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30+ Things to Do With Kids This Week Around Philly: September 30–October 6

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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!


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
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
Holiday Alphabet Hunt on the Wissahickon
1:30-3:30 pm
Meet at Valley Green Inn
In this very special holiday scavenger hunt, use the Wissahickon Woods to provide the tools for whatever story you want to tell. Participants will scour the woods to find and photograph as many letters of the alphabet as they can, made from shapes in trees, ... Read More
Sensory Explorers
4-5:15 pm
Kith + Kin, 3060 W. Jefferson St.
Led by an occupational therapist, this workshop will have children of all “abilities” play together to experience various sensory integration strategies to help increase self-regulation, and to prepare children for learning and playing in a group setting. Pre-registration is required. Kith + Kin is closed ... 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
Museum Playdate: Egypt
10:30-11:30 am
Penn Museum, 3260 South St.
Geared for families with children ages 3 to 6, Museum Playdates feature illustrated stories told in Museum galleries, hands-on reproduction artifacts, and make-and-take art activities—plus a snack! This month, read ‘We’re Sailing Down the Nile’ by Laurie Krebs and Anne Wilson and explore the Egypt Gallery. Read More
French Storytime
2 pm
Walnut Street West, 201 S. 40th St.
All storybooks are read in French by local parents and volunteers. 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. Children ages 6 and under must be accompanied by a caregiver. Mats are available to borrow, or bring your own. 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
Bartram's Garden Little Explorers: Apple Cider, 18th Century Style
10-11:30 am
5400 Lindbergh Blvd.
Take a turn crushing apples in an old cider press to make fresh apple cider. This monthly program for toddlers and preschoolers ages 2-4. Pre-register online. Read More
Not a Peep Sleep Workshop: Babies
10-11:30 am
Kith + Kin, 3060 W. Jefferson St.
Join Maria Lopez, pediatric sleep specialist and founder of Not a Peep to learn the necessary tools to calm a crying baby and teach healthy sleeping habits. Pre-registration (online) is recommended. Read More
First Wednesday at Please Touch Museum
4-7 pm
4231 Avenue of the Republic
On the first Wednesday of every month, Please Touch Museum is open until 7 pm for two extra hours of play and offers $2 per person admission from 4 pm on. Read More
Not a Typical Kid: A Support Group for Parents of Children with Autism
6 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


Mandarin Chinese Storytime
10:30 am
Parkway Central Library, 1901 Vine St.
Enjoy stories, songs, music, movements and lots of fun in Mandarin Chinese with Ms. Han from the Philadelphia Chinese Academy for children birth to 5 years old with their caregivers. 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
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
Night Market: Point Breeze
6-10 pm
20th and Federal streets
Food trucks come out en masse for this street fair highlighting different neighborhoods throughout the season. This year, Night Market closes out in Philly’s Point Breeze section, so you can eat your way through Federal Street. Read More
Family Groove Train
6:30-7:30 pm
BalletX, 1923 Washington Ave.
Come get busy “Soul Train” style with this fun, all-ages dance class. Drop in or buy a class pass. Read More


Outdoor Movie Night: 'Maleficent'
Powers Park, 2965 Almond St.
Bring your own blanket, and catch up on 'Maleficent' before the sequel comes out later this month. Movie starts at dusk. Read More
Not a Peep Sleep Workshop
10-11:30 am
1241 N. Front Street
During this 1.5 hours 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. 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
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 (and your favorite adult beverages) out for First Friday night playtime. Drop-in rates apply (adults are free). Read More
Nest Kids Club
6-8:30 pm
1301 Locust Street
Open to kids ages 2 to 6 (must be potty trained), this first Friday parents' night out allows you to drop off the kids, knowing that your littles are having a blast with their friends in a fun and safe environment. Nest's stellar staff will ... Read More
Spooky Mini Golf at Franklin Square
6-9 pm
200 N. Sixth St.
Philly Mini Golf is transformed into spooky fun for the season with fog, lights, music, and surprises. Read More
Night of Lights in Chestnut Hill
7-9:30 pm
Germantown Avenue between Bethlehem Pike and Southampton Avenue, Chestnut Hill
Night of Lights projects historical images and films from the Chestnut Hill Conservancy’s archives through storefront windows and onto exterior walls. Neighboring buildings will be illuminated with colored lights as well. Night of Lights coincides with Chestnut Hill First Fridays, where shops operate on extended ... Read More
Haunted River Cruise
8 pm
Departs from Independence Seaport Museum, 211 S. Columbus Blvd.
Climb aboard for a spooky cruise with Delaware River legends of pirate ghosts, the Jersey Devil, and other “Phantoms of the River.” Tickets available online. Read More
First Friday Movie Under the Stars and Stripes Double Feature: ‘Bucket of Blood’ and ‘Night of the Living Dead’
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

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