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15+ Things To Do With Kids Around Philly and the Main Line This Week

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All Week:

Orchid Extravaganza

February 13 — 19, 9 am — 5 pm
Longwood Gardens, 1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square

 

Step into the conservatory and enjoy the lovely garden temperatures at Longwood Gardens, which allow for the orchids to flourish! It’s an Orchid Extravaganza from now until March, and weekday hours are less crowded than during the weekend. This event is included with general admission to the gardens

‘Jurassic World’

February 13 — 19, 9:30 am — 5 pm or 5 — 8 pm
The Franklin Institute, 222 N. 20th St., Philadelphia

 

Jurassic World: the Exhibition is running now and until April. If you haven’t made it out yet, now’s your chance! Our readers have been offered an exclusive discount for $5 off admission to the exhibition, so there’s never been a better time to go. Enjoy! Daytime tickets are $34.95 for adults and $29.95 for children (included general admission to the museum). Nighttime tickets are $19.95 for adults and $14.95 for children. Different rates apply to members and groups.

Jerry Pinkney Exhibit at the Woodmere Art Museum

February 14 — 16, 10 am — 5 pm
February 17, 10 am — 8:45 pm
February 18, 10 am — 6 pm
February 19, 10 am — 5 pm
Woodmere Art Museum, 9201 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia

 

Celebrate the illustrations and artwork of Jerry Pinkney, the African-American illustrator of over 100 children’s books and winner of the Coretta Scott King Award, through March 26, 2017. There’s no better time to pay a visit to the Woodmere Art Museum than now, during Black History Month.

Rothman Ice Rink and America’s Garden Capital Maze

February 13 — 16, noon — 9 pm
February 17, noon — 11 pm
February 18, 11 am — 11 pm
February 19, 11 am — 8 pm
Rothman Rink at Dilworth Park, 1 S. 15th St., Philadelphia

 

Strap on your skates, head into the maze, or cozy up in Rothman Cabin. This Center City winter staple will only be around a few more weeks (it closes for the season on February 26), so enjoy it while you can! Admission is $3 for children 10 and under and $5 for adults. Skate rentals are $10 per person.

Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest

February 13 — 16, 1 — 11 pm
February 17, 1 pm — 1 am
February 18, 11 am — 1 am
February 19, 11 am — 11 pm
Penn’s Landing, Philadelphia

 

If you’d rather take your skating to the waterfront, head instead to Penn’s Landing to the Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest. Whether you want to glide across the ice or chill in the lodge, there’s something for every family member to enjoy. General admission is free and open to the public, and skating admission is $3 per person. Skate rentals are $10 per person.


Monday:

Teeny Tiny Trackers: Footprints in the Snow

February 13, 10 am — 11 am
Tyler Arboretum, 515 Painter Road, Media

 

Ever wonder what those footprints in the snow are? Even if there is no snow on the ground, the helpful staff at Tyler Arboretum can help your little one track down some critters. This program is for 3-year-olds and their favorite adults, and costs $10 for members and $15 for non-members (fee is for the child only). Register here.

Black History Month Scavenger Hunt

February 13, 4 pm
Blanche A. Nixon/Cobbs Creek Library, 5800 Cobbs Creek Parkway, Philadelphia

 

Join the Free Library of Philadelphia for an educational and fun scavenger hunt! Kids will love searching for clues, all the while learning more about innovative and creative black authors and illustrators during Black History Month.

All Level Yoga with Amy Dolan

February 13, 7 — 8 pm
Wayne Art Center, 413 Maplewood Ave., Wayne

 

Why hate Mondays when you can look forward to this relaxing all-levels yoga this Monday night? Join Amy Dolan at the Wayne Art Center for free! All ages welcome.


Tuesday:

Last Chance for Love

February 14, noon — 2 pm
Dilworth Park, 1 S. 15th St., Philadelphia

 

It’s certainly not your last chance for love, but it is your last chance to see the LOVE sculpture at Dilworth Park before it’s moved. The first 200 guests will receive a red rose, and there will be opportunities to win prizes — be sure to use their hashtag, #LOVEatDilworth, for a chance to win a date night basket!

