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

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All Week

Indoor Mini Golf

Daily through March 31

Linvilla Orchards, 137 W. Knowlton Road, Media

 

Even the coldest day can’t keep you off these links! The orchards’ “Fore the Planet” course was designed by the Academy of Natural Sciences and featured environmental education along with some physical fun. It’s $6.95 for ages 11 and up to play and $5.95 for ages 10 and under.

Orchid Extravaganza

Daily through March 28

Longwood Gardens, 1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square

 

These beautiful flowers are the focus of an indoor celebration, bringing bursts of brilliant color to even the dreariest day. This is free with admission to the gardens and for members.

‘The Diary of Anne Frank’

Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays through March 31

People’s Light, 39 Conestoga Road, Malvern

 

The touching, tragic story comes to life at this small theater. Suitable for older kids and teenagers.

Free Demo Class Week

March 19 — 25, check schedule for times

Young Sports, 133 Old Sugartown Road, Wayne

 

Bring your child (ages 15 months to 7) for a free class ahead of the beginning of spring registration. Choose from multi-sport, basketball, superhero training, or sibling sports class.

Sid the Science Kid: The Super-Duper Exhibit!’

Daily through May 6

Please Touch Museum, 4231 Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia

 

Using the settings and situations from the PBS show, kids will discover and investigate everyday science questions through age-appropriate lessons and experiments in this super-duper interactive exhibit!

Crocs: Ancient Predators in a Modern World’

Daily through May 6

Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia

 

Get up close to crocodilians with nearly a dozen live species, as well as realistic models and interactive elements at the Academy of Natural Science’s newest exhibit.

Women’s History Month at the National Constitution Center

Through March 31

525 Arch St., Philadelphia

 

Participate in an array of activities throughout March, including the new program “Decoding the Lyrics: Bad Romance: Women’s Suffrage,” which rewrites Lady Gaga’s song to tell the story of women’s suffrage with more than a little bit of levity. Take a self-guided tour of the museum’s main exhibition, “The Story of We the People,” which highlights defining moments in women’s history. Artifact highlights include a judicial robe worn by retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor and a collection of artifacts from Susan B. Anthony and the movement for women’s suffrage. You can also test your knowledge of women’s history at the Giant Game Board.

Monday

Roots with Ruark

March 19, 10 — 10:30 am

Lulu’s Casita, 6 Cricket Ave., Ardmore

 

Join Roots with Ruark for music circle at Lulu’s Casita, then stay for playtime.

Marty’s Book Club Storytime

March 19, 11 am — noon

Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia

 

Laugh along with Marty the Moose as he shares his March 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!

Drop-in Toddler Paint Party

March 19, 10:30am — noon

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

 

Drop into the studio with your little one for creative experimentation in a non-class structured environment. Best of all: no cleanup!

Tuesday

Free Rita’s Water Ice

March 20, noon — 9 pm

 

It’s the first day of spring, which can only mean one thing: Free Rita’s! All locations give out a free small water ice, so line up and get yourselves some cold deliciousness.

Sid the Science Kid Meet and Greet

March 20, 10:30 am and 1:30 pm

Please Touch Museum, 4231 Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia

 

Meet Sid the Science Kid in Hamilton Hall for a picture, then visit his super-duper exhibit!

Music Monkey Jungle at Reading Terminal Market

March 20, 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.

First Day of Spring Flower Planting

March 20, 10 am — noon

Nest Chestnut Hill, 10 W. Gravers Lane, Philadelphia

 

Celebrate the first day of spring (even if it’s snowing!) by planting your own flowers. For $5, you get a pot, soil, seeds, and a chart to help you keep track of the watering duties.

Toddler Time

March 20, 10:30 — 11:30 am

American Swedish Historical Museum, 1900 Pattison Ave., Philadelphia

 

Kids will get to build language and math skills by learning the alphabet and how to count in Swedish! Read D is for Dala Horse: A Nordic Countries Alphabet, and reinforce letter and number practice through museum exploration. Activities include letter matching, Swedish counting games, and a fun stamp craft.

