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High Five! Philly Family-Friendly Weekend Events: September 29–30

Plan the perfect weekend with our picks of kid-friendly events in Philly!

Plan the perfect weekend with our picks!

 

Click here for ongoing events that run through the weekend.

Looking for more? Here’s what’s happening in the suburbs.

All Weekend

CityKids Consignment Sale

September 29, 10 am—3pm; and September 30, 9 am—2 pm

Neumann Goretti High School, entrance on 11th Street between Morris St. and Moore St.

 

Stock up for the season at this twice-yearly sale run by Lilypad in South Philly. Thousands of used kid and baby items fill the room, from toys to strollers, to lots of clothes!

‘Aladdin, Jr.’ at Walnut Street Theatre

September 29—30, 11 am

825 Walnut St.

 

Based on the beloved Disney animated film and hit Broadway show, Aladdin, Jr. is filled with magic, thrills, and music the whole family will enjoy.

Citizen Science Lab

September 29–30, 11 am, 1 pm, and 3:30 pm

Independence Seaport Museum, 211 S. Columbus Blvd.

 

The Citizen Science Lab at Independence Seaport Museum hosts hands-on, interactive experiences for the whole family centered around water, with a focus on the Delaware River’s biology, ecology and chemistry, plus language arts, history and basic engineering.

Garden Railway at Morris Arboretum

Weekends through October 8

100 E. Northwestern Ave.

 

Model trains and cable cars navigate a quarter-mile of track all set against the beautiful garden backdrop. The Garden Railway is one of the true highlights of the incredible Morris Arboretum, and is always a kid favorite.

Annual Straw Maze at Woodmere Art Museum

Weekends through October 28, 10 am—5 pm

9201 Germantown Avenue

 

Built from massive bales, the annual straw maze is fun for all ages. Entrance to Woodmere Art Museum is free to parents and guardians whose children have tickets to the straw maze.

Parks on Tap: Strawberry Mansion Bridge

September 26–30

 

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

Saturday

The Big Give

September 29

Various locations throughout the Philadelphia area

 

Drop off donations to Cradles to Crayons at various locations like Smith Memorial Playground and Philly Magic Gardens for their Ready for School initiative. Read all about it here.

Engineering Day

September 29, 9:30 am—5 pm

Franklin Institute, 222 N. 20th St/

 

Celebrate the world of engineers with hands-on activities and demonstrations, live science shows, storytime, a book giveaway, and more. Admission is free for the first 4000 guests, but pre-registration is required.

MightyFest Writing Carnival

September 29, 10 am—4 pm

Aviator Park, 1900-1958 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy.

 

In celebration of Mighty Writers’ first ever MightyFest, Aviator Park will be filled with over 40 tents with writing activities of all types for all ages. At the Mighty Main Tent, kids can pick up their MightyFest passport, and collect stamps by completing Mighty (and fun!) writing activities at each booth. At the main stage there’ll be children authors, musicians, and theatrical presentations. Free, but pre-registration is requested.

Manayunk Harvest Fest in Pretzel Park

September 29, noon—6 pm

4300 Silverwood St., Philadelphia

 

Celebrate the fall season with us at the Manayunk Harvest Fest! Bring your family to enjoy a full day of live music, seasonal activities, food vendors, and all things fall in Pretzel Park.

Arden Theatre Bookworms: ‘Lucia the Luchadora’

September 29, 10—10:45 am

62 N. Second Street

 

Kids age 2-4 and their caregivers will enjoy a story, and then use theater games, music, and creative movement to bring it to life. Pre-register in advance.

Schuylkill Saturday: Nature Exploration for Families

September 29, 10:30—11:30 am

8480 Hagy’s Mill Road

 

Gather in the Visitor Center before hitting the trails for an all-ages guided exploration. Each week explores a different theme. No registration required.

Discovery Day

September 29, 11 am–3 pm

The Discovery Center, 3401 Reservoir Drive

 

Come celebrate the opening of the new Discovery Center at Strawberry Mansion Reservoir (across from Smith Memorial Playground) with free activities–including ziplining for kids 12 and up! See more in our instastory!

Go West! Craft Fest

September 29, 11 am—5 pm

The Woodlands, 40th and Woodland

 

Find unique, handmade gifts like jewelry, ceramics, stationery, prints, home wares, children’s items, and more. There will also be kids’ activities, food trucks, live music, and Tinycircus by Tangle Movement Arts.

