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30+ Things to Do With Kids This Week Around Philly: August 12–18

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The Oval+

Wednesdays-Sundays, through August 18

Eakins Oval, 2451 Benjamin Franklin Parkway; also see “blocks” at Barnes Foundation, Rodin Museum, and Van Colln Park


This colorful transformation of Eakins Oval (and beyond, hence the plus symbol) brings four weeks of fun for all ages to the Parkway, from a beer garden for grownups to storytimes for little ones, and so much more. We’ll be sharing can’t-miss events below, but you can read our preview of the whole pop-up here!

Shark Summer

Through September 2

Adventure Aquarium, 1 Riverside Drive, Camden, NJ


Adventure Aquarium is bringing back Shark Summer—interactive programming celebrating all things shark! There will be shark shows, shark swag, shark talks, and… baby sharks! So if your kids haven’t stopped singing “Baby Shark” for the better part of a year, this is clearly the place to be if you want to live every week like it’s Shark Week.

Art Splash

Tuesdays–Sundays through September 2, 10 am—5 pm (open until 7 pm on Wednesdays)

Perelman Building, 2525 Pennsylvania Ave.


Philadelphia Museum of Art’s summer programming, Art Splash, brings family tours, art making, open studio time, and a kid-friendly gallery hunt. On Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday from 1—4 pm, meet artist Brian Bazemore as he leads a collaborative art activity in the studio. On Wednesday evening from 5–7 pm, enjoy pay-what-you-wish admission.

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.

Delaware River Waterfront

The Blue Cross RiverRink, Spruce Street Harbor Park, and Cherry Street Pier open full-time for the summer this weekend with skating, rides, food, and lots more family fun.

Photo Pop!

The Bourse, 111 S. Independence Mall East

Through August 24


Photo Pop is back with “Sweet Paradise.” Go selfie-wild with a new location, a new theme, and lots of Insta-worthy art at this temporary Philly art exhibit. Tickets available online.

‘Marvel: Universe of Super Heroes’ at the Franklin Institute

Through September 2

222 N. 20th St.


Franklin Institute celebrates Marvel’s 80th Anniversary with a new immersive exhibit including original sketches, costumes and props from Marvel films (including Black PantherCaptain America, and Thor), interactive experiences in life-size scenes, and lots of photo ops! Read our preview here.

‘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!

‘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.

‘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.

Civil War Summer at the National Constitution Center

Through August 17

National Constitution Center, 525 Arch St.


This summer, in conjunction with the National Constitution Center’s new Civil War and Reconstruction exhibit the Center’s Main Lobby will be transformed into a Union Army encampment. Visitors will be able to try on replica Civil War soldier uniforms and examine the kinds of supplies soldiers would have had at war camps. Every Thursday and Saturday, special activities will include Meet-and-Greets with historic figures like Henry “Box” Brown, as well as Union soldiers and battlefield nurses. Visitors can also attend Town Hall programs with President Abraham Lincoln, enjoy a theatrical performance highlighting Frances E.W. Harper, and participate in interactive Military Muster activities.

Free Admission at NMAJH

Through August 31

National Museum of American Jewish History, 101 S. Independence Mall E.


Admission to the National Museum of American Jewish History is free through August! Free admission includes complimentary access to the Museum’s core exhibits highlighting more than 360 years of life in America told through a Jewish lens, and complimentary access to the current special exhibition, “Sara Berman’s Closet.” Reserve tickets online.

Parks on Tap: Burholme Park

August 14–18

401 Cottman Ave.


Our favorite family-friendly beer garden comes to the Northeast! There will be food, beer on tap, wine, snacks, and non-alcoholic beverages in a festive outdoor environment featuring comfortable chairs and hammocks. The park also houses the Burholme Golf Center, a family-friendly activity center which includes mini-golf, a golf range, arcade games, and more.


