30+ Things to Do With Kids This Week Around Philly: July 1–7
Need plans? We've got something great, every day!
Need plans? We’ve got something great, every day.
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Wawa Welcome America
June 29—July 4
No one celebrates July 4th like the birthplace of liberty, and we’ve picked out all the can’t miss events, from free museum days to all-out block parties (and of course fireworks) for you, right here!
All-American Celebration at National Constitution Center
June 29—July 4
525 Arch St.
Visitors can participate in a variety of family-friendly programs and activities, including flag etiquette and flag folding workshops, arts and craft activities, and interactive shows every day. Plus, get free admission on July 2 (along with a free Wawa hoagie on the lawn!)
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
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.
Legally Blonde: The Musical
Through July 14
Walnut Street Theatre, 825 Walnut St.
“Omigod, you guys!” This Broadway musical based on the movie is way too much fun! Follow Elle Woods from the sorority house to the courthouse with lots of upbeat music along the way.
Chinese Lantern Festival
May 1 — July 14
Franklin Square, 200 N. Sixth St.
The Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival brings 2,000 individual works of art consisting of giant sculptures wrapped in colorful silk and filled with thousands of LED lights to Franklin Square. In addition to the lantern displays, there will also be cultural performances, from acrobatics to the art of face-changing. The Chinese Lantern Festival requires tickets during its nighttime display, but access to Franklin Square and the lanterns is free during the day.
‘Marvel: Universe of Super Heroes’ at the Franklin Institute
Through September 2
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.
Circus Week at the Garden Railway
June 29—July 7
Morris Arboretum, 100 E. Northwestern Avenue
Watch the colorful railroad cars bring the “Big Top” to the garden.
Parks on Tap: Shofuso
Lansdowne and Horticultural drives, Fairmount Park
Our favorite family-friendly beer garden comes to this gorgeous Japanese house and garden in West Fairmount Park. Entry into the Parks on Tap Beer Garden is free and located just outside of the House. If you want to enter the House there is a $5 fee.