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30+ Things to Do With Kids This Week Around Philly: March 2–8

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Philadelphia Flower Show

February 29–March 8

Pennsylvania Convention Center, 1101 Arch St.

 

Look forward to spring with this annual tradition that fills the Convention Center with floral and garden design on a larger-than-life scale. This year, take a “Riviera Holiday” as the Flower Show celebrates the vibrant sights, scents, and tastes of the Mediterranean. New for this year, look for more interactivity and mobile pop-up moments throughout the show will illustrate how some of its fascinating displays are brought to life, how to make jewelry from materials found in nature, and how to grow your own show-worthy plants. Don’t miss make-and-takes, Bloomin’ Brunch, and live butterflies. Check out our guide to this year’s Flower Show!

East Passyunk Restaurant Week

Through March 6

 

For the eighth year, two dozen award-winning restaurants of East Passyunk will be offering three-course prix fixe lunch and/or dinner menus at $15, $25, and $35. Check out our roundup for the best picks for dining out on the Avenue with kids!

Dr. Seuss Week at the Pop Shop

March 2–6
729 Haddon Ave., Collingswood, New Jersey

 

The Pop Shop is hosting a full week of meals, parties, and more celebrating Dr. Seuss’s work. There will be appearances by the Cat in the Hat and the Grinch, storytimes, trivia nights, a pajama party, and much more. Be sure to make reservations for special meals.

‘XOXO: An Exhibit About Love & Forgiveness’

February 8–May 10

Please Touch Museum, 4231 Avenue of the Republic

 

This new exhibit at Please Touch Museum will give visitors the opportunity to think about and explore feelings through a variety of activities designed to help them understand, appreciate, and express their emotions.

Survival of the Slowest

Through September 20

Academy of Natural Sciences, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway

 

Learn how the slowest animals have adapted and survived, and meet some live animals including a baby sloth!

Final Week: Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest

Through March 8

101 S. Columbus Blvd.

 

 Come to skate, come to play arcade games in the cabin, come for the fun and food. This rink is a Philadelphia favorite for a reason!

‘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!

Candytopia

Open through March 15

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.

Monday

Cooking Around the World

March 2, 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 Norway! This program is geared towards children between the ages of 2 to 5 and requires a participating adult. Pre-registration is required online.

Music Monkey Jungle at Liberty Place

March 2, 10:30–11 am
The Shops at Liberty Place, 1625 Chestnut St.

 

Come sing, dance, laugh and play with Music Monkey Jungle in this free concert!

Dog Man Party

March 2, 4 pm

Richmond Library, 2987 Almond St.

 

Happy Birthday to Dav Pilkey, author of the Dog Man and Captain Underpants series! Celebrate with Dog Man games, crafts, snacks, and other fun activities.

Free Kids’ Yoga at South Philadelphia Library

March 2, 4 pm

1700 S. Broad St.

 

A free yoga class for school age children hosted by Roots2Rise Yoga. Wear comfortable clothing to move in. Mats will be provided.
Register online.

Teen Book Discussion: ‘If I Ever Get Out of Here’

March 2, 4 pm

Kensington Library, 104 West Dauphin St.

 

Readers ages 10-14 are invited to join this free discussion of the 2020 One Book, One Philadelphia companion selection, If I Ever Get Out of Here by Eric Gansworth. Limited copies of the novel will be available on-site for participants to take home.

St. Patrick’s Day Storytime and Crafts

March 2, 6 pm

Katharine Drexel Library, 11099 Knights Road

 

An evening of stories, snacks, and crafts celebrating St. Patrick’s Day.

Dr. Seuss Day at Rolling Thunder Skating

March 2, 6—9 pm

7017 Roosevelt Blvd.

 

Go skating with the Cat in the Hat! Plus, there will be games, prizes, and more!

Tuesday

Museum Playdate: Mummies and the Afterlife

March 3, 10:30–11:30 am
Penn Museum, 3260 South St.

 

Geared for families with children ages 3 to 6, Museum Playdates feature illustrated stories told in museum galleries, hands-on reproduction artifacts, and make-and-take art activities—plus a snack! Included with museum admission.

Music Monkey Jungle Free Session at Reading Terminal Market

March 3, 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.

Julie Garnett: Animal Songs Musical Book

March 3, 10:30 am

Parkway Central Library, 1901 Vine St.

 

Come to the Children’s Department for Julie Garnett’s interactive musical book Sing n’ Signing. Fun for ages 1-7. Attendees will have an opportunity to purchase Julie’s book Animal Songs and take a photo with her.

