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30+ Things to Do With Kids This Week Around Philly and the Main Line: July 30–August 5

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Need plans? We’ve got something great, every day. It’s looking to be a soggy week, so with all events that are dependent on weather, be sure to check the venue’s site (the title of each event in this post is also a link to the page) to make sure it is not rained out!

 

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All Week

Art Splash

Through September 3 (excluding Mondays)

Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia

 

Enjoy a summer of art exploration as the Philadelphia Museum of Art brings city-themed tours, projects, and more to the Great Stair Hall Balcony.  Kids and their grown-ups can experience the “Modern Times” exhibit through tours, art making, and imaginative play, including a LEGO build featuring a model of the Art Museum! On Sundays the museum offers pay-what-you-wish admission, though kids 12 and under are always free!

The Oval+

Through August 19

2451 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia

 

This colorful transformation of Eakins Oval brings four weeks of fun for all ages to the Parkway, from a beer garden for grownups to a sandbox for little ones, and so much more. Free events are held Wednesdays through Sundays, including plenty of kid-friendly activities. See all the details in our preview.

‘Game Masters’ at the Franklin Institute

Through September 3

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

 

Showcasing the work of over 30 innovative game designers, “Game Masters” takes visitors on an interactive journey inside their favorite video games. The exhibit features over 100 playable games, as well as the opportunity to learn the stories of the designers and see the evolution of favorite games from concept art to what we know today.

‘Xtreme Bugs’ at Academy of Natural Sciences

Through January 21

1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia

 

Nearly 20 towering animatronic bugs will come alive in this new creepy crawly exhibit! Get a bug’s-eye view of the world and learn about their intricacies and behaviors. See our preview here.

‘Hello From Japan!’ at Please Touch Museum

Through September 3

Please Touch Museum, 4231 Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia

 

The Please Touch Museum’s new “Hello from Japan!” is an immersive exhibit that teaches about Japanese culture, as well as literacy, math, and problem-solving skills through hands-on activities like construction and pretend play.

‘Hamilton: The Constitutional Clashes That Shaped a Nation’

Through December 31

National Constitution Center, 525 Arch St., Philadelphia

 

Walk in Alexander Hamilton’s shoes 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.

Photo Pop!

Through September 3 (excluding Mondays), 3—11 pm (last timed tickets for 10 pm)

1315 Walnut St., Philadelphia

 

This immersive and interactive pop-up exhibit celebrates local artists and is highly Instagram-worthy! See our preview here!

Longwood Garden’s Festival of Fountains

Through September 30

1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square

 

The gorgeous display of fountains is back combining lights, technology, and water displays which will excite the whole family.

Garden Railway at Morris Arboretum

Through October 8

100 E. Northwestern Ave., Philadelphia

 

Model trains and cable cars navigate a quarter-mile of track all set against the beautiful garden backdrop. The Garden Railway is one of the true highlights of the incredible Morris Arboretum, and is always a kid favorite. The exhibit runs daily through Labor Day (and then weekends only through October 8).

Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest

1 pm — 11 pm Monday — Thursday; 1 pm — 1 am Friday; 11 am — 1 am Saturday; 11 am — 11 pm Sunday

101 S. Christopher Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia

 

Skate, ride the Ferris wheel, play mini-golf, and then take a break for some crab fries and Skee-Ball. You can do it all at this fun attraction.

Spruce Street Harbor Park

11 am — 11 pm Monday — Thursday; 11 am — 1 am Friday and Saturday

301 S. Christopher Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia

 

This waterfront spot has food, drink, games, and is a great place to relax!

Cirque du Soleil: ‘VOLTA’

Through August 19

Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, 100 Station Ave, Oaks

 

A stunning show celebrating themes of freedom and self-discovery, and inspired in part by the adventurous spirit that fuels the culture of street sports, VOLTA weaves acrobatics in a visually striking world driven by a stirring melodic score.

‘Fun Under the Sun’ Workshops at Color Me Mine

July 30—3, 10 am—1 pm

109 W. Lancaster Ave., Wayne

 

A different beach-themed drop-off workshop every day, using different media. Sign up for one day or the whole week.

Sesame Place’s 38th Birthday Party

July 30—August 3

100 Sesame Road, Langhorne

 

Sesame Place will have a week long birthday celebration with festive photo opportunities with Sesame Street friends in their party attire, character dining opportunities (reserve online), and more.

‘A Year with Frog and Toad’

August 1–3

601 N. Lansdowne Ave., Drexell Hill

 

The Tony-nominated musical based on Arnold Lobel’s well-loved books returns to Upper Darby Summer Stage! Frog and Toad take us through the seasons and celebrate the differences that make them unique. Limited tickets are still available, so be sure to reserve online in advance.

