30+ Things to Do With Kids This Week Around Philly: October 28–November 3
Need plans? We've got something great, every day!
Need plans? We’ve got something great, every day.
Drop into the best baby music classes in town, and get your baby dressed up in their most adorable costume for a chance to win 10 free classes! See schedule and locations online.
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!
October 28–November 2, 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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Cooking Around the WorldEach 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 PlaceCome sing, dance, laugh and play with Music Monkey Jungle in this free concert! Read More
Kids Cooking ClubKids 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
Yoga for KidsJoin yoga teacher Danielle Pramick for a free children’s yoga class at the library. This class will give kids a safe environment to play, explore and experience the benefits of yoga. Read More
Free Community Night at Franklin InstituteEveryone is welcome to join in the fun at this free educational and fun-filled science night that includes access to the museum and hands-on activities. See the new “Worst-Case Scenario” exhibit for $9. Onsite registration is required. Read More
Halloween Family Fun NightThe Insectarium visits the library to highlight cool and creepy creatures! Plus, Halloween crafts and treats! Read More
Fall Storytime and Pumpkin PaintingFamily storytime and festive snack, followed by painting a mini pumpkin. One pumpkin per child; first come, first served. Space may be limited. Program is best for preschoolers and younger school-age children, but all are welcome. Read More
Christian Street Y SpooktacularThe evening will include fun activities and crafts for the whole family. This event is open to everyone. Children under 12 years old must be accompanied by parent or guardian. Read More
Monster Mash Bash with Mister JohnLittle ones (ages 10 months – 5 years) can join everyone’s favorite Mister John and the InMovement team for a Monster Mash Bash! Come wearing your spookiest costume. The gym will be open for children to climb and jump while Mister John plays live Halloween ... Read More
Music Monkey Jungle Free Session at Reading Terminal MarketSing, dance, move, and have a rockin’ good time with Music Monkey Jungle. Admission is free and open to the public. Read More
Halloween Storytime and Costume ParadeWear your costume and meet at the playground behind the library for a spooky storytime, and then a costume parade ending in the library where there will be Halloween crafts and activities. Read More
Toddler Halloween PartyMeet up for a Halloween party just for the little ones at the library! Read More
Mommy, Me and Nature: All Things SpookyKids ages 2-5 will take a Halloween parade around the meadow, do spooky crafts, and then do apple cidering. Each participant should bring 4 apples. Costumes are allowed, but dress to be outdoors (and no masks). Registration required. Read More
Yoga FunYoga stories, yoga songs, yoga games, and yoga adventures with Ms. Becky! Stretch, relax, and build strength with fun activities for children ages 11 and under. Read More
Seger Dog Park’s Howl-o-weenSeger’s annual Halloween party has treats (for dogs and humans), costume contests, and prizes! Read More
The Geography LadyExplore the world through pictures and maps, stories and play, sensory and snacks, and a lot of fun. Drop in or reserve a spot online. Read More
Read by 4th visits Oak Lane LibraryStorytime with firefighters, game table, scary story writing contest, face painting, and snacks. Read More
Teen Bizarre BallSpecial dance event for teens with a whimsical, otherworldly atmosphere. Create masks and costumes in advance in the Maker Studio! Read More
'Hocus Pocus' at Lovett LibraryEnjoy this classic Halloween movie... you may even encounter some treats! Read More
Tween Halloween PartyStudents in first through eighth grades are invited to celebrate with spooky games and tasty treats. Read More
Spooktacular at the Wildlife RefugeCome to a special spooky time on the archery range! Families are welcome with kids age 8 and up. No registration or equipment required. Stay for a B.A.R.K. Ranger meet-up walk at 6 pm, costumes encouraged! Read More
Trick-or-Treat at the Art MuseumCome dressed up to trick-or-treat through the galleries and make some spooky artwork! Free with pay-what-you-wish admission. Read More
Costume Parade in Rittenhouse SquareLittle ones can meet at the goat for a costume parade around the park, and then a special Halloween storytime in the library (1905 Locust Street). In case of rain, the parade will also be in the library. Read More
Spooky Storytime at Lovett LibraryWear your favorite costume, join Ms. Dana for seasonal stories, and even get a treat! For toddlers and preschoolers, and their parents or caregivers. Read More
Spooky Storytime at Chestnut Hill LibraryEnjoy some spooky stories, songs, and rhymes. Costumes are encouraged! For children of all ages. Read More
