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30+ Things to Do With Kids This Week…Virtually! (August 31-September 6)

Plus some in-person stuff too! Yay!

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Have some fun at home with our roundup of this week’s virtual activities! Stay safe (and cool) indoors!

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It is surreal that this is even a section, but things are reopening (yay!) so don’t miss out on Reopening Guides for Philly and the Main Line to see what is happening in real life! Plus:

 


Snapology Online Camp: Amazing Race & STEM Survivor

Monday-Friday, 10 am-noon

 

Kids ages 7-14 can take a virtual trip with Snapology around the world to discover unique aspects of different cultures, including national flags, traditional cuisines, influential artists, and notable historical landmarks! Not only will your student be learning about world cultures and developing an appreciation for cultural differences, but they will be competing in fun challenges to test their building and problem-solving skills. Pre-register online for the whole week or by the day.

Snapology Online Camp: Escape Snapology (Ages 7-12)

Monday-Friday, 1-3 pm

 

Kids ages 7-12 will spend the week playing various escape games using their budding STEAM skills. They’ll discover clues, solve puzzles, answer riddles, and manipulate contraptions in order to complete assigned tasks to ultimately unlock the door to escape Snapology! Pre-register online for the whole week or by the day.

Snapology Online: Poke-Heroes

Monday-Friday, 2 pm

 

In this online LEGO-based camp, kids ages 4-14 will explore the world of Pokemon as they create their own gyms, battles, and even their very own generation of Pokemon. Pre-register online for the full week or by the day.

KIDZ BOP Daily Dance Break

Daily at 3 pm

 

Move and stay active together with a different KIDZ BOP Dance-Along video every day.

Snapology Online: Castles, Kingdoms & Wizards

Monday-Friday, 5 pm

 

Kids ages 5-14 will have fun with dragons, crowns, knights, and swords. Pre-register online for the full week or by the day.

Nightly Met Opera Streams

Daily at 7:30 pm

 

Stream a different opera on the Metropolitan Opera’s website each night!


Monday

Free Online ‘From Head to Toe’ Kids Yoga

August 31, 10 am

 

Kula Yoga Kids hosts a free yoga class for ages 2-6. Pre-register online.

Music Play Patrol

August 31, 10:30 am

 

Music Play Patrol will livestream free classes via Zoom with Bala Cynwyd Library. Pre-registration required online.

Virtual Messy Monday

August 31, 1 pm

 

Pictures and instructions for fun sensory play with common household items, geared at children of all ages. The Free Library of Philadelphia will post on its social media platforms at 1 pm.

Community Organizing for Girls (Ages 12-17)

August 31, 4 pm

 

Teen girls will learn about community organizing and how it can be used as an effective tool for change. Students learn how to craft messaging that has impact, build a base of support, develop leadership teams, form coalitions with community partners, and plan events. Pre-registration required online.


Tuesday

Kiddo and Me Zoom Workout

September 1, 11 am

 

Be Well With Beth’s classes give parents a full-body strength and flexibility workout using body weight, bands (or whatever you have laying around), and even your little one as resistance. Come for a great work out, stay for the play, social time, and conversation with other parents and kids! Plus, stay online at the end for an additional 15 minutes to discuss nutrition and meal planning with Beth, who is also a registered dietitian nutritionist!

Free Storytime with Belle

September 1, 11:30 am

 

Join Elsa for a free sing-along and craft on Facebook Live.

Advocacy 101 for Teen Girls Webinar

September 1, noon

 

Advocacy 101 for Teen Girls Webinar is an advocacy and fundraising webinar designed for the passionate young activist. For girls ages 13 to 17, this class begins with an introduction to the policy-making process then explores the ways to advocate and issue campaigns. The class concludes with fundraising planning. Pre-registration required online.

Learn 5 Simple Bird Songs with Ranger Sean

September 1, 1 pm

 

Join John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge on Facebook live to learn five bird songs from common birds at the Refuge.

