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

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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!

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.

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).

‘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 Musuem

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.

Chinese Lantern Festival in Franklin Square

Through June 30

200 N. Sixth St., Philadelphia

 

Franklin Square will once again glow with 1,500 individual works of art consisting of giant sculptures wrapped in colorful silk and filled with thousands of LED lights. Guests will also enjoy the nightly Dragon Beer Garden and Asian cuisine. Read our full guide to the Chinese Lantern Festival to plan your visit. Want to know more? Go behind the scenes and see how these beautiful lanterns were made!

‘Hamilton: The Constitutional Clashes That Shaped a Nation’

Through December 31

National Constitution Center, 525 Arch St., Philadelphia

 

Walk in Alexander Hamilton’s shoes (literally) 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.

‘Game Masters’

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.

‘Snow White’

Through June 10

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

 

Two actors perform all the roles in this world premiere production of the beloved fairy tale. Click here to read our review.

‘Newsies’

Through June 10

Media Theatre, 104 E. State St., Media

 

Inspired by the Newsboy Strike of 1899, this Disney musical is full of great songs and dance routines. Tickets are $33 — $58.

Big Apple Circus

Through June 24

Philadelphia Mills, 1455 Franklin Mills Circle, Philadelphia

 

The Big Apple Circus will thrill generations of guests with the world’s most celebrated acts in the most intimate setting—no seat is more than 50 feet from the ring. Use discount code FOCUS for $5 off.

Photo Pop!

Through July 4 (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!

Parks on Tap: Gorgas Park

May 30—June 3

6300 Ridge Ave., Philadelphia

 

Family-friendly beer garden Parks on Tap comes to Roxborough this week and through the weekend.

Devon Horse Show and Country Fair

Through June 3, 8 am—10 pm

23 Dorset Road, Devon

 

The Devon Horse Show and Country Fair combines equestrians, family fun, and Main Line tradition in one fabulous 10-day event.

Longwood Garden’s Festival of Fountains

Beginning May 25

1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square

 

The gorgeous display of fountains is back combining lights, technology, and water displays which will excite the whole family. Celebrate Memorial Day Weekend in the sun enjoying this true spectacle!

Monday

Pinnacle Parkour Academy Day Off Camp

May 28, 9 am—3 pm

3500 Scotts Lane, Philadelphia

 

Kids ages 6-16 will have challenges, skills, and games, with some awesome open gym time mixed in.

Memorial Day Parades on the Main Line

May 28

From Collegeville to Ardmore, we’ve got the rundown here.

Devon Horse Show Tribute to Heroes

May 28

23 Dorset Road, Devon

 

Admission is free for active and retired military, as well as police, fire, and EMTs. At 6:30 pm there will be a Tribute to Heroes recognition ceremony where the Church Farm School Choir and the Valley Forge Military Academy Equestrian Color Guard will perform.

Memorial Day at the National Liberty Museum

May 28, 10 am—5 pm

321 Chestnut St., Philadelphia

 

The museum is offering “pay what you wish” admission for guests to discover stories of both military heroes and ordinary citizens who contributed to preserving our country’s liberty. The museum will also have military trivia at 1:30 pm that day. In conjunction with their current Sound + Vision exhibit, there will also be a “Sight + Sound Creative Workshop” where kids ages 5-10 will be encouraged to express the sounds they are hearing as a work of art (pre-registration is required for the workshop).

Wyndmoor Memorial Day Parade

May 28, 9:30 am

Parade begins at Willow Grove Avenue near Elm Street, Wyndmoor

 

This old-timey parade features veterans, fire trucks, and bagpipers, all throwing candy for eager kids! After the parade, there’s a community celebration at Veterans Park, beginning at 11:30 am.

Independence Seaport Museum Memorial Day Ceremony

May 28, 10—11 am

211 S. Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia

 

The Seaport Museum will commemorate Memorial Day with a special ceremony aboard Cruiser Olympia, their historic warship. Together with the U.S. Coast Guard Ceremonial Honor Guard, the ceremony will honor fallen soldiers and veterans, and tell the important story of Cruiser Olympia and its naval history. The ceremony is free and open to the public.

