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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!

Monday

Philadelphia Orchestra's Sound All Around
10 am and 11:15 am
Academy of Music Ballroom, 240 S. Broad St.
Philadelphia Orchestra percussionist, Don Liuzzi, will guide little ones through big and small, loud and soft instruments. Tickets available online. Read More
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
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
Free Baby Massage Class with Tiffany Silliman Cohen
2 pm
Richmond Library, 2987 Almond St.
Learn infant and pediatric massage through song, story, and hands-on interactive skills. Bring a blanket and anything you may need to take care of you and your 0-2 year old. Call 215-685-9992 (ask for Meghan) to register, or email DonderoM@Freelibrary.org. Read More
Monday Market
4-9 pm
Lovett Park, 6945 Germantown Ave.
Live music, kids' stuff, vendors, food trucks, and a beer garden outside the library. Read More
Break into Baking for Teens
5-6:30 pm
Wadsworth Library, 1500 Wadsworth Ave.
Find out what it takes to start your own baking business. Ms. O (Founder and CEO of Aunt Orphia's Pound Cake Company) will tell the story of her pound cake company. Then, using a slice of pound cake and a dollop of icing (provided), decorate ... 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. Onsite registration is required. Read More

Tuesday

Constitution Day
9:30 am-5 pm
National Constitution Center, 525 Arch Street
Museum admission is FREE all day to celebrate the Constitution’s birthday. All day there will be special shows, discussions, and more to teach about the importance of the Constitution. The day also includes a birthday celebration complete with a Constitution-shaped cake, confetti, and appearances by ... 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
Free Trial: Baby and Me Yoga and Music
10:30-11:15 am
Yoga Brain East Falls, 3426 Conrad St.
MOGA is the art of combining music and yoga. In this unique parent/child class, parents will get a chance to practice yoga with their child involved. Email jumpjiveandjam@gmail.com to register for this free trial. Read More
Toddler Time at American Swedish Historical Museum
10:30-11:30 am
1900 Pattison Ave.
Learn why the Dala horse is an iconic symbol of Sweden. Kids will hear the story of a child’s magical wooden carving that comes to life, go on a Dala horse hunt around the museum, and play games to build counting and language skills. No ... Read More
Homeschool Hangout
1 pm
Lucien E. Blackwell West Philadelphia Regional Library, 125 S. 52nd St.
Come to the library to play literacy and math games with other homeschool families. For children ages 11 and under. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Read More
Free Kids' Yoga
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

Wednesday

Storytime in The Garden
10 am
Union Baptist Church, 19th and Fitzwater streets
This free interactive storytime for Pre-K kids and families is rain or shine, and held in the newly redesigned Garden of Eden at the historic Union Baptist Church. Bamboo mats are provided for lawn seating. In case of bad weather storytime will be held in the ... Read More
Book Nook Storytime at Reading Terminal Market
This program, in partnership with The Free Library of Philadelphia, is geared towards children ages 3 to 5. Read More
Jams! in the Park at Dickinson Square
Meet in the park for stories, music, and a sensory activity. Read More
Beginner ZoomDance
10-10:45 am
Kith + Kin, 3060 W. Jefferson St.
Beginner dance, movement, stories, and more for ages 1.5-3 years. Drop-in, or register for the session. Read More
Homeschool Program: Archaeological Adventures
10 am-1 pm
Penn Museum, 3260 South St.
Find out how archaeologists use artifacts to tell a story, and hear from experts about the importance of cultural heritage. Try your hand at cleaning and mending artifacts, just like conservators. Explore the galleries for inspiration and work together to create your own museum exhibit. ... Read More
PAFA Children’s Art Class: Welcoming Week
3:30 pm
Lillian Marrero Library, 601 W. Lehigh Ave.
PAFA art teachers will lead children in creating art to celebrate Welcoming Week, a celebration throughout the globe strengthening communities through bringing together immigrants and those born within their countries. Read More
Pirate Party
4 pm
Blanche A. Nixon/Cobbs Creek Library, 5800 Cobbs Creek Parkway
In celebration of Talk Like a Pirate Day, hear tales, practice your pirate skills and go digging for buried treasure! Read More

