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15+ Things To Do With Kids Around Philly and the Main Line This Week: February 6 – 12

Enjoy family fun all week long — in the city and the 'burbs — with our curated list.

What’s happening this week? Plenty of fun. Read on for something great to do, every day.

All Week Long

Indoor Mini Golf

February 6 — 12, 9 am — 5 pm
The Garden Center at Linvilla Orchards, 137 Knowlton Road, Media

 

As the weather gets colder this week (nice one, Punxsutawney Phil), head to Linvilla Orchards for some indoor fun. Mini golf indoors runs all week with a golf course designed for both fun and education! Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for children.

Orchid Extravaganza

February 6 — 12, 9 am — 5 pm
The Conservatory, 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.

African-American History Month

February 6 — 11, 9:30 am — 5 pm
February 12, noon — 5 pm
The National Constitution Center, 525 Arch St., Philadelphia

 

All through the month of February, guests are welcome to enjoy African-American History Month at the National Constitution Center (NCC). There will be self-guided tours, a giant game board activity, the “Breaking Barriers” show, and much more. This event is included with general admission to the NCC — which, during the museum’s “Winter Warm-Up” special, is $10 for adults and $7.50 for kids.


Monday:

Toddler Time: World of Make-Believe

February 6, 10:30 — 11:30 am
Fairytale Garden at the Please Touch Museum, 4231 Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia

 

Toddlers love this museum, and here’s another good reason to take them. This event features stories, songs, and activities that incorporate play and learning together. This event is included with general admission to the museum.


Tuesday

‘Cinderella’

February 7, 9:45 am
The Media Theatre, 104 E. State St., Media

 

Bibbidi, bobbidi, boo! See a morning show of Disney’s Cinderella this week. Children especially will love this story brought to life on the stage. Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for children.

Drum Circle

February 7, 4 pm
Overbrook Park Library, 7422 Haverford Ave., Philadelphia

 

For an interactive and fun class that will teach children about rhythm and the history of drumming in a group setting, head to the Overbrook Park Library. This event is great for all ages and is free to attend.


Wednesday:

Homeschooler Days: Health Quest

February 8, 10 am or 1 pm
Bartram’s Garden, 5400 Lindbergh Blvd., Philadelphia

 

Homeschooler Days are great opportunities for homeschooled children in Philadelphia to interact with other children their age! This week, Bartram’s Garden is teaching students about healthy living for both the mind and body. Registration is required for this event, which is $12 for each nonmember, and free for members.

Bilingual Storytime and Music Circle

February 8, 10 — 10:30 am
Lulu’s Casita, 6 Cricket Ave., Ardmore

 

Join Ms. Val for her weekly fiesta party that incorporates music, storytelling, and the Spanish language for a morning full of fun. This event is included with general admission to the casita.

Book Bike

February 8, 10 — 11 am
Reading Terminal Market, 12th and Arch Streets, Philadelphia

 

Head to the Reading Terminal Market to visit the book bike! Librarian Link Ross from the Free Library of Philadelphia will have a mobile lending library set up, and will be holding storytime for children ages 3 — 5. This event is free and open to the public.

Nature Celebrations Around the World: Tu B’Shevat

February 8, 10 — 11:30 am
Tyler Arboretum, 15 Painter Road, Media

 

Learn the who, what, where, how, and why behind Tu B’Shevat this week at the Tyler Arboretum as part of their Nature Celebrations around the World series. Registration is required for this class, and costs $15 for members and $20 for non-members.

Stroller Tour

February 8, 11 am
Lenfest Hall, The Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia

 

Join the Philadelphia Museum of Art, stroller in hand! You’ll get your weekly dose of art and culture without having to call a sitter for the little one. This event is included with general admission to the museum.

Black History Month Bingo

February 8, 4 pm
Blanche A. Nixon/Cobbs Creek Library, 5800 Cobbs Creek Parkway, Philadelphia

 

B-I-N-G-O! Learn about African-American history at this fun and interactive event. This event is free and open to the public.

Love Is in the Square

February 8, 5 — 8 pm

Suburban Square, Anderson and Coulter avenues, Ardmore

 

Get your Valentine’s Day shopping done early, and bring the kids for some evening fun! GAP Kids will have a coloring station, and several other businesses are offering special promotions. Get 20 percent off date-night dresses at Gilbert & Evans, enter a raffle at Barbour, or score some holiday-themed cookware at Kitchen Kapers. Plus snacks for everyone!


Thursday

Storyart

February 9, 10 — 11 am
The Play Café, 934 W. Lancaster Ave., Ardmore

 

If your kids like making art but you don’t want to worry about paint on your carpet, worry no more. During Storyart, they can listen to a story, then do a craft. This event is included with admission to the café.