Storytime in Franklin Square

May 28, 10—11 am

200 N. Sixth St., Philadelphia

 

Librarian Margaret Bernardi of the Independence Branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia will read free stories to children in the Franklin Square Pavilion every Monday this summer.

Final Day of Sail Philadelphia

May 28, 11 am—7 pm

Penn’s Landing, 101 N. Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia

 

Nearly a dozen majestic ships have docked in Philly for a celebration honoring the sailing community as well as Philadelphia’s history as a maritime city. From a family-friendly waterfront festival on land to engaging cruises of the Delaware River aboard one of these amazing ships, there is so much to do and see. See our guide to Sail Philadelphia here.

Revolutionary Sailors at the Museum of the American Revolution

May 28, 10 am—5 pm

101 S. Third St., Philadelphia

 

The museum will highlight the lives of revolutionary sailors, and how they thought about wartime losses. Visitors will be encouraged to post notes of gratitude to America’s servicemembers on a large panel in the rotunda. Active and retired members of the military will receive free museum admission in honor of Memorial Day.

Memorial Day at the National Constitution Center

May 28, 9:30 am—5 pm

525 Arch St., Philadelphia

 

The National Constitution Center will honor the men and women who have defended our freedom. There will be live shows about our nation’s memorials and national anthem, flag ceremonies and etiquette lessons, and make-and-takes like Uncle Sam and Lady Liberty hats, star wands and wreaths, and crepe paper flags. Visitors can also take a moment to write letters of gratitude to the men and women who have served in the country’s Armed Forces.

Brandywine River Museum 47th Annual Antiques Market

May 28, 9:30 am — 5 pm

1 Hoffman’s Mill Road, Chadds Ford

 

Fine antiques including furniture, rugs, porcelain, needlework and much more from 26 distinguished dealers from the mid-Atlantic and beyond will be on sale. Proceeds from this annual fundraising event benefit the Museum Volunteers’ Purchase Fund, and Art Education and Programming.

Chadds Ford Winery Memorial Day Music Festival

May 28, 11 am—6 pm

632 Baltimore Pike, Chadds Ford

 

Chadds Ford Winery will celebrate Memorial Day with amazing food, wine, and music. Local food trucks will be on site to offer some unique bites to eat to pair with your wine. Various lineups of bands throughout the weekend will entertain all afternoon long. Families can participate in a Winery Scavenger Hunt and play lawn games.

Pikachu Meet and Greet at Please Touch Museum

May 28, 11:30 am – 2:30 pm

4231 Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia

 

To welcome their new exhibit “Hello from Japan!” the Please Touch Museum will celebrate Friendship Weekend complete with a visit from Pikachu.

Tuesday

Family Day at Devon Horse Show

May 29, 8 am—10 pm (Back Barn tours from 3—6 pm)

23 Dorset Road, Devon

 

There will be special deals all day on food, rides and souvenirs at the Country Fair and Midway. From 3—6 pm, take a free Back Barn Tour, where you can get a behind-the-scenes look at how the participants get ready for the show.

Uncle Bobbie’s Storytime 

May 29, 10 am

Uncle Bobbie’s Coffee and Books, 5445 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia

 

Join Mama Kimberly for interactive stories, singing, dancing, and old fashioned fun together!

Read to a Reptile

May 29, 2—4 pm

Academy of Natural Sciences, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia

 

Grab a book, pull up a chair, and practice your reading with the live animals of Outside In.

UPenn Science Fun for Kids and Teens

May 29, 4 pm

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

 

Graduate students and faculty from UPenn will visit the library to conduct fun and exciting hands-on science experiments.

Wednesday

Ladies Day at Devon Horse Show

May 30, 10 am—2 pm

23 Dorset Road, Devon

 

Traditionally held the same day as the ladies’ sidesaddle competition, this day involves a highly anticipated hat contest, filled with color, fashion, and old-school fabulousness. Participating in the hat contest requires a ticket, which also includes a cocktail reception and light hors d’oeuvres, but if you just want to come to people-watch and take in the day’s couture, plan to come that morning as a spectator.

