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30+ Things to Do With Kids This Week in Philly (and Online): May 3-9

At home and in person, plan your week!

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

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All Week

Rothman Roller Rink  at Dilworth Park

Through June 27

1 S. 15th St.

 

In place of the ice rink, Dilworth is debuting a new feature this spring: roller skating! Enjoy the retro-inspired design and pop-up grille and beer garden (with snacks for the kids), too! Hour-long sessions should be reserved online. Limited in-person sales may be offered, but sellouts are likely due to reduced capacity, so preorder to save your spot. You can rent skates and reserve lockers on site. 

‘Big Time’ at the Philadelphia Zoo

March 29–September 30; advance tickets required

3400 W. Girard Ave.

 

The Philadelphia Zoo will host 24 life-size animatronic dinosaurs in a new and exciting experience that’s sure to be a must-do for any little dino-lover in your family. Big Time: Life in an Endangerous Age will take guests through the Age of Dinosaurs through to the present day, showing the powerful changes and challenges that caused them to become extinct—and how other creatures survived. Advance tickets are required due to high demand and reduced capacity. Social distancing and masks will continue to be required for guests ages 2 and older.

Parks on Tap 

Wednesdays through Sundays

100 N. Horticultural Drive, Fairmount Park; and Water Works, 640 Waterworks Drive

 

The popular family-friendly beer garden benefiting Philly settles at the beautiful Horticulture Center grounds and Waterworks for the season.  Reservations are strongly recommended, and masks are required.

Crayola IDEAworks: The Creativity Exhibition at the Franklin Institute

Through July 18

222 N. 20th St.

 

A highly colorful and interactive exhibit makes its debut at the Franklin Institute. Crayola IDEAworks is an immersive experience that uses state-of-the-art technology to challenge visitors, expand creativity, and hone problem-solving skills. Even cooler, with more than 150 physical and digital inquiry-based interactive experiences and challenges, guests can track their progress on an RFID wristband and receive a customized summary of their unique creative strengths discovered on their journey! Read more details in our preview.

Shofuso Children’s Days

May 1–16

Lansdowne and Horticultural drives, Fairmount Park

 

Children’s Day is a national holiday in Japan celebrating children’s health, happiness, and family unity. In honor of the holiday, Shofuso celebrates Children’s Day every year with festive on-site displays of Japanese Samurai Armors (Kabuto) and carp streamers (Koinobori). Come to Shofuso with your family and friends to see this seasonal decoration, feed carps in the pond, and enjoy the view of the Japanese garden with blooming Azaleas. Enhance your visit with their free online collection of Children’s Day educational materials.


Monday

In Person: Nest Family Music

May 3, 9 am

Rittenhouse Square

 

With the weather warming up, Nest classes are going outside! Drop in ($20 per family) for a fun music and movement class for ages 6 months to 5 years in Rittenhouse Square. Signing up in advance is recommended, as space is limited.

In Person: In the Park with Mister John’s Music

May 3, 10 am

Lemon Hill Park

 

Philadelphia’s favorite early childhood music class is taking it outside! Through music, rhythm and movement, infants and toddlers learn about self-expression, teamwork, sharing, and empathy while rocking out to some favorite songs. BYO blanket and instruments. Tickets available online.

Music with Miss Jill

May 3, 10 am

 

Music with Miss Jill is a free, lively interactive music program for toddlers through kindergarten. Activities consist of songs, fingerplays, props, musical games, and puppets. Free; pre-register online.

Mother’s Day Craft with Miss Jackie

May 3, 10 am

 

Join Ludington Library’s Miss Jackie on Facebook Live for a great Mother’s Day craft!

In Person: Nest Outdoor Yoga Adventures

May 3, 10:15 am

Rittenhouse Square

 

Nest Yoga Adventures uses creative storytelling along with an engaging flow of movement to support families looking to get in touch with their bodies and spirits. Kids ages 3-6 welcome. Pre-registration required.

Star Wars Story and Craft

May 3, 10:30 am

 

Celebrate Star Wars Day a day early by reading I am a Hero and doing a Yoda craft with Marple Public Library on Facebook Live.

In Person: Young Naturalist’s City Nature Challenge

May 3, 1 pm

Wissahickon Environmental Center, 300 W. Northwestern Ave.

