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30+ Things to Do With Kids This Week Around Philly: April 8–14

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Treasure Island

April 3–June 2

Arden Theatre, 40 N. Second St.


Arden stages a retelling of the classic pirate tale by Robert Louis Stevenson. In this version, Emily – a young girl with big dreams – transforms her living room into the wild seas!

Sakura Week at Shofuso

April 10—14 (closed Monday and Tuesday)
Horticultural and Lansdowne Drives


During the week of the Cherry Blossom Festival, Shofuso will have extended hours so more people can enjoy the splendor of the cherry blossoms. The house will be open until 7 pm both weekdays (Wednesday-Friday) and weekends. Admission is $12 for adults, $8 for kids 5-17, and free for kids under 5.


April 9—14

Academy of Music, 240 S. Broad St.


As Anya uncovers her mysterious past as the lost Grand Duchess, you’ll be swept away in 1920s style and show-stopping musical numbers. Journey to the past with the hit Broadway musical adapted from the animated film Anastasia.

Pinkalicious: The Musical

March 29–April 13

Walnut Street Theatre, 825 Walnut St.


This “cupcake-tastic” musical based on the popular kids’ books by Victoria Kann and Elizabeth Kann is a fun and charming story for kids of all ages. Part of the WST for Kids series, this play has a very manageable one-hour runtime.

‘America to Zanzibar’ at Please Touch Museum

Through September 2

4231 Avenue of the Republic


The Please Touch Museum welcomes a new special exhibit, “America to Zanzibar: Muslim Cultures Near and Far,” which allows families to learn about Muslim culture around the world through interactive displays, artifacts, and more. See our preview here!

‘Mythic Creatures’ at Academy of Natural Sciences

Through June 9

1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway


Come face-to-face with a sea monster, build a dragon, and explore worldwide legends. “Mythic Creatures” examines the science and cultural history of fantastical beings that have captured imaginations for centuries. See our preview here!

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Through April 28

Walnut Street Theatre, 825 Walnut St.


Winner of the Tony Award for Best Play, this adaptation of the popular novel is great for teens. See the world through the eyes of a unique fifteen-year-old as he investigates the death of his neighbor’s dog after being accused of the crime. Walnut Street Theatre has included a study guide online for anyone who wants 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.

‘Creatures of Habitat’ at Philadelphia Zoo

3400 W. Girard Ave.

Through September 30


Creatures of Habitat: A Gazillion Piece Animal Adventure” brings 12 giant LEGO vignettes created by Sean Kenney all over the zoo. Kids will be able to use the returning Zoo Keys at “audiobooks” located at each sculpture (as well as other areas throughout the zoo) to “unlock” secrets and stories about the animals. Read all about the exhibit in our preview.


