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30+ Things to Do With Kids This Week (January 18-24)

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Have some fun with our roundup of this week’s in-person and virtual activities!

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Museums Reopen in Philly!

It’s a new year, and while the pandemic is still very much happening, we are looking forward to new experiences and the reopening of some of our favorite spots, like the Franklin Institute, the Academy of Natural Sciences, and more. Here’s what’s planned, and what to expect. 

Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest

Through March 7

101 S. Columbus Blvd.

 

Come to skate, ride the Ferris wheel, enjoy the lights, play boardwalk games, and more. This rink is a Philadelphia favorite for a reason. Timed reservations required for skating.

Winter in Franklin Square

Extended through February 28

200 N. Sixth St.

 

In addition to the carousel and fountain display, Franklin Square’s Chilly Philly Mini Golf puts a holiday spin on their beloved golf course complete with lights, holiday music, and larger-than-life wintertime friends! Masks and social distancing are required.

Indoor Mini Golf at Linvilla Orchards

January 16–March 28

137 West Knowlton Rd., Media

 

‘Fore! The Planet’ is a highly interactive and playful museum exhibit created by the Academy of Natural Sciences with 18 holes of golf that each explores a different topic of our natural world. Due to the pandemic, timed tickets will be required for golfing during the 2021 season.

Winter in Dilworth Park: Rothman Rink and Wintergarden

Through February 28

Dilworth Park, 1 S. 15th St.

 

Right outside City Hall, go skating on the Rothman Rink and running through the beautiful Wintergarden. Stop by the Cabin for snacks and drinks.

Virtual  Zoo Motel

Through January 30

 

Best for ages 8 and up, this interactive and immersive virtual theatrical event has gained a worldwide audience with virtual motel guests “checking in” from around the world. Limited to only 21 audience participants nightly, who check into virtual “rooms”, this wildly inventive exploration of the possibilities of live theater and the magic of cinema explores what connects us and is broadcast live and online from a small room in a village in South America. Tickets available online. Due to its highly visual and playful aesthetic, Zoo Motel has been very popular with families and youth audiences ages 8 and up and will be presenting 2 pm matinees all weekends in January.


Monday

MLK Day Activities

From storytimes to service projects and beyond, celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. See more in our roundup, and some favorite picks below.

MLK Weekend Celebration at the African American Museum in Philadelphia

January 18, 10 am

 

Be sure to tune in on Monday morning at 10 am for a dramatic reading of Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream Speech” by Carlo Campbell. All MLK Weekend Celebration programs are free and open to the public.

MLK Weekend at National Liberty Museum

January 18

 

NLM hosts a full weekend of family-fun virtual programs—complete with Drag Queen Storytime, an art demonstration, and even a call to action—to honor the life, memory, and work of Martin Luther King, Jr. All activities are all free.

MLK Day of Service with the Schuylkill Center

January 18, 10 am

 

Community members, as well as Nature Preschool families past and present, are invited to gather on Zoom (pre-register for the link) for words of support and community, and to honor MLK’s legacy, before setting off on service projects in their neighborhoods. The Schuylkill Center gives suggestions of ways you can help your environment and community, from picking up litter to writing representatives, here.

Virtual Sign Language Lessons, Peace Story, and Song

January 18, 10 am

 

Join Germantown Deaf Ministries on Zoom to learn basic Sign Language and use your ABCs to sign a song of peace and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Each mini lesson is about 10-15 minutes long. All students may return at noon to sign the song together. Free; pre-register online.

‘Ada Twist, Scientist’ Read Aloud

January 18, 10:15 am

 

Join the Wagner Free Institute of Science staff for a virtual read aloud and discussion. They will read Ada Twist, Scientist by Andrea Beaty and talk about what it means to be a scientist.

MLK Art Project

January 18, 10:30 am

 

Artfully express your goals and dreams in this multimedia workshop that celebrates the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The University of Pennsylvania will host art instruction online to decorate Dr. King’s downloadable image using paint, markers, crayons, magazines, glue, beans, recycled materials, and whatever else you have at home! Free; pre-register online.

Dr. Martin Luther King Day at Eastern State Penitentiary 

January 18, 11 am—3 pm

 

Eastern State Penitentiary commemorates Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his 1963 Letter from Birmingham Jail with special readings and opportunities to connect with the text. Engage in special virtual readings from the landmark text – led by students, educators, activists, and community members – and respond to its relevance today. Between each session, special guests will provide space for reflection and connection as they share music, poetry, and art. The event is comprised of six 30-minute, back-to-back sessions, so feel free to participate in just one session or tune in for all six.

Kids’ Baking Class: Scones

January 18, 11 am

 

In this class, kids will learn how to make homemade scones that can be customized with any favorite sweet or savory options. For ages 5-15. Pre-register online.