 

It’s the last day of the City Nature Challenge, so young naturalists (ages 6 and up) are invited to learn iNaturalist and observation skills, and then explore the ponds, forest, and meadow capturing photos of as many species as possible. Drop-off optional. Free; pre-registration and masks are required.

Stop-Motion Animation for Beginners

May 3, 3 pm
 
 
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.
 

Kids and Family Yoga

May 3, 4 pm

 
Breathe, relax, and strengthen together as a family. Join free on Roots2Rise’s Facebook page.

In Person: Front Lawn Stories at Furness Library

May 3, 4:15 pm

100 Providence Rd., Wallingford

 

Gather on the lawn for superhero stories, and make your own luchadora or luchadore mask! This program is recommended for preschool through second grade. Free; pre-register online.

Teen Cooking Class

May 3, 4:30 pm

 

Teens will learn how to make homemade tortillas and pico de gallo in this step-by-step class. Tickets available online.

Our City, Your Orchestra: Share Food Program

May 3, 7 pm

 

Our City, Your Orchestra is a series of free online concerts performed by small ensembles, recorded without audiences at iconic cultural locations throughout the region. This week’s free virtual performance by the Philadelphia Orchestra streams online from the largest-serving hunger relief organization in the Philadelphia region. Join on Facebook or the Philadelphia Orchestra’s website.


Tuesday

In Person: Nest Family Music

May 4, 9 am

Rittenhouse Square

 

With the weather warming up, Nest classes are going outside! Drop in ($20 per family) for a fun music and movement class for ages 6 months to 5 years in Rittenhouse Square. 

In Person PlayArts Movement Lab

May 4, 10:30 am and 11:15 am

Liberty Lands Park,  913 N. Third St.

 

Bring your own props and blanket for this class that explores basic dance concepts with lots of playful locomotion through songs, nursery rhymes, stories, and interactive games. Best for ages 2-4. Pre-register online.

Kids’ Yoga Adventure

May 4, 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, 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.

Music with Miss Jill

May 4, 10 am

 

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

‘Hey Black Child’ Virtual Read-Aloud

May 4, 11 am

 

Children and their loved ones are invited to join a virtual read-aloud of the One Book, One Philadelphia 2021 children’s selection, Hey Black Child by Useni Eugene Perkins. Pre-register online for the Zoom link.

 

See close views of oil lamps in the Penn Museum’s collection before designing your own ancient Roman lamp This 30-minute session is free, and perfect for elementary and middle school kids. Pre-register online.

Get Crafty with Crayola

May 4, 1 pm

 

Join Craft Box Girls and Crayola on Facebook Live for fun and easy crafts you can make at home.

New Parent Virtual Support Group

May 4, 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.

May the Fourth Storytime

May 4, 1:30 pm

 

Dress up as your favorite character and celebrate Star Wars Day! A special guest will also be joining in to show how to channel the Force! This program is recommended for children ages 2-5. Free; see link in title for Zoom info.

Virtual Mommy & Me Cooking Class

May 4, 3:45 pm

 

Join Hudson Table’s Chef Anne via Zoom to make a dairy-free potato salad, and make a coffee filter suncatcher. This class is recommended for ages 3 to 7 years old. Tickets available online.

In Person: Kids’ Yoga in Linwood Park

May 4, 4 pm

 

Join Andi and Aparna, two of Hummingbird’s wonderful teachers, for kids’ yoga and stories at the park. Free; donations accepted.

In Person: Mini Musicians Outdoor Class with Miss Minor

May 4, 4:30 pm

Washington Square Park

 

Outdoor music and movement at Washington Square for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers. First drop-in class is donation-only so you can try it out!

Kids’ Dinner Club: Tamale Pie

May 4, 4:30 pm

 

Let the kids cook dinner! In this virtual cooking class, kids will learn how to create a twist on a traditional dish step-by-step with a chef instructor. Tickets available online.

Cinco de Mayo Kids Cooking Club

May 4, 6 pm

 

Learn how to make cute and delicious “taco cookies,” just in time for Cinco de Mayo! This free program is aimed at children ages 5 and up. See link in the title for ingredients list and Zoom info.

Star Wars Party with Darth Vader

May 4, 6:30 pm

 

The Death Star has Zoom — who knew? Darth Vader will read a Star Wars story, play some Star Wars trivia, and lead a scavenger hunt, so be prepared! Star Wars costumes, t-shirts, and other accessories welcome! Free; pre-registration is required. An email with the Zoom link will be sent the morning of the program.

