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30+ Things to Do With Kids This Week Around Philly: March 9–15

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‘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!

‘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.

Candytopia

Open through April 12

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 9, 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. This week, it’s the Ocean! This program is geared towards children between the ages of 2 to 5 and requires a participating adult. The kids do most of the work, so space is limited to six children per class. Pre-register online.

Sensory-Friendly Day at National Constitution Center

March 9, 9:30 am—5 pm

525 Arch St.

 

Sensory-friendly day provides visitors with sensory processing challenges the opportunity to experience the museum in a secure and comfortable environment by providing emotionally safe spaces for families, modified programming for diverse sensory needs, and specialized staff training. Tickets available online.

Read and Romp at National Liberty Museum

March 9, 10:30–11 am
321 Chestnut St.

 

Ages 2-6 with a caregiver will enjoy storytelling, interactive games, and creative crafts centered around The Bad Seed by Jory John.

Music Monkey Jungle at Liberty Place

March 9, 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!

Rhythm Babies

March 9, noon1 pm
Beehive at Bok, Suite B03, 1901 S. Ninth Street

 

Music appreciation begins early with Rhythm Babies! Weekly classes aimed at ages 4 months and up incorporate singing, rhythm, storytelling, and creative movement activities.

Eyewitness Nature with Bartram’s Garden

March 9, 4 pm

South Philadelphia Library, 1700 S. Broad St.

 

Bartram’s Garden staff will offer a free nature program at the library for children ages 8-13.

Afternoon Yoga with Miss Kate

March 9, 4:30 pm

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

 

A fun 30-minute yoga session for kids ages 2-4.

Tuesday

Music Exploration with Mr. Ryan

March 10, 9—9:45 am

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

 

Sing, move and meaningfully connect with your child during this music class designed to foster positive aural experiences for the whole family!  Young musicians and their caregivers will participate in a variety of musical activities to promote vocal exploration, steady beat, gross motor movement, and positive social interactions.

Music Monkey Jungle Free Session at Reading Terminal Market

March 10, 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.

Minecraft Day

March 10, 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.

Storytime Yoga

March 10, 11 am

Richmond Library, 2987 Almond St.

 

Yoga instructor Beth Heed from Oak and Acorn Wellness will host a class filled with stories, yoga, and fun for 2 to 5 year-olds and their caregivers.

Teen Space Grand Opening at Queen Memorial Library

March 10, 4 pm

1201 S. 23rd St.

 

Join the Friends of Queen Memorial Library and staff in celebrating the grand opening of Queen Memorial’s new Teen Space. Teens can enjoy snacks, games, and fun as they check out the new space and activities.

Music Tech with DJ Rell

March 10, 5–7 pm

Logan Library, 1333 Wagner Ave.

 

Ages 10 and up can create their own beats and more, with the library’s equipment, including Maschine and FL Studio.

Family Jam Music Class

March 10, 5 pm
Young Children’s Center for the Arts, 929 S. Water St.

 

In this 45-minute family music class, play instruments, sing, and dance together. Children ages 3 months – 6 years old are welcome. Drop in and come to any class for $20.

Sensory Storytime

March 10, 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 10, 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

Bartram’s Garden Homechool Days

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

 

Homechoolers ages 5-13 will learn all about dirt and help prepare the soil for the Children’s Garden. Pre-register online for your desired timeslot.

Stroller Tour at Philadelphia Museum of Art

March 11, 11 am–noon
2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway

 

Parents and caregivers with babes in tow are welcome for a monthly stroller tour of the galleries. Babies are always free with parent’s admission.

Spanish Immersion Storytime

March 11, 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.

Learn about Suffragettes

March 11, 3:30 pm

Falls of Schuylkill Library, 3501 Midvale Ave.

 

School-age kids will hear a story about suffragettes and have a chance to make their own banner or Suffrage Cat mascot.

Read Across America: Dr. Seuss Reading Circle

March 11, 4 pm

Blanche A. Nixon/Cobbs Creek Library, 5800 Cobbs Creek Parkway

 

The library will be celebrating Dr. Seuss’ birthday with a reading circle of favorite Dr. Seuss books, indulging in sweet treats, and creating a special craft.

Healthy Foods are Tasty!

March 11, 4 pm

Frankford Library, 4634 Frankford Ave.

 

Kids ages 8 and up with a caregiver will learn about nutrition and healthy food from a registered dietician, and create a healthy snack.

Family Paint Nite at Craft Hall

March 11, 6–8 pm

Craft Hall, 901 N. Delaware Ave.