Pasta 101: Farfalle

January 18, 12:15 pm

 

In this class, kids ages 5-15 will learn how to make pasta dough from scratch and techniques for turning it into farfalle (bowtie pasta). No fancy pasta machine needed, this is all done by hand! Pre-register online and join via Zoom.

Developmental Playtime Virtual Workshop

January 18, 1 pm

 

In class, you and your baby will learn ways to enjoy tummy time. Best for babies 0-6 months. Pre-register online with Kith + Kin, and join via Zoom.

Kids’ Cooking Class: No-Churn Ice Cream

January 18, 3 pm

 

Kids ages 5-15 will learn how to create a simple ice cream base that they can customize with any of their favorite mix-ins. Pre-register online and join via Zoom.

Woodmere Art Museum’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day Family Program

January 18, 3 pm

 

Woodmere and members of the Arpeggio Jazz Ensemble present a free family program via Zoom celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement. Explore the story behind Harriet Tubman’s journey to freedom and the legacy of Dr. King through musical narratives, the art of Jerry Pinkney, and interactive fun activities for children and families. Free; pre-register online.

Trolls Dance Class

January 18, 5 pm

 

In this 45-minute beginning level dance class students ages 5-10 will learn cardio, technique, and a small section of “Just Sing” from Trolls World Tour. Pre-register online.

The Philadelphia Orchestra’s Martin Luther King Jr. Tribute Concert

January 18, 7 pm

 

As part of the Our City, Your Orchestra series, the program led by Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin will celebrate the life and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr., through music and interviews with prominent Philadelphians who are continuing Dr. King’s work today. Free; RSVP online.


Tuesday

Music with Miss Jill

January 19, 9:45 am

 

Music with Miss Jill is a lively interactive music program for toddlers through kindergarten. Activities consist of songs, fingerplays, props, musical games, and puppets.

Kids’ Yoga Adventure

January 19, 10 am

 

Join Ms. Amy from Jitterbugs Music and Movement, as she takes kids age 3 and up on a yoga storytelling adventure that consists of a warm-up, the adventure, and relaxation. During the story, children will work on 20-25 yoga postures. Free; pre-registration is required, and an email with the Zoom link will be sent the morning of the program.

 

In this one-time class, kids ages 4-9 will discover the music and story of The Nutcracker, learn basic ballet steps and movements, listen to the music, and learn some pantomime. No dance experience necessary. Pre-register online to reserve your spot.

 

Get an up-close look at artifacts that showcase Chinese dragons to see if you can tell which animals they’re made from. Then, create your own legendary creature using parts of any animals you choose. This 30-minute session is free, and perfect for elementary and middle school kids. Pre-register online.

New Parent Virtual Support Group

January 19, 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.

Dinner Club: Takeout-Style Fried Rice

January 19, 4:30 pm

 

In this virtual cooking class, kids ages 9-14 will learn how to re-create this classic takeout dish at home with any of their favorite veggies and/or proteins. Pre-register online.

Virtual Hip Hop Dance Clinic

January 19, 5 pm

 

This beginner hip hop class is designed to introduce kids ages 7-12 to the field of dance in a fun and exciting way. Coach Helen will lead athletes step-by-step through fun choreography creating a full dance routine virtually. Enroll in the whole session, or drop in for $15. 

Pajama Storytime with Haverford Township Free Library

January 19, 7 pm

 

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


Wednesday

Philadelphia Museum of Art Homeschool

January 20, 10 am (ages 8-10) and 11 am (ages 11-13)

 

This month explore how Black artists from Philadelphia past and present tell their stories of challenges, changes, and joy. Pre-register online.

PlayArts’ PlayMusic Plus: Beatlemania!

January 20, 10:30 am

 

Build your child’s fine and large motor skills, sensory skills, vocabulary, and musical foundations in this virtual, play-based music class using Beatles songs to explore weekly themes. Register to get access to the class.

Family Yoga Fun

January 20, noon

 

In this virtual yoga class for families with kids ages 3-8, practice yoga postures, meditation and pranayama breathing while having fun. Pre-register online.

 
 
Kids ages 9-14 will learn to create movies by making toys, figures, and LEGOs come alive with stop motion animation using their smartphone or tablet. Pre-register online.

Tots Circus Class

January 20, 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.

Fit4Baby

January 20, 6 pm

 

This virtual class will help you strengthen your body for all the changes it will experience during pregnancy. Classes are interval based, combining elements of strength training and cardiovascular exercises, along with stretching and balancing exercises. Pre-register online.


Thursday

 

Brandywine River Museum Virtual Read Aloud: ‘A Big Mooncake for Little Star’

January 21, 10:30 am

 

Families with young children are invited to join museum staff on Zoom for a morning of fun interactive storytelling and artwork engagement. Each family will receive suggestions for connecting to the book at home with craft and sensory exploration ideas. Free; re-register online.