Paint Your Heart Out

February 14, 5 — 8 pm
Color Me Mine Wayne, 109 W. Lancaster Ave., Wayne

 

Looking for a creative date night for this Valentine’s Day? Color Me Mine is hosting a BYOB painting party for $25 per couple. Space is limited so be sure to reserve now.

Mo Willems’ Birthday and Valentine’s Cards

February 14, 6 — 7 pm
Ardmore Free Library, 108 Ardmore Ave., Ardmore

 

Join the Ardmore Free Library and celebrate Valentine’s Day by creating crafty cards and hearing fun stories from the books of Mo Willems! This event is free and open to the public, but recommended for younger children.

PJ Storytime

February 14, 6 — 7 pm

Andorra Branch, Free Library of Philadelphia, 705 E. Cathedral Road, Philadelphia

 

Celebrate Valentine’s Day in your pajamas! Bring a stuffie and settle in for stories, then some dancing and singing. This event is free.

Sweetheart Skate

February 14, 7 — 10:30 pm
Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest, Penn’s Landing


Take your sweetheart to the skating rink this Valentine’s Day! For $25 you and your sweet will get to skate, jump into the photo booth to take silly photos,  nibble on chocolates, and request “your song.” Get your tickets here.


Wednesday:

Storytime

February 15, 3:30 pm
Momo’s Tree House, 205 Arch St., Philadelphia

 

For a lovely afternoon storytime your little one will love, join Momo’s Tree House and Stephen Pauley. Most children stay afterwards to play, so join in!

Love Potion #9

February 15, 6 — 9 pm

University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, 3620 South St., Philadelphia

 

Can’t get out for a Valentine’s Day date night? The Penn Museum has a solution with this edition of its “PM @ Penn Museum — School Nights” series. It’s a chance for adults to visit the museum after hours, with drinks, snacks, and special discussions. As the name suggests, this session focuses on love, romance, and how humans have thought about them for millennia. There’s even a comedy performance and a Tarot card reader! This event is adults only and costs $20 for non-members and $15 for members, which includes one drink for visitors 21 and older.


Thursday:

ArtTime Storytime: ‘Good Boy Fergus’

February 16, 10:30 — 11 am, 11:30 am — noon
The Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Pawkway, Philadelphia

 

Follow Fergus for a perfect doggy day this week at the Barnes Foundation’s ArtTime Storytime. This event is for children ages 2 — 5 and their caregivers. While this event is free, everyone must have a ticket. Tickets for the 10:30 time are here, and the 11:30 time are here.

Coding with Robots

February 16, 6:30 pm — 9 pm
Laureates Conference at The Franklin Institute, 222 N. 20th St., Philadelphia

 

Coding is an excellent skill for young people to have, and you too! Join the Franklin Institute for this informative crash course in coding for robots led by Pramod Abichandani of Drexel University’s Robotics Lab. This workshop is meant for children ages 11+ (all participants under 18 must be accompanied by an adult) and tickets are $40 for members and $50 for non-members.


Friday:

Block Party

February 17, 10:30 am — 12:30 pm
The Little Theater, Upper Merion Township Library, 175 W. Valley Forge Road, King of Prussia

 

Who says it needs to be summertime for a block party? Join the Upper Merion Township Library for a party with blocks! Children are invited to drop in during the event to play with blocks and use their imagination to build and share with other kids. This event is best for children ages 6 and under. This event is free and open to the public.

Create a Digital Pet

February 17, 1 — 2 pm
Ardmore Free Library, 108 Ardmore Ave, Ardmore, PA

Join BSD Academy for a coding workshop where children ages 8+ are invited to learn how to code to create their very own digital pet! Children must register in advance and bring their own laptop.

National Drink Wine Day (Eve)

February 17, noon — 6 pm
Chaddsford Winery, 632 Baltimore Pike, Chadds Ford

 

Treat. Your. Self. It’s National Drink Wine Day Eve, and Chaddsford Winery wants you to celebrate with them! Enjoy free wine tasting and keepsake glass, as well as 1 percent off all bottle purchases.