Tree Huggers Storytime

March 20, 10:30 — 11:30 am

Belmont Hills Community Center, 50 Ashland Ave., Bala Cynwyd

 

In partnership with the Longwood Gardens Community Read program, guests from the Delaware Museum of Natural History will read H. Joseph Hopkins’ The Tree Lady, and then introduce a few animals that love trees just as much as the story’s heroine! This program will be most appropriate for kids ages 4 to 7. Please pre-register.

Welcome Spring Walk

March 20, noon

Morris Arboretum, 100 E. Northwestern Ave., Philadelphia

 

Celebrate the first day of spring by taking a guided lunchtime walk through the garden to spot the signs of the new season.

Zoo on Wheels

March 20, 4 pm

Free Library of Philadelphia, West Oak Lane Branch, 2000 E. Washington Lane, Philadelphia

 

Learn about birds, mammals, and reptiles with a visit from the Philadelphia Zoo’s Little Zoo on Wheels with live animals.

‘Unnatural History’ presented by Bartram’s Garden

March 20, 4:30 pm

Free Library of Philadelphia, Lucien E. Blackwell West Philadelphia Branch, 125 S. 52nd St., Philadelphia

 

See how myth-making sometimes takes a front seat to science, and create your own “unnatural history” exhibits of monsters, aliens, and superheroes. For ages 12 and under.

Kids Can Cook!

March 20, 4 pm

Free Library of Philadelphia, Queen Memorial Branch, 1201 S. 23rd St.

 

Mobile cooking teacher Keisha Prosser will guide school-aged kids through constructing a simple, delicious family meal from start to finish, and teach everyone about food safety and healthy eating.

Community Night

March 20, 5 — 8 pm

The Franklin Institute, 222 N. 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 permanent exhibits, special programs, and hands-on activities. Admission is free and there is no need to pre-register.

Wednesday

Book Nook Storytime

March 21, 10 — 10:30 am

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

 

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

Founders Day

March 21, 10 am — 4:30 pm

Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia

 

Pay what you wish to celebrate the anniversary of the Academy’s founding.

Spanish Story Hour

March 21, 4:30 — 5:30 pm

PlayArts, 1241 N. Front St., Philadelphia

 

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

Are You in the Green Zone? Story Reading and Play about Feelings

March 21, 10 — 11:30 am

The Common Space, 25 Rittenhouse Place, Ardmore

 

What tools can you use to help your brain and body feel best? Join for a book reading, activity, and introduction to the Zones of Regulation program for children. Open to children ages 2 and up.

Thursday

Storytime at Suburban Square

March 22, 10 — 11:30 am

Anderson and Coulter avenues, Ardmore

 

Come to the community space in Suburban Square to hear Author Jennifer Hansen Rolli read her stories Claudia & Moth and Just One More. You can also bring your gently loved books to donate to Tree House Books.

Thursday Tots: Spring Senses

March 22, 1 — 2 pm

Wissahickon Environmental Center, 300 Northwestern Ave., Philadelphia

 

Bring your little one (ages 3-5) for an hour of discovery at the Tree House, and celebrate the arrival of spring.

Gardening Club

March 22, 4 pm

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

 

Children and teens can learn gardening skills with a focus of planting a veggie garden at the branch.

Artrageous!

March 22, 7:30 pm

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

 

Experience a unique visual journey of wild inspiration, creativity and family fun, as a team of exceptional artists painting at electric speed, creating giant works of art right before your very eyes, all accompanied by live music, powerful vocals and creative choreography!

Friday

Baby Bird Playdate

March 23, 10:15 am

Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia

 

Play at the Museum with your toddlers, and enjoy music, art making, and gallery walks.​

Lulu’s Casita’s Easter Fiesta

March 23, 5 — 7:30 pm

6 Cricket Ave., Ardmore

 

Come for a special BYOB Pizza Night with the Easter Bunny and an Easter Egg Hunt for the little ones.

Dinos After Dark

March 23, 5 — 7 pm

Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia

 

The museum will be open late with pay-as you-wish admission, a “Dino Drafts” pop-up beer garden and tacos in Dinosaur Hall, live animal presentations, and fun hands-on activities.  Plus, from 4—8 pm there will be a special pajama story time with Marty the Moose including arts and crafts with their favorite snuggly friends. Don’t forget to check out the Crocs exhibit, too!

