30+ Things to Do With Kids This Week Around Philly: August 19–25
Need plans? We've got something great, every day!
Need plans? We’ve got something great, every day.
Go straight to: Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday WEEKEND
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.
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.
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.
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 Panther, Captain 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
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.