New Parent Virtual Support Group

September 1, 1 pm

 

Kith + Kin’s new parent support groups are facilitated by trained doulas who help guide the transition into the new role of parenthood. Share stories, ask hard questions, and more. Pay what you can; join on Zoom via Kith + Kin’s website.

Family Food and Wellness: Cooking

September 1, 2 pm

 

Tune in to the Culinary Literacy Center’s Facebook Live and get the whole family working together in the kitchen. Ingredients and recipes will be posted to the Facebook page advance of each cooking session.

Broadway Dance Teen Tuesdays: Mean Girls

September 1, 2–3:15 pm

 

Music Theatre Philly’s teaching artist Miss Julianna will lead teens ages 13-18 in a dance number from a different musical each week. This week, it’s Mean Girls. Pre-register online and join on Zoom.

Pajama Storytime with Haverford Township Free Library

September 1, 7 pm

 

Grab your jammies and a special friend and get ready for some stories before bed! Join free on Facebook.


Wednesday

 

Join Bartram’s Garden on Instagram Live (@bartramsgarden) to celebrate the wide variety of bees that call our area home, from well-known honeybees to less-familiar pollinators like mason bees and sweat bees. Plus, get a preview of this year’s Honey Festival, craft ideas, and a visit to the beehives at Bartram’s Garden.

Free Online ‘Hungry Caterpillar’ Kids Yoga

September 2, 10 am

 

Kula Yoga Kids hosts a free yoga class for ages 2-6. Pre-register online.

In PersonRoots with Ruark Outdoor Jam with Kith + Kin

September 2, 10:15 am

Smith Memorial Playground, 3500 Reservoir Dr.

 

Join Roots with Ruark at Smith Memorial Playground for an outdoor music class full of energy and excitement for ages 0-5. Ruark will provide individual, sanitized prop bags consisting of egg shakers, a scarf, a streamer, and a few kiddie instruments, but feel free to bring your own. Pre-registration is required online.

Free Ocean Themed Kids’ Yoga Class

September 2, 2 pm

 

Yoga postures, breathing techniques, meditation, and mindfulness practices for ages 6-10. Free; pre-register online.

Virtual Program: Is It Real Life Or Is It Fanta-Sea?

September 2, 3 pm

 

Join Adventure Aquarium for a special online program. Participants will have the chance to explore the roots of folklore, legends, and myths about different animals. Where did the inspiration for unicorns and dragons come from? How do stories and rumors spread over time to become such universal tales? Explore these questions and meet some of the animals behind the myth! Registration is required; email walkerj@freelibrary.org or call Paschalville Library at 215-685-2662.

Tots Circus Class

September 2, 3:30 pm

 

Kids ages 3-5 can get moving with a class from Philadelphia School of Circus Arts! Pre-register online and join on Zoom.

Civics 101 for Girls Webinar

September 2, 4 pm

 

The Girls in Politics initiative introduces girls ages 10 to 15 the structure of the United States government, the state and federal electoral systems, and the ways that girls can become civically engaged in their communities. Pre-registration required online.

Descendants Dance Class: Chillin’ Like a Villain

September 2, 4:10 pm

 

In this 30-minute beginner level dance class students will learn cardio, technique, and a small section of a dance inspired by Disney’s Descendants.

Kids’ Circus Class

September 2, 4:15 pm

 

Kids ages 5-8 can get moving with a class from Philadelphia School of Circus Arts! Pre-register online and join on Zoom.

 


Thursday

Free Online ‘Dear Zoo’ Kids’ Yoga Class

September 3, 10 am

 

Inspired by the classic book Dear Zoo, go on a virtual yoga adventure to the zoo while practicing asana, breathing, and mindfulness. This class is most appropriate for kids 2-5 years old. Free; pre-register online.