Doodles with Daniel

March 23, 5 — 7 pm

Little Moon + Arrow, 729 S. 4th St., Philadelphia

 

Celebrate the Spring Equinox with local artist Daniel Lipschutz, creator of WonderPHL World – A Philadelphia Coloring Adventure. Lipschutz will join Little Moon + Arrow for an interactive art party where kids and adults can doodle together.

All-Girls Camp-In

March 23, 6:15 pm

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

 

Girls ages 6-13 (and their chaperones) can spend an overnight at the museum with live science shows, hands-on workshops, IMAX and Planetarium shows, stargazing in the rooftop observatory, and time to explore the entire museum. Sleep somewhere unique like near the Giant Heart or in the train room, then wake up for breakfast at the museum.

Philadelphia Events

All Weekend

Opening Weekend of ‘Hamilton: The Constitutional Clashes That Shaped a Nation’

March 24, 9:30 am — 5 pm; March 25, noon — 5 pm

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.

Citizen Science Lab

March 24 — 25, 11 am, 1 pm, and 3:30 pm

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

 

The museum will host hands-on, interactive experiences centered around water, with a focus on the Delaware River’s biology, ecology and chemistry, plus language arts, history and basic engineering.

Easter Hoppin’ Workshop

March 24 and 25, 10 — 11 am

SplashLab Arts, 3510 Scotts Lane #2911, Philadelphia

 

Hop on over for a full Easter crafting session. Create a mini Easter hanging basket, learn the process of print making with paint and potatoes, and welcome in spring with handmade sun catchers for your window!

Buttercream Egg Decorating Workshop

March 24 and 25, 6:30 pm

Shane Confectionery, 110 Market St., Philadelphia

 

Decorate your own classic buttercream egg, all while learning tips and tricks from Shane’s confectioners! Pre-registration is required.

Saturday

Easter Egg Hunt at Momo’s Tree House

March 24, 9 am

2207 South St., Philadelphia

 

Kids 10 and younger can hunt for eggs filled with treats and other special stuff during this fun event. Tickets are $8, and that money can be applied to any purchase.

Easter Egg Hunt at Please Touch Museum

March 24, 9 am – 2 pm

4231 Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia

 

Bring your own basket to the Please Touch Museum for a hunt that’s sure to be “an EGGS-citing time!”

Sound All Around: Winds

March 24, 10 am and 11:15 am

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

 

Sound All Around is a great introduction for youngsters and features members of the Philadelphia Orchestra and award-winning storyteller Charlotte Blake Alston. This month, a Philadelphia Orchestra musician will lead your kids through the different ways the woodwinds are played and their special place in the orchestra.

 

The 10 am time is a sensory-friendly performance, which will have a smaller audience capacity and a relaxed environment for kids who may need to move, vocalize, or get up to walk around.

Opening Day of Penguin Park

March 24, 10 am — 5 pm

Adventure Aquarium, 1 Riverside Drive, Camden, New Jersey

 

The aquarium’s penguin area is back after a year-long renovation, with more space for the penguins, a brand-new play area, and extra outdoor seating.

Family Cooking Class: Street Food Remix

March 24, 10 am — noon

Free Library of Philadelphia, Parkway Central Branch, 1901 Vine St., Philadelphia 

 

Get hands-on with author and food ethnographer June Jo Lee to make tacos from scratch with Korean-inspired vegan and beef fillings. Participants will enjoy a ramen tasting as well as hearty taco samples! This program is open to children age 5 and up and their caregivers. Purchase tickets in advance.

Penn Treaty Park Easter Egg Hunt

March 24, 11 am — 2 pm

1199 N. Delaware Ave., Philadelphia

 

Free Easter egg hunt with prizes for all.

East Passyunk Easter Egg Hunt

March 24, 10:30 am

South Philadelphia Older Adult Center, 1430 E. Passyunk Ave., Philadelphia

 

Kids will decorate egg-collecting bags, pose for photos with the Easter Bunny, enjoy music from BenFM and then hunt for eggs filled with toys and candy.