Breastfeeding/Chestfeeding Virtual Support Group

January 21, 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.

 

Virtual Thursday Crafternoon

January 21, 4 pm

 

Miss Mary will post a video every Thursday on the library’s Instagram (@freelibraryccd) for Thursday Crafternoons! She’ll share a story and then talk about a craft that relates.

 

In this class, kids (ages 9-15) will learn how to make this takeout style meal with cooking techniques and knife skills, step-by-step, with a chef instructor. Tickets available online.

Create with the Unicorn Princess

January 21, 4:30 pm

 

Create a non-sew tulle skirt and enjoy unicorn princess storytime via Zoom. Tickets available online.


Friday

In Person: Free Pop-Up Stroller Strides Class

January 22, 9:30 am

Behind the Art Museum, near Azalea Garden Gazebo

 

Looking for motivation to get you and your little one outside and put that cold weather gear to good use? Come check out a socially distanced outdoor workout with Fit4Mom Philly, for free! They are offering a free class to all new to Fit4Mom Moms at the Azalea Garden. Pre-register online, and be sure to wear a mask and practice social distancing.

PlayArts’ PlayMusic Plus: Beatlemania!

January 22, 10:30 am

 

Build your child’s fine and large motor skills, sensory skills, vocabulary, and musical foundations in this virtual, play-based music class using Beatles songs to explore weekly themes. Register to get access to the class.

Virtual Hip Hop Dance Clinic 

January 22, 3:30 pm

 

This beginner hip hop class is designed to introduce kids ages 7 and up to the field of dance in a fun and exciting way. Coach Helen will lead athletes step-by-step through fun choreography creating a full dance routine virtually. Enroll in the whole session, or drop in for $15. 

Dinner Club: Chicken Parmesan

January 22, 4:30 pm

 

Close out the week with a fun family dinner you make yourself via Zoom cooking class! In this class, kids will learn how to make Chicken Parmesan (or veggie option available) from start to finish, step-by-step, with a chef instructor. Tickets available online.

 

Weekend Events

Museums Reopen in Philly!

It’s a new year, and while the pandemic is still very much happening, we are looking forward to new experiences and the reopening of some of our favorite spots, like the Franklin Institute, the Academy of Natural Sciences, and more. Here’s what’s planned, and what to expect. 

Parks on Tap Pop-Up at the Greenhouse in Fairmount Park

100 N. Horticultural Drive, Fairmount Park

 

The popular family-friendly beer garden benefiting Philly parks moves indoors! The 30,000 square foot indoor greenhouse space will provide ample opportunity for social distancing, and a space to enjoy fresh food, beers on tap, wine, and hot beverages. Reservations are strongly recommended, and masks are required. Read more in our preview.

Indoor Mini Golf at Linvilla Orchards

January 16–March 28

137 West Knowlton Rd., Media

 

‘Fore! The Planet’ is a highly interactive and playful museum exhibit created by the Academy of Natural Sciences with 18 holes of golf that each explores a different topic of our natural world. Due to the pandemic, timed tickets will be required for golfing during the 2021 season.

Winter in Franklin Square

Extended through February 28

200 N. Sixth St.

 

In addition to the carousel and fountain display, Franklin Square’s Chilly Philly Mini Golf puts a holiday spin on their beloved golf course complete with lights, holiday music, and larger-than-life wintertime friends! Masks and social distancing are required.

Winter at Dilworth Park

Through February 2021

Dilworth Park, 1 S. 15th St. 

 

Dilworth gets activated with the Rothman Ice Rink and Cabin, and the picturesque Wintergarden. In response to COVID-19 restrictions, a new online reservation system and limited rink capacity will be put in place for skating. The new online reservations system will provide safe contactless purchasing opportunities with scheduled timed, 90-minute skating sessions in order to control the rink capacity for skaters. 

Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest

Through March 7

101 S. Columbus Blvd.

 

Come to skate, ride the Ferris wheel, enjoy the lights, play boardwalk games, and more. This rink is a Philadelphia favorite for a reason. Timed reservations required for skating.

Virtual  Zoo Motel

Through January 30

 

Best for ages 8 and up, this interactive and immersive virtual theatrical event has gained a worldwide audience with virtual motel guests “checking in” from around the world. Limited to only 21 audience participants nightly, who check into virtual “rooms”, this wildly inventive exploration of the possibilities of live theater and the magic of cinema explores what connects us and is broadcast live and online from a small room in a village in South America. Tickets available online. Due to its highly visual and playful aesthetic, Zoo Motel has been very popular with families and youth audiences ages 8 and up and will be presenting 2 pm matinees all weekends in January.


