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30+ Things to Do With Kids This Week Around Philly: January 6–12

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

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

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Philly Loves Bowie Week

January 3–12

 

From an art exhibit to special treats, and more, Philly celebrates the legendary Starman all week long. See our picks to celebrate with the whole family!

The Band’s Visit

January 7–19

Academy Of Music, 240 S Broad St.

 

Recommended for ages 10 and up, this joyous Tony-award winner for Best Musical comes to Philly!

The Snow Queen

November 27—January 26

Arden Theatre, 40 N. Second St.

 

Based on Hans Christian Anderson’s classic fairy tale, The Snow Queen transports audiences on a journey through the four seasons, and celebrates the magical power of friendship.

Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest

Through March 8

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!

Winter in Dilworth Park: Rothman Rink and Wintergarden

Through February

Dilworth Park, 1 S. 15th St.

 

Skate outside City Hall, warm up with food and drink in the Cabin, and run through the beautifully manicured Wintergarden Maze.

‘The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Experience’

October 19–April 19

Franklin Institute, 222 N. 20th St.

 

Based on the internationally best-selling survival handbook, that was created in Philadelphia, “The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Experience” makes its world premiere at the Franklin Institute, bringing hands-on, immersive challenges that show visitors how to survive unexpected but possible “worst-case scenarios” in fun and thought-provoking ways. See our preview here!

‘Very Eric Carle’ at Please Touch Museum

October 5—January 12, 2020

4231 Avenue of the Republic

 

Step into the world of Eric Carle in this new interactive exhibit. Follow the path of The Very Hungry Caterpillar, compose a night symphony with The Very Quiet Cricket, and more!

‘Constructing Play: Classic + Modern Building Toys’

November 21, 2019—January 16, 2020

Center / Architecture + Design, 1218 Arch St.

 

Explore the development of children’s toys over the past 200 years. Travel back in time to learn how different building toys were invented, designed, and refined to become the toys that still secretly educate children today! During the exhibit, visitors can show off their building skills and create the house or city of their dreams at Creation Stations filled with components of popular building toys.

Notorious RBG

Through January 12, 2020

National Museum of American Jewish History, 101 South Independence Mall East

 

Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the first-ever museum retrospective of the Supreme Court Justice-turned-pop-culture-icon, makes its east coast debut. Based on the New York Times best-selling book of the same name by Knizhnik and Irin Carmon, the visually rich and entertaining exhibition explores RBG’s legacy through archival photographs and documents, historical artifacts, contemporary art, media stations, and gallery interactives including fun memes and fan art made about the incomparable Justice.

Candytopia

Open through January 25

Ninth and Market streets

 

Candytopia brings its wildly popular experiential installation art to Philly. Favorites—like the marshmallow pit filled with over 250,000 foam marshmallows, and the rainbow-filled room with flying unicorn pigs and confetti explosions—are joined by Philly-specific elements. It’s Instagram heaven, and you even get to eat candy throughout the experience! Tickets are available online, where you can reserve your timeslot. Kids age 3 and under get in free! Read our review and tips here.

Dinosaurs Around the World

Through January 20, 2020

Academy of Natural Sciences, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway

 

With over a dozen life-size animatronic dinosaurs,  “Dinosaurs Around the World” invites visitors to prehistoric Earth to see how they lived and adapted to their times. Check out our preview to learn more.

Monday

Cooking Around the World
9:30-10:30 am
Lilypad, 1234 S. Broad St.
Each week this fall, the Geography Lady will lead the class in creating something delicious from a different country around the world, tell stories, and more. Each student will be given a passport, a special one of a kind apron, a copy of the day’s ... Read More
Music Monkey Jungle at Liberty Place
10:30-11 am
The Shops at Liberty Place, 1625 Chestnut St.
Come sing, dance, laugh and play with Music Monkey Jungle in this free concert! Read More
Dia de Reyes
11:30 am
Lilypad, 1234 S. Broad St.
Celebrate Three Kings Day with authentic homemade Roscon! Hosted by Cuentacuentos Philadelphia. Read More
Rhythm Babies
noon-1 pm
Beehive at Bok, Suite B03, 1901 S. Ninth Street
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

Tuesday

Music Exploration with Mr. Ryan
9-9:45 am
Beehive at Bok, Suite B03, 1901 S. Ninth Street
Sing, move and meaningfully connect with your child during this music class designed to foster positive aural experiences for the whole family!  Young musicians and their caregivers will participate in a variety of musical activities to promote vocal exploration, steady beat, gross motor movement, and ... 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
Museum Playdate: Animals of the New Year
10:30-11:30 am
Penn Museum, 3260 South St.
Geared for families with children ages 3 to 6, Museum Playdates feature illustrated stories told in Museum galleries, hands-on reproduction artifacts, and make-and-take art activities—plus a snack! Tickets available online. Read More
Minecraft Day
3-5:30 pm
Kensington Library, 104 W. Dauphin St.
The library hosts a Minecraft session in the computer lab, 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. Kids can work alone or with up to eight other ... Read More
The Geography Lady at Beehive at the Bok
3:30 pm
Beehive at Bok, Suite B03, 1901 S. Ninth Street
Learn about different countries through stories, sensory, movement, and more! These programs are geared towards children ages 3 and up. Drop-in for $13. Read More
Yoga Fun
4 pm
Parkway Central Library, 1901 Vine St.
Yoga stories, yoga songs, yoga games, and yoga adventures with Ms. Becky! Stretch, relax, and build strength with fun activities for children ages 11 and under. Read More
Kids Can Cook
4 pm
Queen Memorial Library, 1201 S. 23rd St.
Healthy Cooking class for school-aged kids and teens, 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
Toddler and Preschooler Dance with Miss Erin
4:15-5 pm
Beehive at Bok, Suite B03, 1901 S. Ninth Street
A 45-minute movement and music class designed for little movers and their caregiver. Students are introduced to basic ballet and dance, while exploring movement and music in a fun and creative way. Drop-in or reserve a spot online. Read More
Bowling for Bowie at North Bowl
5-9 pm
909 N. Second St.
This family-friendly event combines the music of Bowie with the joy of bowling! Bowl while accompanied by a Bowie soundtrack. Partial proceeds from lane rentals will be donated to the Bowie Fund to benefit the Cancer Center at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Read More
Family Zumba at DiSilvestro
6:30 pm
1701 S. 15th Street
Join a free family Zumba class (donations accepted) every Tuesday night. This program is open to all ages and individuals. Read More

