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30+ Things to Do With Kids This Week Around Philly: November 18—24

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Mean Girls

November 19—December 1

Academy Of Music, 240 S Broad St.


Because you’re not like a regular mom, you’re a cool mom! This hit Broadway show based on the movie written by Philly’s hometown hero Tina Fey comes to the stage in all its sharp-witted glory.  So fetch! Recommended for ages 12 and up.

Philadelphia Zoo’s LumiNature

3400 W. Girard Avenue

November 20–January 5


New for this year, the Philadelphia Zoo presents a nighttime multimedia holiday spectacle the likes of which you have never seen. Throughout the zoo, giant animal-themed installations will glow, Evergreen trees will talk, and you’ll be surrounded by pure fantasy. Seasonal fare, strolling performers, hot chocolate (and adult beverages) add to the festiveness. Tickets available online.

Rothman Rink and Wintergarden Maze at Dilworth Park

Monday — Thursday, noon — 9 pm; Friday, noon — 11 pm; Saturday, 11 am — 11 pm; Sunday, 11 am — 8 pm

1 S. 15th St.


Come for the winter ambiance, stay for the fun, including the adjacent America’s Garden Capital Maze (perfect for photo ops). The heated Cabin has treats for the kids, and beer, cocktails, and more. You can even wear your skates inside!

Shrek: The Musical

November 5—January 5

Walnut Street Theatre, 825 Walnut St.


This award-winning Broadway musical based on the beloved movie features all new songs and fun for the whole family.

Photo Pop: Winter Wonderland

November 15–January 5

The Bourse, 111 S. Independence Mall East


Photo Pop returns this winter with one-of-a-kind interactive holiday themes that will make for amazing holiday card (and Instagram) moments! Tickets available online.

Franklin Square Holiday Festival

November 14—December 31

Showtimes: Every half-hour from 4:30—8 pm (Sunday—Thursday), 4:30—9 pm (Friday—Saturday)

200 N. Sixth St.


More than 80,000 lights illuminate Franklin Square, timed to a soundtrack of holiday classics, some of which are performed by The Philly POPS. There are two alternating shows every 30 minutes beginning at 4:30 pm daily, so if you stay a while for the Holiday Festival activities, you can catch them both. And you’ll definitely want to do that because they have fun events planned like a winter beer garden with fire pits, live music Sundays, gourmet hot chocolate station, and much more!

The Gifts of the Magi

Through December 22

Walnut Street Theatre, 825 Walnut St.


This beautiful musical adaptation of the classic O. Henry story reminds us of the true meaning of giving, and of love. In previews until November 21. Tickets available online.

‘The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Experience’

October 19–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!

‘Very Eric Carle’ at Please Touch Museum

October 5—January 12, 2020

4231 Avenue of the Republic


Step into the world of Eric Carle in this new interactive exhibit. Follow the path of The Very Hungry Caterpillar, compose a night symphony with The Very Quiet Cricket, and more!

‘Constructing Play: Classic + Modern Building Toys’

November 21, 2019—January 16, 2020

Center / Architecture + Design, 1218 Arch St.


Explore the development of children’s toys over the past 200 years. Travel back in time to learn how different building toys were invented, designed, and refined to become the toys that still secretly educate children today! During the exhibit, visitors can show off their building skills and create the house or city of their dreams at Creation Stations filled with components of popular building toys.

Notorious RBG

Through January 12, 2020

National Museum of American Jewish History, 101 South Independence Mall East


Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the first-ever museum retrospective of the Supreme Court Justice-turned-pop-culture-icon, makes its east coast debut. Based on the New York Times best-selling book of the same name by Knizhnik and Irin Carmon, the visually rich and entertaining exhibition explores RBG’s legacy through archival photographs and documents, historical artifacts, contemporary art, media stations, and gallery interactives including fun memes and fan art made about the incomparable Justice.


Open through January 9

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 full preview and tips here.

