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30+ Things to Do With Kids This Week Around Philly: February 3–9

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Getaway at the Greenhouse

Through February 16

Fairmount Park Horticulture Center, 100 North Horticultural Drive

 

The Horticulture Center has been transformed into an oasis with lounge areas, a beach, and family-friendly activities.  For kids, there will be a giant sandbox, face-painting, lawn games, dance parties, and more! New for this year, “GAIA,” a touring art installation of a 10-foot suspended planet Earth will be featured as well. Free, but tickets are required. Children 5 and under do not require a ticket.

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 party in the cabins, come for the fun and food. This rink is a Philadelphia favorite for a reason!

Winter in Dilworth Park: Rothman Rink and Wintergarden

Through February

Dilworth Park, 1 S. 15th St.

 

Skate outside City Hall, warm up with food and drink in the Cabin, and run through the beautifully manicured Wintergarden Maze.

‘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 February 17

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.

Monday

Sensory-Friendly Sunday at National Constitution Center

February 3, 9:30 am—5 pm

525 Arch St.

 

Sensory-Friendly Sundays provide visitors with sensory processing challenges the opportunity to experience the museum in a secure and comfortable environment by providing emotionally safe spaces for families, modified programming for diverse sensory needs, and specialized staff training. Tickets available online.

Cooking Around the World

February 3, 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 Egypt! This program is geared towards children between the ages of 2 to 5 and requires a participating adult. Pre-registration is required online.

Music Monkey Jungle at Liberty Place

February 3, 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 3, noon-1 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 3, 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.

Eyewitness Nature with Bartram’s Garden

February 3, 4 pm

South Philadelphia Library, 1700 S. Broad St.

 

Bartram’s Garden staff will offer a free nature program at the library for children ages 8-13.

Afternoon Yoga with Miss Kate

February 3, 4:30 pm

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

 

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

Tuesday

Music Exploration with Mr. Ryan

February 4, 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.

Music Monkey Jungle Free Session at Reading Terminal Market

February 4, 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.

Museum Playdate: Anansi the Spider

February 4, 10:30–11:30 am
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. Geared for families with children ages 3 to 6, Museum Playdates feature illustrated stories told in museum galleries, hands-on reproduction artifacts, and make-and-take art activities—plus a snack! Included with museum admission.

Minecraft Day

February 4, 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 which 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.

Kids Can Cook

February 4, 4 pm

Queen Memorial Library, 1201 S. 23rd St.

 

Healthy Cooking class for school-aged kids and teens, taught by serv-safe certified cooking instructor Keisha Prosser. Learn about food safety, prepare a full meal, and then help eat what you’ve created.

Black History Month Artist Showcase

February 4, 4 pm

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

 

Children will learn about black artists and make their own art pieces.

Sensory Storytime

February 4, 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 4, 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

Pay What You Wish Wednesday at Philadelphia Insectarium and Butterfly Pavilion

February 5, 9 am–5 pm

8046 Frankford Ave.

 

Pay what you wish to experience two floors of new museum exhibits, a 7,000 square foot tropical butterfly pavilion, and more.

Cruiser Olympia‘s 125th Birthday Celebration

February 5, 10 am–3 pm

Independence Seaport Museum, 211 S. Columbus Blvd.

 

To celebrate Cruiser Olympia‘s 125th birthday, enjoy free admission to Independence Seaport Museum and ships, hourly guided tours, a bell ringing at 1:25 pm, and more.

Homeschool Maple Sugaring at Fox Chase Farm

February 5, 10 am–1 pm

8500 Pine Road

 

Learn about sugaring from tree to table, then boil the syrup even further to make pure maple candy! This program is geared toward homeschool students with a parent. Pre-registration is required; call 215-685-0470 or email pec@phila.gov for a registration form.

Bartram’s Garden Little Explorers: Snowy Weather

February 5, 10-11:30 am
5400 Lindbergh Blvd.

 

Get together in the cozy Bartram Barn to hibernate with some good books and talk about missing animal friends that are hibernating for the winter. Program for toddlers and preschoolers ages 2-4. Pre-register online.

Book Nook Storytime at Reading Terminal Market

February 5, 10 am
51 N. 12th St.

 

This program, in partnership with The Free Library of Philadelphia, is geared towards children ages 3 to 5.

Rhythm Babies at Splash Lab Arts

February 5, 10 am

3510 Scotts Lane

 

The popular music readiness class for babies and toddlers (ages 6 months to 3 years) comes to East Falls! Stay afterward for open play during Splash & Play hours until 2 pm.

Storytime and Design with Design Philly

February 5, 11 am–12:30 pm

Fairmount Park Horticulture Center, 100 North Horticultural Drive

 

Explore the world of architecture and design with little ones. There will be a reading of a creative tale or two, and exploring the building blocks of architecture, design, and our city. Then dive into the design process through fun activities and projects that little ones and their caretakers can take home. Register online for free tickets to Getaway at the Greenhouse.

First Wednesday at Please Touch Museum

February 5, 4–7 pm
4231 Avenue of the Republic

 

On the first Wednesday of every month, Please Touch Museum is open until 7 pm for two extra hours of play and offers $2 per person admission from 4 pm on.

