30+ Things to Do With Kids This Week Around Philly: June 17–23
Need plans? We've got something great, every day!
Need plans? We’ve got something great, every day.
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Philly Pools Open
City pools open on a rolling basis. Here is Week 1. Don’t see your neighborhood pool listed? Check back soon as Philly Parks and Recreation releases their Week 2 opening schedule.
Forrest Theatre, 1114 Walnut St.
One of the longest running Broadway musicals of all time, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s spectacle CATS comes to Philly in its North American tour. Tickets available online, including weekend matinees.
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 — June 30
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.
Garden Railway at Morris Arboretum
Daily through Labor Day
100 E. Northwestern Ave.
A quarter-mile of track weaves its way through an intricate display featuring Philadelphia-area landmarks made of natural materials like bark, pinecones, and stones. Model trains and cable cars navigate the tunnels, bridges, and turns all set against the beautiful garden backdrop. The Garden Railway is one of the true highlights of the incredible Morris Arboretum, and is always a kid favorite.
All-American Cookout at Dilworth Park
1 S. 15th St.
Summertime favorites will be served hot off the grill, while the Dilworth Park Café offers a variety of classic bites. Plus live music and DJ tracks, a pop-up beer garden, carnival games, contests, and other activities are planned during this 5-day backyard bash.
Parks on Tap: Campbell Square
2535 E. Allegheny Ave.
Our favorite family-friendly beer garden hits Port Richmond!