15+ Things to Do With Kids This Week Around Philly and the Main Line
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May is here, and so is the urge to get outside. Tap our list every day for something fun to do.
May 1, 10:30 — 11:15 am
The Tyler Hedges Children’s Room at Tredyffrin Public Library, 582 Upper Gulph Road, Strafford
Join in for stories, songs, and rhymes at this family storytime! This event is for children ages 5 and under with their caregiver and is free and open to the public. There are also storytimes for infants and toddlers earlier in the day!.
May 1, 1 pm
Norristown Farm Park, 2500 Upper Farm Road, Norristown
Celebrate the beginning of May with baby animals and birds, then dance around the maypole at this festive event. Pre-registration is required.
May 2, 10 and 10:45 am
The Lookout Loft Treehouse at Longwood Gardens, 1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square
Storytime with the trees as your backdrop. This event is for children ages 3 — 5 and is included with admission to the gardens.
May 2, 10:30 — 11:30 am
Winterthur Museum and Gardens, 5105 Kennett Pike, Winterthur, Delaware
This event, open to children ages 3 — 5, offers a fun and collaborative learning environment with music, movement, and exploration. This event is $5 per child and adult pairing.
May 3, 10 — 1:30 am
Bartram’s Garden, 5400 Lindbergh Blvd., Philadelphia
This program (which runs on the first Wednesday of each month, from January to November), is for toddlers and preschoolers, ages 2 — 4. Kids can enjoy an activity, a snack, and a walk through the gardens, weather permitting. This month, it’s all about birds: discover where they live and how they talk, then make your own nest. This event is free for members at the family level and above, and $12 for non-members.
May 3, 10:15 am
The Media-Upper Providence Library, 1 E. Front St., Media
This family storytime is for children from infants to age 5 and their caregivers. Enjoy songs, puppets, singing, and of course a lively story. This event is free and open to the public.
May 3, 4 — 7 pm
Please Touch Museum, 4231 Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia
It’s the first Wednesday of the month, which means discounted admission and extra hours at this children’s favorite. After 4 pm, admission is $2, and the museum stays open until 7. It’s a great time to stop in and see the awesome Dan Yaccarino exhibit (click here to read our preview).
May 3, 6 — 8 pm
Temple University — Fox School of Business, 1801 Liacouras Walk, Alter Hall, Room 233, Philadelphia
The Delaware Valley Association for the Education of Young Children hosts a screening of its new film, which tracks the journey of the Philadelphia Early Learning Center and its staff as they work to raise the center’s quality. The movie will be followed by a panel discussion. It’s free, but organizers ask that you register (click here.)
May 3, 7:30 — 10:30 pm
The Ardmore Music Hall, 23 Lancaster Ave., Ardmore
Join us for a night of fun as we announce the winners of our 2017 LOVE Awards. There are three ticket tiers, starting at $45 for members (including an hour of open bar).
May 4, 11 am
Children’s Story Room, Parkway Central Branch, Free Library of Philadelphia, 1901 Vine St., Philadelphia
Guest readers — including children’s author and illustrator Angela Dominguez — will be on hand for a multicultural storytime. Every child will get a prize, too.
May 4, 1 —2:30 pm
Tyler Arboretum, 515 Painter Road, Media
Find out if April showers did indeed bring May flowers at this exploration event. This event is $10 for members and $15 for non-members.
May 4, 6:30 — 9:30 pm
Pinot’s Palette Lower Merion, 20 Greenfield Ave., Ardmore
Support local women-owned businesses while feeding your muse as you paint a lovely jasmine breeze and then shop till you drop! Tickets are $25 per painter.
May 4, 7 pm
The Bryn Mawr Film Institute, 824 W. Lancaster Ave., Bryn Mawr
See the best that the students at Haverford, Bryn Mawr, and Swarthmore colleges have to offer at this free event!
May 5, 10 am — 5 pm
Elmwood Park Zoo, 1661 Harding Blvd., Norristown
Join the Elmwood Park Zoo for the grand opening of “Trail of the Jaguar,” brought to you by the same architects who worked on Disney’s Animal Kingdom. The zoo’s adorable jaguar cubs, Diego and Luna, are on display, too! This event is included with general admission to the zoo. Can’t wait? Become a member and see the exhibit all week!
May 5, 7 — 7:30 pm
Lulu’s Casita, 6 Cricket Ave., Ardmore
Enjoy BYOB Fridays at Lulu’s Casita Cinco de Mayo style! There will be pizza, playtime, and more. This event is included with general admission.
Philly High Five!
May 6 and 7, 11 am — 3 pm
Sister Cities Park, 210 N. 18th St., Philadelphia
This family favorite gets a new event this weekend, in concert with the Free Library of Philadelphia! Stop by for music, crafts, face painting, and other activities. Plus, there will be a new guest reader every 30 minutes, including illustrator Angela Dominguez and author and illustrator Brian Biggs. The park’s beloved fountain is on, too.
May 6, 11 am — 8 pm
South Street beween Front and Ninth streets, Philadelphia
This free, all-ages festival is the start of the spring season on South Street! Enjoy live music, vendors, activities galore, and more. This is a big gathering and very family-friendly.
May 6, 1 and 4:30 pm
The Keswick Theatre, 291 Keswick Ave., Glenside
This icon of children’s music is performing twice, with a show featuring over 40 years of songs! From “Baby Beluga” to “Down By the Bay,” your kids know and love these songs, so give them a chance to hear them live. Tickets are required for this event.
May 7, 10 am — 3 pm
Philadelphia Museum of Art Perelman Building, 2525 Pennsylvania Ave., Philadelphia
It’s the first Sunday of the month, so it’s another pay what you wish day at the art museum. This month’s family festival focuses on nature, design, and textiles, with embroideries from India. There will be activities and live music, too.
May 7, 11 am — 5 pm
Germantown Avenue between Rex and Willow Grove avenues, Philadelphia
This is another big festival, with more than 150 vendors and a large crowd. Kids can enjoy carnival rides, face painting, crafts, a photo booth, a train ride, and more.
Main Line High Five!
May 6, 10 am — 5 pm
Main Line Art Center, 746 Panmure Road, Haverford
Join the Main Line Art Center for this free outdoor market featuring artists, woodworkers, photographers, clothing sellers, and more! This event is free and open to the public.
May 6, 11 am – 3 pm
Kimberton Waldorf School, 410 W. Seven Stars Road, Phoenixville
Celebrate May at the free festival, with food and crafts you can purchase. Wrap up the afternoon with the Kimberton Armada boat race — you can buy your own wooden boat to sail!
May 7, 11 am — 2 pm
The Brandywine River Museum of Art, 1 Hoffman’s Mill Road, Chadds Ford
The Funicular Circus comes to the Brandywine River Museum of Art this Sunday for family fun activities and performances! This event is free and open to the public.
May 7, 11 am — 5 pm
Downtown Kennett Square
Celebrate familia at this multicultural family-oriented street festival. This event is free and open to the public.
May 7, noon — 7 pm
Brookline Blvd., Havertown
Head to Havertown for live music, local food, and hometown fun. This event is free and open to the public.
Photograph by Casey Kallen.