Free Young People’s Concert: West Side Story

May 30, 10 am–12:30 pm (gates open at 9:30 am)

Mann Center, 5201 Parkside Ave., Fairmount Park, Philadelphia

 

The Mann Center will present the musical West Side Story performed by students of Upper Darby High School to kick off the Young People’s Concert Series. This event is presented free of charge and is recommended for students grades 7-12. Pre-registration is required.

Tyler Arboretum’s Toddlers in Nature

May 30, 10—11 am and 1—2 pm

515 Painter Road, Media

 

Did you ever wonder what it would be like to be a bee? This week, Toddlers in Nature will spend the class as honey bees. This program is for toddlers age 18 months- 3 years and their caregivers.

Wednesday Free Fishing at Bertram’s Garden

May 30, 6–8 pm

5400 Lindbergh Blvd., Philadelphia

 

Learn how to catch one of the 42 fish species found in the tidal Schuylkill. Bartram’s Garden provides rods, bait, and basic instruction. No license necessary for this event.

Family LEGO Night at Ludington Library

May 30, 6—8 pm

5 S. Bryn Mawr Ave., Bryn Mawr

 

Build something together at this weekly LEGO night.

Thursday

Museum Adventure at the Rosenbach

May 31, 10—11 am

2008-2010 Delancey Place, Philadelphia

 

Start with storytime and a scavenger hunt through the museum. Then move on to the activity room for hands-on art making activities, creative play, music and snacks. For kids ages 2-4 and their caregivers.

Swim Safety with TeamLiz at Haverford Township Free Library

May 31, 10:30—11:15 am

1601 Darby Road, Havertown

 

Join TeamLiz for an interactive swim safety program. Explore different things you see around the pool, review the top ten safety rules, and enjoy a read aloud.

Storytime in the Gardens

May 31, 10:30 — 11:30 am

Mt. Cuba Center, 3120 Barley Mill Road, Hockessin, Delaware

 

Meet in the main house of this Delaware gem, then head outside for a story. This event is for kids 5 and under and happens every Thursday all summer!

Tiny Trackers at Tyler Arboretum

May 31, 1—2:30 pm

515 Painter Road, Media

 

Kids age 4-6 and their caregivers will go on a color walk to look for May flowers, and then paint their very own bouquets.

‘Mom and Me Sandcastles’ at Sue’s Art Class

May 31, 1:15—2:45 pm

2119 Spruce St., Philadelphia

 

Using paint with real sand, shells, and more, design your two-dimensional dream castle together.

Pop-Up Archery

May 31, 5—7 pm

John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum, 8601 Lindbergh Blvd., Philadelphia

 

Take your first shot at archery and learn a quick overview of the skills required to hit a bullseye. Families are welcome with kids age 8 and up. The event is free and no registration or equipment is required.

Movie Night at Schmidt’s Commons: ‘Coco’

May 31, 7—9 pm

1001 N. Second St., Philadelphia

 

Bring your own chair and enjoy Pixar’s heartwarming film Coco.

Friday

Chalk It Up at Penn Wynne Library

June 1, 10—11 am

130 Overbrook Parkway, Wynnewood

 

Grab some chalk and get drawing! Kids and adults are welcome to decorate the library’s sidewalks and walkways.

‘Ivy + Bean: The Musical’

June 1, 10:30 am

Walnut Street Theatre, 825 Walnut St., Philadelphia

 

The popular kids’ book series by Annie Barrows comes to musical life starting this Friday in the newest Walnut Street Theatre for Kids production. The show will run on weekends through June 10.

Storytime at Morris Arboretum

June 1, 10:30—11:15 am

100 E. Northwestern Ave., Philadelphia

 

A fun and engaging storytime tailored to the changing seasons to complement the natural setting of the arboretum.

Oscar’s Wacky Taxi Grand Opening Ceremony

June 1, 11 am

Sesame Place, 100 Sesame Road, Langhorne

 

Celebrate the grand opening and ceremonial ribbon cutting of the first wooden-steel hybrid roller coaster at Sesame Place! There will be a fun Charity Anchor Game Show Challenge to kick-off the morning with four of 6ABC’s most popular anchors competing to win a donation to the charity of their choice. It is also Oscar’s birthday, so Buddy Valastro, the Cake Boss, will come deliver a special birthday cake! Finally, Caroll Spinney, who portrays Oscar and Big Bird on Sesame Street, will cut the ribbon declaring the rollercoaster open!

