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30+ Things to Do With Kids This Week Around Philly: April 15–21

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Spring Break Camps

If your kids have off and you don’t, there’s plenty to do! It’s all here in our spring break camp rundown!

 

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!

‘Marvel: Universe of Super Heroes’ Opens at the Franklin Institute

April 13—September 2

222 N. 20th St.

 

Franklin Institute celebrates Marvel’s 80th Anniversary with a new immersive exhibit including original sketches, costumes and props from Marvel films (including Black PantherCaptain America, and Thor), interactive experiences in life-size scenes, and lots of photo ops! Read our preview here.

Spring Break Family Studio at Philadelphia Museum of Art

April 16–21, 10 am — 3 pm

2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway

 

Spend the week indulging in creative family time with family tours every day at 11 am and 1 pm, and the Family Studio set up on the Great Stair Hall Balcony from 10 am–3 pm. Get inspired by the giant sculptures installed on the steps outside, and sculpt your own colossal clay creations.

Rhythm Babies’ Bunny Hop

April 15—20

Various locations throughout Philly, see class schedule here.

 

Babies and toddlers (age 4 months-3 years) can celebrate Spring all week with Rhythm Babies’ fantastic music appreciation classes. Free bunny ears will be handed out to the first 12 children that arrive at each class all week! Plus, fun songs about bunnies, spring, and hopping will be afoot. One lucky caregiver will receive a free 10-class package simply for attending! Winner’s name will be chosen at random at the end of the week from the sign in sheet.

Spring Break: Storybooks in Bloom!

April 13–28

Please Touch Museum, 4231 Avenue of the Republic

 

The Please Touch Museum will have daily character appearances and special programming for Spring Break. See their schedule online to make sure you catch your favorite characters!

‘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!

Spring Break at Museum of the American Revolution

April 13–28

101 S. Third St.

 

Band together to recreate Philadelphians’ war efforts and ways of life with hands-on craft demonstrations. Guests can witness daily activities and demonstrations from the Revolutionary period, including shoemaking, tailoring, and fencing.

Spring Break at National Constitution Center

April 15–26

525 Arch St.

 

The Constitution Center is highlighting its exhibit, “Hamilton: The Constitutional Clashes That Shaped a Nation,” which explores Alexander Hamilton’s most important (and fateful) clashes and debates. Learn more about Hamilton through the eyes of the people who knew him best as the museum highlights a different Founding figure each day. Get to know George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, the Marquis de Lafayette, and more, through special programs including meet-and–greets with reenactors, exhibit tours, and artifact highlights. Visitors can also get a taste of what life was like in the 18th Century with special period games, dress-up stations, craft activities, and more.

‘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.

‘Creatures of Habitat’ at Philadelphia Zoo

3400 W. Girard Ave.

Through September 30

 

Creatures of Habitat: A Gazillion Piece Animal Adventure” brings 12 giant LEGO vignettes created by Sean Kenney all over the zoo. Kids will be able to use the returning Zoo Keys at “audiobooks” located at each sculpture (as well as other areas throughout the zoo) to “unlock” secrets and stories about the animals. Read all about the exhibit in our preview.

Monday

Tax Day at National Constitution Center
9:30 am-5 pm
525 Arch St.
Learn about the history and significance of taxation and the role that Alexander Hamilton played in the creation of the American financial system. Visitors can also learn more about Hamilton at interactive shows, and make piggy banks and other crafts. Read More
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
Fishtown Community Baby Music
10:30-11:30 am
Amrita Yoga and Wellness, 1204 Frankford Ave.
A safe and supported space for little ones to experience the developmental benefits of music. Read More
Bee Party at Richmond Library
4-5 pm
2987 Almond St.
The Richmond Library honeybees are back! Celebrate with games, crafts, snacks, and a demonstration from the Philadelphia Bee Company. Read More
Easter Family Night at Chick-fil-A
5:30-7:30 pm
Chick-fil-A Whitman Square, 9711 Roosevelt Blvd.
Come or some fun activities including plastic egg dyeing and Easter crafts. Read More