Dinosaurs Around the World

Through January 20, 2020

Academy of Natural Sciences, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway


With over a dozen life-size animatronic dinosaurs,  “Dinosaurs Around the World” invites visitors to prehistoric Earth to see how they lived and adapted to their times. Check out our preview to learn more.

‘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.


Philadelphia Orchestra’s Sound All Around: Strings
10 am and 11:15 am
Academy of Music Ballroom, 240 S. Broad St.
Sound All Around is a great introduction to classical music for youngsters (ages 3-5), and features members of the Philadelphia Orchestra. This month, meet bass player Nathaniel West to learn about the stringed instruments. Concerts are 45 minutes and are hosted by award-winning storyteller Charlotte ... Read More
Cooking Around the World
9:30-10:30 am
Lilypad, 1234 S. Broad St.
Each week this fall, 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 ... Read More
Music Monkey Jungle at Liberty Place
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! Read More
Murals on the Move Launch
3:30-5 pm
Mander Recreation Center, 2140 N. 33rd St.
Join Mural Arts Philadelphia for free painting and art-making activities. Read More
Make Your Own Comics
4 pm
Parkway Central Library, 1901 Vine St.
Kids ages 11 and under will learn how to plan, design, and write their own comics. Read More
Sensory Explorers
4-5:15 pm
Kith + Kin, 3060 W. Jefferson St.
Led by an occupational therapist, this workshop will have children of all “abilities” play together to experience various sensory integration strategies to help increase self-regulation, and to prepare children for learning and playing in a group setting. Pre-registration is required. Kith + Kin is closed ... Read More
Free Workshop for Performing Arts High School Auditions
7 pm
The Tacony LAB Community Arts Center, 6918 Torresdale Avenue
Free workshops for instrumentalists and vocalists auditioning for performing arts high schools. 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
Anniversary of the Gettysburg Address
10 am-3 pm
National Constitution Center, 525 Arch St.
The National Constitution Center will be celebrating the anniversary of the Gettysburg Address through interactive programs, activities, and exhibit highlights in the main exhibit and "Civil War and Reconstruction: the Battle for Freedom and Equality." The day includes Abraham Lincoln crafts, the Gettysburg Address performed ... Read More
Toddler Time at American Swedish Historical Museum
10:30-11:30 am
1900 Pattison Ave.
Introduce children to the classic Finnish fantasy world of Moomin and his friends. No pre-registration required, pay $5 per kid at the door. Read More
Dinosaur Party
4 pm
Richmond Library, 2987 Almond Street
Celebrate "Dinovember" with dinosaur stories, crafts, and games. Read More
Introduction to Scratch Coding
4 pm
Lovett Memorial Library, 6945 Germantown Ave.
Kids ages 7 and up will learn how to begin coding with Scratch, a kid-friendly coding program, Read More
Roots with Ruark at Kith + Kin
4 pm
3060 W. Jefferson St.
Roots With Ruark brings you and your little one a music class full of energy and excitement with that one on one connection that is so vital for the 0-5 age group. Drop-ins welcome. Read More
Toddler and Preschooler Dance with Miss Erin
4:15-5 pm
Beehive at Bok, Suite B03, 1901 S. Ninth Street
A 45-minute movement and music class designed for little movers and their caregiver. Students are introduced to basic ballet and dance, while exploring movement and music in a fun and creative way. Drop-in or reserve a spot online. Read More


Book Nook Storytime at Reading Terminal Market
This program, in partnership with The Free Library of Philadelphia, is geared towards children ages 3 to 5. Read More
LumiNature Opening Night at Philadelphia Zoo
4:30-10 pm
3400 W. Girard Ave.
New for this year, the Philadelphia Zoo presents a nighttime multimedia holiday spectacle the likes of which you have never seen. Throughout the zoo, giant animal-themed installations will glow, Evergreen trees will talk, and you’ll be surrounded by pure fantasy. Seasonal fare, strolling performers, hot ... Read More
Developmental Playtime
6-7:30 pm
Kith + Kin, 3060 W. Jefferson St.
In class, you and your baby will learn ways to enjoy tummytime with instructor Nikki Lee. Best for babies 0-6 months. Pre-registration required online. Read More