Parks on Tap: Mount Pleasant

August 1—5

3800 Mt. Pleasant Dr., Philadelphia

 

Family-friendly beer garden Parks on Tap comes to East Fairmount Park at a historic site overlooking the Schuylkill River.

Philadelphia Women’s Theatre Festival

August 2—5

Music Theatre Philly, 262 S. 12th St., Philadelphia

 

Four days of performances, workshops, and more created by women celebrating motherhood in the arts. For performances that are not kid-friendly, childcare is provided on site with crafts and games. You can also drop off kids age 5 and up for the interactive children’s musical The King Who Wanted to Clean the Moon, or stay and enjoy it with them (kids under 5 can watch too, but need a parent there).

Liberty Lands Puppet Festival

August 2—5, 6—8 pm

Liberty Lands Park, 913 N. Third St., Philadelphia

 

Company Aiello presents four evenings of puppetry performances by local artists, suitable for all ages. Performances are a suggested $10 donation.

Monday

Roots with Ruark

July 30, 10:30 – 11:00 am

Gladwyne Library, 362 Righters Mill Road, Gladwyne

 

Come dance and sing to the music of Roots with Ruark.

Parkway Pals at Sister Cities Park

July 30, 10:30 am—12:30 pm

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

 

From 10:30—11:30 am, enjoy Story Art: a storytime led by Free Library, followed by nature-themed crafts. Then, at 11:30 am, the Franklin Institute will bring unique science experiments, demonstrations, and hands-on activities.

‘Coco’ at Upper Darby Municipal Library

July 30, 12:30—2:30 pm

501 Bywood Ave., Upper Darby

 

This program is open to all children entering 1st – 12th grades in the fall. You can bring a snack and a covered beverage to enjoy during Coco. To register, stop by the library or call 610-734-7649.

Teen Paint Night

July 30, 6 pm

Katharine Drexel Library, 11099 Knights Rd., Philadelphia

 

Create a unique canvas piece of art with instruction from an artist. For ages 11 and up.

Create LED Throwies and Hologram Viewers

July 30, 6—7 pm

Media-Upper Providence Free Library, 1 East Front St., Media

 

Join the always-enthusiastic Mr. Jason from Middletown Free Library as he guides families in making LED throwies and hologram viewers to take home. Great for ages 3 and up. Call 610-566-1918 to register.

Grins and Grins 

July 30, 6:30 — 7:30 pm

Henrietta Hankin Library, 215 Windgate Drive, Chester Springs

 

Awesome, fun, fast-paced variety show with magic, juggling, and comedy for the entire family. No registration, but space is limited.

Beauty and the Beast Sing-along at Eagleview Town Center

July 30, 6:45 — 9 pm (kids’ events at 6 pm)

Eagleview Town Center, 565 Wellington Square, Exton

 

Bring a blanket and chairs to enjoy this free movie event just for the little ones. Kids craft tent will be open at 6 pm with Beauty and the Beast-themed crafts.

Tuesday

Music Monkey Jungle at Reading Terminal Market

July 31, 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.

Baby Bird Playdate at Philadelphia Museum of Art

July 31, 10:15 am

2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia

 

Play at the museum with your little ones and enjoy music, art making, and gallery walks.​ For toddlers and their grownups.

Franklin Square’s 12th Birthday

July 31, 11 am

200 N. Sixth St., Philadelphia

 

Join Ben Franklin as he blows out the candles for Franklin Square’s 12th birthday celebration with cake and plenty of fun, free activities! Cake is available while supplies last. Enjoy free Parx Liberty Carousel rides from 11 am—noon. Event is rain or shine.

Tyler Arboretum’s Garden Sprouts

July 31, 1—2:30 pm

515 Painter Rd., Media

 

Learn why soil is important, become a soil scientist, and get ready to investigate garden soil. For ages 4-6. Pre-register online.

Free Philadelphia Soul Football Camp

July 31, 3—5:30 pm

Kingsessing Recreation Center, 4901 Chester Ave., Philadelphia

 

The Philadelphia Soul and the Kingsessing Roadrunners are hosting a free city-wide football camp at their home field. All children ages 6-12 are welcome to come out to the Kingsessing Recreation Center for an afternoon of high-fives, touchdown dances, and a chance to win tickets to the next Soul home game!

Science Fun with Electricity

July 31, 4 pm

Parkway Central Library, 1901 Vine St., Philadelphia

 

Currents, circuits and experiments!  Suggested for ages 5 to 12.

