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

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All Week

Wintergarden

Daily; Rothman Ice Rink open noon — 9 pm

Monday — Thursday; noon — 11 pm

Friday; 11 am — 11 pm Saturday; 11 am — 8 pm Sunday

Dilworth Park, 1 S. 15th St. (west side of City Hall), Philadelphia

 

This great Center City fun spot is back, and perfectly suited to this cold weather! Ice skate, share a hot cocoa in the cabin, tour a garden maze, and more. 

Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest

Through March 4

121 N. Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia

 

Winterfest offers with ice skating, arcade games, a cozy lodge, and marshmallow roasting. Admission is free, but activities are an extra cost.

‘Peter Pan’

Through February 4

The Arden Theatre Co., 40 N. Second St., Philadelphia

 

J.M. Barrie’s classic comes to life in this show for children ages 6 and up. 

Indoor Mini Golf

Daily through March 31

Linvilla Orchards, 137 W. Knowlton Road, Media

 

Even the coldest day can’t keep you off these links! The orchards’ “Fore the Planet” course was designed by the Academy of Natural Sciences and featured environmental education along with some physical fun. It’s $6.95 for ages 11 and up to play and $5.95 for ages 10 and under.

Orchid Extravaganza

Daily through March 28

Longwood Gardens, 1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square

 

These beautiful flowers are the focus of an indoor celebration, bringing bursts of brilliant color to even the dreariest day. This is free with admission to the gardens and for members.

Philadelphia Auto Show

Through February 4

Pennsylvania Convention Center, 1101 Arch St., Philadelphia

 

The Philly Auto Show returns to the Pennsylvania Convention Center with dazzling cars, from exotic to classic and everything in between! There’s so much to see, but your kids definitely won’t want to miss Mater from Pixar’s Cars, the Mystery Machine from Scooby Doo, or a Star Wars Storm Trooper!

Monday

Preschool Eagles Pep Rally and Pajama Party

January 29, 6:30 pm

Free Library of Philadelphia, Torresdale Branch, 3079 Holme Ave.,  Philadelphia

 

Wear your pajamas and bring your favorite stuffed animal for an Eagles pep rally, stories, songs, and a bedtime snack.

Songbird Family Music Jam

January 29, 4:30 — 5:15 pm

Lilypad, 1234 S. Broad St., Philadelphia

 

Drop in to sing along to some familiar songs and a few new ones too. The whole family can participate with percussion and other instruments.

Miniature Album Workshop

January 29, 4 pm

Free Library of Philadelphia, Blanche A. Nixon/Cobbs Creek Branch, 5800 Cobbs Creek Parkway, Philadelphia

 

In this workshop, children will make a miniature album using traditional book binding techniques. This is part of “Big and Small, Books for All,” which is a family-friendly exhibit that features books selected for their extreme sizes and unusual shapes. All materials will be provided.

Tuesday

UPenn Science Fun for Kids & Teens

January 30, 4 pm

Free Library of Philadelphia, Walnut Street West Branch, 201 S. 40th St., Philadelphia

 

Graduate students and faculty from Penn will visit the library to conduct fun and exciting hands-on science experiments, like slime-making!

‘Around the Table’

January 30, 4 pm

Free Library of Philadelphia, Lillian Marrero Branch, 601 W. Lehigh Ave., Philadelphia

 

Taking inspiration from the traditions of family reunions celebrated in This Is the Rope, participants will make reusable placemats and hear stories from Mama Carla Wiley — a storyteller, educator, and artist who weaves together multigenerational memories with activities for children that inspire and engage the whole family.  This is part of “One Book, One Philadelphia.”

Trail Tuesdays at Valley Forge

January 30, 10 — 11 am

Valley Forge National Park, 1400 N. Outer Line Dr., King of Prussia

 

Take a nature walk through Valley Forge National Park. All ages and fitness levels are welcome, as are dogs and strollers! In case of inclement weather the walk will be canceled, so register online to be contacted in that case.

Wednesday

Philly Then and Now

January 31, 3:30 pm

Free Library of Philadelphia, Falls of Schuylkill Branch, 3501 Midvale Ave., Philadelphia

 

Kids will explore Philadelphia with pictures, maps, and stories of in the past and today, then make a colorful collage.

Sled Skating at Rothman Rink

January 31, 10:30 am — noon

Dilworth Park, 1 S. 15th St., Philadelphia

 

This collaboration with Magee Rehab is bringing accessibility to Rothman Rink. With sled skating, adults and children with disabilities can reserve a sled to use during the scheduled sessions. Reservations are required.