Breastfeeding/Chestfeeding Virtual Support Group

September 3, 1 pm

 

Kith + Kin moves their group online so you can continue on your journey while you’re home. Facilitated by an international board-certified lactation consultant who can help answer your questions and provide tips for success, the group meets on Zoom (call-in info in the link in title); pay what you can over Venmo.

Family Food and Wellness: Wellness

September 3, 2 pm

 

Tune in to the Culinary Literacy Center’s Facebook Live for ways to have fun and get moving as a family.

Introduction to Government for Girls Webinar

September 3, 2 pm

 

The Introduction to Government for Girls webinar teaches girls ages 8-9 about the structure of the United States government at the local, state, and federal levels. Students also learn about the electoral system and the ways citizens can participate in government. Pre-register online.

Princess Storytime with Ariel

September 3, 2 pm

 

Dress up as your favorite princess and join an enchanting storytime with the Little Mermaid free on Facebook live.

Exploring Careers in Politics for Girls

September 3, 4:30 pm

 

Exploring Careers in Politics for Girls Webinar introduces girls ages 12-17 to a range of professional opportunities available in the political sector. Students also learn about ways to gain invaluable experience in the political arena through internships, page programs, and volunteering. The class culminates with a 20 minute Q & A with a female guest speaker working in the political sector. Pre-register online.

Pajama Storytime

September 3, 6:30 pm

 

Listen to fun sleepytime stories in your pajamas, and don’t forget your favorite stuffed friend! Join via Lovett Memorial Library’s Facebook page.

Franklin Institute’s Night Skies at Home

September 3, 7:45 pm

 

The Franklin Institute’s Chief Astronomer Derrick Pitts invites stargazers of all ages to step outside and join him for a night sky tour from home– no telescopes needed!


Friday

In Person: Jurassic Quest Drive-Thru Dinosaur Adventure

September 4, 11 am-8 pm

Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S. Broad St.

 

The larger-than-life touring dinosaur exhibit has been transformed into an interactive drive-thru experience for the social distancing age, featuring more than 70 lifelike dinosaurs, all from the comfort of your car. Tickets are available online (plus some add-on goodies), and must be purchased in advance.

Drag Queen Storytime: Back to School Edition

September 4, 11 am

 

Our favorite Philly drag queen Miss Brittany Lynn is teaming up with Philadelphia Family Pride to bring you some stories, arts and crafts, and sing-alongs to help make back-to-school a little easier (and fun!) on Facebook Live.

Live Puppet Show with WonderSpark Puppets

September 4, 11 am

 

WonderSpark—a New York based mobile children’s theater—will be livestreaming one of their favorite puppet shows on Facebook!

Descendants Dance Class: Chillin’ Like a Villain

September 4, 6:50 pm

 

In this 30-minute beginner level dance class students will learn cardio, technique, and a small section of a dance inspired by Disney’s Descendants.

Not A Peep Sleep Workshop

September 4, 8 pm

 

During this one-hour workshop, sleep expert Maria Lopez of Not a Peep will teach you about the science of children’s sleep, why problems occur, how to prevent them and how to troubleshoot your current issues. topics include children’s sleep, ideal routines for each age, common sleep problems: regressions, night wakings, and short naps. Pre-register online, and bring all your questions!

In Person: ‘Tarzan’ at Elmwood Park Zoo

September 4, 8 pm

 

This unique live theater performance, hosted outdoors at Elmwood Park Zoo, features music Disney’s epic animated film. Guests have the option to purchase either traditional seating (BYO chair) that will be arranged to maintain safe social distancing or vehicle seating that will allow you to watch the show from the comfort of your own car! Advance tickets required.


Weekend Events

In Person

Philly Family Reopening Guide

If you’re looking to get out there, make reservations (where needed), grab your mask, and check out our guide to see what’s open!

Jurassic Quest Drive-Thru Dinosaur Adventure

September 4-13

Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S. Broad St.