Zoo on Wheels at Cecil B. Moore Library

July 31, 4 pm

2320 Cecil B. Moore Ave., Philadelphia

 

Intended for children ages 3-8 and their families, Zoo on Wheels emphasizes the importance of cultivating empathy and connecting with animals at a young age by bringing animals and educators to community spaces.

Create Your Own Hero (Ages 10 and up)

July 31, 4 pm

Joseph E. Coleman Northwest Regional Library, 68 West Chelten Ave., Philadelphia

 

Participants will design comic book art, to carry on the ancient tradition of the traveling storyteller. Program provided by Yumi Odum, founder of East Coast Black Age of Comics Convention. For creative kids, ages 10 and up.

Harry Potter Birthday Party at Ardmore Library

July 31, 6—7 pm

108 Ardmore Avenue, Ardmore

 

Celebrate Harry Potter’s birthday! All ages welcome. Registration is required. Please call the library at 610-642-5187 to register.

Free Kids’ Concert and Movie at Gorgas Park

July 31, 7 pm

6300 Ridge Ave., Philadelphia

 

Enjoy a free kids’ concert by The Plants, and then a screening of Coco after dark. Check their Facebook page in case of rain.

Wednesday

Backyard Bugs Pop-up Camp

August 1, 10 am—noon

Smith Memorial Playground, 3500 Reservoir Dr., Philadelphia

 

Come discover the wonderful world of bugs with games, art projects, and activities that teach kids how bugs live, move, and eat.  Explore Smith Playground like a bug, and search for beetles, butterflies, spiders and more! For ages 3-5. Children can be accompanied with a grown up for the class, or they can remain on Smith premises (with other children, for example). 10 kids max per class, so email rebecca@smithplayground.org to sign up. Rain or shine!

Bilingual Storytime at Lulu’s Casita

August 1, 10 am

6 Cricket Ave., Ardmore

 

Come for a mini fiesta and bilingual storytime at Lulu’s, and stay after to play! Free with admission.

Book Nook Storytime at Reading Terminal Market

August 1, 10—10:30 am

51 N. 12th St., Philadelphia

 

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

Bartram’s Garden Little Explorers: Water Wonderland

August 1, 10—11:30 am

5400 Lindbergh Blvd., Philadelphia

 

This monthly program for toddlers and preschoolers ages 2-4 includes activities, performances, snacks, and walks through the garden, weather permitting. Pre-registration is required, one adult chaperone for every two children.

Campfire Chefs: Kid-Approved Chili

August 1, 10—11:30 am

Tyler Arboretum, 515 Painter Rd., Philadelphia

 

Create a yummy one-pot-meal with all your favorite ingredients. Thematic content and cooking tasks will be best suited to kids ages 3-5, but all ages are welcome. Pre-registration is required.

Free Young People’s Concert Series at The Mann

August 1, 11 am–12:15 pm

5201 Parkside Ave., Fairmount Park, Philadelphia

 

Journey globally through various styles of dance, movement, and rhythm with a free performance by Global Footwork. This concert is free, and no tickets are required. Seating is general admission and is on a first-come, first-served basis—doors open at 10:30 am, so plan to get there a little early.

Family Entertainment Series: Exotic Elephant Prints

August 1, 11:30 am—12:30 pm

Wayne Art Center, 413 Maplewood Ave., Wayne

 

This event is free and open to all ages. Design your own elephant on cloth based on traditional Indian block prints, using sharpie pens and fabric paints, then attach to a dowel as a decoration to hang in celebration of these wonderful creatures.

Make Your Own Safari Stuffed Animal

August 1, 1 pm

Tacony Library, 6742 Torresdale Ave., Philadelphia

 

Enjoy a safari-themed storytime then make your own furry companion. Choose from a hippo, monkey, elephant, or tiger. This is limited to 30 participants, so you must pre-register in advance.

Teen Roller Skating Party

August 1, 1:30—3:30 pm

Haverford Township Free Library, 1601 Darby Rd., Havertown

 

Kids entering grades 6-12 can grab a pair of roller skates or blades and rock out as HTFL turns the community room into a roller rink for the afternoon.

Dave Carr and His Little Friends: Magic and Puppet Show

August 1, 2 pm

Widener Library, 2808 W. Lehigh Ave., Philadelphia

 

An afternoon of family-friendly puppets and magic with Dave Carr and his Little Friends.

Free Family Fun Festival at United Sports

August 1, 5—9 pm

1426 Marshallton Thorndale Rd., Downingtown

 

United Sports is hosting a Free Family Fun Festival with moon bounce, waterslides, Lil Kickers, facepainting, prizes, plenty of sports activities, and a screening of Frozen. The event is free, but complete their online waiver to participate. Philadelphia Eagles Cheerleaders, and Philadelphia Union will also be in attendance.

