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30+ Things to Do With Kids This Week Around Philly: September 16–22

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Philly Free Week at Magic Gardens

September 15—20, excluding Tuesday

Philadelphia Magic Gardens, 1020 South Street

 

Residents of Philadelphia county (must show proof of residency) can get free admission to explore this incredible mosaic installation. Must make reservations online.

Center City Restaurant Week

September 15–27

 

Center City Restaurant Week runs from September 15–27, offering diners three-course dinner for $35, and (at some places) three-course lunch for $20 at dozens of great restaurants around town. Check out our top picks for going with kids in tow!

‘Beyond the Light’

September 18–22

Theatre Exile, 1340 S. 13th St.

 

Families from ages 6 and up will be enchanted by this unique, theatrical exploration of dance, light effects, and puppetry is set to the poetry of Walt Whitman and Emma Lazarus. Tickets available online.

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.

Spruce Street Harbor Park

11 am — 11 pm Monday — Thursday; 11 am — 1 am Friday and Saturday, through September 29

301 S. Christopher Columbus Blvd.

 

This waterfront spot has food, drinks, games, and is a great place to relax. This upcoming weekend, celebrate fall at the SSHP Fall Festival!

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.

‘Creatures of Habitat’ at Philadelphia Zoo

3400 W. Girard Ave.

Through September 30

 

Creatures of Habitat: A Gazillion Piece Animal Adventure” brings 12 giant LEGO vignettes created by Sean Kenney all over the zoo. Kids will be able to use the returning Zoo Keys at “audiobooks” located at each sculpture (as well as other areas throughout the zoo) to “unlock” secrets and stories about the animals. Read all about the exhibit in our preview.

‘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.

‘Hamilton’

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!

Parks on Tap: Pretzel Park

September 18–22

4300 Silverwood St.

 

Family-friendly beer garden Parks on Tap comes to Manayunk!

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