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30+ Things to Do With Kids This Week Around Philly: September 9–15

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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.


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: Penn Treaty Park

September 11–15

1301 N. Beach St.


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


Free Class at Enchanted Music Together
11:30 am and 3:30 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
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 recipe, ... 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 'Drum City.' Then, kids will make their own drums out of toilet paper rolls from the museum. 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
Pep Rally and Pop-Up Shop for Philly Public Schools at LOVE Park
noon-1 pm
15th St. and JFK Blvd.
Come buy a shirt or pin and see Mayor Jim Kenney, Superintendent William Hite School District of Philadelphia,the Philadelphia Eagles, and a high school drumline! Read More
Library Back to School Night
4 pm
Blanche A. Nixon/Cobbs Creek Library, 5800 Cobbs Creek Parkway
Check out student resources at the library, and the first 20 students will receive a free backpack filled with supplies. Read More
Philadelphia Foundation Workshop: Community Paint Day
4-6 pm
100 E. Godfrey Ave.
Open to all ages, and no experience necessary, paint piece of the Centennial Legacy Mural and become a part of Philadelphia’s public art landscape. Register online. Read More
Read With A Dog
4:15 pm
Falls of Schuylkill Library, 3501 Midvale Ave.
School-age kids (age 6-12) are invited to come read independently with Orchid, a certified therapy dog, and share a new book or an old favorite in a judgment-free space. 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
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.
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, or bring your own. Read More
Night Skies in the Observatory
7-10 pm
Franklin Institute, 222 N. 20th St.
Build your own experience from any combination of planetarium shows, a live science talk on astronomy or space science, hands-on astronomy activities, and continuous telescopic observing all evening (weather permitting). The program is staffed with knowledgeable observers, and free star maps are provided. Buy tickets ... Read More


Bartram's Garden Homeschooler Days: Unnatural History
10 am-noon and 1-3 pm
5400 Lindbergh Blvd.
Kids ages 5-13 will see how sometimes myth-making takes a front seat to science and create their own “unnatural history” exhibits. Pre-registration required. Read More
Jams! in the Park at Dickinson Square
Meet in the park for stories, music, and a sensory activity. Read More
Teen Open House
3:30 pm
Philadelphia City Institute, 1905 Locust St.
Teens in grades 7-12, meet for pizza and planning for another year of awesome after-school activities at the library, including Teen Reading Lounge. Read More
Monarchs in the Meadow
4 pm
Wissahickon Environmental Center, 300 W. Northwestern Avenue
Take an all-ages hike to Andorra meadow to look for monarchs and do a butterfly release, too. Pre-register online. Read More
9/11 Ceremony and Concert
6-9 pm
Gorgas Park, 6300 Ridge Avenue
Gather in Gorgas Park for a 9/11 memorial ceremony and a free concert by the Hooligans. 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
Spanish Storytime
11:30 am
Walnut Street West, 201 S. 40th St.
A free, all-ages bilingual storytime with stories and songs in Spanish and English. 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
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
Free Pop-up Archery Range
5-7 pm
John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge, 8601 Lindbergh Blvd.
Take your first shot at archery and learn a quick overview of the skills required to hit a bullseye with USA Archery certified instructors. Families are welcome with kids age 8 and up. No registration or equipment required. Read More
Free Concert at the Awbury Agricultural Village
5:30-7:15 pm
6336 Ardleigh Street
BYO picnic starting at 5:30 pm, then free music begins at 6:15 pm. Bring your own blanket or lawn chairs. Read More
Baltimore Avenue Dollar Stroll
5:30-8:30 pm
Baltimore Avenue between 43rd and 52nd streets
During this unique event, score $1 bargains from neighborhood favorites, ranging from bites from signature restaurants to pet supplies to theater tickets. Live music, family entertainment, and more accompany the deals, making this a great event for people of all ages. Read More


Movie in the Park: 'Captain Marvel'
Coxe Park, Cherry Street between 21st and 22nd streets
Higher, further, faster! Movie night begins at dusk and is BYOB (Bring Your Own Blanket). In case of rain, movie will be rescheduled by one week. Read More
Movie in the Park: 'Coco'
Palmer Park, Frankford Ave. and East Palmer Street
Movie night begins at dusk and is BYOB (Bring Your Own Blanket). In case of rain, movie will be rescheduled by one week. Read More
Free Class at Enchanted Music Together
10:30 am
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
Sky Zone Celebrates 15th Birthday with Free Jump Passes
3-9 pm
9490 Blue Grass Road, Philadelphia
Sky Zone Philadelphia will be celebrating its 15th birthday this Friday, September 13 by giving out free 30-minute jump passes to extend their gratitude and appreciation to all of their customers. In addition to free jump passes, Sky Zone will honor guests who book a ... 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
Movies on the Block: 'Annie'
5 pm
Fairhill Square Park, Fourth and Lehigh streets
At dusk, catch a free screening of Annie starring Quvenzhané Wallis. Starting at 5 pm, there will be a resource fair to familiarize neighbors with available services, offer food, and meet community members. Read More
Movie Night at Cecil Street Garden
7-9 pm
Cecil St. and Kingsessing Ave.
There will be a kids' activity at 7 pm, and then at 7:30 pm. relax and see 'Finding Nemo' on a 200-inch screen! Bring a blanket or outdoor chair. Popcorn will be provided. Read More
Storytelling Campfire
7:30 pm
Pennypack Environmental Center, 8600 Verree Rd.
Enjoy an evening of stories around the campfire, located behind the Environmental Center. Campfires are followed by marshmallow toasting! Read More
Laurel Hill’s Cinema in the Cemetery: 'Gremlins'
8 pm
Laurel Hill Cemetery, 3822 Ridge Avenue
New for this year, Laurel Hill Cemetery is showing four spooky stories on their historic grounds. Tickets are available online and at the door. Gates open one hour before showtime Read More

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Photograph courtesy of the Barnes Foundation.

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