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30+ Things to Do With Kids This Week Around Philly: October 21–27

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‘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!

Haunted River Cruises

October 24—28, 7:30 pm

Meet at 211 S. Christopher Columbus Blvd.


This spooky 90-minute “Phantoms of the River” tour is narrated by a pirate telling spooky tales of the “haunted” Delaware River. Tickets available online.

Come From Away

October 22—November 3

Academy of Music, 240 S. Broad St.


This deeply moving Broadway musical is about 7,000 stranded passengers and the small town in Newfoundland that welcomed them in the wake of 9/11. Recommended for ages 10 and up.

Spooky Mini Golf

Thursdays through Sundays from October 4—31, 6—9 pm

Franklin Square, 200 N. Sixth St.


Franklin Square’s Philly-themed mini golf is transformed into spooky fun for the Halloween season with fog, lights, music, and surprises!

‘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!

Scarecrow Walk at Morris Arboretum

October 5—31

Morris Arboretum, 100 E. Northwestern Ave.


Visitors can enjoy a display of creatively handmade scarecrows built around a yearly theme (this year, it’s musicians), and vote on their favorites!

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.

Los Trompos

August 19–November 17

Kimmel Center, 300 S. Broad St.


This free, interactive art installation features 10 three-dimensional, larger than life tops you can sit and spin on! Designed and woven by Mexican artists Esrawe + Caden, these joyful pieces on Commonwealth Plaza are meant to inspire collaboration and interaction.

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.


August 27–November 17

Forrest Theatre, 1114 Walnut St.


The Broadway sensation based on our ten dollar founding father is finally coming, so do not throw away your shot! Don’t have tickets? Enter the #HAM4HAM lottery! Still don’t have tickets? We rounded up ways to stay entertained with Hamilton-related activities in Philly until you do!

The GLOW: A Jack O’Lantern Experience

Thursdays through Sundays from October 5—November 3

West Fairmount Park, 5201 Parkside Ave.


Take a stroll down Jack’s path to see elaborately carved pumpkins and displays like you’ve never seen! Tickets are available online.

Ghost Ship

October 4– November 3; Wednesdays through Sundays from 7–10 pm

Race Street Pier


This a 90-foot, three-dimensional, light and water installation on the Delaware River depicts a giant 18th-century ship apparition! The art is dynamic, affected by the weather, so you’ll get a different experience each time! To add to your spooky boat experience, access recorded reflections of local experts and artists speak to the river’s importance to Philadelphia with diverse stories from before colonization to the present day. For the duration of the installation, the creators of Parks on Tap have created the pop-up River Beer Garden at Race Street Pier. featuring Mainstay Independent Brewing Company beers and fall-themed food options; along with a festive outdoor space featuring lighting, comfortable chairs, and hammocks.


Philadelphia Orchestra’s Sound All Around: Woodwinds
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, learn about the woodwinds. Concerts are 45 minutes and are hosted by award-winning storyteller Charlotte Blake Alston. Tickets available online. Read More
Read and Romp at National Liberty Museum
10:30-11:30 am
321 Chestnut St.
Ages 2-6 with a caregiver will enjoy storytelling, interactive games, and creative crafts centered around 'Room on the Broom' including watercolor painting a broom as a Halloween decoration to take home. Read More
Spanish Story Time Hosted by Cuentacuentos
11:30 am
Lilypad, 1234 S. Broad St.
Total immersion Spanish. Books, songs, dance, crafts, and play. Drop in or buy a class pass. Read More
Kids Cooking Club
4 pm
Fishtown Community Library, 1217 E. Montgomery Ave.
Kids will learn how to make healthy afterschool snacks with Mobile Cooking Teacher, Keisha Prosser. Construct simple and delicious snacks from start to finish, learn about healthy cooking and food safety, and taste the finished product. Read More
Tacony Halloween Celebration
4-7 pm
Tacony Library, 6742 Torresdale Ave.
Costume contest, crafts, scary stories, music, and a Trunk-or-Treat block party! Read More
Monday Market
4-9 pm
Lovett Park, 6945 Germantown Ave.
Live music, kids' stuff, vendors, food trucks, and a beer garden outside the library. 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
Story Jams
10:30 am
DiSilvestro Rec Center, 1701 S. 15th St.
Story Jams is a playgroup centered around play and positivity that includes storytime, music, dancing, and sensory exploration. In case of inclement weather, meet inside the library. Read More
Teen Entrepreneur Workshop Series
3:30 pm
Wynnefield Library, 5325 Overbrook Ave.
Educators from "Footprints to Financial Success" are leading a workshop series for young people between the ages of 14 and 18 interested in starting a business. Read More
Free Kids' Yoga
4 pm
Parkway Central Library, 1901 Vine St.
This class will give kids a safe environment to play, explore and experience the wonderful benefits of yoga including grounding, self-expression, balance, and flexibility. Mats are available to borrow, or bring your own. Read More
Kids Can Cook
4 pm
Queen Memorial Library, 1201 S. 23rd St.
Healthy Cooking class for school-aged children, 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. Read More
Fall Festival at the Library
6 pm
Lucien E. Blackwell West Philadelphia Regional Library, 125 S. 52nd St.
Enjoy a fall-themed, slightly spooky storytime. Afterwards, make pumpkin smoothies and popcorn, and make some fall crafts. Read More