Grand Opening Party of Franklin Ice Cream Bar

June 1, 11 am–1 pm

112 Market St., Philadelphia

 

Celebrate the newest member of the Franklin Fountain empire with live music, ice cream samples, a ribbon cutting, and a raffle.

Create a Terrarium

June 1, 11 am–12:30 pm

Common Space, 25 Rittenhouse Place, Ardmore

 

Create a terrarium with Haverford College Arboretum Director Dan Larkins. Bring your creative spirit and green thumb!

Charter High School for Architecture + Design’s SpringFest 18

June 1, 3—6 pm

105 S. Seventh St., Philadelphia

 

The CHAD community’s semi-annual celebration of student work will feature exhibitions, demonstrations, food, performances, hands-on activities, music, awards ceremonies, and games.

First Fridays Interactive Arts

June 1, 3:30 pm

The goat statue at Rittenhouse Square, enter at 19th and Locust Streets, Philadelphia

 

Spiral Q Puppet Theater and other presenters will perform at the goat statue!

BYOB and Pizza Night at Lulu’s Casita

June 1, 4—7:30pm

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.

First Friday Family BYOB Happy Hour at PlayArts

June 1, 5—7 pm

PlayArts, 1241 N. Front St., Philadelphia

 

Bring your friends, your little ones, and your favorite beer out for First Friday at PlayArts. Slice will be providing pizza.

‘Xtreme Bugs’ Members’ Opening at Academy of Natural Sciences

June 1, 5:30—9 pm

1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia

 

Members can see the museum’s new exhibit for free, and enjoy light refreshments and special programming. Read more about “Xtreme Bugs” in our preview.

NarBark Dog Parade

June 1, 6—8 pm

Forrest and Haverford avenues, Narberth

 

Come to downtown Narberth for music, food, and fun, and bring the family pooch! Dress your dog in its finest parade costume, and compete in one of several categories.

First Friday Family Swim Night

June 1, 6–8 pm

Fitness Works, 714 Reed St., Philadelphia

 

This monthly open swim night is open house style, which means you can come and splash around any time during the two-hour window. This is a time for families to relax, have fun, and enjoy the pool. You can also meet the instructors, and kids can complete a swim skills assessment prior to joining their small-group classes.

PAW Patrol Pajama Party Dinner

June 1, 6—7:30 pm

The Pop Shop, 729 Haddon Ave., Collingswood, New Jersey

 

The party includes a PAW Patrol-themed buffet, meet and greet with Chase and Marshall, PAW Patrol dance party, puppy face painting, and PAW Patrol on the big TV. Wear your PJs and bring your favorite stuffed animal. Tickets must be purchased in advance.

Parents Night Out at Nest

June 1, 6—9pm

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! This month’s theme is Moana!

‘Water on Mars’

June 1, 7 pm

Kimmel Center, 300 S. Broad St., Philadelphia

 

Hailing from Stockholm, Water on Mars combines bold athleticism and acrobatics into a circus of dizzying tricks and gravity-defying stunts. The show promises comedy and “airborne geometry” in an unforgettable multi-sensory experience. This is part of PIFA 2018—read our guide to the festival here!

Barcode Circus Company’s ‘Sweat and Ink’

June 1, 8 pm

FringeArts, 140 N. Columbus Blvd, Philadelphia

 

As part of FringeArt’s “Hand to Hand” Circus Festival, this Montreal-based circus company presents an evocative show demonstrating high level circus skill and movement. Expect flips, dance, and poetic imagery. This show also runs on Saturday afternoon, when there will also be a free family-friendly midway outside.

