30+ Things to Do With Kids This Week Around Philly: June 3–9
Need plans? We've got something great, every day!
Need plans? We’ve got something great, every day.
Various Free Library branches throughout Philly
Enter the Free Library of Philadelphia’s “Summer of Wonder,” with free activities and programming all summer long that support reading, learning, exploration, and fun for all Philly kids—from babies to high schoolers! The Free Library’s program takes place in every neighborhood library from June 3 through August 3. Kickoff parties take place this week throughout the city, check the Free Library’s schedule.
May 31–June 9
Philly Beer Week runs from May 31—June 9 all around town, and celebrates the best of local beer and community. From tastings, block parties, beer gardens, and much more, we’ve picked out the best events to hit up without having to call the babysitter! You’re welcome.
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.
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.
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.
Through June 9
Arden Theatre, 40 N. Second St.
Arden stages a retelling of the classic pirate tale by Robert Louis Stevenson. In this version, Emily – a young girl with big dreams – transforms her living room into the wild seas!
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.
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!
Through June 9
1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Come face-to-face with a sea monster, build a dragon, and explore worldwide legends. “Mythic Creatures” examines the science and cultural history of fantastical beings that have captured imaginations for centuries. See our preview here!
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.
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.
Daily through Labor Day
100 E. Northwestern Ave., Philadelphia
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.
Parks on Tap: Schuylkill Banks
2500 Walnut St.
Our favorite family-friendly beer garden comes to the banks of the Schuylkill River with great views!