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30+ Things to Do With Kids This Week Around Philly: September 24–30

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‘Thomas and Friends: Explore the Rails!’ Opens at Please Touch Museum

Through January 6, 2019

4231 Avenue of the Republic

 

The long-awaited Thomas and Friends exhibit arrives at Please Touch Museum with plenty of train-themed fun, photo ops, imaginative play, and valuable STEM lessons along the way! Read our full preview here.

Sukkot at Please Touch Museum

September 23—29

4231 Avenue of the Republic (sukkah in the garden)

 

Stop by the Please Touch Museum Sukkah (in the Please Touch Garden) and celebrate the season. Sit in the sukkah, reconnect with nature, and spend time with family and friends. On rainy days, fall activities will move indoors to Hamilton Hall.

Center City Restaurant Week

September 23– October 5

 

Dozens of great restaurants around town offer $35 prix fixe menus. See our picks for enjoying Restaurant Week with kids here!

‘Hamilton: The Constitutional Clashes That Shaped a Nation’

Through December 31

National Constitution Center, 525 Arch St.

 

Walk in Alexander Hamilton’s shoes and learn more about the Founding Father whose life has fascinated Americans for centuries. 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 (that one was a bit more personal). It’s included with museum admission.

‘Xtreme Bugs’ at Academy of Natural Sciences

Through January 21

1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway

 

Nearly 20 towering animatronic bugs will come alive in this new creepy crawly exhibit! Get a bug’s-eye view of the world and learn about their intricacies and behaviors. See our preview here.

Final Week of Spruce Street Harbor Park

11 am — 11 pm Monday — Thursday; 11 am — 1 am Friday and Saturday

301 S. Christopher Columbus Blvd.

 

This waterfront spot has food, drink, games, and is a great place to relax.

Parks on Tap: Strawberry Mansion Bridge

September 26–30

 

It’s the last week of family-friendly beer garden Parks on Tap, so catch it before it’s gone for good!

Monday

Flyers Day at Please Touch Museum

September 24, 10 am—noon (announcement at 11 am)

4231 Avenue of the Republic

 

The Flyers will make a major pre-season announcement in Hamilton Hall at 11 am. Visitors will also enjoy giveaways, entertainment provided by the Flyers Ice Girls, Flyers Fun Patrol, and a DJ from 10:30—11:30 am.

Story Jams at DiSilvestro

September 24, 10:30 am

1701 S. 15th St.

 

Story Jams is a playgroup centered around play and positivity that includes storytime, music, dancing, and sensory exploration. Follow Story Jams on Instagram @storyjams in case of inclement weather.

Welcome Billy the Goat

September 24, 4—5 pm

Philadelphia City Institute, 1905 Locust St.

 

The original Billy the Goat statue in Rittenhouse Square will be moving to a new home in the Children’s Room of the library, who will be celebrating with a special storytime.

Pokémon GO Event at Kingsessing Library

September 24, 4:30 pm

1201 South 51st St.

 

Come for an afternoon of snacks and Pokémon GO themed activities at Kingsessing Library, followed by a walk to Bartram’s Gardens for their Full Harvest Moon Rowboating programming! Along the way to Bartram’s Garden play Pokémon GO, learn about the environment, and beautify the 49th Street corridor.

Movie Night: ‘Black Panther’

Parkside Evans Playground, 5300 Parkside Ave.

September 24, 7—10 pm

 

Watch Black Panther under the stars! Movie starts approximately 15 minutes after sunset.

Tuesday

The Geography Lady at Momo’s Treehouse

September 25, 10 am

205 Arch Street

 

Preschoolers and toddlers will enjoy music, games, crafts, and more as they explore the world with Geography Lady.

Music Monkey Jungle Free Session at Reading Terminal Market

September 25, 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.

UPenn Science Fun for Kids and Teens

September 25, 4 pm

Walnut Street West Library, 201 South 40th St.

 

Graduate students and faculty from UPenn will visit the library to conduct fun and exciting hands-on science experiments. No registration necessary.

Wednesday

AdventureWoods Free Public Hours

September 26, 9 am—3 pm

Awbury Arboretum, 1 Awbury Road

 

This innovative, sustainable natural playground engages children in creative, imaginative, and active discovery. Kids are free to have fun and learn, experiment and discover, all while exercising and enjoying the outdoors.