Little Chefs

January 31, 10 am

Tyler Arboretum, 515 Painter Road, Media

 

Mix up a batch of homemade granola bars with your kids. This cooking workshop is best suited to kids age 3-6, but all ages are welcome.

Mommy and Me Gardening 

January 31, 10 — 10:30 am

Linvilla Orchards, 137 W. Knowlton Road, Media

 

This free half-hour gardening class will pick a different gardening subject each week to introduce to you and your kids.

Family LEGO Night

January 31, 6 — 8 pm

Ludington Library, 5 S. Bryn Mawr Ave., Bryn Mawr

 

Build something with your kids during this new weekly family night.

Thursday

Drop-in Toddler Paint Party

February 1, 10:30 am — noon

Lume Creative Learning Studios, 1916-18 E. Passyunk Ave., Philadelphia

 

Drop into the studio with your little one for creative experimentation in a non-class structured environment. Best of all: no cleanup!

 Groundhog Predictions

Feburary 1, 1 pm

Norristown Farm Park, 2500 Upper Farm Road, Norristown

 

Hear a story, play an active groundhog game, and make a craft centered around Groundhog Day.

Super Football Party

February 1, 4 — 4:45 pm

Haverford Township Free Library, 1601 Darby Road, Havertown

 

Come wearing your favorite player’s jersey and participate in a variety of football-themed activities, as well as plenty of books to learn more about the game.

Eagles Themed Painting with a Twist Night

February 1, 7 — 9 pm

9475 Roosevelt Blvd., Philadelphia

 

Adults and kids age 6 and up are welcome to come paint at a Super Bowl themed celebratory paint night. Pre-registration is required.

Friday

Family Happy Hour

February 2, 5 — 7 pm

PlayArts, 1241 N. Front St., Philadelphia

 

Fishtown Brewery will be there to serve up some of their favorite beers, as  your kids can play in the playspace after hours.

Parents Night Out

February 2, 6 — 9 pm

Nest Center City, 1301 Locust St., Philadelphia

 

Drop your (potty-trained) little ones off for a fun-filled theme night including pizza, crafts, gym time, and more while you get out for some adult fun!

Baby Bird Playdate

February 2, 10:15 am

Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia

 

Play at the museum with your toddler, and enjoy music, art making, and gallery walks.

Fishtown First Friday Valentine’s Craft Fair

February 2, 5 — 8 pm

1601 N. Front St., Philadelphia

 

Come to Honeygrow HQ for an evening of free local food, beer, and coffee, as well as a great lineup of vendors and artists, and adoptable dogs from the PSPCA.

Kids’ First Fridays: Exploring the Arts

February 2, 3:30 pm

Philadelphia City Institute, 1905 Locust St. , Philadelphia

 

Kids will learn sewing skills as they design and make their own bags.

 ‘Groundhog Day’ All Day

February 2, noon — midnight

South Street Cinema, 327 South St., Philadelphia

 

Starting at noon and going all day, South Street Cinema will be showing the Bill Murray film Groundhog Day all day long!

Discount Open Gym

February 2, 7 — 10 pm

Pinnacle Parkour Academy, 3500 Scotts Lane, Suite C-1, Philadelphia

 

RVSP on Facebook for a $5 discount at the door, bringing the cost down to $15 for 3 hours of jumpy time for kids of all ages.

Pottery Kids Night Out

February 2, 6 — 9 pm

The Center on Central, 24 Central Ave., Paoli

 

Enjoy an adult night out while your children enjoy exploring their creativity working with raw clay and glaze, watching a movie, and having a pizza dinner.

BYOB and Pizza Night

February 2, 4 — 7:30 pm

Lulu’s Casita, 6 Cricket Ave., Ardmore

 

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

Philadelphia Events

All Weekend

Super Bowl Weekend

Check out our guide to family-friendly events and specials around town!

Philadelphia Auto Show

Through February 4

Pennsylvania Convention Center, 1101 Arch St., Philadelphia

 

The Philly Auto Show returns to the Pennsylvania Convention Center with dazzling cars, from exotic to classic and everything in between! There’s so much to see, but your kids definitely won’t want to miss Mater from Pixar’s Cars, the Mystery Machine from Scooby Doo, or a Star Wars Storm Trooper!

Citizen Science Lab

February 3 and 4, 11 am, 1 pm, and 3:30 pm

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

 

The museum will host hands-on, interactive experiences centered around water, with a focus on the Delaware River’s biology, ecology and chemistry, plus language arts, history and basic engineering.