Yoga and Mindfulness for Young Children

March 3, 10:30 am

Roxborough Library, 6245 Ridge Ave.

 

This free program is designed for children ages 3-5, along with an adult caregiver. Use body, mind, and breath to play yoga inspired games and learn poses.

Kids Can Cook

March 3, 4 pm

Queen Memorial Library, 1201 S. 23rd St.

 

Healthy Cooking class for school-aged kids and teens, taught by serv-safe certified cooking instructor Keisha Prosser. Learn about food safety, prepare a full meal, and then help eat what you’ve created.

Minecraft Day

March 3, 3-5:30 pm
Kensington Library, 104 W. Dauphin St.

 

The library hosts a Minecraft session in the computer lab, complete with their own Minecraft Realm, a persistent server that allows the group to play in the same world and saves their progress each session. Kids can work alone or with up to eight other participants. Appropriate for ages 8 and up.

Sensory Storytime

March 3, 6 pm

Thomas F. Donatucci, Sr. Library, 1935 Shunk St.

 

Sensory Storytime is designed for children ages 10 and under who are on the autism spectrum. Read stories, sing songs, and do other interactive exercises to promote engagement and learning. Space is limited to 10 children, so call ahead to reserve your spot.

Family Zumba at DiSilvestro

March 3, 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.

Wednesday

Pay What You Wish First Wednesday at Philadelphia Insectarium and Butterfly Pavilion

March 4, 9 am–5 pm

8046 Frankford Ave.

 

Pay what you wish to experience two floors of new museum exhibits, a 7,000 square foot tropical butterfly pavilion, and more.

Bartram’s Garden Little Explorers

March 4, 10-11:30 am
5400 Lindbergh Blvd.

 

It’s raining, it’s pouring! Wriggling worms and mud puddles make for fun springtime art and science explorations. Monthly program for toddlers and preschoolers ages 2-4. Each session includes activities, performances, snacks, and walks through the garden, weather permitting. Pre-registration required, one adult chaperone for every two children.

Book Nook Storytime at Reading Terminal Market

March 4, 10 am
51 N. 12th St.

 

This program, in partnership with The Free Library of Philadelphia, is geared towards children ages 3 to 5.

Geography Lady at Baby Wordplay

March 4, 10—11 am

1942 Brandywine St.

 

Explore Norway from around the world through stories, sensory, movement, crafts, and more. This class is best suited for children 18 months and older and a participating adult.

Doc for a Day

March 4, 11 am–noon

Kith + Kin, 3060 W. Jefferson St.

 

Kids can bring their special stuffed animals to be a doctor for a day! This free play opportunity allows children to explore medical equipment in a non-threatening manner, clarifies misconceptions about the hospital or treatment, helps children cope with healthcare experiences, and allows children to work through fears and anxiety associated with their experiences. Free, but registration is required.

Spanish Immersion Storytime

March 4, 3:30 pm

Beehive at Bok, Suite B03, 1901 S. Ninth Street

 

Cuentacuentos is a 45-minute Spanish total immersion experience for toddlers and preschoolers. Storytime, play, sing, dance as well as hands-on activities related to the books of the day.

S.A.G.A. Club

March 4, 3:30 pm

Teen Center at Parkway Central Library, 1901 Vine St.

 

S.A.G.A, short for Sexuality and Gender Acceptance, will meet at the Field Teen Center at the Parkway Central Library. Program is for teens ages 12-18. Snacks will be provided.

Please Touch Museum Kindergarten Mixer

March 4, 4–7 pm

4231 Avenue of the Republic

 

Please Touch Museum is partnering with the School District of Philadelphia and other community organizations to make sure school registration is easy, and the transition from pre-K to kindergarten is celebrated with play and togetherness. Includes Family Yoga, cooking lessons from Vetri Community Partnership, and a special appearance from Daniel Tiger! Admission is just $2 after 4 pm.

Teen Book Discussion: ‘If I Ever Get Out of Here’

March 4, 4 pm

Wynnefield Library, 5325 Overbrook Ave.

 

Readers ages 10-14 are invited to join this free discussion of the 2020 One Book, One Philadelphia companion selection, If I Ever Get Out of Here by Eric Gansworth. Limited copies of the novel will be available on-site for participants to take home.

Thursday

The Geography Lady at Cub Social

March 5, 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.

