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30+ Things to Do With Kids This Week Around Philly: July 15–21

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Summer of the Moon at Franklin Institute 

July 15–20

222 N. 20th St.

 

The Franklin Institute will be celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Moon Landing with a series of lunar events they’re calling Summer of the Moon! Events include IMAX footage of the 1969 landing, live science shows, observatory nights, and a daylong celebration on the anniversary itself! Here’s what they’ve got planned.

BalletX presents ‘The Little Prince’

July 17–21

Wilma Theater, 265 S. Broad St.

 

Inspired by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s timeless novella of adventure and enlightenment, Lopez Ochoa’s The Little Prince is a ballet for the whole family, sure to delight the imagination of children and adults alike.

Art Splash

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, meet artist Brian Bazemore as he leads a collaborative art activity in the studio. On Wednesday evening from 5–7 pm, enjoy pay-what-you-wish admission.

CANstruction PHL

July 13—18

Bok, 800 Mifflin St.

 

Experience amazing sculptures made of canned food to support Philabundance, the Delaware Valley’s largest hunger relief organization. They’ll be on view all week.

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.

Photo Pop!

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.

Legally Blonde: The Musical

Through July 21

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.

‘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 PantherCaptain 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.

Civil War Summer at the National Constitution Center

Through August 17

National Constitution Center, 525 Arch St.

 

This summer, in conjunction with the National Constitution Center’s new Civil War and Reconstruction exhibit the Center’s Main Lobby will be transformed into a Union Army encampment. Visitors will be able to try on replica Civil War soldier uniforms and examine the kinds of supplies soldiers would have had at war camps. Every Thursday and Saturday, special activities will include Meet-and-Greets with historic figures like Henry “Box” Brown, as well as Union soldiers and battlefield nurses. Visitors can also attend Town Hall programs with President Abraham Lincoln, enjoy a theatrical performance highlighting Frances E.W. Harper, and participate in interactive Military Muster activities.

Free July at NMAJH

Through July 31

National Museum of American Jewish History, 101 S. Independence Mall E.

 

Admission to the National Museum of American Jewish History is free throughout the entire month of July! 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: The Discovery Center

July 17–21

3401 Reservoir Dr.

 

Our favorite family-friendly beer garden comes to this new nature center in Strawberry Mansion. On Saturday, July 20, they’ll host Discovery Day–a free, monthly program for the community that welcomes families and friends of all ages to experience The Discovery Center with bird walks, hikes, crafting, games, outdoor workshops, team building exercises, and more!

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