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30+ Things to Do With Kids This Week Around Philly: May 27–June 2

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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


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.

Treasure Island

Through June 2

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!

‘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!

‘Mythic Creatures’ at Academy of Natural Sciences

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!

‘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., 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: Fisher Park

May 29—June 2

530 W. Spencer St.


Our favorite family-friendly beer garden hits Fern Rock, as the pop-up series adds a new park to its repertoire!


Memorial Day at National Constitution Center
9:30 am-5 pm
525 Arch St.
Family-friendly programs and activities include flag etiquette and flag folding workshops, arts and craft activities, 18th century games, and interactive shows. Visitors can also take a moment to write letters of gratitude to the men and women who have served in the country’s Armed Forces. Read More
Memorial Day at the Museum of the American Revolution
10 am—5 pm
101 S. Third St.
Take a highlights tour– or navigate your own course– to explore the lives of soldiers and sailors, why they served, and how they thought about wartime losses. Carnations will be available for visitors to place on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier of the Revolution ... Read More
Independence Seaport Museum Memorial Day Ceremony
211 S. Columbus Blvd.
The Seaport Museum will commemorate Memorial Day with a special ceremony aboard Cruiser Olympia, their historic warship, featuring guest speaker Rep. Dwight Evans and a wreath ceremony. Free and open to the public. Read More
Parks on Tap: FDR Park
noon-10 pm
1800 Pattison Ave.
Our favorite family-friendly beer garden hits South Philly for an extended Memorial Day Weekend. Read More


Music Monkey Jungle Free Session at Reading Terminal Market
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. Read More
Tour 'Our Five Senses'
3-3:45 pm
Parkway Central Library, 1901 Vine St.
Take a free curator-led tour of 'Our Five Senses', the first family-friendly, fully-interactive exhibit at the Free Library. While the exhibit is geared for all ages, the suggested minimum age for the tour is 10 years old. Tours are free but tickets are required; register ... Read More
Marbled Paper Making with the Rosenbach Museum
4 pm
Paschalville Library, 6942 Woodland Avenue
Come make a marbled paper bookmark and see how science makes it all possible. You'll also get a free family pass to visit the Rosenbach Museum where you'll discover some examples of marbled paper and get the chance to make your own book! Read More
Free Kids' Yoga
4 pm
Parkway Central Library,
1901 Vine Street
Children are invited to practice yoga through activities like yoga stories, yoga songs, yoga games, yoga adventures, hands-on mindfulness activities, guided meditation, and more. Read More
Xfinity Bark Machine
4-8 pm
Penn's Landing, 101 N. Columbus Boulevard
Xfinity created the world’s first bark-activated vending machine and it’s coming to Philadelphia for two days only to celebrate the upcoming release of The Secret Life of Pets 2! The Xfinity Bark Machine, which dispenses dog treats, will make its debut at Penn’s Landing. There ... Read More
Snake Party
4:30 pm
Joseph E. Coleman Northwest Regional Library, 68 West Chelten Ave.
A snake expert will introduce you to a bunch of his snake friends and he'll tell you about the interesting lives they have, and, if you are brave enough, you can pet one. For school-age kids. Read More
Pay-What-You-Can Community Music Classes
4:30-5:15 pm
Young Children's Center for the Arts, 929 S. Water St.
45 min of singing, dancing, and playing instruments for children of all ages. No registration required. Suggested donation is $10 per family. Read More
Woofstock: Summer Concert Series
5:30 pm
Seger Dog Park, 1001 Rodman St.
Woofstock is back every Tuesday night at Seger Dog Park for a free performance by local artists, refreshments, and fun. Read More
Family Night Slime and Pizza
6:30-7:45 pm
SplashLab Arts, 3510 Scotts Lane
Enjoy family access to the studio at night. Call to make a reservation by 3 pm Tuesday afternoon, and indicate whether you want dinner delivered for your family. Then show up and have fun getting messy. Read More


AdventureWoods Open Public Hours
9 am-6 pm
The Secret Garden at Awbury Arboretum, One Awbury Road
This innovative, sustainable, and natural playscape engages children in creative, imaginative, and active discovery. Read More
Dance Out Loud at Lilypad
3:30-4:30 pm
1234 S. Broad St.
An enrichment class for ages 1-3, created by licensed Speech-Language Pathologist Alex McCarraher and Teaching Artist Melissa Widhson, Dance Out Loud combines dance, rhythm, sequencing, and language enrichment strategies to develop and strengthen verbal and nonverbal skills. Drop-ins welcome. Read More
Read With A Dog
4 pm
Lovett Memorial Library, 6945 Germantown Avenue
Kids are invited to come read independently with Raffi, a certified therapy dog, and share a new book or an old favorite in a judgment-free space. Read More
Amazing Mr. Q at the Library
4 pm
Richmond Library, 2987 Almond St.
The Amazing Mr. Q performs hilarious magic, puppets, mischief, and mayhem. Read More
STEM Club: Coding
4 pm
Blanche A. Nixon/Cobbs Creek Library, 5800 Cobbs Creek Parkway
Come learn how to code with stories and games. Recommend for kids in grades K-12 and their caregivers. Read More
Snake Party
4:30 pm
Andorra Library, 705 East Cathedral Road
A snake expert will introduce you to a bunch of his snake friends and he'll tell you about the interesting lives they have, and, if you are brave enough, you can pet one. For school-age kids. Read More
Pajama Storytime
6 pm
Richmond Library, 2987 Almond St.
Get your pajamas on and dance, wiggle, and sing along in a fun storytime for young independent movers. For babies and toddlers with their caregivers. Read More
Last Wednesday Free Fishing
6-8 pm
Bartram's Garden, 5400 Lindbergh Blvd.
Learn how to fish in the tidal Schuylkill from Bartram’s Garden’s Community Boathouse. They'll provide rods, tackle, bait, and basic instruction. Free; no registration or license required. Read More


