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30+ Things to Do With Kids This Week Around Philly: April 29–May 5

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Philadelphia Children’s Festival

May 2—4

Annenberg Center, 3680 Walnut St.

 

The Annenberg Center’s Philadelphia Children’s Festival returns this May for its 34th year, bringing three days of kid-friendly performances for the whole family, ranging from ballet to circus arts, and so much more. Shows include Prince Charming by Pennsylvania Ballet II, circus-style adventure Air Play, music by Moona Luna, and other great performances. Check out our full preview of the festival and get your tickets now if you have your heart set on something!

Chinese Lantern Festival

May 1 — June 30

Franklin Square, 200 N. Sixth St.

 

The Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival brings 2,000 individual works of art consisting of giant sculptures wrapped in colorful silk and filled with thousands of LED lights to Franklin Square. In addition to the lantern displays, there will also be cultural performances, from acrobatics to the art of face-changing. The Chinese Lantern Festival requires tickets during its nighttime display, but access to Franklin Square and the lanterns is free during the day.

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.

‘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!

‘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: Historic Rittenhouse Town

May 1–5

208 Lincoln Dr.

 

Our favorite family-friendly beer garden debuts a brand new location this week in Fairmount Park.

‘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

Free FIT4MOM Class
9:30-10:30 am
Schuylkill River Park, 25th and Spruce streets
Meet at the part for a free Stroller Strides class. Enroll online. 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
Science After School at Free Library of Philadelphia
3:30-5:30 pm
Whitman Library (200 Snyder Ave.), Greater Olney Library (5501 N. Fifth St.), and Philadelphia City Institute (1905 Locust St.)
Local engineers, scientists, and other experts will visit various neighborhood branches of the library to lead free after-school programs, including experiments, animal encounters, and other hands-on activities for kids. 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
Science After School at Free Library of Philadelphia
3:30-5:30 pm
Independence Library (18 S. Seventh St.), Joseph E. Coleman NW Regional Library (68 West Chelten Ave.), Eastwick Library (2851 Island Ave.), and Andorra Library (705 E. Cathedral Rd.)
Local engineers, scientists, and other experts will visit various neighborhood branches of the library to lead free after-school programs, including experiments, animal encounters, and other hands-on activities for kids. 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
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
Teen Cooking Class
4 pm
Philadelphia City Institute, 1905 Locust St.
Teens in grades 7-12 will learn simple techniques for cooking healthy and delicious meals. Registration is required; email hoopese@freelibrary.org or call 215-685-6621 to sign up. Read More
Día and Children’s Book Week Celebration
4:30-6:45 pm
Charles L. Durham Library, 3320 Haverford Ave
Celebrate with bilingual storytime, maraca and sombrero crafts, a book giveaway, and Puerto Rican live music and food sampling! 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

Law Day at National Constitution Center
9:30 am-5 pm
525 Arch St.
Visitors can learn about the creation of the Bill of Rights with special tours, and then participate in a trivia game that unpacks the different freedoms protected by the First Amendment. Read More
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
Bartram's Little Explorers
10-11:30 am
Bartram's Garden, 5400 Lindbergh Blvd.
Monthly program for toddlers and preschoolers ages 2-4. This month, kids will learn about birds and build their own nests out of materials from the garden. Bring a picnic lunch and stay for a free story hour at noon. Pre-registration required. Read More
Not a Peep Sleep Workshop
10-11:30 am
Kith + Kin, 3060 W. Jefferson St.
During this 1.5-hour 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. This class addresses sleep issues for children of any age. Pre-registration (online) is recommended. 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
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
Science After School at Free Library of Philadelphia
3:30-5:30 pm
Wynnefield Library (5325 Overbrook Ave.), Holmesburg Library (7810 Frankford Ave.), and Fumo Family Library (2437 S. Broad St.)
Local engineers, scientists, and other experts will visit various neighborhood branches of the library to lead free after-school programs, including experiments, animal encounters, and other hands-on activities for kids. 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. Children and families have the opportunity to get hands-on with the Vetri Mobile Teaching ... Read More
Hamlet
7 pm
Parkway Central Library, 1901 Vine St.
Enjoy a 90-minute adaptation of one of Shakespeare’s most famous plays, presented by Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre. Tickets are $15, available online. Read More
Not a Typical Kid: A Support Group for Parents of Children with Autism
7 pm
Fumo Family Library, 2437 S. Broad St.
Come meet, ask questions, receive support, and share experiences and resources with other parents of children on the autistic spectrum. Children are welcome, and an activity will be provided. Read More

