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30+ Things to Do With Kids This Week Around Philly: July 1–7

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Wawa Welcome America

June 29—July 4

 

No one celebrates July 4th like the birthplace of liberty, and we’ve picked out all the can’t miss events, from free museum days to all-out block parties (and of course fireworks) for you, right here!

All-American Celebration at National Constitution Center

June 29—July 4

525 Arch St.

 

Visitors can participate in a variety of family-friendly programs and activities, including flag etiquette and flag folding workshops, arts and craft activities, and interactive shows every day. Plus, get free admission on July 2 (along with a free Wawa hoagie on the lawn!)

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.

Delaware River Waterfront

The Blue Cross RiverRink, Spruce Street Harbor Park, and Cherry Street Pier open full-time for the summer this weekend with skating, rides, food, and lots more family fun.

Photo Pop!

The Bourse, 111 S. Independence Mall East

 

Photo Pop is back with “Sweet Paradise.” Go selfie-wild with a new location, a new theme, and lots of Insta-worthy art at this temporary Philly art exhibit. Tickets available online.

Legally Blonde: The Musical

Through July 14

Walnut Street Theatre, 825 Walnut St.

 

“Omigod, you guys!” This Broadway musical based on the movie is way too much fun! Follow Elle Woods from the sorority house to the courthouse with lots of upbeat music along the way.

Chinese Lantern Festival

May 1 — July 14

Franklin Square, 200 N. Sixth St.

 

The Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival brings 2,000 individual works of art consisting of giant sculptures wrapped in colorful silk and filled with thousands of LED lights to Franklin Square. In addition to the lantern displays, there will also be cultural performances, from acrobatics to the art of face-changing. The Chinese Lantern Festival requires tickets during its nighttime display, but access to Franklin Square and the lanterns is free during the day.

‘Marvel: Universe of Super Heroes’ at the Franklin Institute

Through September 2

222 N. 20th St.

 

Franklin Institute celebrates Marvel’s 80th Anniversary with a new immersive exhibit including original sketches, costumes and props from Marvel films (including Black PantherCaptain America, and Thor), interactive experiences in life-size scenes, and lots of photo ops! Read our preview here.

‘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!

‘Creatures of Habitat’ at Philadelphia Zoo

3400 W. Girard Ave.

Through September 30

 

Creatures of Habitat: A Gazillion Piece Animal Adventure” brings 12 giant LEGO vignettes created by Sean Kenney all over the zoo. Kids will be able to use the returning Zoo Keys at “audiobooks” located at each sculpture (as well as other areas throughout the zoo) to “unlock” secrets and stories about the animals. Read all about the exhibit 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.

Circus Week at the Garden Railway

June 29—July 7

Morris Arboretum, 100 E. Northwestern Avenue

 

Watch the colorful railroad cars bring the “Big Top” to the garden.

Parks on Tap: Shofuso

July 3–7

Lansdowne and Horticultural drives, Fairmount Park

 

Our favorite family-friendly beer garden comes to this gorgeous Japanese house and garden in West Fairmount Park. Entry into the Parks on Tap Beer Garden is free and located just outside of the House. If you want to enter the House there is a $5 fee.