Pajama Storytime with Haverford Township Free Library

May 4, 7 pm

 

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

Before They Get Teeth: A Chat with a Pediatric Dentist

May 4, 7:30 pm

 

Dr. Maria, founder of Philadelphia Pediatric Dentistry, presents a virtual chat geared toward expectant parents, new parents, and toddler parents. She will share tips for taking care of your child’s dental health and answer any questions you might have. Free; pre-register online.


Wednesday

In Person: Nest Family Music

May 5, 10 am

Rittenhouse Square

 

With the weather warming up, Nest classes are going outside! Drop in ($20 per family) for a fun music and movement class for ages 6 months to 5 years in Rittenhouse Square. 

In Person PlayArts Movement Lab

May 5, 10:30 am

Wharton Park, 2300 Wharton St.

 

Bring your own props and blanket for this class that explores basic dance concepts with lots of playful locomotion through songs, nursery rhymes, stories, and interactive games. Best for ages 2-4. Pre-register online.

Cinco de Mayo Story and Craft

May 5, 10:30 am

 

Join Miss Mel and Christina Bunny in celebrating Cinco De Mayo with a reading of Chicks and Salsa, and a festive craft (make a paper plate pinata or egg maracas!) free on Marple Public Library’s Facebook Live.

Woof and Meow Café: Read to a Dog or Cat!

May 5, 3 pm

 

Young readers are invited to bring a favorite book to read to a furry guest from Main Line Animal Rescue. Each individual reader session lasts for 15 minutes. Fill out the Google form to sign up and get the Zoom link.

Tots Circus Class

May 5, 3:30 pm

 

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

In Person Kids’ Movie-Inspired Cooking at Hudson’s Table: Soul

May 5, 3:45 pm

1001 N. Second Street

 

Kids ages 4-7 will make food inspired by the Pixar movie Soul. They will learn how to work in the kitchen and even pick up some knife skills (with child-friendly knives) and baking basics. Kids will prepare a main dish and dessert, and take the food home. Class is drop off. See more details and pre-register online.

Kids’ Cooking Class: Veggie Ceviche and Baked Tortilla Chips

May 5, 4:30 pm

 

In this class, kids will learn all about herbs and how to use them to make a delicious meal, step-by-step with a live chef instructor. Tickets available online.

Youth Stretch & Strength

May 5, 5 pm

 

This class is for kids ages 8-12 with a background in circus who want to practice their skills at home. The class includes stretching and strengthening exercises that will help students of all levels see faster progress in their aerial training. Pre-register online.

Cinco de Mayo Worry Dolls

May 5, 6:30 pm

 

Join Belmont Hills Library online to make a clothespin worry doll. Registration required for a take-home project bag (to be picked up at the library)

Not A Peep Sleep Workshop

May 5, 8 pm

 

During this virtual 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!


Thursday

In Person PlayArts Movement Lab

May 6, 10:30 am

Gold Star Park, 613 Wharton St.

 

Bring your own props and blanket for this class that explores basic dance concepts with lots of playful locomotion through songs, nursery rhymes, stories, and interactive games. Best for ages 2-4. Pre-register online.

In Person Outdoor Read, Baby, Read Storytime

May 6, 10:30 am

Richmond Library, 2987 Almond St.

 

Join Ms. Meghan in front of the library for lap time with stories, songs, rhymes, and bounces at an in-person, outdoor storytime for babies and their caregivers.

Breastfeeding/Chestfeeding Virtual Support Group

May 6, 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.

Kids’ Cooking Class: Bao Buns

May 6, 4:30 pm

 

Kids ages 5-15 will learn how to make these delicious dumplings step-by-step with a chef instructor. Tickets available online.

In Person Manayunk Stroll the Street

May 6, 5–8 pm

Main Street, Manayunk

 

Manayunk will host vendors, live music, and more as visitors and residents walk, shop, and eat. Restaurants and businesses on the street will also have special deals for the night.

Love Song Writing Workshop for Families

May 6, 6:30 pm

 

Join a virtual session with singer-songwriter, teaching artist, and music producer Vince Anthony to learn to write your own love song. This intergenerational workshop invites children of all ages and their loved ones to write love songs with and for each other. Free; pre-register online.


