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30+ Things to Do With Kids This Week Around Philly: October 28–November 3

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Rhythm Babies Halloween Costume Contest

October 26–31


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.

‘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 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.

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.

‘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.


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
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
Yoga for Kids
4 pm
South Philadelphia Library, 1700 S. Broad St.
Join 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 Institute
5-8 pm
222 N. 20th Street
Everyone 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 Night
5:30–7:15 pm
Holmesburg Library, 7810 Frankford Ave.
The Insectarium visits the library to highlight cool and creepy creatures! Plus, Halloween crafts and treats! Read More
Fall Storytime and Pumpkin Painting
6 pm
Oak Lane Library, 6614 N. 12th St.
Family 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 Spooktacular
6-8 pm
1724 Christian St.
The 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 John
10 am and 11 am
Philly InMovement, 500 Kenilworth Street
Little 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 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
Halloween Storytime and Costume Parade
10:30 am
DiSilvestro Playground, 1701 S. 15th Street
Wear 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 Party
10:30 am
Independence Library, 18 S. Seventh St.
Meet up for a Halloween party just for the little ones at the library! Read More
Mommy, Me and Nature: All Things Spooky
1-2:30 pm
Pennypack Environmental Center, 8600 Verree Rd.
Kids 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 Fun
4 pm
Parkway Central Library, 1901 Vine St.
Yoga 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-ween
5-7 pm
1001 Rodman St.
Seger’s annual Halloween party has treats (for dogs and humans), costume contests, and prizes! Read More


The Geography Lady
1-2 pm
Beehive at Bok, Suite B03, 1901 S. Ninth Street
Explore 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 Library
3:30 pm
Oak Lane Library, 6614 N. 12th St.
Storytime with firefighters, game table, scary story writing contest, face painting, and snacks. Read More
Teen Bizarre Ball
4 pm
Parkway Central Library, 1901 Vine St.
Special 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 Library
4 pm
6945 Germantown Ave.
Enjoy this classic Halloween movie... you may even encounter some treats! Read More
Tween Halloween Party
4 pm
Independence Library, 18 S. Seventh St.
Students in first through eighth grades are invited to celebrate with spooky games and tasty treats. Read More
Spooktacular at the Wildlife Refuge
5-7 pm
John Heinz Wildlife Refuge, 8601 Lindbergh Blvd.
Come 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 Museum
5-7 pm
2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Come 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 Square
10 am
18th and Walnut (meet at Billy the Goat)
Little 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 Library
10:30 am
6945 Germantown Ave.
Wear 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 Library
10:30 am
8711 Germantown Ave.
Enjoy some spooky stories, songs, and rhymes. Costumes are encouraged! For children of all ages. 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
Spooky Storytime at Falls of Schuylkill Library
11 am
3501 Midvale Ave.
Halloween-themed stories, activities, and sweet treats. Plus, a costume parade around the library! For ages 2-7 with a caregiver. Read More
Halloween Sensory Hour
1-2 pm
Kith + Kin, 3060 W. Jefferson St.
Join 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 Playground
1:30-3:30 pm
3500 Reservoir Drive
Leaf mask making and music to celebrate the holiday! Read More
Halloween Crafternoon
3 pm
Walnut Street West Library, 201 S. 40th St.
Children of all ages are invited for a Halloween craft, music, and trick-or-treating in the library! Costumes are encouraged. Read More
Halloween at PlayArts
3-5 pm
1241 N. Front Street
Ghoulish 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 Library
3:30 pm
2000 E. Washington Lane
Take 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 Library
3:30 pm
104 West Dauphin Street
Wear 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 Library
4 pm
1901 Vine Street
Come 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 Celebration
4 pm
South Philadelphia Library, 1700 S. Broad St.
Participants 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 Library
4-6 pm
1333 Wagner Ave.
Scary stories, dancing to Thriller, and trick-or-treating in the library! Read More
Project HOME Haunted House and Halloween Celebration
4-6 pm
The Honickman Learning Center and Comcast Technology Labs, 1936 North Judson Street
For 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 Party
4-8 pm
Academy of Natural Sciences, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Enjoy 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 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


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
Storytime at Morris Arboretum
10:30-11:15 am
100 E. Northwestern Avenue
A 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 Place
1 pm
The Shops at Liberty Place, 1625 Chestnut St.
BalletX 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 Bok
4-7 pm
Beehive at Bok, Suite B03, 1901 S. Ninth Street
This 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 PlayArts
5-7 pm
1241 N. Front Street
Bring 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 Club
6 pm-8:30 pm
1301 Locust Street
This 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 Park
6-9 pm
15th St. and JFK Blvd.
Celebrate with cultural performances, food trucks, and games. Come back Saturday for an even bigger celebration! 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, plus access to the new “Worst-Case Scenario” special exhibit! Pre-register online. Read More
‘Billy Elliot’ the Musical
8 pm
Narberth Community Theatre, 6376 City Avenue (corner of City Ave. and Lancaster Ave.)
Based 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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