30+ Things to Do With Kids This Week Around Philly: October 22–28
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Costume Creation and Pumpkin Patch at SplashLab Arts
October 22—26, 9 am–3 pm
3510 Scotts Lane
SplashLab Arts will be offering an indoor pumpkin patch every day during drop in hours (9am-3pm during the week). Come in and pick a pumpkin from the patch, then sit at the table and paint or carve it. You can also drop by the costume making workshop and make an accessory to go along with your costume. You design it, and SplashLab will help you make it!
‘Vikings: Beyond the Legend’ at the Franklin Institute
Through March 3, 2019
222 North 20th Street
The Franklin Institute presents 600 unique artifacts, multimedia, hands-on elements, and more to bring the Viking Age to life. Read all about the exhibit in our preview.
‘Thomas and Friends: Explore the Rails!’ at Please Touch Museum
Through January 6, 2019
4231 Avenue of the Republic
The long-awaited Thomas and Friends exhibit arrives at Please Touch Museum with plenty of train-themed fun, photo ops, imaginative play, and valuable STEM lessons along the way! Read our full preview here.
Fabulous Fashion: From Dior’s New Look to Now
Through March 3, 2019
Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
If you have a fashion lover in your midst (or are one yourself), you’ll definitely want to catch this new exhibit that’s all about couture!
Scarecrow Walk at Morris Arboretum
100 E. Northwestern Ave.
More than 30 scarecrows will be on display along Oak Allée through Halloween. Come see the impressive designs, and vote for your favorite!
‘Hamilton: The Constitutional Clashes That Shaped a Nation’
Through December 31
National Constitution Center, 525 Arch St.
Walk in Alexander Hamilton’s shoes and learn more about the Founding Father whose life has fascinated Americans for centuries. 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 (that one was a bit more personal). It’s included with museum admission.
‘Xtreme Bugs’ at Academy of Natural Sciences
Through January 21, 2019
1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Nearly 20 towering animatronic bugs will come alive in this new creepy crawly exhibit! Get a bug’s-eye view of the world and learn about their intricacies and behaviors. See our preview here.
The GLOW: A Jack O’Lantern Experience
Thursdays through Sundays from October 4—28
West Fairmount Park, 5201 Parkside Ave.
Take a stroll down Jack’s path to see elaborate carved pumpkins and displays like you’ve never seen! New for this year, there’s a display dedicated to our champion Philadelphia Eagles. Tickets are available online.
Philadelphia Orchestra’s Sound All Around: Brass
October 22, 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. Philadelphia Orchestra musician Ernesto Tovar Torres will guide the audience through the brass family.
Toddler/Preschool Around the World with the Geography Lady
October 22, 10—11 am
Lilypad, 1234 S. Broad St.
Geography Lady will use stories, music, movement, games, crafts, and a snack to introduce little ones to the world. This week, explore Mexico!
October 22, 10:30 am
Outside DiSilvestro Rec Center, enter on Morris St. behind the library
A playgroup centered around play and positivity that includes storytime, music, dancing, and sensory exploration.
Open Climb at Cecil B. Moore Library
October 22, 2 pm
2320 Cecil B. Moore Ave.
Kids ages 3-5 are welcome to see the library’s new playspace, featuring a miniature rock wall! Closed-toe shoes required.
Teen Halloween Horrors Craft
October 22, 4 pm
Blanche A. Nixon/Cobbs Creek Library, 5800 Cobbs Creek Parkway
Get into the Halloween spirit with a creepy craft, snacks, and more.
Tacony Halloween Celebration
October 22, 4:30—7:30 pm
Begins at Tacony Library, 6742 Torresdale Ave.
Celebrate Halloween early with arts and crafts, ared carpet costume contest, a graveyard ghoul band, and trunk-or-treating! Start at Tacony Library for Scary Storytime and Creepy Crafts, then continue with a costume contest, live entertainment, and much more.
Music Monkey Jungle Free Session at Reading Terminal Market
October 23, 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.
Around the World with the Geography Lady in Queen Village at The Bagel Place
October 23, 11 am—noon
404 Queen Street
Join the Geography Lady at The Bagel Place in Queen Village for a fun filled around the world event. There will be pictures, maps, stories, games, music, movement, crafts and much more. For kids ages 1-4.
Mummies, Me, and Nature
October 23, 1—2:30 pm
Pennypack Environmental Center, 8600 Verree Rd.
Kids age 2-5 plus a caregiver are invited for a Halloween parade around the meadow and spooky crafts. Apple cidering to follow—they request each participant bring four apples. Costumes are allowed, but dress to be outdoors. Registration required.
School Age Around the World with the Geography Lady
October 23, 3:45—4:45 pm
619 S. Second Street
Learn about Mexico with maps, stories, music, snacks, and a special craft to take home. This event is for school age children ages five and up. Drop off is an option, but children must be picked up on time.
Kids Can Cook
October 23, 4 pm
Queen Memorial Library, 1201 South 23rd Street
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.
Trunk-or-Treat at Whitman Square
October 23, 5—7:30 pm
Chick-fil-A Whitman Square, 9711 Roosevelt Blvd.
Community businesses will bring out their company cars to create a “neighborhood” of vehicles and distribute candy and other free promotional items so kids can get their costumes on and trick-or-treat safely. There will also be music and entertainment.
Family Night Slime and Pizza
October 23, 6:30–7:45 pm
SplashLab Arts, 3510 Scotts Lane
Enjoy family access to the studio at night. Call to make a reservation by 3pm Tuesday afternoon, and indicate whether you want dinner delivered for your family. Then show up and have fun getting messy!