Monday

Free Morning at Photo Pop Philly!
9-11 am
The Bourse, 111 S. Independence Mall E.
Visit this year’s instaworthy pop-up installation “Sweet Paradise,” complete with a Gritty mosaic made of jellybeans! For Welcome America, they are offering free morning admission on July 1 and 3 from 9-11 am. Read More
Wawa Welcome America: Go 4th and Learn
10 am—1 pm
Penn Park, 3000 Walnut St.
Enjoy a fun-filled day with fitness,  educational activities, inflatables, music, and more! The Philadelphia Union, Philly Girls in Motion, and Dancing Classrooms Philly will keep you on your feet by leading dancing, sports, and wellness exercises. Members of the community will read some of their ... Read More
Free Museum Day: Museum of the American Revolution
10 am–5 pm
101 S. Third Street
For the first time ever during Wawa Welcome America, the Museum of American Revolution is offering free admission! Be sure to hit up Revolution Place with the littles! Pre-registration required online. Read More
Story Art at Sister Cities Park
10:30–11:30 am
210 N. 18th St.
The Free Library of Philadelphia will lead a weekly storytime at the park, followed by nature-themed crafts with Philadelphia Parks and Recreation. Read More
Art in the Park at Sister Cities Park
11:30 am–12:30 pm
210 N. 18th St.
The Philadelphia Museum of Art will lead a free collage activity for kids. Read More
Marvel Movie Mondays: 'Iron Man'
Noon
Teen Center at Parkway Central Library, 1901 Vine Street
Escape the heat this summer and recap the essential movies from the Marvel Cinematic Universe each week in the Field Teen Center! Program for teens ages 12-18. Read More
Welcome America Citywide Reading at Free Library of Philadelphia
2-4 pm
Various library branches, see link for locations.
Kids can enjoy free book giveaways, activities, and storytimes at select branches of the Free Library of Philadelphia! See link for locations. Read More
Philly @ The Movies: 'Invincible'
5:30-9 pm
Franklin Field, 33rd and Spruce streets
Celebrate Franklin Field’s 125th Anniversary with this fan favorite paying tribute to Philadelphia Eagle and local hero, Vince Papale. The movie will begin at 7 pm, but come early for photo ops on the field where it was filmed. Take part in the 125th anniversary ... Read More
Bop and Cha-Cha
6:30 pm
Greater Olney Library, 5501 N. Fifth Street
Learn how to Bop and Cha-Cha, or show off your moves. No experience necessary. All ages invited. Read More
U.S. Army Field Band Concert and Waterfront Fireworks
8-10 pm
Penn’s Landing
The U.S. Army Field Band will be debuting “Let Freedom Ring,” a musical and visual celebration to honor Independence Day. From authentic fifes and drums to symphonic pieces to selections from The Greatest Showman and Aretha Franklin, this concert has everything, The program comes to ... Read More