Please Touch Museum Kindergarten Mixer

August 1, 4—7 pm

4231 Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia

 

The Please Touch Museum is helping little ones get ready for “big kid school” at their annual Kindergarten Mixer, an entire evening of school-themed activities, including a tour of a real school bus and a visit from Pete the Cat!

Tween Time: River Stone Art

August 1, 4—5 pm

Media-Upper Providence Free Library, 1 East Front St., Media

 

Tweens age 9-12 will use paints and markers to create beautiful works of art on river stones. Call 610-566-1918 to register.

Wednesday Night Family Art Studio

August 1, 5—7 pm

Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia

 

Stay up late and make some art in Art Splash before bedtime. Free after pay-what-you-wish admission.

Movie Night in the Park: ‘Coco’

August 1, 6–10 pm

Mifflin Square Park, 6th and Ritner Streets, Philadelphia

 

Enjoy a free outdoor screening of Pixar’s Coco. Before the movie there will be a fun and exciting activity, soccer, and more.

Out @ the Library

August 1, 6—8 pm

Haverford Township Free Library, 1601 Darby Rd., Havertown

 

This is a monthly meetup for LGBTQ teens and everyone to engage and empower through art, writing, discussion, and more.

Zoo on Wheels at Independence Library

August 1, 6:30 pm

18 S. Seventh St., Philadelphia

 

Philadelphia Zoo presents Around the World Safari with live animals.

Eric Dasher’s Brain Wash Game Show

August 1, 7 — 8 pm

Easttown Public Library, 720 First Ave., Berwyn

 

Have you ever wanted to be a contestant on a game show? Here’s your chance. Come for this interactive show including flashing lights, digital scoring, and lots of audience participation.

Thursday

Music Monkey Jungle at cBOP

August 2, 10:30—11 am

393 W. Lancaster Ave., Haverford

 

Kids ages 4 and under will have a great time singing and dancing at this weekly drop-in.

Drive-In Movie: ‘SING’

August 2, 10:30 am

Haverford Township Free Library, 1601 Darby Rd., Havertown

 

Create your own drive-in vehicle and enjoy a special showing of SING! Bring your own box (the library will provide decorative materials and will have a few boxes on hand).

‘Hamiltunes’ (Grades 6-12)

August 2, noon

Radnor Memorial Library, 114 West Wayne Ave., Wayne

 

Event is for grades 6 and up will sing along to the smash hit Hamilton, with rap battles, duets, and lots of “Hamil-fun.” Pre-registration is required.

Afternoon Adventure: Bread and Butter

August 2, 1—4 pm

Newlin Grist Mill, 219 Cheyney Rd, Glen Mills

 

Kids age 10-12 will learn about the science of bread while using a colonial recipe to bake bread in the outdoor brick bake oven. While the bread is cooking, they will churn cream into butter. Pre-register in advance.

Pairings on the Parkway

August 2, 5—8 pm

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

 

This popular BYOB event features live music by a different singer-songwriter each week, and a special summer grilling menu at the on-site Logan Square Café. If you forget to bring your wine, Chaddsford Winery is there selling wine by the bottle or glass as well. Bonus: the Children’s Discovery Garden has extended hours!

Manayunk Stroll the Street

August 2, 5–9:30 pm

Main Street, Manayunk, Philadelphia

 

Manayunk will host local food trucks, vendors, and live music as visitors and residents walk, shop, and eat. This week, the theme is Nature Night.

ScienceTellers present ‘Wild West: The Mystery of the Golden Piano’

August 2, 6:30 pm

Radnor Memorial Library, 114 West Wayne Ave., Wayne

 

Grab your spurs and journey to the Wild West for an action-packed adventure with ‘notes’ of science.

Swingin’ Summer Thursday

August 2, 6:30 — 9 pm

Downtown West Chester

 

Enjoy and evening in Downtown West Chester where there will be food, music, clowns, artists, magicians, jugglers, and lots of family fun!

Free Outdoor Movie at Schuylkill Banks: ‘Black Panther’

August 2, 8 pm

East (South Philly) side of the Schuylkill by Wharton Street, Philadelphia

 

Bring your friends, blanket, and picnic basket for a great time watching Black Panther by the river. Come early to participate in a free pre-movie raffle for gift cards from Philadelphia Runner. Snacks and beverages will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Free Outdoor Movie: ‘Ghostbusters’

August 2, 8 pm (activities start at 7 pm)

Pennypack on the Delaware Park, Philadelphia

 

This free outdoor movie by the river starting at sundown will be paired with activities for the whole family! Kids’ activities start at 7 pm, movie starts at sundown. BYO blankets, chairs, and snacks. Rain date info will be posted here on the day of the event.

