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30+ Things to Do With Kids This Week Around Philly: February 24–March 1

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East Passyunk Restaurant Week

February 24–March 6

 

For the eighth year, two dozen award-winning restaurants of East Passyunk will be offering three-course prix fixe lunch and/or dinner menus at $15, $25, and $35. Check out our roundup for the best picks for dining out on the Avenue with kids!

‘XOXO: An Exhibit About Love & Forgiveness’

February 8–May 10

Please Touch Museum, 4231 Avenue of the Republic

 

This new exhibit at Please Touch Museum will give visitors the opportunity to think about and explore feelings through a variety of activities designed to help them understand, appreciate, and express their emotions.

Survival of the Slowest

Through September 20

Academy of Natural Sciences, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway

 

Learn how the slowest animals have adapted and survived, and meet some live animals including a baby sloth!

My General Tubman

Through March 1

Arden Theatre, 40 N. Second Street

 

A world premiere by acclaimed Philadelphia author Lorene Cary, My General Tubman is a beautiful and exciting new play about the complex journey of Harriet Tubman and the impact she continues to have today.

Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest

Through March 8

101 S. Columbus Blvd.

 

 Come to skate, come to play arcade games in the cabin, come for the fun and food. This rink is a Philadelphia favorite for a reason!

‘The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Experience’

Through April 19

Franklin Institute, 222 N. 20th St.

 

Based on the internationally best-selling survival handbook, that was created in Philadelphia, “The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Experience” makes its world premiere at the Franklin Institute, bringing hands-on, immersive challenges that show visitors how to survive unexpected but possible “worst-case scenarios” in fun and thought-provoking ways. See our preview here!

Candytopia

Open through March 15

Ninth and Market streets

 

Candytopia brings its wildly popular experiential installation art to Philly. Favorites—like the marshmallow pit filled with over 250,000 foam marshmallows, and the rainbow-filled room with flying unicorn pigs and confetti explosions—are joined by Philly-specific elements. It’s Instagram heaven, and you even get to eat candy throughout the experience! Tickets are available online, where you can reserve your timeslot. Kids age 3 and under get in free! Read our review and tips here.

Shen Yun

February 12–March 1

Merriam Theater, 250 S. Broad St.

 

Featuring classical Chinese dance, patented scenographical effects, and original orchestral works, this production is colorful, dramatic, and spectacular.

Hello, Dolly!

February 19–March 1

Academy Of Music, 240 S. Broad St.

 

One of Broadway’s most celebrated musicals, this spectacular show follows the strongminded Dolly Levi’s adventures in matchmaking and love. With classics like “Before the Parade Passes By” and of course the titular show-stopping number, this musical is a must-see. Recommended for ages 10 and up.

Monday

Cooking Around the World

February 24, 9:30–10:30 am

Lilypad, 1234 S. Broad St.

 

Each week, the Geography Lady will lead the class in creating something delicious from a different country around the world, tell stories, and more. Each student will be given a passport, a special one of a kind apron, a copy of the day’s recipe, and a share of what was made in class to eat together or take home. This week, it’s Jamaica! This program is geared towards children between the ages of 2 to 5 and requires a participating adult. Pre-registration is required online.

Read and Romp at National Liberty Museum

February 24, 10:30–11 am
321 Chestnut St.

 

Ages 2-6 with a caregiver will enjoy storytelling, interactive games, and creative crafts centered around To the Sea by Cale Atkinson.

Music Monkey Jungle at Liberty Place

February 24, 10:30–11 am
The Shops at Liberty Place, 1625 Chestnut St.

 

Come sing, dance, laugh and play with Music Monkey Jungle in this free concert!

Rhythm Babies

February 24, noon1 pm
Beehive at Bok, Suite B03, 1901 S. Ninth Street

 

Music appreciation begins early with Rhythm Babies! Weekly classes aimed at ages 4 months and up incorporate singing, rhythm, storytelling, and creative movement activities.

Swedish Cooking at the Library

February 24, 3:30 pm

Falls of Schuylkill Library, 3501 Midvale Ave.

 

School-age kids will make a dairy- and egg-free coconut chocolate snack from Sweden, and learn about fika, the Swedish coffee break.

‘One Book One Philadelphia’ Neighborhood Flag Making

February 24, 4 pm

Ramonita G. de Rodriguez Branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia, 600 W. Girard Avenue

 

The Geography Lady hosts a free program at the library for school-age kids to learn all about flags. There will be flags on display, books to explore, games to play, and much more. Kids can replicate their favorite flag, improve upon one, or create a brand new flag that represents their community.