Saturday

Treecycling with Philly Goat Project

January 23, 10 am–1 pm

The Farm at Awbury, 6336 Ardleigh Street

 

Contribute $20 and your Christmas tree towards charity in support of the Philly Goat Project. Your tree will be eaten by the goats and/or turned into woodchips that help line the trails around Awbury Arboretum, the goats’ paddocks, or in parks around the city. Your donation will go towards the Philly Goat Project’s mission of using “Goats for the Greater Good” and providing free programming to our community.

Schuylkill Saturday: Self-Guided Nature Exploration for Families

January 23, 10 am

Schuylkill Center, 8480 Hagy’s Mill Road

 

Pick up a nature exploration kit at the Visitor Center and then hit the trails with your family to complete the activities inside. Dive into a different theme and collect a new explorer badge each week. Explorer kits can be picked up anytime between 10 am and noon. All ages welcome. No registration or fee required. Masks are required when picking up your kit.

Virtual Junior Scientist Virtual Workshop: Who is my Great-Great-Grandfish?

January 23, 10 am and 1 pm

 

In the Junior Scientist Workshop series, kids can Zoom on in for exclusive lessons taught by the Academy’s scientists and educators, and meet other kids who share their passion for science and natural history. This week, discover how scientists use transitional fossils to piece together the past, and experiment with materials at home. Pre-register online for your desired timeslot.

Virtual PlayMusic Family: Dino Drummin’

January 23, 10:30 am

 

PlayArts goes virtual with their popular family music class for kids ages 5 and under. Grab your instruments, let out a rawr, and stomp on over to Teacher Sydney’s Dinosaur Drummin’ PlayMusic Family class. Move your bodies like dinosaurs, shake your dinosaur eggs, and sing some prehistoric songs. Pre-register online; sign up for the whole session, or drop in.

Belle Brunch at Germantown Garden

January 23, 11 am

1029 Germantown Ave.

 

This socially-distanced dining experience is perfect for kids of all ages who love Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. Ticket includes 90 minutes at a private, exclusive, and heated igloo just for you and your immediate family members, a safe and socially-distanced photo opportunity, songs from the princess story, a grand entrance, and dessert! Brunch is pay-as-you-go. Reservations are required.

Storytime in the Wintergarden

January 23, 11 am

Dilworth Park, 1 S. 15th St.

 

The Wintergarden at Dilworth Park welcomes families on Saturday mornings for a free storytime, featuring guest readers and special weekly themes. This week, family-favorite Silly Joe will bring his original stories to life with a live reading and fun songs. Best for kids ages 2-8.  Be sure to mask up and maintain social distancing.

 

Normally, we love the RiverRink’s Storytime in the Lodge, but this year they’ve reimagined their Philly famous Wintertime story hour. So join Mr. Frank and friends every Saturday through January at 11 am via the Winterfest Facebook page for music, song, and dance, and marvelous tales from the safety and comfort of your home. Cozy up with cocoa, a cookie, and a toasty blanket, and get ready for a fun time online.

Virtual Brunch Bites: Shakshuka

January 23, 11 am

 

Bake up this savory baked egg dish over Zoom with chef instructors. For ages 7-15. Pre-register online.

Virtual  History Explorers Club: Life at Sea

January 23, 11:30 am

 

The Museum of the American Revolution hosts virtual playdates for ages 7-11. This week, learn about life aboard a privateer ship, including what sailors ate, what your job might have been, and how sailors passed the time. For the Explorer challenge, bring along something from home that you would want to join you as you spent eight months at sea! Plus, help craft a “tall tale” from the high seas. Pre-register online.

Virtual Lunch Around the World: Empanadas

January 23, 2 pm

 

In this class, kids will learn how to make pastry dough from scratch and fill it with their choice of fillings (sweet or savory) to make empanadas. They’ll learn techniques for cutting out their dough, filling them, folding them, and cooking them up to perfection (option to bake or fry). For kids ages 7-15 (with adult participation). Pre-register online.

Virtual Make Your Own Snow with Elsa

January 23, 4 pm

 

Join the Ice Queen on Zoom and learn how to make your own snow using baking soda and water at home! Tickets available online.


Sunday

Virtual Family Baking Class: Brownies

January 24, 11 am

 

Work together as a family to make a batch of gooey brownies with your favorite toppings. Pre-register online.

Virtual Kids’ Parkour

January 24, 1 pm

 

Are your kids climbing walls and jumping off the furniture? This class will teach them how to do that safely and appropriately. This class teaches the fundamentals of parkour and free-running inside. For kids ages 8-12. Pre-register online.

Virtual Free Storytime with Cinderella

January 24, 7 pm

 

Join Cinderella free on Facebook Live for stories before bedtime. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photograph by Laura Swartz.

Editor | Email tips to laura@familyfocus.org

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