Pathways Gathering Group for Parents
10 am
Bok Building, 1901 S. Ninth Street, Space 519
Weekly free parenting group with a focus on building community and advocacy skills. Children are, of course, welcome. Read More
Four Seasons Grand Opening Celebration
10 am-5 pm
1800 Arch St. entrance
Stop by any time to experience Four Seasons and Comcast at the Concourse market stalls in the new Comcast Technology Center. Savor a taste of signature Four Seasons cuisine, relax with a chair massage while hearing about the Spa, and create your very own Jeff ... Read More
Doc for a Day
10:30-11:30 am
Kith + Kin, 3060 W. Jefferson St.
Kids can bring a special stuffed animal or loved item to be a Doctor for a Day. They'll be able to explore medical equipment, face their fears of going to the doctor, and more in a safe environment. Free; online registration requested. Read More
Spooky Stories at Glen Foerd
6:30 pm
Glen Foerd, 5001 Grant Ave.
Get ready for Halloween with scary stories and some Halloween treats! For children in second grade and older. Read More
Rooftop Movie on Cira Green: 'Hocus Pocus'
8 pm
Sunset Social, 129 S. 30th St. Roof
Get into the Halloween spirit with the Sanderson Sisters! Popcorn and drinks will be available. Bring your own blanket! Read More


Mandarin Chinese Storytime
10:30 am
Parkway Central Library, 1901 Vine St.
Enjoy stories, songs, music, movements and lots of fun in Mandarin Chinese with Ms. Han from the Philadelphia Chinese Academy for children birth to 5 years old with their caregivers. No prior Chinese language experience necessary. Read More
Creative Play + Storytime at Philly Art Center
10:30-11:45 am
514 Bainbridge Street
Walkers enjoy sensory stations while floor-bound babes enjoy age appropriate manipulative play. Storytime is at 11 am. $5 at the door. Read More
Pumpkin Painting Party
4 pm
Richmond Library, 2987 Almond St.
Come for spooky stories and activities, then paint your own pumpkin to take home! Space may be limited; pick up a ticket in the children’s section starting at 3 pm. Read More
Mad Science Spooktacular Science Show
4 pm
Fishtown Community Library, 1217 E. Montgomery Ave.
This spooktacular program will have you gasping and laughing at the Mad Scientist with peculiar and chilling science experiments as he introduces you to eerie world of dry ice, makes bubbling potions, and lots of fearsome fog! 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
A Mad Hatter Halloween Tea Party
4:30 pm
Thomas F. Donatucci, Sr. Library, 1935 Shunk St.
Bring your fanciest hat and sense of wonderment to celebrate both Lewis Carroll’s classic Alice in Wonderland and Halloween. The library will have games, dramatic readings, prizes, snacks, juice boxes, and of course, tea. 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 with The Philadelphia Zoo
5 pm
Charles L. Durham Library, 3320 Haverford Ave.
Come listen to a story, about an animal that will visit from the Philadelphia Zoo: Camilla, a three-banded armadillo! You’ll get to see Camilla up close, and interact if possible! Plus, you’ll learn about the animal from the knowledgeable educators of the Philadelphia Zoo. Read More
Zhang Sah Martial Arts Book Reading: 'The Jiu-Jitsu Ponytail'
5-6 pm
Zhang Sah South Philly, 530 Bainbridge St.
Mir Khalid Ali, author of 'The Jiu-Jitsu Ponytail' and Queen Village community member, will be at Zhang Sah to share his story. Read More
EPCC Halloween Party
6 pm
East Passyunk Community Recreation Center, 1025 Mifflin St.
EPCC presents a free Harry Potter-themed party with a costume contest, games, crafts, and snacks. Read More
Spooky PJ Storytime
6 pm
Andorra Library, 705 E. Cathedral Rd.
Read books together, boogie down to a few songs, and drink apple cider. Wear your PJs (or your Halloween costume) and bring your favorite teddy bear! Read More
Outdoor Movie Night: Hocus Pocus
6:30 pm
DiSilvestro Playground, 1701 S. 15th Street
‘Tis time! DiSilvestro hosts a free screening of Hocus Pocus. Bring your own chairs and blankets, and get ready to run amok (amok, amok)! Read More
Philly POPS presents ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’
7:30 pm
The Met, 858 N. Broad St.
In a nod to the Hollywood Bowl’s productions of Tim Burton’s masterpiece, The Philly POPS will perform the film’s classic score alongside the original film. Everyone is invited to attend in costume; Tim Burton-themed costumes are especially encouraged! Use code NIGHTMARE to get $20 tickets ... Read More


