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30+ Things to Do With Kids This Week Around Philly: July 8–14

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Art Splash

Tuesdays–Sundays through September 2, 10 am—5 pm (open until 7 pm on Wednesdays)

Perelman Building, 2525 Pennsylvania Ave.

 

Philadelphia Museum of Art’s summer programming, Art Splash, brings family tours, art making, open studio time, and a kid-friendly gallery hunt. On Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday from 1—4 pm, meet artist Brian Bazemore as he leads a collaborative art activity in the studio. On Wednesday evening from 5–7 pm, enjoy pay-what-you-wish admission.

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.

AAMP Y.E.S. Camp: Revolutionary Times

July 9–11, 10:30 am–3:30 pm

African American Museum in Philadelphia, ​701 Arch Street

 

AAMP invites children ages 5-12 to explore art, history, and culture of the African Diaspora through themed tours and workshops during the Youth Empowerment Summer Camp. Sign up to join one session or all three days. Parents or guardians are required to stay with their children during each session.

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.

Final Week: 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. Get $2 off with the code LASTCHANCE at this link.

Meet the Revolution: Cheyney McKnight

July 7—13, 10 am—5 pm

Museum of the American Revolution, 101 S. Third St.

 

Join Cheyney McKnight for costumed living history programs about African American culture in early America. McKnight will offer talks on African American women’s headwraps and spiritual practices, a family workshop of African adornments, storytelling, and demonstrations of African American foodways and medicine.

‘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.

Civil War Summer at the National Constitution Center

Through August 17

National Constitution Center, 525 Arch St.

 

This summer, in conjunction with the National Constitution Center’s new Civil War and Reconstruction exhibit the Center’s Main Lobby will be transformed into a Union Army encampment. Visitors will be able to try on replica Civil War soldier uniforms and examine the kinds of supplies soldiers would have had at war camps. Every Thursday and Saturday, special activities will include Meet-and-Greets with historic figures like Henry “Box” Brown, as well as Union soldiers and battlefield nurses. Visitors can also attend Town Hall programs with President Abraham Lincoln, enjoy a theatrical performance highlighting Frances E.W. Harper, and participate in interactive Military Muster activities.

Free July at NMAJH

Through July 31

National Museum of American Jewish History, 101 S. Independence Mall E.

 

Admission to the National Museum of American Jewish History is free throughout the entire month of July! Free admission includes complimentary access to the Museum’s core exhibits highlighting more than 360 years of life in America told through a Jewish lens, and complimentary access to the current special exhibition, “Sara Berman’s Closet.” Reserve tickets online.

Parks on Tap: Pastorius Park

July 10–14

200 W. Hartwell Ln.

 

Our favorite family-friendly beer garden comes to Chestnut Hill!

Monday

Storytime in the Square
10-11 am
Franklin Square, 200 N. Sixth St.
Librarian Margaret Bernardi of the Independence Branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia reads free stories to children in the Franklin Square Pavilion. Read More
Read and Romp at National Liberty Museum
10:30-11:30 am
321 Chestnut St.
Ages 2-6 with a caregiver will enjoy storytelling, interactive games, and creative crafts centered around Red: A Crayon's Story, about embracing who you are on the inside. 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
Young People’s Concert Series at The Mann
11 am
Mann Center for the Performing Arts, 5201 Parkside Avenue
People of Earth is a dynamic world music ensemble blending the music of Cuba, Puerto Rico, Brazil, and beyond. The concert is free, but registration is required. Gates open 30 minutes before showtime. Parking is free. 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: 'Captain America'
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
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