Thursday

Barnes Toddler Time
10-10:45 am and 11-11:45 am
The Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Bring your curious and imaginative toddlers (ages 2-4) to the museum to delve into art-related stories, art making, and movement activities, and to get an introduction to the works in the Barnes collection. Read More
S.A.G.A. Club
3:30 pm
Teen Center at Parkway Central Library, 1901 Vine St.
S.A.G.A, short for Sexuality and Gender Acceptance, will meet at the Field Teen Center at the Parkway Central Library. Program is for teens ages 12-18. Snacks will be provided. Read More
Teen Wellness: Boundaries
3:30 pm
McPherson Square Library, 601 E. Indiana Ave.
Teens can join staff from Esperanza Health to discuss setting and practicing emotional and physical boundaries with friends, family, and in dating. Read More
Drag Storytime at Mister John's Music
4 pm
904 S. Ninth St.
Maria TopCatt is back at Mister John's Music for stories, lipsyncing dance parties, catwalk time, and togetherness! Tickets available online. Read More
Mr. Malcolm's Big Fat Crazy Science Show
4 pm
Widener Library, 2808 West Lehigh Ave.
Mr. Malcolm will be exploring all kinds of science-related topics, including the senses, plant life, chemistry, space exploration, and dinosaurs. Ages 5-12 welcome. Registration required; call 215-685-9799 to sign up. Read More
Free Family Fishing Night at John Heinz
4-7 pm
John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge At Tinicum, 8601 Lindbergh Blvd.
The PA Fish and Boat Commission's Gaun First Catch Center staff will be out to assist with instruction and equipment. No registration or experience necessary. 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
Greensgrow Farms Twilight Market
5-8 pm
2501 E. Cumberland Street
Greensgrow is keeping the farm and the farmstand open late for shopping, food and beer, and live music! Read More
Free Outdoor Movie Night: 'Avengers: Infinity War'
6-9 pm
Bridesburg Recreation Center, 4601 Richmond Street
Movie will start at sundown, and various kids activities will be run prior to the start of the films. Read More
Astronomy Night at the Rail Park
6-10 pm
The Rail Park, Noble St. and N. Broad St .
BYOB (bring your own blanket) and lay out for astronomy night at the Rail Park! Featuring a pop-up performance from BalletX at 7 pm, outdoor workshops and giveaways with REI, "Space Talk" with Dr. Gary Bernstein from University of Pennsylvania, arts activities with Mural Arts ... Read More

Friday

Candytopia Opens
Ninth and Market streets
Coming to the new Fashion District, Candytopia brings its wildly popular experiential installation art to Philly this fall. Stay tuned for a full preview before it opens! Favorites—like the marshmallow pit filled with over 250,000 foam marshmallows, and the rainbow-filled room with flying unicorn pigs ... Read More
Park(ing) Day
Various locations throughout Philly (see map in link)
Every year on the third Friday in September, activists, artists, architects, and other citizens transform metered parking spaces into temporary public parks for the day. See how many you can find, and admire the interactive designs! Certain locations have “playful learning” elements too, so they ... 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
Kid Dancy Party
11 am
Charles Santore Library, 932 S. Seventh St.
Bring kids of all ages for music and bubbles and fun! Read More
Oktoberfest at Craft Hall
4-9 pm
901 N. Delaware Ave.
Oktoberfest, with kids in tow! Enjoy live music at 7 pm while the kids play in the indoor pirate ship playground! Plus, food and drink specials through October 6. Read More
2019 Philly High School Fair
5-7 pm
Pennsylvania Convention Center, 1101 Arch St.
Learn about over 100 high school options in Philadelphia. Meet with representatives to discuss admissions requirements, extracurricular activities, academics, and more. Free; no registration required. Read More
PopUpPlay Happy Hour: Pajama Party
5-7 pm
Kith + Kin, 3060 W. Jefferson St.
Come dressed in your favorite cozy PJs and build the night sky by making huge glowing stars that you can hang at home. Make shadow portraits with flashlights and even share some favorite bedtime stories. Pizza served as long as it lasts (but feel free ... Read More
Movie in Clark Park: 'Creed II'
6 pm
4300-4398 Baltimore Ave.
The park will transform into an outdoor amphitheater. Families can enjoy food and dessert offerings from food trucks beginning around 6 pm, as well as extra activities and promotions before the screenings. Movie starts around 8 pm. Read More
Campfire Night at Gold Star Park
6:30-8:30 pm
625 Wharton St.
The park will soon be closing for renovations, so close out their 2019 event series with s'mores! Read More
Family Outdoor Movie Night: 'Captain Marvel'
7-10 pm
Bartram's Garden, 5400 Lindbergh Blvd.
Movie starts at 7 pm. Meet on the Ginkgo Lawn after sundown for a free screening of ‘Captain Marvel’ with free refreshments (or pack your own picnic). An all-ages bike fleet will be available one hour prior to the screening to explore the Bartram’s Mile ... Read More
‘Terror Behind the Walls’ Begins
7-10 pm
Eastern State Penitentiary, 2027 Fairmount Avenue
Not for the young or faint of heart, this historic prison features six haunted attractions! Kids under 7 are not permitted (and even kids over 7 probably will want to at least wait for a Family Night, on Sundays). Read More

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Photograph by Laura Swartz.

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