Friday

Penn Museum Virtual Passport: Greece and Rome

May 7; lessons at 11 am and 1 pm

 

This special event series is open to all home learners, pods, K-12 students, and K-12 classrooms. Travel back in time to ancient Rome and Greece, learn the mythology, look closely at Roman Imperial coins and learn the message each coin carries about its maker. Discover how archaeologists learn about gods and goddesses from the artwork on Greek vases. Registrants also gain access to a virtual classroom space full of digital activities, videos, and articles to further explore the theme throughout the day. Pre-register online.

Mama Bird’s Intro to Baby and Toddler Sign Language

May 7, 11 am

 

In this one-hour workshop, you’ll learn about all of the most compelling whys for teaching your baby or toddler sign language, understand the most practical and effective hows for learning together as a family, and find out what signs are the most helpful as you jump start your singing journey by mastering your first 40 signs. Babies and toddlers are both welcomed and encouraged to attend, but this workshop is intended to help you as a caregiver feel equipped to bring signing into your child’s everyday life, so plan to attend even if your child is napping, easily distracted, or still tiny. Pre-register online.

In Person: First Friday at Cherry Street Pier

May 7, 4–9 pm (performance at 7 pm)

121 N. Columbus Ave.

 

Enjoy the river views, see the Pier’s resident artists at work in their studios, and treat yourself to some on-site concessions. Plus, this month debuts the Pennsylvania Ballet’s Spread Your Wings in partnership with Mural Arts, with a performance at 7 pm to celebrate! Making dance personal and accessible, Spread Your Wings is a dynamic display of photography, video, an indoor mural, and live performances to inspire creativity and personal engagement with dance and storytelling. It will run from May 7 through June 6. 

Teen Workshop: ‘The Tradition: Immigrant Families and the Culture Clash’

May 7, 4 pm

 

Part of “Take the Mic” series for One Book, One Philadelphia 2021. This workshop series for teens focuses on writing and performing poetry. In this session, led by award-winning poet and playwright Joshua A. Campbell,  teens will discuss and write about the cultural differences that exist between themselves and the other members of their families. No writing experience or reading of The Poet X is needed to attend, and participants are invited to join one or all workshops. Free; pre-register online. 

In Person: Young Rembrandts Mother’s Day Workshop

May 7, 5 pm

Takes place in Malvern, address given upon registration

 

Young Rembrandts is offering a series of one-time Mother’s Day Special Workshops outdoors in Malvern. You’ll complete an art project using the Arteza 9×12 mixed media pads that turn into a stand-alone frame, and each student will leave the class with a ready-to-hang creation. Tickets available online.

In Person: Live Music at King of Prussia Town Center

May 7, 6 pm

155 Village Drive, King of Prussia

 

Fridays from 6-8 pm, King of Prussia Town Center will host free outdoor concerts by local artists. Wear a mask and maintain social distancing.

In PersonFamily Art Night at Cherry Street Pier

May 7, 6:30 pm

121 N. Columbus Blvd.

 

As part of Cherry Street Pier’s First Friday, join Portside Art Center for a fun family paint night activity. Pre-register online to reserve your spot. 

In Person and Virtual: SALT Performing Arts presents ‘Annie’

May 7, 7 pm

1645 Art School Road, Chester Springs (or virtual)

 

One of the world’s best-loved musicals takes center stage in SALT’s first show back in 2021! Join in-person or via livestream, just pick your tickets. Performers will be wearing transparent face shields while performing, and in-person audience members must wear masks and practice social distancing. More information (and ticket links) on SALT’s website.

In Person Drive-In Movie: ‘How to Train Your Dragon’

May 7, 8:35 pm

Navy Yard, 4747 S. Broad St.

 

The PFS Drive-In is back for the spring with this classic kids’ movie! Tickets available online.


Weekend Events

Mother’s Day Plans

We’ve rounded up ideas for gifts, brunches, and more for you in Philly and on the Main Line!

Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest Opening Weekend

May 7–9

101 S. Columbus Blvd.

 

After a shortened season turning the roller rink into a socially-distanced “beach” last year, the Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest will open for 2021 on May 7 in all its former glory. Enjoy skating, rides, food, games, and more! Timed tickets required for skating; other activities are open to the public pay-as-you-go. Details in our preview!

