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30+ Things to Do With Kids This Week in Philly (and Online): June 7-13

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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The Philadelphia Flower Show

June 5-13

FDR Park, 1500 Pattison Ave.

 

For the first time ever, the Flower Show is being held in the summer and taking it outside, in a bigger and more kid-friendly version of the show! The event will be held June 5 through 13 in FDR Park. Another notable change for this year: due to capacity restrictions, tickets must be reserved for a specific date and time, and are not good for the entire day. Tickets are very limited, so be sure to reserve yours early.

Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest and Spruce Street Harbor Park

Through September 26

Delaware River Waterfront

 

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! Plus, SSHP is now open for the season with food, games, and hammocks! 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 July 11

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. 

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!

‘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.

Garden Railway at Morris Arboretum

Through October 11
100 E. Northwestern Ave., Philadelphia

 

A quarter-mile of track weaves its way through an intricate display featuring Philadelphia-area landmarks made of natural materials like bark, pinecones, and stones. Model trains and cable cars navigate the tunnels, bridges, and turns all set against the beautiful garden backdrop. The Garden Railway is one of the true highlights of the incredible Morris Arboretum, and is always a kid favorite. 

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.

‘The Pigeon Comes to Philadelphia! A Mo Willems Exhibit’ at the Please Touch Museum

Through September 12

Please Touch Museum, 4231 Avenue of the Republic

 

Your favorite books like Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!, the Elephant and Piggie series, and more will come alive in a new interactive exhibit that will give children the opportunity to make art that is inspired by these beloved books and to learn about the social and emotional lives of the author’s popular characters. Capacity will be limited, and online reservations are required for your desired “session.” The museum is open Thursdays – Sundays with morning sessions (9 am – noon) and afternoon sessions (1:30 – 4:30 pm) with a midday closure for cleaning and sanitizing. 


Monday

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

June 7, 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 Stories Under the Trees

June 7, 10 am

Westgate Hills Park, Oxford Hill Lane, Havertown

 

Join Ms. Rachee for an in-person, socially distanced storytime, weather permitting.

In PersonNest Outdoor Family Yoga 

June 7, 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.

Love Song Writing Workshop for Families

June 7, 6:30 pm
 
 
All are invited to join a virtual session with singer-songwriter, teaching artist, and music producer Vince Anthony to learn to write your own love song. Free; pre-register online

In Person: Eagleview Town Center Summer Movie Night: ‘Onward’

June 7, 7 pm

565 Wellington Square, Exton

 
Bring your own blankets, chairs, and whatever makes you comfortable for Eagleview Town Center’s first summer movie night of the year, with the Pixar movie Onward. 
 

Tuesday

In Person: Nest Family Music

June 8, 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: Storytime at Starr Garden

June 8, 10 am

600 Lombard St.

 

Bring your own blanket for a free, outdoor family storytime. All adults and kids over 2 must be masked.

In Person: Garden Storytime at Donatucci Library

June 8, 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

June 8, 10 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.

In Person Toddler Tales: Summertime Series

June 8, 10:15 am

Helen Kate Furness Free Library, 100 N. Providence Rd., Wallingford

 

Bring a blanket and your 2- to 3-year-olds (and their siblings) to the front lawn of the library for stories, songs, fingerplays, movement, and more. Free; pre-regsiter online.

In Person Fun Ballers: Outdoor Preschool Sports

June 8, 11:30 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.

In Person Juneberry Joy Celebration

June 8, 1 pm

Lucien E. Blackwell West Philadelphia Regional Library, 125 South 52nd St.

 

Soon the Juneberry trees planted throughout Philadelphia will be heavy with berries. Never tried one? Come, learn, and have a taste of Juneberry lemonade at this free, outdoor event hosted by the Philadelphia Orchard Project and the Free Library of Philadelphia.

 

Explore how and why gifts were given to the Greek gods, then create your own “votive” expressing your thanks and wishes for the future. This 30-minute session is free, and perfect for elementary and middle school kids. Pre-register online.