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
Baby Bird Playdate at Philadelphia Museum of Art
10:15 am
Perelman Building, 2525 Pennsylvania Ave.
Play at the museum with your little ones and enjoy circle time, art making, and gallery walks.​ For toddlers and their grownups. Note that for this summer, Baby Bird Playdates move to the museum's Perelman Building-- so stick around for Art Splash! 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
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
Around the World with the Geography Lady: Free Class
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
Who's Your Favorite Superhero? Teen Series
12:30 pm
Wynnefield Library, 5325 Overbrook Ave.
Teens will read excerpts aloud from their favorite superheroes books and graphic novels. After the readings, participants can watch superhero movies in the large meeting room. 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
Teen Tuesday: 'The Sun is Also a Star'
3-5 pm
Oak Lane Library, 6614 N. 12th St.
Teens and tweens (6th to 12th grade) will grab a copy of 'The Sun is Also a Star' and discuss it. Read More
Around the World with the Geography Lady: Free Class
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
Zoo on Wheels: Rainforest Safari
4 pm
Paschalville Library, 6942 Woodland Ave.
Take an imaginary journey to the rainforest with educators from the Philadelphia Zoo. This interactive program engages children with live animals, role play, songs, and touchable biofacts. Read More
Teen Cooking
4 pm
Logan Library, 1333 Wagner Ave.
Teens will work on their culinary literacy skills by making healthy snacks and desserts. The food will require no cooking or baking. Read More
Free Boating at Bartram's Garden
6-8 pm
5400 Lindbergh Blvd.
Enjoy free sunset boating on the Schuylkill River. No registration or boating experience necessary! All ages are welcome, minors must be accompanied by an adult. Read More
Yoga at O'Connor Pool
7 pm
400 S. Taney St.
Roots2Rise is teaming up with SwimPhilly to bring yoga to the O'Connor Pool! All levels and ages are welcome. Bring a mat, and make sure to wear or bring your bathing suits and towel for swimming! Read More