Afternoon Yoga with Miss Kate

February 24, 4:30 pm

Beehive at Bok, Suite B03, 1901 S. Ninth Street

 

A fun 30-minute yoga session for kids ages 2-4.

Local Author Visit: ‘Three Little Urban Pigs’

February 24, 6:30 pm

Roxborough Library, 6245 Ridge Ave.

 

Meet local author Sharon D. Ulett and hear her version of the classic Three Little Pigs story.

Tuesday

Music Exploration with Mr. Ryan

February 25, 9—9:45 am

Beehive at Bok, Suite B03, 1901 S. Ninth Street

 

Sing, move and meaningfully connect with your child during this music class designed to foster positive aural experiences for the whole family!  Young musicians and their caregivers will participate in a variety of musical activities to promote vocal exploration, steady beat, gross motor movement, and positive social interactions.

Home School Maple Sugaring Lesson

February 25, 10:30 am–noon (Grades K-5) and 1–2:30 pm (Grades 6 and up)

Cobbs Creek Community Environmental Center, 700 Cobbs Creek Parkway

 

Children with their parents/guardians will be shown how to tap trees for sap, and process sap into syrup. Pancakes with maple syrup will be provided. Space is limited; online pre-registration is required.

Music Monkey Jungle Free Session at Reading Terminal Market

February 25, 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.

Minecraft Day

February 25, 3-5:30 pm
Kensington Library, 104 W. Dauphin St.

 

The library hosts a Minecraft session in the computer lab, complete with their own Minecraft Realm, a persistent server that allows the group to play in the same world and saves their progress each session. Kids can work alone or with up to eight other participants. Appropriate for ages 8 and up.

French Storytime

February 25, 4 pm
Walnut Street West, 201 S. 40th St.

 

All storybooks are read in French by local parents and volunteers.

‘One Book One Philadelphia’ Neighborhood Flag Making

February 25, 4 pm

Welsh Road Branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia, 9233 Roosevelt Boulevard

 

The Geography Lady hosts a free program at the library for school-age kids to learn all about flags. There will be flags on display, books to explore, games to play, and much more. Kids can replicate their favorite flag, improve upon one, or create a brand new flag that represents their community.

Sensory Storytime

February 25, 6 pm

Thomas F. Donatucci, Sr. Library, 1935 Shunk St.

 

Sensory Storytime is designed for children ages 10 and under who are on the autism spectrum. Read stories, sing songs, and do other interactive exercises to promote engagement and learning. Space is limited to 10 children, so call ahead to reserve your spot.

Family Zumba at DiSilvestro

February 25, 6:30 pm

1701 S. 15th Street

 

Join a free family Zumba class (donations accepted) every Tuesday night. This program is open to all ages and individuals.

Wednesday

Geography Lady at Baby Wordplay

February 26, 10—11 am

1942 Brandywine St.

 

Explore Jamaica from around the world through stories, sensory, movement, crafts, and more. This class is best suited for children 18 months and older and a participating adult.

Teen Self-Care Social

February 26, 3:30 pm

Parkway Central Library, 1901 Vine St.

 

Teen (ages 12-18) will explore efforts and crafts to help meet their physical, emotional, and mental health needs.

Black History Month ‘Road Trip’

February 26, 4 pm

Lucien E. Blackwell West Philadelphia Regional Library, 125 South 52nd Street

 

School-age children will discuss what it was like to travel during the 1950s for African-Americans, then use their imagination to take their own “road trip.”

Tween Paint Nite

February 26, 5 pm
Lovett Memorial Library, 6945 Germantown Ave.

 

The library hosts a special program, just for tweens ages 8 to 12. A paint instructor will guide participants to paint their very own masterpieces. All materials will be provided. Space is very limited; first come, first served.

Black History Month Musical Celebration

February 26, 6 pm

Wynnefield Library, 5325 Overbrook Ave.

 

Musical and dance performances, spoken word, and art displays will be featured to close out Black History Month.  Refreshments will be served.

Thursday

Drop-in Play and Storytime at Philly Art Center

February 27, 10:30—11:45 am

2333 Fairmount Avenue and 514 Bainbridge Street

 

For babies ages 0-2. Walkers enjoy sensory stations, while floor-bound babies enjoy age-appropriate play. Storytime is at 11 am. No need to sign up, just drop-in for $5 at the door.