Philadelphia Orchestra’s Sound All Around: Ensemble
10 am and 11:15 am
Academy of Music Ballroom, 240 S. Broad St.
Clap, stomp, sing, and dance with members of the Philadelphia Orchestra and famed storyteller Charlotte Blake Alston. In this final Sound All Around of the season, you'll get an up-close look at all the special instruments featured this season, and get to hear how they ... Read More
Around the World with the Geography Lady at Lilypad
10-11 am
1234 S. Broad St.
Kids learn about different countries and cultures around the world through photographs, maps, stories, games, music, movement, sensory, crafts, snacks, and more! This program is presented for children ages of 1-4. Drop-ins welcome. Read More
Read and Romp at National Liberty Museum
10:30—11:30 am
321 Chestnut St.
Kids ages 2-6 and their caregivers enjoy an exciting hour of imaginative storytelling, interactive games, and creative crafts centered around a book and its values. This week, read 'Not Norman: A Goldfish Story' by Kelly Bennett and then do a pet-themed craft. Read More
Sound Meditation for Children with Luna Maye
4 pm
Parkway Central Library
1901 Vine Street
Using familiar children's songs, gentle affirmations, and sonic vibrations each child will explore how sound meditation can positively impact their emotional and physical space. Luna Maye's vocal-immersion sound meditation practice helps new and seasoned peace-seekers release tension, improve focus, embrace the power of mindfulness and increase ... Read More
The World Traveling Trunk: Peru
4:15 pm
Andorra Library
705 East Cathedral Road
In this bilingual Peruvian Spanish/English storytime, visit Cusco and learn about the Cusqueños and their colorful clothing, plus learn some Spanish along the way. 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
Art Start
10:30-11:30 am
Philly Art Center, 514 Bainbridge Street
Drop-in process-focused studio fun for kids ages 2-3. Register online. Read More
Laureates' Lab
11 am-12:45 pm
Franklin Institute, 222 N. 20th St.
Meet the 2019 Franklin Institute Awards medalists and participate in interactive demonstrations about their work. Read More
Kids Yoga at Kith + Kin
4-4:45 pm
3060 W. Jefferson St.
Kids Yoga is an introduction to yoga for ages 5-8, exploring pose flows and breathing techniques, with the main goal of integrating yoga into everyday life through practice and repetition. This is a drop-off class, and drop-ins are welcome (or buy a 10-class card). Read More
Drag Queen Quizzo for Tweens
4:30 pm
Fumo Family Library, 2437 S. Broad St.
Are you smarter than a fifth grader? Drag Queen Brittany Lynn will host Quizzo for kids ages 8-11. Come in teams, or just yourself. Prizes for winners! Read More
Family Night Slime and Pizza
6:30-7:45 pm
SplashLab Arts, 3510 Scotts Lane
Enjoy family access to the studio at night. Call to make a reservation by 3 pm Tuesday afternoon, and indicate whether you want dinner delivered for your family. Then show up and have fun getting messy. Read More


Stroller Tour at Philadelphia Museum of Art
11 am-noon
2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Parents and caregivers with babes in tow are welcome for a monthly stroller tour of the galleries. Read More
Rhythm Babies
noon-12:45 pm
Lilypad, 1234 S. Broad St.
Music appreciation begins early with Rhythm Babies! Weekly classes aimed at ages 4 months and up incorporate singing, rhythm, storytelling, and creative movement activities. Read More
Stroller Workout Wednesday
12:30-1:30 pm
Columbus Square Park, 1200 Wharton St.
Get back outside and get a full body workout with your babies! Read More
Dance Out Loud: Dinosaur Sensory Adventure!
3:30-4:30 pm
Lilypad, 1234 S. Broad St.
A new enrichment class for ages 1-3 begins at Lilypad! Created by licensed Speech-Language Pathologist Alex McCarraher and Teaching Artist Melissa Widhson, Dance Out Loud combines dance, rhythm, sequencing, and language enrichment strategies to develop and strengthen verbal and nonverbal skills. Drop-ins welcome. Read More
Read with a Therapy Dog
4 pm
Lovett Memorial Library
6945 Germantown Ave.
Children can build confidence when reading out loud to a nonjudgmental audience - therapy dog Raffi! If your child isn't reading yet, this is also an excellent opportunity to share a story while they become more comfortable around dogs. For all ages. Space may be limited. Read More
Library Open House at Philadelphia City Institute
Celebrate National Library Week with crafts, trivia, prizes, and refreshments. The community also work together to create a mural that celebrates our love of libraries. Read More
Read, Baby, Read: Little Movers Dance Party
6 pm
Richmond Library, 2987 Almond St.
Have fun and encourage language skills using songs, instruments, stories and body movements. Program is for babies, toddlers, and their families. Read More