McDonnell Magic Show at Please Touch Museum
12:30 pm and 2:30 pm
4231 Avenue of the Republic
The PTM Playhouse Theatre welcomes the McDonnell Magic Show for only eight performances of illusions, laughter, and fun. Included with museum admission. Read More
Storytime in the Square
10-11 am
Franklin Square, 200 N. Sixth St.
Librarian Margaret Bernardi of the Independence Branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia reads free stories to children in the Franklin Square Pavilion. 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 Lori and Jeremy of Music Monkey Jungle in this free concert! Read More
Story Art at Sister Cities Park
10:30–11:30 am
210 N. 18th St.
The Free Library of Philadelphia will lead a weekly storytime at the park, followed by nature-themed crafts with Philadelphia Parks and Recreation. Read More
Art in the Park at Sister Cities Park
11:30 am–12:30 pm
210 N. 18th St.
The Philadelphia Museum of Art will lead a free collage activity for kids. Read More
Marvel Movie Mondays: 'Black Panther'
Teen Center at Parkway Central Library, 1901 Vine Street
Escape the heat this summer and recap the essential movies from the Marvel Cinematic Universe each week in the Field Teen Center! Program for teens ages 12-18. Read More
Autism Resource Fair
3:30 pm
Wynnefield Library, 5325 Overbrook Ave.
Gather information from organizations that provide resources for families and individuals on the Autism spectrum. 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
Baby Bird Playdate at Philadelphia Museum of Art
10:15 am
Perelman Building, 2525 Pennsylvania Ave.
Play at the museum with your little ones and enjoy circle time, art making, and gallery walks.​ For toddlers and their grownups. Note that for this summer, Baby Bird Playdates move to the museum's Perelman Building-- so stick around for Art Splash! Read More
Junior Naturalists: Colonial Day
1-3 pm
Pennypack Environmental Center, 8600 Verree Rd.
Nature activities for kids ages 8-12. Includes craft, snack, games, and a walk. Space is limited; registration is required (email PEC@phila.gov) Read More
Free Geography Lady Class at Kensington Library
2-3:30 pm
104 W. Dauphin Street
Using pictures, maps, stories, games, music and movement, crafts, and more, learn about Brazil. This program is free and designed for school-age children. No pre-registration is required. Read More
Dog Man Book Release Party
4 pm
Whitman Library, 200 Snyder Ave.
From the creator of 'Captain Underpants,' Dav Pilkey's 'Dog Man' series has a new book: 'Fetch 22.' Celebrate the launch of the book by making graphic novels; plus, there will be a giveaway of 'Fetch 22' for one lucky reader! Read More
Free Boating at Bartram's Garden
6-8 pm
5400 Lindbergh Blvd.
Enjoy free sunset boating on the Schuylkill River. No registration or boating experience necessary! All ages are welcome, minors must be accompanied by an adult. 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


