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30+ Things to Do With Kids This Week Around Philly: January 14–20

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Final week of ‘Xtreme Bugs’ at Academy of Natural Sciences

Through January 21

1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway



Nearly 20 towering animatronic bugs will come alive in this new creepy crawly exhibit! Get a bug’s-eye view of the world and learn about their intricacies and behaviors. See our preview here.

Center City Restaurant Week

January 13–25




Center City Restaurant Week is coming up January 13–25, offering diners three-course dinner for $35, and (at some places) three-course lunch for $20 at dozens of great restaurants around town. See our top kid-friendly picks!

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!

Charlotte’s Web

Through February 3

Arden Theatre, 40 N. Second St.



The heart-warming story of a special friendship between a lovable pig and everyone’s favorite spider comes to life at the Arden.


Around the World at Lilypad: Peru
10-11 am
1234 S. Broad St.
Learn about different countries and cultures around the world through the eyes, ears, and noses of children. Programs includes photographs, maps, stories, games, music, movement, sensory, crafts, snacks, and more. This program is presented for children ages of 1-4. Read More
Read & Romp: The Story of Martin Luther King, Jr.
10:30-11:30 am
National Liberty Museum, 321 Chestnut St.
Kids ages 2-6 can take part in an exciting hour of imaginative storytelling, interactive games, and creative crafts focused on the legacy of Dr. King. To go along with the book, create “dream clouds” and practice handprint painting to celebrate this great leader. Read More
Guided Meditation For Kids
4:30 pm
Fumo Family Library, 2437 S. Broad St.
The library invites kids and teens to come unwind in a darkened room with guided meditation. 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
Warm Winter Tales for Cozy Storytimes
10:30 am
Independence Library
18 S. Seventh Street
Toddlers (age 1-4) will share new picture books and classic stories, cheery sing-alongs, and create an adorable “make and take” craft. Read More
Therapy Dog Storytime
10:30 am
Queen Memorial Library, 1201 S. 23rd Street
Bring your family and friends to meet Emily and Konig, a certified therapy dog handler and dog, for a meet-and-greet and storytime. 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
Around the World at The Bagel Place: Peru
11-11:45 am
404 Queen St.
Learn about different countries and cultures around the world through the eyes, ears, and noses of children. Programs includes photographs, maps, stories, games, music, movement, sensory, crafts, and more. This program is presented for children ages of 2-5. Read More
Free Kids' Yoga
4 pm
Parkway Central Library
1901 Vine Street
Children are invited to practice yoga through yoga stories, yoga songs, yoga games, yoga adventures, hands-on mindfulness activities, guided meditation, and more. Have fun, build strength and learn relaxation techniques at this hour-long yoga class for children. 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


Wings of Paper Dance Class
6-7 pm (ages 10-15); 7-8 pm (ages 16 and up)
Philadelphia Insectarium and Butterfly Pavilion, 8046 Frankford Ave.
Wings of Paper Theater Company will be teaching jazz/modern dance classes-- no experience required. Register online by January 15. 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
Around the World at Lilypad: Peru
3:30-4:30 pm
1234 S. Broad St.
Learn about different countries and cultures around the world through the eyes, ears, and noses of children. Programs includes photographs, maps, stories, games, music, movement, sensory, crafts, snacks, and more. This program is presented for children ages of 1-4. Read More
Maker Kids: Slime!
4 pm
Parkway Central Library
1901 Vine St,
Children ages 7-12 are invited to a slime-making workshop-- they'll even make slime to take home! Read More
Making Comics
4:30 pm
Fumo Family Library
2437 S. Broad St.
This month’s theme is “Magic”. Children of any age can come and create a comic of their own around this theme. Read More
5:30 pm
Whitman Library
200 Snyder Ave.
Ask questions and talk about the FAFSA. You’ll even have a chance to complete it with your student and an experienced coach! If you would like to complete your FAFSA with coaches, bring tax returns from 2017 and have student and parent social security numbers. Read More
Sign-Making Workshop
5:30-7:30 pm
Eakins House Gallery, 1727-29 Mount Vernon Street
Heading to the Women's March this weekend? Come make powerful and creative statements that ignite social change. Materials and creative instruction will be provided. Space is limited, so be sure to register for this free workshop in advance. Read More


Barnes Foundation Toddler Time
10 – 10:45am and 11 – 11:45am
2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Bring your curious and imaginative toddlers (ages 2-4) to the museum for art-related stories, art making, movement activities, and an introduction to the works in the Barnes collection. 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
Monthly Music Workshop: Walking Piano
11 am
Tacony Library
6742 Torresdale Ave.
Listen-Learn-Play Mobile Music Education presents a hands-on interactive music workshop for children ages 7 and younger. Read More
Eyewitness Nature with Bartram’s Garden
4 pm
Queen Memorial Library, 1201 S. 23rd St.
Get up close and personal with nature in this educational workshop led by Bartram’s Garden staff. For school-aged children up to 13 years old. Read More
The Watershed is An Open Book
4:30-6 pm
Mander Recreation Center, 2140 N. 33rd St.
This early literacy program for kids ages 3-8 (and their caregivers) features weekly seasonal themes. Free, but online registration is required. Read More


Day-off Camp: Nature Ninjas
8 am-3 pm
Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, 8480 Hagy's Mill Road
Day-off camp for kids ages 5-12. Pre-register online. Extended care available until 6 pm. Travel silently and unseen through the forest while practicing spatial awareness and navigation skills.  Solve nature puzzles and team challenges, go on a series of adventures, and figure out which other ... Read More
S.T.E.A.M. Powered Drop-Off Day
9 am-3 pm
Water Works, 640 Water Works Drive
Sign your (grade K-3) child up for a fun-filled day of STEAM learning including indoor and outdoor activities to teach about our local watershed, wildlife, and more. Space is limited so sign up ASAP. Read More
Kids Explore: Winter Wonderland
10 am-noon
Wissahickon Environmental Center, 300 Northwestern Ave.
Bring the kids out into the forest this winter to discover what is still active during the cold winter months. Ages 6-12. Drop-off optional. Pre-register online. Read More
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
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
Cake Decorating Workshop: Penguin Pool Party
7-8:30 pm
Ella Vanilla, 7922 Germantown Avenue
Kids ages 9 and older will learn technique to create this super cute cake with cake artist and owner of Ella Vanilla. Cake and buttercream icing provided by Night Kitchen Bakery. Purchase by emailing Noelle@EllaVanilla.com, or by calling (215) 909-9392. Read More

Weekend Events

See all our picks in our High Five weekend planner!


 Photograph courtesy of the Academy of Natural Sciences.

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



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