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

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Looking for weekend fun? Go straight to the Philly High Five or the Main Line High Five.

All Week

Summer of Spectacle

Through September 30 

Longwood Gardens, 1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square

 

The renovated Main Fountain Garden is the centerpiece of a summer celebration. Entrance to the gardens is included with museum admission.

Free Yoga on Race Street Pier

September 4 — 7 , 7 am and 6 pm

September 8, 7 am

September 9 and 10, 9:30 am

Race Street Pier, Race Street and North Columbus Boulevard, Philadelphia

 

Yoga memberships can be expensive, but nothing beats free yoga on a beautiful day with your community! Roll out your mat and stretch out near the Delaware River amongst other Philly yogis, and join on Wednesday night for the Summer Solstice class!

Tree Tales

Weekends through November 18, 11 and 1 pm

Tyler Arboretum, 515 Painter Road, Media

 

Learn about the historic trees at Tyler Arboretum with one-hour guided tours highlighting all of the changing colors. These tours are free with admission to the arboretum.

Spruce Street Harbor Park

Through October 1

Penn’s Landing, Philadelphia

 

Come swing on a hammock, play some fun outdoor games, and eat some of Philly’s classic delicacies on the Delaware River.

Children’s Discovery Garden

Through October 1

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

 

Exploring nature doesn’t always include driving far away; you can do it right here in the city! There are many fun things to explore at Sister Cities Park, including an Imagination Playground, a boat pond, and even a library to find a new book to read in the park. And check out the free classes on Monday, Tuesdays, and Thursdays.

‘Storyland’

Through September 10

Please Touch Museum, 4231 Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia

 

Take a leap right into the pages of a book, as some of your childhood favorites come to life at the Please Touch Museum. Admission to this exhibit is included with general admission to the museum.

Monday

Need something to do on Labor Day? Check out our list.

Tuesday

Stroller Strides Grand Opening

September 5, 9 — 11 am

Wilson Farm Park, 500 Lee Road, Wayne

 

Looking for a workout you can do with your baby? Fit4Mom Main Line, a new local addition to the franchise, is introducing a new session of this popular class, which incorporates body and toning exercises with light cardio, all with a stroller in hand. After class, stay for playgroup, snacks, and more!

Storytime and Sing-a-long

September 5, 10 — 10:30 am

PlayArts, 1241 N. Front St., Philadelphia

 

Have fun with singing and stories and enjoy temporary tattoos and stickers. This event is included in a play pass or membership.

Wednesday

Book Nook Storytime

September 6, 10 — 10:30 am

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

 

Start off with a story time in the book nook and stay for lunch. This story time is geared towards ages 3 — 5, and is free to the public.

Open Sensory Play: Birthday Edition

September 6, 10 — 11 am

PlayArts, 1241 N. Front St., Philadelphia

 

Explore birthday-themed materials with an indoor and outdoor sensory play time. This play time is $5 for the community.

Little Explorers: Summer Harvest Celebration

September 6, 10 — 11:30 am

Bartram’s Garden, 5400 Lindbergh Blvd., Philadelphia

 

This program geared towards children 2 — 4 will allow kids to understand how the garden works and even enjoy some garden snacks. A story time will take place at noon. This event is $12 for each child and is free for members at the family level.

Incredible Insects

September 6, 1 pm

Norristown Farm Park, 2500 Upper Farm Road, Norristown

 

Learn about the diversity and function of insects in our ecosystems with games and crafts. This event is $5 per child ages 3 and older, and pre-registration is required by calling 610-270-0215.

Outdoor Movie Night: ‘E.T: The Extraterrestrial’

September 6, 7 — 10 pm

King of Of Prussia Town Center, 200 Main St., King of Prussia (in the green space near the Xfinity store)

 

Summer’s over, but outdoor movies are still happening! Catch this free showing of the classic that has delighted kids for decades. The first 100 families get a free picnic blanket!

Twilight Yoga

September 6, 8:30 pm

Race Street Pier, Race Street and North Columbus Boulevard, Philadelphia

 

Celebrate the full moon with a special yoga class on Race Street Pier. This event is free, but remember to bring your own mat.

Thursday

Playspace Dance Party

September 7, 4 — 5 pm

PlayArts, 1241 N. Front St., Philadelphia

 

Enjoy creative movement and dance activities under the disco ball and dance the night away. This event is free with a play pass or membership.

Shady Grove Fertility Open House

September 7, 5:30 — 7 pm

945 Chesterbrook Boulevard, Chesterbrook

 

Looking into fertility treatment? The Chesterbrook branch of this national leader in fertility issues is hosting a free open house. As questions, get answers, and learn more about what Shady Grove has to offer.

Friday

Fall Migration Bird Walk

September 8, 8 am

Norristown Farm Park, 2500 Upper Farm Road, Norristown

 

Learn about resident and migrating birds, and keep a lookout for hawks. Search the park for all of the species that live around Southeastern Pennsylvania. This event is free and all ages are welcome, but pre-registration is required by calling 610-270-0215.