McDonnell Magic Show at Please Touch Museum
12:30 pm and 2:30 pm
4231 Avenue of the Republic
The PTM Playhouse Theatre welcomes the McDonnell Magic Show for only eight performances of illusions, laughter, and fun. Included with museum admission. Read More
Snapology's Jr. Engineers
10 am
Kith + Kin, 3060 W. Jefferson St.
Kids ages 3-5 and their grown-ups will build fun and simple models while exploring energy and balance. Drop-in classes also include free-building time to promote creativity. Read More
Butterfly Safari (Ages 12+)
10 am-noon
Wissahickon Environmental Center, 300 Northwestern Ave.
On this mini nature safari to the Andorra Natural Area’s meadow observation loop, learn how to identify common butterflies. Kris Soffa, PA Master Naturalist, will offer tips on attracting butterflies to your home garden and how to raise them at home. For ages 12 and ... Read More
Homeschool Volunteer Day at Bartram's Garden
10 am-3 pm
5400 Lindbergh Blvd.
Come anytime to help make puppets, masks, and buttons for the Philadelphia Honey Festival! There will be snacks and lots of fun things to make. For questions or to RSVP, contact Leslie Gale at lgale@bartramsgarden.org Read More
Nature Read-Aloud with Philadelphia Parks & Recreation
11 am
The Oval's “MAKE” block, in front of the Barnes Foundation (2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway)
Join FarmPhilly for a read-aloud series with a focus on the natural world. Children ages 4-8 and their caretakers are invited to come listen to stories about plants, animals, seasons and our food systems and participate in a short hands-on activity following the book. Read More
Folktale Fun with TAHIRA
11 am-noon
Penn Museum, 3260 South St.
Performing in her signature high-energy style, TAHIRA captivates young audiences while imparting universal values such as appreciating differences and being kind with your words. This interactive program is ideal for preschoolers and elementary school-aged children. Free with museum admission. Read More
Tiny Tot Explorers: Bugs to Butterflies
11 am-noon
Academy of Natural Sciences, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Kids ages 2-5 with their caregivers will explore nature through songs, games, hands-on fun, and museum adventures. Space is limited; pre-registration required online. Read More
Toddler Yoga at Kith + Kin
4:15 pm
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
Free Art Splash on Wednesday Nights
5-7 pm
Perelman Building, 2525 Pennsylvania Ave.
Enjoy pay-what-you-wish admission and make some art in Splash Studio before bedtime. Read More
Fox Chase Farm Free Open House
Fox Chase Farm will be open for visitors to explore the farm. Hayrides start at 7 pm. Read More
Zoo Member Evening
6-8 pm
Philadelphia Zoo, 3400 W. Girard Ave.
Zoo members get to stay late! Check out the PopUpPlay zone on Impala Lawn, where you can create upcycled animals, learn how animals fly, compete in the Animal Olympics, and share your ideas about how we can help our planet. Read More
Pajama Storytime
7 pm
Fumo Family Library, 2437 S. Broad St.
Children seven years old and younger are invited to snuggle in with their parents or caregiver for an evening of stories and songs, with milk and cookies to follow! Wear your pajamas, and bring along your favorite stuffed animal. Read More
La Peg’s Outdoor Movie Series: 'Dumb and Dumber'
8:30 pm
Haas Biergarten underneath the Ben Franklin Bridge
If you're looking to laugh with your older kids, it doesn't get much better (or dumber) than this movie! Read More


