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30+ Things to Do With Kids This Week Around Philly: June 3–9

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Free Library of Philadelphia Kicks Off ‘Summer of Wonder’ Reading Program

Various Free Library branches throughout Philly

 

Enter the Free Library of Philadelphia’s “Summer of Wonder,” with free activities and programming all summer long that support reading, learning, exploration, and fun for all Philly kids—from babies to high schoolers! The Free Library’s program takes place in every neighborhood library from June 3 through August 3. Kickoff parties take place this week throughout the city, check the Free Library’s schedule.

Philly Beer Week

May 31–June 9

 

Philly Beer Week runs from May 31—June 9 all around town, and celebrates the best of local beer and community. From tastings, block parties, beer gardens, and much more, we’ve picked out the best events to hit up without having to call the babysitter! You’re welcome.

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 — June 30

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.

Treasure Island

Through June 9

Arden Theatre, 40 N. Second St.

 

Arden stages a retelling of the classic pirate tale by Robert Louis Stevenson. In this version, Emily – a young girl with big dreams – transforms her living room into the wild seas!

‘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!

Final Week: ‘Mythic Creatures’ at Academy of Natural Sciences

Through June 9

1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway

 

Come face-to-face with a sea monster, build a dragon, and explore worldwide legends. “Mythic Creatures” examines the science and cultural history of fantastical beings that have captured imaginations for centuries. 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.

Garden Railway at Morris Arboretum

Daily through Labor Day
100 E. Northwestern Ave., Philadelphia

 

A quarter-mile of track weaves its way through an intricate display featuring Philadelphia-area landmarks made of natural materials like bark, pinecones, and stones. Model trains and cable cars navigate the tunnels, bridges, and turns all set against the beautiful garden backdrop. The Garden Railway is one of the true highlights of the incredible Morris Arboretum, and is always a kid favorite.

Parks on Tap: Schuylkill Banks

June 5–9

2500 Walnut St.

 

Our favorite family-friendly beer garden comes to the banks of the Schuylkill River with great views!

Monday

Around the World with the Geography Lady at Lilypad: England
10-11 am
1234 S. Broad St.
Kids learn about different countries and cultures around the world through photographs, maps, stories, games, music, movement, sensory, crafts, snacks, and more! This program is presented for children ages of 1-4. Drop-ins welcome. 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
June Jawn
noon-8 pm
Oak Lane Library, 6614 N. 12th St.
Kick off Summer of Wonder with music, giveaways, local authors, a used book sale, and more. Face painting starts at 3 pm. Read More
Gritty Party
3 pm
Charles Santore Library, 932 S. Seventh St.
The library kicks off Summer of Wonder with games, slime, temporary tatoos, and best of all a Gritty piñata! Read More
Reptiles around the World
4 pm
Lovett Memorial Library, 6945 Germantown Ave.
Sign up for summer reading and enjoy an exciting show about reptiles around the world, presented by Raging Reptiles. Read More
Teen Summer Reading Kick-Off: Mini-Zines
4 pm
Kingsessing Library, 1201 S. 51st St.
Celebrate the start of summer by creating a mini-zine, a tiny book made from a single sheet of paper. This workshop will be taught by an artist from the Soapbox Community Print Shop and Zine Library. Youth 12-19 who sign up for Summer Reading will ... Read More
Snake Party
4 pm
Fumo Family Library, 2437 S. Broad St.
A snake expert will introduce you to a bunch of his snake friends and he'll tell you about the interesting lives they have, and, if you are brave enough, you can pet one. For school-age kids. Read More
Amazing Mr. Q at the Library
4 pm
West Oak Lane Library, 2000 E. Washington Lane
The Amazing Mr. Q performs hilarious magic, puppets, mischief, and mayhem. Read More