Get Crafty with Crayola

June 8, 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

June 8, 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: The Amazing Magi-Family Magic Show

June 8, 2 pm

Holmesburg Library, 7810 Frankford Ave.

 

Join the Free Library of Philadelphia for a fun family magic show in the garden!

In PersonLittle Warriors Family Yoga

June 8, 5:30 pm

McMichael Park, 3299 Midvale Ave.

 

Join Jai Vita Healing Arts for a 45-minute class appropriate for children ages 2-6. The five-class series begins Tuesday evening. Class is donation-based with a suggested donation of between $10-25 a class. 

In PersonWoofstock Summer Concert

June 8, 5:30 pm

Seger Park, 1020 Lombard St.

 

Enjoy weekly live music at Seger Dog Park. Stay and play at the playground!

Pajama Storytime with Haverford Township Free Library

June 8, 7 pm

 

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

Virtual Potty Training 101 with Miss Catherine

June 8, 7:30 pm

 

This workshop will help you learn the simple tools, tips, and steps to start potty training with your little one. Pre-register online at Kith + Kin’s website, and join over Zoom.


Wednesday

In Person: Nest Family Music

June 9, 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. 

Paleo Playdate

June 9, 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.

In Person: Baby and Me Yoga

June 9, 10 am

Chatham Glen Park, 200 Juniper Rd., Havertown

 

Join Ms. Gabrielle from Dragon Spirit Arts for Baby Yoga at the park. Bring a mat or towel and wear comfy clothes. In case of inclement weather, the event will be held on Zoom. Free; pre-register online.

In Person Music and Movement with Free Library of Philadelphia

June 9, 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. 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

June 9, 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

June 9, 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 PAWS for Reading

June 9, 4 pm

Helen Kate Furness Free Library, 100 N. Providence Rd., Wallingford

 

Each week, two dogs from PAWS will be on the library’s front lawn eagerly listening to stories or picture walks from kids ages 6 and up. Readers need to sign up for each individual class in the series in advance online.

In PersonKids’ Yoga in Linwood Park

June 9, 4 pm

 

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

In PersonSPLAT and Spray by Galaei

June 9, 4 pm

118 Fountain St.

 

Galaei’s SPLAT program works to support the empowerment and leadership development of queer youth of color through individual coaching, group support, and community engagement. The organization moved into a brand new space and building over the pandemic and as they prepare for a giant grand opening, they invite LGBTQ teens to a free SPLAT and Spray event to make the youth lounge their own by painting it. Through this event, teens can come together and find community, and learn new artistic skills. For ages 13-18

Kids’ Cooking Class: Rainbow Rice Paper Rolls

June 9, 4:30 pm

 

Use the season’s best fresh fruits to create delicious sweets and treats. Kids will work step-by-step to prepare a unique snack with a chef instructor via Zoom.  Pre-register online. 

In Person: Arts on Center Stage: Philadanco

June 9, 5:30 pm

Dilworth Park, 1 S. 15th St.

 

Philadelphia’s robust network of arts and culture organizations, large and small, will be celebrated every week as they hold free performances at Dilworth Park this summer. This week, it’s Philadanco.

Eyes of the Wild

June 9, 7 pm

 

Meet five new animals from the Eyes of the Wild Rescue every Wednesday. Sign up for all the events so you can learn how to learn about, help, and care for 30 animals over the course of the summer months! Free; pre-register online.


Thursday

Pride Day at Philadelphia Flower Show

June 10

FDR Park, 1500 Pattison Ave.

 

Reserve your tickets NOW at www.PHSonline.org using coupon code RGWWCC21 to save $5 on adult tickets for June 10. The Flower Show moves outdoors this year to South Philly’s FDR Park for a unique iteration of this annual tradition.

In Person Outdoor Movement Class at Lilypad

June 10, 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.

Virtual Escape Room

June 10, 9 am

 

Ludington Library’s Miss Melody will lead you through a fun virtual escape room. Join free on Facebook Live.

In Person Rollin’ Rockers: Music and Movement

June 10, 9:30 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 Stories Under the Trees

June 10, 10 am

Hilltop Park, 1400 Steel Road, Havertown

 

Join Ms. Rachee for an in-person, socially distanced storytime, weather permitting.

