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30+ Things to Do With Kids This Week Around Philly: September 2–8

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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

September 3—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.

‘Marvel: Universe of Super Heroes’ at the Franklin Institute

Through September 11

222 N. 20th St.

 

Franklin Institute celebrates Marvel’s 80th Anniversary with a new immersive exhibit including original sketches, costumes and props from Marvel films (including Black PantherCaptain America, and Thor), interactive experiences in life-size scenes, and lots of photo ops! Read our preview here.

‘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: Lemon Hill

September 4–8

Lemon Hill Drive, East Fairmount Park

 

Family-friendly beer garden Parks on Tap comes to the historic East Fairmount Park mansion Lemon Hill.

Monday

Labor Day Parade and Celebration
9 am (celebration 11 am—2 pm)
Parade begins at 1301 S. Columbus Blvd.
Celebrate Philadelphia’s union history and pride with a parade beginning at Sheet Metal Workers’ Local 19 Union Hall (1301 S. Columbus Blvd.) and ending with a family celebration with food, refreshments, and kids’ activities. Read More
Zoo Member Morning Stroll
8:30-9:30 am
Philadelphia Zoo, 3400 W. Girard Ave.
Beat the crowds (and the heat) and visit the zoo an hour early! Read More
Back to School at Museum of the American Revolution
9:30 am-6 pm
101 S. Third St.
Kids 12 and under will receive free admission to the museum, and also will receive a free back-to-school pack including a pencil with a sharpener, an activity sheet, and a pocket-sized Declaration of Independence. Read More
Final Day of Art Splash
10 am-5 pm
Perelman Building, 2525 Pennsylvania Ave.
The art museum is usually closed on Mondays, but it's open on Labor Day, and it's the final day of Art Splash family programming! Make art together as a family and explore the gallery space one last time. Read More
Labor Day Celebration at Franklin Square
noon-3 pm
200 N. Sixth St.
Take a ride on the Lightning Bolt Express Train ($5 adults, $4 children) in the Square to celebrate Labor Day and the end of summer! Read More
Labor Day Volksfest
noon-8 pm
9130 Academy Rd.
This three-day German festival happens every Labor Day Weekend, and features food, live entertainment, prizes, vendors, rides for the kids, and much more. Read More

Tuesday

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
Free Class at Enchanted Music Together
1:30 pm
701 S. Ninth St.
A supportive community of families who play together, learn together, and sing together! They're hosting free classes this week, so register your spot online. 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

Wednesday

Free Class at Enchanted Music Together
Noon and 1:30 pm
701 S. Ninth St.
A supportive community of families who play together, learn together, and sing together! They're hosting free classes this week, so register your spot online. 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
Little Explorers: Summer Harvest Celebration
10-11:30 am
Bartram's Garden, 5400 Lindbergh Blvd.
Harvest the Garden’s bounty and taste an array of fresh flavors at this program for toddlers and preschoolers ages 2-4. Pre-register online. Read More
Not a Peep Sleep Workshop
10-11:30 am
Kith + Kin, 3060 W. Jefferson St.
During this 1.5-hour workshop, sleep expert Maria Lopez will teach you about the science of children’s sleep, why problems occur, how to prevent them, and how to troubleshoot your current issues. This class addresses sleep issues for children of any age. Pre-registration (online) is recommended. Read More
Music and Movement at the Library
4 pm
Parkway Central Library, 1901 Vine St.
Songs, dance, and fun exploring rhythm and movement for kids age 11 and under. Read More
Toddler Yoga at Kith + Kin
4:15 pm
3060 W. Jefferson St.
Toddler Yoga is a fun, energetic and engaging way for parents to connect with their young children (ages 2-4) through yoga poses. Toddlers will learn poses while parents help guide the little ones towards focus, leading by example with their own participation. Drop-ins welcome. Read More
Equilibrium Dance Academy Open House
5-8 pm
1802 S. Broad St.
Check out Equilibrium and enjoy face painting, snacks, and dancing! Pre-register online. Read More
The Great Wiener Race
5-8 pm
Pretzel Park, 4300 Silverwood St.
Come watch the running of the Wiener Dogs! Race starts at 6:15 pm. Plus vendors and a beer garden. This event is a fundraiser for PAWS (Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society) with some proceeds for Pretzel Park dog park. Read More
Orchestra 2001 presents ¡Conexiones! Mexico
5:30-6:16 pm
Hunting Park, 900 W. Hunting Park Ave.
Orchestra 2001 will present a 10-piece ensemble playing exciting music by three of Mexico’s most well-known 20th- and 21st-century classical composers in this free concert. They will also perform at 7 pm. Read More
Towey Playground Dedication
5:30-7:30 pm
1832 N. Howard St.
Dedicate a new ground mural, and celebrate the extensive refurbishment of the Towey Playground, which includes more seating, repairs to the handball wall, and more. Read More
Not a Typical Kid: A Support Group for Parents of Children with Autism
7 pm
Fumo Family Library, 2437 S. Broad St.
Come meet, ask questions, receive support, and share experiences and resources with other parents of children on the autistic spectrum. Children are welcome, and an activity will be provided. Read More

