30+ Things to Do With Kids This Week Around Philly: May 13–19
Need plans? We've got something great, every day!
Need plans? We’ve got something great, every day.
May 14–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.
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.
Through June 2
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!
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 Panther, Captain America, and Thor), interactive experiences in life-size scenes, and lots of photo ops! Read our preview here.
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!
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!
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.
Parks on Tap: Fernhill Park
Our favorite family-friendly beer garden hits this Germantown park that has a playground, trails, and lots of room to run around!
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.
Read and Romp at National Liberty MuseumAges 2-6 with a caregiver will enjoy storytelling, interactive games, and creative crafts centered around What do you do with a Chance? by Kobi Yamada, including origami art and an obstacle course. Read More
National Apple Pie Day CelebrationStories, crafts, and apple pie for school-age kids. Read More
Read With A DogSchool-age kids (age 6-12) are invited to come read independently with Orchid, a certified therapy dog, and share a new book or an old favorite in a judgment-free space. Read More
Star Wars Skate NightGo skating with Darth Vader and other Star Wars characters! Plus games, prizes, and giveaways. Read More
Storytime at the Turtle in McMichael ParkIn celebration of Love Your Park Week, Friends of McMichael Park host a themed story read around the Turtle with snacks. Read More
Music Monkey Jungle Free Session at Reading Terminal MarketSing, dance, move, and have a rockin’ good time with Music Monkey Jungle. Admission is free and open to the public. Read More
Snapology's Jr. Engineers Free TrialKids ages 3-5 will build fun and simple models using Duplos. By playing with and manipulating the models they will learn about simple machines while exploring energy and balance. Sign up online. Read More
Kids' Cooking ClassHealthy Cooking class for school-aged children, taught by serv-safe certified cooking instructor Keisha Prosser. Learn about food safety, prepare a full meal, and then help eat what you’ve created. Read More
Free Kids' YogaChildren are invited to practice yoga through activities like yoga stories, yoga songs, yoga games, yoga adventures, hands-on mindfulness activities, guided meditation, and more. Read More
Pay-What-You-Can Community Music Classes45 min of singing, dancing, and playing instruments for children of all ages. No registration required. Suggested donation is $10 per family. Read More
Family Night at Dietz & Watson DelishopFree pretzel dogs and water ice for kids, plus a magician, face painting and fun giveaways. Read More
Family Night Slime and PizzaEnjoy 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 ObservatoryBuild 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. Buy tickets ... Read More
Book Nook Storytime at Reading Terminal MarketThis program, in partnership with The Free Library of Philadelphia, is geared towards children ages 3 to 5. Read More
Storytime in The GardenThis free interactive storytime for Pre-K kids and families is rain or shine, and held in the newly redesigned Garden of Eden at the historic Union Baptist Church. Bamboo mats are provided for lawn seating; in case of bad weather storytime will be held in ... Read More
NASCAR Xfinity Philadelphia TakeoverGet a close look at some of the fastest cars as top drivers in the racing world take to the streets of Center City, starting outside of the Comcast Center. Before the noon parade and “smoke show burnout," there will be a military appreciation ceremony ... Read More
Opening Day for East Passyunk Farmers' Market and Singing FountainThis outdoor marketplace will kick-off for the season with specials at neighboring businesses, live music, and a farmers' market featuring local produce, cheese, bread and other vendors organized by Farm To City. Read More
Dance Out Loud at LilypadAn 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
Sensory Slime Workshopids of all ages are invited to have fun in this afterschool activity where they can make their own slime and take it home. Read More
World Orienteering DayJoin the American Swedish Historical Museum and the Delaware Valley Orienteering Association to learn about the unique sport of orienteering. Learn about the history of orienteering and learn basic map reading skills before setting off to complete a course through FDR Park. Register online. Read More
Pajama StorytimeKids age 7 and younger are invited wear their PJs, bring a lovey, and snuggle in with their parents or caregiver for an evening of stories and songs, with milk and cookies to follow! Read More
Barnes Toddler TimeBring your curious and imaginative toddlers (ages 2-4) to the museum to delve into art-related stories, art making, and movement activities, and to get an introduction to the works in the Barnes collection. Read More
Toddler Yoga at Kith + KinToddler 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