Wednesday

Bartram's Garden Homeschooler Days: The Evolution of Plants
10 am-noon and 1-3 pm
5400 Lindbergh Blvd.
Kids ages 5-13will dig deep to uncover the natural histories of the plants all around us. Pre-registration required. Read More
Cook - Play - Learn
9:30 am
Cub Social, 2532 S. 13th Street
Chef Stef from Crave Philly will be back to host another mommy and me cooking class to start children young with healthy eating habits. Sign up online. Read More
All-Ages Sign Language Playgroup
10-11 am
By My Side Parenting, 1542 E. Montgomery Ave.
Bring your young one and explore the use of sign language with Ms. Elizabeth Varasso. Suggested donation of $5 or what you can afford. Read More
Stroller Tour at Philadelphia Museum of Art
11 am-noon
2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Parents and caregivers with babes in tow are welcome for a monthly stroller tour of the galleries. Babies are always free with parent's admission. Read More
Toddler Yoga Series begins at Kith + Kin
4:30-5 pm
3060 W. Jefferson St.
Toddler yoga is a fun, energetic, and engaging way for children to connect to their breath and be more aware of moving their bodies in space. In this four-week series, older toddlers and big kids (ages 2.5-5) will learn poses, talk about how breath can ... Read More
Kid Craft Night at KCFC
6-8 pm
Kensington Community Food Co-op, 2670 Coral St.
Bring your kids out for a craft project run by Natasha Mell-Taylor at Kensington Community Food Co-op. There will also be pizza (since it'll be around dinner time) and the cafe and grocery store will be open, too! Read More

Thursday

The Geography Lady at Cub Social
10-11 am
2532 S. 13th St.
Learn about different countries through stories, sensory, movement, and much more! Program will be 45 minutes of enriching fun and best for children between the ages of 18 months to four years old. Drop-in for $13; members are free. Read More
Art Explorers
10:30 am
Parkway Central Library, 1901 Vine St.
Explore the wide world of art through a wide variety of materials with Ms. Kate. This program is intended for children 6 and under with their caregivers. Read More
Stroller Tour at the Barnes Foundation
10:30—11:15 am
2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia
Take a 45-minute guided tour and discover ways to look at and appreciate art with little ones in tow. Open to parents and caregivers with babies up to 18 months in a stroller or baby wrap. Note: no double-wide strollers. 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

Friday

Philly Home Show
noon-8 pm
Pennsylvania Convention Center, 1101 Arch St.
Explore a variety of home solutions from local experts, gain ideas and insights from TV home design show celebrities, and acquire new craft project skills at make-and-take workshops (including a succulent bar) and more. This year, look for the new Herr's Family Lounge, offering samples ... Read More
Nintendo Fridays for Tweens and Teens
3 pm
Kensington Library, 104 W. Dauphin St.
Meet at Kensington Library every Friday after school for Nintendo Fridays and play games like Smash Bros, Mario Party, and Just Dance. Open to kids and teens ages 8 and up. Read More
Friday Fun Day Open Play (Grades 3-12)
3-5:30 pm
Phield House, 814 Spring Garden
A great opportunity for students in Grades 3-12 to come to Phield House to participate in pick-up games and activities on the turf or court! Sign up online. Read More
S.A.G.A. Club
3:30 pm
Teen Center at Parkway Central Library, 1901 Vine St.
S.A.G.A, short for Sexuality and Gender Acceptance, will meet at the Field Teen Center at the Parkway Central Library. Program is for teens ages 12-18. Snacks will be provided. Read More
PAW Patrol Skate Party
5-9:30 pm
Rolling Thunder Skating Center, 7017 Roosevelt Blvd.
Skate with Chase and Marshall! Read More
PAW Patrol Puppy PJ Party with Rubble and Skye
6-8 pm
The Pop Shop, 729 Haddon Avenue, Collingswood, NJ
Rubble and Skye will join you for a special dinner with a PAW Patrol themed buffet and dessert, picture time, dancing and games with Rubble and Skye, PAW Patrol on the big screen, and coloring sheets. Wear your pajamas and bring your favorite stuffed animal. ... Read More
DRUMline Live
7:30 pm
Merriam Theater, 250 S. Broad St.
Created by the musical team behind the hit movies, the live show embodies the soulful, high-stepping style of the Historically Black College and University (HBCU) marching band experience, and is fun for the whole family! Read More

Weekend Events

 

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Photograph by Laura Swartz.

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