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30+ Things to Do With Kids This Week Around Philly: February 4–10

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

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

 
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Philadelphia Auto Show

February 2—10

Pennsylvania Convention Center, 1101 Arch St.

 

The Philly Auto Show returns to the Pennsylvania Convention Center with dazzling cars, from exotic to classic and everything in between! 

R.L. Stine’s Goosebumps: Phantom of the Auditorium

February 2—10

Walnut Street Theatre, 825 Walnut St.

 

This spooky (and silly) musical is based on R.L. Stine’s Goosebumps series. Like all WST for Kids shows, it’s only one hour!

‘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!

Getaway at the Greenhouse

February 2—10

Fairmount Park Horticulture Center, 100 North Horticultural Drive

 

For one week, the Horticulture Center has been transformed into an oasis with lounge areas, a beach, and family-friendly activities on weekends. Free, but tickets are required.

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.

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!

‘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).

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

Around the World at Lilypad: Canada
10-11 am
1234 S. Broad St.
Kids ages 1-4 and a caregiver will learn about Canada with The Geography Lady using photographs, maps, stories, games, music, movement, sensory, crafts, snacks, and more. Read More
Read With A Dog
4:15 pm
Falls of Schuylkill Library, 3501 Midvale Avenue
School age kids - ages 6 to 12 - are invited to come read independently with Wally, a certified therapy dog, and share a new book or an old favorite in a judgment free space. Read More
Virginia Hamilton Campfire Stories
4:30 pm
Eastwick Library, 2851 Island Avenue
Kids can have fun “camping out” and listening to African American folktale stories by celebrated author Virginia Hamilton. Sit around a pretend campfire and enjoy some s’mores! Read More

Tuesday

'Last Stop on Market Street': Storytime with Mama Kimberly at Uncle Bobbie's
10 am
The People's Education Center, 5445 Germantown Ave.
This event is centered on the 2019  One Book, One Philadelphia children's companion title, Last Stop on Market Street. Young children and their caregivers are invited to join Mama Kimberly for interactive stories, singing, dancing, and fun together. 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
Rock n' Roll Sing-Along for Toddlers
10:30 am
Fishtown Community Library, 1217 East Montgomery Avenue
Toddlers can rock out and add their own twist to classic children’s songs with shakers and other fun sound-makers. Read More
Art Start
10:30-11:30 am
Philly Art Center, 514 Bainbridge Street
Drop-in process-focused studio fun for kids ages 2-3. Read More
Kids' Yoga
4 pm
Parkway Central Library
1901 Vine St.
Children are invited to practice yoga through stories, yoga songs, yoga games, yoga adventures, hands-on mindfulness activities, guided meditation, and more. Caregivers are welcome to participate. Mats are available to borrow, or bring your own. Read More
Free Kids' Cooking Class
4 pm
Queen Memorial Library
1201 South 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
Chinese New Year Celebration
4 pm
Lucien E. Blackwell West Philadelphia Regional Library, 125 S. 52nd St.

Make a paper lantern or dragon puppet, learn about your Chinese Zodiac symbol, and sample snacks from a Tray of Togetherness. For children ages 11 and under, and their families. Read More
Lunar New Year Celebration at South Philadelphia Library
4 pm
1700 S. Broad St.
Celebrate the Lunar New Year at the library with stories, crafts, and special treat. Read More
One Book, One Philadelphia 'Road Trip'
4:30-5:30 pm
Thomas F. Donatucci Sr. Library, 1935 Shunk Street
The Geography Lady hosts a free program all about mapping out your dream road trip. Plan out routes and create collages to help remember your road trip goals. This is inspired by One Book, One Philadelphia's children's book selection 'Last Stop on Market Street." Read More
Family Night Slime and Pizza
6:30pm-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
Bartram's Garden Little Explorers: Snowy Weather
10-11:30 am
5400 Lindbergh Blvd.
Snow or shine, kids ages 2-4 and their caregivers can get together in the cozy Bartram Barn to hibernate with some good books, discussion, play, snacks, and more. Pre-registration required. Read More
Winter in Outside In: Bunny Snowball Fight
1:30-2 pm
Academy of Natural Sciences, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
This week, the animal enclosures in Outside In will get a festive winter makeover. Watch the rabbits play with paper “snowballs” during romp time, and learn about how the museum keeps their animals active even during the long winter days. Read More
Black History Month ‘Road Trip’
4 pm
Blanche A. Nixon/Cobbs Creek Library, 5800 Cobbs Creek Parkway
School-age children will discuss what it was like to travel during the 1950s for African-Americans, then use their imagination to take their own “road trip.” Read More
African Drumming at West Oak Lane Library
4 pm
2000 E Washington Lane
Mr. Baba Tyrone will present a program of drumming, and kids will have the chance to try out some drums too. This event is described as appropriate for school-age and up. 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, learn how to cook with Vetri's Mobile Teaching Kitchen, get creative with ... Read More
Moana at The Pop Shop
5-7:30 pm
729 Haddon Ave, Collingswood, NJ
Come for dinner (reservations highly recommended) and meet, greet, and snap a photo with Moana. There will also be themed coloring sheets and specialty sundaes. Read More