Creative Play + Storytime at Philly Art CenterWalkers enjoy sensory stations while floor-bound babes enjoy age appropriate manipulative play. Storytime is at 11 am. $5 at the door. Read More
Spooky Storytime at Falls of Schuylkill LibraryHalloween-themed stories, activities, and sweet treats. Plus, a costume parade around the library! For ages 2-7 with a caregiver. Read More
Halloween Sensory HourJoin Karith of Nimble Craft for a special Halloween Spooky Sensory Hour including “ooey gooey” oobleck, fizzy caldron potions, and a sensory tub. Free, just drop-in! Read More
Halloween Playtime at Smith Memorial PlaygroundLeaf mask making and music to celebrate the holiday! Read More
Halloween CrafternoonChildren of all ages are invited for a Halloween craft, music, and trick-or-treating in the library! Costumes are encouraged. Read More
Halloween at PlayArtsGhoulish games, spooky sensory stations, and fiendish fun—plus pizza slices for sale to nourish your little goblins before they head out to trick-or-treat. Costumes strongly encouraged! Free for PlayArts members. Read More
Halloween Party at West Oak Lane LibraryTake a walk through the haunted library! Plus costume contests, crafts, refreshments and, of course, candy. Face painting will be available from 4-5 pm. This program is best for school-age kids. Read More
Halloween Party at the Haunted Kensington LibraryWear your spooky costume for games, prizes, candy and free pizza. Drop by before you head out trick-or-treating! Read More
Costume Parade at Parkway Central LibraryCome in costume to parade all around the library and collect treats from each department! This event is intended for children ages 11 and under, and their caregivers. Read More
Calaveritas: Day of the Dead CelebrationParticipants will learn about the cultural significance of the Day of the Dead. Author Cynthia Kreilick will read her story 'Catrina!' and will lead a hands-on session making papier mâché catrina dolls. Also, show your creativity and style by making a “calaverita literaria”(literary skull). Read More
Halloween Bash at Logan LibraryScary stories, dancing to Thriller, and trick-or-treating in the library! Read More
Project HOME Haunted House and Halloween CelebrationFor the second year in a row, Project HOME is opening the doors of the Honickman Learning Center and Comcast Technology Labs for a special haunted house and Halloween celebration including crafts, games, a bouncy house, and a spooky haunted house! Read More
Dinos After Dark: Halloween PartyEnjoy pay-what-you-wish admission, a family-friendly atmosphere, and the Dino Drafts Beer Garden in Dinosaur Hall! Plus, for Halloween, stop by five frightfully fun stations for a treat and check out spooky specimens from the museum’s collections! Read More
Yoga and Mindfulness for KidsKids 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
Baby Bird Playdate at Philadelphia Museum of ArtPlay at the museum with your little ones and enjoy music, art making, and gallery walks. For toddlers and their grownups. Read More
Storytime at Morris ArboretumA fun and engaging reading session with a local librarian, tailored to the changing seasons to complements the natural setting of the arboretum. In case of bad weather, it will be held indoors. Read More
BalletX Pop Up at the Shops at Liberty PlaceBalletX dancers will perform signature company repertory and original choreography created specifically for Pop-Up events. Free and open to the public. Read More
BYOB Happy Hour at Beehive at BokThis new South Philly playspace hosts its first-ever Happy Hour featuring local artist Maria Beddia. Kids can play and adults can BYO. Classroom space will be open and will have kids' seating available. Just $5 for the family. Members are free. Read More
Family Happy Hour at PlayArtsBring your friends and your little ones (and your favorite adult beverages) out for First Friday night playtime. Drop-in rates apply (adults are free). The Changing Brain Lab at the University of Pennsylvania will show children real human and animal brains, and teach them how ... Read More
Nest Kids ClubThis club meets on the first Friday of every month so that you can take time for yourself, knowing that your (potty-trained) littles are having a blast with their friends in a fun and safe environment with games, a take home craft, activities, pizza, and ... Read More
Día de Los Muertos celebration at LOVE ParkCelebrate with cultural performances, food trucks, and games. Come back Saturday for an even bigger celebration! Read More
Camp-In at the Franklin InstituteKids ages 6-13 (and chaperones) will have a unique sleepover experience in the museum, plus access to the new “Worst-Case Scenario” special exhibit! Pre-register online. Read More
‘Billy Elliot’ the MusicalBased on the hit film, and featuring a score by the legendary Elton John, Billy Elliot follows the journey of a young boy in a small British mining town who discovers his passion for dance! Read More
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Photograph by Laura Swartz.