Tuesday

Please Touch Museum Free Community for Eid al-Fitr
9 am-5 pm
4231 Avenue of the Republic
Eid Mubarak! Celebrate the end of Ramadan a free community day at Please Touch Museum. Catch performances of 'Bashirah and the Amazing Bean Pie,' check out the "America to Zanzibar" exhibit and celebrate Muslim culture around the world. 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 Playground, 1701 S. 15th St.
Story Jams is a playgroup centered around play and positivity that includes storytime, music, dancing, and sensory exploration. Meets outdoors at DiSilvestro Rec Center, or in case of bad weather inside the South Philadelphia 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
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
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
STEM Tuesdays: Make Your Own Popcorn
1-3 pm
Falls of Schuylkill Library, 3501 Midvale Ave.
Make popcorn with lots of mix-ins to try. Choose something sweet, salty, or gross, to start your summer. Read More
Face Painting at the Library
3:30 pm
Cecil B. Moore Library, 2320 Cecil B. Moore Ave.
Try on a different look with face painter and artist Jane Lashner. Space may be limited. Read More
Snake Party
4 pm
Greater Olney Library, 5501 N. Fifth St.
A snake expert will introduce you to a bunch of his snake friends and he'll tell you about the interesting lives they have, and, if you are brave enough, you can pet one. For school-age kids. Read More
Portal Pop-Up
5-8 pm
40th Street Portal, 40th St. and Baltimore Ave.
Stop at Trolley Portal Gardens for food from Haley Quinn's, music by staff at The Green Tambourine, plus free, family-friendly activities. Read More
Family Night Slime and Pizza
6:30-7:45 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
Mario Lanza Kid Fest: Mummers Night
7-8 pm
Mario Lanza Dog Park, 200 Queen St.
Come dance to Mummers music, plus enjoy balloons, face painting, and fun! Read More

Wednesday

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
Jams! in the Park at Dickinson Square
Meet in the park for stories, music, and a sensory activity. Read More
Bartram's Garden Little Explorers: The Garden in Bloom
10-11:30 am
5400 Lindbergh Blvd.
Explore Bartram’s Garden and create colorful flower art. This monthly program for toddlers and preschoolers ages 2-4. Pre-register online. Read More
Drag Queen Storytime
10:30 am
West Oak Lane Library, 2000 E. Washington Lane
Encouraging a safe place for inclusive dialogue, special guest Brittany Lynn will share children's books about diversity and self-love at this popular storytime. For all ages. 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
Face Painting at the Library
3 pm
Whitman Library, 200 Snyder Ave.
Try on a different look with face painter and artist Jane Lashner. Space may be limited. Refreshments provided by The Friends of Whitman Library. Read More
Dance Out Loud at Lilypad
3:30-4:30 pm
1234 S. Broad St.
An enrichment class for ages 1-3, created by licensed Speech-Language Pathologist Alex McCarraher and Teaching Artist Melissa Widhson, Dance Out Loud combines dance, rhythm, sequencing, and language enrichment strategies to develop and strengthen verbal and nonverbal skills. Drop-ins welcome. Read More
Drag Queen Storytime with Asia Monroe
4 pm
Wyoming Library, 231 E. Wyoming Ave.
Asia will share stories of inclusion and acceptance, sing, dance, and help kick of Pride Month at the library. Read More
Walt Whitman and People's Press
4-7 pm
Chestnut Hill Library, 8711 Germantown Ave.
Celebrate Walt Whitman's 200th birthday with the People's Press, a mobile printing studio. Try out the printing press, watch demonstrations, and snag some giveaways. For school-age kids, teens, and adults. 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
Teen Wednesday: Pizza Party and Game Night
5:30 pm
Chestnut Hill Library, 8711 Germantown Ave.
Teens can eat pizza while playing games, and even feel free to bring their own games to play. Read More
Summer Reading Kickoff with Safari Party
6 pm
Torresdale Library, 3079 Holme Ave.
Animal friends include an alligator, hedgehog, Flemish rabbit, chinchilla, and much more! Arrive early, as seating is limited. Read More
Snake Party
6:30 pm
Bustleton Library, 10199 Bustleton Ave.
A snake expert will introduce you to a bunch of his snake friends and he'll tell you about the interesting lives they have, and, if you are brave enough, you can pet one. For school-age kids. Read More
Not a Typical Kid: A Support Group for Parents of Children with Autism
7 pm
Fumo Family Library, 2437 S. Broad St.
Come meet, ask questions, receive support, and share experiences and resources with other parents of children on the autistic spectrum. Children are welcome, and an activity will be provided. Read More

