytime in the Lodge at Blue Cross RiverRink

June 9, 11:30 am—12:30 pm

101 S. Christopher Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia

 

Enjoy a new book each week, and entertainment with Listen, Learn, and Play. Light refreshments will be provided for the kids, as well as a book swap.

Seafarin’ Saturday

June 9, 11 am—1 pm

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

 

Build your own paper ship by folding origami and taking it home.

Stories in the Park

June 9, 11 am—noon

Rittenhouse Square, 210 W. Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia

 

Gather at the goat statue for farmer’s market themed readings (to match the surrounding market on the Square), and free refreshments from a.bar.

Big Ideas for Little Learners

June 9, 11 am—noon

National Liberty Museum, 321 Chestnut St., Philadelphia

 

Come for an engaging exploration of friendship, acceptance, respect, and kindness. Using puppets, props, and lots of imagination, author and illustrator Staci Schwartz will lead an interactive reading of her book, The New Bear on the Block. Your family will receive a signed copy of the book, as well as a special Hide-and-Seek Adventure Map of the National Liberty Museum, which will guide your family throughout the museum to see different kid-friendly exhibits with the lessons learned from the book.

Programming from Scratch workshop at the Franklin Institute

June 9, 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.

West Park Arts Fest

June 9, noon—5 pm

South Concourse Drive between 41st Street and East Memorial Hall Drive, West Fairmount Park, Philadelphia

 

Come for art on display by local artists, and free performances, activities, and historic trolley tours for the whole family.

Summer Jump Off at Malcolm X Park

June 9, noon—6 pm

400 S. 51st St., Philadelphia

 

Welcome summer with kids’ activities, entertainment, snacks, and more.

Fishtown FestivAle

June 9, noon–8 pm (kids’ area until 5 pm)

Frankford Avenue, between Girard and Oxford

 

In addition to drinks, this street fair has food trucks, three stages of entertainment including a DJ playing music all day, vendors, carnival games, and a kids’ activity area hosted by PlayArts!

“Finders Keepers” Improv Show

June 9, 12—1 pm

PHIT Comedy, 2030 Sansom St., Philadelphia

 

Come see some of Philly’s most talented improvisers, along with the wonderful teachers from the PHIT Kids and Teens program, perform a completely improvised family-friendly show right before your eyes.

Summer Kickoff Party at Queen Memorial Library

June 9, 1–4 pm

1201 S. 23rd St., Philadelphia

 

Celebrate summer reading at the library with crafts, refreshments, and live entertainment for all ages! Among other activities, you can catch a Zoo on Wheels “Around the World Safari” performance at 1 pm and 2:30 pm.

Mt. Airy Moonlight Movies: ‘Queen of Katwe’

June 9, sunset

Trolley Car Diner, 7619 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia

 

Grab some dinner and ice cream at the diner and enjoy a free movie under the stars!

Sunday

Access to Science: Opening Doors to Autism

June 10, 9–11 am

Academy of Natural Sciences, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia

 

Children on the autism spectrum and their families are invited to experience the museum before the crowds. Pre-registration is required.

Pride Day Parade and Festival

June 10, parade at 11:30 am

Parade begins at 13th and Locust streets at 11:30 am

 

Catch the parade– which features lots of fun and colorful musical performances– beginning at 13th and Locust in the heart of the Gayborhood, or along its route to Penn’s Landing, where there is a festival featuring six hours of entertainment, and headlined by Margaret Cho. Philly Family Pride will be sponsoring the Family Zone during the Pride Festival as a place for LGBTQ parents to stop by with their kids, and will have crafts and a rest area. Kids get into the festival free (adult tickets are $15). Check out more Pride Month events here!

Drop-in Baby Bubbles Swim Class

June 10, 9—10 am

Fitness Works, 714 Reed St., Philadelphia

 

The hour-long drop-in class, open to little ones aged five months to three years, incorporates techniques 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 in the pool with their child, offering hands-on guidance and encouragement.

Odunde Festival

June 10, 10 am—8 pm

23rd and South streets, Philadelphia

 

Celebrate African culture at this street fair featuring food, vendors, live performances, and more.

Family Time at Philadelphia Museum of Art

June 10, 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.

Philly Mountain Bike Phestival

June 10, 10 am—3 pm

6839 Henry Ave., Philadelphia

 

This event is for both advanced riders familiar with the trail system, as well as beginners looking to explore what the Wissahickon has to offer through guided rides. It is an all-ages event with music, food, swap meet, guided rides, raffles, mini obstacle courses, and other fun events and activities!

Amigos Spanish Storytime at Momo’s Tree House

June 10, 3:45 pm

205 Arch St., Philadelphia

 

Bilingual interactive story time presented by Amigos Spanish Immersion Preschool.

Flag Fest Begins at Betsy Ross House

June 10, 10 am—4 pm

239 Arch St., Philadelphia

 

Betsy Ross House begins its week long Flag Day festivities, starting with a morning flag raising with Ms. Ross herself! From 11 am—4 pm, there will be a colonial chocolate demonstration, where you can meet three female entrepreneurs and learn how women played an active role during the American Revolution, including choosing “patriotic” beverages like chocolate and coffee, rather than tea; and of course, sample the chocolate drink!