ArtTime Storytime: The Painter

February 9, 10:30 — 11 am or 11:30 am— noon
The Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway., Philadelphia

 

This week for ArtTime Storytime, the Barnes Foundation is having a reading of The Painter, a story about connections, art, creativity, and family. This event is best for children ages 2 — 5 and their caregivers. This event is free, but registration is required for either the 10:30 or 11:30 time slots.

Night Skies in the Observatory

February 9, 6 — 9 pm
The Observatory at The Franklin Institute, 222 N. 20th St., Philadelphia

 

Take a look at the stars this Thursday evening at the Franklin Institute. (Currently, the forecast is clear!) Children will be amazed as they look at the stars and planets through telescopes, and adults are welcome to enjoy the cash bar. Tickets are required for this event, and advance ticket purchase is recommended.

Hagley After Hours: Movie Night

February 9, 7 pm (Doors open at 6:30 pm)
Hagley Museum, 200 Hagley Creek Road, Wilmington

 

Mean Girls, written by Philly local Tina Fey, is the movie of the night this week. Attendees are encouraged to wear pink (even though it’s not Wednesday) to the event, and admission is $2 per person. A cash bar for beer and wine is available.

Philly School Chat

February 9, 7:30 — 9:30 pm
Lilypad, 1234 South Broad St., Philadelphia

 

Want to learn more about Philadelphia schools? Local representatives from Philly area schools will be in attendance to answer your questions in an informal Q&A setting, and you’ll get a chance to hear about experiences with private, public, and charter schools. This event is free and open to the public.

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Friday

Baby Bird Playdate

February 10, 10:15 — 11 am
The Education Studios 1 and 2, The Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia

 

Get your child excited about art early at this Philadelphia Museum of Art family program. This event, designed for toddlers and their caregivers, invites little ones to enjoy music, art, and gallery tours just the right length for them. This event is included with general admission to the museum.

Midday Melodies

February 10, noon — 2 pm
Center Court at Reading Terminal Market, 12th and Arch streets, Philadelphia

 

Get your food shopping done from local vendors this Friday at the Reading Terminal Market, and listen to some tunes while you’re at it. The center court will be filled with piano jazz music. Go on and bust a move!

Tweet Heart Social

February 10, 4:30 — 7 pm

Nest Chestnut Hill, 10 W. Gravers Lane, Philadelphia

 

Get your little ones ready for Valentine’s Day at this cute event. Adults can relax with a cocktail while the kids make cookies and valentines. Tickets are $30 for non-members and Nest green and basic members; it’s free for purple members. (Bringing more than one kid? You’ll get a break on the price.) A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Children’s Heart Foundation.

Full Moon Hike Night

February 10
6 — 6:45 pm Preschool Hike
7 — 8:30 pm Family Hike (ages 5 and up)
9 — 10:30 pm Adult Hikes
Wissahickon Environmental Center, 300 Northwestern Ave., Philadelphia

 

This Friday night has a full moon, so enjoy it with a hike. Be sure to dress warmly: temperatures can get as low as 20 degrees that night. There are three hikes to enjoy, one for preschoolers, one for families with children ages 5 and up, and one exclusively for adults. Registration is required. Call 215-685-9285 or email wec@phila.gov to register.


Saturday:

Valentine’s Day Floral Arrangement

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

 

Don’t know how to put together a floral arrangement? Now’s your chance to learn at the Rothman Cabin at Dilworth Park. Instructor and floral stylist/event designer Shawn Alexandra Graham will be there to show you how. This event is free and open to the public.

Alex and the Kaleidoscope Valentine’s Day Family Jam

February 11, 10:30 am (doors open at 10:30 am)
The Ardmore Music Hall, 23 East Lancaster Ave., Ardmore

 

It’s time to enjoy another family jam! Enjoy dancing, brunch, and music by Alex and the Kaleidoscope, Let’s Rock Recess, and DJ Mighty Flipside. Tickets are required for this event, and are $12 in advance and $15 at the door.

BSD Academy Open House

February 11, 10 am — 1:15 pm
BSD Code + Design Academy, 1149 Lancaster Ave., Bryn Mawr

Celebrate BSD’s first anniversary with two FREE coding workshops. In the first, kids can create their own digital pet; in the second, they can learn about 3D game development. Plus, parents can learn about summer camps and other classes.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

February 11, 11 am
The Bryn Mawr Film Institute

 

The second Harry Potter film, originally out in 2002 and directed by Chris Columbus, is screening this Saturday at the Bryn Mawr Film Institute as part of their Harry Potter Fest in February and March. Tickets are $5 for adults and $4 for kids.

Valentine’s On Ice

February 11, noon — 2 pm

Laurel Hill Gardens, 815 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia

 

Get ready for Valentine’s Day with ice sculptures, hot chocolate, s’mores, and a special appearance by Elsa from Frozen. Enjoy Chestnut Hill’s quaint business district, too.

Two For Art: Try It!

