30+ Things to Do With Kids This Week Around Philly: January 13–19
Need plans? We've got something great, every day!
Need plans? We’ve got something great, every day.
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Center City Restaurant Week
Center City Restaurant Week runs from January 12-24, offering diners three-course dinner for $35, and (at some places) three-course lunch for $20 at dozens of great restaurants around town. Check out our top picks for going with kids in tow!
The Band’s Visit
Academy Of Music, 240 S Broad St.
Recommended for ages 10 and up, this joyous Tony-award winner for Best Musical comes to Philly!
The Snow Queen
Through January 26
Arden Theatre, 40 N. Second St.
Based on Hans Christian Anderson’s classic fairy tale, The Snow Queen transports audiences on a journey through the four seasons, and celebrates the magical power of friendship.
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
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!
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.
Dinosaurs Around the World
Through January 20
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.
Cooking Around the World
January 13, 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 Indonesia! 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
January 13, 10:30—11:30 am
321 Chestnut St.
Bring your little learner, ages 2-6, for an exciting hour of storytelling, interactive games, and creative crafts in the museum’s galleries.
Art of Science
January 13, 12:15—1:15 pm
Nest, 1301 Locust St.
Kids ages 3-6 will work in open art and science centers, share books about great artists and scientists, and work together to create their own emulated masterpieces and experiments. This is a drop-off class.
Monday Drop-in Music Classes
January 13; 3:30 pm (Toddler Tunes) and 4:30 pm (Rock-a-Bye Babies)
1714 S. Second St.
Come try out a baby or toddler music class with Ms. Katy at YCCAon2. Every Monday in January, join a 45-minute music class full of singing, dancing, and instrument playing. Drop in for $20 per family.
Free Admission at Franklin Institute Community Night
January 13, 5—8 pm
222 North 20th Street
Come experience the museum for free, and take part in some fun hands-on activities too!
Music Exploration with Mr. Ryan
January 14, 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
January 14, 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.
Geography Lady at the Beehive
January 14, 3:30—4:30 pm
Beehive at the Bok, Suite B03, 1901 S. Ninth Street
Learn about different countries through stories, sensory, movement, and more! These programs are geared towards children ages 3 and up. Drop-in for $13.
Roots With Ruark at Kith + Kin
January 14, 4 pm
3060 W. Jefferson St.
You and your little one will rock out with egg shakers, dance with scarves and streamers, and play with little instruments all while listening to an exciting mix of original music, kids classics, and your favorite rock and pop tunes. Drop-ins welcome.
January 14, 4 pm
Walnut Street West, 201 S. 40th St.
All storybooks are read in French by local parents and volunteers. For toddlers and preschoolers.
Free Play with Wii and Switch
January 14, 4 pm
South Philadelphia Library, 1700 S. Broad St.
Kids and teens can come out to the library after school to play with Nintendo Wii and Switches for free! Kids can play Mario Kart, Labo, Dance Dance Revolution, and more.
Family Zumba at DiSilvestro
January 14, 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.
Book Nook Storytime at Reading Terminal Market
January 15, 10—10:30 am
51 N. 12th St.
This program, in partnership with The Free Library of Philadelphia, is geared towards children ages 3 to 5.
Art Splash at Roxborough Library
January 15, 4 pm
6245 Ridge Ave.
Kids will have fun doing art activities with artist Naima Merella after school.
Barnes Toddler Time
January 16, 10 – 10:45am and 11 – 11:45am
Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Every third Thursday of the month, the Barnes presents a combination of storytime and art/movement activities just for kids up to age 5 and their parents and caregivers. Bring your curious and imaginative toddlers to the museum to delve into art-related stories, art making, and movement activities, and to get an introduction to magical works in the Barnes collection.
The Geography Lady at Cub Social
January 16, 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.
January 16, 10:30 am
Parkway Central Library, 1901 Vine St.
Explore the wide world of art through a wide variety of materials with Ms. Kate! This program is intended for children 6 and under with their caregivers.
Drop-in Play and Storytime at Philly Art Center
January 16, 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.
World Traveling Trunks
January 16, 11 am (preschool and toddler) and 3:30 pm (school age)
Falls of Schuylkill Library, 3501 Midvale Ave.
Explore the Asian Pacific without leaving the library! Storytime and play for little ones in the morning, then a school-age lesson after school (see above for links).
One King Day, One King Book Program
January 16, 4 pm
Oak Lane Library, 6614 N. 12th St.
Listen to a reading of My Daddy, Martin Luther King, Jr, written by Martin Luther King, III. After talking about the book, children will write or draw an answer to the question, “What can I learn from the story about courage and taking action?”
Eyewitness Nature with Bartram’s Garden
January 16, 4:30 pm
Queen Memorial Library, 1201 S. 23rd St.
Bartram’s Garden staff will offer free nature programs at the library for children ages 8-13.
Yoga and Mindfulness for Kids
January 16, 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!
Day-Off Camp: Wizards of the Forest
January 17, 8 am—3 pm
Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, 8480 Hagy’s Mill Road
Kids ages 5-12 will transform into forest wizards for the day—they’ll carve wands, tell stories, and make edible potions as they scour forests and fields for woodland creature companions. Pre-register online.
Dance with Miss Jeanette
January 17, 10:30—11:30 am
Roxborough Library, 6245 Ridge Ave.
All are welcome to dance at this preschooler event at the Roxborough Library.
Philly Home Show
January 17, noon-8 pm
Pennsylvania Convention Center, 1101 Arch St.
Explore a variety of home solutions from local experts, gain ideas and insights from TV home design show celebrities, and acquire new craft project skills at make-and-take workshops (including a succulent bar) and more.
Friday Fun Day Open Play (Grades 3-12)
January 17, 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
January 17, 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.
Lilypad Family Happy Hour Playgroup
January 17, 4:30—6 pm
1234 S. Broad St.
Hang out with other parents and let the kids play—this playgroup is BYOB!
Kids’ Night Out Party at Splash Lab Arts
January 17, 5—8 pm
3510 Scotts Ln.
Drop your kids (ages 4-13) off for a night of art, pizza, and fun while you have an adult night out! Pre-registration required online.
Spider-Man Skate Party
January 17, 5–9:30 pm
Rolling Thunder Skating Center, 7017 Roosevelt Blvd.
Skate with Spider-Man! Wear your Spider-Man gear and join the fun.
Get all our weekend picks in the High Five Weekend Planner!
Photograph by Laura Swartz.