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30+ Things to Do With Kids This Week Around Philly: April 1–7

Need plans? We've got something great, every day!

Need plans? We’ve got something great, every day.

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Treasure Island

April 3–June 2

Arden Theatre, 40 N. Second St.

 

Arden stages a retelling of the classic pirate tale by Robert Louis Stevenson. In this version, Emily – a young girl with big dreams – transforms her living room into the wild seas!

‘America to Zanzibar’ at Please Touch Museum

Through September 2

4231 Avenue of the Republic

 

The Please Touch Museum welcomes a new special exhibit, “America to Zanzibar: Muslim Cultures Near and Far,” which allows families to learn about Muslim culture around the world through interactive displays, artifacts, and more. See our preview here!

‘Mythic Creatures’ at Academy of Natural Sciences

Through June 9

1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway

 

Come face-to-face with a sea monster, build a dragon, and explore worldwide legends. “Mythic Creatures” examines the science and cultural history of fantastical beings that have captured imaginations for centuries. See our preview here!

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Through April 28

Walnut Street Theatre, 825 Walnut St.

 

Winner of the Tony Award for Best Play, this adaptation of the popular novel is great for teens. See the world through the eyes of a unique fifteen-year-old as he investigates the death of his neighbor’s dog after being accused of the crime. Walnut Street Theatre has included a study guide online for anyone who wants to learn more.

‘Hamilton: The Constitutional Clashes That Shaped a Nation’

Through December 31

National Constitution Center, 525 Arch St.

 

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.

Monday

Around the World with the Geography Lady at Lilypad
10-11 am
1234 S. Broad St.
Kids learn about different countries and cultures around the world through photographs, maps, stories, games, music, movement, sensory, crafts, snacks, and more! This program is presented for children ages of 1-4. Drop-ins welcome. Read More
Open Climb at Cecil B. Moore Library
10:30 am
2320 Cecil B. Moore Ave.
Come take advantage of the library's new play space, featuring a climbing wall! This program is intended for families with children ages 3-5. Closed-toe shoes required. Read More
Magic and Puppets with Dave Carr
4:30 pm
Eastwick Library
2851 Island Ave.
Dave Carr will use magic, puppetry, and ventriloquism to enthrall all ages! Read More

Tuesday

Spanish Storytime at Kith + Kin
10-10:30 am
3060 W. Jefferson St.
It's Kith + Kin's opening day, and they're kicking things off with Spanish Storytime by Bilingual Butterflies. Children age 5 and under and their caregivers participate in a fun and interactive storytime, with stories, songs, movement, and play, all in Spanish. Drop-ins welcome. Read More
Music Monkey Jungle Free Session at Reading Terminal Market
10-10:30 am
51 N. 12th St.
Sing, dance, move, and have a rockin’ good time with Music Monkey Jungle. Admission is free and open to the public. Read More
Free Kids' Yoga
4 pm
Parkway Central Library
1901 Vine Street
Children are invited to practice yoga through activities like yoga stories, yoga songs, yoga games, yoga adventures, hands-on mindfulness activities, guided meditation, and more. Read More
Kids' Cooking Class
4 pm
Queen Memorial Library
1201 S. 23rd Street
Healthy Cooking class for school-aged children, taught by serv-safe certified cooking instructor Keisha Prosser. Learn about food safety, prepare a full meal, and then help eat what you’ve created. Read More
Kids Yoga at Kith + Kin
4-4:45 pm
3060 W. Jefferson St.
Kids Yoga is an introduction to yoga for ages 5-8, exploring pose flows and breathing techniques, with the main goal of integrating yoga into everyday life through practice and repetition. This is a drop-off class, and drop-ins are welcome (or buy a 10-class card). Read More
World Autism Awareness Day Sensory-Friendly Jump
4-8 pm
Sky Zone Philadelphia, 9490 Blue Grass Road
Sky Zone hosts a special sensory friendly jump event where the lights will be dimmed and the music lowered. Tickets can be purchased online or in the park. Read More
Family Night Slime and Pizza
6:30-7:45 pm
SplashLab Arts, 3510 Scotts Lane
Enjoy family access to the studio at night. Call to make a reservation by 3 pm Tuesday afternoon, and indicate whether you want dinner delivered for your family. Then show up and have fun getting messy. Read More
Night Skies in the Observatory
7-10 pm
Franklin Institute, 222 N. 20th St.
Build your own experience from any combination of planetarium shows, a live science talk on astronomy or space science, hands-on astronomy activities, and continuous telescopic observing all evening (weather permitting). The program is staffed with knowledgeable observers, and free star maps are provided. Pre-register online. Read More