Wednesday

Movie in the Park: 'A Wrinkle in Time'
Dusk
Penn Treaty Park, 1301 N. Beach St.
Bring your own blanket, the movie begins at dusk. In case of rain, movie will be rescheduled by one week. Read More
Jams! in the Park at Dickinson Square
Meet in the park for stories, music, and a sensory activity. Read More
Sign+Play with Expressive Hands
10-10:45 am
Kith + Kin, 3060 W. Jefferson St.
Join Expressive Hands for Sign+Play classes, based on the award-winning baby signing time and signing time series. These classes are designed for parents or caregivers to attend with their children, teaching them how to use basic American Sign Language (ASL) vocabulary to bond and help ... 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
Magician Ran'd Shine at the Library
Magician Ran'd Shine Performs a free fun-filled, interactive magic show, featuring an astounding display of illusion, sleight of hand, and comedy. Read More
Tiny Tot Explorers: Playful Pollinators
11 am-noon
Academy of Natural Sciences, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Kids ages 2-5 with their caregivers will explore nature through songs, games, hands-on fun, and museum adventures. Space is limited; pre-registration required online. Read More
Momma Sandi presents 'We All Have Tales'
11 am-noon
Penn Museum, 3260 South St.
In this interactive storytelling performance, Momma Sandi will demonstrate how the Trickster character traveled from African Folktales into African American Folklore, sharing universal life lessons along the journey. Included with admission. 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
Wineberry WILD!
4-5:30 pm
Wissahickon Environmental Center, 300 West Northwestern Avenue
Head out for a special expedition to find and eat wineberries, a raspberry-like fruit, which is highly invasive in the Wissahickon, but delicious to eat! After completing this expedition, both the kids and the Wissahickon will be healthier. For ages 5-12 with adult. Pre-registration is ... Read More
Astronomy Club
4-5:30 pm
Logan Library, 1333 Wagner Ave.
School-aged star-gazers will meet to learn about space. 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
Teen Wednesdays: Poetry Open Mic Night
5:30 pm
Chestnut Hill Library, 8711 Germantown Ave.
Teens are invited to perform their poems in front of a live audience. 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
Fox Chase Farm Free Open House
Fox Chase Farm will be open for visitors to explore the farm. Hayrides start at 7 pm. Read More
Magician Party
6:30 pm
Independence Library, 18 S. Seventh St.
Magician Brian Richards entertains with his tricks, comedy bits, and fun for the whole family. Read More
Pajama Storytime
7 pm
Fumo Family Library, 2437 S. Broad St.
Children seven years old and younger are invited to snuggle in with their parents or caregiver for an evening of stories and songs, with milk and cookies to follow! Wear your pajamas, and bring along your favorite stuffed animal. Read More
Pastorius Park Free Summer Concert
7:30 pm
Pastorius Park, Hartwell Lane and Millman Street
Families and friends bring blankets and chairs and enjoy the music of Beppe Gambetta. Concerts are rain or shine– in case of bad weather, they will take place at Springside Chestnut Hill Academy’s Cherokee Campus. Read More
La Peg’s Louis Bluver Outdoor Movie Series: 'Space Jam'
8:30 pm
Haas Biergarten underneath the Ben Franklin Bridge
For this summer’s movie series, favorites from the 80s and 90s reign supreme. There’s also food available on site, and for grown-ups, the movie will be paired with a special cocktail you can buy at the outdoor bar! 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
Around the World at the Bagel Place
11 am-noon
404 Queen St.
Kids ages 2-5 will learn about different countries around the world through pictures, stories, sensory activities, and more with the Geography Lady. Read More
Teen Summer Cooking Class
Noon
Blanche A. Nixon/Cobbs Creek Library, 5800 Cobbs Creek Parkway
Teens will cook up some simple meals for the summer. Lessons include knife skills, cooking and baking principles. Read More
Annual Butterfly Count
1-3 pm
Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, 8480 Hagy's Mill Road
Count butterfly species that flutter through our fields and forests while learning about their fascinating life histories. Butterfly watchers of all levels are welcome. Read More
Marbled Paper Making with the Rosenbach Museum
3 pm
Lucien E. Blackwell West Philadelphia Regional Library, 125 S. 52nd St.
Come make a marbled paper bookmark and see how science makes it all possible. You'll also get a free family pass to visit the Rosenbach Museum where you'll discover some examples of marbled paper and get the chance to make your own book! For school ... Read More
Yoga for Kids
4:30 pm
South Philadelphia Library, 1700 S. Broad St.
Join yoga teacher Danielle Pramick for a free children’s yoga class at the library. This class will give kids a safe environment to play, explore and experience the benefits of yoga. Read More
Fishing Meet-Up
5-7 pm
Just south of the Walnut Street Bridge on Schuylkill Banks
This free fishing workshop is open to all anglers, so come on down to the river and learn how to fish or brush up on your skills. Rods, reels, and bait will be available on site, so you do not need your own gear to ... Read More
Live at Sister Cities Park
5-8 pm
210 N. 18th St.
Live at Sister Cities Park brings local singer-songwriters together for a season-long party on the Parkway! A variety of snacks will be available for purchase at Sister Cities Café, including beer and wine. Kids are free to frolic in the Children’s Discovery Garden and Boat ... Read More
Rebel Thursday at Betsy Ross House
Betsy Ross House has extended hours this summer on Thursdays. Meet Betsy in the House’s basement where she will tell you about the risks she took by agreeing to take on flag and cartridge-making commissions during the Revolution, and violating her Quaker faith by eloping ... Read More
POSTPONED Gorgas Park Summer Concert Series
7-9 pm
Gorgas Park, 6300 Ridge Avenue
Enjoy classic rock with The Providers at this free outdoor concert. Read More
Bring It! Live
7:30 pm
Merriam Theater, 250 S. Broad St.
Featuring the legendary Coach Dianna Williams and her team of Dancing Dolls from the hit Lifetime series, Bring It! Live is an all new interactive show for all ages. Read More
Magic Tree House event at Parkway Central Library
7:30 pm
1901 Vine St.
Mary Pope Osborne and her sister Natalie Pope Boyce, coauthors of Magic Tree House, will be at the library to share their newest adventure 'To the Future, Ben Franklin!' With a special appearance by Ben Franklin himself! Tickets are available to purchase online, and include ... Read More
'Captain Marvel' Screening at Penn's Landing
8:30 pm
Great Plaza, Penn's Landing
Higher, further, faster! Grab some snacks from on-site concession stands, kick back in your favorite lawn chair, and enjoy a free screening of Captain Marvel at Penn's Landing! Read More