February 11, 1 — 2:30 pm
Wayne Art Center, 413 Maplewood Ave., Wayne

 

For young children ages 2 — 4, this fun workshop is meant to encourage a young one’s enthusiasm for art! Let them try their hand at clay, painting, collages, and more. This event cots $15 per child and caretaker, and registration is required.

Children’s Workshop: Print With Love!

February 11, 1 — 3 pm
Wayne Art Center, 413 Maplewood Ave., Wayne

 

Learn about the craft of printmaking, from books to tee shirts and more this weekend at the Wayne Art Center. This workshop is best for children ages 7 and up and their parent. Registration is required for this event, and costs $25 per adult and child.

Free Community Yoga Class

February 11, 3 pm
Free To Be Dance Academy, 6757 Greene St., Philadelphia

 

Encourage your child’s interest in this relaxing and healthy exercise, all while getting your own weekly dose of zen.

Kid’s Night Out

February 11, 5:30 — 9:30 pm
Elmwood Park Zoo, 1661 Harding Blvd., Norristown

 

You’ve heard of Parent’s Night Out, well now it’s time for the kids to have a turn! Drop off your children for pizza, after hours time with the zoo’s animals, bingo, Valentine’s day crafting and more. This event costs $15.95 for a child and $7.95 for each additional sibling for members, and $25.95 for child and $17.95 for each additional child for non-members. Get tickets here.

Owl Prowl

February 11, 6 — 8 pm
The Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, 8480 Hagy’s Mill Road, Philadelphia

Owls are some off the coo-lest birds out there. They can turn their heads around 180 degrees and hunt in the dark. Saturday night, meet some of the rehabilitated owls in the center before heading out onto the grounds with flashlights to try your chances at meeting an owl face to beak! This event costs $5 for members and $10 for non-members. Register here.


Sunday:

2nd Sunday Sensory Friendly Family Program

February 12, 10 am — 3 pm
The National Museum of American Jewish History, 101 South Independence Mall East, Philadelphia

 

Join the National Museum of American Jewish History for a morning of sensory-friendly exploration. Whether participants want to enjoy a quiet storytime, make crafts, explore the museum, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. This event is included with general admission to the museum.

Tweet Heart Social

February 12, 10 am — 1 pm

Nest Center City, 1301 Locust St., Philadelphia

 

Gear up for Valentine’s Day at this fun (and furry) event, which benefits the Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society. Parents can sip beer and wine, while kids have a dance party, decorate treats, and cuddle up with the adoptable animals (hanging out in a separate room). There’s a silent auction, too. Plus, Nest is collecting items for PAWS (see the link for details). Tickets are $30 for green, basic, and non-members; it’s free for purple members.

2nd Sunday Sensory Friendly Family Program

February 12, 10 am — 3 pm
The National Museum of American Jewish History, 101 South Independence Mall East, Philadelphia
Join the National Museum of American Jewish History for a morning of sensory friendly exploration. Whether participants want to enjoy a quiet storytime, make crafts, explore the museum, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. And since admission is free all month, now’s the perfect time to go.

Peanut Butter and Jams: SteveSongs

February 12, 11 am (doors open at 10:30 am)
World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St., Philadelphia
Join World Cafe Live and SteveSongs this Sunday morning for a fun family show that will have your children dancing and your toes tapping! Steve Roslonek of SteveSongs blends participatory engagement with the audience with his music. Tickets are $10.05 each.

Open Studio

February 12, 11 am — 2 pm
Pinot’s Palette Lower Merion, 20 Greenfield Ave., Ardmore

 

Let your creativity run wild this Sunday at Pinot’s Palette of Lower Merion at their open studio. There are over 50 options of self-guided painting instructions, so take your pick and let your inspiration take over. The price for this event is $25 per painter.

I ♥ Mythology Family Tour

February 12, 11 am
Lenfest Hall, The Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia

 

Young visitors to the museum will love this event. Explore mythology this Sunday at the Philadelphia Museum of Art with creative play and interactive conversation. This event is included with general admission to the museum.

Flyers Day

February 12, noon — 5pm
Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest, Penn’s Landing, Philadelphia
Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Flyers at the Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest this Sunday! Enjoy sharing the ice with Flyers alumni, test your fan knowledge with exciting trivia (there will be prizes!) take photos, and get there early! The first 500 guests in attendance will receive a Flyers bobble head.

Daddy-Daughter Date Night

February 12, 3 — 6 pm
Color Me Mine Wayne, 109 W. Lancaster Ave., Wayne

Giggle, bond, and make a crafty gift (maybe for mom?) at this sweet event. Reserve your spot with a $15 deposit.

SPARC at Urban Air

February 12, 6 — 8 pm

Urban Air Trampoline Park, 981 E. Lancaster Ave., Downingtown

 

The Southeastern Pennsylvania Autism Resource Center is sponsoring a special sensory-friendly night at this trampoline park. This is a low-sensory event, and requires advance registration.

Photograph courtesy of the Franklin Institute. 

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