Tuesday

Free Museum Day: National Constitution Center
9:30 am—8 pm
525 Arch St.
Finish up your free hoagie from Wawa Hoagie Day and then head inside to engage with interactive programs and exhibits while learning about the constitution in a fun way. Plus, visit the ongoing Hamilton exhibit! 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
Story Jams
10:30 am
DiSilvestro Rec Center, 1701 S. 15th St.
Story Jams is a playgroup centered around play and positivity that includes storytime, music, dancing, and sensory exploration. In case of inclement weather, meet inside the library. Read More
Woven Together at Sister Cities Park
10:30–11:30 am
Sister Cities Park, 210 N. 18th St.
The Fabric Workshop & Museum will bring their current exhibit– “Sonya Clark: Monumental Cloth, the Flag We Should Know”– to life. The exhibit will be the inspiration for engaging textile, craft, and hands-on activities. Read More
Thomas Jefferson Meet-and-Greet and Independence Day Celebration
11 am-2 pm
Museum of the American Revolution, 101 S. Third St.
A costumed historical interpreter portraying Thomas Jefferson, the original author of the Declaration, will meet and greet visitors and pose for photos. At 1 pm, visitors can sing happy birthday to America and enjoy a free slice of cake in honor of the nation's real ... Read More
Free Museum Day: African America Museum in Philadelphia
11 am-5 pm
701 Arch St.
Experience the richness and vibrancy of African American heritage and culture in four galleries filled with exciting history and art. Plus, creative art workshops, historic reenactors, and storytelling. Then at 4 pm, there will be an outdoor drum and dance performance! Read More
Nature in the Park
11:30 am–12:30 pm
Sister Cities Park, 210 N. 18th St.
The Academy of Natural Sciences will bring fun games and experiments that involve creatures and crawlers! Read More
Wawa Hoagie Day
noon—2 pm
Independence Mall and National Constitution Center Lawn, 525 Arch St.
The best day of the year! Celebrate the 27th annual Wawa Hoagie Day honoring our troops, enjoy an eight-ton hoagie salute, FREE Wawa hoagies, a performance by the USO Show Troupe, and two hoagie-building competitions: between Philly police and firefighters, and between members of the ... Read More
Live Nation Kid Nation
noon-6 pm
29 E. Allen St.
Live Nation invites kids for a fun day of games and activities, giving the youth a peek inside the music industry alongside current industry professionals. Plus, stick around for fun giveaways, including tickets to upcoming shows and swag. Appearances include the funky music of Johnny ... Read More
Around the World with the Geography Lady
12:30 pm
Charles Santore Library, 932 S. Seventh Street
Travel the world while staying in the library! Get to know about different places and different cultures with Alycia Larson, the Geography Lady. Read More
Tour 'Our Five Senses'
3-3:45 pm
Parkway Central Library, 1901 Vine St.
Take a free curator-led tour of 'Our Five Senses', the first family-friendly, fully-interactive exhibit at the Free Library. While the exhibit is geared for all ages, the suggested minimum age for the tour is 10 years old. Tours are free but tickets are required; register ... Read More
Around the World with the Geography Lady
4 pm
Kensington Library, 104 W. Dauphin St.
Travel the world while staying in the library! Get to know about different places and different cultures with Alycia Larson, the Geography Lady. Read More
Kimmel Center’s Great American Party on the Plaza
5-7:30 pm
Kimmel Center, 300 S. Broad St.
This free event will feature festival-style activities along Spruce Street and live performances, including casts representing Dear Evan Hansen and Mean Girls, jazz performers, and the U.S. Navy Band Cruisers. Plus, the Kimmel Center’s ShowStoppers education program will take the stage to lead Hamiltunes, a ... Read More
Philly @ The Movies: 'Shrek'
5:30-9 pm
1500 Pattison Avenue and South Broad Street
The movie will begin at 7 pm, but come early for DJ music and "swampy" trivia at 5:30 pm. Your movie night will be complete with free treats! Read More
Firefly Fireworks
8-9:30 pm
Wissahickon Environmental Center, 300 West Northwestern Avenue
Get started on your holiday celebration with an evening visit to the meadow to enjoy a firefly display. Bring a blanket and bug jar. All ages welcome. Free, but registration required to hold your spot. Read More