Barnes Toddler Time
10-10:45 am and 11-11:45 am
The Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Bring your curious and imaginative toddlers (ages 2-4) to the museum to delve into art-related stories, art making, and movement activities, and to get an introduction to the works in the Barnes collection. Read More
Open Play Unplugged with Mr. Bill at Philly InMovement
9:30 am or 10:30 am
500 Kenilworth St.
Open play with musical fun by Mr. Bill of We Kids Rock. Pre-registration required. Read More
Toddler and Preschool STEM
9-9:30 am
Beehive at Bok, Suite B03, 1901 S. Ninth Street
The STEM class for Toddlers and Preschoolers provides opportunity for a multi-sensory exploration into a big question of the day. Adventures with ramps, magnets, colorful water, density, gravity, and more. Read More
Dance Me a Story
10:30 am
South Philadelphia Library, 1700 S. Broad Street
Listen, move, and learn at this special storytime with the School of the Pennsylvania Ballet. This program is limited to children ages 3 and older. Read More
Creative Play + Storytime at Philly Art Center
10:30-11:45 am
514 Bainbridge Street and 2333 Fairmount Avenue
Walkers enjoy sensory stations while floor-bound babes enjoy age appropriate manipulative play. Storytime is at 11 am. $5 at the door. Read More
Wissahickon Thursday Tots: What Animals Eat
1-2 pm
Wissahickon Environmental Center, 300 Northwestern Avenue
Meet at the Wissahickon Environmental Center. Tots will explore the food web and what different animals at the Tree House and in the wild like to eat. For ages 3-5 with a caregiver. $5 per child per lesson to be paid on arrival. Register online ... Read More
Drag Storytime at Mister John's Music
4 pm
904 S. Ninth St.
Maria TopCatt is back at Mister John's Music for stories, lipsyncing dance parties, catwalk time, and togetherness! Tickets available online. Read More
Eyewitness Nature with Bartram’s Garden
4:30 pm
Queen Memorial Library, 1201 S. 23rd St.
Get up close and personal with nature in this educational workshop led by Bartram’s Garden staff. For school-aged children up to 13 years old. 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
Animal Tales: Meet Shenandoah, a Red-Tailed Hawk
5 pm
Charles L. Durham Library, 3320 Haverford Avenue
Come listen to a story about an animal that will visit from the Philadelphia Zoo! You’ll get to see the animal up close and interact if possible; plus, you’ll learn about the animal from the knowledgeable educators of the Philadelphia Zoo. Special Guest: Shenandoah, a ... Read More
Manayunk Tree Lighting
6 pm
Canal View Park, 4416 Main Street
Manayunk is really eager to get the holidays started this year! Celebrate the annual tree lighting, followed by live performances and a visit by Santa. 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
Children’s Storytime in Spanish
11 am
Charles Santore Library, 932 S. Seventh St.
Share stories, rhymes, and songs in Spanish. The program is intended for preschool children. Read More
Trolls Skate Party
1-9 pm
Rolling Thunder Skating, 7017 Roosevelt Blvd.
Go skating with Poppy and Branch! Read More
#slayinspirecreate jr.
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. This program is intended for children 7 and up. Read More
Thankful Friday at Franklin Square
5:30 - 7:30 pm
Franklin Square, 6th and Race Streets
Franklin Square hosts a Thanksgiving celebration including free kids' crafts, and of course a light show every half hour. Read More
Camp-In at the Franklin Institute
6:15 pm
222 North 20th Street
Kids ages 6-13 (and chaperones) will have a unique sleepover experience in the museum! Pre-register online. Read More

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