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30+ Things to Do With Kids This Week in Philly (and Online): May 17-23

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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Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest

Through September 26

101 S. Columbus Blvd.

 

After a shortened season turning the roller rink into a socially-distanced “beach” last year, the Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest is open for 2021 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!

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. 

Center City Restaurant Week

May 17-28

 

Center City Restaurant Week is coming up May 17—28, offering diners a three-course dinner for $35, and (at some places) three-course lunch for $20 at dozens of great restaurants around town. Participating restaurants are offering their multi-course prix-fixe menus for dining in (both indoors and outdoors). As debuted last September due to Covid, some restaurants are continuing to offer the option to take advantage of the deals with takeout as well. See our guide for our top picks.

Pick-Your-Own Strawberries at Linvilla Orchards

Daily, 8 am–4 pm

137 West Knowlton Road, Media

 

A spring tradition returns to the farm. This year, pre-paid tickets and containers are required to limit capacity, so book your spot online if you have your heart set on a particular timeslot!

East Passyunk Garden Days

May 8-31

 

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.

‘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.


Monday

In Person: Nest Family Music

May 17, 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 17, 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.

In Person: Nest Outdoor Yoga Adventures

May 17, 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.

In PersonOutdoor Music Playgroup at Ardmore Library

May 17, 2:30 pm

108 Ardmore Ave., Ardmore

 

Kids in preschool and younger will learn to make music with songs and simple instruments at this outdoor playgroup. Free; pre-registration is required. Will be held outside, weather permitting, with Zoom as a backup. Ms. Hilary will send a link for the Zoom meeting a day or two in advance of inclement weather to registered participants.

Stop-Motion Animation for Beginners

May 17, 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 17, 4 pm

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

Our City, Your Orchestra: Citizenship and Immigration Services

May 17, 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 features interviews with naturalized citizens, and music that celebrates our country as a nation of immigrants and diverse cultures. Join on Facebook or the Philadelphia Orchestra’s website.

 

Tuesday

In Person: Nest Family Music

May 18, 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: Garden Storytime at Donatucci Library

May 18, 10 am

1935 Shunk St.

 

Join Miss Sunita for Storytime in the Donatucci Garden every Tuesday. Masks (for kids over 2) and social distancing required. Space is limited; first-come first-served. Ages 0-5. Bring Your Own Blanket. Weather permitting.

In Person PlayArts Movement Lab

May 18, 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.

Music with Miss Jill

May 18, 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.

In Person Fun Ballers: Outdoor Preschool Sports

May 18, 10 am

Rittenhouse Square

 

Sandcastle Fun Co.’s “Fun-Structors” will guide kids ages 3-5 through all kinds of age-appropriate sports games. Drop-in passes available online.

 

Join Penn Museum to read stories from around the world about mythological heroes with special abilities, and discover and design your own heroic stories. This 30-minute session is free, and perfect for elementary and middle school kids. Pre-register online.

Get Crafty with Crayola

May 18, 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 18, 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.

 

In Person Origami Birds and Book-Folded Birdhouse

May 18, 2:30 pm and 3:30 pm

Lawn of Middletown Free Library, 21 N. Pennell Rd., Media

 

Mr. Jason will show you how to fold two different types of origami birds and turn an old discarded book into a birdhouse just outside the library. Masks must be worn. Five spots are available each hour; pre-registration is required. A virtual option will also be offered to do on your own at home.

In Person Free Kids’ Movie-Inspired Cooking at Hudson’s Table: Beauty and the Beast

May 18, 3:45 pm

1001 N. Second Street

 

Kids ages 4-7 will make food inspired by Beauty and the Beast. 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 and outside. In case of inclement weather, class will be postponed or canceled. See more details and pre-register online to reserve your spot.

Virtual Mommy & Me Cooking Class

May 18, 3:45 pm

 

Join Hudson Table’s Chef Anne via Zoom to make strawberry shortcakes, and make an egg carton caterpillar. This class is recommended for ages 3 to 7 years old. Tickets available online.

In Person: Mini Musicians Outdoor Class with Miss Minor

May 18, 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!

STEAM Lab: Food Science

May 18, 6 pm

 

Explore chemical reactions and density through food! Join free on Zoom or YouTube. All experiments are recommended for ages 7 and up. Links and materials in link in the title. 

