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30+ Things to Do With Kids This Week Around Philly: November 11—17

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Rothman Rink and Wintergarden Maze at Dilworth Park

Monday — Thursday, noon — 9 pm; Friday, noon — 11 pm; Saturday, 11 am — 11 pm; Sunday, 11 am — 8 pm

1 S. 15th St.

 

Come for the winter ambiance, stay for the fun, including the adjacent America’s Garden Capital Maze (perfect for photo ops). The heated Cabin has treats for the kids, and beer, cocktails, and more. You can even wear your skates inside!

Shrek: The Musical

November 5—January 5

Walnut Street Theatre, 825 Walnut St.

 

This award-winning Broadway musical based on the beloved movie features all new songs and fun for the whole family.

‘The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Experience’

October 19–April 19

Franklin Institute, 222 N. 20th St.

 

Based on the internationally best-selling survival handbook, that was created in Philadelphia, “The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Experience” makes its world premiere at the Franklin Institute, bringing hands-on, immersive challenges that show visitors how to survive unexpected but possible “worst-case scenarios” in fun and thought-provoking ways. See our preview here!

‘Very Eric Carle’ at Please Touch Museum

October 5—January 12, 2020

4231 Avenue of the Republic

 

Step into the world of Eric Carle in this new interactive exhibit. Follow the path of The Very Hungry Caterpillar, compose a night symphony with The Very Quiet Cricket, and more!

Notorious RBG

Through January 12, 2020

National Museum of American Jewish History, 101 South Independence Mall East

 

Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the first-ever museum retrospective of the Supreme Court Justice-turned-pop-culture-icon, makes its east coast debut. Based on the New York Times best-selling book of the same name by Knizhnik and Irin Carmon, the visually rich and entertaining exhibition explores RBG’s legacy through archival photographs and documents, historical artifacts, contemporary art, media stations, and gallery interactives including fun memes and fan art made about the incomparable Justice.

Candytopia

Open through January 9

Ninth and Market streets

 

Candytopia brings its wildly popular experiential installation art to Philly. Favorites—like the marshmallow pit filled with over 250,000 foam marshmallows, and the rainbow-filled room with flying unicorn pigs and confetti explosions—are joined by Philly-specific elements. It’s Instagram heaven, and you even get to eat candy throughout the experience! Tickets are available online, where you can reserve your timeslot. Kids age 3 and under get in free! Read our full preview and tips here.

Los Trompos

August 19–November 17

Kimmel Center, 300 S. Broad St.

 

This free, interactive art installation features 10 three-dimensional, larger than life tops you can sit and spin on! Designed and woven by Mexican artists Esrawe + Caden, these joyful pieces on Commonwealth Plaza are meant to inspire collaboration and interaction.

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.

‘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.

‘Hamilton’

August 27–November 17

Forrest Theatre, 1114 Walnut St.

 

The Broadway sensation based on our ten dollar founding father is finally coming, so do not throw away your shot! Don’t have tickets? Enter the #HAM4HAM lottery! Still don’t have tickets? We rounded up ways to stay entertained with Hamilton-related activities in Philly until you do!

Monday

Day-Off Camp: Geocaching
8 am-3 pm
The Schuylkill Center, 8480 Hagy's Mill Road, Philadelphia
Bring your kids to the Schuylkill Center for a day of fun and exploration on their day off. For ages 5–12. Pre-registration is required. Read More
Mercury in Transit
9 am-1:30pm
Charles Library, Temple University Main Campus, 1900 N. 13th Street
This all-ages event will feature CST Physics faculty, a variety of viewing instruments, scale models, computer simulations, and activities. In astronomy, a solar transit is the movement of any object passing between the Sun and the Earth. As seen from Earth, only transits of Venus and ... Read More
Arden Theatre Play in a Day
9 am-5 pm
Hamilton Family Arts Center, 62 N. Second St.
If your kids (K-5) have off school, they can participate in a “Play in a Day” workshop, where they work together to create an original play. Pre-register online. Read More
Free Entry to Benjamin Franklin Museum
9 am — 5 pm
317 Chestnut St.
Celebrate Veterans Day with free admission to the museum. Read More
Veterans Day Festival at National Constitution Center
9:30 am-5 pm
525 Arch St.
The National Constitution Center will host a family-friendly festival celebrating the men and women of the nation’s armed forces, including arts and crafts, talks and demonstrations, and more. Visit the lobby for letter writing stations, where visitors can take a moment to write messages (or ... Read More
Veterans Day Ceremony
10-11 am
Independence Seaport Museum, 211 S. Columbus Blvd.
The museum's Veterans Day ceremony will take place aboard Cruiser Olympia to honor the service of veterans and the men and women of the military. Read More
Veterans Day at Museum of the American Revolution
10 am—5 pm
101 S. Third St.
Commemorate Veterans Day with special programs, walking tours, and activities related to early American soldiers and their military families. Free admission for veterans, active and retired military, and Blue Star Families courtesy of Comcast/NBCUniversal. Read More
Music Monkey Jungle at Liberty Place
10:30-11 am
The Shops at Liberty Place, 1625 Chestnut St.
Come sing, dance, laugh and play with Music Monkey Jungle in this free concert! Read More
Philadelphia Eagle Mack Hollins Reads His Favorite Kids Books
5:30-6:30 pm
Shakespeare & Co., 1632 Walnut St.
Fans are welcome to stop by as Mack Hollins reads aloud from special selections including Shel Silverstein’s 'Where the Sidewalk Ends' and another surprise title. 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
Teen Entrepreneur Workshop Series
3:30 pm
Wynnefield Library, 5325 Overbrook Ave.
Educators from "Footprints to Financial Success" are leading a workshop series for young people between the ages of 14 and 18 interested in starting a business. Read More
Roots with Ruark at Kith + Kin
4 pm
3060 W. Jefferson St.
Roots With Ruark brings you and your little one a music class full of energy and excitement with that one on one connection that is so vital for the 0-5 age group. Drop-ins welcome. Read More
Kids Can Cook
4 pm
Queen Memorial Library, 1201 S. 23rd St.
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
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