In Person  Rainbow Storytime with the Free Library of Philadelphia

June 10, 10:30 am

Shakespeare Park, 1901 Vine St.

 

Join Mx. Kate in Shakespeare Park (right across Vine Street from the library) for an outdoor rainbow story time with a make-your-own-edible-rainbow food craft at the end, including water ice. This program is geared towards children ages 5-11, but all families are welcome.

In Person PlayArts Movement Lab

June 10, 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 Read, Baby, Read Storytime

June 10, 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. For babies with caregivers; siblings welcome.

In Person  Bilingual Storytime at Franklin Square

June 10, 11 am

Sixth and Race streets

 

Join Miss Shu and Miss Vicki at the Franklin Square Pavilion (6th and Race) for a special Storytime in Mandarin and English! This program is intended for ages 5 and under and their caregivers.

In Person  Storytime at DiSilvestro Park

June 10, 11 am

1701 S. 15th St.

 

Join the Free Library, socially distanced outdoors at DiSilvestro Park, for outdoor storytime for little ones. Free, no registration required.

Summer of Wonder: The Uncle Devin Show Family Concert

June 10, 11 am

 

Enjoy a live, interactive musical experience for children by renowned drummer Devin Walker. The show cultivates the minds of children through percussion instruments and is a dynamic cross between DC’s Trouble Funk and Schoolhouse Rock. This is a Zoom program that will also be streamed to Facebook Live via the Youth Services and Programs page and available for one month.

In Person Fun Ballers: Outdoor Preschool Sports

June 10, 11:30 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

June 10, 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.

In Person Summer Reading Kickoff Event

June 10, 3 pm

Joseph E. Coleman Northwest Regional Library, 68 West Chelten Ave.

 

Say hi, grab a free treat, and sign up for Free Library of Philadelphia’s summer reading program.

In Person Manayunk Stroll the Street

June 10, 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.

In Person Drumming Circle at Merwood Park

June 10, 6:30 pm

Merwood Park, Havertown

 

Bring your own drum (or another percussion instrument) for a drumming circle with expert drummer Tony Flagiello. Free; pre-register online.

Sensory Smart Parents: Q + A with an Occupational Therapist

June 10, 7:30 pm

 

This is a resource class for parents and caregivers and will educate them on learning through the senses, developing skills through sensory play, when to seek a professional opinion, and ideas for play. This class will also serve as a support group for all parents involved, with time to discuss experiences and bounce ideas off of each other towards the end of the class. Pre-register online with Kith + Kin.


Friday

In Person Pride Celebration at Please Touch Museum

June 11

4231 Avenue of the Republic

 

The Please Touch Museum is hosting a day of activities that celebrate individuality and family. There will be Drag Queen Storytimes with Drag Queen Brittany Lynn throughout the day, plus art making and other projects. Throughout the museum, children can find books centered on self-empowerment and acceptance. Admission to the Please Touch Museum continues on a timed-session structure with advanced registration required.

Penn Museum Virtual Passport: Mesopotamia

June 11; 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 what life was like in ancient Mesopotamia through the study of cylinder seals. Design your own seal with symbols and images that have a special meaning to you. Learn more about the power of incantation bowls and their ability to confuse and trap evil spirits. 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.

In Person The Garden at Dilworth Park

June 11, noon–8 pm

1 S. 15th St.

 

All weekend long at Dilworth Park, this pop-up experience will feature strolling entertainers, including stilt walkers and circus performers, live and DJ music, and fun selfie spots.

In Person Dog Days at Elmwood Park Zoo

June 11, 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.

Virtual Storytime with Miss Sunita

June 11, 3 pm

 

Explore exciting new worlds through stories, songs, and interactive crafts in this weekly storytime. Free on Facebook Live.

In Person Pride Month Flag Raising at City Hall and Pride at the Park

June 11, 3:30-5 pm
City Hall

 

The Philadelphia Office of LGBT Affairs celebrates Pride Month with a City Hall flag-raising ceremony, plus more planned. Stay tuned as they release more details.

