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30+ Things to Do With Kids This Week Around Philly: March 11–17

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

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

 
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‘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!

‘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!

Swing @ The Kimmel

January 14–March 24 (excluding Tuesdays); weekdays beginning at 5 pm, weekends beginning at noon

Kimmel Center, 300 S. Broad St.

 

Part art installation, part virtual reality, Swing is a free and interactive experience that blends cutting-edge technology and imaginative designs. For ages 10 and up.

Final Week of ‘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).

 

 

 

Monday

Around the World at Lilypad: Australia
10-11 am
1234 S. Broad Street
Learn about different countries and cultures around the world through photographs, maps, stories, games, music, movement, sensory, crafts, snacks, and more! For ages 1-4. Read More
Read and Romp at National Liberty Museum
10:30-11:30 am
321 Chestnut St.
Kids ages 2-6 and their caregivers will read the whimsical book, Duck & Goose Go to the Beach, then play interactive games and creative crafts to go along with the theme of the book. Read More
Free Kids’ Yoga Class
4 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 wonderful benefits of yoga including grounding, self-expression, balance and flexibility. For ages 5-10; no experience necessary. Registration is ... Read More

Tuesday

Philly Sports Trivia for PSPCA
7 pm (Meet and Greet at 6 pm)
Punch Line Philly, 33 East Laurel Street
The Pennsylvania SPCA is teaming up with Philadelphia Flyers Defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere to host Philly Sports Trivia. For little fans, there is a kids' VIP ticket for $25 that includes a meet and greet with Gostisbehere from 6-7 pm! 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
Songs for Seeds Demo Class at Nest
11:30 am
1301 Locust St.
Come check out Philly’s most rockin’ mommy-and-me music class in its new home at Nest! There will be demos held on Tuesday March 5 and 12 at 11:30 am and Friday March 8 and 15 at 9:30 am or 10:30 am. Email to register and ... Read More
Read to a Reptile
2-4 pm
Academy of Natural Sciences, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Part of the museum's "March of the Moose" programming, kids can come grab a book, pull up a chair, and practice reading with the live animals of Outside In. Read More
Sensory DIY Workshop for Kids: Stress Balls
4 pm
Parkway Central Library, 1901 Vine Street
Children (ages 6-12) will enjoy the process of creating their own stress balls, and take home their handmade sensory toys to extend the tactile play! Read More
Get on the Bus! 'One Book, One Philadelphia' with the Geography Lady at the Free Library
5-6 pm
Bushrod Library, 6304 Castor Avenue
Join The Geography Lady at the library for this free, all ages program! Read Last Stop on Market Street and talk about all different ways to travel around the city. Then, create different types of 3D buses to move along maps of different bus routes. 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
Night Skies in the Observatory
7-10 pm
Franklin Institute, 222 N. 20th St.
Build your own experience from any combination of planetarium shows, a live science talk on astronomy or space science, hands-on astronomy activities, and continuous telescopic observing all evening (weather permitting). The program is staffed with knowledgeable observers, and free star maps are provided. Pre-register online. Read More
KODO: Evolution
7:30 pm
Kimmel Center, 300 S. Broad St.
This showcases taiko drumming, a traditional Japanese art form, as performed by one of its preeminent and boundary-pushing troupes. Read More

Wednesday

Exploring the Schuylkill Watershed: Mussels in the Schuylkill
10 am-noon or 1-3 pm
Bartram's Garden, 5400 Lindbergh Blvd.
Kids age 5-13 will learn how mussels use their bodies as super effective water filters and what we can do to protect mussels in our waterways. Reservations required online. 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. Read More
Dice and Dinos
1-2:30 pm
Academy of Natural Sciences, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Take a turn during the museum's brand-new giant board game Dice and Dinos. Use your decoding skills to read and rhyme your way to victory. Part of the museum's "March of the Moose" programming. Read More
Beginning Arduino coding
3:30 pm
McPherson Square Library, 601 East Indiana Avenue
Come to McPherson and explore circuitry and coding with Arduinos. Read More
Get on the Bus! 'One Book, One Philadelphia' with the Geography Lady at the Free Library
3:30-4:30 pm
Greater Olney Branch, 5501 North 5th Street
Join The Geography Lady at the library for this free, all ages program! Read Last Stop on Market Street and talk about all different ways to travel around the city. Then, create different types of 3D buses to move along maps of different bus routes. Read More
Pajama Party Storytime
6:30 pm
Torresdale Library, 3079 Holme Ave.
Wear your pajamas and bring a favorite stuffed toy to celebrate St. Patrick's Day. For children ages 2-5 with an accompanying caregiver. Read More