Friday

The Global Big Latch On

August 3, 11 am

Franklin Square, 200 N. Sixth St., Philadelphia

Bryn Mawr Hospital, 130 South Bryn Mawr Ave., Bryn Mawr

Breastfeeding Resource Center,1355 Old York Rd., Abington

 

In celebration of World Breastfeeding Week, families will gather to nurse their babies in support of each other, all at the same time worldwide.

“Continental” Breakfast at the Museum of the American Revolution

August 3, 9 am

101 S. Third St., Philadelphia

 

Enjoy early access to the Museum’s Revolutionary Philadelphia playscape while enjoying a continental breakfast with a costumed interpreter. Pre-registration required.

Splish Splash

August 3, 10 am—noon

Stroud Preserve, 454 North Creek Rd., West Chester

 

Come out and splash in the Brandywine Creek! Squish in the mud, swish your toes in the water, and splash your friends. Kids and adults are invited to play in the stream, relax, and enjoy the last days of summer. Event is appropriate for children 3 – 10 years old, but younger and older siblings welcome.

Baby Bird Playdate at Philadelphia Museum of Art

August 3, 10:15 am

2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia

 

Play at the museum with your little ones and enjoy music, art making, and gallery walks.​ For toddlers and their grownups.

Mud Day at Smith Memorial Playground 

August 3, 10:30 am—3 pm

3500 Reservoir Dr., Philadelphia

 

Part of Smith’s “Fun Fridays” series. Expect to get muddy, bring a change of clothes!

End of ‘Summer of Wonder’ Parties

August 3

Free Library of Philadelphia

 

Celebrate the end of Summer Reading! See the Free Library’s events page to find your local library’s party! There will be activities, treats, and more fun for kids.

United States Coast Guard Birthday Celebration at Independence Seaport Museum

August 3, 3—5 pm

211 S. Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia

 

Enjoy ice cream from Franklin Fountain and cake, giveaways, and more. Discover the history of this military branch and learn about the important role of their local auxiliary station. The Coast Guard will put on safety demonstrations throughout the day inside the museum; the celebration is free to the public.

BYOB and Pizza Night at Lulu’s Casita

August 3, 4—7:30pm

6 Cricket Ave., Ardmore

 

Lulu’s is open until 7:30pm for more fun, BYOB and pizza starting at 4 pm. Parents can relax with some adult beverages while kids tire themselves out before bedtime.

BYOB Friday at Chatter Splatter

August 3, 4—8 pm

1032 Conshohocken Rd., Conshohocken

 

Bring your own beverage (and dinner) for some after-hours family playtime.

First Friday Family Happy Hour at PlayArts

August 3, 5—7 pm

1241 N. Front St., Philadelphia

 

Come by PlayArts for August’s First Friday Family Happy Hour to boogie to some beats and munch on some grub, provided by Caviar. BYO favorite drinks to top it all off. Drop-in rates for kids, free for adults.

Arts N’ Ice Cream

August 3, 5:45 pm

Little Baby’s Ice Cream, 4903 Catharine St., Philadelphia

 

Fun and free art class for kids age 3 and up, guided by “local artist and kid adventure specialist” Kristen Dolle. Kids will make ice cream themed art, which will be displayed in-store until next Friday when they will be available for pick up. All supplies are provided but seating is limited, so come early!

Nest Parents’ Night Out

August 3, 6—9 pm

1301 Locust St., Philadelphia

 

Potty-trained kids age 18 months-6 years will enjoy a night of games, movement, crafts, and a pizza dinner, while you enjoy an adult night out. Pre-registration is required.

‘Campfire Stories: Tales from America’s National Parks’

August 3, 6:30—8 pm

United by Blue, 205 Race St., Philadelphia

 

Campfire Stories brings together tales about our national parks, some by well-known writers, and others pioneer diaries or passed down through generations of indigenous peoples. Join the book’s creators Dave and Ilyssa Kyu for an evening of storytelling, readings, and signing of their new book.

Chestnut Hill Movies Under the Stars: ‘Beauty and the Beast’

August 3, 8 pm (food truck at 7 pm)

The Water Tower Recreation Center Field, 209 E. Hartwell Lane, Philadelphia

 

Enjoy Beauty and the Beast (the live-action 2017 version) on the lawn of the Water Tower Recreation Center projected from a 28-foot screen. Bring your family, friends, blankets, and lawn chairs. At 7 pm before the movie, Pitruco Pizza truck will come.