Friday

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
Baby Bird Playdate at Philadelphia Museum of Art
10:15 am
Perelman Building, 2525 Pennsylvania Ave.
Play at the museum with your little ones and enjoy circle time, art making, and gallery walks.​ For toddlers and their grownups. Note that for this summer, Baby Bird Playdates move to the museum's Perelman Building-- so stick around for Art Splash! Read More
Author Illustrator Cristi Defino
10:30 am
Roxborough Library, 6245 Ridge Ave.
Author and illustrator Cristi Defino will share her book in a special storytime. Read More
Storytime at Morris Arboretum
10:30-11:15 am
100 E. Northwestern Avenue
A fun and engaging reading session with a local librarian, tailored to the changing seasons to complements the natural setting of the arboretum. In case of bad weather, it will be held indoors. Read More
Genny the Hippo’s Birthday Weekend
10:30 am-4 pm
Adventure Aquarium, 1 Riverside Dr., Camden NJ
Genny the hippo will be celebrating her 19th birthday all weekend long! You can watch her get birthday treats every morning, hippo feeds, and life of Genny and Button chats, and even dance parties. Be sure to wish her a happy birthday and sign a ... Read More
Local Author Charity Rue at Torresdale Library
11 am
3079 Holme Ave.
Charity Rue will be reading her book 'Best Buds, b & d,' which helps kids recognize the differences between the lowercase letters b and d in a fun way. Storytime will be followed by arts and crafts. For children in kindergarten through second grade. Read More
Storytime Expeditions: Race of the Chinese Zodiac
11:30 am-12:15 pm
Penn Museum, 3260 South St.
This lively retelling of the legendary animals’ race that led to the twelve signs of the Chinese Zodiac features beautiful illustrations based on traditional Chinese painting techniques. Free with museum admission. Read More
Blooming Artist Watercolor Class for Children
2 pm
Fox Chase Library, 501 Rhawn St.
Join Blooming Artist Studio at the library for a fun, instructional drawing and watercolor class. Spaces are limited; call 215-685-0547 to sign up. Read More
Kidchella at Smith Playground
4-7:30 pm
3500 Reservoir Drive
Enjoy “kindie” music all evening long with The Pop Ups and Lolly & YoYo. Come early because at 4 pm there will be a Youth Arts Zone on Smith’s front lawn, featuring creative stations, as well as youth performances. Concert begins at 6 pm. Pack ... 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
PopUpPlay Happy Hour at Kith + Kin
5-7 pm
3060 W. Jefferson St.
Celebrate the arrival of the weekend at Cardboard Happy Hour. Adults welcome to BYOB and they'll provide all the cardboard, tape and supplies you need for your child to create rocket ships, wearable robots, castles and more. This is an all-ages event. Pre-registration guarantees a ... Read More
Music & Mist Summer Concert Series
6 pm
Julian Abele Park, 22nd and Carpenter streets
Douglas Gillin (Dug) from The Nodd performs a free concert at the park. Read More
PAW Patrol and PJ Masks Pajama Party
6-8 pm
The Pop Shop, 729 Haddon Avenue, Collingswood NJ
This mashup party includes a themed buffet and dessert, fun, games, pictures, and dancing with Catboy and Chase. Wear your PJs and bring your favorite stuffed animal. Tickets (available online) required to attend. Read More
Cedar Park Jazz Series
6-8 pm
50th St. and Baltimore Ave.
Bobby Zankel and the Wonderful Sound Six performs a free concert in Cedar Park. Read More
Family Swim Night
6-8 pm
Fitness Works Philadelphia, 714 Reed St
Fitness Alive's monthly open-swim night is open to one and all, and it's open house-style, too, which means you can come and splash around any time during the two-hour window. $10 per person. Read More
DiSivlestro Outdoor Movie Night: 'Black Panther'
8:30 pm
DiSilvestro Playground, 1701 S. 15th Street
Bring a blanket and travel to Wakanda with a free screening of Marvel's Black Panther! Read More

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Photograph by Laura Swartz.

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

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