Thursday

Toddler Yoga at Kith + Kin
10-10:45 am
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
Swedish National Day
10 am-3 pm
American Swedish Historical Museum, 1900 Pattison Ave.
Enjoy free admission including guided tours at 11 am and 1 pm highlighting the history of the museum and a special Swedish summer dessert treat. Read More
Snake Party
10:30 am
South Philadelphia Library, 1700 S. Broad St.
A snake expert will introduce you to a bunch of his snake friends and he'll tell you about the interesting lives they have, and, if you are brave enough, you can pet one. For school-age kids. Read More
Drag Queen Storytime
11 am
Falls of Schuylkill Library, 3501 Midvale Ave.
Encouraging a safe place for inclusive dialogue, special guest Brittany Lynn will share children's books about diversity and self-love at this popular storytime. For all ages. Read More
Around the World at the Bagel Place
11-11:45 am
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
PAWS for Reading at Please Touch Museum
1:30-2:30 pm
4231 Avenue of the Republic
Children ages 5 and up can read aloud to a therapy dog to improve reading and communication skills. Sessions are one-on-one with trained therapy pets (and their handlers) in a setting where they can feel comfortable and confident — and have fun! Read More
Face Painting at the Library
2 pm
Nicetown-Tioga Library, 3720 N. Broad St.
Try on a different look with face painter and artist Jane Lashner. Space may be limited. Read More
Teen LGBT+ Zine Workshop
3 pm
Lucien E. Blackwell West Philadelphia Regional Library, 125 S. 52nd St.
This zine making workshop is a collaborative workshop for LGBTQ+ youth to come together, make friends, and create art. Read More
Breaking into Baking for Teens
3:30 pm
Fox Chase Library, 501 Rhawn St
Join Aunt Orphia's Pound Cake Company's CEO as she shares how to start and maintain a cake company. Have fun decorating a pound cake slice, playing a game, and meeting Aunt Orphia's mascot, Butter Bear. Spaces are limited, so call 215-685-0547 to reserve your spot. Read More
Magician Party at Fishtown Community Library
4 pm
1217 E. Montgomery Ave.
Laugh and be amazed as magician Brian Richards entertains with his tricks, comedy bits, and fun for the whole family. Read More
Free Kids' Yoga
4 pm
Katharine Drexel Library, 11099 Knights Rd.
Join Roots2Rise for a children's yoga session for ages 6 and up. Read More
Free Kids' Yoga
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
Live at Sister Cities Park: Jeff Campbell
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
Pride Month Flag Raising at City Hall and Pride at the Park
5–8 pm
City Hall (1401 JFK Blvd.) and LOVE Park (15th St. and JFK Blvd.)
The Philadelphia Office of LGBT Affairs celebrates Pride Month with a City Hall flag raising ceremony from 5–6 pm. Then, head across the street to LOVE Park for the first annual Pride at the Park celebration: a huge party featuring food trucks, live performances, DJs, ... Read More
Beer & Boats at Bartram’s Garden
5—9 pm
5400 Lindbergh Blvd.
Celebrate Philly Beer Week in the great outdoors with local brews served at the Bartram’s Garden Community Boathouse on the Schuylkill River. The event will also include a DJ and taco truck, and is family- and dog-friendly! Tickets include the cost of the first beer ... Read More
Baltimore Avenue Dollar Stroll
5:30-8:30 pm
Baltimore Avenue between 43rd and 52nd streets
During this unique event, score $1 bargains from neighborhood favorites, ranging from bites from signature restaurants to pet supplies to theater tickets. Live music, family entertainment, and more accompany the deals, making this a great event for people of all ages. 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

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
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
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
Storytime Expeditions: Gilgamesh the King
11:30 am-12:15 pm
Penn Museum, 3260 South St.
With illustrations evoking ancient cyllendar seals and cuneiform writing, this book brings ancient Sumerian culture to life. 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
Family Happy Hour at PlayArts
5-7 pm
1241 N. Front Street
Bring your friends and your little ones out for First Friday. It's BYOB, while your kids play! Drop-in rates apply (adults are free). Read More
Roxborough Pocket Park First Friday
5-8 pm
6170 Ridge Ave.
Pocket Park events will bring the community together for family fun on Ridge Avenue every first Friday. Read More
Chestnut Hill’s Petapalooza
5-8 pm
Germantown and Highland avenues, Chestnut Hill
This event offers activities for both pets and their humans, such as raffles, a paw reader, dog parkour, a caricaturist, and a photobooth. The fan favorite “Yappy Hour” will also return, which includes drink and food specials at select restaurants. In search of a furry ... Read More
Children and Youth Art Open House
5-8:30 pm
Fleisher Art Memorial, 719 Catharine Street
Fleisher holds a First Friday opening of the Annual Young Artists Exhibition to celebrate the work of their young artists ages 5 to 18 created throughout the past year in Fleisher’s programs onsite and off. Free and open to the public, this open house will ... Read More
Music & Mist Summer Concert Series: The Lara and Joe Show
6 pm
Julian Abele Park, 22nd and Carpenter streets
Friends of Julian Abele Park will host free music and entertainment throughout the summer that’s fun for the whole family. This week, it's The Lara and Joe Show! Read More
Cedar Park Jazz Series
6-8 pm
50th St. and Baltimore Ave.
Rich Tucker and the Universal Music Koncept will perform a free concert in Cedar Park for all ages. Read More
First Friday Movie Under the Stars and Stripes: 'Robot Monster'
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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