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30+ Things to Do With Kids This Week Around Philly: February 18–24

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

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

 
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‘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!

African-American History Month at the National Constitution Center

Through February 28

525 Arch St.

 

Throughout February, the Constitution Center will host a variety of programs in honor of African-American History Month. There will be an interactive show called “Breaking Barriers,” which highlights Thurgood Marshall, Bessie Coleman, Jackie Robinson, and other groundbreaking African-Americans throughout history, the struggles they faced, and the rights they secured for all citizens. You can also pick up a flyer at check-in to take a self-guided museum tour highlighting important moments in African-American history. Visitors can also test their knowledge of African-American history at the Constitution Center’s giant game board activity.

Final Week of Swing @ The Kimmel

January 14–February 24 (excluding Tuesdays); weekdays beginning at 5 pm, weekends beginning at noon

Kimmel Center, 300 S. Broad St.

 

 

Part art installation, part virtual reality, Swing is a free and interactive experience that blends cutting-edge technology and imaginative designs. For ages 10 and up.

Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest

Through March 3

101 S. Columbus Blvd.

 

 Come to skate, come to party in the cabins, come for the fun and food. This rink is a Philadelphia favorite for a reason. This year, it will be celebrating its 25th anniversary, and has lots of fun events planned throughout the season– read all about it in our preview!

Shen Yun

February 8–March 3

Merriam Theater, 250 S. Broad St.

 

Featuring classical Chinese dance, patented scenographical effects, and original orchestral works, this production is colorful, dramatic, and spectacular.

‘Hamilton Was Here: Rising Up in Revolutionary Philadelphia’

Through March 17; 1 – 5 pm on weekdays, 10 am–5 pm on weekends

Museum of the American Revolution, 101 S. Third St.

 

This new exhibit is highly interactive, incorporating games, group activities, dress up, thought-provoking questions, and much more to highlight Alexander Hamilton’s major accomplishments and Philadelphia connections. Read all about it in our preview.

‘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 (that one was a bit more personal).

Final Week of Winter in Dilworth Park: Rothman Rink and Wintergarden

Through February

Dilworth Park, 1 S. 15th St.

 

Skate on the Rothman Rink in the shadow of City Hall and run through the fantastical Wintergarden Maze! Warm up in the Cabin with some snacks and cocoa after!

‘Vikings: Beyond the Legend’ at the Franklin Institute

Through  March 3

222 North 20th Street

 

 The Franklin Institute presents 600 unique artifacts, multimedia, hands-on elements, and more to bring the Viking Age to life. Read all about the exhibit in our preview.

‘Fabulous Fashion: From Dior’s New Look to Now’

Through March 3

Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway

 

 If you have a fashion lover in your midst (or are one yourself), you’ll definitely want to catch this new exhibit that’s all about couture!

 

 