Phillies’ Father’s Appreciation Day

June 10, 1:35 pm

Citizens Bank Park, 1 Citizens Bank Way, Philadelphia

 

Watch the Phillies take on the Brewers. Come early for a pre-game tribute dedicated to all dads. All men age 15 and over will get a free retro John Kruk batting practice pullover! Plus, the team from Main Line Parent and Philly Family will be there (we’ll be tailgating before the game too), so come say hello if you see us!

Kahn Park Kids Party

June 10, noon—3 pm

Kahn Park, 328 S. 11th St., Philadelphia

 

Free fun for the entire family, including live music by Stomp & Shout, circus performers, face painting, snacks, a Disney singalong, and live animals!

PECO Family Jams at Magic Gardens

June 10, noon—4 pm

1020 South St., Philadelphia

 

In celebration of Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens’ current exhibition Allá Abajo— in which Ornella Ridone uses textile and embroidery to explore complex themes– create your own original piece of embroidery to take home (with safety needles, so no worries for kids). All skill levels and ages are welcome. Take a family-friendly tour of Magic Gardens at 1 pm and 2:30 pm.

Junior Ranger Insect Walk

June 10, noon–1:30 pm

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

 

Join a Refuge Ranger on a nature walk to discover insects in the summertime! For kids ages 7-12.

PAFA Family Arts Academy

June 10, 2–4 pm

118-128 N. Broad St., Philadelphia

 

BYO device and experiment with projection art photography.

A Child’s Mythology: Collaborative Storytelling Workshop

June 10, 4–7:30 pm

Little Moon + Arrow, 729 S. Fourth St., Philadelphia

 

Join Philadelphia-based writer, educator, and performer Maryan Nagy Captan for a workshop on storytelling and story creation. This is a parent-led workshop with your child as the inspiration, and the “ideal age” is 11, though all ages are welcome.

Main Line and Suburban Events

All Weekend

LEGO Minifigure 40th Birthday

June 9—10

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.

KIDZ BOP at Sesame Place

June 9—10

100 Sesame Road, Langhorne

 

Rock out with the KIDS BOP Kids at Sesame Place. They will host concerts three times each day in Sesame Place Neighborhood Theater. Tickets and a reservation required.

Main Line Parent EXCLUSIVE Sneak Peek: Luxey Little Ones

June 9, 10 am — 6 pm; June 10, 11 am — 4 pm

135 E. Gay St., West Chester

 

Come and get the first look at this new store, which specializes in high-end apparel, accessories, furniture, interior design and decor, and essentials for babies and children 6 and younger. Mention Main Line Parent and get 20 percent off one apparel item!

Saturday

Plein Air on the Square

June 9, 10 am–8 pm

Suburban Square, Anderson and Coulter avenues, Ardmore

 

Professional artists will be painting en plein air throughout Suburban Square. Students can participate by registering here.

Colonial Children’s Day

June 9, 10 am — 4 pm

The Mill at Anselma, 1730 Conestoga Road, Chester Springs

 

Come tour the mill and enjoy hands on activities that children would have done in the Colonial area: Think homemade ice cream, games and a puppet theatre. Children who come in a colonial-themed costume receive free admission.

Lolly and YoYo at Act II Playhouse

June 9, 10–11 am

56 E. Butler Ave., Ambler

 

Lolly and YoYo inspire children to play, exercise and be healthy with their high energy, interactive shows and music. Their songs and games will engage the children’s imaginations while they dance, jump, hop, run, and play!

Super Smash Bros Tournament of Champions

June 9, 10:30 am — 3:30 pm

Chester County Library, Struble Room, 450 Exton Square Parkway, Exton

 

Come for a day filled with fun and games at the Library. Registrations for the Super Smash Bros Tournament Qualifier #1 begin at 9:30 am on a first come first serve basis. Registration is limited to 64 participants. There will be more qualifying tournaments held on July 21 and August 18, with the finals on September 15.

Hoppy Saturday: Intro to Pet Rabbits and Rabbit Rescue

June 9, 11 am — noon

Penn Wynne Library, 130 Overbrook Parkway, Wynnewood

 

Luv-N-Buns Rescue will visit for a Meet and Greet with live pet rabbits. Families will learn about animal rescue and how to properly handle and care for pet bunnies. There will be lots of opportunities to pet the bunnies! Best for kids in grades K-5 with their families. Registration is required.

Sunday

Wayne Art Center Free Family Event: Welcome Summer!

June 10, 11 am–1 pm

413 Maplewood Ave., Wayne

 

Welcome summer with free crafts, demos, caricatures, face painting and music set up in the gardens and studios of Wayne Art Center.

Clover Market

June 10, 10 am—4pm

600 S. Broad St., Kennett Square

The last market of the season will be in Kennett Square, bringing unique art, antiques, and more.

Sunday FUNday at AR Workshop

June 10, 1—4 pm

233 E. King St., Malvern

 

Celebrate Lemonade Days by getting crafty for a cause! Make your own lemonade stand plank sign or kit, and AR will donate $10-$15 to Alex’s Lemonade Stand.

 

 

Assistant Editor Sarah L. Bender contributed to this report.

Photograph of Cristal Palace by Juan Robert, courtesy of the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. 

PHILADELPHIA ASSISTANT EDITOR

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