Movies in the Park: 'A Bug's Life'
Fisher Park, 571 W. Spencer St.
Movie nights begin at dusk and are BYOB (Bring Your Own Blanket). In case of rain, movies will be rescheduled by one week. Read More
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
Baby Storytime at Malcolm X Park
10:30 am
5100 Pine St.
Help your child learn through stories, songs, and fun activities at Malcolm X Park. Weather permitting. For children ages birth through 2 years and their caregivers. Read More
Drag Queen Story Time at the Oval
11 am-noon
Across the street from the Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Come hear stories about self-love, diversity, acceptance, and many fabulous other things when Drag Queen Brittany Lynn brings her incredible Drag Queen Story Time to The Oval! There will be stories, dress up, crafts, and lots of fun. Read More
Watershed Children's Program
1:30 pm
Widener Library, 2808 W. Lehigh Ave.
The Pennsylvania Environmental Council (PEC) provides watershed education and hands-on activities. Students will learn everything from the connections between storm drains, creeks, and rivers to the importance of maintaining clean streets and sidewalks. Pre-registration required online. Read More
Where in the world? Morocco
2 pm
Thomas F. Donatucci, Sr. Library, 1935 Shunk St.
Explore the culture, history, and food of Morocco. This program is intended for school-age children and their caregivers. Read More
S.A.G.A. Club: Werewolf
3:30 pm
Parkway Central Library Teen Center, 1901 Vine St.
S.A.G.A, short for Sexuality and Gender Acceptance, is the new Youth G.S.A. (Gay Straight Alliance) located at the Field Teen Center at the Parkway Central Library. This week they'll be playing Werewolf, a hidden role social deduction game! For ages 12-18. Read More
Greensgrow Farms Twilight Market
5-8 pm
2501 E. Cumberland Street
Greensgrow is keeping the farm and the farmstand open late for shopping, food and beer, and live music! Read More
Live at Sister Cities Park
5-8 pm
210 N. 18th St.
Live at Sister Cities Park brings local singer-songwriters together for a season-long party on the Parkway! A variety of snacks will be available for purchase at Sister Cities Café, including beer and wine. Kids are free to frolic in the Children’s Discovery Garden and Boat ... Read More
Throwback Thursday at Franklin Square
5-10 pm
Franklin Square, Sixth and Race streets
Dance and sing along to classic tunes as DJ Robert Drake fills the Square with the biggest hits of the decade, celebrating a different musical era each week. This week, it's the 80s, and decade dress is encouraged, so break out the legwarmers! Read More
Manayunk Stroll the Street: Pet Night
5-10 pm
Main Street, Manayunk
Manayunk will host local food trucks, vendors, and live music as visitors and residents walk, shop, and eat. Read More
Kidstock 2019
5:30-7 pm
Young Children's Center for the Arts, 929 S. Water St.
YCCA hosts their annual end-of-the-summer outdoor concert and picnic with food for sale (or bring your own picnics), and lots of music! Read More
Movies on the Block: 'Stuart Little'
6 pm
Lawncrest Rec Center, 6000 Rising Sun Ave.
Before the film screening learn more about available resources for community members, and enjoy film-related activities from the Philadelphia Film Society, snacks, giveaways, and more. Movie begins at sundown. Read More
Rebel Thursday at Betsy Ross House
Betsy Ross House has extended hours this summer on Thursdays. Meet Betsy in the House’s basement where she will tell you about the risks she took by agreeing to take on flag and cartridge-making commissions during the Revolution, and violating her Quaker faith by eloping ... Read More
Nature Nights: Bat & Moth Night
6-9 pm
The Woodlands, 4000 Woodland Avenue
Explore The Woodlands after dark - look for the bats who live there and learn all the ways moths are cool. Bring a picnic and your flashlights to explore with the Academy of Natural Sciences-- you'll start at the Hamilton Mansion and walk as a ... Read More
Night Market: Fairmount Ave.
6-10 pm
15th & Fairmount
Explore the corridor where the diverse neighborhoods of Francisville, Spring Garden, Fairmount, and North Broad connect and enjoy dozens of food trucks and a night of live music. Read More
EPCC Summer Movie Night: 'Ralph Breaks the Internet'
6:30-9:30 pm
East Passyunk Community Recreation Center, 1025 Mifflin St.
Bring your own blanket or chair for a free movie. Gates at 6:30 pm; movie starts at 7:45 pm. Read More
Riverfront North’s Free Outdoor Movie Night: 'The Goonies'
7-10 pm
Pennypack on the Delaware, 7801 State Rd.
Movie will start at sundown and various kids' activities will be run prior to the start of the film. Enjoy this week’s throwback classic: 'The Goonies.' Bring your own blankets, chairs, and food. Read More
Movies @ The Mann: 'Grease'
8 pm
Mann Center for the Performing Arts, 5201 Parkside Ave.
Experience the world premiere performance of one of the world’s most popular and enduring musical films in history, with its unforgettable rock ’n’ roll soundtrack that defined generations, live with orchestra for the first time! Tickets available online. Read More
Outdoor Movie Night: 'Captain Marvel'
8 pm
Grays Ferry Crescent Esplanade - East side of the Schuylkill River by Wharton Street
Higher, further, faster! Grab your blankets and hit the Schuylkill Banks for 'Captain Marvel.' Come early to participate in a free pre-movie raffle for gift cards from Philadelphia Runner and Saxbys. Snacks and beverages will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Read More
Penn’s Landing Screenings Under the Stars: ‘Aquaman’
8:30 pm
Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing
Kick back in your favorite lawn chair with a great snack from on-site concessions and enjoy a superhero flick with the family. Read More