Children’s Author Jessica Dimuzio at DaVinci Art Alliance

March 24, 10:30 am — noon

704 Catherine St., Philadelphia

 

Jessica Dimuzio, VMD, conservation educator, author and veterinarian, will read from her book Bark! Bark! Bark for My Park! which tells the real story of how her puppy saved a 690-acre farm park from destruction! This reading is appropriate for children 4 and older, conservation educators, gardeners and animal lovers of all ages.

Women at War

March 24, 11 am – noon

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

 

Revolutionary women sewed flags, rolled cartridges, and even went to war themselves! Learn about the war efforts of the women of the Revolution in the museum’s Patriot Gallery, and participate on some hands-on activities too.

Seafarin’ Saturday: Pirate Swords and Hooks

March 24, 11 am — 1 pm

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

 

Turn the whole family into a merry band of pirates with pirate swords and hooks! These free nautical-themed craft activities are free with admission to the Seaport Museum.

Egyptomania

March 24, 11 am — 4 pm

Penn Museum, 3260 South St., Philadelphia 

It’s a celebration of all things Egypt, with activities like a “Mummy Makers” workshop, interactive belly-dancing, arts and crafts, games, Egyptian hieroglyph lessons, and talks on Egyptian history and archaeology.

Junior Ranger Plant Walk

March 24, 1 — 3 pm

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

 

Kids ages 9-15 will join a Refuge Ranger on a nature walk to discover plants in the springtime. The walk is 2 hours, and no prior experience is necessary, but waterproof boots and warm layers are recommended.

Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo

March 24, 2 — 3:15 pm

Zellerbach Theatre at the Annenberg Center, 3680 Walnut St., Philadelphia

 

Journey to prehistoric Australia, where you’ll meet and interact with an eye-popping collection of dinosaurs and other creatures rendered in larger-than-life puppets in this unique theatrical experience making its Philadelphia debut at the Annenberg. For the dinosaur enthusiast, sign up for the VIP experience before the show for an up-close-and-personal introduction to one of the large dinosaurs!

Parent’s Night Out

March 24, 6:30 — 8:30 pm

Sound Space Philly, 2511 W. Girard Ave., 2nd Floor, Philadelphia

 

Drop off the kids for pizza, crafting, movie, dancing, and games while you enjoy an adult evening out.

Sunday

Passover Singalong

March 25, 10 am

PlayArts, 1241 N. Front St., Philadelphia

 

Come celebrate the holiday at a Passover singalong with Rodeph Shalom.

Family Nature Club Hike and Play

March 25, 10 am — noon

Wissahickon Environmental Center, 300 W. Northwestern Ave., Philadelphia

 

Explore nature, build a fire, and go on a child led hike through the woods. Feel free to bring treats to roast at the firepits!

Easter Egg Hunt at Momo’s Tree House

March 25, 10:30 am

205 Arch St., Philadelphia

 

Kids 10 and younger can hunt for eggs filled with treats and other special stuff during this fun event. Tickets are $8, and that money can be applied to any purchase.

Family Time at the Art Museum

March 25, 11 am — 3 pm

Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia

 

The theme this week is “The Great Outdoors.” Come for a family tour at 11 am, where you will explore art inspired by nature. Then stay for the Family Art Cart from noon — 3 pm, where you can create your own masterpiece inspired by your tour!

Easter Family Fun Day

March 25, 2 — 4 pm

American Swedish History Museum, 1900 Pattison Ave., Philadelphia

 

Children in Sweden dress up as Easter Witches with long skirts, headscarves, painted red cheeks and freckles, and go from house to house wishing people happy Easter, so the museum’s Easter Family Fun day includes Easter witch dress up along with traditional Swedish Easter crafts, face painting, and of course an Easter egg hunt!

Fitler Square Easter Egg Hunt

March 25, 3 pm

23rd and Pine streets

 

Bring Your Own Basket (BYOB) to Fitler Square for a park-wide egg hunt separated by ages. There will also be snacks for the kids.

‘I Can Be Anything, I Can Be Me’ Exhibit Reception

March 25, 2 — 4 pm

Woodmere Art Museum, 9201 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia 

 

ArtWell students from K–12 classrooms across Philadelphia explore their realities, identities, and dreams through photography, visual art, and poetry.