Toddler Yoga at Kith + Kin
10-10:45 am
3060 W. Jefferson St.
Toddler Yoga is a fun, energetic and engaging way for parents to connect with their young children (ages 2-4) through yoga poses. Toddlers will learn poses while parents help guide the little ones towards focus, leading by example with their own participation. Drop-ins welcome. Read More
Sesame Street Live
10:30 am
Liacouras Center, 1776 N. Broad St.
Sesame Street Live! Make Your Magic brings Elmo, Abby, Cookie Monster, and the whole gang to Philly this spring! Sing and dance along with your favorite furry friends, and learn something along the way. 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
Drop-in Play and Storytime at Philly Art Center
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. Read More
Pop-Up Open Mic for National Poetry Month
3:30 pm
Kensington Library
104 W. Dauphin St.
Perform your own writing or another writer’s works that inspire you! All levels of experience are welcome. To sign up, contact Sara Palmer at 215-685-9996 or palmers@freelibrary.org by April 8. Read More
Community Night at Paschalville Library
4 pm
6942 Woodland Avenue
Celebrate the start of spring together with an evening of fun, helpful information, and giveaways. There will be face painting, storytime, refreshments, and more. 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
Chelsea Clinton: 'Don’t Let Them Disappear' Book Tour
6 pm
Springside Chestnut Hill Academy, 8000 Cherokee Street
Chelsea Clinton has partnered with acclaimed author and illustrator Gianna Marino on a new picture book about the animals who share our planet, and what we can do to help them survive. Ticket includes admission for a family of four plus a copy of the ... Read More
Family Zumba at DiSilvestro
6:30 pm
1701 S. 15th Street
Join a free family Zumba class (donations accepted) every Thursday night. Read More


Sesame Street Live
10:30 am and 5:30 pm
Liacouras Center, 1776 N. Broad St.
Sesame Street Live! Make Your Magic brings Elmo, Abby, Cookie Monster, and the whole gang to Philly this spring! Sing and dance along with your favorite furry friends, and learn something along the way. For the 5:30 pm show, a 4:30 pm pre-show Meet and Greet experience ... Read More
Nimble Crafters at Kith + Kin
10 am-noon
3060 W. Jefferson St.
Weekly take-home projects are inspired by nature, cultures, and art appreciation. Experimenting with different materials in a controlled environment allows your child to gain confidence but most importantly have fun! Come any time between the two-hour open studio time and stay as long as you ... 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
Jump, Jive and Jam at Roxborough Library
10:30 am
6245 Ridge Ave.
Free music and dance program for all ages. Read More
Fridays at Bok: Babe and Me Strength
10:30-11:30 am
Bok Building, 1901 S. Ninth St.
Strength workouts designed to keep both mom and kiddo happy and in motion. Exercise bands are provided. Drop-in rates and class cards available. 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. All ages welcome. Read More
STEM Career Showcase for Teens
3-6 pm
Independence Seaport Museum, 211 S. Columbus Blvd.
Through a series of flash talks, students in Grades 8-12 will be able to hear from the leading scientific and educational professionals from local organizations and research institutions in Philadelphia as they discuss what they do. From 5-6 pm, parents can participate in a special roundtable ... Read More
Kids' Yoga at Mama's Wellness Joint
3:30-4:15 pm
1100 Pine Street
Introduce your 6-10 year to the benefits of yoga and mindfulness meditation in this interactive and fun kids' yoga class. Children will learn a variety of yoga poses and their benefits as well as simple meditations that they can access on and off their mats. ... Read More
Kundalini Yoga for Tweens
4:15-5:15 pm
Mama's Wellness Joint, 1100 Pine Street
James Rogers, a fifth grade teacher at Fox Chase School, shares the benefits of yoga with tweens to impart self discovery and self-regulation. Ages 8-15 are encouraged. 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
Family Friday at BalletX
6- 7:30 pm
BalletX, 1923 Washington Avenue
Taught by Chanel Holland, Pay-What-You-Wish Family Fridays’ street dance class celebrates cultural rhythms and grooves as families learn popular and unique dance styles and pay homage to throwback dances together! Parents, caregivers, and children are all invited to share in this one-of-a-kind class. Read More
Dinner with the Descendants
6-8 pm
The Pop Shop, 729 Haddon Avenue, Collingswood, NJ
Guests will be "Chillin like a Villian" at this wicked dinner party with Mal and Evie at The Pop Shop. Mini makeovers are available for an additional $10. Pre-registration is required as space is limited. Read More
The Berserker Residents present 'Broccoli, Roosevelt and Mr. House'
7 pm
FringeArts, 140 N. Columbus Blvd.
Recommended for kids ages 5 and up with their families, the Berserker Residents have whipped up a comedy that’s unpredictable, original, fun, vibrant, and sometimes interactive! Tickets available online. Read More

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