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30+ Things to Do With Kids This Week Around Philly: May 13–19

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Legally Blonde: The Musical

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.

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 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!

‘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!

‘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.

Parks on Tap: Fernhill Park

May 15–19

 

Our favorite family-friendly beer garden hits this Germantown park that has a playground, trails, and lots of room to run around!

‘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.

Monday

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 What do you do with a Chance? by Kobi Yamada, including origami art and an obstacle course. Read More
National Apple Pie Day Celebration
4 pm
Blanche A. Nixon/Cobbs Creek Library, 5800 Cobbs Creek Parkway
Stories, crafts, and apple pie for school-age kids. Read More
Read With A Dog
4:15 pm
Falls of Schuylkill Library, 3501 Midvale Ave.
School-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 Night
5-9 pm
Rolling Thunder Skating Center, 7017 Roosevelt Blvd.
Go skating with Darth Vader and other Star Wars characters! Plus games, prizes, and giveaways. Read More
Storytime at the Turtle in McMichael Park
6:30-7:30 pm
3299 Midvale Ave.
In celebration of Love Your Park Week, Friends of McMichael Park host a themed story read around the Turtle with snacks. 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
Snapology's Jr. Engineers Free Trial
11:30 am-12:30 pm
Kith + Kin, 3060 W. Jefferson St.
Kids 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
Free Kids' Yoga
4 pm
Parkway Central Library,
1901 Vine Street
Children 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
Kids' Cooking Class
4 pm
Queen Memorial Library
1201 S. 23rd Street
Healthy 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
Pay-What-You-Can Community Music Classes
4:30-5:15 pm
Young Children's Center for the Arts, 929 S. Water St.
45 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 Delishop
5:30-7 pm
501 South St.
Free pretzel dogs and water ice for kids, plus a magician, face painting and fun giveaways. 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. Buy tickets ... Read More

Wednesday

Storytime in The Garden
10 am
Union Baptist Church, 19th and Fitzwater streets
This 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
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
NASCAR Xfinity Philadelphia Takeover
10:30 am-1 pm
Comcast Center, 1701 JFK Blvd.
Get 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 Fountain
3-9 pm
The Singing Fountain, 11th and Tasker streets
This 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 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
Sensory Slime Workshop
4 pm
Parkway Central Library, 1901 Vine St.
ids 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 Day
4:30-7:30 pm
American Swedish Historical Museum, 1900 Pattison Avenue
Join 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 Storytime
7 pm
Fumo Family Library, 2437 S. Broad St.
Kids 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

Thursday

Barnes Toddler Time
10-10:45 am and 11-11:45 am
The Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Bring 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
Rhythm Babies
10-10:45 am
The Nesting House,1605 E. Passyunk Ave.
Music 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
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
Baby Beatles Musical Story Time
10:30-11 am
Momo's Treehouse, 2207 South Street
An 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 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
Listen-Learn-Play Monthly Music Workshop
11 am
Tacony Library, 6742 Torresdale Ave.
This month, kids age 7 and younger will explore bucket and recycled instruments. 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. This week, it's England, so come for a mini tea party! Read More
Read, Baby, Read: Sensory Play Group
3:30 pm
Lucien E. Blackwell West Philadelphia Regional Library, 125 S. 52nd St.
Baby 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. Club
3:30 pm
Teen Center at Parkway Central Library, 1901 Vine St.
S.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
Make-Your-Own-Pizza Party
4 pm
Richmond Library, 2987 Almond St.
Celebrate National Pizza Party Day by making your own mini pizza! First-come, first-served. Read More
Eyewitness Nature with Bartram’s Garden
4 pm
Queen Memorial Library, 1201 S. 23rd St.
Get 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
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. Kids only! Read More
Career Day
5 pm
Logan Library, 1333 Wagner Ave.
Kids 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 Archery
5-7 pm
John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum, 8601 Lindbergh Blvd.
Take 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 DiSilvestro
6:30 pm
1701 S. 15th Street
Join a free family Zumba class (donations accepted) every Thursday night. Read More
Free Jazz Concert at Hawthorne Park
7 pm
12th and Catharine streets
The Nicholas Krolak Band will perform in the park for Love Your Park Week. Read More
Astronomy Night at the Rail Park
7-9:30 pm
The Rail Park, Noble St. and N. Broad St .
BYOB (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

Friday

Signing Storytime with Expressive Hands
10-10:30 am
Kith + Kin, 3060 W. Jefferson St.
Signing 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 + 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
Babe and Me Strength Class at Bok
10:30-11:30 am
Bok Building, 1901 S. Ninth St.
Strength 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, Baby
11 am
Charles Santore Library, 932 S. Seventh Street
By 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 Park
1-11 pm
101 S. Columbus Blvd.
Our summertime playground returns with skating, rides, food, games, and much more! 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. All ages welcome. Read More
Dinos After Dark
4-8 pm
Academy of Natural Sciences, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Enjoy pay-what-you-wish admission, family activities, and the Dino Drafts Beer Garden in Dinosaur Hall! 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
HOPS: Philly Pad Parents' Night Out
5-7:30 pm
The Philly Pad, 2601 Pennsylvania Ave.
Drop 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 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
St. Pio Festival
6-10 pm
St. Pio Catholic School, 1826 Pollock St.
Rides, games, food, music, and more at this annual carnival. Read More
Kids' Night Out at Philly InMovement
6:30-9 pm
InMovement Bella Vista, 610 South Percy Street
Drop 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 Workshop
7-8:30 pm
Ella Vanilla, 7922 Germantown Ave.
Kids 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 Cinema
This 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 Campfire
7:30-8:30 pm
Pennypack Environmental Center, 8600 Verree Rd.
Enjoy 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.

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

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