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30+ Things to Do With Kids This Week Around Philly: November 4–10

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Mermaids at Adventure Aquarium

November 2—10

1 Riverside Drive, Camden, NJ


Witness a mermaid swimming among the Shark Realm exhibit, and visit with a mermaid on dry-land during daily meet-and-greets. Plus, meet a pirate, do mermaid-themed crafts, and more.

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.


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.


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!


Cooking Around the World
9:30-10:30 am
Lilypad, 1234 S. Broad St.
Each week this fall, the Geography Lady will lead the class in creating something delicious from a different country around the world, tell stories, and more. Each student will be given a passport, a special one of a kind apron, a copy of the day’s ... 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
How Do Animals Survive in Winter?
4 pm
Lovett Memorial Library, 6945 Germantown Avenue
Get up close and personal with some live critters while you learn all about how nature beats the cold in this cool program. Program is presented by Briar Bush Nature Center. Read More
Stephanie Taylor Presents: 'I Can Change Everything'
4 pm
Parkway Central Library, 1901 Vine Street
A reading and activity with writer and activist Stephanie Taylor to celebrate her new book, 'I Can Change Everything,' which empowers young children to use imagination to change their circumstances—both the fun parts of life, like playing dress-up or observing nature, and the not-so-fun parts ... Read More
Eyewitness Nature with Bartram’s Garden at South Philly Library
4 pm
1700 South Broad St.
Get up close and personal with nature in these educational workshops led by Bartram’s Garden staff. For children ages 8 – 13. Read More


Day-Off Camp: Camouflage
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
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
Election Day at Please Touch Museum
9 am–5 pm
4231 Avenue of the Republic
PTM is opening up the polls, and giving kids a voice this Election Day: to vote for their favorite toy! The day will also feature other civic-themed activities. 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
Election Day Childcare
10 am-4 pm
Smith Playground, 3500 Reservoir Drive
Need a safe place for your kids to play while you vote?  This Election Day, caregivers may drop their potty-trained children ages 3-10 off at Smith during regular visiting hours for supervised fun! In addition, all visitors will get to “vote” in the Playground and ... Read More
Museum Playdate: A Starry Night
10:30-11:30 am
Penn Museum, 3260 South St.
Geared for families with children ages 3 to 6, Museum Playdates feature illustrated stories told in Museum galleries, hands-on reproduction artifacts, and make-and-take art activities—plus a snack! During A Starry Night, children discover 'How the Stars Fell Into the Sky' by Jerrie Oughton and explore ... 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
Code Like A Girl
7-9 pm
Springside Chestnut Hill Academy, McCausland Bldg, Doran Hall, 8000 Cherokee St.
A unique community event showcasing women in tech. This evening will include an address by author, Miriam Peskowitz followed by an engaging panel discussion about changing tech and tech education to be more inclusive—of girls, women, and everyone who’s not yet fully at the table. 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
Not a Peep Sleep Workshop
10-11:30 am
Kith + Kin, 3060 W. Jefferson St.
During this 1.5-hour workshop, sleep expert Maria Lopez will teach all about newborn sleep. Pre-registration (online) is recommended. Read More
Bartram's Garden Little Explorers: Seed Collectors
10-11:30 am
5400 Lindbergh Blvd.
Collect seeds from all over the garden and make natural mosaic of seeds. Program for toddlers and preschoolers ages 2-4. Pre-register online. 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. This week, it's Japan. Drop in or pre-register online. Read More
PAFA Children’s Art Class: Thanksgiving/Harvest
3:30 pm
Lillian Marrero Library, 601 W. Lehigh Ave.
PAFA art teachers will lead children in creating art to express gratitude and harvest traditions. 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. Read More
Free Fishing at Bartram’s Garden
5:30-7:30 pm
Bartram's Garden, 5400 Lindbergh Blvd.
Learn how to fish in the tidal Schuylkill. Free; no registration or license required. Read More
Not a Typical Kid: A Support Group for Parents of Children with Autism
6 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
Día de los Muertos Vigil
6-8 pm
Fleisher Art Memorial, 719 Catharine St.
The vigil marks the final night of Fleisher’s Día de los Muertos celebration. In this serene event in the Sanctuary, celebrate and remember departed loved ones. This is the perfect opportunity to admire the transformation of the Sanctuary. Read More


Snake Party
10:30 am
South Philadelphia Library 1700 S. Broad St.
Snake expert Scott Prior will talk about snakes' intriguing lives, and, if you are brave enough, you can pet one of his snake friends. 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
Travel Around the World at CubSocial
11-11:45 am
2532 S. 13th Street
Join The Geography Lady at South Philly's newest indoor playspace, Cub Social. Travel around the world without even leaving the city through stories, games, pictures, maps, sensory, and much more. This class is designed for children ages 18 months to 5 years. Read More
Teen Wellness: Consent & Communication
3:30 pm
McPherson Square Library, 601 E. Indiana Avenue
Educators from the Mazonni Center will help teens learn the “equal exchange” model of consent, consent in all scenarios (not just sexual), negotiation, and communication skills to establish boundaries. 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
Animal Tales: Meet Aurora, a North American Porcupine
5 pm
Charles L. Durham Library, 3320 Haverford Avenue
Come listen to a story about an animal that will visit from the Philadelphia Zoo! You’ll get to see the animal up close and interact if possible; plus, you’ll learn about the animal from the knowledgeable educators of the Philadelphia Zoo. Special Guest: Aurora, a North ... Read More


Reading Terminal Market Holiday Showcase
8 am-6 pm
51 N. 12th St.
More than 50 Market merchants will feature their special holiday offerings, seasonal produce, desserts, holiday gifts, decorations, and more. The holiday specials will be available both at each merchant’s storefront and at a collaborative dinner table display in Piano Court. The public is invited to ... Read More
Philly Public Schools Welcome Home Tour
9:30-11:30 am
Participating Philly Public Schools
All alumni are invited to come home and visit the public schools they attended (elementary, middle and high schools). Experience the nostalgia and memories, then speak with school leadership and hear the good things that the students and schools are accomplishing since you were there. ... 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
Library Pop-Up: Into the Woods
noon-2 pm
Science History Institute, 315 Chestnut Street
Learn about fungi, make your very own mushroom-themed craft, and maybe spot a gnome or two. 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
Dilworth Park's Fire and Ice Festival
5:30 pm
1 S. 15th St.
Celebrate the start of the 2019 winter season at the Rothman Rink! Fire and ice performers will entertain guests as synthetic snow and firework effects dazzle the crowd. Hand-carved ice sculptures will be on display, along with festive décor. The rink opens for skating at 6:30 ... Read More
Honeybees: Storytelling and Classical Piano
6 pm
Richmond Library, 2987 Almond Street
Celebrated classical pianist Sandrine-Erdely Sayo will present a unique concert featuring an epic work for piano and narrator, 'For the Love of Bees' by composer Anna Rubin. Actress Pamela Fields will tell the story of the magical powers of the honeybee as well as the ... Read More
POPS Rocks Abbey Road
8 pm
Kimmel Center, 300 S. Broad St.
The Philly POPS will celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ masterpiece Abbey Road, joined by Beatles tribute band, Classical Mystery Tour. Read More

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Photograph by Laura Swartz.

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