Thursday

Free Class at Enchanted Music Together
11:30 am and 1:30 pm
701 S. Ninth St.
A supportive community of families who play together, learn together, and sing together! They're hosting free classes this week, so register your spot online. Read More
Rhythm Babies
noon-12:45 pm
By My Side Parenting, 1542 E. Montgomery Ave.
This readiness program for little ones (4-18 months old) includes singing, dancing, stories, instruments, and more. Read More
Teen Back to School Party and Art Contest
4 pm
Parkway Central Library, 1901 Vine St.
Teens (age 12-18) are invited to the Teen Center at the library for a back to school art party with snacks. Read More
Outdoor Movie Night: 'Fantastic Mr. Fox'
8 pm
East (Center City) side of the Schuylkill River, just north of the Walnut Street Bridge
Grab your blankets and hit the Schuylkill Banks for a free movie night. Come early to participate in a free pre-movie raffle for gift cards from Philadelphia Runner and Saxbys. Snacks and beverages will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Read More
'In Transit' by Tangle Movement Arts
8 pm
Christ Church Neighborhood House, 20 N. American St.
In this new circus-theater show that's part of the Fringe Festival, nine women climb silks and hang from trapezes as subway rides and bus trips become a platform for aerial dance and intimate moments between strangers. Tangle’s acrobats travel through our public spaces to find ... Read More

Friday

Nimble Crafters at Kith + Kin
10 am-noon
3060 W. Jefferson St.
Weekly take-home projects are inspired by nature, cultures, and art appreciation. Experimenting with different materials in a controlled environment allows your child to gain confidence but most importantly have fun! Come any time between the two-hour open studio time and stay as long as you ... 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
Girls Know Things: Book and Social Club
3 pm
Lovett Memorial Library, 6945 Germantown Ave.
Curious girls between 11 and 14 years old are invited to grab a book and socialize each week with reading, arts and crafts, prizes, snacks and more. 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
Family Happy Hour at PlayArts
5-7 pm
1241 N. Front Street
Bring your friends and your little ones out for First Friday. Featuring DJs Eleet and Linz&Mars with food provided by Liberty Kitchen. Plus, a new mural by Fishtown’s own Keith Greiman will be unveiled and there will be limited edition PlayArts + Keith Greiman collab ... Read More
First Fridays at Roxborough Pocket Park
5-8 pm
6170 Ridge Ave.
Pocket Park events will bring the community together for family fun on Ridge Avenue. The event will include a performance by REV Theatre Company. Read More
Philadelphia Honey Festival
5-9 pm
Glen Foerd on the Delaware (Grant Avenue and Milnor Street)
The Philadelphia Honey Festival brings three days of sweet activities to three different historic locations this weekend. Day 1 is at Glen Foerd, and includes lawn games, live music, and more. Read More
Music & Mist Summer Concert Series
6 pm
Julian Abele Park, 22nd and Carpenter streets
Christie Lenée, and Brenda L. Cohen from Deep City Healers perform a free concert at the park. Plus, open mic night! Read More
Movies on the Block: 'The Secret of Kells'
6 pm
Cope House, Awbury Arboretum, 1 Awbury Rd.
Stroll into the Arboretum anytime after 6 pm and enjoy the grounds before the movie starts, with free watermelon, face painting, live music, adorable wandering Philly Goats, tours with Let’s Go Outdoors, games, crafts, and giveaways. Bring blankets, lawn chairs, and a picnic dinner for ... Read More
Family Swim Night
6-8 pm
Fitness Works Philadelphia, 714 Reed St
Fitness Alive's monthly open-swim night is open to one and all, and it's open house-style, too, which means you can come and splash around any time during the two-hour window. $10 per person. Read More
NEST Kids Club Drop-Off Play
6-8:30 pm
1301 Locust St.
Drop the kids off while you have an adult night out! Includes pizza dinner, games, a take-home craft, open play, and more. This month's theme is Theater! For kids 6 and under (must be potty trained). Call to register! Read More
Fishtown First Fridays at the Garden Center
6-9 pm
NKCDC Garden Center (Frankford and Berks)
Join your neighbors at the last First Friday event of the summer for a family-friendly outdoor evening of music, drinks, food, and warm-weather fun. Read More
'The Incredibles 2' at Hawthorne Park
7 pm
12th and Catherine streets
Join starting around 7 pm for music and mingling; the movie starts when it's dark enough to see the screen! Read More
Pictures in the Park: 'Aladdin'
7:30-9:30 pm
Sister Cities Park, 210 N. 18th St.
New for this year, Sister Cities Park is keeping the Pictures in the Park fun going into September! TD Bank will give away free popcorn to the first 100 guests. The Sister Cities Café will also offer snacks and sweets, including beer, wine and cocktails ... Read More
Pictures in the Park: 'Grease'
7:30-9:30 pm
Sister Cities Park, 210 N. 18th St.
New for this year, Sister Cities Park is keeping the Pictures in the Park fun going into September! TD Bank will give away free popcorn to the first 100 guests. The Sister Cities Café will also offer snacks and sweets, including beer, wine and cocktails ... Read More
Pictures in the Park: 'Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle'
7:30-9:30 pm
Sister Cities Park, 210 N. 18th St.
New for this year, Sister Cities Park is keeping the Pictures in the Park fun going into September! TD Bank will give away free popcorn to the first 100 guests. The Sister Cities Café will also offer snacks and sweets, including beer, wine and cocktails ... Read More
First Friday Movie Under the Stars and Stripes: 'Them'
8:30 pm
Betsy Ross House, 239 Arch St.
Enjoy $5 admission, a tour of the Betsy Ross House, and a movie in the courtyard. Visitors are encouraged to arrive early, and bring food and a bottle of wine to watch the movie! The movies are all vintage sci-fi horror B-movies, so maybe leave ... Read More

Weekend Events

 

Check out our High Five weekend planner!

 

Photograph by Christine Mitchell, courtesy of Visit Philadelphia.

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