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

This week is going to be so fun! Get out and enjoy the sunshine, head out for interactive storytimes, and much more.

All Week:

Orchid Extravaganza

March 6 — 12, 9 am — 6 pm

Longwood Gardens, 1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square

The orchids are in bloom inside the conservatory at Longwood Gardens! While the weather is nice this week, head out to the gardens and enjoy walking through the conservatory for a taste of warm weather surrounded by unique blooms. Admission to this event is included with general admission to the gardens.

Open Play at the Play Café

March 6, 9 am — 2 pm

March 7 — 10, 9 am — 6 pm

March 11 and 12, 9 am — 2 pm

The Play Café, 934 W. Lancaster Ave., Bryn Mawr

Need a place for your kiddo to play this week to get you both out of the house? Head over to the play cafe for open play. You can sit and relax, catch up on some reading or listen to a podcast while your child enjoys open playtime at the play café’s indoor play space.

Philly Mini Golf at Franklin Square Park

March 6 — 12, 10 am — 5 pm

Franklin Square, 200 6th St., Philadelphia

Love Philadelphia? Love mini golf? Combine your enthusiasm in one fun-filled activity! This family friendly mini golf course is officially open for the season at Franklin Square. Enjoy the 18 hole course with mini designs of Philly landmarks from Elfreth’s Alley to The Liberty Bell. Tickets for this event are $9 for adults, $7 for children ages 3 — 12, and free for children 2 and under.

Lahaska Restaurant Week

March 6 — 9, 4 — 10 pm

Lahaska

Whether it’s brunch or dinner that suits your fancy, Lahaska’s Restaurant Week has something for you! Head to any of the participating restaurants for a $30 prix-fixe menu (some are also offering their regular menu too) and take a night out! This event is going all week, so take some time to make a reservation and head out for date night!


Monday:

The Cat in Your Hat Magic Show

March 6, 10:15— 10:45 am

The Children’s Room at the Haverford Township Free Library, 1601 Darby Road, Havertown

This all-ages magic show celebrates the birthday of Dr. Seuss! Magician Tom McDonnell (a regular at venues like the Please Touch Museum) will make your children laugh while he dazzles them with his tricks! This event is free and open to the public.

Snowman Adventure

March 6, 10:30 am — noon

Liberty Lands Park, 913 N. 3rd St., Philadelphia

Sure, we got very little snow this year, but that doesn’t mean we can’t go on one last snowman adventure before the winter season is officially over! Join Let’s Go Outdoors for their snowman picture frame making workshop. This event costs $12 per child accompanied by an adult and includes a foam snowman picture frame, bubble mania fun, music, a juice box, and an outdoor nature talk. Register here.


Tuesday:

Preschool Storytime

March 7, 10 am

RML REcollection at the Radnor Memorial Library, 114 W Wayne Ave., Wayne

This event, created for children ages 3 — 5 years old, is perfect for children who love an interactive storytime with puppets, rhymes, and music. This event will develop their language and listening skills. This event is free and open to the public.

Storytime and Craft

March 1, 10 — 11 am

The Garden Center at Linvilla Orchards, 137 Knowlton Road, Media

Want your storytime with a side of crafting? Linvilla Orchards hosts a weekly storytime and invites children to use their inspiration from the tale to create artwork that speaks to their inner muse. This event is free and open to this public.

Mama Mac Winter Jam

March 7, 10:30 — 11:15 am

The Play Café, 934 W. Lancaster Ave., Bryn Mawr

This event, designed for young children ages 1 — 3, is a fun and interactive jam session! Explore music and melody with Mama Mac and join the band! This event is included with general admission.

National Children’s Craft Day

March 7, 11 am — 12:30 pm

The Children’s Room at the Haverford Township Free Library, 1601 Darby Road, Havertown

It’s National Children’s Craft Day a week early at the Haverford Township Free Library! Children are invited to create whatever their hear desires with the provided materials. This drop in event is for children ages 5 and under. This event is free and open to the public.