Thursday

PreK Yoga Class
10:30 am
South Philadelphia Library
1700 South Broad Street
Join yoga teacher Danielle Pramick for a free children’s yoga class at the library. This class will give kids a safe environment to play, explore, and experience the wonderful benefits of yoga. For kids ages 3-5, no experience necessary. Wear something comfortable to move in. Mats ... Read More
Philly Community Baby Music Class
10:30 am
Little Moon + Arrow, 729 S. Fourth Street
This drop-in baby music class includes guitar, playsets, bubbles, and more! This class is for children 0-24 months old. 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
Kiddo, Me and an Exercise Band
noon
Lilypad, 1234 S. Broad St.
Exercise in South Philly's favorite playspace with your baby and stay for a 0-24 month playgroup afterwards. Class passes available online. Read More
PAFA Family Art Workshop at Wyoming Library
3:30 pm
231 E. Wyoming Ave.
PAFA staff provides community-based art lessons to participating students, families and community members to create together. Read More
Teen Reading Lounge
4 pm
Philadelphia City Institute, 1905 Locust Street
Winter Session of Teen Reading Lounge will explore the topics of racism and police brutality through a series of dynamic book discussions, activities, and guest speakers. To sign up, email hoopese@freelibrary.org, or call 215-685-6621. For grades 7-12. Read More
Blues in Hip Hop for Teens
4:30 pm
Philadelphia City Institute, 1905 Locust Street
Listen to samples of early blues, soul, and contemporary hip hop to find common threads and learn to create your own blues-inspired song. 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
International House Lunar New Year 2019 Celebration
7 pm
International House Philadelphia, 3701 Chestnut St.
The evening celebration includes traditional music, dance performances, and martial arts demonstrations, followed by a reception featuring interactive cultural activities and tastings of Chinese cuisine from Sang Kee. Kids ages 3-12 get discounted tickets for $10. 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
Winter in Outside In: Winter Tales
1:30-2 pm
Academy of Natural Sciences, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Warm up with a winter hibernation tale with Marty the Moose. Wear your pajamas, grab a pillow, and learn what animals do in the winter. 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
Kids Yoga! with Katie Cavuto
3:30-4:15 pm
Mama's Wellness Joint, 1100 Pine St.
Introduce your 6-10 year to the benefits of yoga and mindfulness meditation in this interactive and fun kids' yoga class. Children will learn a variety of yoga poses and their benefits as well as simple meditations that they can access on and off their mats. ... Read More
Lilypad Family Happy Hour Playgroup
4:30—6 pm
1234 S. Broad St., Philadelphia
Hang out with other parents and let the kids play—this playgroup is BYOB! Read More
40 Winks at the Penn Museum
5:30 pm-9 am
3260 South St.
Explorers ages 6-12 and their families or chaperones can experience Penn Museum in a new way with hands-on games, crafts, a scavenger hunt, and a flashlight expedition through the galleries; and then sleep over among the artifacts! Pre-register online. Read More
Shen Yun
7:30 pm
Merriam Theater, 250 S. Broad St.
Featuring classical Chinese dance, patented scenographical effects, and original orchestral works, this production is colorful, dramatic, and spectacular. Read More

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 Photograph by Laura Swartz.

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

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