Clay Fest 2018

September 29, 11 am—3 pm

1425 N. American Street

 

Celebrate clay and community on the site of The Clay Studio’s future home in South Kensington. The day will have free hands-on activities for all ages, a group sculpture extravaganza, raku firings, artist demonstrations, an ice cream social, t-shirt making, guest artist projects, and more.

Apple Pressing on Forbidden Drive

September 29, 11 am

Wissahickon Environmental Center, 300 Northwestern Avenue

 

Help make fresh apple cider using an old-fashioned cider press. Toss an apple in, take a turn at the crank, and watch as the cider pours out (and then have some). No registration. All ages. Rain or Shine. There will also be a child-friendly hike beforehand, which does require pre-registration.

Korean Harvest Festival

September 29, 11 am—3 pm

Morris Arboretum, 100 E. Northwestern Ave.

 

Celebrate traditional and modern Korean culture with music, food, and garden tours.

Saturday Free Boating at Bartram’s Garden

September 29, 11 am—3 pm

Bartram’s Gardens’ Community Boathouse, 5400 Lindbergh Blvd.

 

Bartram’s Garden will provide the boats, life jackets and basic instruction. Choose from a kayak (for 30 minutes) or rowboat (for 45 minutes). No experience is necessary. All ages are welcome, but minors must be accompanied by an adult.

South Philly Sausage Fest

September 29, noon — 7 pm

West Passyunk Avenue, from South Broad to 15th Street, Philadelphia

 

Head down to South Philly to sample a variety of meats and beers from ten restaurants and ten local breweries. You can sit back and relax with the great people of community as you listen to live music and enjoy your delectable meal. There’s even an area for children! This is a ticketed event, with proceeds going to charity.

Saturday Art Making at Woodmere Art Museum

September 29, 12:30—2:30 pm

9201 Germantown Ave.

 

Come make art together as a family, then stay and enjoy the straw maze!

Arden Musical Theatre Jam: ‘Coco’

September 29, 2 pm

Hamilton Family Arts Center, 62 N. Second St.

 

Using songs from the hit movie Coco, your kid (grades K-5) will learn a musical theater number, complete with choreography, to be performed at the end of class for family and friends. Pre-registration is required.

 

Sunday

Prego Expo

September 30

Pennsylvania Convention Center, 1101 Arch Street

 

Meet over 70 exciting exhibitors specializing in fertility, pregnancy, and baby. Talk to all the experts about birthing plans, parenting techniques, registry must haves and personal health. Use code FAMILY for $2 off tickets!

Family Nature Club Hike and Play

September 30, 10 am—noon

Forbidden Drive

 

Go on a child-led hike to explore nature, build a fire, roast snacks, splash in the water, and meet new friends. It’s a great wide, flat trail for little kids or strollers. Feel free to bring your own snacks to roast over the fire.

Chestnut Hill Fall for the Arts Festival

September 30, 11 am—5 pm

Germantown Avenue, between Willow Grove and Rex Avenues, Philadelphia

 

This festival welcomes the season by bringing together the community as well as artists and vendors from around the county. Enjoy a day of live music, delicious food, and fun for the family including craft activities and rides for children.

Spruce Street Harbor Park Fall Fest (Continued, due to rain)

September 30, 11 am—5 pm

301 S. Christopher Columbus Boulevard

 

SSHP closes out the season with fall fun including Sundays with Pop Up Play at 11:30 am, live music, farmers market and apple cider press, face painting, crafts, pumpkin carving, and more. For adults, there will be a wide variety of seasonal brews too!

Puerto Rican Festival Parade

September 30, 12:30—2:30 pm

Benjamin Franklin Parkway

 

Traditional Latino music, poetry, and dance make this vibrant festival a must-see event. This year, the theme is recovery, rebirth, and resilience in the wake of Hurricane Maria.

Eagles Game on the Big Screen at Schmidt’s Commons

September 30, 1—4 pm

1001 N. Second St.

 

E-A-G-L-E-S! Come out and watch the Eagles take on the Titans on the big screen!

Pokémon Go Hike

September 30, 2—4 pm

208 Lincoln Drive

 

Children (ages 6 and up), teens, and adult players alike can join a 2.5-mile hike in Wissahickon Valley Park, hunting and catching Pokémon! Share Pokémon stories, battle in a gym or possibly in a raid, and just enjoy the park. Bring your own smart device. Pre-register (link in title), which will insure you’ll be contacted in case of weather or other emergency cancellations.

InMovement 10th Birthday Party

September 30, 5—8 pm

500 Kenilworth St.

 

Help InMovement celebrate 10 years, with an evening of open play, food, and BYOB.

 

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

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