Camp-in at the Franklin Institute 

February 3, 6:15 pm — February 4, 9:30 am

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

 

Kids ages 6-13 (and their chaperones) can spend an overnight at the museum with live science shows, hands-on workshops, IMAX and Planetarium shows, stargazing in the rooftop observatory, and time to explore the entire museum. Sleep somewhere unique like near the Giant Heart or in the train room, then wake up for breakfast at the museum.

Opening Weekend of ‘Sid the Science Kid: The Super-Duper Exhibit’

Through May 6

Please Touch Museum, 4231 Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia

 

“Sid the Science Kid: The Super-Duper Exhibit!” brings to life the award-winning PBS KIDS TV series Sid the Science Kid by transporting visitors into Sid’s world to become “science kids” themselves as they play, discover and investigate basic science questions in the different settings of the show.

Opening Weekend of ‘Crocs’

Through May 6

Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia

 

Learn all about one of the most exciting and primal groups of animals through the presentation of amazing live animals, realistic crocodile models, engaging interactive activities, and informative videos.

‘StinkyKids: The Musical’

Through February 11, select dates and times

Walnut Street Theatre, 825 Walnut St., Philadelphia

 

Based on the children’s book series by Britt Menzies, this musical is fun, colorful, and only an hour long, so it’s great for kids of all ages. Watch along as Britt and her friends get into mischief that turns a simple problem into mayhem, and learn a little about friendship along the way.

Enter our giveaway for 4 tickets to the February 10 performance!

‘Family Festival: Build and Imagine’

February 3, 9 am — 5 pm; February 4, 11 am — 5 pm

Please Touch Museum, 4231 Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia

 

Build it up, knock it down, and design it all over! Come and imagine crazy contraptions and sturdy structures with storytime, building, and performances all day. Plus, there will be a Super Bowl-themed pop-up play corner with dress-up, props, and dramatic play. Then at 4:30 pm Sunday, the daily closing parade will be transformed into a Super Bowl pep rally with call-and-response cheers, rhythmic exercises, and movement sequences to cheer on the Eagles.

Saturday

Access to Science: Opening Doors to Autism

February 3, 9 — 11 am

Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia

 

Children on the autism spectrum and their families are invited to experience the museum before the crowds. You can visit with the dinosaurs, explore Outside In, see the new special Crocs exhibit, and wander through the dioramas at your own pace.

Philly Materials Day

February 3, 10 am—3 pm

Drexel University Bossone Research Enterprise Center, 3126 Market St., Philadelphia

 

A day of hands-on science and engineering activities and special small group workshops geared to kids ages 10- 17, where participants will work on teams exploring how specific materials impact their world. Try liquid nitrogen ice cream at 1:30!

Family Clay Workshop

February 3, 10 am — noon

The Clay Studio, 137-139 N. Second St., Philadelphia

 

Celebrate Super Bowl weekend by learning the basics of working on the pottery wheel, and create your very own “souper bowl!”

Kidz-Clay Saturday

February 3, 10 am — noon

Allens Lane Art Center, 601 W. Allens Lane, Philadelphia

 

Children will enjoy the tactile nature of clay while developing creative problem solving skills in a one-day workshop. This time, the class will get festive with “B My Valentine Pockets.” These projects will be kiln-fired to be picked up at a later date.

Seafarin’ Saturday

February 3, 11 am—1 pm

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

 

What floats your boat? Build your own boat and see how many weights it can hold as you learn the answer to this important question.

Bernstein: 100 Years Young

February 3, 11:30 am

Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, 300 S. Broad St., Philadelphia

 

Throughout his career, Leonard Bernstein inspired children with his legendary Young People’s Concerts, and to celebrate his 100th birthday, his daughter Jamie will carry on that tradition with a tour of her father’s youthful works, such as Fancy Free, the Symphonic Dances from West Side Story, and the Overture to Candide.

African American Children’s Book Fair

February 3, 1 — 4 pm

Community College of Philadelphia Gymnasium, 17th and Girard streets, Philadelphia

 

This free event features acclaimed authors, lots of books, and activities for kids that emphasize the joy of reading. Now in its 26th year, this is a powerful promotion of literacy in the city.

Year of the Dog Pop-up Card Making Workshop

February 3, 2 — 4 pm

Asian Arts Initiative, 1219 Vine St., Philadelphia

 

Join local artist Colette Fu at the Asian Arts Initiative to create intricate pop-up Year of the Dog cards. The event is free, but pre-registration is required.

Sunday

Free First Sunday

February 4, 10 am — 5 pm

The Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia

 

At this month’s event, the Barnes will be shining a light on the power of unity, with songs of freedom, reflections on the past, and art making that brings out your inner light and positivity. There will be stroller tours, art making activities, storytelling, singing, performances, and more.