In Person Summer of Wonder Kickoff

June 11, 3:30-5 pm

Bustleton Library, 10199 Bustleton Ave.

 

Join the Free Library of Philadelphia for a wonderful puppet performance and animal balloon creations after. There will also be fun giveaways for kids and teens. This event will take place outside the library in the parking lot.

Art Club at Home

June 11, 3:30 pm

 

Get the weekend started by making art after school. In this virtual program, create abstract works by playing with line, shape, and color. Best for ages 6–10. No experience necessary. Free; pre-register online. Registration ends at noon the day before the program; a link will be sent to registrants prior to the program.

In Person Kingsessing Library Summer Kick-Off

June 11, 4 pm

1201 S. 51st St.

 

Start the summer off with a blast at this outdoor party for all ages with music, dancing, food, giveaways, and prizes. Bartram’s Garden and University City Arts League will be on site for kids’ arts and crafts activities. Plus,  a short classes on African dance and chair yoga from Studio 34. The party will take place on the Rec Center grounds on the north side of the library, between the building and the tennis courts. Masks required.

In Person Farmer’s Market Storytime

June 11, 4 pm

Newtown Farmer’s Market, 2150 South Eagle Rd., Newtown

 

Join Miss Angela from Newtown Public Library or Miss Elena from Marple Public Library for stories and songs at Newtown Square’s brand new Farmer’s Market every Friday this summer. Stay and shop their many local vendors. Free; pre-register online.

In Person Friday Night unWINEd

June 11, 5:30 pm (music starts at 6:30 pm)

Shady Brook Farm, 931 Stony Hill Rd., Yardley

 

Enjoy live music in the Festival Field every Friday evening this summer at Shady Brook Farm. Bring the whole family for kids’ activities, lawn games, food, drinks, and fun. Kids under age 2 are free. Tickets available online.

Drag Queen Bedtime Storytime

June 11, 6 pm

 

Brittany Lynn joins Tildie’s Toy Box to celebrate Pride and share stories before bedtime!


Weekend Events

The Philadelphia Flower Show

June 5-13

FDR Park, 1500 Pattison Ave.

 

For the first time ever, the Flower Show is being held in the summer and taking it outside, in a bigger and more kid-friendly version of the show! The event will be held June 5 through 13 in FDR Park. Another notable change for this year: due to capacity restrictions, tickets must be reserved for a specific date and time, and are not good for the entire day. Tickets available online.

The Garden at Dilworth Park

June 11–13

1 S. 15th St.

 

All weekend long at Dilworth Park, this pop-up experience will feature strolling entertainers including stilt walkers and circus performers, a marketplace, crafts for kids, live and DJ music, and fun selfie spots.

Rothman Roller Rink at Dilworth Park

Through July 11

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. 

‘The Pigeon Comes to Philadelphia! A Mo Willems Exhibit’ at the Please Touch Museum

Through September 12

Please Touch Museum, 4231 Avenue of the Republic

 

Your favorite books like Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!, the Elephant and Piggie series, and more will come alive in a new interactive exhibit that will give children the opportunity to make art that is inspired by these beloved books and to learn about the social and emotional lives of the author’s popular characters. Capacity will be limited, and online reservations are required for your desired “session.” The museum is open Thursdays – Sundays with morning sessions (9 am – noon) and afternoon sessions (1:30 – 4:30 pm) with a midday closure for cleaning and sanitizing. 

Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest and Spruce Street Harbor Park

Through September 26

Delaware River Waterfront

 

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! Plus, SSHP is now open for the season with food, games, and hammocks! Timed tickets required for skating; other activities are open to the public pay-as-you-go. Details in our preview!

Strawberry Festival at Shady Brook Farm

June 12 and 13, 10 am–4 pm

931 Stony Hill Rd., Yardley

 

Celebrate the start of summer with wagon rides to the strawberry patch, pick-your-own berries, live music, and lots of kids’ activities including sports zone, rides, games, and much more. Tickets available online.

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.

