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30+ Things to Do With Kids This Week Around Philly: January 21-27

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The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical

January 22–27

Merriam Theater, 250 S. Broad St.


The musical adaptation of the best-selling novel by Rick Riordan is sure to be popular with kids and tweens who love the book.

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.


We've rounded up family-friendly service projects and celebrations around town! See our rundown here! Read More
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Family Festival
9 am-5 pm
Please Touch Museum, 4231 Avenue of the Republic
Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.’s vision through a day of art, storytelling, and more. All day, parts of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s historic speech will be playing on the big screen downstairs in Centennial Depot. Read More
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service at the National Constitution Center
9:30 am—3 pm
National Constitution Center, 525 Arch St.
The National Constitution Center has a full day of community service projects, special performances, and fun for the whole family; along with special $5 admission to the museum. Special storytimes will take place in the Grand Hall Lobby, along with an all-day craft center where ... Read More
Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service at Philadelphia Museum of Art
10 am –3 pm
2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
The art museum is usually closed on Mondays, but on MLK Day it’s not just open but is offering Pay What You Wish admission for the day. Kids can create art in the Great Stair Hall that will be delivered along with nourishing meals to ... Read More
MLK Family Day at the National Museum of American Jewish History
10 am — 5 pm
101 South Independence Mall East
Honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with a day filled with family-friendly performances and arts and crafts activities, spotlight talks about social justice, and more. Read More
MLK Day at African American Museum in Philadelphia
10 am-5 pm
701 Arch St.
AAMP's celebration includes a scavenger hunt, a visit from the Phillie Phanatic, a concert, a re-enactment of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by Carlo Campbell, and more. The museum’s admission will be reduced to $2 for all guests during MLK Weekend Celebration. Read More
MLK Day at National Liberty Museum
10 am-5 pm
321 Chestnut St.
Visit NLM for a day of honoring MLK, and explore how everyone can “Live Like A Hero.” Admission is pay-what-you-wish, and includes activities for all ages. Participate in a service project to create encouraging messages and drawings to be distributed to those in need by ... Read More
‘Ghost Boys’ Reading and Art Parlor
11 am
Lucien E. Blackwell Community Center, corner of 47th and Aspen streets
As part of activities that will take place throughout the day with the People’s Emergency Center, join this read-aloud of Jewell Parker Rhodes’ powerful book, Ghost Boys, and an art activity based on messages of nonviolence and social justice. Read More
Martin Luther King Day of Service at the Franklin Institute
11 am-4 pm
The Franklin Institute, 222 N. 20th St.
Celebrate the life and legacy of MLK at the Franklin Institute with a community service project to collect and distribute much-needed school supplies to students and teachers across the Philadelphia School District. Expanded programming and additional live science shows are also part of the day. Read More
MLK Day at Eastern State Penitentiary
11:30 am-5 pm
2027 Fairmount Ave.
Children (ages 7-12) and their families can create art in response to themes found in Dr. King's 1963 Letter from Birmingham Jail. Activities are free and open to the public. Read More
Martin Luther King Jr. Day Family Festival
noon — 4 pm
Woodmere Art Museum, 9201 Germantown Ave.
This free event offers activities for kids, including storytelling, art making, music, and performances. Families are invited to draw inspiration from Dr. King’s themes, words, and activism to write letters to Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney. They’ll also hear stories of many others who fought for ... Read More
Free Martin Luther King, Jr. Day screening of ‘Personal Statement’
3-5 pm
Annenberg Center, 3680 Walnut St.
Personal Statment is a documentary film about three inspirational high school seniors who are determined to get their entire classes to college, even though they aren’t sure they’re going to make it there themselves. The film will be followed by a powerful discussion with student organizers ... 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
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
Seeing Kensington's Hidden Treasures
3:30 pm
McPherson Square Library, 601 East Indiana Avenue
Kids will write poems, create popup pages, or make 3D models of favorite places in Kensington. This is part of the kids' "One Book, One Philadelphia" set of events, which will focus on Last Stop on Market Street this year. Read More
'Me In My World' Story-Making Activity
4 pm
South Philadelphia Library, 1700 S. Broad St
As part of the Free Library's "One Book, One Philadelphia," there will be storytime with crafts and storytelling activities inspired by Matt de la Peña and Christian Robinson’s Last Stop on Market Street. Read More
Kids Can Cook
4 pm
Queen Memorial Library, 1201 S. 23rd St.
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
Paper Craft Club for Tweens and Teens
4 pm
Whitman Library, 200 Snyder Avenue
Tweens and teens will learn to make origami, kirigami, and other crafts using simple materials and big imaginations. They'll even work together to build a display entry for the Bloom Philly Window and Lobby Decorating Contest that leads up to the 2019 Flower Show! Read More
Free Kids Yoga
4 pm
Parkway Central Library
1901 Vine Street
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. Caregivers are welcome to participate, too! Read More


Let's Make Slime!
3:30 pm
Falls of Schuylkill Library
3501 Midvale Avenue
Make some slime together using different household ingredients.  For school-age kids. Read More
'I Have a Dream' Collages
4 pm
Lillian Marrero Library, 601 W. Lehigh Ave.
Explore the imagery and hidden meanings of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s famous speech, and create colorful collages to represent his words. Read More
Gaming Garage at South Philadelphia Library
4 pm
1700 S. Broad St.
Come and get hands on with the Nintendo Switch. Students of all ages can join for games of Mario Kart, get on their feet with Just Dance 2018, or construct cool toys with Nintendo Labo kits. Drop-in, no registration required. Read More
'One Book, One Philadelphia' Map Making Workshop
4:30-5:30 pm
Lucien Blackwell Regional Library, 125 S. 52nd St.
Explore old and new maps and different forms of navigation, and create your own maps to favorite places. Read More
Teen Forensics
6 pm
Wynnefield Library, 5325 Overbrook Ave.
Teens (age 12-18) will get helpful tips about pursuing a career in the forensic science field, preparing for college, and how to find STEM programs. Read More


Children’s Yoga
10:30 am
Fumo Family Library, 2437 S. Broad St.
This class will give kids a safe environment to play, explore and experience the wonderful benefits of yoga including grounding, self-expression, balance and flexibility. Class is centered around a series of yoga poses that are rich in detail and technique. 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
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
Minecraft Community
3-5:30 pm
Kensington Library, 104 W. Dauphin St.
The library hosts a Minecraft session in the computer lab every Thursday, complete with their own Minecraft Realm, a persistent server which allows the group to play in the same world and saves their progress each session. Read More
PAFA Family Art Workshop
3:30 pm
Wyoming Library, 231 E. Wyoming Ave.
Students, families and community members can drop in after school to create art together. Read More
One Book, One Philadelphia: Get on the Bus!
4-5 pm
Whitman Library, 200 Snyder Ave.
Join The Geography Lady at the library for this free program including reading Last Stop on Market Street and talking about all different ways to travel around our city. Create different types of 3D buses to move along maps of different bus routes. You will ... 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


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
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. After-hours activities include a scavenger hunt in Outside In! 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 Sleepover at the Penn Museum
5:30 pm
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. Then, sleep over in the galleries! Pre-register online. Read More
Parents' Night In at Nest
6:30-8:30 pm
1301 Locust St.
Bring the whole family to enjoy pizza, adult and kid-friendly beverages, giant games, movie, and popcorn! Call to sign up. Read More

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 Photograph by Jeremy Daniels courtesy of the Kimmel Center.

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