Monday

Day-Off Camps in Philly
If your kids have off today, and you don't, check out our rundown and sign them up for a fun one-day camp! Read More
Free Admission and Presidents Day at National Constitution Center
9:30 am—5 pm
525 Arch St.
The museum is offering free admission for Presidents Day! Children ages 12 and under are encouraged to come dressed as their favorite U.S. president or first lady to enter the center’s presidential costume contest, which will be judged by a panel of presidential re-enactors! Kids ... Read More
Presidents Day at National Liberty Museum
10 am — 5 pm
321 Chestnut St.
Learn how our nation’s leaders have shaped the past, present, and future of freedom. Look at the museum’s collection of authentic White House china, then exercise your creativity to make your own china pattern. The museum will be offering pay-as-you-wish admission, and will have presidential ... Read More
Mythic Creatures Opening Weekend
10 am-5 pm
Academy of Natural Sciences, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Premiere the museum’s newest special exhibit, “Mythic Creatures: Dragons, Unicorns and Mermaids.” Learn the history of your favorite cryptid beasts and the real animals that influenced their stories. There will be live animal shows, hands-on science, and even a “unicorn poop” slime activity! See our ... Read More
Presidents Day at the Museum of the American Revolution
10 am-5 pm
101 S. Third St.
Visit the “Hamilton Was Here” exhibit and try on 1790s clothing to visit a recreated scene from George Washington’s first presidential home.  Read More
Presidents Day at the National Museum of American Jewish History
10 am — 5 pm
101 South Independence Mall East
Explore an original letter written by George Washington to the Jewish community promising religious freedom, and write your own letter to the president at the Freedom Family Presidential Corner. You can even meet George Washington himself! There will also be a family play zone with ... Read More
Sea Turtle Awareness Weekend
10:30 am-5 pm
Adventure Aquarium, 1 Riverside Dr., Camden, NJ
The aquarium hosts a long weekend of turtle-themed education activities to raise awareness and money for the Sea Turtle Conservancy. For $99 you can even go behind-the-scenes for a special sea turtle encounter. 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
MOGA: Music and Yoga
10:30 am
Roxborough Library
6245 Ridge Ave
Music infused yoga for babies, toddlers, and parents. Read More
Toddler Time: A World Made of Wood
10:30-11:30 am
American Swedish Historical Museum, 1900 Pattison Avenue
This month at Toddler Time, families will get to explore ASHM’s collection of carved wooden art, and read “Harvey the Carpenter” by Swedish children’s author Lars Klinting to get an introduction to basic tools. Children will play with wooden toys and even make their own ... Read More
Mindful Breathing for Kids
3:30 pm
Falls of Schuylkill Library
3501 Midvale Avenue
School-age kids will learn some mindful breathing techniques to navigate and process the emotions and stresses they might feel throughout the day. 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
Quaker Philadelphia with Bartram's Garden
4 pm
Kingsessing Library, 1201 S. 51st St.
Who were the Quakers who helped shape our garden and our city? How does their culture impact us today? Tackle place-based history and the art of urban planning, working together as a class to construct a full-fledged city. For school-age children. 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
Family and Adult Full Moon Hikes
6-7:30 pm
Wissahickon Environmental Center, 300 Northwestern Avenue
Families will take a short night hike around the Tree House by the light of the full moon and discover the tree silhouettes against the moonlit sky. Free, but registration required. Online registration opens at 9 am the day of the hike. 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
Hamilton Was Here: Homeschooling Afternoon
1:30-3:30 pm
Museum of the American Revolution, 101 South Third Street
Hamilton Was Here is reserved just for homeschooling families one afternoon a month so you can learn, ask, and do at your own pace. Read More
Blues in Hip Hop for Teens
4 pm
Cecil B. Moore Library, 2320 Cecil B. Moore Ave.
Teens will listen to samples of early blues, soul, and contemporary hip hop to find common threads and learn to create their own blues-inspired song. Read More
Black History Month Inventors Showcase
4 pm
Blanche A. Nixon/Cobbs Creek Library, 5800 Cobbs Creek Parkway
School-age children will learn about African-American inventors and their inventions. Read More
Youth Yoga and Mindfulness Workshop
4:30 pm
Lillian Marrero Library, 601 W. Lehigh Ave
School-age kids will learn about mindfulness as a practice and simple ways to incorporate it into everyday life. Read More
George Washington Carver Peanut Craft
4:30 pm
Eastwick Library, 2851 Island Avenue
Learn about George Washington Carver and make a peanut man out of a real peanut shell in this fun craft. 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
Dance Me a Story
10:30 am
South Philadelphia Library,1700 S. Broad St.
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. Pre-registration required. 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
Thursday Tots: Maple Trees and Treats
1-2 pm
Wissahickon Environmental Center, 300 Northwestern Avenue
Kids ages 3-5 and their caregivers will search for the special Sugar Maple tree and taste its fresh sap. Watch how the sap turns into maple syrup and taste homemade maple syrup on pancakes. Read More
Get HYPE: Apple Jawnies
4 pm
Whitman Library
200 Snyder Avenue
Tweens and teens can learn about science and nutrition through cooking. This month, make "Apple Jawnies." Read More
Blues in Hip Hop for Teens
4 pm
Fox Chase Library, 501 Rhawn Street
Teens will listen to samples of early blues, soul, and contemporary hip hop to find common threads and learn to create their own blues-inspired song. Read More
Eyewitness Nature with Bartram’s Garden
4 pm
Queen Memorial Library, 1201 S. 23rd Street
Get up close and personal with nature in these educational workshops led by Bartram’s Garden staff. For school-age children up to 13 years old. Read More
Mindful Breathing Workshop For Kids
4 pm
Fumo Family Library, 2437 S. Broad St.
A free workshop for children in grades 3-5, helping students learn tools to help them navigate the range of emotions and stress they face throughout their day. Call 215-685-1758 to register. Read More
The Art of Jean-Michel Basquiat: Share Your Creativity
4:30 pm
Lucien E. Blackwell West Philadelphia Regional Library, 125 S. 52nd Street
Kids will explore Basquiat’s life and work through stories, then make their own art with color and collage. Read More
Michele Kumarroy at Logan Library
5 pm
1333 Wagner Avenue
Michele Kumarroy, an international performer, will lead this family program with African American poetry and songs. 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

Tot Dance Party! at Rutabaga Circle
10 am-noon
Vault + Vine
3507 Midvale Avenue
Meet at Vault + Vine for freestyle dancing from 10 - 11 am, followed by playtime til noon. This is all about moving, laughing, and having fun. No dance skills required! 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
#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
Electric Dance
4 pm
Parkway Central Library, 1901 Vine St.
An after school read-aloud story and dance workshop for ages 2-12. 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 in Dinosaur Hall! 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
Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella
7:30 pm
Academy of Music, 240 S. Broad St.
Our inner 90s kid cannot wait for Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella (we still have the VHS with Brandy and Whitney Houston, not gonna lie). Kids will be swept away in the fantasy and classic songs like “In My Own Little Corner.” 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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