LEGOLAND New York Resort on the Road visits Liberty Place
Shops at Liberty Place, 1625 Chestnut St.
LEGOLAND New York Resort will be bringing the theme park experience to Philadelphia all weekend, with visitors getting the opportunity to take pictures with costume characters and large-scale LEGO models, as well as meet a couple of the famous LEGOLAND Kid Reporters. The interactive event will also offer ... Read More
Family Fun Haunted House at Mini InMovement
10 am and 11 am
Philly InMovement 610 S. Percy Street
Kids ages 10 months-5 years can come in costume for music, crafts, and a special Halloween-themed obstacle course with treats. Register online. 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
#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
Mifflin Square Fall Friday
3:30 pm
Mifflin Square Park, Sixth and Ritner streets
Halloween fun in the park: games, arts and crafts, pumpkin painting, and more! Read More
Kids’ Pumpkin Painting at Palumbo
4-6 pm
725 S. 10th St.
Come pick out a pumpkin and decorate it for the holiday! ColorWheels, the mobile studio based at Fleisher Art Memorial, will be on hand to help the little ones with their masterpieces. Read More
Lilypad Family Happy Hour Playgroup
4:30—6 pm
1234 S. Broad St.
Hang out with other parents and let the kids play—this playgroup is BYOB! Read More
Halloween Bash at Kith + Kin
5-7 pm
3060 W. Jefferson St.
Grown-ups BYOB, and kids wear costumes for a fun night for all! The night includes open play, a spooky concert with Roots with Ruark (at 5:30 pm), crafting monster creations, yummy Halloween treats, and a costume parade to finish out the evening! Pre-register online. Read More
Kids’ Masquerade Ball at Cherry Street Pier
5-8 pm
Cherry Street Pier, 121 N. Columbus Blvd.
Celebrate Halloween with a free, fun-filled evening of face painting, make-and-take crafts including creating your own masquerade mask and wearable wings. Plus, play games, show off your monster moves, and snap a spooky selfie or two at the photo station. Partners like PopUpPlay, iFacePaint, and ... Read More
Trunk or Treat at the Roxborough Y
6-8 pm
Roxborough YMCA, 7201 Ridge Ave.
Trick-or-treating, music, food trucks, and more. Free and open to the public. Read More
Trunk or Treat at Schissler
6-9 pm
Shissler Recreation Center, 1800 Blair St.
Halloween festivities, treats, and more! Read More
Halloween Hikes and Hayrides
6-10 pm
Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, 8480 Hagy’s Mill Road
Go on a family hike through the candlelit forest to meet friendly nocturnal animals. Then enjoy hayrides, craft activities, and food truck offerings for dinner. End the night with s’mores by the campfire. Tickets are sold online in advance for members and at the door ... Read More
Twilight in the Gardens
7-10 pm
Philadelphia's Magic Gardens, 1020 South St.
On these special evenings, you can experience PMG after hours with a live musical performance, guided art workshop, and casual mini-tours. Guests are encouraged to BYOBBS (Bring Your Own Booze, Blanket, and Snacks) to get comfortable and picnic. Read More
Philly POPS presents ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’
7:30 pm
The Met, 858 N. Broad St.
In a nod to the Hollywood Bowl’s productions of Tim Burton’s masterpiece, The Philly POPS will perform the film’s classic score alongside the original film. Everyone is invited to attend in costume; Tim Burton-themed costumes are especially encouraged! Use code NIGHTMARE to get $20 tickets ... Read More
Halloween Campfire and Party
7:30-9 pm
Pennypack Environmental Center, 8600 Verree Rd.
Celebrate Halloween with a fun night of stories, songs, skits, campfire treats, and more. Registration is required; email PEC@phila.gov to receive a registration form. Read More

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