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30+ Things to Do With Kids This Week Around Philly: October 7–13

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‘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!


October 2—13


The oldest design festival of its kind in the country, DesignPhiladelphia celebrates the history, artists, and innovation that makes Philadelphia such an attraction for culture and design. The festival is full of open houses, exhibits, and more. Other events that will be particularly interesting to families include peeping the gorgeous public installations of the Fishtown Floral Crawl from October 7—9, and stopping by one of the festival’s hubs, Cherry Street Pier, for ongoing installations and open galleries.

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.

Young Frankenstein

Through October 20

Walnut Street Theatre, 825 Walnut St.


It’s alive! This musical stage adaptation of Mel Brooks’ hilarious film comes to WST. Tickets available online.

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.

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!


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
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 'Sometimes I’m Bombaloo!' by Rachel Vail, including making emotion masks. 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


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
Goosebumps Slime Party for Kids and Teens
4 pm
Whitman Library, 200 Snyder Avenue
Celebrate R.L. Stine’s birthday by making slime with spooky elements like plastic spiders and googly eyes. For kids ages 6+ and up. 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
Yarn Pumpkins and Webs
4:30 pm
Lillian Marrero Library, 601 W. Lehigh Avenue
Come make your own pumpkins and webs out of yarn—no knitting or sewing experience needed. Read More


Bartram's Garden Homeschooler Days: The Natural Art of the Image
10 am-noon and 1-3 pm
5400 Lindbergh Blvd.
Kids ages 5-13 will use 19th-century cyanotype and 21st-century photography to make beautiful and scientific botanical art. Pre-registration required. Read More
Day-Off Camp: Art and Nature
8 am-3 pm
The Schuylkill Center, 8480 Hagy's Mill Road, Philadelphia
Bring your kids to the Schuylkill Center for a day of fun and exploration on their day off. They'll discover how artists incorporate nature into their work with a walk through the art gallery and along the trails, and collect materials for their own nature-inspired ... Read More
Arden Theatre Play in a Day
9 am-5 pm
Hamilton Family Arts Center, 62 N. Second St.
If your kids (K-5) have off school, they can participate in a “Play in a Day” workshop, where they work together to create an original play. Read More
Jams! in the Park at Dickinson Square
Meet in the park for stories, music, and a sensory activity. Read More
PAWS for Reading
1:30-2:30 pm
Please Touch Museum, 4231 Avenue of the Republic
Children ages 5 and up can read aloud to a therapy dog to improve reading and communication skills. Sessions are one-on-one with trained therapy pets (and their handlers) in a setting where they can feel comfortable and confident — and have fun! Read More
PAFA Children’s Art Class: Dia de los Muertos
3:30 pm
Lillian Marrero Library, 601 W. Lehigh Avenue
PAFA art teachers will lead children in creating art to celebrate The Day of the Dead! Read More
Mosaic Making with Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens
4 pm
Lucien E. Blackwell West Philadelphia Regional Library, 125 S. 52nd St.
Create mini-mosaics inside jar lids using beads, pieces of tile, mirror, and recycled materials. Leave with a colorful handmade souvenir to hang on your wall. For children ages 11 and under. Read More
Pajama Storytime
6-6:45 pm
Frankford Library, 4634 Frankford Avenue
Kids ages 3-6 are invited to bring their stuffed animals or blanket and listen to a book before bed. Read More


Stroller Tour at the Barnes Foundation
10:30—11:15 am
2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia
Take a 45-minute guided tour and discover ways to look at and appreciate art with little ones in tow. Open to parents and caregivers with babies up to 18 months in a stroller or baby wrap. Note: no double-wide strollers. 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
Homeschool Workshop: Up, Up, and Away
10:30 am-2:30 pm
Franklin Institute, 222 N. 20th St.
In this rocketry workshop, students will learn about the physics of motion and forces that get rockets up, up, and away, and then create and launch rockets. The Franklin Institute's Homeschool Workshops are for students ages 7-14. All ages will be in the same classroom. ... Read More
Thursday Art: Creepy Clay Faces
4:30 pm
Lillian Marrero Library, 601 W. Lehigh Avenue
Using clay, design a unique creepy face inspired by your favorite spooky movies, monsters, or villains. 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
Chinatown Night Market
7-11 pm
10th St. from Arch St. to Vine St.; Race St. from Ninth St. to 11th St., Chinatown
Enjoy a night of food, arts and crafts, and entertainment in Chinatown. Read More


Drag Queen Storytime
1:30 pm and 2:30 pm
Please Touch Museum, 4231 Avenue of the Republic
To celebrate National Coming Out Day, Drag Queen Brittany Lynn returns to Please Touch Museum with stories of love, acceptance, and embracing who you are. 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
Octoberfest and Made in Philadelphia Market
noon-9 pm
Dilworth Park, 1 S. 15th St.
This weekend-long festival at Dilworth celebrates fall with live music, food and drink specials (including bratwurst, of course), a pop-up beer garden, and more. The whole family will enjoy a variety of games and activities including pumpkin painting, a stein-hoisting contest, and the Made in ... Read More
River Days Open House
1-4 pm
Cobbs Creek Community Environmental Center, 700 Cobbs Creek Parkway
The environmental center will be open in the afternoon day for visitors and a naturalist will be on hand to perform an animal show and tell every hour. Read More
S.A.G.A. Club National Coming Out Day Party
3:30 pm
Parkway Central Library, 1901 Vine St.
S.A.G.A, short for Sexuality and Gender Acceptance, is the new Youth G.S.A. (Gay Straight Alliance) located at the Field Teen Center at the Parkway Central Library. Out or not, teens can join and celebrate! Read More
Mifflin Square Fall Friday
3:30 pm
Mifflin Square Park, Sixth and Ritner streets
Free soccer clinic in the park for grades 3-5 at 3:30 pm; followed by a yoga class with Roots2Rise from 5-6 pm. Read More
Tall Trees Nature Playdate
4-5 pm
Schuylkill Center, 8480 Hagy's Mill Road
Come play, explore, and dream with your child immersed in the Tall Trees Playscape. The wonder of nature provides opportunities for imagination, freedom, and creativity. This program is rain or shine, so be sure to dress for the weather. 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

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Photograph by Laura Swartz.

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