East Passyunk Garden Days

May 8-31 (special performance on May 9, 2 pm and 4 pm)

 

Beginning May 8, East Passyunk Avenue is hosting a three-week themed series of flower-filled events to tie-in to the PHS Bloom Philly! celebration ahead of the Philadelphia Flower Show. Look for deals, and locations decked out in floral and plant décor, including a large selfie station at the Singing Fountain. On Mother’s Day, there will be free performances to make the day even more special.

Love Your Park Week

May 8-16

 

Love Your Park Week is a week-long celebration of parks across Philadelphia. Register online to volunteer at one of dozens of parks across Philadelphia.

Ardmore Restaurant Week

May 6-16

 

Restaurant Week is always a great opportunity to try something new on the cheaper side, and this year options include indoor dining, outdoor dining, and even take-out (plus cocktails to go) so you can participate at any level of comfort and contact. Check out our top picks here!

Celebrate Revolutionary Women at the Museum of the American Revolution

May 7–10

101 S. Third St.

 

At the museum and online, discover the diverse women who played vital, often unsung roles on the homefront and with armies on campaign during the Revolutionary War, make your own Mother’s Day card at home inspired by the German art of paper-cutting, and more. If you visit on Sunday, May 9, take home a free carnation, courtesy of the museum!

Rothman Roller Rink at Dilworth Park

April 30–June 27

1 S. 15th St.

 

In place of the ice rink, Dilworth is debuting a new feature this spring: roller skating! Enjoy the retro-inspired design and pop-up grille and beer garden (with snacks for the kids), too! Hour-long sessions should be reserved online. Limited in-person sales may be offered, but sellouts are likely due to reduced capacity, so preorder to save your spot. You can rent skates and reserve lockers on site. 

Shofuso Children’s Days

May 1–16

Lansdowne and Horticultural drives, Fairmount Park

 

Children’s Day is a national holiday in Japan celebrating children’s health, happiness, and family unity. In honor of the holiday, Shofuso celebrates Children’s Day every year with festive on-site displays of Japanese Samurai Armors (Kabuto) and carp streamers (Koinobori). Come to Shofuso with your family and friends to see this seasonal decoration, feed carps in the pond, and enjoy the view of the Japanese garden with blooming Azaleas. Enhance your visit with their free online collection of Children’s Day educational materials.

In Person and Virtual: SALT Performing Arts presents ‘Annie’

April 30–May 16

1645 Art School Road, Chester Springs (or virtual)

 

One of the world’s best-loved musicals takes center stage in SALT’s first show back in 2021! Join in-person or via livestream, just pick your tickets. Performers will be wearing transparent face shields while performing, and in-person audience members must wear masks and practice social distancing. More information (and ticket links) on SALT’s website.

Crayola IDEAworks: The Creativity Exhibition at the Franklin Institute

Through July 18

222 N. 20th St.

 

A highly colorful and interactive exhibit makes its debut at the Franklin Institute. Crayola IDEAworks is an immersive experience that uses state-of-the-art technology to challenge visitors, expand creativity, and hone problem-solving skills. Even cooler, with more than 150 physical and digital inquiry-based interactive experiences and challenges, guests can track their progress on an RFID wristband and receive a customized summary of their unique creative strengths discovered on their journey! Read more details in our preview.

Parks on Tap 

Wednesdays through Sundays

100 N. Horticultural Drive, Fairmount Park; and Water Works, 640 Waterworks Drive

 

The popular family-friendly beer garden benefiting Philly settles at the beautiful Horticulture Center grounds and Waterworks for the season.  Reservations are strongly recommended, and masks are required.

‘Big Time’ at the Philadelphia Zoo

March 29–September 30; advance tickets required

3400 W. Girard Ave.

 

The Philadelphia Zoo will host 24 life-size animatronic dinosaurs in a new and exciting experience that’s sure to be a must-do for any little dino-lover in your family. Big Time: Life in an Endangerous Age will take guests through the Age of Dinosaurs through to the present day, showing the powerful changes and challenges that caused them to become extinct—and how other creatures survived. Advance tickets are required due to high demand and reduced capacity. Social distancing and masks will continue to be required for guests ages 2 and older.

Drive-In Movie: ‘How to Train Your Dragon’

May 7–9, 8:35 pm

Navy Yard, 4747 S. Broad St.