Parkway 100 We Are Connected Festival

September 8, 4 — 10 pm

Parkway Museums District, Philadelphia

 

Philadelphia is celebrating the centennial of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway with free or pay-what-you-wish admission to museums, special entertainment inside and outside museums, and a giant connect-the-dot puzzle of the over 100 attractions on the Parkway. Check out what special attractions, exhibits, and demonstrations each participating museum is offering during this special event.

Members-Only Happy Hour

September 8, 5 — 7 pm

PlayArts, 1241 N. Front St., Philadelphia

 

Members of PlayArts can enjoy a free special Happy Hour event. Feel free to bring your kids, your favorite vinyl, and beverages to start the weekend off.

Straw Maze Opening

September 8, 6 — 8 pm

Woodmere Art Museum, 9201 Germantown Ave., Chestnut Hill

 

Kick off the straw maze season at this hilltop museum and enjoy free admission to the maze, designed this year by Peter Everett Brown and Barbara Ann Sprague of BrownSprague. (The maze is open this weekend, too; tickets are $8 per child for non-members and $6 per child for members.)

Mushroom Festival

September 8, 6 — 10 pm (also September 9, 10 am — 10 pm, and September 10, 10 am — 5 pm)

Downtown Kennett Square

 

It’s the weekend after Labor Day, so it’s time for the Mushroom Festival! Friday night is for a community parade and carnival to kick off the weekend.

All Weekend

Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends

September 9 and 10, 8 am — 5 pm

Morris Arboretum, 100 E. Northwestern Ave, Philadelphia

 

Thomas and his friends return to the Garden Railway at the arboretum all weekend. The railway is included in garden admission.

Saturday

Philly Fun Fishing Fest

September 9, 7 — 11 am

Schuylkill Banks at the Walnut Street Bridge, Philadelphia

 

Want to start learning how to fish? Enjoy a morning of catch-and-release fishing, no license required, and some equipment will be available on a first-come-first-served basis.

Pennsylvania Coast Day

September 9, 11 am — 4 pm

Walnut Plaza, Columbus Boulevard and Walnut Street, Philadelphia

 

Learn all about what the Pennsylvania coast has to offer with a day of free activities such as boat rides and tours, prizes, arts and crafts, Pokémon Go hunting, and more.

BONUS EVENT: Parks on Tap Jr. at the Red Covered Bridge

September 9, 2 — 7 pm

Thomas Mill Covered Bridge, 8901 Forbidden Drive, Philadelphia

 

Come to the only covered bridge in Philadelphia for a special Parks on Tap Jr., event! Enjoy the beauty of the Wissahickon with beverages.

Sunday 

Greenfest Philly

September 10, 10 am — 4 pm

Bainbridge Street between Third and Fifth streets, Philadelphia

 

The largest environmental festival in Philadelphia returns with sustainable vendors, kid-friendly environment-themed activities, and live music. Admission to this event is free.

Philadelphia Honey Festival

September 10, 10 — 4 pm

Bartram’s Garden, 5400 Lindbergh Blvd., Philadelphia

 

Enjoy all honey has to offer with children’s activities, free boating, a honeybee parade, live honey extractions and other demonstrations, as well as special cocktails provided by Parks on Tap Jr. This event is free.


Main Line High Five!

All Weekend

Mushroom Festival

September 9, 10 am — 7 pm

September 10, 10 am — 5 pm

101 South Union St., Kennett Square

 

The Mushroom Capital of the World is not that far away, and there’s a fun fungi-festival to celebrate! Carnival rides, an antique car show, magic and children’s shows, and more will fill the streets of Kennett Square all weekend. Ages 12 and older are $3.

Saturday

Opening Day of Pumpkinland

September 9, 8 am — 8 pm

Linvilla Orchards, 137 Knowlton Road, Media

 

It’s almost fall, so Pumpkinland returns with hayrides, candy apples, a petting zoo, face painting, and other autumn activities. Admission to Pumpkinland is free, but additional fees may apply for activities.

Bryn Mawr Day

September 9, 9 am — 2 pm

Parking lot across from Ludington Library, Bryn Mawr

 

This free day of family fun includes circus performances, fire truck rides, great food, live music, and more!

Johnny Appleseed Day

September 9, 10 am — 3 pm

Weaver’s Orchard, 40 Fruit Lane, Morgantown

 

Enjoy a free day at the orchard with apple picking, visiting farm animals, apple treats, and storytime with Johnny Appleseed.

 

Sunday

Nature Scavenger Hunt

September 10, 2 pm

Lorimer Park, 183 Moredon Road, Huntington Valley

 

Challenge yourself with a free nature scavenger hunt for the whole family. All ages are welcome, but there will be some hiking involved, and winning participant(s) get a prize!

 

Photograph by R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia. 

 

 

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