Parent’s Night Out

February 17, 5 — 8 pm

The Play Café, 934 W. Lancaster Ave., Ardmore

 

Need a night out for a change? Drop the kids off at the Play Café this Friday night for pizza, movies, and fun. You can head out for the evening assured your children will have a good time, no sitter required. This event costs $30 for the first child and $25 for each additional child.


Saturday:

Reopening of Children’s Hospital Exhibit

February 18 & 20, 9 am — 5 pm
February 19, 11 am — 5 pm
Please Touch Museum, 4231 Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia

 

Celebrate the upcoming Presidents Day holiday all weekend long at the Please Touch Museum! This beloved exhibit has been renovated, so bring your little doctor to celebrate! Plus, catch the “Mr. Potato Head” exhibit on its last weekend in town. The fun extends all weekend and through Monday, and is included with general admission to the museum.

Build Your Own Terrarium or Fairy Garden Class

February 18, 10 am — 11 am
The Garden Center at Linvilla Orchards, 137 Knowlton Road, Media

 

Build a trendy terrarium this weekend at Linvilla Orchards fit for a fairy! This popular class is sure to spark your child’s creative side. This class costs $35, and you must call 610-876-7116 to register.

Flowers to Wear

February 18, 10 am — 11 am
The Rothman Cabin at Dilworth Park, 1 S. 15th St., Philadelphia

 

We know it’s not spring yet (grumble grumble), but if you can’t have your flowers in the garden, wear ‘em instead! Join Floral Stylist and Event Designer Shawn Alexandra Graham to make some floral accessories this Saturday morning. This event is free and open to the public.

Mardi Gras Festival

February 18, 10 am — noon
Lulu’s Casita, 6 Cricket Ave., Ardmore

 

It’s time for a fiesta! Join Lulu’s Casita for a Mardis Gras party your children will love, with a Mad Beatz Drumline, crafting, and refreshments. You’ll want to party until the saints come marching in! This event costs $20 per child.

Black History Month Celebration

February 18, 10 am — 2 pm
Reading Terminal Market, 12th and Arch Streets, Philadelphia

 
Celebrate Black History Month at the Reading Terminal Market this Saturday! There will be a Youth and Young Adult Drill Team performance, healthy cooking education and demonstrations, and musical performances as well. This event is free and open to the public.

Froguary Weekend

February 18 — 20, 10 am — 5 pm
The Academy of Natural Sciences,1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia

 
 

Ribbit! Have you been to The Academy of Natural Sciences for “Frogs: A Chorus of Colors” yet? This month is the best time to visit, with each weekend in February dubbed “Froguary” in celebration of the exhibit. Enjoy live frog demonstrations, arts and crafts, informative talks, and much more. This event is included with the cost of admission.

Mummers Mardi Gras Parade

February 18, 11 am (events all day)
Parade begins at 11 am, Main Street, Manayunk, Philadelphia

 
 

The New Year’s Day Mummers Parade is a Philly tradition, but not everyone wants to shiver through it. This relatively new event showcases string bands, and offers a whole day of family-friendly activities, including face painting and photo booths.

Science Saturday: Float Your Boat

February 18, 1 — 4 pm
Power Plant, Hagley Museum, 200 Hagley Creek Road, Wilmington

 

If science floats your child’s boat, take them to the Hagley Museum this weekend for some science fun! They’ll learn about density and buoyancy, among other scientific theories at this fun event. This event is included with admission to the museum.

Winter Witch Hazel Walk

February 18, 2 pm
Morris Arboretum, 100 E. Northwestern Ave., Philadelphia

 

Take a walk among the witch hazels this weekend at Morris Arboretum, either with a guided tour or by yourselves. Even in the wintertime this landscape marvel in Chestnut Hill is spectacular to see, and it’s less crowded this time of year.


Sunday:

Family Workshop: Washington’s Birthday

February 19, 2 — 4 pm
The Philadelphia Academy of Fine Arts, 118 — 128 N. Broad St., Philadelphia

 

Celebrate our nation’s first president’s birthday this Sunday at the Philadelphia Academy of Fine Arts (PAFA) for their Family Arts Academy Workshop series. Children are invited to create a portrait befitting of a museum. This event is free and open to the public.

 

Photograph courtesy of the Franklin Institute. 

 

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