‘Cristal Palace’

June 1—10, 8 pm

Kelly Drive at Fountain Green Drive, Fairmount Park, Philadelphia

 

Compagnie Transe Express returns to PIFA for the first time since their thrilling finale to PIFA 2011. This time, they will perform for 10 days on the banks of the Schuylkill River, with the world premiere of Cristal Palace, a high-flying, 360-degree immersive event featuring a human chandelier as the centerpiece for what they are calling an “aerial dance party.” Nobuntu — the world-renowned, all female a cappella quintet from Zimbabwe — will open the show with a 20-minute performance including Zimbabwean music, Afro Jazz, and gospel. The event is rain or shine.

Weekend Events

Philadelphia Events

All Weekend

‘Ivy + Bean: The Musical’

June 1–10

Walnut Street Theatre, 825 Walnut St., Philadelphia

 

The popular kids’ book series by Annie Barrows comes to musical life starting this Friday in the newest Walnut Street Theatre for Kids production. The show will run on weekends through June 10.

Parks on Tap: Gorgas Park

May 30—June 3

6300 Ridge Ave., Philadelphia

 

Family-friendly beer garden Parks on Tap comes to Roxborough this week and through the weekend. Bonus: This Saturday there will also be a special kid-friendly music festival going on right at Gorgas Park!

‘Water on Mars’

June 1—3

Kimmel Center, 300 S. Broad St., Philadelphia

 

Hailing from Stockholm, Water on Mars combines bold athleticism and acrobatics into a circus of dizzying tricks and gravity-defying stunts. The show promises comedy and “airborne geometry” in an unforgettable multi-sensory experience. This is part of PIFA 2018—read our guide to the festival here!

‘Cristal Palace’

June 1—10, 8 pm

Kelly Drive at Fountain Green Drive, Fairmount Park, Philadelphia

 

Compagnie Transe Express returns to PIFA for the first time since their thrilling finale to PIFA 2011. This time, they will perform for 10 days on the banks of the Schuylkill River, with the world premiere of Cristal Palace, a high-flying, 360-degree immersive event featuring a human chandelier as the centerpiece for what they are calling an “aerial dance party.”

Nobuntu — the world-renowned, all female a cappella quintet from Zimbabwe — will open the show with a 20-minute performance including Zimbabwean music, Afro Jazz, and gospel. The event is rain or shine.

Saturday

National Drawing Day at Please Touch Museum 

June 2, 9 am–5 pm

4231 Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia

 

Grab some chalk and contribute to a huge, collaborative drawing in Hamilton Hall! This is part of a worldwide event that encourages everyone to draw! While you’re at the museum, you can also check out the new “Hello from Japan!” exhibit, which will also have some fun drawing activities.

BalletX Community Day

June 2, 9:30 am — 6 pm

1923 Washington Ave., Philadelphia

 

Come see this company’s new home at the Center for World Premiere Choreography in Germantown, and check out a full day of free classes!

Settlement Music School Family Fun Day Open House

June 2, 10 am–1 pm

All locations

 

Settlement Music School branches in Philly (as well as Camden and Willow Grove) will all be holding a Family Fun Day Open House featuring family-friendly activities, drop-in classes, student performance hours, open studios, and more!

Nature Play at Morris Arboretum 

June 2, 11 am–3 pm

100 E. Northwestern Ave., Philadelphia

 

Nature play is unstructured fun using what’s available in nature. Meet above the entrance to the Oak Allée.

Storytime in the Lodge at Blue Cross RiverRink

June 2, 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.

Drag Queen Storytime 

June 2, 11 am

Parkway Central Library, 1901 Vine St., Philadelphia

 

Come hear some favorite fairytales and other stories read by a drag queen! This fun and inclusive event is part of the Free Library’s Pride Month activities.

Celebration of Jamaica: A World Culture Day

June 2, 11 am–4 pm

Penn Museum, 3260 South St., Philadelphia

 

Spend the day celebrating Jamaican culture at Penn Museum. Enjoy reggae and other steel pan band music, learn some Caribbean dance moves, and experience the island arts and crafts, stories, and foods of Jamaica.

Seafarin’ Saturday

June 2, 11 am—1 pm

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

 

Create your own tattoos and understand the importance and significance of them in naval life.