Thursday

Pi Day
March 14 is Pi Day, which is the best excuse ever to indulge in some pie all in the name of math. Check out our rundown to see where to indulge around town. Read More
Brain Awareness Day
10 am-3 pm
Franklin Institute, 222 N. 20th St.
Touch a real brain and meet a neuroscientist! The Franklin Institute celebrates Brain Awareness Week with a daylong exploration of the body’s most vital organ. Included with admission. Read More
Rock n' Roll Sing-Along for Toddlers
10:30 am
Tacony Library, 6742 Torresdale Ave.
Toddlers can rock out and add their own twist to classic children’s songs with shakers and other fun sound-makers. 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
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
Homeschool Workshop: Tech Studio
10:30 am-2:30 pm
Franklin Institute, 222 N. 20th St.
Students ages 7-14 will get the chance to use both high-tech and low-tech tools to design, test, and build their own creations. Plus, see a 3D printer and a laser cutter in action! All ages will be in the same classroom. After the workshop, there ... Read More
Around the World at The Bagel Place: Australia
11-11:45 am
404 Queen St.
Learn about different countries and cultures around the world through photographs, maps, stories, games, music, movement, sensory, crafts, and more! For ages 2-5. 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
Marty on Safari Tour and Storytime
1-1:30 pm
Academy of Natural Sciences, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Let Marty be your tour guide through African Hall. Explore the stories behind the dioramas on this new, unique family tour! Read More
Break into Baking for Teens
3:30-5 pm
Joseph E. Coleman Northwest Regional Library, 68 West Chelten Avenue
Find out what it takes to start your own baking business. Ms. O (Founder and CEO of Aunt Orphia's Pound Cake Company) will tell the story of her pound cake company. Then, using a slice of pound cake and a dollop of icing (provided), decorate and ... Read More
Mindful Breathing for Kids
4 pm
Lucien E. Blackwell West Philadelphia Regional Library, 125 S. 52nd St.
Kids 11 and under will practice mindful breathing techniques together, and learn some tools to navigate and process the emotions and stresses they might feel throughout the day. Read More
Trash Academy Gathering
4:30-8:30 pm
Mural Arts Philadelphia, 1727 Mount Vernon Street
Join Trash Academy at Mural Arts for guest speakers, discussion, gameplay, and readings related to the problem of trash every Thursday. There will also be art making: stamping, sewing, and printing reusable bags to prepare for upcoming community events. All hands welcome! 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. 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

Songs for Seeds Demo Class at Nest
9:30 am or 10:30 am
1301 Locust St.
Come check out Philly’s most rockin’ mommy-and-me music class in its new home at Nest! There will be demos held on Tuesday March 5 and 12 at 11:30 am and Friday March 8 and 15 at 9:30 am or 10:30 am. Email to register and ... 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
Fridays at Bok: Babe, Me, and Exercise Band
10:30 am
Bok Building, 1901 S. Ninth St.
Strength workouts designed to keep both mom and kiddo happy and in motion. Exercise bands are provided. Drop-in rates and class cards available. Read More
Mardi Gras and St. Patrick's Day Party at Roxborough Library
10:30 am
6245 Ridge Ave.
Celebrate with stories, crafts, music, and snacks. Fun for all ages. Read More
Dance Out Loud, Baby
11 am
Charles Santore Library, 932 S. Seventh St
This is an enrichment class for 1-3 year olds. By combining dance, rhythm, sequencing and language enrichment strategies, this fun and educational class will help strengthen language skills, both verbal and nonverbal. Read More
#slayinspirecreate jr.
3 pm
Charles Santore Library, 932 S. Seventh St.
Miss Becca will show different work by an artist and allow children to use different media to make art of their own. This program is intended for children 7 and up. Read More
Get on the Bus! 'One Book, One Philadelphia' with the Geography Lady at the Free Library
3:30-4:30 pm
Kingsessing Library 1201 S. 51st Street
Join The Geography Lady at the library for this free, all ages program! Read Last Stop on Market Street and talk about all different ways to travel around the city. Then, create different types of 3D buses to move along maps of different bus routes. 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
Hello Kitty Skate Party
5-10 pm
Rolling Thunder Skating, 7017 Roosevelt Blvd.
Come skate, and play trivia and games with Hello Kitty! Read More
Family Friday at BalletX
6- 7:30 pm
BalletX, 1923 Washington Avenue
Taught by Chanel Holland, Pay-What-You-Wish Family Fridays’ street dance class celebrates cultural rhythms and grooves as families learn popular and unique dance styles and pay homage to throwback dances together! Parents, caregivers, and children are all invited to share in this one-of-a-kind class. Read More
March Madness Party at Nest
6:30-8:30 pm
1301 Locust St.
Meet Hooter the Temple Owl, play basketball with Coach Billy and Coach Yusef, enjoy game day snacks and rep your favorite NCAA team. Attendees will be able to submit their brackets to Nest online when seeding is released. Play to win three free months of ... Read More

Weekend Events

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 Photograph courtesy of Please Touch Museum.

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