30+ Things to Do With Kids This Week Around Philly: May 6–12
Need plans? We've got something great, every day!
Need plans? We’ve got something great, every day.
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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.
Opening Week: WildWorks Rope Course
Opens May 7, 10 am
Philadelphia Zoo, 3400 W. Girard Ave.
This new, ultra-exhilarating experience offers fun for both adults and littles with two courses designed for different ages and skill levels. WildWorks takes a zoo visit to new heights with activities that include crossing bridges, balancing on ropes, climbing through obstacles, and taking a quick zip right to the bottom – all while safely hitched to a climbing harness!
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 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!
‘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.
Parks on Tap: Columbus Square
1200 Wharton St.
Our favorite family-friendly beer garden hits South Philly! Plus, visit the Free Library Book Bike while you’re there!
‘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.