Summer Lock-In at Pinnacle Parkour Academy

August 3, 8 pm—August 4, 10 am

3500 Scotts Lane, Philadelphia

 

Summer break lock-in with an epic water gun fight. Take the night off and drop the kids (age 7-16) off for a night of bring-your-own-watergun fun!

First Friday Movie Under the Stars and Stripes: Invaders from Space

August 3, 8:15 pm

Betsy Ross House, 239 Arch St., Philadelphia

 

Enjoy $5 admission, a tour of the Betsy Ross House, and a movie in the courtyard. Visitors are encouraged to arrive early, and bring food (and a bottle of wine) to watch the movie! They’ll be showing a vintage sci-fi horror B-movie, so maybe leave very small kids at home (but older kids will probably get a kick out of the kitsch).

‘Black Panther’ at Dilworth Park

August 3, 8:30 pm

1 S. 15th St., Philadelphia

 

Spend your Friday night watching a movie on the big screen al fresco at Dilworth. Just be sure to bring your own blanket or chair! The first 100 people will receive free popcorn.

Food and Flicks Friday at The Oval: ‘The Karate Kid’

August 3, 9 pm (food trucks at 5 pm)

2451 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia

 

This pop-up park will host Food and Flicks Fridays, with a DJ spinning tunes and food trucks serving dinner starting at 5 pm, and the movie beginning at 9 pm. While you wait for the movie, you can also play in the sandbox or grab a beer (or boozy water ice) at the beer garden!

Weekend Events

Philadelphia Events

All Weekend

Philadelphia Women’s Theatre Festival

August 2—5

Music Theatre Philly, 262 S. 12th St., Philadelphia

 

Four days of performances, workshops, and more created by women celebrating motherhood in the arts. For performances that are not kid-friendly, childcare is provided on site with crafts and games. You can also drop off kids age 5 and up for the interactive children’s musical The King Who Wanted to Clean the Moon, or stay and enjoy it with them (kids under 5 can watch too, but need a parent there).

Liberty Lands Puppet Festival

August 2—5, 6—8 pm

Liberty Lands Park, 913 N. Third St., Philadelphia

 

Company Aiello presents four evenings of puppetry performances by local artists, suitable for all ages. Performances are a suggested $10 donation.

Parks on Tap: Mount Pleasant

August 1—5

3800 Mt. Pleasant Dr., Philadelphia

 

Family-friendly beer garden Parks on Tap comes to East Fairmount Park at a historic site overlooking the Schuylkill River.

Roars, S’mores, and Snores: Members Only Overnight at Philadelphia Zoo

August 4, 5:30 pm—August 5, 9:30 am

3400 W. Girard Ave., Philadelphia

 

Member families with children five years of age and older are invited to a unique night at the zoo. Enjoy games, activities, a late night hike, a meet and greet with a member of the keeper staff, and of course s’mores! Sleep over in KidZooU, then wake up with wildlife and enjoy the zoo during the day on Sunday. Pre-registration is required.

Saturday

Nature Tots

August 4, 10—11 am

John Heinz at Tinicum, 8601 Lindbergh Blvd., Philadelphia

 

Children ages 3-5 and an adult are invited to explore nature with a refuge ranger! Participants will enjoy storytimes, crafts, hikes, and more! Event is free, but email Brianna_Patrick@fws.gov to register.

Deco on the Delaware

August 4, 11 am—5 pm

Glen Foerd, 5001 Grant Ave., Philadelphia

 

Step back in time to celebrate the elegance of the Jazz Age. Guests will enjoy an afternoon of 1920’s era music and dancing, lawn games, food, vintage-inspired cocktails, plus fashion and pie contests. Kids 12 and under are free!

Seafarin’ Saturday

August 4, 11 am—1 pm

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

 

Learn more about jellyfishes and their roles in the ocean by creating your own jellyfish suncatcher.

Scavenger Hunt and Free Boating at Bartram’s Garden

August 4, 11 am—3 pm

5400 Lindbergh Blvd., Philadelphia

 

Come out to enjoy the beautiful Lower Schuylkill and Bartram’s botanical banks while engaging in a family-friendly scavenger hunt. Learn all about what exists along the river and its banks.

Nature Play at Morris Arboretum

August 4, 11 am—3 pm

100 E. Northwestern Ave., Philadelphia

 

Meet at the top of Oak Allée for unstructured fun in a natural setting. Explore and engage with nature, from digging in the dirt to turning over tree stumps to building teepees, and more.

