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30+ Things to Do With Kids This Week Around Philly: April 22–28

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Break Camp at Philadelphia School of Circus Arts

April 22–26, 9 am — 3 pm

5900A Greene St.

 

If your child harbors a secret desire to run off to the circus, this is the perfect camp for them! Kids can come for a day or the whole week, and spend time improving their strength and balance while having a blast. For ages 6-14. Cost is $85 per day or $400 for the whole week.

Treasure Island

Through 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’ at the Franklin Institute

Through 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: 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.

Parks on Tap Opening Week at Azalea Garden

April 24–28

Azalea Garden, Kelly Drive and Fairmount Avenue

 

Our favorite outdoor day-drinking pop-up returns for the season, this week at this beautiful garden located between Boathouse Row and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Come for a relaxing evening that’s welcoming to families (including kids and dogs!), and a perfect way to celebrate springtime!

Monday

Spring Break Camps
If the kids are still on break, there are a lot of options, from nature exploration to rock climbing to sewing and more! Check out our rundown and keep the kids busy! Read More
Earth Day at National Constitution Center
9:30 am — 5 pm
525 Arch St.
Learn about green pioneers like President Teddy Roosevelt, and First Lady Claudia “Lady Bird” Johnson. Visitors will also be able to create crafts that provide helpful tips on going green. And hopefully the weather is nice, and you can go outside on the front lawn ... 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
Pay-What-You-Wish Admission at Academy of Natural Sciences
10 am — 5 pm
1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
In celebration of Earth Day, the museum is offering pay-what-you-wish access to the entire museum, including their special “Mythic Creatures” exhibit, which is usually an extra charge! Read More
Read and Romp at National Liberty Museum
10:30—11:30 am
321 Chestnut St.
Kids ages 2-6 and their caregivers enjoy an exciting hour of imaginative storytelling, interactive games, and creative crafts centered around a book and its values. This week, kids will read 'Giraffes Can't Dance'  and explore their inner dancer! Read More
Teen Spring Break Musical Theater Workshop: RENT
noon-5 pm
Hamilton Family Arts Center, 62 N. Second Street
Viva la vie bohème! Teens in grades 9-12 will spend the afternoon learning selections from RENT. The workshop ends in a revue-style performance for family and friends. Pre-register online. Read More
A Very Phanatic Earth Day
1–3 pm
Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, 8480 Hagy’s Mill Road
Mark the 49th annual Earth Day with a rousing, upbeat celebration featuring the Phillie Phanatic! Dance the air cycle, create a magical rainstorm, play Earth Day Bingo, and even plant a tree. Read More
Sound Meditation for Children with Luna Maye
4 pm
Parkway Central Library
1901 Vine Street
Using familiar children's songs, gentle affirmations, and sonic vibrations each child will explore how sound meditation can positively impact their emotional and physical space. Luna Maye's vocal-immersion sound meditation practice helps new and seasoned peace-seekers release tension, improve focus, embrace the power of mindfulness and increase ... Read More
Earth Day Celebration at Blanche A. Nixon/Cobbs Creek Library
4 pm
5800 Cobbs Creek Parkway
Stories, games, and crafts to celebrate Earth Day and learn how to protect our planet. Recommended for kids in grades K-12 and their caregivers, but siblings of other ages are welcome. Read More

Tuesday

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
Yoga for Preschoolers
1 pm
Oak Lane Library, 6614 N. 12th St.
Join Ms. Erica for a story and an opportunity for little ones to try yoga movements, stretches, and breathing in a safe and fun environment. Best for ages 3 to 6 years old, along with an adult caregiver. 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

Parks on Tap Opening Day
1-10 pm
Azalea Garden, Kelly Drive and Fairmount Avenue
Our favorite outdoor day-drinking pop-up returns for the season, this week at this beautiful garden located between Boathouse Row and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. This beer garden is welcoming to families (including kids and dogs!), and a perfect way to celebrate springtime! Read More
Dance Out Loud at Lilypad
3:30-4:30 pm
1234 S. Broad St.
An enrichment class for ages 1-3, 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
Pajama Storytime
7 pm
Fumo Family Library, 2437 S. Broad St.
Children seven years old and younger are invited to come in pajamas and snuggle in with their parents or caregiver for an evening of stories and songs, with milk and cookies to follow! Read More

Thursday

Drag Storytime at Mister John's Music
4 pm and 5 pm
904 S. Ninth St.
Maria TopCatt is back at Mister John's Music for stories, lipsyncing dance parties, catwalk time, and togetherness! Tickets available online. Read More
PAW Patrol Party Spring Break Parties
noon and 6 pm
The Pop Shop, 729 Haddon Ave., Collingswood, NJ
Chase and Marshall will join you for a special lunch or dinner at The Pop Shop. Food, fun, dancing, face painting, and photo time with Chase and Marshall.  Register online to reserve your desired timeslot. 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
Museum Adventures at The Rosenbach
10-11 am
The Rosenbach, 2008-2010 Delancey Place
Read a story and then embark on a treasure hunt through the Rosenbach to discover things that relate to the story. Afterward, meet in the activity room for hands-on art making activities, creative play, music, and snacks. Museum Adventures at The Rosenbach is free and advance ... Read More
Bring Your Child To The Navy Yard Day
10 am-3 pm
Marine Parade Grounds, Broad St. and Intrepid Ave.
Celebrate National Bring Your Child to Work Day for another jam-packed day of work and fun! Enjoy pay-as-you-go food trucks, bounce house, a variety of educational and interactive activities, and more at the Marine Parade Grounds. Register online. Read More
Dance Me a Story
10:30 am
South Philadelphia Library, 1700 S. Broad Street
Listen, move, and learn at this special storytime with the School of the Pennsylvania Ballet. This program is limited to children ages 3 and older. Read More
Around the World at the Bagel Place
11-11:45 am
404 Queen St.
Kids ages 2-5 will learn about different countries around the world through pictures, stories, sensory activities, and more. This week, it's Japan! Read More
Gardening for Kids
3:30 pm
Falls of Schuylkill Library, 3501 Midvale Ave.
Help plant a beautiful library garden! Feel free to bring your own gardening tools or gloves, and learn how to garden. This program is best for children under 12 years old, but all ages are welcome to help. Read More
DIY Zine Workshop for Teens
4 pm
South Philadelphia Library, 1700 S. Broad St.
Teens can meet at this monthly workshop to collage, craft, and create their own zines. They'll learn about simple folding techniques and design layout, and then have the time, space, and supplies to work on their creations. 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
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
Dinos After Dark
4-8 pm
Academy of Natural Sciences, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Enjoy pay-what-you-wish admission, family activities, and the Dino Drafts Beer Garden. Plus, this special edition coincides with Philadelphia Science Festival's Citywide Star Party! 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
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
Frozen Dance Party with Elsa and Olaf
6-8 pm
The Pop Shop, 729 Haddon Ave., Collingswood, NJ
Dance the night away with Elsa and Olaf. Enjoy a dinner buffet, singing, and dancing with your favorite characters. Guests are encouraged to wear their Frozen finery or any favorite costume! Advance tickets (available online) are required. Read More
Citywide Star Party
7:30-10 pm
Various locations throughout Philly
The Philadelphia Science Festival kicks off in spectacular fashion, engaging all areas of the city (and suburbs) in the Star Party. Local astronomers will bring telescopes– and their expert knowledge of the cosmos– to more than 20 stargazing sites across the region. Of course, guests ... Read More

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