Pajama Storytime with Haverford Township Free Library

May 18, 7 pm

 

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


Wednesday

In Person: Nest Family Music

May 19, 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 Storytime Under the Trees in Media

May 19, 10 am and 11 am

Fourth and Monroe streets, Media

 

Children ages 0-5 are invited to join the library for stories, songs, and dancing. Ten families maximum. Pre-registration required online.

Paleo Playdate

May 19, 10 am

 

Kids ages 3-6 and their grownups can have some fun with Academy of Natural Sciences experts and other young natural history fans for a science storytime. Admission is pay-what-you-wish; pre-register online.

Philadelphia Museum of Art Homeschool

May 19, 10 am (ages 8-10) and 11 am (ages 11-13)

 

Discover jousting knights, floating sculptures, art on wheels, and art made for motion. Pre-register online.

Centering Black Joy Through Dance for Children and Families

May 19, 10 am

 

Inspired by Useni Eugene Perkins’ book Hey Black Child, dance for Black joy together, connect, and celebrate individuality. This online session, led by dance, theater and movement artist Jennifer Turnbull, is designed for children K-4 and all loved ones of all ages are invited to join in. Free; pre-register online.

In Person PlayArts Movement Lab

May 19, 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.

In Person Music and Movement with Free Library of Philadelphia

May 19, 10:30 am

Shakespeare Park, 1901 Vine Street

 

Join Ms. Naomi at Shakespeare Park (across the street from the library on Vine Street) for songs, dance, and fun explorations of rhythm and movement! This program is intended for ages 6 and under and their caregivers. As per City of Philadelphia and Parks & Recreation’s COVID-19 safety protocols, adults and children over 2 must wear a mask, maintain 6 feet of social distance, and stay home if they are unwell.

In Person CantiCuentos: Spanish Songs and Stories for Kids

May 19, 11 am

420 S. Perth St.

 

Babies and toddlers (ages 0-3) will learn Spanish songs and stories at this weekly outdoor playgroup. Bring your own blanket! $10 per family.

In Person Dog Days at Elmwood Park Zoo

May 19, 1–4 pm

1661 Harding Blvd., Norristown

 

Elmwood Park Zoo is inviting dog owners to bring their furry friends to visit the zoo on select days this spring! Pre-registration is required, and guests must complete an online waiver and submit required documents to attend this and all Dog Days events.

‘Ruby’s Birds’ with the Delaware Museum of Natural History

May 19, 1:30 pm

 

In the children’s book, Ruby’s Birds by Mya Thompson, Ruby finds happiness and excitement in connecting with the sights and sounds of the world around her. Join the Delaware Museum of Natural History online to get to know the nature around you. You’ll meet some local animal friends and play a game to find something new in your own backyard. Free; pre-registration required.

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

May 19, 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 19, 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.

LGBTQ Teen Workshop: Welcome to My House: Queerness and the Culture Clash

May 19, 4 pm

 

LGBTQ-identifying teens are invited to engage in creative prompts to explore the differences between themselves and the other members of their families. “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. Free; pre-register online.

Youth Stretch & Strength

May 19, 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.

In Person Goat Walk at West Laurel Hill Cemetery

May 19, 6 pm

225 Belmont Ave., Bala Cynwyd

 

Meet the Goats at the Funeral Home to walk with the goats and learn about sustainability. Free; no registration necessary. Masks required; take turns walking the goats and practice social distancing.

Free Princess Party with Sleeping Beauty

May 19, 6:30 pm

 

Aurora is making a royal Zoom visit to Ridley Township Public Library. Join Sleeping Beauty for songs, stories, games, Q & A, and more. For ages 3 and up. Free; pre-register online.


Thursday

In Person Outdoor Movement Class at Lilypad

May 20, 9 am

 

Join Anne, a local pediatric occupational therapist and dancer for an outdoor movement class in the backyard at Lilypad! Attendees will learn stretches, yoga poses, dances, and explore other types of active movement with music and imagination play in an outdoor setting. Class is most appropriate for children ages 3-5. Email ambeckettf@gmail.com or contact @annemaija89 on Instagram to sign up.

In Person Rollin’ Rockers: Music and Movement

May 20, 10 am

Rittenhouse Square

 

From shakers to tambourines and drums, choose your favorite musical instrument to join the band and rock out with Sandcastle Fun Co. as they take kids ages 1-5 on a rock and roll journey. Drop-in passes available online.

In Person PlayArts Movement Lab

May 20, 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 20, 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.