Wednesday:

Bilingual Storytime and Music Circle

March 8, 10 — 10:30 am

Lulu’s Casita, 6 Cricket Ave., Ardmore

Music, storytime, dancing, shaking, and more! Join in on bilingual storytime with Ms. Val this week at Lulu’s Casita so your child can be exposed to foreign languages early on in a fun and energetic setting. This event is included with general admission.

Book Bike

March 8, 10 — 11 am

Reading Terminal Market, 12th and Arch streets, Philadelphia

Head over to Reading Terminal Market this Wednesday for storytime and to take out books from the library! The Free Library of Philadelphia cart will be there from 10 — 11 am to promote literacy through fun interactive reading. This event is free and open to the public.

PAWS Read to a Dog

March 8, 4 pm

Fishtown Community Library, 1217 East Montgomery Ave., Philadelphia

For a chance to read to Miracle, the library’s therapy dog, head to the Fishtown Community Library this Wednesday. Children will get a chance to read out loud with no judgment to practice their reading and communication skills. This event is open to all reading levels.

Night Skies in the Observatory

March 8, 7 — 10 pm

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

It’s time for another Night Skies in the Observatory event this Thursday evening at the Franklin Institute! Currently, the weather looks clear for a night of uninterrupted viewing of the night sky. Look through the high-powered telescopes and see which planets and stars you can find in our solar system. This event costs $10 for nonmembers and $5 for members.


Thursday:

Mother Goose on the Loose: Infant/Toddler Storytime

March 9, 10 am

RML REcollection at the Radnor Memorial Library, 114 W Wayne Ave., Wayne

Mother Goose is on the loose this Thursday at Radnor Memorial Library’s infant storytime. Enjoy a storytime with singing, puppets, and other interactive activities that will help children up to age 2 develop their early literacy skills. This event is free and open to the public.

Mommy and Me Yoga

March 9, 10 — 11 am

The Garden Center at Linvilla Orchards, 137 Knowlton Road, Media

It’s never too early to introduce your children to the calming and centering practice of yoga. Take them to Linvilla Orchards this week for their weekly mommy and me yoga class for all levels and spend time together while getting relaxed. This event costs $10 per pair and $5 for each additional child. Linvilla Orchards asks you bring your own towel, mat, and water.

Storytime at the Sqaure: Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day!

March 9, 10 — 11:30 am

Suburban Square, The Event Space next to Ann Taylor, Ardmore

Begin the St. Patrick’s Day celebrations early this year at Suburban Square! This week’s free storytime features stories about leprechauns. Children will also get a chance to learn how to dance an Irish jig. This event is free and open to the public.

ArtTime Storytime: Sky Color

March 9, 10:30 — 11 am or 11:30 am — noon

The Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia

Ever wonder what the sky would look like if it were any color besides blue? Marisol has, and children are invited to join in on her story this week at ArtTime Storytime at the Barnes Foundation. This event is free, but children just be registered for either the 10:30 or 11:30 am slots in advance.


Friday:

Day Off Camp: Signs of Spring

March 10, 8 am — 3 pm

The Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, 8480 Hagys Mill Road, Philadelphia

If your child has off school this Friday, no sweat! Bring them to the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education for a full day of camp. Children will take to the trails and learn about the nature and animals surrounding them, as well as the upcoming seasonal changes! This event is for ages 5 — 12 and preregistration is required.

Midday Melodies

March 10, noon — 2 pm

Reading Terminal Market, 12th and Arch Streets, Philadelphia

Who doesn’t love their grocery shopping with a side of music? This week, the Reading Terminals Jazz Combo will be playing music in the center court from noon until 2 pm. Enjoy!

Camp In at the Franklin Institute

March 10, 6:15 pm — March 11, 9:30 am

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

The Franklin Institute is hosting another camp in! Head over with your sleeping bag and spend the night surrounded by the sounds and sights of the institute. Registration is required. This event costs $49.50 for nonmembers and $39.50 for members. Can’t make it on Friday? Don’t worry – they’re having another Camp In on Saturday night as well.