Storytime in the Lodge at Blue Cross RiverRink

August 4, 11:30 am—12:30 pm

101 S. Christopher Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia

 

Enjoy a new book each week, and entertainment with Listen, Learn, and Play. Light refreshments will be provided for the kids, as well as a book swap.

Peach Festival at Woodford Mansion

August 4, noon—2 pm

33rd St. and Dauphin Dr., Philadelphia

 

Celebrate National Peach Month at this free celebration in Fairmount Park featuring peach refreshments, games, live music, tours of the historic mansion, open beehives, and more.

Lanier Playground Grand Opening and Community Celebration

August 4, 1—5 pm

2900 Tasker St., Philadelphia

 

Join project partners and community members in celebrating the grand opening of the newly renovated Lanier Playground. Activities will include music, fitness demonstrations, health screenings, dog park opening, games for kids, and performances by Taskerville Lillies and The Young Chances Drill Team. There will also be refreshments provided by Rita’s Italian Ice, The Fresh Grocer, Wawa, and other local businesses.

LEGO Harry Potter Event at Barnes and Noble

August 4, 2 pm

1805 Walnut St., Philadelphia

 

Build your own mini LEGO Harry Potter train to take home with you. Recommended for kids age 6 and up. Call the store to sign up: 215-665-9958.

F.I.S.H. (Family Inclusive Special Hours) Night at Adventure Aquarium

August 4, 6—8 pm

1 Riverside Dr., Camden, NJ

 

This event is designed for the special needs community to visit Adventure Aquarium in a relaxed setting. Sound and lighting accommodations have been made to ensure an enjoyable experience for everyone.  Tickets available online.

Mt. Airy Moonlight Movies: ‘Ferdinand’

August 4, sunset

Trolley Car Diner, 7619 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia

 

Grab some dinner and ice cream before the show, and enjoy a free screening of Ferdinand.

Free Outdoor Movie: ‘Iron Man 2’

August 4, dusk

Rainbow de Colores Park, 2326 N. Fifth St., Philadelphia

 

Bring your own blanket for Iron Man 2 at the park. In case of rain, movie will be rescheduled by one week.

Sunday

Play without Boundaries at Please Touch Museum

August 5, 9—11 am

4231 Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia

 

Children with learning and developmental disabilities and those on the autism spectrum can enjoy the museum before it is open to the public with activities and experiences designed especially for this program, including sensory toys, performances, and guest presenters. The museum will be calmer and quieter with fewer people and reduced lighting and sound in exhibition areas. Activities include dance-movement therapy, sensory art, and a quiet room with certified therapy animals from PAWS for People. Register here.

Doc’s Rock the Block Car Show

August 5, 10—2 pm

Doc Bresler’s Cavity Busters, 240 Geiger Rd., Philadelphia

 

Spend the day enjoying live music, classic cars, food, raffles, and more.

Free First Sunday Family Day at the Barnes

August 5, 10 am—5 pm

Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia

 

Get free admission to the Barnes, and celebrate the magic of storytelling with an array of voices and presentations that will entertain audiences of all ages, including multicultural dance performances all afternoon.

Brady Rymer and the Little Band That Could

August 5, 11:30 am and 1:30 pm

Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia

 

Grammy Award nominees Brady Rymer and the Little Band That Could bring their infectious, high-energy rock ’n’ roll to the Great Stair Hall for an Art Splash celebration.

Sundays with Pop-Up Play

August 5, 11:30 am–12:30 pm

Spruce Street Harbor Park, 301 S. Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia

 

Children and families will engage in free interactive activities through art, music, science, and physical movement that revolve around themes like water science, civic engagement, building, and more.

2nd Street Festival

August 5, noon—10 pm

Second Street, Northern Liberties, Philadelphia

 

This street fair features live music all day, loads of food vendors, and more.

School of Rock’s Summer Season Festival

August 5, noon (doors at 11)

Underground Arts, 1200 Callowhill St., Philadelphia

 

A kid-friendly day filled with rock, roll, and raffles! Tickets available online.

Family Fun Sunday at The Oval+

August 5, 2—7 pm

2451 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia

 

Bring the whole family out for Let’s Rock Recess, a free family dance party with prizes, a DJ, face painting, and games and activities.

Sundays on Stage: Traditions of Chinese Acrobatics

August 5, 2 pm

Parkway Central Library, 1901 Vine St., Philadelphia

 

In this mesmerizing one-woman acrobatic performance, Li Liu performs hand balancing, plate spinning, artistic cycling, ribbon dancing, diabolos, and foot juggling.