Bartram's Garden Homeschooler Days: Calculus for All
10 am-noon and 1-3 pm
5400 Lindbergh Blvd.
Kids ages 5-13 will discover mathmatical concepts in nature. Pre-registration required. Read More
Geography at Beehive at Bok
1-2 pm
Bok Building, Suite B03, 1901 S. Ninth Street
Each class, go to a different country around the world through stories, maps, pictures, games, sensory, and more. Drop in or pre-register online. Read More
Tiny Bites: Baby-Led Feeding Basics
6-7:30 pm
Kith + Kin, 3060 W. Jefferson St.
Learn about baby-led weaning, and feel more confident as you start food introduction in this peer-led workshop. Pre-registration required online. Babies are welcome to attend but not required. Read More

Thursday

Toddler and Preschool STEM
9-9:30 am
Bok Building, Suite B03, 1901 S. Ninth Street
STEM class for Toddlers and Preschoolers provides an opportunity for a multi-sensory exploration into a big question of the day. Little ones can experiment with ramps, magnets, colorful water, density, gravity and tons more. Read More
Mandarin Chinese Storytime
10:30 am
Parkway Central Library, 1901 Vine St.
Enjoy stories, songs, music, movements and lots of fun in Mandarin Chinese with Ms. Han from the Philadelphia Chinese Academy for children birth to 5 years old with their caregivers. 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
Creative Play + Storytime at Philly Art Center
10:30-11:45 am
514 Bainbridge Street
Walkers enjoy sensory stations while floor-bound babes enjoy age appropriate manipulative play. Storytime is at 11 am. $5 at the door. Read More
Homeschool Workshop: Worst-Case Scenario
10:30 am-2:30 pm
Franklin Institute, 222 N. 20th St.
This workshop will focus on problem-solving skills based on the special exhibit, The Worst-Case Scenario: Survival Experience. The Franklin Institute's Homeschool Workshops are for students ages 7-14. All ages will be in the same classroom. Each workshop is followed by free time to explore the ... Read More
Pumpkin Pie Inspired Slime
4-5:30 pm
Lillian Marrero Library, 601 W. Lehigh Ave.
Using the colors and shape of pumpkin pie (or your favorite holiday pie) create a slime pie look alike! Read More
Free Pop-up Archery Range
4-6 pm
John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge, 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
Franklin Square Holiday Festival 2019 Featuring Electrical Spectacle Holiday Light Show presented by PECO Opening Night
4 - 9pm
Franklin Square, Sixth and Race streets
It’s sparkle time at Franklin Square! The light and music show runs every 30 minutes at the fountain. Enjoy a winter beer garden with fire pits for warmth, and Ben’s Sweets & Treats. Kids are invited to bring their letters to Santa for the special ... Read More
Toddler and Preschooler Dance
4:15-5 pm
Bok Building, Suite B03, 1901 S. Ninth Street
A 45-minute movement and music class designed for little movers (ages 2.5-4) and their caregivers. Students are introduced to basic ballet and dance, while exploring movement and music in a fun and creative way. Drop in or reserve a spot online. Read More
Be Well With Beth: Mommy & Me Workout
4:30-5:30 pm
Bok Building, Suite B03, 1901 S. Ninth Street
Exercise with other parents and your baby or toddler. Beth’s workouts are designed to give you a strength and flexibility workout using exercise bands, your body weight, and maybe even your child as resistance! 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
Universoul Circus
7 pm
52nd and Parkside, Fairmount Park
For over 25 years, this incredible circus has celebrated diversity, talent, and spectacle. It comes to the big top in Fairmount Park this fall! Read More

Friday

Universoul Circus
10:30 am and 7 pm
52nd and Parkside, Fairmount Park
For over 25 years, this incredible circus has celebrated diversity, talent, and spectacle. It comes to the big top in Fairmount Park this fall! 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
#slayinspirecreate jr.
12:30 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
Multicultural Fair: Engaging Communities, Quilting Stories
1-4 pm
Parkway Central Library, 1901 Vine St.
The library presents a half-day cultural celebration and fun activities for the whole family. Read More
The Grinch visits Franklin Square
5:30-7:30 pm
Franklin Square, Sixth and Race streets
The Grinch who stole Christmas visits Franklin Square for free photo ops and mischief! Plus, catch the holiday light show every 30 minutes at the fountain. Enjoy a winter beer garden with fire pits for warmth, and Ben’s Sweets & Treats between shows. Read More

Weekend Events

 

Check back later in the week for our High Five weekend planner!

 

Photograph by Laura Swartz.

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

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