FringeArts’ Hand to Hand Circus Festival

June 2, Midway from 11 am—2 pm, performance at 2 pm

140 N. Columbus Blvd. (at Race Street), Philadelphia

 

Teachers and performers from Philadelphia School of Circus Arts will be outside FringeArts in the Haas Biergarten to give attendees of all ages a chance to learn basic aerial acrobatics, juggling, plate spinning, and tight wire, with additional offerings for younger children including circus lasso and balance challenges. Additionally, the event will feature short circus performances throughout, including one from the school’s Youth Troupe. Free and fun for all ages and abilities! Then at 2 pm, catch Barcode Circus Company’s Sweat and Ink performance.

Tree House Books Summer Sidewalk Beach Party and Book Market

June 2, noon—3 pm

1430 W. Susquehanna Ave., Philadelphia

 

Kick off your summer reading with a bang!  Stop by Tree House Books for free summer books, summer treats, games, music, and fun in the sun.

Fete Day at Elfreth’s Alley

June 2, 1—5 pm

124-126 Elfreth’s Alley, Philadelphia

 

Get a rare glimpse into many of the 18th-century private homes on the nation’s oldest residential street, while enjoying crafts, music, and colonial games. Tickets are available online.

Roxborough Music Festival

June 2, 1—9 pm

Gorgas Park, 6400 Ridge Ave., Philadelphia

 

The first annual Roxborough Music Festival will feature live performances, food trucks, the Parks on Tap beer garden on site, art for sale, and kids’ rides and games.

Super Saturday Matinee: ‘The Little Mermaid’

June 2, 2–4 pm

South Street Cinema, 327 South St., Philadelphia

 

Bring the kids for this Disney classic, and feel free to sing along!

‘Jaws’ in Concert with The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia

June 2, 7:30 pm

Mann Center for the Performing Arts, 5201 Parkside Ave., Philadelphia

 

Movies @ the Mann kicks off its season with Jaws! The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia will perform John Williams’ score while the full-length feature film plays on three giant screens.

The Little Mermen

June 2, 8 pm (doors at 7 pm)

The Fillmore, 29 E. Allen St., Philadelphia

 

Rock out with NYC’s premier Disney rock cover band!

Sunday

Play Without Boundaries

June 3, 9 — 11 am

Please Touch Museum, 4231 Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia

 

The museum will be open early for a sensory-friendly event, with quiet spaces, special activities, and the opportunity for parents to learn about the latest research from the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the support services offered by Elwyn SEEDS early intervention program. The museum is also open to the public during this time.

Spaces and Places Family Festival

June 3, 10 am–3 pm

Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia 

 

How do artists transform everyday spaces? Get inspired by colossal creations in the museum’s Sculpture Garden, and work with special guest artist Aaron Asis to transform the Great Stair Hall.

‘Doggie Hamlet’

June 3, 10 am and 6 pm

Belmont Plateau, 2000 Belmont Mansion Drive, Philadelphia

 

This 70-minute production stars a flock of sheep, three herding dogs, and five performers; and no, it does not retell Shakespeare’s tragedy with them. Instead, Doggie Hamlet weaves dance, music, visual, and theatrical elements in what they are calling a “3D pastoral poem.” This is part of PIFA 2018— read our guide to the festival here!

Art and Storytelling at Woodmere Art Museum

June 3, 11 am—noon

9201 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia

Introduce your preschoolers to the enjoyment of art through stories and artmaking. Enjoy reading picture books in the galleries, followed by an art project.

Shofuso First Sunday

June 3, 11 am–3:30 pm

Shofuso Japanese House and Garden, Horticultural and Lansdowne drives, Philadelphia 

Learn about the culture, history, stories, and art of Japan with this series of interactive programs for children and families. There will be storytime, crafts, and more.

Everyday Instruments Workshop for Kids

June 3, 11:30 am–12:30 pm

National Liberty Museum, 321 Chestnut St., Philadelphia

Kids ages 5-10 will explore the different ways that found or discarded objects can create music to become instruments of expression. At the end of the workshop, everyone will join together to demonstrate their new creation through a song. This activity is presented alongside Sound + Vision, the museum’s current exhibit exploring the relationship between music and visual expression.