Main Line and Suburban Events

All Weekend

Shady Brook Farm’s Easter Eggstravaganza

March 24 — 25, 11 am — 4 pm

931 Stony Hill Road, Yardley

 

Take a wagon ride to the “Hunting Grounds,” where kids will find 6 candy-filled eggs, get a prize and meet the Easter Bunny. There will also be go-karts, inflatables, a sports challenge, and more!

Easter Bunny Brunch and Egg Hunt

March 24 and 25, 10:30 am and 12:30 pm

Elmwood Park Zoo, 1661 Harding Blvd., Norristown

 

Brunch will feature an appearance by the Easter Bunny for a photo op, as well as crafts, admission to the zoo, and a brunch buffet. Then go for an “egg-ucational” hunt around the zoo as you learn about the different animals and win prizes at each station. There will be a special small egg hunt for little ones ages 0-3 as well.

Hayrides to Bunnyland

March 24 and 25, 11 am — 4 pm

Linvilla Orchards, 137 W. Knowlton Road, Media

 

Hop aboard a hayride as it carries you through the woods to visit the Easter Bunny’s house where you’ll have the chance to meet Linvilla’s Easter Bunny for photos and treats.

Saturday

Egg Hunt at West Laurel Hill Cemetery

March 24, 10 am

The Conservatory at West Laurel Hill Cemetery, 225 Belmont Ave., Bala Cynwyd

 

West Laurel Hill and Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation have partnered for a fun-filled morning with all proceeds going towards childhood cancer research. Mr. and Mrs. Bunny will be there for pictures, and there will be a massive egg hunt (split up by age so everyone gets plenty of treats) at 11 am. The event will also have crafts, raffles, balloon twisters, caricatures, face painting, and music.

‘The Love Bug’

March 24, 11 am

Bryn Mawr Film Institute, 824 W. Lancaster Ave., Bryn Mawr

 

Come for BMFI’s Family Saturday Matinee and enjoy the 1968 antics of Herbie the Love Bug! To add to the experience, Herbie will make a stop in Bryn Mawr for his 50th birthday! Wynnewood residents Gabriel and Abi Nathan are bringing their 1963 Volkswagen Herbie the Love Bug tribute car to BMFI for this special screening.

Honey Bee Presentation

March 24, 2 — 3 pm

Ardmore Library, 108 Ardmore Ave., Ardmore

Hear from an expert beekeeper about the importance of honey bees and how honey is made. All ages welcome. Registration required.

Sunday

Funky Brunch and Market

March 25, 10:30 am — 3 pm

Ardmore Music Hall, 23 E. Lancaster Ave., Ardmore

 

This indoor craft fair and market features a variety of local vendors, a brunch menu, live music by The Whiskeyhickon Boys and Mums the Word, and facepainting for the kids. Admission for the event is free, and all ages are welcome.

EarthEcho Water Challenge

March 25, 1 — 3 pm

Tyler Arboretum, 515 Painter Rd, Media

 

Learn techniques for water quality investigation and engage in hands-on testing for pH, dissolved oxygen, temperature, and turbidity. Discover how to share your data online and contribute to a network of global water monitors. Keep the science going at home with a free basic test kit for each family registered. Suitable for ages 4 and up.

Eco-Egg Hunt

March 25, 2 pm (ages 3-5), 2:15 (ages 6-8)

Norristown Farm Park, 2500 Upper Farm Road, Norristown

 

While the youngest group will have a traditional egg hunt, the older group (ages 6-8) will be challenged to find eggs by following a series of ecological clues hidden in eggs that are in the woods and field, so you can add a little learning to your Easter celebration.

Everything You Never Knew About Butterflies

March 25, 2 — 3 pm

Jenkins Arboretum, 631 Berwyn Baptist Rd, Devon

 

Rick Makula, the Butterfly Guy, will teach you how to better appreciate the butterflies and moths that surround us while learning how to nurture them by using ordinary household items.
Photograph by Laura Swartz. 

PHILADELPHIA ASSISTANT EDITOR

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