All Weekend

The Philadelphia Flower Show

March 11, 11 am — 9 pm (PHS member preview 8 am — 11 am)

March 12, 8 am — 9 pm

(Continues through March 19)

The Pennsylvania Convention Center, 12th and Arch streets, Philadelphia

This year’s theme is “Holland: Flowering the World,” and it’s sure to be a stunning sight. There will be displays of amazing horticultural artworks, landscape design, flowers for sale, and fun activities. Check their schedule for a full list of events, then buy tickets here.


Saturday

Star Wars Day

March 11, 10 am — 4 pm

Elmwood Park Zoo, 1661 Harding Blvd., Norristown

A long time ago in a galaxy far away — wait, no, it’s this weekend in Norristown! Head to the Elmwood Park Zoo this Saturday for Star Wars Day. Meet Star Wars characters throughout the zoo while you walk around. An added bonus for parents: adult Star Wars Quizzo at the Zoo Brew Bar from 2 — 4 pm. This event is included with general admission to the zoo, but due to crowds, you’re better off purchasing your tickets ahead of time. 

Peanut Butter and Jams: Justin Roberts

March 11, 11 am (doors open at 10:30 am)

World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St., Philadelphia

It’s time for another fun-filled Peanut Butter and Jams at World Cafe Live this Saturday. This one is sure to be a show-stopper. See Justin Roberts, a musician who’s stripped down his sound and features ukuleles, banjos, and even cardboard boxes. Tickets are $10.05.

Seedlings

March 11, 1 — 2 pm

Falls of Schuylkill Library, 3501 Midvale Ave., Philadelphia

The Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education is partnering with Kids at Play to bring nature to the library. Kids ages 2 — 6 are welcome at this free event, which includes a nature-themed story and activity.

Great Narberth Leprechaun Hunt

March 11, 1 — 4 pm

Downtown Narberth at 101 Forrest Ave., Narberth

Excited for St. Patrick’s Day? Celebrate early at the Great Narberth Leprechaun Hunt! Go searching for 10 leprechauns hidden around downtown Narberth for clues to find gold. Once the kids have found all the leprechauns and collected their gold, they can return to the starting booth for their prize!

Harlem Globetrotters

March 11, 5 pm

Liacouras Center, Temple University, 1776 Broad St., Philadelphia

This is a game and a show all rolled into one, and kids love it.

Night Hikes

March 11, 7 — 9 pm

Tyler Arboretum, 515 Painter Road, Media

Springtime is slowly approaching, so a brisk hike is in order! Join Tyler Arboretum’s Dick Cloud and other members of the Tyler staff on a guided hike through the arboretum’s landscape in the evening. This event is best for teenagers and adults, so bring your older kids for some outdoor fun. This event is $10 for members and $15 for nonmembers. Register here.


Sunday

Philadelphia St. Patrick’s Day Parade

March 12, noon — 3 pm

From Penn’s Landing to John F. Kennedy Boulevard, Philadelphia

Join in on the fun by standing along Market Street or John F. Kennedy Boulevard along the route to see local Irish troupes share their roots! This event is free and open to the public. Can’t make it to the parade? Watch it on on TV and online at Fox 29.

PECO Family Jams: Paper Mobiles

March 12, noon — 4 pm

Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens, Philadelphia Magic Gardens, 1020 South St., Philadelphia

Head to Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens this Sunday for PECO Family Jams! At this week’s workshop, kids will create their own mosaic-inspired paper mobile to take home with them. This event is included with general admission to the gardens.

S’mores and More

March 12, 2 — 4 pm

Riverbend Environmental Education Center, 1950 Spring Mill Road, Gladwyne

Welcome spring with a hike, meet some animal ambassadors, and snuggle up by the fire for some tasty treats. This event is $10 per family, and free for Riverbend members.

 

Photograph courtesy of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society. 

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