Sundays with Pop-Up Play at Spruce Street Harbor Park

June 3, 11:30 am—12:30 pm

301 S. Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia

 

Free interactive kids’ activities will involve art, music, science, and physical movement. This week’s theme: superpowers!

Philadelphia Irish Festival at Penn’s Landing

June 3, noon—7 pm

Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing, 101 S. Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia

The Irish Festival kicks off the season of the PECO Multicultural Series at Penn’s Landing. There will be traditional Irish music and dance, as well as food and vendors.

The University City Arts League Ice Cream Bowl

June 3, 1—3 pm

University City Arts League, 4226 Spruce St., Philadelphia

 

$10 gets you a one-of-a-kind hand-made ceramic bowl filled with ice cream, and free ice-cream refills while supplies last! There will also be live music and hands-on art projects. Proceeds benefit the University City Arts League.

PECO Free First Sunday Family Day at Barnes Foundation/Barnes on the Block

June 3, 10 am—8 pm

Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia

 

The Barnes Foundation is hosting a jam-packed day this Sunday. First, come for their monthly free family day from 10 am—5 pm. Celebrate the arrival of summer with an array of musical performances, art displays, and hands-on activities for all ages. All day you can also watch Philly’s newest mural being made inside, as Olek and her team of artists will begin sewing together individual crochet squares—many crafted by Philly residents—that will form a massive tribute to a Philadelphia woman. From 4—8 pm, the Barnes will host a block party at 20th and Callowhill, featuring a DJ dance party, food trucks, and even more hands-on art.

Italian National Day and Craft Beer Day on East Passyunk Avenue

June 3

East Passyunk Avenue, Philadelphia

East Passyunk Avenue kicks off Philly Beer Week with two celebrations winding up and down the Avenue. First, Craft Beer Day will feature 13 hours of beer tastings, events and tap take-overs at 13 restaurants and bars. Next, Italian National Day Festival “La Festa Della Repubblica” returns for the 8th year with live music, outdoor food and drink, shopping, family fun, games and a spaghetti eating contest.

Main Line and Suburban Events

All Weekend

Devon Horse Show and Country Fair

Through June 3, 8 am—10 pm

23 Dorset Road, Devon

 

The Devon Horse Show and Country Fair combines equestrians, family fun, and Main Line tradition in one fabulous 10-day event. Sunday is Children’s Day, with special activities for kids! Click here for our full preview.

Choo-Choo Soul at Sesame Place

June 2 and 3

100 Sesame Road, Langhorne

 

Follow the musical adventures of Disney Jr.’s hip-hop singer, train station manager Genevieve Goings and her dancing, beat-boxing engineer DC as they entertain kids at the Sesame Place Neighborhood Theater.

LEGO Minifigure 40th Birthday

June 2—3

LEGOLAND Discovery Center, 500 W. Germantown Pike, Plymouth Meeting

 

This LEGOtastic birthday bash will be filled to the brim with all things Minifigures. There will be scavenger hunts, master builds, costumed character meet-and-greets, dance parties, and more.

‘Shrek, The Musical’

June 2, 2 pm; June 3, 1 pm and 4 pm

Eagleview Town Center, 565 Wellington Square, Exton

 

SALT Performing Arts is back with this hilarious stage spectacle about everyone’s favorite ogre! Admission is free, but please bring a canned food item to donate to the Chester County Food Bank.

Saturday

Alex’s Original Lemonade Stand

June 2, 10 am–3 pm

Penn Wynne Elementary School, Wynnewood

 

This signature event of Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation’s Lemonade Days honors Alex Scott and the movement she started. Come support childhood cancer research with a family fun carnival, complete with food, games and prizes, crafts, music, raffles, and even a butterfly release. Food and games are donate-as-you-go, or you can purchase an “Alex’s All Access Passfor $25.

Linvilla Orchards’ Strawberry Festival

June 2, 8 am—7 pm

137 W. Knowlton Road, Media

 

Celebrate the season with pick-your-own strawberries, hayrides, live entertainment, costumed characters, and Delaware County’s largest strawberry shortcake!

