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30+ Things to Do With Kids This Week Around Philly: August 19–25

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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.

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, a local artist 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 11

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.

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: McMichael Park

August 21–25

3299 Midvale Ave.

 

Our favorite family-friendly beer garden comes to East Falls! There will be food, beer on tap, wine, snacks, and non-alcoholic beverages in a festive outdoor environment featuring comfortable chairs and hammocks.

Monday

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
Read and Romp at National Liberty Museum
10:30-11:30 am
321 Chestnut St.
Ages 2-6 with a caregiver will enjoy storytelling, interactive games, and creative crafts centered around 'I Like Myself.' Practice self-care by making face masks and lip scrubs to try out and take home; it’s a spa day at the museum! 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: 'Avengers: Infinity War'
Noon
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
Baby's First Foods
2 pm
Richmond Library, 2987 Almond St.
Join a registered dietitian to learn more about first foods, baby-led weaning, addressing potential allergies, the importance of breastmilk or formula, and how to make your own baby food. Tastings included! Babies and children are welcome. Space is limited for this free drop-in program; first ... Read More
Eco Art
2 pm
Ramonita G. de Rodriguez Library, 600 W. Girard Ave.
Make a jug bird feeder or basic basket. Read More
Bartram's Garden visits the Library
2 pm
Eastwick Library, 2851 Island Ave.
Learn about the natural world with educators from Bartram's Garden. Read More
Monday Market
4-9 pm
Lovett Park, 6945 Germantown Ave.
Live music, kids' stuff, vendors, food trucks, and a beer garden outside the library. Read More
Free Community Night at Franklin Institute
5-8 pm
222 N. 20th Street
Everyone is welcome to join in the fun at this free educational and fun-filled science night that includes access to the museum and hands-on activities. Onsite registration is required. Read More
Pajama Storytime
6 pm
Walnut Street West, 201 S. 40th St.
Wear your pajamas and bring your favorite stuffed animal friend to the library for an extra special storytime. Read More
Family Movie Night: 'Wonder Park'
6 pm
Oak Lane Library, 6614 N. 12th St.
The library screens a family-friendly movie in the Community Meeting Room. Refreshments will be served and you may also bring your own snacks. Read More

Tuesday

Outdoor Movie Night: 'Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse'
Dusk
Gorgas Park, 6300 Ridge Avenue
Gather in the park for this animated Spider-Man film, and see Miles Morales and Peter Parker team up on the big screen! 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
End of Summer Bash at Rolling Thunder Skating
10 am-9:30 pm
7017 Roosevelt Blvd.
Spend the day skating, plus enjoy bounce house, games, and visits from costumed characters. 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
Bee Extravaganza
10:30 am
Torresdale Library, 3079 Holme Avenue
The Rosenbach Museum and Glen Foerd will tell stories about bees and do a special craft. Stories are for toddlers ages 2-5, and the bee-related craft is for children of all ages. Read More
Woven Together at Sister Cities Park
10:30–11:30 am
Sister Cities Park, 210 N. 18th St.
The Fabric Workshop & Museum will bring their current exhibit– “Sonya Clark: Monumental Cloth, the Flag We Should Know”– to life. The exhibit will be the inspiration for engaging textile, craft, and hands-on activities. Read More
Toddler Time at American Swedish Historical Museum
10:30-11:30 am
1900 Pattison Ave.
Kids will learn about Swedish cuisine and the all-important summer Crayfish party! Toddlers will splash in the kiddie pool to catch these unique sea creatures and use play food to put together their very own summer fest. No pre-registration required, pay $5 per kid at ... Read More
Nature in the Park
11:30 am–12:30 pm
Sister Cities Park, 210 N. 18th St.
The Academy of Natural Sciences will bring fun games and experiments that involve creatures and crawlers! Read More
Robot Challenge
2 pm
Lucien E. Blackwell West Philadelphia Regional Library, 125 S. 52nd St.
Children ages 8-12 will engage in problem solving, team-building, and critical thinking with a series of hands-on robotics challenges. Teach a robot how to draw, move through mazes, and more! Read More
Free Kids' Yoga
4 pm
Parkway Central Library, 1901 Vine St.
This class will give kids a safe environment to play, explore and experience the wonderful benefits of yoga including grounding, self-expression, balance, and flexibility. Mats are available, or bring your own. Read More
Woofstock: Summer Concert Series
5:30 pm
Seger Dog Park, 1001 Rodman St.
Woofstock is back at Seger Dog Park for a free performance by local artists, refreshments, and fun. The event will also include information and resources about adopting pets in Philadelphia. Read More
Fit Fun for Teens and Tweens
6-7:30 pm
Joseph E. Coleman Northwest Regional Library, 68 West Chelten Ave.
Activities to get moving, eat healthy, and boost your mind. For teens and tweens. Read More

Wednesday

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
Sensory-Friendly Morning at Art Splash
9-10 am
Perelman Building, 2525 Pennsylvania Ave.