Children’s Storytime in Spanish

March 5, 10:30 am

South Philadelphia Library, 1700 S. Broad St.

 

Bring the whole family to the library to share stories, rhymes, and songs. The program is intended for preschool children.

Drop-in Play and Storytime at Philly Art Center

March 5, 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.

First Thursday Teen Art Contest

March 5, 3:30 pm

Teen Center at Parkway Central Library, 1901 Vine St.

 

In the Field Teen Center’s monthly art contest, teens (age 12-18) can make a new piece of art for a chance to win a prize. Supplies provided; teens vote to choose the winner. All levels of artistic skill are encouraged to join.

Yoga and Mindfulness for Kids

March 5, 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!

Friday

International Women’s Day Flower Market at The Logan

March 6, 8 am—12:30 pm

One Logan Square

 

Together with local women-owned businesses, The Logan invites you to a French-inspired morning to celebrate International Women’s Day. Stop by the hotel’s Front Drive to enjoy a pop-up French flower market. Create your own custom flower bouquet, then learn how to make your own assorted danishes before taking one to go!

Baby Bird Playdate at Philadelphia Museum of Art

March 6, 10:15 am
2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway

 

Play at the museum with your little ones and enjoy circle time, art making, and gallery walks.​ For toddlers and their grownups.

Explore + Make Sensory Class

March 6, 10:30–11:30 am

Kith + Kin, 3060 W. Jefferson St.

 

Kids ages 18 months-5 years can enjoy free range of the studio space as they engage their senses and explore a variety of open-ended, process-based materials. Pre-registration is required, online.

‘Bold & Brave’ Storytime at Queen Memorial Library

March 6, 11 am

1201 S. 23rd St.

 

Celebrate Women’s History Month and learn the stories of heroes who dreamed big and never gave up in the fight for women’s voting rights. Then, create your own “Suffrage Cat,” a mascot for equality.

Spanish Preschool Playgroup

March 6, 11 am

Richmond Library, 2987 Almond St.

 

Spanish playgroup for ages 0-4 and their families.

Friday Fun Day Open Play (Grades 3-12)

March 6, 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.

After School Geography at Cub Social

March 6, 4—5 pm

2532 S. 13th St.

 

Geared towards children ages 4 and up, these classes explore a different country each week with stories, sensory, crafts, and more. This week, it’s Norway!

Crafty Hour at Beehive at Bok

March 6, 4—6 pm

Suite B03, 1901 S. Ninth Street

 

Artist Steph Kimmel will lead a BYOB art workshop for kids and adults to end the week. Pre-registration is required, online.

Lilypad Family Happy Hour Playgroup

March 6, 4:30—6 pm

1234 S. Broad St.

 

Hang out with other parents and let the kids play—this playgroup is BYOB!

Family Happy Hour at PlayArts

March 6, 5–7 pm
1241 N. Front Street

 

Bring your friends and your little ones (and your favorite adult beverages) out for First Friday night playtime. This month, Colugo will be in the space demonstrating their products and running a free stroller raffle! Drop-in rates apply (adults are free).

Parents’ Night Out at Philadelphia Rock Gym

March 6, 5–9 pm

B-3 3500 Scotts Lane (East Falls) and 2412 E. York St. (Fishtown)

 

Drop the kids (ages 6-15) off while you enjoy an adult night out. PRG coaches will facilitate two hours of Top Rope climbing and climbing games, serve a pizza dinner, and offer non-climbing activities as well such as team-building challenges and arts and crafts. Ages 6-15 welcome. No climbing experience needed. Pre-register online.

Nest Kids Club

March 6, 6–8:30 pm
1301 Locust Street

 

The first Friday of every month, you can take time for yourself, knowing that your littles are having a blast with their friends in a fun and safe environment. Nest’s stellar staff will care for your (potty-trained) children while facilitating games, a take-home craft, activities, and open playtime in the gym. Pizza and refreshments will be provided. Call or stop by Nest to register.

Moonglow Hike

March 6, 7—9 pm

Schuylkill Center, 8480 Hagy’s Mill Road

 

Use specialized UV flashlights to find out what glows in the forest, learn about the features of the moon by peering through telescopes, and end the night by sharing myths and legends about the nighttime forest, constellations, and other stellar objects. Headlamp or flashlight and good hiking shoes are recommended. Pre-registration required online.

Weekend Events

Get all our weekend picks in the High Five!

 

Photograph by Laura Swartz.

Editor | Email tips to laura@familyfocus.org

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