Montgomery School Community Fair

June 2, 10 am–12:30 pm

1141 Kimberton Road, Chester Springs

 

Meet Curious George, see a fire truck up close, bounce and take part in STEAM challenges, creek walks, hayrides, and art projects.

Plymouth Meeting Friends School’s Strawberry Festival

June 2, 11 am—3 pm

2150 Butler Pike, Plymouth Meeting

 

This annual event will feature live musical performances, games, food, and of course homemade strawberry shortcake! There will also be lots of kids’ activities like moon bounce, face painting, magic, a petting zoo, and more.

Kids’ Bug Hotels

June 2, 11 am—noon

Terrain, 914 Baltimore Pike, Glen Mills

Bring along the little ones to create a hotel perfect for garden friendly insects. Kids will fill a wooden box with pine cones, twigs, leaves, bark, and more items for insects to use for their homes.

Superhero Saturday

June 2, 1–4 pm

Exton Square Mall (North Court outside of Macy’s), 260 Exton Square Parkway, Exton

 

Your family will enjoy character appearances, family activities, and a celebration of fictional and local heroes!

Sensory Garden Party at Main Line Art Center

June 2, 1 pm

746 Panmure Rd, Haverford

 

This free and family-friendly event will feature a book reading by children’s author Nahjee Grant, live performances, hands-on art projects, and more. The party celebrates the Accessible Art Exhibition, featuring the inspiring work of children and adults with disabilities.

Kimberton Block Party

June 2, 1–4 pm

1158 Rapps Dam Road, Phoenixville

 

Celebrate Kimberton Park’s 20th birthday with a big party!  Activities include: Elmwood Park Zoo on Wheels (1—3 pm), Amphitheater ribbon cutting and performances by the Springer Studio at 2:30pm, inflatable obstacle course, toddler bounce house, piñatas every half-hour, cupcake decorating, face painting, spin art, raffles, food, and more.

Bryn Mawr Twilight Concert: Dave Wilcox w/ Denise Moser

June 2, 7 pm

Bryn Mawr Gazebo, Bryn Mawr

 

Kick off the season with this outdoor concert. Kids attend free.

Westgate Park Movie Night: ‘Wonder’

June 2, 7–11 pm

Westgate Hills Park, Oxford Hill Lane, Havertown

 

The park will host a free outdoor movie night. Treats and beverages will be available to purchase on site.

Sunday

Children’s Day at Devon Horse Show

June 3, 9:30 am—noon

23 Dorset Rd, Devon

 

The final day of the Devon Horse Show will have kids’ activities like storytelling, cupcake decorating, gardening crafts, and even a therapy dog. Children’s Day will also include the Itty Bitty Hat Party and parade, where kids can decorate their own fancy hats (for $8) and then parade around to show off their creations.

El Bruncho with Elmo

June 3, 9:30–noon

Lulu’s Casita, 6 Cricket Ave., Ardmore

 

Lulu’s is hosting a fun morning with a brunch buffet, coffee and mimosas for adults, and of course Elmo time for the little ones! Email to register.

Super Sunday

June 3, 11 am — 5 pm

Downtown West Chester on Gay Street between Matlack and Darlington streets

 

Come out to this free community celebration where you can enjoy more than 100 food vendors, arts and crafts vendors, information booths, two stage areas for live music, and the children’s fun zone  featuring a variety of moon bounces, games, and zip lining.

Jenkins Explorers: Summer Sundays

June 3, 2—3 pm

Jenkins Arboretum & Gardens, 631 Berwyn Baptist Road, Devon

 

Kids ages 4-8 can come for free nature based story and activity in the Children’s Garden. The event is free, but pre-register online.

Sunday Sports Spectacular

June 3, 2—4 pm

Har Zion Temple, 1500 Hagys Ford Road, Narberth

 

This event brings together the wonderful energy and enthusiasm of the Maccabi Games and Special Olympics for a fantastic day of inclusive sports for individuals with and without disabilities. Activities will be accessible and volunteers will provide various accommodations for participant needs.

 

 

Assistant Editor Sarah L. Bender contributed to this report. Photograph by Laura Swartz. 

PHILADELPHIA ASSISTANT EDITOR

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