This program is specially designed for children on the autism spectrum or who have other sensory sensitivities to enjoy this summer’s Art Splash programming. The lights, volume, and crowds are turned down but not the fun or creativity. 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
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
Storytime in The Garden
10 am
Union Baptist Church, 19th and Fitzwater streets
This free interactive storytime for Pre-K kids and families is rain or shine, and held in the newly redesigned Garden of Eden at the historic Union Baptist Church. Bamboo mats are provided for lawn seating. In case of bad weather storytime will be held in the ... Read More
Grow Up Green at Sister Cities Park
10:30–11:30 am
Sister Cities Park, 210 N. 18th St.
Philadelphia Parks and Recreation will lead activities for kids age 3 and up that encourage a connection to nature and outdoor play. Read More
Tiny Tot Explorers: Prehistoric Playtime
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
Young Science Hour at Sister Cities Park
11:30 am–12:30 pm
Sister Cities Park, 210 N. 18th St.
The Franklin Institute will bring unique science experiments, demonstrations, and hands-on activities designed to teach kids about space, robotics, and more. Read More
Sekere Concert with Mama Binta Nia
12:30 pm
Overbrook Park Library, 7422 Haverford Ave.
Come for a live performance, activity, and discussion of West African music. Read More
Robot Challenge
2 pm
Lucien E. Blackwell West Philadelphia Regional Library, 125 S. 52nd St.
Children ages 8-12 will engage in problem solving, team-building, and critical thinking with a series of hands-on robotics challenges. Teach a robot how to draw, move through mazes, and more! Read More
Friends of Wissahickon Ice Cream Social
3-5 pm
Historic Rittenhouse Town, 208 Lincoln Dr.
Come for a free afternoon of ice cream, music, and nature activities for the whole family. This is a rain-or-shine event; no registration is required. Read More
Music Makers
4 pm
Parkway Central Library, 1901 Vine St.
Children 11 and under will make their own kazoos, guitars, and shakers. Read More
Magic Gardens Pop-Up Museum
4-7 pm
Black & Brew, 1523 E. Passyunk Ave.
Build your own unique mini-mosaic inside a jar lid that you can take home. There will also be ticket giveaways for Philadelphia's Magic Gardens. This free and family-friendly event is hosted by Magic Gardens. 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! Say farewell to summer at this family-friendly entertainment extravaganza, featuring a performance by a quartet from the Philadelphia Orchestra, followed by a showing of “Penguins of Madagascar” at dusk on Impala Lawn. Don’t forget to bring a blanket! Read More
Music Play Patrol
6:30 pm
Bustleton Library, 10199 Bustleton Ave.
The Music Play Patrol presents “The Universe of Sounds.” Children will explore the sounds of space using unique instruments and sound processors. Read More
Kahn Park Summer Concert Series
7:30– 9 pm
1119 Pine St.
The Dukes of Destiny play at Kahn Park, with raffles and prizes! Read More
Cinema in the Cemetery: 'Beetlejuice'
8:30 pm
Laurel Hill Cemetery, 3822 Ridge Avenue
Laurel Hill Cemetery is showing spooky stories on their historic grounds. Tickets are available online and at the door. Gates open one hour before showtime. Read More