In Person  Storytime at Franklin Square

May 20, 11 am

Sixth and Race streets

 

Join Miss Betsy and Miss Vicki Thursday for storytime! This program is intended for ages 5 and under and their caregivers. As per City of Philadelphia and Parks & Recreation’s COVID-19 safety protocols, adults and children over 2 must wear a mask, maintain 6 feet of social distance, and stay home if they are unwell.

In Person Little Yogis

May 20, 11 am

Lovett Memorial Library, 6945 Germantown Avenue

 

Take a fun and playful yoga journey led by Sarah of Surya Moon Yoga. Learn individual and partner poses through songs and storytelling, all while building confidence, creativity, and strong, healthy bodies. Children and parents will practice how to center themselves through breathing and relaxation. This class is designed for families with kiddos aged 2 to 5 years old, but anyone is welcome. Bring your own yoga mats and/or beach towels to practice on. This program will take place outside, at the library. Physical distancing and masks are required.

In Person Fun Ballers: Outdoor Preschool Sports

May 20, 11 am

Rittenhouse Square

 

Sandcastle Fun Co.’s “Fun-Structors” will guide kids ages 3-5 through all kinds of age-appropriate sports games. Drop-in passes available online.

Breastfeeding/Chestfeeding Virtual Support Group

May 20, 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.

Young Composers Workshop: Introduction to Songwriting

May 20, 3 pm

 

Discover the fundamentals of music creation in this three-part workshop series. Join virtual sessions with Abigail Kanes, Libby Ronon, and Sophia Mo. These three young composers are from the Chris Oatts music program at Shipley School. Musicians of all ages and skill levels welcome. Free; pre-register online.

In Person Drag Storytime at Mister John’s Music

May 20, 4 pm and 5 pm
904 S. Ninth St.

 

Maria TopCatt is back at Mister John’s Music for stories, lipsyncing dance parties, catwalk time, and togetherness, in a special outdoor event! Tickets available online.

In Person Manayunk Stroll the Street

May 20, 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.


Friday

In Person Stories on the Porch

May 21, 10 am and 11 am

Media-Upper Providence Free Library, 1 E. Front St., Media

 

Children ages 0-5 are invited to join the library for storytime on the covered porch. 15-20 minutes reading, singing, and moving, followed by an optional coloring activity (bring your own crayons).  Free; pre-register online.

Penn Museum Virtual Passport: Asia

May 21; 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. Discover the amazing cultural traditions and artwork found across the Asian continent.  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.

Community Reads: Ruby’s Birds

May 21, 11 am

 

Join an online storytime based on this year’s Longwood Gardens Community Read book, Ruby’s Birds by Mya Thompson. Read the story, sing some songs, and listen for the sounds in our neighborhood. For children age PreK – Grade 3. Free; pre-register online.

In Person Dog Days at Elmwood Park Zoo

May 21, 1–4 pm

1661 Harding Blvd., Norristown

 

Elmwood Park Zoo is inviting dog owners to bring their furry friends to visit the zoo on select days this spring! Pre-registration is required, and guests must complete an online waiver and submit required documents to attend this and all Dog Days events.

In Person: Kid’s Piñata Making Party

May 21,  pm

Primp & Play, 1520 Locust St.

 

Join Primp & Play for a fun and festive art class! Parents will receive a complementary margarita and 10% off any spa service during the event. Tickets available online.

In Person: Live Music at King of Prussia Town Center

May 21, 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.

Mascs Off: Real Talks for Men and Boys

May 21, 6 pm

 

Join a lively virtual session of intergenerational conversation, communication, and connection for fathers and sons, and men and boys, in nontraditional and nonnuclear families. Discussion will explore expectations and experiences of masculine-identifying folks, and will be facilitated by Victor Jackson, co-founder of OURchive Germantown, and youth OURchive members. Free; pre-register online.


Weekend Events

Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest

Through September 26

101 S. Columbus Blvd.

 

After a shortened season turning the roller rink into a socially-distanced “beach” last year, the Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest is open for 2021 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!

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. 

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.

Breakfast with the Giraffes at Elmwood Park Zoo

May 22 and 23, 8:30 am

1661 Harding Blvd., Norristown

 

Enjoy a delicious, socially-distanced outdoor breakfast buffet, right next to EPZ’s three towering giraffes. After you’ve cleared your plate, you’ll enjoy an exclusive giraffe feeding! Space is limited for this event, so don’t delay in purchasing your tickets.

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.