 

The PFS Drive-In is back for the spring with this classic kids’ movie! Tickets available online.


Saturday

Mommy & Me Make-Up

May 8, 10 am

Primp and Play, 1520 Locust St.

 

Enjoy a fun makeup class where you can create memories and do one another’s makeup, sip mimosas and juice, enjoy a hand mask and create a photo frame to cherish a photo from your special day together. Tickets available online.

Schuylkill Saturday: Self-Guided Nature Exploration for Families

May 8, 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  Ask the Scientists: Do April Showers Bring May Showers?

May 8, 10 am

 

Join the Academy of Natural Sciences scientists to discuss how flowering plants are adapting to this new world, and find out what we can do here in Philadelphia to help them. This program is suitable for children ages 8-11 but all are welcome. Free; pre-register online.

Baby Wordplay Book Sale and Storytime

May 8, 10:30 am

Roberts Center (CHOP), 2716 South Street

 

Join Baby Wordplay for some rollicking, classic storytime fun. Then stick around for a sidewalk book sale. $20 per family.

PlayMusic Family at Penn Treaty Park 

May 8, 10:30 am

Penn Treaty Park, 1301 N. Beach St.

 

PlayArts takes their popular family music class for kids ages 5 and under to the park! Little ones will play instruments, move their bodies, and learn musical foundations along the way. Pre-register online.

Virtual Kids in the Kitchen: Corn Muffins and Cherry Scones

May 8, 10:30 am

 

Kids ages 8-12 can join Kitchen Wizards online and be guided step-by-step through two recipes in a fun, interactive, and educational class. Pre-register online.

Butterfly Exhibit Celebration at Sister Cities Park

May 8, 11 am

210 N. 18th St.

 

Sister Cities Park’s Discovery Garden will debut its latest art installation of handmade butterfly displays, created by children in Philadelphia Parks & Recreation programs. Butterfly-themed fun will include a storytime with the Butterfly Queen, crafts, and a live butterfly release with the Philadelphia Insectarium & Butterfly Pavilion.

Mother’s Day Storytime and Craft

May 8, 11 am

Belmont Hills Library, 120 Mary Waters Ford Rd., Bala Cynwyd

 

Enjoy a Mother’s Day storytime and make a special craft. Free; pre-registration required to receive a take-home project bag.

Mother’s Day Weekend at KOP Town Center

May 8, 11:30 am

200 Main St, King of Prussia

 

The King of Prussia Town Center is in bloom! Opening at 11:30 am on Saturday of Mother’s Day weekend, check out a pop-up floral cart by Posh & Bloom. Shop beautiful floral bouquets for your mom (or you!) while enjoying live entertainment. Enjoy live musical acts throughout the weekend while you’re shopping for mom or enjoying outdoor dining. Saturday, with acoustic duo Liz & Eddy, and Sunday, with Sunshine Jones, a singer-songwriter performing a wide range of contemporary music.

Sisterly Love Citywide Food Fair– POSTPONED

May 8, noon–4 pm

East Market, 1100 Market St.

 

The Sisterly Love Citywide Food Fair is a women-led initiative to promote Philadelphia-based and female-run hospitality businesses affected by the pandemic by way of traveling, socially-distanced food markets. On May 8, you can get all your goodies from top local female chefs, restaurateurs, and entrepreneurs supporting each other. Visit Sisterly Love on Instagram for a full list of vendors as the event gets closer.

Cartoon Picnic at Sunset Social

May 8, noon–3 pm

129 S. 30th St.

 

Enjoy an afternoon of cartoons on the big screen, lawn games, and food and drink specials atop the city.

Rock on the River–POSTPONED

May 8, noon–5 pm

Race Street Pier

 

Rock out at Race Street Pier with the Philadelphia School of Rock. Enjoy this high-energy afternoon of live music, performed by students as they take over the Race Street Pier and show off their amazing talents in this Spring showcase. This is a free, ticketed event.

Chestnut Hill Second Saturday

May 8, 2–6 pm
7600 to 8600 blocks of Germantown Avenue
 
 
Explore the works of dozens of visiting regional artists, enjoy live music, shop, and eat on Germantown Avenue.  Plus, stop by AR Workshop for a hands-on outdoor DIY experience for families.

Pennsylvania Ballet’s ‘Spread Your Wings’ at Cherry Street Pier

May 8, 2 pm
121 N. Columbus Blvd.
 