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

February 5, 5 pm

Frankford Library, 4634 Frankford 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.

Not a Typical Kid: A Support Group for Parents of Children with Autism

February 5, 6 pm
Fumo Family Library, 2437 S. Broad St.

 

Come meet, ask questions, receive support, and share experiences and resources with other parents of children on the autistic spectrum. Children are welcome, and an activity will be provided.

Thursday

Mommy Me and Nature: Maple Sugaring

February 6, 10 am—noon

8500 Pine Road

 

Classes for children 2-5 years old with a caregiver. Walk around Fox Chase Farm and discover maple sugaring. A simple craft and other sugaring activities will also be part of the day. Registration is required.

The Geography Lady at Cub Social

February 6, 10—11 am

2532 S. 13th St.

 

Learn about different countries through stories, sensory, movement, and much more! Program will be 45 minutes of enriching fun and best for children between the ages of 18 months to four years old. Drop-in for $13; members are free.

Grace for President

February 6, 10:30 am

Walnut Street Theatre, 825 Walnut St.

 

Part of the WST for Kids series, this cute, one-hour play based on the book by Kelly S. DiPucchio is a fun introduction to the electoral system and teaches the value of hard work, courage, and independent thought.

Drag Queen Storytime at Getaway at the Greenhouse

February 6, 11 am

Fairmount Park Horticulture Center, 100 North Horticultural Drive

 

Hear stories about love, diversity, anti-bullying, and friendship with Philly’s Drag Queen Brittany Lynn!

Drop-in Play and Storytime at Philly Art Center

February 6, 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.

Storytime Yoga

February 6, 11 am

Richmond Library, 2987 Almond St.

 

Yoga instructor Beth Heed from Oak and Acorn Wellness will host a class filled with stories, yoga, and fun for 2 to 5 year-olds and their caregivers.

Art X History Freedom Posters for Teens

February 6, 3:30 pm

Parkway Central Library, 1901 Vine St.

 

In honor of Black Heritage, reflect on the history of global oppression and rejoice in the legacy of Black Freedom fighters through art! Teens aged 12-18 are welcome to come to experience cultural music, a short documentary, and a graphic design lesson.

Black History Quizzo for Teens

February 6, 4 pm

Oak Lane Library, 6614 N. 12th St.

 

Teens can answer trivia questions and win prizes during this fun event.

African American Artists Series for Children

February 6, 5 pm

Logan Library, 1333 Wagner Avenue

 

Each week will explore the works of a different African-American artist, and then kids can and create artworks of our own inspired by them. Artists to be discussed are Horace Pippin, Clementine Hunter, and Faith Ringgold.

Friday

Not a Peep Sleep Workshop

February 7, 10–11:30 am
PlayArts, 1241 N. Front Street

 

 

During this 1.5-hour workshop, sleep expert Maria Lopez will teach you about the science of children’s sleep, why problems occur, how to prevent them, and how to troubleshoot your current issues. This class addresses sleep issues for children at any age. $15 in advance (register online); or $20 at the door.

Baby Bird Playdate at Philadelphia Museum of Art

February 7, 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.

Grace for President

February 7, 10:30 am

Walnut Street Theatre, 825 Walnut St.

 

Part of the WST for Kids series, this cute, one-hour play based on the book by Kelly S. DiPucchio is a fun introduction to the electoral system and teaches the value of hard work, courage, and independent thought.

Friday Fun Day Open Play (Grades 3-12)

February 7, 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 7, 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.

Crafty Hour at Beehive at Bok

February 7, 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 7, 4:30—6 pm

1234 S. Broad St.

 

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

Family Happy Hour at PlayArts

February 7, 5-7 pm
1241 N. Front Street

 

Bring your friends and your little ones (and your favorite adult beverages) out for First Friday night playtime. Drop-in rates apply (adults are free).

Parents’ Night Out at Philadelphia Rock Gym

February 7, 5–7 pm

B-3 3500 Scotts Lane (East Falls) and 2412 E. York St. (Fishtown)

 

Drop the kids (ages 6-15) off while you enjoy an adult night out. PRG coaches will facilitate two hours of Top Rope climbing and climbing games, serve a pizza dinner, and offer non-climbing activities as well such as team-building challenges and arts and crafts. Ages 6-15 welcome. No climbing experience needed. Pre-register online.

40 Winks at the Penn Museum

February 7, 5:30 pm–February 8, 9 am
3260 South St.

 

Explorers ages 6-12 and their families or chaperones experience Penn Museum in a new way with hands-on games, crafts, a scavenger hunt, and a flashlight expedition through the galleries– all before a one-of-a-kind sleepover! Pre-register online.

Nest Kids Club

February 7, 6–8:30 pm
1301 Locust Street

The first Friday of every month, you can take time for yourself, knowing that your littles are having a blast with their friends in a fun and safe environment. Nest’s stellar staff will care for your (potty-trained) children while facilitating games, a take-home craft, activities, and open playtime in the gym. Pizza and refreshments will be provided. Call or stop by Nest to register.

Weekend Events

Get all our weekend picks in the High Five!

 

Photograph by Charu DeWitt.

Contributing Writer

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