Curious George at Blue Cross RiverRink

February 4, 11 am — 2:30 pm

Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest, 101 S. Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia

 

Everyone’s favorite monkey will visit Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest in partnership with WHYY. Take a selfie with George and enjoy other family-friendly activities!

SoMont Super Bowl Sunday Eagles Nest Ride

February 4, 11 am — 2 pm

Pennypack Park, 8500 Pine Road, Philadelphia

 

Take a bike ride down the Pennypack Trail to an eagle’s nest along the Delaware River the morning before the Eagles play! This ride is all ages, though it is 22 miles round-trip, so plan accordingly!

PAFA Family Arts Academy: Game Day

February 4, 2—4 pm

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, 118-128 N. Broad St., Philadelphia

 

Face painting, pretzels, puppy bowl and art games. Wear your favorite team jersey and bring it!

Game Day at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

February 4, 10 am — 3 pm

Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia

 

Sport your Eagles green and kick off Super Bowl Sunday at the Museum. There will be family art tours and performances by the Almanac Dance Circus Theatre: at 11:30 am and 1:30 pm, teams of acrobats will face off, and look for recruits in the audience for the match of the century!

Drop-In Baby Bubbles Swim Class

February 4, 9 — 10 am

Fitness Works, 714 Reed St., Philadelphia

 

The hour-long drop-in class, open to little ones aged five months to three years, incorporates techniques to teach children how to feel comfortable and move their bodies in the water, helping them build confidence while exploring new surroundings in a safe, fun and supervised setting. A parent is required in the pool with their child, offering hands-on guidance and encouragement.

Main Line and Suburban Events

Saturday

Winter Fest

February 3, 9:30 — 11:30 am

Westtown School, 975 Westtown Road, West Chester

 

Get your children out to design, build, play, and discover.  Jump in the gym, make crafts, dance in the studio, make music, and so much more. This event is free and open to families with children ages 3-7, but pre-registration is required.

Eagles Pep Rally

February 3, 10 am — noon

Lulu’s Casita, 6 Cricket Ave., Ardmore

 

Wear your favorite Eagles gear for a fun morning of indoor play and getting ready for the big game.

Join the Continental Army at Valley Forge

February 3, 11 am

Valley Forge National Historical Park, 1400 N. Outer Line Drive, King of Prussia

 

Children are invited to join the Continental Army and experience a day in the life of a Revolutionary soldier. Recruits will be mustered by receiving enlistment papers and continental currency, then be issued (fake) wooden muskets and learn how to stand, march, and carry their musket as one of Washington’s soldiers would have done. Park rangers dressed in continental uniform will train the recruits in a full musket drill.

Winter Trek

February 3, 10 am — noon

Riverbend Environmental Education Center, 1950 Spring Mill Road, Gladwyne

 

A Riverbend naturalist will lead a family hike through their Alec Williamson Bird Observation Area, past a restored forest area, and to the site of their Aquaponics Greenhouse. Along the way, you’ll learn more about Riverbend’s programs and upcoming projects while enjoying the field, forest, and stream ecosystems on their grounds. Pre-registration is required.

Sunday

Super Bowl Pregame Open Play

February 4, 9:30 am — 3:30 pm

Chatter Splatter, 1030 Conshohocken Road, Conshohocken

 

Get on some green for all-day open play at Chatter Splatter—and tire your kids out before the game starts!

Why Won’t My Child Sleep?! Workshop

February 4, 10 — 11:30 am

Center City Pediatrics — Bala Cynwyd, 33 Rock Hill Road, Suite 170, Bala Cynwyd

 

This 90-minute interactive workshop facilitated by certified sleep coach Erica Desper will cover the most common causes of pediatric sleep issues, the typical pitfalls that lead to sleepless nights and the different methods to overcome them. This workshop is tailored for parents and caregivers of babies 4 months or older. You don’t have to be a patient at Center City Pediatrics, but you do need to preregister.

First Sunday

February 4, 11 am – 2 pm

Brandywine River Museum of Art, 1 Hoffman’s Mill Road, Chadds Ford

 

Get ready for the upcoming holiday by making valentines to share with friends and family while listening to songs of love played by harpist Mary Groce. A variety of art materials and creative inspiration will be provided.

Allie-Oops!

February 4, 11 am

Act II Playhouse, 56 E. Butler Ave., Ambler

 

Sing along with this children’s musician. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for kids 12 and under.

 

 

Photograph by Laura Swartz. 

PHILADELPHIA ASSISTANT EDITOR

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