Saturday

Adopt-a-Tree & Learn-to-Ride Workshop

May 22, 9:30–11:30 am

Horatio B. Hackett School, 2161 E. York St.

 

Through the efforts of Philly Tree People, 22 young trees are now bordering the Hackett schoolyard, and they would like the neighborhood to adopt them! Stop by for a tree care demonstration by Philly Tree People and to register to adopt your tree. There will also be a “Learn to Ride” bicycle workshop for kids. Bring your own bicycle and safety gear.

Champagne Open House Celebration for Primp & Play

May 22, 10 am–3 pm

1520 Locust St.

 

Cheers to the new Primp & Play! Visit their new Rittenhouse location for complimentary champagne, activities, giveaways and more.

Schuylkill Saturday: Self-Guided Nature Exploration for Families

May 22, 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 Workshop: Can a Turtle Change Its Shell?

May 22, 10 am and 1 pm

 

In the Junior Scientist Workshop series, kids ages 8-11 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, kids will learn what vertebrates through time have in common, and get the scoop about how they adapted in unique and specific ways. Check out real specimens from the Academy’s famous collection, and meet a live turtle to find out how its shell is a specially adapted skeletal feature. Pre-register online for your desired timeslot.

Storytime and Book Signing with Greg Pizzoli

May 22

Reading: 10:30 am at Mifflin Triangle (13th and Mifflin streets)

Signing: 11 am at Tildie’s Toy Box (1829 E. Passyunk Ave.)

 

Local author and illustrator Greg Pizzoli will be reading his new book at Mifflin Triangle, then be outside Tildie’s Toy Box for a book signing. Purchase your books in the shop or opt for curbside pickup.

PlayMusic Family at Penn Treaty Park 

May 22, 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.

Sisterly Love Citywide Food Fair

May 22, 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. 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.

Darby Library’s Garden Party

May 22, noon

1001 Main St., Darby

 

Kick off the library’s summer enrichment, enjoy crafts and activities, help plant the vegetable garden, and even take home a Garden Kit (while supplies last. to reserve your kit call 610-586-7310).

Cartoon Picnic at Sunset Social

May 22, 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.

Virtual SATurdays: SAT and College Prep Workshops for Teens

May 22, noon

 

Join the Field Teen Center for a virtual SAT prep workshop including practice tests and test-taking strategies. This program is intedended for high school students. Registration is required and space is limited. Email TeenCenter@freelibrary.org to register.

Griot Tale Saturdays at Franklin Square

May 22, 1 pm

200 N. Sixth St.

 

The African American Museum in Philadelphia is partnering with Franklin Square to bring you Griot Tale Saturdays all summer long. This week, join Text Rich Ali to explore stories and music. Perfect for families, this free event will be outdoors and socially distant to keep all participants safe.

Free Koresh Kids Dance Class

May 22, 2:30 pm

Starr Garden, 600 Lombard St.

 

Learn some new moves, play some games, and make your own dances with Koresh Kids Dance teaching artists. These free, 45 minute classes are aimed for dancers in grades K-5, but all ages are welcome and no dance experience is required! Spaces are limited to allow for distancing. Pre-register online to save your spot.

Music for Dance by Members of the Pennsylvania Ballet Orchestra

May 22, 7 pm

Cherry Street Pier, 121 N. Columbus Ave.

 

A quartet of bowed strings and harp will perform works written for ballet, works for string quartet, and dance music from South America—surrounded by stunning dance photography by Philadelphia photographers, artwork by Fleisher Art Memorial artists, and a digital mural by David McShane of Mural Arts Philadelphia. Music will be performed from “Swan Lake,” “Giselle,” and “Raymonda,” along with pieces by Schubert, Borodin, and Valdes. No registration required for this free concert.


Sunday

Koresh Dance Company Children School Open House

May 22, 11 am–3 pm

2002 Rittenhouse Square

 

Come see the Koresh studio space and check out some of their children classes with free demos all day, for ages 5-18. See schedule and pre-register online for to reserve your spot.

Sound Space Performing Arts’ ‘The Sound of West Side Story’

May 22, 12:30–2:30 pm

Cherry Street Pier, 121 N. Columbus Blvd.

 

This free, dynamic performance features talented youth tap, hip hop, and ballet dancers, as well as clogging and acrobatics along with musical accompaniment by the Alex Posmontier Trio.

Virtual Kids’ Parkour

May 22, 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 22, 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.

 

 

Photograph courtesy of Delaware River Waterfront.

Contributing Writer

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