Rhythm BabiesMusic appreciation begins early with Rhythm Babies! Weekly classes aimed at ages 4 months and up incorporate singing, rhythm, storytelling, and creative movement activities. Read More
Baby Beatles Musical Story TimeAn interactive music class featuring some of your favorite Beatles hits! Sing, dance, move, and groove with talented performers. Recommended for ages 6 months to 4 years. Pre-register online. Read More
Drop-in Play and Storytime at Philly Art CenterFor 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
Listen-Learn-Play Monthly Music WorkshopThis month, kids age 7 and younger will explore bucket and recycled instruments. Read More
Around the World at the Bagel PlaceKids ages 2-5 will learn about different countries around the world through pictures, stories, sensory activities, and more. This week, it's England, so come for a mini tea party! Read More
Read, Baby, Read: Sensory Play GroupBaby Sensory Play Group is a chance for your baby to explore different materials using all of their senses. For children ages 3 to 24 months and their caregivers. Read More
S.A.G.A. ClubS.A.G.A, short for Sexuality and Gender Acceptance, will meet at the Field Teen Center at the Parkway Central Library. Program is for teens ages 12-18. Snacks will be provided. Read More
Eyewitness Nature with Bartram’s GardenGet up close and personal with nature in this educational workshop led by Bartram’s Garden staff. For school-aged children up to 13 years old. Read More
Make-Your-Own-Pizza PartyCelebrate National Pizza Party Day by making your own mini pizza! First-come, first-served. Read More
Yoga and Mindfulness for KidsKids 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. Kids only! Read More
Career DayKids in grades 1-12 can meet a doctor, a lawyer, an actor, a politician, an accountant, a teacher who teaches in China, and other individuals with diverse and colorful careers and learn more about them. Read More
Free Pop-Up ArcheryTake your first shot at archery and learn a quick overview of the skills required to hit a bullseye with USA Archery certified instructors. Families are welcome with kids age 8 and up. No registration or equipment required. Read More
Family Zumba at DiSilvestroJoin a free family Zumba class (donations accepted) every Thursday night. Read More
Free Jazz Concert at Hawthorne ParkThe Nicholas Krolak Band will perform in the park for Love Your Park Week. Read More
Astronomy Night at the Rail ParkBYOB (bring your own blanket) and lay out for astronomy night at the Rail Park! Join the Franklin Institute astronomy team for an evening of stargazing and celestial tunes. Read More
Signing Storytime with Expressive HandsSigning storytimes are a great way for you and your child to learn ASL vocabulary as you play, sing, and sign along. For ages 5 and under. $10 drop-in. Read More
Nimble Crafters at Kith + KinWeekly 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 ArtPlay at the museum with your little ones and enjoy music, art making, and gallery walks. For toddlers and their grownups. Read More
Babe and Me Strength Class at BokStrength workouts designed to keep both mom and baby happy and in motion. Exercise bands are provided. Drop-in rates and class cards available. Read More
Dance Out Loud, BabyBy combining dance, rhythm, sequencing, and language enrichment strategies, this fun enrichment class will help strengthen language skills, both verbal and nonverbal. For ages 1-3. Read More
Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest and Spruce Street Harbor ParkOur summertime playground returns with skating, rides, food, games, and much more! Read More
#slayinspirecreate jr.Miss Becca will show different work by an artist and allow children to use different media to make art of their own. All ages welcome. Read More
Dinos After DarkEnjoy pay-what-you-wish admission, family activities, and the Dino Drafts Beer Garden in Dinosaur Hall! Read More
Lilypad Family Happy Hour PlaygroupHang out with other parents and let the kids play—this playgroup is BYOB! Read More
HOPS: Philly Pad Parents' Night OutDrop off your child (ages 2.5-6) for crafts, games, and a pizza party while you enjoy an adult night out. Pre-register online. Read More
Family Friday at BalletXTaught 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
St. Pio FestivalRides, games, food, music, and more at this annual carnival. Read More
Kids' Night Out at Philly InMovementDrop your kids (grades K - 5) at the gym and plan a night out! Includes open play, pizza, sweet treats, and more! Register online. Read More
Unicorn Cake WorkshopKids ages 9 and up can come learn how to create a super sweet unicorn cake with cake artist Noelle DeSantis, owner of Ella Vanilla. You’ll leave with a fully decorated 4-inch vanilla cake that serves 1 to 3 people. Purchase class by email at ... Read More
'The Princess Bride' at South Street CinemaThis little theater is closing its doors soon, but not before it has its final Retro Friday night with one the most beloved movies of our childhood! Read More
Storytelling CampfireEnjoy an evening of stories around the campfire, located behind the Environmental Center. Campfires are followed by marshmallow toasting. Read More
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Photograph by Laura Swartz.