Thursday

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
End of the Summer Celebration
12:30 pm
McPherson Square Library, 601 East Indiana Ave.
Celebrate the end of summer with food, music, and games. Teen clubs will be giving back to the community doing things like fixing bikes and face painting. Read More
Painting Without the Twist
3 pm
Parkway Central Library, 1901 Vine St.
The Teen Center and the Culinary Literacy Center present a guided painting class, where teens will also learn to make Mock-tails and beverage coolers with fresh fruit and a recipe, or from their imagination! Read More
Drag Storytime at Mister John's Music
4 pm
904 S. Ninth St.
Maria TopCatt is back at Mister John's Music for stories, lipsyncing dance parties, catwalk time, and togetherness! Tickets available online. 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
Manayunk Stroll The Street: Bring Your Own Board Game Night
5-9 pm
Main Street, Manayunk
Every Thursday night throughout the summer, Manayunk will host local food trucks, vendors, live music, and more. This week, bring your own board game (or play someone else's) for game night! 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 90s, and decade dress is encouraged! Read More
Games in the Donatucci Library Garden
5:30 pm
1935 Shunk St.
Grab a blanket and perhaps a picnic and bring the whole family out to play a variety of garden games for all ages. Free soft pretzels will be distributed. 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
Ariel's Under the Sea Bash and Pirate Party
6-8 pm
The Pop Shop, 729 Haddon Avenue, Collingswood, NJ
Join Ariel and a pirate pal as they invite you to be a part of their world with a tropical-themed dinner, singing, dancing, games, and more. Read More
Gorgas Park Summer Concert Series
7-9 pm
Gorgas Park, 6300 Ridge Avenue
Enjoy the music of Philadelphia Funk Authority at this free outdoor concert. Read More
Outdoor Movie Night: 'A League of Their Own'
8 pm
East (Center City) side of the Schuylkill River, just north of the Walnut Street Bridge
Grab your blankets and hit the Schuylkill Banks for a free movie night. 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: ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’
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

Friday

International Fife and Drum Concert
10 am
National Constitution Center, 525 Arch Street
The National Constitution Center will host a concert featuring the United States Army Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps, joined by the Fifes and Drums of the Dutch Royal Marines. 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
The Pocket Joys Concert
11 am
Charles Santore Library, 932 S. Seventh St.
Bring the whole family for a free musical performance by The Pocket Joys, a kid-friendly Philly based indie-folk musical duo. Read More
Storytime Expeditions: The Clay General
11:30 am-12:15 pm
Penn Museum, 3260 South St.
Meet in the China Gallery for this humorous tale that teaches a life lesson while showcasing the art of Chinese ceramics. Included with museum admission. Read More
Keystone Comic Con
noon-7 pm
Pennsylvania Convention Center, 1101 Arch St.
Three days of pop culture, superheroes, gaming, cosplay, and all kinds of fandom converge on Philly starting Friday. Family-friendly activities geared towards young superheroes in training include Harry Potter potion classes, a Star Wars Experience area, photos with a full size pirate ship, storytimes, and ... Read More
Tall Trees Nature Playdate
4-5 pm
Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, 8480 Hagy's Mill Road
Come play, explore, and dream with your child while immersed in the Tall Trees Playscape. This program is free, and rain or shine. Read More
Dinos After Dark
4-8 pm
Academy of Natural Sciences, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Enjoy pay-what-you-wish admission, family activities, and the Dino Drafts Beer Garden in Dinosaur Hall! 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
Music & Mist Summer Concert Series
6 pm
Julian Abele Park, 22nd and Carpenter streets
Deep City Healers perform a free concert at the park. Read More
Chestnut Hill Movies Under the Stars: 'Avengers Endgame'
7 pm
The Water Tower Recreation Center Field, 209 E. Hartwell Lane
Bring your family, friends, blankets, and lawn chairs to see 'Avengers: Endgame' projected from a 28-foot screen. Food trucks at 7 pm; movie at 8 pm. Read More
Outdoor Movie: 'Incredibles 2'
7 pm
Hawthorne Park, 12th and Catherine streets
Starting around 7 pm. there will be music going for the kids, plus snacks and drinks. Feel free to bring your own dinner and snacks, too! The movie starts at dusk, around 8 pm. Read More
Auntie & FUNcle Adventures: Night Hike and Campfire
7-8:30 pm
Wissahickon Environmental Center, 300 W. Northwestern Avenue
Aunts and uncles, bring your nieces and nephews (of any relation) on a nighttime forest adventure. Hunt for animal signs, listen for nighttime sounds, and enjoy marshmallows around a campfire. This hike is best for children 6 years and older. All ages welcome to enjoy ... Read More
Twilight in the Gardens
7-10 pm
Philadelphia's Magic Gardens, 1020 South St.
On these special evenings, you can experience PMG after hours with a live musical performance, guided art workshop, and casual mini-tours. Guests are encouraged to BYOBBS (Bring Your Own Booze, Blanket, and Snacks) to get comfortable and picnic. Read More

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