School Age Geography Lady Class at Lilypad (Ages 5 and up)
October 24, 3:30—4:30 pm
1234 S. Broad St.
Join the Geography Lady after school to explore different countries and cultures around the world through stories, music, movement, games, crafts, and a snack.
Halloween Haunted House at Fumo Family Library
October 24, 4 pm
2437 South Broad Street
Celebrate one of the story of Frankenstein and behold the frightful union of the monster and his bride. Crafts, games, treats, and plenty of screams!
Trick-or-Treat at the Art Museum
October 24, 5—7:30 pm
2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Come dressed up to trick-or-treat through the galleries and make some spooky artwork!
Family Terrarium Night
October 24, 6:30—8 pm
DiSilvestro Playground, 1701 S. 15th St.
This program is free and open to all ages (parent participation is strongly encouraged for younger children). All supplies will be provided along with an educational talk to explain what terrariums are all about! Feel free to bring your own container if you wish. Call 215-685-1598 or email DisilvestroPlayground@gmail.com to reserve your spot, as space is very limited.
Drop-in Play and Storytime at Philly Art Center
October 25, 10:30—11:45 am
2501 Olive Street and 514 Bainbridge Street
For babies ages 0-2. Walkers enjoy sensory stations, while floor-bound babies enjoy age appropriate manipulative play. Storytime is at 11 am. No need to sign up, just drop-in for $5 at the door.
Art in the Park
October 25, 3:30–6 pm
Mifflin Square Park, 6th and Ritner streets
Murals on the Move will be at the park with a van full of art supplies for a fun, family friendly event. Stop by and make a work-of-art.
Pumpkin Storytime and Craft
October 25, 4 pm
Whitman Library, 200 Snyder Avenue
Listen to fall stories and decorate a stand-up wooden pumpkin to take home.
Spooky Bat Walk
October 25, 5—7 pm
8601 Lindbergh Blvd.
Learn about different bat species found on the refuge on this special Halloween-themed walk and crafts.
East Passyunk Community Center Halloween Party
October 25, 6—8 pm
1025 Mifflin St.
This free Halloween party has treats, games, costume contests, and a Quidditch demonstration by the Philadelphia Freedom Quidditch Club!
Halloween Movie: ‘Hocus Pocus’
October 25, 6—8 pm
Venice Island Performing Arts Recreation Center, 7 Lock Street
Venice Island Performing Arts Recreation Center is hosting a free double feature screening to get you in the mood for Halloween! Light refreshments will be available. No tickets necessary. At 6 pm, it’s Hocus Pocus. Sorry, families, the 8 pm showing of The Thing is adults only.
Free Halloween Stroller Strides Class
October 26, 9:30—11:30 am
Schuylkill River Park, 300 S. 25th St.
Treat yourself to a free Stroller Strides class. After class the kids will go stroller to stroller to trick-or-treat, so bring a snack to give out. Pre-register online.
Monster Mash Bash at Mini InMovement
October 26, 10 am and 11 am
Philly InMovement 610 S. Percy Street
Kids ages 10 months-5 years can come in costume for a special Halloween-themed open gym with treats. Register online.
Baby Bird Playdate at Philadelphia Museum of Art
October 26, 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.
Squiggles Meet and Greet
October 26, 11:30 am—noon
Please Touch Museum, 4231 Avenue of the Republic
Come play and learn with Squiggles, Please Touch Museum’s new mascot and friend.
Dinos After Dark
October 26, 4—8 pm
Academy of Natural Sciences, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
As part of the Parkway Soiree, the museum will stay open late with pay-what-you-wish admission, and host a Dino Drafts beer garden and dance performances (and dino dancing!) outside; and hands-on activities inside.
October 26, 5—10 pm
Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia
To close out the yearlong Parkway 100 celebration, honoring the Benjamin Franklin Parkway’s centennial, a block party will take over that iconic place, featuring a giant birthday cake, food and drink from Night Market Philadelphia, and family-friendly activities and experiences up and down the Parkway! Daniel Tiger will visit Shakespeare Park, zombies will walk among us, and so much more! Several Parkway museums and cultural institutions will offer extended hours and special programming, including the return of Dino Dancing at the Academy of Natural Sciences! See our preview here.
Last Friday Halloween Celebration
October 26, 5—9 pm (kid-friendly from 5—7 pm)
1825 Frankford Ave.
Bring the kids and the pups from 5–7 pm for costume contests, crafts, face painting, treats, and the monster mash! After 7 pm, there are drink specials and a “live exorcism,” so you might want to pack it in before then if you’re bringing the family.
Fridays through Sundays from October 5—28, 5—9 pm
Moshulu, 401 S. Christopher Columbus Blvd.
The iconic Moshulu transforms into a pirate ship for a family-friendly celebration featuring costumed characters, spooky tours, an on-deck pumpkin patch, treats, and more! Tickets available online.
Spooky Mini Golf at Franklin Square
October 26, 6—9 pm
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!
Halloween Hikes and Hayrides
October 26 and 27, 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 for the general public; timed reservations for hikes are first come, first served.
Halloween Campfire and Party
October 26, 7:30 pm
Pennypack Environmental Center, 8600 Verree Rd.
Celebrate Halloween with a fun night of stories, songs, skits, campfire treats, and more. Registration is required by October 23. Email PEC@phila.gov to receive a registration form.
Get all our weekend picks in the High Five, here!
Photograph courtesy of South Street Headhouse District.
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