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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.


Family Storytime

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! Click here to register..

May 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.


Family Storytime

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.

Wee Ones at Winterthur

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.


Little Explorers: Spring Is For the Birds!

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.

Family Storytime

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.

First Wednesday

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).

‘Beyond Babysitting’

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.)

Philadelphia Family/ Main Line Parent LOVE Awards

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).


Children’s Book Week Celebration

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.

Tiny Trackers: May Flowers!

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.

Paint and Shop

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.

 Tri-Co Film Festival

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!


‘Trail of the Jaguar’ Grand Opening

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!

Cinco de Mayo BYOB

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!

All Weekend

Storybook Weekend

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.


South Street Headhouse District Spring Festival

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.


Spring Into Design

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.

Chestnut Hill Home and Garden Festival

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!


Spring Fever Craft Market

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 Faire

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!


PNC Arts Alive First Sunday

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.

Cinco De Mayo Festival

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.

Haverford Spring Fest

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. 



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