Dance me a Story

February 27, noon
South Philadelphia Library, 1700 S. Broad St.

 

Listen, move, and learn at this special storytime with the School of the Pennsylvania Ballet. This program is limited to children ages 3 and older.

Exploring Music and Food for Teens

February 27, 3:30 pm

Teen Center at Parkway Central Library, 1901 Vine St.

 

An interdisciplinary program that explores Latin culture through a sensory experience. Listen to the upbeat sounds of Merengue while cooking a delicious meal together.

Drag Storytime at Mister John’s Music

February 27, 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.

Teen Book Discussion: ‘If I Ever Get Out of Here’

February 27, 4 pm

Lillian Marrero Library, 601 West Lehigh Ave.

 

Readers ages 10-14 are invited to join this free discussion of the 2020 One Book, One Philadelphia companion selection, If I Ever Get Out of Here by Eric Gansworth. Limited copies of the novel will be available on-site for participants to take home.

Yoga and Mindfulness for Kids

February 27, 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!

Beats & Chat

February 27, 5 pm

Charles L. Durham Library, 3320 Haverford Ave.

 

An interactive music performance and discussion for youth and adults.

Friday

 Rhythm Babies

February 28, 10 am

Beehive at Bok, Suite B03, 1901 S. Ninth Street

 

Music appreciation begins early with Rhythm Babies! Weekly classes aimed at ages 4 months and up incorporate singing, rhythm, storytelling, and creative movement activities.

Baby Bird Playdate at Philadelphia Museum of Art

February 28, 10:15 am
2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway

 

Play at the museum with your little ones and enjoy circle time, art making, and gallery walks.​ For toddlers and their grownups.

Storytime Dance Party with Merge Dance Studio

February 28, 10:30 am

Falls of Schuylkill Library, 3501 Midvale Ave.

 

Read a dance-themed book and get moving together. Best for kids ages 2 to 6 years old, along with an adult caregiver.

Your Vote, Your History: Teen Program at National Constitution Center

February 28, 1–4 pm

525 Arch St.

 

February 2020 marks the 150th anniversary of the 15th Amendment, and to celebrate, the National Constitution Center and STAMP (Students at Museums in Philadelphia) are co-hosting an event for teens by teens to explore the history of voting. All Philadelphia high school teenagers are invited to take a tour of the National Constitution Center, talk to a constitutional scholar about the history of voting, and enjoy a social hour with snacks, karaoke, and a chance to try out a real voting booth. No registration required.

Friday Fun Day Open Play (Grades 3-12)

February 28, 3-5:30 pm

Phield House, 814 Spring Garden

 

A great opportunity for students in Grades 3-12 to come to Phield House to participate in pick-up games and activities on the turf or court! Sign up online.

Hands On at Charles Santore Library

February 28, 3:30 pm

932 S. Seventh St.

 

Learn how to do some old school crafts such as finger knitting, potholder making, and origami. This program is intended for young school-aged children. Parents and siblings are welcome.

Dinos After Dark

February 28, 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. Plus, check out their newest exhibit “Survival of the Slowest” and meet some live animals including Lulu the baby sloth!

Crafty Hour at Beehive at Bok

February 28, 4—6 pm

Suite B03, 1901 S. Ninth Street

 

Artist Steph Kimmel will lead a BYOB art workshop for kids and adults to end the week. Pre-registration is required, online.

Lilypad Family Happy Hour Playgroup

February 28, 4:30—6 pm

1234 S. Broad St.

 

Hang out with other parents and let the kids play—this playgroup is BYOB!

Happy Hour at Kith + Kin

February 28, 5—7 pm

3060 W. Jefferson St.

 

BYOB and bring the kids for an evening of fun celebrating play and community (and $1 pizza slices while they last). Pre-register online.

Harlem Globetrotters

February 28, 7 pm

Liacouras Center, 1776 N. Broad St.

 

Enjoy this one-of-a-kind show with high-flying dunks, hilarious stunts, a new record-breaking attempt, and unforgettable family moments. Pre-game passes available for special activities and meet-and-greets.

Weekend Events

Check out our weekend picks in the High Five weekend planner!

 

Photograph by Julieta Cervantes courtesy of Kimmel Center.

Editor | Email tips to laura@familyfocus.org

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