 

The larger-than-life touring dinosaur exhibit has been transformed into an interactive drive-thru experience for the social distancing age, featuring more than 70 lifelike dinosaurs, all from the comfort of your car. Tickets are available online (plus some add-on goodies), and must be purchased in advance.

Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest

Saturdays and Sundays, noon-11 pm

101 S. Columbus Blvd.

 

This year, instead of skating, the RiverRink is a giant sandbox called the “beach!” Plus, rides, mini-golf, games, food, and more by the river!

Parks on Tap: WaterWorks and FDR Park

Through September 7

 

The Fairmount Park location may be closed for the season, but Parks on Tap’s socially distanced second location by the Art Museum is going strong through September 7. Plus, they just added another location: FDR Park! Enjoy this family-friendly beer garden and beautiful views of the river while you soak up the last days of summer.

Tarzan at Elmwood Park Zoo

Through September 27

 

This unique live theater performance, hosted outdoors at Elmwood Park Zoo, features music Disney’s epic animated film. Guests have the option to purchase either traditional seating (BYO chair) that will be arranged to maintain safe social distancing or vehicle seating that will allow you to watch the show from the comfort of your own car! Advance tickets required.

Museum of the American Revolution Reopening Weekend

September 3-7

101 S. Third St.

 

Throughout Labor Day Weekend, kids can clean out those summer cobwebs and get their brains back in gear with a scavenger hunt in the galleries and a free take-and-make craft kit with a make-your-own whirligig toy, a bookmark, and a Fox and Geese activity sheet. New COVID-19 safety protocols are in place, including advance timed tickets, mandatory masks, and more. See our reopening guide for details.


Saturday

Introduction to Government for Girls Webinar

September 5, 9 am

 

The Introduction to Government for Girls webinar teaches girls ages 8-9 about the structure of the United States government at the local, state, and federal levels. Students also learn about the electoral system and the ways citizens can participate in government. Pre-register online.

Decorate Dog-Themed Cupcakes

September 5, 10 am

 

Aspiring bakers ages 12-15 will learn to decorate cupcakes to look like puppies using frosting and fondant! Pre-register online.

Dance Disney Workshop: Zombies

September 5, noon

 

Kids ages 8-12 will learn dances to songs from Disney Channel’s Zombies. Pre-register online.

Anna and Elsa’s Snow in September Event

September 5, 2 pm

 

In this magical donate-what-you-can event, Anna and Elsa lead enchanted interactive storytimes, games, crafts, and more. Pre-register online.

Bedtime Stories with Tinker Bell

September 5, 7 pm

 

Join your favorite fairy for a free adventurous storytime on Facebook Live.


Sunday

Community Organizing for Girls (Ages 12-17)

September 6, 9 am

 

Teen girls will learn about community organizing and how it can be used as an effective tool for change. Students learn how to craft messaging that has impact, build a base of support, develop leadership teams, form coalitions with community partners, and plan events. Pre-registration required online.

Civics 101 for Girls Webinar

September 6, noon

 

The Girls in Politics initiative introduces girls ages 10 to 15 the structure of the United States government, the state and federal electoral systems, and the ways that girls can become civically engaged in their communities. Pre-registration required online.

Vegan Baking: One-Bowl Blueberry Muffins

September 6, noon

 

In this 60-minute class, students age 10-15 will learn a simple but delicious vegan recipe. While following the instructor’s guide, students will have the opportunity to ask any questions that they have, as well as interact with other students. Pre-register online.

In PersonSunday Fun Days at Awbury Arboretum

September 6, 2 pm

One Awbury Road, Philadelphia

 

The Farm is always free and open to walk and explore – but now on Sunday afternoons they have the goats ready to greet you, and Awbury staff on hand to answer your questions.

Playdough Making with the Snow Princess

September 6, 4 pm

 

Join Princess Anna online for a fun playdough-making craft. Ingredients are listed in the Facebook event page. Pre-registration is required online.

 

 

 

Photograph by Laura Swartz.

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