 

Kids ages 6 and up and their families can paint a fun sea turtle canvas! Pre-register online. Use code CRAFTHALL10 for $10 off your ticket!

MasterChef Junior Live!

March 11, 7 pm

Merriam Theater, 250 S. Broad St.

 

The family-friendly show will feature head-to-head cooking demonstrations and challenges with past MasterChef Junior contestants, and an overall immersive audience experience that is fun for all ages. Limited VIP Packages are available that include a premium seat, meet-and-greet experience, signed show poster, photos, and more.

Thursday

Stroller Tour at the Barnes Foundation

March 12, 10:30—11:15 am

2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway

 

Take a 45-minute guided tour and discover ways to look at and appreciate art with little ones in tow. Open to parents and caregivers with babies up to 18 months in a stroller or baby wrap. Note: no double-wide strollers.

Homeschool Workshop at the Franklin Institute

March 12, 10:30 am–2:30 pm
Franklin Institute, 222 N. 20th St.

 

Homeschoolers can let their creativity run wild while they design, build, and construct with lots of building toys both big and small. The Franklin Institute’s Homeschool Workshops are for students ages 7-14. All ages will be in the same classroom. Each workshop is followed by free time to explore the museum as a family. Call 215.448.1200 (Option 5) to reserve your space.

Drop-in Play and Storytime at Philly Art Center

March 12, 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.

Teen Jewelry Making Workshop

March 12, 3:30 pm

Teen Center at Parkway Central Library, 1901 Vine St.

 

Teens (ages 12-18) are welcome to learn jewelry making and can create a piece of wearable art to keep. Materials provided.

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

March 12, 4 pm

Whitman Library, 200 Snyder 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.

Yoga and Mindfulness for Kids

March 12, 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!

Be Well With Beth

March 12, 4:30 pm

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

 

Beth’s classes are designed to give mommies a full body strength and flexibility workout using bands, body weight and even your baby as resistance. Come for a great work out, stay for the social time with other parents and kids!

Ballet Folclòrico Nacional de México

March 12, 7:30 pm

Merriam Theater, 250 S. Broad St.

 

Part of the Kimmel Center’s Family Discovery Series, this performance showcases the beauty of music, dance, costumes, and Mexican traditions.

Friday

Not A Peep Sleep Workshop

March 13, 10 am

PlayArts, 1241 N. Front St.

 

During this 1.5-hour workshop, sleep expert Maria Lopez will teach you about the science of children’s sleep, why problems occur, how to prevent them, and how to troubleshoot your current issues. This class addresses sleep issues for children at any age, so bring all your questions! Pre-register online or drop-in.

Baby Bird Playdate at Philadelphia Museum of Art

March 13, 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.

Friday Fun Day Open Play (Grades 3-12)

March 13, 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.

Crafty Hour at Beehive at Bok

March 13, 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 13, 4:30—6 pm

1234 S. Broad St.

 

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

40 Winks at the Penn Museum

March 13, 5:30 pm–March 14, 9 am
3260 South St.

 

Explorers ages 6-12 and their families or chaperones experience Penn Museum in a new way with hands-on games, crafts, a scavenger hunt, and a flashlight expedition through the galleries– all before a one-of-a-kind sleepover! Pre-register online.

‘Shark In The Dark’ Overnight Program

March 13, 6 pm—March 14, 9 am

Adventure Aquarium, 1 Riverside Drive, Camden, NJ

 

Experience the Aquarium’s amazing shark collection, as well as sea turtles, stingrays, and a multitude of different fish on a special behind-the-scenes tour. After your adventure, you’ll spend the night sleeping up close with one of these amazing aquatic animals. The next morning, you’ll get a chance to visit with African penguins and hippos and have more aquarium fun! For ages 6-12 with an adult chaperone. Pre-register online.

PJ Masks Party at the Pop Shop

March 13, 6 pm

729 Haddon Ave., Collingswood, NJ

 

Catboy and Owlette will be meeting with guests, dancing, playing games, taking photos, and more, so dress your little superhero in their favorite PJ Masks or superhero costume, bring a camera, and enjoy a PJ Masks-inspired buffet and dessert. Pre-registration required online.

Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles

March 13, 7:30 pm

Merriam Theater, 250 S. Broad St.

 

In celebration of the anniversary of Abbey Road, Rain will bring the greatest hits of this epic recording to life, in addition to all your early Beatles favorites.

Weekend Events

Check out our weekend picks in the High Five!

 

Photograph courtesy of the Kimmel Center.

Contributing Writer

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