Wednesday

Book Nook Storytime at Reading Terminal Market
This program, in partnership with The Free Library of Philadelphia, is geared towards children ages 3 to 5. Read More
Little Explorers: Growing Plants, Growing Minds
10-11:30 am
Bartram’s Garden, 5400 Lindbergh Blvd.
Search the garden for young green sprouts and learn about the baby plant inside of every seed, then plant a seed to grow at home. Monthly program for toddlers and preschoolers ages 2-4. Each session includes activities, performances, snacks, and walks through the garden, weather permitting. ... Read More
Baby Beatles Musical Story Time
10:15-11 am
Momo's Treehouse, 205 Arch Street
Drop in for an interactive music class for little ones, featuring some of your favorite Beatles hits! Read More
Museum Playdate: Animal Adventures
10:30-11:30 am
Penn Museum, 3260 South St.
Geared for families with children ages 3-6, Museum Playdates feature illustrated stories told in museum galleries, hands-on reproduction artifacts, and make-and-take art activities—plus a snack! During Animal Adventures, children will discover Hello Hello by Brendan Wenzel and explore the Middle East Galleries. Space is limited; ... Read More
Rhythm Babies
noon-12:45 pm
Lilypad, 1234 S. Broad St.
Music appreciation begins early with Rhythm Babies! Weekly classes aimed at ages 4 months and up incorporate singing, rhythm, storytelling, and creative movement activities. Read More
Stroller Workout Wednesday
12:30-1:30 pm
Columbus Square Park, 1200 Wharton St.
Get back outside and get a full body workout with your babies! Read More
Dance Out Loud at Lilypad
3:30-4:30 pm
1234 S. Broad St.
A new enrichment class for ages 1-3 begins at Lilypad! Created by licensed Speech-Language Pathologist Alex McCarraher and Teaching Artist Melissa Widhson, Dance Out Loud combines dance, rhythm, sequencing, and language enrichment strategies to develop and strengthen verbal and nonverbal skills. Drop-ins welcome. Read More
First Wednesday at Please Touch Museum
4-7 pm
4231 Avenue of the Republic
On the first Wednesday of every month, Please Touch Museum is open until 7 pm for two extra hours of play and offers $2 per person admission from 4 pm on. This month, it's a special Passover-themed evening with storytime, a pretend seder, and a Passover-inspired food ... Read More
Art of Poetry Opening Celebration
5-8:45 pm
Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
The museum kicks off a full season of poetry-inspired programs with a night of spoken word and pay-what-you-wish admission. Includes gallery takeover with the museum’s Teen Ambassador Group (TAG). Read More
Celebrate Autism Awareness Month at Torresdale Library
Presenters from SPIN will be on site to answer questions about accessing therapies and behavioral health services for children and youth on the Autism spectrum. Children can participate in sensory storytime and interactive play with LEGOs, MagnaTabs, and other sensory-stimulating activities. Light refreshments will be ... Read More
'Humpy Saves the Day!' Book Release
6-7 pm
University City Arts League, 4226 Spruce St.
Join Doug Farrell, a local UCAL student as he talks about his new children’s book, “Humpy Saves the Day,” a story about a sea turtle who helps the next generation of baby turtles make their way to the ocean. Read More

Thursday

Toddler Yoga at Kith + Kin
10-10:45 am
3060 W. Jefferson St.
Toddler Yoga is a fun, energetic and engaging way for parents to connect with their young children through yoga poses. For kids ages 2-4 and their caregivers. Drop-ins are welcome (or buy a 10-class card). Read More
Baby Beatles Musical Story Time
10:15-11 am
Momo's Treehouse, 2207 South St.
Drop in for an interactive music class for little ones, featuring some of your favorite Beatles hits! Note: this is an outdoor event, and will be rescheduled in case of rain. Read More
Pinkalicious: The Musical
10:30 am
Walnut Street Theatre, 825 Walnut St.
This “cupcake-tastic” musical based on the popular kids’ books by Victoria Kann and Elizabeth Kann is a fun and charming story for kids of all ages. Part of the WST for Kids series, this play has a very manageable one-hour runtime. Read More
Drop-in Play and Storytime at Philly Art Center
10:30—11:45 am
2501 Olive Street and 514 Bainbridge Street
For babies ages 0-2. Walkers enjoy sensory stations, while floor-bound babies enjoy age appropriate manipulative play. Storytime is at 11 am. No need to sign up, just drop-in for $5 at the door. Read More
Homeschool Workshop: Changing Earth
10:30 am-2:30 pm
Franklin Institute, 222 N. 20th St.
Students will learn how powerful yet slow forces shape our air, land, water, and weather. Then explore more about Philadelphia, where climate scientists predict that the weather will get hotter and wetter. How can we prepare our homes and communities to minimize the impacts of ... Read More
Avengers Skate Party
1-9 pm
Rolling Thunder Skating Center, 7017 Roosevelt Blvd.
Go skating with the Avengers! Plus, trivia and prizes. Read More
Yoga and Mindfulness for Kids
4:45 pm
Andorra Library, 705 East Cathedral Road
Kids in grades K-12 can come every week for a free yoga and mindfulness session at Andorra Library. Plan to wear comfortable, flexible clothing and bring a yoga mat if you have one. Read More
Family Zumba at DiSilvestro
6:30 pm
1701 S. 15th Street
Join a free family Zumba class (donations accepted) every Thursday night. Read More

