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30+ Things to Do With Kids This Week Around Philly: January 7–13

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

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

 
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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!

‘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.

‘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.

Monday

Around the World at Lilypad: New Year Traditions
10-11 am
1234 S. Broad St.
Explore how New Year's is celebrated around the world with the Geography Lady. Kids ages 1-4 will learn about different countries and cultures around the world through photographs, maps, stories, games, music, movement, sensory, crafts, snacks, and more. Drop in for $12. Read More
Read and Romp: ‘Red: A Crayon’s Story’
10:30-11:30 am
National Liberty Museum,
321 Chestnut St.
Little learners (age 2-6) and their caregivers are invited for an exciting hour of imaginative storytelling, interactive games, and creative crafts. This week, read Red: A Crayon’s Story and discuss issues of personal identity and the feeling of “fitting in.” Snacks and museum admission included. ... 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. 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
Rhythm Babies
10-11 am
The Nesting House, 1605 E. Passyunk Ave.
This music readiness program for babies  hones skills such as rhythm, melody, and beat. Drop in for $12. 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
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
Geography Lady: New Year Traditions
11 am-noon
The Bagel Place, 404 Queen Street
Explore how New Year's is celebrated around the world with the Geography Lady. Kids ages 2-5 will learn about different countries and cultures around the world through photographs, maps, stories, games, music, movement, sensory, crafts, snacks, and more. Drop in for $12. Read More
Chinese Language Storytime
11:15 am
Walnut Street West
201 South 40th Street
All storybooks are read in Chinese by local parents and volunteers. Read More
Teen Tuesday New Year's Party
3:30 pm
Teen Center at Parkway Central Library,
1901 Vine Street
Ages 12-18 welcome for pizza, socializing, games, and more. 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
Night Skies in the Observatory: Bowie Week Edition
7-10 pm
Franklin Institute, 222 North 20th Street
Celebrate Bowie’s legacy at this popular monthly stargazing event. Tickets available online. Read More

Wednesday

Art Start
10:30-11:30 am
Philly Art Center, 2501 Olive Street
Drop-in process-focused studio fun for kids ages 2-3. Read More
Stroller Tour at Philadelphia Museum of Art
11 am-noon
2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Parents and caregivers with babes in tow are always welcome at the museum, but they make it a bit easier for you with their monthly stroller tours. Read More
Around the World at Lilypad: New Year Traditions
3:30-4:30 pm
1234 S. Broad St.
Explore how New Year's is celebrated around the world with the Geography Lady. Kids ages 1-4 will learn about different countries and cultures around the world through photographs, maps, stories, games, music, movement, sensory, crafts, snacks, and more. Drop in for $12. Read More

Thursday

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
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
Rhythm Babies
noon-12:45 pm
By My Side Parenting, 1542 E. Montgomery Ave.
This readiness program for little ones includes singing, dancing, stories, instruments, and more. 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
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
Know Your Brain Day
10 am-2 pm
Franklin Institute, 222 North 20th Street
Go beyond the museum's "Your Brain" exhibit with special, supplementary hands-on programming focused on topics like neurons, multi-tasking, and vision. 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
40 Winks with the Sphinx: Overnight at the Penn Museum
5:30 pm-9 am
Penn Museum, 3260 South St.
Kids ages 6-12 (and their chaperones) are invited on an overnight expedition of the Penn Museum with hands-on opportunities to learn about ancient civilizations through games, crafts, and more. Pre-register online. Read More

Weekend Events

Check out our High Five weekend planner for the rundown!

 

 Photograph by Laura Swartz.

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

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