Wednesday

Free Morning at Photo Pop Philly!
9-11 am
The Bourse, 111 S. Independence Mall E.
Visit this year’s instaworthy pop-up installation “Sweet Paradise,” complete with a Gritty mosaic made of jellybeans! For Welcome America, they are offering free morning admission on July 1 and 3 from 9-11 am. Read More
Jams! in the Park at Dickinson Square
Meet in the park for stories, music, and a sensory activity. 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
Bartram's Garden Little Explorers: Caterpillars, Dragonflies, and Butterflies
10-11:30 am
5400 Lindbergh Blvd.
Toddlers and preschoolers (ages 2-4) and a caregiver will search for cool bugs in the garden and make insect sculptures. Pre-registration required online. Bring a picnic lunch and stay for free story hour at noon! Read More
Go 4th and Learn with the Philadelphia Fire Department
10 am-noon
Philadelphia Fire Department Ladder 2, Fourth and Arch streets
Join the Philadelphia Fire Department, Mural Arts Philadelphia, and Wawa at 10 am for the unveiling of a new mural design that celebrates the history of the Philadelphia Fire Department – one of the oldest professional fire departments in the nation. Enjoy live demonstrations and learn ... Read More
Free Museum Day: Fireman’s Hall Museum
10 am-4 pm
147 N. Second St.
Check out antique firefighting engines and trucks and one of the city’s newest fire trucks! Explore what it’s like to be a firefighter by trying on firefighters’ gear and touring the museum. Meet Firefighter Ben, listen to special stories, and take part in scavenger hunts ... Read More
Free Museum Day: Penn Museum
10 am-5 pm
3260 South St.
The Penn Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology opens its doors to all on this free day. Read More
Free Museum Day: National Liberty Museum
10 am-6 pm
321 Chestnut St.
Interact with incredible stories of heroes and a collection of contemporary art with themes of freedom, civic engagement, and diversity. Also, kids can ring the (replica) Liberty Bell! Read More
Grow Up Green at Sister Cities Park
10:30–11:30 am
Sister Cities Park, 210 N. 18th St.
Philadelphia Parks and Recreation will lead activities for kids age 3 and up that encourage a connection to nature and outdoor play. Read More
Young Science Hour at Sister Cities Park
11:30 am–12:30 pm
Sister Cities Park, 210 N. 18th St.
The Franklin Institute will bring unique science experiments, demonstrations, and hands-on activities designed to teach kids about space, robotics, and more. Read More
#slayinspirecreate jr.
12:30 pm
Charles Santore Library, 932 S. Seventh St.
Explore the work of famous artists then create your own masterpieces. Read More
Movie Wednesday: 'The Incredibles 2'
2 pm
Greater Olney Library, 5501 N. Fifth St.
Beat the afternoon heat with an indoor movie! 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. And stop by the carousel room for a food demo with the Vetri Mobile Teaching ... Read More
Toddler Yoga at Kith + Kin
4:15 pm
3060 W. Jefferson St.
Toddler Yoga is a fun, energetic and engaging way for parents to connect with their young children (ages 2-4) through yoga poses. Toddlers will learn poses while parents help guide the little ones towards focus, leading by example with their own participation. Drop-ins welcome. Read More
Free Museum Night: Philadelphia Museum of Art
5-8:45 pm
2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
The Philadelphia Museum of Art offers “Pay What You Wish” admission every Wednesday, including during Welcome America. Read More
Free Yoga for Kids
5:30 pm
Whitman Library, 200 Snyder Ave.
A fun and free yoga class for children ages 7-12, led by instructor Anne-Marie Mulgrew. Yogis under 7 can participate with an adult. Read More
Philly @ The Movies: 'Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom'
5:30-9 pm
Mander Playground, 2140 N. 33rd St.
The movie will begin at 7 pm, but come early for DJ music and dinosaur trivia at 5:30 pm. Your movie night will be complete with free treats! Read More
POPS on Independence
7-9:30 pm
Independence Mall, 520 Chestnut St.
This fabulous (and free) concert is a Philadelphia tradition enjoyed by 15,000 attendees each year! The 65-piece Philly POPS orchestra will perform a patriotic, entertaining show featuring Tony-nominated actress and singer Susan Egan, best known as the original Belle in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast ... Read More
Pastorius Park Free Summer Concert
7:30 pm
Pastorius Park, Hartwell Lane and Millman Street
Elegance String Quartet performs a free concert at the park. Concerts are rain or shine– in case of bad weather, they will take place at Springside Chestnut Hill Academy’s Cherokee Campus. Read More