Tuesday

FIT4MOM Free Kick Off Class
9:30-10:30 am
Columbus Square, 1200 Wharton St.
Kick off the season of moving outdoors with a free Stroller Strides workout. Pre-register online. 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
Toddler Time at American Swedish Historical Museum
10:30-11:30 am
1900 Pattison Ave.
This month ASHM Toddlers will explore the museum's newest exhibit 'Outdoor Adventures: Navigating the Nordic Way.' Read “There’s a Map on My Lap!” and play with activities focused on introducing map and compass skills. No pre-registration required, pay ($5 per child) at the door. Read More
The Art Of Nature with Bartram's Garden
4 pm
Kingsessing Library, 1201 S. 51st Street
Create a beautiful botanical illustration of your own with watercolor and pencils and learn about artist, writer, and traveler William Bartram. 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
Archery in the Community at Cecil St. Garden
5-7 pm
5732 Kingsessing Ave.
Take your first shot at archery and learn a quick overview of the skills required to hit a bullseye. USA Archery certified instructors will help you with the basics of archery. Families are welcome with kids age 8 and up. No registration or equipment required. 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

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
Skate with the Easter Bunny
3—9:30 pm
Rolling Thunder Skating Center, 7017 Roosevelt Blvd.
Go skating with the Easter Bunny at a unique celebration. Read More
Chocolate Seder Dinner at The Pop Shop
6 pm
729 Haddon Ave., Collingswood, NJ
Celebrate Passover early with a chocolate seder--includes dinner buffet, a chocolate seder plate and treats, Passover songs, traditions, stories, and fun with Cantor Scott Borsky! Advance ticket purchase required. Read More

Thursday

Barnes Toddler Time
10-10:45 am and 11-11:45 am
The Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Bring your curious and imaginative toddlers (ages 2-4) to the museum to delve into art-related stories, art making, and movement activities, and to get an introduction to the works in the Barnes collection. Read More
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 (ages 2-4) through yoga poses. Toddlers will learn poses while parents help guide the little ones towards focus, leading by example with their own participation. Drop-ins welcome. Read More
Roller Skating Circus
10 am-9:30 pm
Rolling Thunder Skating, 7017 Roosevelt Blvd.
Spend the day off skating, plus enjoy circus games, face painting, and DJ music. Read More
Listen-Learn-Play Mobile Music Workshop
11 am
Tacony Library, 6742 Torresdale Ave.
This month's interactive music workshop for children ages 7 and younger focuses on "Recycled Instruments." Pre-registration required. Read More
Around the World at the Bagel Place
11 am-noon
404 Queen St.
Kids ages 2 and up will learn about different countries around the world through pictures, stories, sensory activities, and more. This week, it's Ethiopia. Read More
Super Smash Brothers Tournament
2 pm
McPherson Square Library, 601 E. Indiana Ave.
Teens and school-aged children can come and test their Smash Brothers skills. Bring your own Ninetendo Switch or play with one at the library. Read More
PAFA Art Class at Lillian Marrero Library
3:30 pm
601 W. Lehigh Ave.
Join PAFA education staff for free hands-on art making projects. Read More
Easter Craft and Storytime
4 pm
Holmesburg Library, 7810 Frankford Ave.
School-aged children will do an Easter craft and enjoy a reading of "Pete the Cat: Big Easter Adventure." 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. Kids only! 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

Nimble Crafters at Kith + Kin
10 am-noon
3060 W. Jefferson St.
Weekly take-home projects are inspired by nature, cultures, and art appreciation. Experimenting with different materials in a controlled environment allows your child to gain confidence but most importantly have fun! Come any time between the two-hour open studio time and stay as long as you ... Read More
Spring Break Carnival at Rolling Thunder Skating
10 am-9:30 pm
7017 Roosevelt Blvd.
Spend the day off skating, plus enjoy bounce house, face painting, games and prizes. 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
Fridays at Bok: Babe and Me Strength
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
'Fish My Wish' Art Workshop
11 am-1:15 pm
Sue's Art Class, 2119 Spruce St.
Design, stuff, and sew up fantastical fish in this drop-off Spring Break workshop. Pre-register online. 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. 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

Weekend Events

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Photograph by Laura Swartz.

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

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