Baby and Me Yoga

September 26, 9:30 am

Vault + Vine, 3507 Midvale Ave.

 

Enjoy baby bonding and a gentle, playful practice to move the body and clear the mind. Bring a mat for yourself and a blanket for baby. Pre-crawlers only. Drop-in for $18 (or you can buy a class card).

Toddler Read and Make Storyplay

September 26, 10:30—11:15 am

Baby Wordplay Little Theater, 2227 Grays Ferry Ave.

 

Drop in for storytime, songs, and an art activity for little ones.

Open Climb at Cecil B. Moore Library

September 26, 10:30 am

2320 Cecil B. Moore Ave.

 

Kids ages 3-5 are welcome to see the library’s new playspace, featuring a miniature rock wall! Closed-toe shoes required.

School Age Geography Lady Class at Lilypad (Ages 5 and up)

September 26, 3:30—4:30 pm

1234 S. Broad St.

 

Join the Geography Lady after school to explore different countries and cultures around the world through stories, music, movement, games, crafts, and a snack.

Wednesday Free Fishing

September 26, 5—7 pm

Bartram’s Garden, 5400 Lindbergh Blvd.

 

Learn how to catch one of the 42 fish species found in the tidal Schuylkill. Rods, bait, and basic instruction provided on a first come, first served basis. Supplies are limited.  No fishing license necessary.

Thursday

Drop-in Play and Storytime at Philly Art Center

September 27, 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.

MightyFest Comics and Confidence Workshop

September 27, 4 pm

South Philadelphia Library, 1700 S. Broad St.

 

In celebration of Mighty Writers’ first ever MightyFest, students of all ages are invited to learn the basic elements of comic book creation.

Free Family Fishing at John Heinz

September 27, 4—7 pm

8601 Lindbergh Blvd.

 

Get a start on fishing at this free event. Limited rods and bait will be available or bring your own! No license needed.

Superhero Movie Night: ‘Avengers Infinity War’

September 27, 7—9 pm

Schmidt’s Commons, 1001 N. Second St.

 

Come out to The Piazza for Superhero Movie Night with the latest installment in the Marvel franchise. Bring your own chair.

Friday

Baby Bird Playdate at Philadelphia Museum of Art

September 28, 10:15 am

2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia

 

Play at the museum with your little ones and enjoy music, art making, and gallery walks.​ For toddlers and their grownups.

Mommy and Me: All About Fall

September 28, 1—2:30 pm

Ryerss Museum and Library, 7370 Central Ave.

 

Miss Stephanie from Pennypack Nature Center will guide little ones and their caregivers through crafts, games, bug hunting, and more. Pre-registration is required.

Dinos After Dark

September 28, 4—8 pm

Academy of Natural Sciences, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway

 

Enjoy pay-what-you-wish admission, family activities, and an outdoor beer garden right in front of the museum. Special for this month, join your favorite giant bugs for a special peachy storytime as characters from Collingswood Community Theatre’s production of James and the Giant Peach visit. There will also be fun bug-themed crafts.

Campfire and S’mores Night at Gold Star Park

September 28, 6—8 pm

625 Wharton St.

 

Join neighbors and friends at this annual celebration to make some tasty desserts and enjoy the early fall weather!

Lighthouse Parade Party

September 28, 6—9 pm

Bartram’s Garden, 5400 Lindbergh Blvd.

 

As part of Mural Arts Month, join a glow-in-the-dark parade of puppets, musicians, and dancers led by Spiral Q and the Second 2 None Drill Team as it flows downstream. It will be an evening of illuminated boating highlighted by music, dancing, food trucks, and more!

Owl Walk at John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge

September 28, 6—8 pm

8601 Lindbergh Blvd.

 

Join Philadelphia Zoo’s conservation biologist for activities and an after-dark search for owls and other nocturnal animals!

‘Black Panther’ at Clark Park

September 28, 6 pm (movie starts at 7:15 pm)

4300-4398 Baltimore Ave.

 

Come early dressed up as your favorite superhero and visit with staff from Amalgam Comics and Coffeehouse for activities, giveaways, and a costume parade. Then at 7:15 pm, enjoy Black Panther. Food trucks will also be on site.

Weekend Events

Get all our weekend picks in the High Five, here!

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Photograph courtesy of Gullane (Thomas) Limited.

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

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