Elmwood Park Zoo’s Zoo Revue Concerts

June 12 and 13, 11 am–3 pm

1661 Harding Blvd., Norristown

 

Every weekend throughout the summer, EPZ hosts live entertainment as various talented performers take the Zoo Revue stage! Included with admission.

Elmo’s Pirate Weekend at Sesame Place

June 12 and 13

100 Sesame Rd., Langhorne

 

Elmo and his crew are setting sail for a pirate adventure with exclusive showings of “Elmo and the Bookaneers” in Abby’s Paradise Theater! Join in the fun with a Treasure Hunt throughout the park, and be sure to get a physically distant photo with everyone’s favorite furry friends dressed in their pirate garb! Tickets available online.

PECO Family Jams: Taller de Superheroes

June 12 and 13, 11 am–4 pm

Magic Gardens, 1020 South St.

 

For Puentes de Salud’s Taller de Superhéroes (Superheroes Workshop), migrant mothers and fathers worked in tandem with their children to explore memories of their places of origin. On Saturday and Sunday, participants from Taller de Superhéroes will be on site to share their stories and unveil their creations. Visitors to Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens are invited to have conversations with the creative family teams, and to take home a Craft Kit which will help you build myths, symbolism, and design your own superheroes based on your own family stories. Tickets available online.


Saturday

Rollin’ Rockers: Music and Movement

June 12, 9:30 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.

Flower Show Family Frolic

June 12, 10 am–3 pm

FDR Park, 1500 Pattison Ave.

 

The Philadelphia Flower Show hosts a special day full of kid-friendly play activities and photo opportunities including a scavenger hunt with LEGOLAND, performances by the Pennsylvania Ballet, and even photos with Gritty! Included with admission; timed tickets required.

Summer of Wonder Kickoff Party

June 12, 10 am

Oak Lane Library, 6614 N. 12th St.

 

Join the Free Library of Philadelphia for free books, summer reading prizes, chalk art, and an all-ages music performance by Weez the Peeples Collective. 

Plymouth Township Day

June 12, 10 am–2 pm

East Plymouth Valley Park, 900 Germantown Pike, Plymouth Meeting

 

Join Plymouth Township Parks & Recreation for a day filled with family fun, rides, games, food and entertainment.

Outdoor Read, Baby, Read Storytime

June 12, 10 am

Kingsessing Library, 1201 S. 51st St.

 

Ms. Rachel will lead babies (0-24 months) in stories, songs, tickles, and bounces. Big siblings can join in the fun early literacy activities as well.

Summer Saturdays at Fair Hill

June 12, 10 am–3 pm

Historic Fair Hill, 2901 Germantown Ave.

 

Enjoy storytimes, crafts, and more free kid-friendly activities at this historic site. Plus, at 1 pm, the goats are coming

Schuylkill Saturday: Self-Guided Nature Exploration for Families

June 12, 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.

Dog Days of Summer Market

June 12, 10 am–2 pm

649 S. Gulph Rd., King of Prussia

 

Stop by this pop-up market with dog trainers, doggy daycare, dog groomers, and even a food truck just for dogs! There will also be coffee, food, and live music for the humans.

PlayMusic Family at Penn Treaty Park 

June 12, 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.

Cruiser Movers

June 12, 10:30 am

Rittenhouse Square

 

Join Sandcastle Fun Co. for fun and creative movement games that are sure to excite your toddlers (18 months-3 years). Drop-in passes available online.

Culture in the Park

June 12, 11 am

Bardascino Park at 10th and Carpenter Streets

 

Join the Free Library of Philadelphia for a fun day of free cultural activities for the whole family. Find out what’s inside the “World Traveling Trunks,” and sign up for Summer Reading.

Hand to Hand Circus Festival Midway

June 12, 11 am–3 pm

FringeArts Haas Biergarten, 140 N. Columbus Blvd.

 

Learn the art of the circus at this day of free outdoor, socially-distanced workshops! Teachers and performers from the Philadelphia School of Circus Arts will give attendees of all ages a chance to learn basic aerial acrobatics, juggling, plate spinning, and tight wire, with additional offerings for younger children including scarf-tossing and balance challenges. Circus Midway will also feature short circus performances throughout the day. Free and fun for all ages and abilities. Entry will be timed, so be sure to RSVP.