Day-Off Camp at Philly Art Center
9 am-3 pm
2501 Olive Street and 514 Bainbridge Street
Kids can spend the day in the studio at Philly Art Center’s Queen Village and Fairmount locations. Age groups are split up and guided by teachers who structure creative playtime where kids can draw, build, collage, paint, and more. Read More
Baby + Me Yoga with Rutabaga
9:30 am
Vault + Vine, 3507 Midvale Avenue
Drop in for a mix of yoga, strength training, relaxation, and connecting with babe while getting reacquainted with your body. Read More
Toddler Yoga at Kith + Kin
10-10:45 am
3060 W. Jefferson St.
Toddler Yoga is a fun, energetic and engaging way for parents to connect with their young children (ages 2-4) through yoga poses. Toddlers will learn poses while parents help guide the little ones towards focus, leading by example with their own participation. Drop-ins welcome. Read More
Museum Adventures at The Rosenbach
10-11 am
The Rosenbach, 2008-2010 Delancey Place
Read a story and then embark on a treasure hunt through the Rosenbach to discover things that relate to the story. Afterward, meet in the activity room for hands-on art making activities, creative play, music, and snacks. Museum Adventures at The Rosenbach is free and advance ... Read More
Baby Beatles Musical Story Time
10:30-11 am
Momo's Treehouse, 2207 South St.
An interactive music class featuring some of your favorite Beatles hits! Sing, dance, move, and groove with talented performers. Recommended for ages 6 months to 4 years. Buy tickets online. Read More
Summer of Wonder Kick-off
3:30-5:30 pm
Falls of Schuylkill Library, 3501 Midvale Ave.
Kick off Summer Reading with registration, pizza, science activities, and Fabulous Faces face painting. For all ages. Read More
Snake Party
4 pm
Fox Chase Library, 501 Rhawn St.
A snake expert will introduce you to a bunch of his snake friends and he'll tell you about the interesting lives they have, and, if you are brave enough, you can pet one. For school-age kids. Read More
Yoga and Mindfulness for Kids
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! Read More
Manayunk Stroll The Street
5-9 pm
Main Street, Manayunk
Every Thursday night throughout the summer, Manayunk will host local food trucks, vendors, live music, and more. Read More
Disney Sing-Along Dinner
6-9 pm
The Pop Shop, 729 Haddon Avenue, Collingswood, NJ
BYOB to The Pop Shop’s Disney-inspired sing-along dinner led by Cinderella with printed lyrics so everyone can belt their favorite classic Disney songs. Ticket includes Disney inspired buffet, dessert, drinks, gratuity, and door prizes. Costumes encouraged. Advance ticket purchase required. Read More


Signing Storytime with Expressive Hands
10-10:30 am
Kith + Kin, 3060 W. Jefferson St.
Signing storytimes are a great way for you and your child to learn ASL vocabulary as you play, sing, and sign along. For ages 5 and under. $10 drop-in. Read More
Nimble Crafters at Kith + Kin
10 am-noon
3060 W. Jefferson St.
Weekly take-home projects are inspired by nature, cultures, and art appreciation. Experimenting with different materials in a controlled environment allows your child to gain confidence but most importantly have fun! Come any time between the two-hour open studio time and stay as long as you ... Read More
Baby Bird Playdate at Philadelphia Museum of Art
10:15 am
2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Play at the museum with your little ones and enjoy music, art making, and gallery walks.​ For toddlers and their grownups. Read More
Music and Dance for All Ages
10:30 am
Roxborough Library, 6245 Ridge Ave.
Miss Jeannette's School of Dance will engage kids with music and dancing for all ages. Read More
‘Fly Guy: The Musical’
10:30 am
Walnut Street Theatre, 825 Walnut Street
Based on the book by Tedd Arnold, this musical will have you buzzing with songs and laughter in just one hour running time. Read More
Amazing Mr. Q at the Library
3 pm
Widener Library, 2808 W. Lehigh Ave.
The Amazing Mr. Q performs hilarious magic, puppets, mischief, and mayhem. Read More
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3 pm
Charles Santore Library, 932 S. Seventh St.
Miss Becca will show different work by an artist and allow children to use different media to make art of their own. All ages welcome. Read More
CHAD SpringFEST 19
3-6 pm
Charter High School for Architecture + Design, 105 S. Seventh St.
Stop by for exhibits, demonstrations, performances, hands-on activities, and more. Free and open to the public. Read More
Slam Your Senses
4-5:30 pm
Parkway Central Library, 1901 Vine St.
The library will host a special teen reception followed by a Poetry Slam performance. Read More
Painting a Healthy City
4-6 pm
Malcolm X Park, 5100 Pine Street
Join the Porch Light program for a family-friendly art and wellness event. Paint a mural and learn more about health and wellness resources in the city. All ages are welcome to take part in the fun. Read More
Avengers Skate Night
5-10 pm
Rolling Thunder Skating Center, 7017 Roosevelt Blvd.
Go skating with the Avengers! Read More
40 Winks at the Penn Museum
5:30 pm-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. Read More
'Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse' at Lovett Park
6:30 pm
Lovett Park, 6945 Germantown Ave.
Come early because storytime and food trucks start at 6:30 pm. The movie starts at sundown! Read More
Movie in the Park: 'A Wrinkle in Time'
7 pm
Hawthorne Park, 12th and Catherine streets
Come at 7 pm for snacks; movie starts at sundown! Read More

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