 
This month at Cherry Street Pier debuts the Pennsylvania Ballet’s Spread Your Wings in partnership with Mural Arts Philadelphia. Making dance personal and accessible, Spread Your Wings is a dynamic display of photography, video, an indoor mural, and live performances to inspire creativity and personal engagement with dance and storytelling. It will run from May 7 through June 6. On May 8, catch a free matinee performance by the Pennsylvania Ballet.

Young Rembrandts Mother’s Day Workshop

May 8, 3 pm

Takes place in Malvern, address given upon registration

 

Young Rembrandts is offering a series of one-time Mother’s Day Special Workshops outdoors in Malvern. You’ll complete an art project using the Arteza 9×12 mixed media pads that turn into a stand-alone frame, and each student will leave the class with a ready-to-hang creation. Tickets available online.

Virtual: Teen Workshop: The Dialogue: Coming of Age as a Warrior, Healer, and Poet

May 8, 4 pm

 

“Take the Mic” is a virtual series of spoken word workshops that invites teens to explore the themes of The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo, the 2021 One Book, One Philadelphia Young Adult selection, and their own multiple identities using poetry and theater exercises. In this session,  femme and female-identifying teens are invited to explore body image, mental health, and rituals of femmehood. Free; pre-register online for the Zoom link.

Ardmore Restaurant Week Picnic in the Plaza

May 8, 5–8 pm

Schauffele Plaza, 99 Cricket Terrace, Ardmore

 

For the first time ever, Ardmore Restaurant Week will now feature Picnic in the Plaza, a pop-up event that invites Restaurant Week patrons who want to enjoy the beautiful weather (or who aren’t ready to dine inside yet) to get their take-out food and cocktails to go, enjoy live music, and sit under the stars with friends as they dine.


Sunday

Kids Eat Free at P’unk Burger

May 9, all day

1823 E. Passyunk Ave.

 

P’unk Burger is giving Mom the day off for Mother’s Day! Leave the work to Marlo Dilks, mom of seven daughters, and her team at P’unk Burger as kids eat free all day. Get one slider meal free for the kids with any purchase of a grown-up size burger or salad (limit two free slider meals per order). Indoor and outdoor seating available. No reservations required.

Mother’s Day Cruises on the Spirit of Philadelphia

May 9, 11 am and 3 pm

Departing from Penn’s Landing, 401 S. Christopher Columbus Blvd.

 

Come for brunch or early dinner, and celebrate Mother’s Day with a two-hour cruise with amazing skyline views, live entertainment, a buffet meal, and a flower for every mother on the cruise. Reserve online.

PECO Family Jams with Philadelphia Magic Gardens: Tuna Can Assemblages

May 9, noon

1020 South St.

 

Join PMG in creating small fantastical worlds inside tuna cans, using colorful castoffs such as beads, buttons, broken tile, bits of mirror, scraps of fabric, and other found objects. If you’re not able to visit in person, visit their website for an instructional video that lets you craft along at home.

Virtual Kids’ Parkour

May 9, 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 Youth Acro

May 9, 1:30 pm

 

This half-hour virtual class from Philadelphia School of Circus Arts will have kids ages 6-10 jumping, rolling, and cartwheeling. Activities include warm-up games, dancing, basic acrobatics, and doorway climbing! Pre-register online.

Performances for East Passyunk Garden Days

May 9, 2 pm and 4 pm

 

East Passyunk Avenue is hosting a three-week themed series of flower-filled events to tie-in to the PHS Bloom Philly! celebration ahead of the Philadelphia Flower Show. Look for deals, and locations decked out in floral and plant décor, including a large selfie station at the Singing Fountain. On Mother’s Day, there will be free performances to make the day even more special. At 2 pm, catch a special dance performance and party at Society Hill Dance Academy (1919 East Passyunk Avenue) with flower-themed performances. BYO for the free mixers to be provided, and be ready to dance along! Then at 4 pm, catch a live opera performance from ePOP at the Singing Fountain.

Virtual Kids’ Baking Class: Lofthouse Cookies

May 9, 3 pm

 

In this class, kids will measure, mix and bake these delicious cookies from scratch, step-by-step with a chef instructor over Zoom. Tickets available online.

 

 

Photograph by Laura Swartz

Contributing Writer

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