Fun Ballers: Outdoor Preschool Sports

June 12, 11:30 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.

Teen LGBTQIA Circus Workshop

June 12, noon–1:30 pm

6452 Greene St.

 

Philadelphia School of Circus Arts celebrates Philly Gay Pride with a free circus workshop for LGBTQIA teens. In this 1.5-hour workshop, PSCA’s LGBTQIA Staff and LGBTQIA Staff Allies will introduce teens to the Circus Arts by teaching the basics of Aerial Sling, Static Trapeze, Tumbling, Juggling, and Tightwire. The last half hour of the workshop will be dedicated to a Cyr Wheel performance and Q&A with a recent graduate of Circadium School of Contemporary Circus, Alexandra Feit. Teens will leave feeling inspired, empowered, and connected to new circus friends. Masks are required to be worn at all times, and social distancing will be in effect in the space. This event is free, and space is limited to 15 participants so registration is required. All skill levels and abilities welcome.

Cartoon Picnic at Sunset Social

June 12, noon–3 pm

129 S. 30th St.

 

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

Pride Day at Parks on Tap

June 12, noon–6 pm

Parks on Tap Trails End, 27th and South streets

 

Enjoy sweeping river views, delicious food and drink, and comfortable seating with your family and friends during this all-ages outdoor event. Philadelphia out and proud celebrity DJ Robert Drake will provide music from 2–6 pm. Local LGBTQ organizations have been invited to greet guests at the entrance and share information about their services. Plus, you can support four local LGBTQ charities with your purchase of Pride Punch: $1 from each Pride Punch sold during Pride in the Park, and all June long, will be combined and split between the William Way LGBT Community Center, Philly Asian Queer, The Attic Youth Center, and Galaei.

Family Programming in the Wetlands

June 12, 1 pm

Awbury Arboretum Pond and Wetlands; park on Washington Ln.

 

Join Awbury Arboretum and Let’s Go Outdoors for free family activities in the wetlands in celebration of the Year of Water.

Pride Month Celebration at Suburban Square

June 12, 4–7 pm

49 St. Georges Rd., Ardmore

 

Drag queens Eric Jaffe and VinChelle will perform all around the Square!

Northern Liberties Artists at Work

June 12, 5–7 pm

 

Head to various businesses in Northern Liberties for a celebration that features local artists showcasing and making their wares, including several featured LGBTQ artists. Gay-owned, female-owned, Black-owned, and Veteran-owned boutique and gift store Trunc will kick things off with live music outside the shop featuring Justus Riveria, Justusviolin, playing music inspired by disco and Studio 54. Trunc also invites families, dog dads, dog moms, and everyone to bring their furry friends for a free digital image by Justin Timins. Hudson Table will feature Artist at Work Vincent Marc, more publicly known as Marc, a Black queer creative director, stylist, and photographer.


Sunday

Betsy Ross House’s Flag Fest Kicks Off

June 13, 10 am
239 Arch St.

 

Join Betsy Ross to raise the flag in her House’s courtyard, and to reveal a giant flag made entirely of M&Ms! Visitors are invited to take pictures with the unique flag and share them using the hashtag #mmsflag or tag the Betsy Ross House on social media and enjoy free samples of everyone’s favorite candy.

Family Art Workshop: Drawing Birds

June 13, 1 pm

Bartram’s Garden, 5400 Lindbergh Blvd. 

 

Explore birds from a creative point of view, learn techniques for drawing birds used by professionals, and create some bird art of your own. This workshop is designed for families to create together while enjoying the feathered friends who call Bartram’s Garden home. Tickets available online.

Goats at Awbury’s Sunday Fun Day

June 13, 2–4 pm

6336 Ardleigh Rd.

 

Goat walks and cuddles, along with other fabulous farm and wellness activities at Awbury Arboretum.

 

 

 

Photograph by Laura Swartz.

Editor | @pompomflipflop | Email tips to laura@familyfocus.org

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