Thursday

Roxborough Independence Day Parade
9-10 am
Lyceum Avenue between Manayunk Avenue and Ridge Avenue
Did you know Roxborough is home to America's oldest Independence Day parade? The 21st Ward Fourth of July Association invites you to celebrate the founding of our country during the 189th Independence Day Parade of Churches and Sunday Schools. Read More
July 4th at PlayArts
10 am-noon
PlayArts, 1241 N. Front Street
Come to PlayArts for sensory activities and a July 4th celebration. Read More
Free Admission and July 4th Celebration at National Museum of American Jewish History
10 am—5 pm
101 South Independence Mall East
Enjoy interactive gallery talks, storytime, and Independence Day arts and crafts projects. The museum’s galleries will also be open to the public. Read More
Independence Day Parade
11 am-12:30 pm
Fifth and Chestnut streets
Floats, marching bands, military units, and more will parade around historic Philly. The parade will begin at 11 am at Fifth and Chestnut streets. Bring a chair or blanket and get comfortable. Not up for the crowds? You can also watch the parade broadcast on ... Read More
Independence Day at Betsy Ross House
11 am-3 pm
239 Arch St.
Activities for kids, a children’s naturalization ceremony at 1:30 pm, ceremonial bell ringing at 2 pm. Read More
Party on the Parkway
noon-7 pm
Benjamin Franklin Parkway
The grand finale of Welcome America is a full day of celebration on the Parkway, including plenty of food, three stages of live performances, a zipline, and kids’ activities. There will be a Kids Zone in Aviator Park from noon–6pm with fun activities, including storytelling, ... Read More
Birthday Party at Independence Visitor Center
1—2 pm
599 Market St.
Termini Brothers Bakery is working on a spectacular five-tier cake and 2,500 cupcakes to be displayed in the shape of an American flag. They will start arranging it all at 9 am if you want to sneak a peek, but at 1 pm, Betsy Ross ... Read More
Independence Day Splash at Adventure Aquarium
5-9 pm
1 Riverside Drive, Camden
The aquarium will be open extended hours until 9 pm, then you can make your way to view the beautiful fireworks display over the Camden Waterfront. Special after-hours events include watching animal feeds, a beer garden, and a dance party. Included with general tickets; plan ... Read More
July 4th Concert and Fireworks on the Parkway
7-10 pm
Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Jennifer Hudson and Megan Trainor headline a fabulous concert to cap off the Party on the Parkway. The celebrations continue with a dazzling fireworks display choreographed to a custom patriotic soundtrack created and performed by the United States Army Field Band. This is the first ... Read More

Friday

Not a Peep Sleep Workshop
10-11:30 am
PlayArts, 1241 N. Front Street
During this 1.5-hour workshop, sleep expert Maria Lopez will teach you about the science of children’s sleep, why problems occur, how to prevent them, and how to troubleshoot your current issues. This class addresses sleep issues for children at any age. $15 in advance (register online); or ... Read More
Nimble Crafters at Kith + Kin
10 am-noon
3060 W. Jefferson St.
Weekly take-home projects are inspired by nature, cultures, and art appreciation. Experimenting with different materials in a controlled environment allows your child to gain confidence but most importantly have fun! Come any time between the two-hour open studio time and stay as long as you ... Read More
Art Splash Opening Day
10 am-5 pm
Perelman Building, 2525 Pennsylvania Ave.
Philadelphia Museum of Art begins its daily summer family programming, back at the Perelman Building this year, with family tours, art making, open studio time, and a kid-friendly gallery hunt. Gallery projects change every two weeks. 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
Bilingual Storytime: English and Spanish
10:30 am
Northeast Regional Library, 2228 Cottman Ave.
Bilingual storytime for children ages 3 to 5 and their adult caregiver. Read More
Storytime Expeditions: Pompeii: Lost and Found
11:30 am-12:15 pm
Penn Museum, 3260 South St.
Glimpse the daily life of Ancient Romans before the destructive eruption of Mount Vesuvius, and learn about the archeological discoveries that help us piece together this incredible story. Free with museum admission. Read More
Lilypad Family Happy Hour Playgroup
4:30—6 pm
1234 S. Broad St.
Hang out with other parents and let the kids play—this playgroup is BYOB! Read More
First Fridays at Roxborough Pocket Park
5-8 pm
6170 Ridge Ave.
Pocket Park events will bring the community together for family fun on Ridge Avenue. The event will include live music, and food by The Couch Tomato. Read More
First Friday at Elfreth's Alley: Stars, Stripes, and Stories
5-8 pm
Elfreth's Alley Museum, 124-126 Elfreths Alley
Elfreth's Alley Museum will be open for free tours and celebrate Independence Day with some special programming. Read More
First Friday Movie Under the Stars and Stripes: ''War of the Colossal Beast"
8:30 pm
Betsy Ross House, 239 Arch St.
Enjoy $5 admission, a tour of the Betsy Ross House, and a movie in the courtyard. Visitors are encouraged to arrive early, and bring food and a bottle of wine to watch the movie! The movies are all vintage sci-fi horror B-movies, so maybe leave ... Read More

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