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30+ Things to Do With Kids This Week Around Philly: October 14–20

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Spooky Mini Golf

Thursdays through Sundays from October 4—31, 6—9 pm

Franklin Square, 200 N. Sixth St.

 

Franklin Square’s Philly-themed mini golf is transformed into spooky fun for the Halloween season with fog, lights, music, and surprises!

‘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!

Scarecrow Walk at Morris Arboretum

October 5—31

Morris Arboretum, 100 E. Northwestern Ave.

 

Visitors can enjoy a display of creatively handmade scarecrows built around a yearly theme (this year, it’s musicians), and vote on their favorites!

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.

Young Frankenstein

Through October 20

Walnut Street Theatre, 825 Walnut St.

 

It’s alive! This musical stage adaptation of Mel Brooks’ hilarious film comes to WST. Tickets available online.

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!

The GLOW: A Jack O’Lantern Experience

Thursdays through Sundays from October 5—November 3

West Fairmount Park, 5201 Parkside Ave.

 

Take a stroll down Jack’s path to see elaborately carved pumpkins and displays like you’ve never seen! Tickets are available online.

Ghost Ship

October 4– November 3; Wednesdays through Sundays from 7–10 pm

Race Street Pier

 

This a 90-foot, three-dimensional, light and water installation on the Delaware River depicts a giant 18th-century ship apparition! The art is dynamic, affected by the weather, so you’ll get a different experience each time! To add to your spooky boat experience, access recorded reflections of local experts and artists speak to the river’s importance to Philadelphia with diverse stories from before colonization to the present day. For the duration of the installation, the creators of Parks on Tap have created the pop-up River Beer Garden at Race Street Pier. featuring Mainstay Independent Brewing Company beers and fall-themed food options; along with a festive outdoor space featuring lighting, comfortable chairs, and hammocks.

Monday

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
African Penguin Awareness Weekend
9:30 am-5 pm
Adventure Aquarium, 1 Riverside Dr., Camden, NJ
Guests will be able to see African penguins up close, learn about these amazing birds in Penguin Park during African Penguin Talks, and experience them having a snack during an African Penguin Feed. Read More
Indigenous Peoples Day at Bartram's Garden
10 am-3 pm
5400 Lindbergh Blvd.
Come join Bartram’s Garden for an Indigenous Peoples Day celebration featuring Aztec dance troupe Ollin Yoliztli Calmecac, Peruvian dance, Native folk guitar, Native Mexican hip hop, family-friendly activities, storytelling, a free popcorn bar, and much more! Free, no registration required. Read More
Spanish Story Time Hosted by Cuentacuentos
11:30 am
Lilypad, 1234 S. Broad St.
Total immersion Spanish. Books, songs, dance, crafts, and play. Drop in or buy a class pass. Read More
Stellafest
3-8 pm
Pizzeria Stella, 420 S. Second St.
Pizzeria Stella celebrates 10 years with a festival outside the restaurant. There will be face painting, carnival games, treats, pumpkin painting, pony rides, and more! 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
Story Jams
10:30 am
DiSilvestro Rec Center, 1701 S. 15th St.
Story Jams is a playgroup centered around play and positivity that includes storytime, music, dancing, and sensory exploration. In case of inclement weather, meet inside the library. Read More
Toddler Time at American Swedish Historical Museum
10:30-11:30 am
1900 Pattison Ave.
Children will read In Arctic Waters by Laura Crawford, learn how we can do our part to fight against global warming to make sure the Arctic stays frozen for generations to come, and create glacial art. No pre-registration required, pay $5 per kid at the ... Read More
Tween Tuesday
3 pm
Parkway Central Library, 1901 Vine St.
Tweens ages 10 and 11 and their parents are invited to explore the Field Teen Center at the library. Read More
Teen Wellness: LGBTQ+ 101
3:30 pm
McPherson Square Library, 601 E. Indiana Ave.
Educators from the Mazonni Center will discuss the four elements of gender and sexuality, the difference between them, and how to be an ally. Read More
Yoga Fun
4 pm
Parkway Central Library, 1901 Vine St.
Yoga stories, yoga songs, yoga games, and yoga adventures with Ms. Becky! Stretch, relax, and build strength with fun activities for children ages 11 and under. 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

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
Jams in the Park at Dickinson Square
Meet in the park for stories, music, and a sensory activity. Read More
Pumpkin Painting at Lovett Library
4 pm
6945 Germantown Ave.
Paint your own mini pumpkins. Space is limited; first come, first served. Read More
Storytime Under the Stars
7 pm
Northeast Regional Library, 2228 Cottman Ave.
Stories, songs, fingerplays outside in the library garden weather permitting. 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
Dance Me a Story
10:30 am
South Philadelphia Library, 1700 S. Broad Street
Listen, move, and learn at this special storytime with the School of the Pennsylvania Ballet. This program is limited to children ages 3 and older. 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
Break into Baking for Teens
4-5:30 pm
Roxborough Library, 6245 Ridge Ave.
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 ... 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
Urban Farmer Pumpkin Fest
5-10 pm
Urban Farmer Philadelphia, 1850 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy
Urban Farmer is embracing fall with a one-day-only family-friendly Pumpkin Beer Fest, featuring local pumpkin brews, pumpkin cocktails, pumpkin eats, and more. In addition to the pumpkin-flavored fare, there will be live music, a Halloween-themed play dough sculpture contest, and a “Happy Halloween” card station ... Read More
Riverfront North Free Outdoor Movie: 'Goosebumps 2'
6-9 pm
Pennypack On The Delaware
Get spooked before Halloween with this month’s film, 'Goosebumps 2.' Bring chairs, blankets, and snacks and enjoy the cool river breeze. Read More

Friday

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.
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
Mifflin Square Fall Friday
3:30 pm
Mifflin Square Park, Sixth and Ritner streets
Cornhole tournament, arts and crafts, and more at Mifflin Square. Read More
Fire Prevention with the Philadelphia Fire Department
3:30 pm
McPherson Square Library, 601 E. Indiana Ave.
The Philadelphia Fire Department will visit the library and do a presentation outside the building. Learn about fire safety and meet a firefighter. 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
Friday Fright Night Double Feature Outdoor Movie
6 pm
Penn Treaty Park, 1199 N. Delaware Ave.
Two spooky movies to get you in the mood for Halloween! PG-rated Halloween movie at 6 pm. Then take the kiddies home before the R-rated horror movie at 8 pm! Read More
Painting with a Twist of Apple Cider
6-8 pm
Markward Playground, 400 S. Taney St.
Kids painting event for ages 7-12. $25 per child includes apple cider, snacks, canvas, and tools. Pre-registration required. Read More
'Frozen Jr.'
7-8:30 pm
Venice Island Performing Arts Center, 7 Lock St.
ASH Theater Company presents this Disney favorite with all of the memorable songs from the animated film, plus some new ones from the Broadway show! Read More
RENT
8 pm
Merriam Theater, 250 S. Broad St.
Viva la vie bohème! RENT came to Philly this past winter, but it was so popular that the tour decided to come back for one weekend this fall, so if you missed out, now is your chance! Recommended for ages 13 and up. Read More

Weekend Events

 

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Photograph courtesy of Historic Philadelphia.

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