Friday

Not a Peep Sleep Workshop
10-11:30 am
1241 N. Front Street
During this 1.5 hours workshop, sleep expert Maria Lopez will teach you about the science of children’s sleep, why problems occur, how to prevent them, and how to troubleshoot your current issues. Read More
Baby Bird Playdate at Philadelphia Museum of Art
10:15 am
2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Play at the museum with your little ones and enjoy music, art making, and gallery walks.​ For toddlers and their grownups. Read More
Music and Dance for All Ages
10:30 am
Roxborough Library, 6245 Ridge Ave.
Jeannette's School of Dance will be at the library to engage kids with music and dancing. Read More
Pinkalicious: The Musical
10:30 am
Walnut Street Theatre, 825 Walnut St.
This “cupcake-tastic” musical based on the popular kids’ books by Victoria Kann and Elizabeth Kann is a fun and charming story for kids of all ages. Part of the WST for Kids series, this play has a very manageable one-hour runtime. Read More
Storytime at Morris Arboretum
10:30-11:15 am
100 E. Northwestern Avenue
A fun and engaging reading session with a local librarian, tailored to the changing seasons to complements the natural setting of the arboretum. In case of bad weather, it will be held indoors. Read More
Fridays at Bok: Babe, Me, and Exercise Band
10:30-11:30 am
Bok Building, 1901 S. Ninth St.
Strength workouts designed to keep both mom and kiddo happy and in motion. Exercise bands are provided. Drop-in rates and class cards available. Read More
Art Workshop: Personalized Totem Poles
1:45-4:15 pm
Sue's Art Class, 2119 Spruce St.
Kids will spend the afternoon building a 3-4 foot pole of symbols that represent them and their interests, using sculpture techniques. Pre-register online. Read More
#slayinspirecreate jr.
3 pm
Charles Santore Library, 932 S. Seventh St.
Miss Becca will show different work by an artist and allow children to use different media to make art of their own. This program is intended for children 7 and up. Read More
Kundalini Yoga for Tweens
4:15-5:15 pm
Mama's Wellness Joint, 1100 Pine Street
James Rogers, a fifth grade teacher at Fox Chase School, shares the benefits of yoga with tweens to impart self discovery and self-regulation. Ages 8-15 are encouraged. $60 for the four-week series (register online), or $17 to drop in. Read More
Lilypad Family Happy Hour Playgroup
4:30—6 pm
1234 S. Broad St.
Hang out with other parents and let the kids play—this playgroup is BYOB! Read More
Family Happy Hour at PlayArts
5-7 pm
1241 N. Front Street
Bring your friends and your little ones out for First Friday! It's BYOB, Caviar will be providing the food, and PlayArts' resident DJ will be playing the jams. Drop-in rates apply (adults are free). Read More
PAW Patrol Live!
6 pm
Academy of Music, 240 S. Broad St.
PAW Patrol: Race to the Rescue is full of music, adventure, teamwork, and all your kids’ favorite pups live on stage. The show is geared towards kids ages 2-6, so it’s a great way to introduce your kids to a theater setting with some familiar ... Read More
Family Friday at BalletX
6- 7:30 pm
BalletX, 1923 Washington Avenue
Taught by Chanel Holland, Pay-What-You-Wish Family Fridays’ street dance class celebrates cultural rhythms and grooves as families learn popular and unique dance styles and pay homage to throwback dances together! Parents, caregivers, and children are all invited to share in this one-of-a-kind class. Read More
Nest Parents' Night Out
6-9 pm
1301 Locust St.
Your potty trained children (ages 2-6) are invited to celebrate Earth Day early with a fun night of crafts, pizza, and play at this fun drop-off night. Enjoy an adult night out! Pre-registration required. Read More

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Photograph by Laura Swartz.

Philadelphia Assistant Editor | Email tips to laura@familyfocus.org

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