Movie in Clark Park: 'Crazy Rich Asians'
4300-4398 Baltimore Ave.
Families can enjoy food and dessert offerings from a rotating list of vendors, beginning around 6 pm, as well as extra activities and promotions before the screenings. Movie begins at sundown. 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
Perelman Building, 2525 Pennsylvania Ave.
Play at the museum with your little ones and enjoy circle time, art making, and gallery walks.​ For toddlers and their grownups. Note that for this summer, Baby Bird Playdates move to the museum's Perelman Building-- so stick around for Art Splash! Read More
Storytime Expeditions: Anansi the Spider
11:30 am-12:15 pm
Penn Museum, 3260 South St.
Follow the mischevious Anansi through his story, which combines bold, rich color with traditional West African design motifs and authentic Ashanti language rhythms. Included with museum admission. Read More
Spider-Man in Dilworth Park
noon-1 pm
1 S. 15th St.
In advance of 'Avengers: Infinity War' screening in Dilworth that night, your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man will be in the park to say hi and take photos! Read More
Architecture + Design (A+D) Play
3-5 pm
The Oval's “MAKE” block, in front of the Barnes Foundation (2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway)
Have fun and learn about design with DesignPhiladelphia, build a project from your imagination, and hone your creative problem-solving skills. 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
PopUpPlay Happy Hour: Camp Out Inside
5-7:30 pm
3060 W. Jefferson St.
At this month's happy hour, do all of your favorite camping activities like lantern making, campfire creations, and storytelling. Adults BYO beverages, and Kith + Kin will provide the activities, materials, and snacks. Pre-register online to guarantee a snack; drop-ins welcome. Read More
Game Night at Franklin Square
5-10 pm
Franklin Square, Sixth and Race streets
Franklin Square hosts weekly game nights this August, featuring B-E-N-G-O hosted by Benjamin Franklin with prizes, Colonial games, and Quizzo with Deborah Franklin! Read More
Food and Flicks Friday: 'Little Giants'
5-11 pm
The Oval, 2451 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Come to The Oval at 5 pm for food trucks and the beer garden. Then at 9 pm, the movie begins! Read More
Music & Mist Summer Concert Series
6 pm
Julian Abele Park, 22nd and Carpenter streets
Douglas Gillin from The Nodd performs a free concert at the park. Read More
Dora The Explorer Fiesta at the Pop Shop
6-8 pm
The Pop Shop, 729 Haddon Avenue, Collingswood, NJ
Join Dora for a Dora-themed dinner buffet and dessert. Dance, sing, and play games with Dora, listen to a story and decorate mini binoculars. Guests are encouraged to wear their favorite Dora costumes or adventure attire! Tickets available online. Read More
Chestnut Hill Movies Under the Stars
7 pm
The Water Tower Recreation Center Field, 209 E. Hartwell Lane
Bring your family, friends, blankets, and lawn chairs to see 'Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald' projected from a 28-foot screen. Food trucks at 7 pm; movie at 8 pm. Read More
Phillies host Marvel Super Hero Day
7:05 pm
Citizens Bank Park, 1 Citizens Bank Way
Fans are encouraged to dress as their favorite Marvel Super Hero and join the Phillies as they host the Padres. The first 5,000 fans to purchase tickets through this promotion will receive a coupon for a limited-edition Phillies Spider-Man bobblehead (use promo code MARVEL). Spider-Man ... Read More
Pictures in the Park: 'Avengers: Infinity War'
8:30-10:30 pm
Dilworth Park, 1 S. 15th St.
This event is free for all ages, and there's free popcorn while it lasts. Come early for movie trivia, and be sure to bring your own blanket. Also, earlier in the day, you can meet Spider-Man in the park at noon! Read More
Pictures in the Park: 'Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald'
8:30-10:30 pm
Dilworth Park, 1 S. 15th St.
This event is free for all ages, and there's free popcorn while it lasts. Come early for movie trivia, and be sure to bring your own blanket. Also, earlier in the day, you can meet a "Fantastic Wizard" in Dilworth Park at noon for photo ... Read More

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