ACANAFest 2018

August 5, 2—8 pm

Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing, Philadelphia

 

Part of the PECO Multicultural Series, this African musical, dance and cultural festival will involve 6 hours of nonstop music, food, games, and activities for the whole family.

Family Theatre in Penn Treaty Park

August 5, 6—7 pm

1199 N. Delaware Ave., Philadelphia

 

Two professional actors from Walking Fish Theatre will read and perform The Gruffalo, with the help of audience participation. Best for kids ages 2-7 with their caregivers. Bring your own blanket!

Main Line and Suburban Events

All Weekend

Greenberg’s Great Train and Toy Show

August 4–5, 10 am–4 pm

Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, 100 Station Ave, Oaks

 

The largest and longest-running model train and collectible toy show in the country, this show features hundreds of tables of trains and accessories for sale, huge operating exhibits, activities for kids, and more. Plus, kids go free!

Cirque du Soleil: ‘VOLTA’

Through August 19

Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, 100 Station Ave, Oaks

 

A stunning show celebrating themes of freedom and self-discovery, and inspired in part by the adventurous spirit that fuels the culture of street sports, VOLTA weaves acrobatics in a visually striking world driven by a stirring melodic score.

Saturday

Linvilla Orchards Peach Festival

August 4, 9 am—5pm

137 W. Knowlton Rd., Media

 

August is National Peach Month, and Linvilla is celebrating with a day of hayrides, pony rides, face painting, train rides, fishing, music, games, storytime and so much more! Of course, there is also pick-your-own peaches (and other produce) all day long.

Teddy Bear Clinic at Elmwood Park Zoo

August 4, 11 am—2 pm

1661 Harding Blvd., Norristown

 

Children can bring their stuffed animals for “check-ups” from the zoo’s vet staff, and enjoy a live donkey check-up in the Zoo Bowl Theater at noon!

Cirque du Soleil at Elmwood Park Zoo

August 4, 12:30 pm

1661 Harding Blvd., Norristown

 

Some cast members from Cirque du Soleil’s VOLTA will visit for a meet-and-greet and photo op.

Financial Peace, Jr.

August 4, 2—3 pm

Ardmore Library, 108 Ardmore Avenue, Ardmore

 

Kids ages 6 and up, and their parents, can learn about managing money through games, activity sheets, coloring pages, and more. Please call the library to register at 610-642-5187.

Stay Woke

August 4, 2—3:30 pm

Haverford Township Free Library, 1601 Darby Rd., Havertown

 

Stay Woke is a club for teens that like to stay informed about the social issues and current events. Come for information, discussion, and debate. Led by Widener University student Veronica Hudson and group facilitator Jenifer Phillips, this group aims to discuss a poignant topic every month. August’s topic will be Racial Socialization.

Gaming After Dark: Teens Only

August 4, 6:30—9 pm

Haverford Township Free Library, 1601 Darby Rd., Havertown

 

Teens take over the library during this monthly, after-hours club. Come for video games, board games, music, and art. $5 for a group order of pizza is optional.

Sunday

Rock and Roll Playhouse: Phish for Kids!

August 5, 11:30 am (doors at 11 am)

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

 

Using the songs from the most iconic musicians in rock history, the Rock and Roll Playhouse offers its core audience (typically kids ages 3-8 years old) games, movement, stories, and of course an opportunity to rock! This week, it’s the music of Phish.

Brandywine River Museum First Sunday for Families

August 5, 11 am—2 pm

1 Hoffman’s Mill Rd., Chadds Ford

 

At this monthly free hands-on day, families will create imaginative creatures and plants with teaching artists, get up close to animal ambassadors from the Brandywine Zoo, and discover fantastic specimens from the Delaware Museum of Natural History.

Jenkins Summer Sunday

August 5, 2—3 pm

Jenkins Arboretum, 631 Berwyn Baptist Road, Devon

 

Kids age 4-8 are invited to meet in the Children’s Garden for a nature based story and activity. The event is free, but registration is required. Rain or shine.

Upper Merion Concerts Under the Stars

August 5, 6 pm (beer garden opens at 5 pm)

Township Building Park, 175 W. Valley Forge Rd., King of Prussia

 

Part of Upper Merion’s free, open-air concert series, this week will feature Buckwheat Zydeco Jr. and The Legendary Ils Sont Partis Band with special guest Carly Pomerantz. Outside food is permitted, but alcohol must be purchased at the beer garden. The concerts are held rain or shine—in case of inclement weather, the concert will be moved indoors.

 

Photograph courtesy of Visit Philadelphia.

PHILADELPHIA ASSISTANT EDITOR

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