Thursday

‘Giraffes Can Dance’ Workshop
9:45 am, 11:30 am, and 12:45 pm
Annenberg Center, 3680 Walnut St.
In the spirit of the children’s book, Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae, the dancer-gymnasts of Pilobolus lead this playful workshop exploring how everyone can (and should) dance in their own way. Tickets available online. Read More
Shadow Play
10 am and 12:30 pm
Harold Prince Theatre, Annenberg Center, 3680 Walnut St.
With playful animation and an original score, this multimedia production will ignite the imaginations of little ones as they join Flash’s quest to bring his mischievous shadow home. Part of the Annenberg Center's Philadelphia Children's Festival. Tickets available online. Read More
SMIRK
10 am and 12:30 pm
Annenberg Center, 3680 Walnut St.
With expert circus stunts and hilarious slapstick antics, the dynamic duo of SMIRK will delight both the young and young-at-heart. Part of the Annenberg Center's Philadelphia Children's Festival. Tickets available online. Read More
Pennsylvania Ballet II presents ‘Prince Charming’
10 am
Iron Gate Theatre, 3700 Chestnut St.
Pennsylvania Ballet II presents the beloved tale of Cinderella, told from the prince’s perspective! Part of the Annenberg Center's Philadelphia Children's Festival. Tickets available online. Read More
Rhythm Babies
10-10:45 am
The Nesting House,1605 E. Passyunk Ave.
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
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
Science in the National Park
10 am-2 pm
Independence National Historical Park, 599 Market Street
Explore the connection between history and science at Independence National Historical Park, with free hands-on activities geared to a fourth and fifth-grade audience. 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
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 Poland! Read More
Moona Luna
12:30 pm
Annenberg Center, 3680 Walnut St.
This bilingual “kindie” music favorite combines Mexican folk, Cumbia, and retro American pop into lively danceable music. Part of the Annenberg Center's Philadelphia Children's Festival. Tickets available online. Read More
Quilting Class
3:30 pm
Blanche A. Nixon/Cobbs Creek Library, 5800 Cobbs Creek Parkway
Kids in grades K-12 and their families will learn about the history of quilting and how to start their own projects. 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
Rhythm and Percussion with Karen Smith
4:30 pm
Eastwick Library, 2851 Island Ave.
Children and teens are invited to join special guest, Karen Smith, for an interactive percussion program. 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
Philadelphia Family and Main Line Parent LOVE Awards
7:30-10:30 pm
World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St.
You nominated, you voted, now come out to celebrate with your LOVE Award winners (and us, too)! This evening of networking, mingling, and awards will also raise money to benefit Cradles to Crayons. Ticket sales end on Tuesday, so get tickets now to join us! ... Read More

Friday

‘Giraffes Can Dance’ Workshop
9:45 am, 11:30 am, and 12:45 pm
Annenberg Center, 3680 Walnut St.
In the spirit of the children’s book, Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae, the dancer-gymnasts of Pilobolus lead this playful workshop exploring how everyone can (and should) dance in their own way. Tickets available online. Read More
Shadow Play
10 am and 12:30 pm
Harold Prince Theatre, Annenberg Center, 3680 Walnut St.
With playful animation and an original score, this multimedia production will ignite the imaginations of little ones as they join Flash’s quest to bring his mischievous shadow home. Part of the Annenberg Center's Philadelphia Children's Festival. Tickets available online. Read More
Pennsylvania Ballet II presents ‘Prince Charming’
10 am
Iron Gate Theatre, 3700 Chestnut St.
Pennsylvania Ballet II presents the beloved tale of Cinderella, told from the prince’s perspective! Part of the Annenberg Center's Philadelphia Children's Festival. Tickets available online. Read More
Air Play
10 am
Zellerbach Theatre, 3680 Walnut Street
Watch in absolute wonder as umbrellas take flight and gigantic balloons have a mind of their own as Air Play animates airflow, goads gravity and makes buoyant, beautiful and really, really high art out of the very thing we breathe. Read More
Not a Peep Sleep Workshop
10-11:30 am
PlayArts, 1241 N. Front Street
During this 1.5-hour 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. This class addresses sleep issues for children at any age. $15 in advance (register online); or ... Read More
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
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 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
SMIRK
12:30 pm
Annenberg Center, 3680 Walnut St.
With expert circus stunts and hilarious slapstick antics, the dynamic duo of SMIRK will delight both the young and young-at-heart. Part of the Annenberg Center's Philadelphia Children's Festival. Tickets available online. Read More
Moona Luna
12:30 pm
Annenberg Center, 3680 Walnut St.
This bilingual “kindie” music favorite combines Mexican folk, Cumbia, and retro American pop into lively danceable music. Part of the Annenberg Center's Philadelphia Children's Festival. Tickets available online. Read More
Paddle Penn's Landing Opens
3 pm
Penn's Landing Marina, 301 S. Columbus Blvd. (buy tickets at booth between SSHP and Independence Seaport Museum)
Paddle your way around the Penn's Landing basin in a kayak, rowboat, swan or dragon for the perfect outdoor recreational activity! 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
PlayArts Family Happy Hour with InterAct Theater
5-7 pm
1241 N. Front Street
Visit PlayArts this First Friday for a BYO Happy Hour featuring a short performance from InterAct Theater Company (located at The Drake). See a sneak peek of "Cry it Out," a comedy about parenthood. Plus, you can sign up for your own Drake Card, good ... 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
Family Swim Night
6-8 pm
Fitness Works Philadelphia, 714 Reed St
Fitness Alive's monthly open-swim night is open to one and all, and it's open house-style, too, which means you can come and splash around any time during the two-hour window. $10 per person. Read More
West Philly STEM-a-Thon
6-8 pm
White Rock Baptist Church, 5240 Chestnut Street
Come for a free evening of hands-on STEM challenges, explorations and activities that will inspire kids to think critically, work collaboratively, innovate, and invent. Read More
Nest Parents' Night Out
6-9 pm
1301 Locust St.
Your potty trained children (ages 2-6) will have 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 courtesy of Franklin Institute / Kyle Gronostajski.

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

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