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30+ Things to Do With Kids This Week in Philly (and Online): June 14-20

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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Betsy Ross House’s Flag Fest

June 13—19
239 Arch St.

 

Every day from June 13—19, there will be fun activities at Betsy Ross House, beginning with daily flag raisings with Betsy Ross at 10 am, and including educational programming, historical reenactors, and more. All week, the first 100 visitors to the House each day will receive free admission, as well. 

‘Julián is a Mermaid’ Story Stroll

Begins June 14, noon

Kingsessing Library, 1201 S. 51st St.

 

Starting Monday, June 14, Julián is a Mermaid by Jessica Love will be featured as a story stroll around the Kingsessing Library and Rec Center. Take a walk in the park and celebrate Pride with this summertime tale of underwater creatures, parades, and the affirmative love of an abuela. Take-home craft kits to celebrate Pride Month will be available in the sidewalk library in front of the Rec Center while supplies last. Julián is a Mermaid starts in front of the library, by the bike racks, and continues through the park.

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 Peaches 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

Betsy Ross House’s Flag Day

June 14
239 Arch St. (morning naturalization ceremony online)

 

Flag Day begins with the annual naturalization ceremony, this year streamed live on Facebook at 9 am, as 13 new citizens take their Oath of Allegiance. Then, join Betsy Ross on-site for a flag history program beginning at 11 am.

Festivities at the National Constitution Center

June 14
National Constitution Center, 525 Arch St.

 

Celebrating the birthday of both the American flag as well as the U.S. Army, this festival includes events to honor the flag, as well as military elements. These events will be outdoors and free to the public; no reservations are required. At 10:30 am, come to the front lawn of the National Constitution Center for a 50-star flag-raising ceremony, a reading of the Flag Act of 1787, U.S. Army Drill Team demonstration, and more. Throughout the day, families can view displays featuring military vehicles and equipment on Chestnut Street.

In the Park with Mister John’s Music

June 14, 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.

 Stories Under the Trees

June 14, 10 am

1002 Darby Road, Havertown

 

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

Virtual Casey Cooks with Kids

June 14, 10 am

 

Join Ludington Library’s Miss Casey online to make a great food creation.

Nest Outdoor Family Yoga 

June 14, 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.

Baby Storytime with Parkway Central Library

June 14, 10:30 am

Shakespeare Park, 1901 Vine St.

 

Join Miss Mary Mondays at 10:30 am at Shakespeare Park (across the street from the library on Vine St) for Baby Storytime. Enjoy stories, songs, and fun! This program is intended for kids ages 2 and under and their caregivers. Weather-permitting. Please check CCD’s social media for cancelleations day-of.

Grow Up Green

June 14, 10:30–11:30 am

Sister Cities Park, 210 N. 18th St.

 

Philadelphia Parks and Recreation will take kids on an imaginative journey that emphasizes the importance of outdoor play with nature-inspired lessons and hands-on activities.

Crafts with Fabric Workshop and Museum at Sister Cities Park

June 14, 11:30 am

Sister Cities Park, 210 N. 18th St.

 

Join The Fabric Workshop and Museum to explore themes in their current exhibit, Hard/Cover. Kids will have the opportunity to create river prints, moon viewers, playful patterns, secret seed sculptures, and objects for a community table.

Virtual Our City, Your Orchestra: Fabric Workshop and Museum

June 14, 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. In celebration of Father’s Day, the Orchestra teams up with Michael Gardner’s Daddy Dressed Me for a special episode filmed at The Fabric Workshop and Museum (FWM). Gardner began sewing in 2014 as a way to bond with his nine-year-old daughter, Ava, while looking for a new creative challenge. He created Daddy Dressed Me to help Ava build self-esteem and establish confidence in herself and her abilities. Join on Facebook or the Philadelphia Orchestra’s website.


Tuesday

Nest Family Music

June 15, 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. 

Storytime at Starr Garden

June 15, 10 am

600 Lombard St.

 

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

 Garden Storytime at Donatucci Library

June 15, 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.

PlayArts Movement Lab

June 15, 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.

Toddler Tales: Summertime Series

June 15, 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.

Story Art at Sister Cities Park

June 15, 10:30 am

Sister Cities Park, 210 N. 18th St.

 

The Free Library of Phildelphia will bring their popular storytime program outdoors for a morning full of movement, songs, and imagination. Kids will receive a takeaway craft inspired by the day’s stories, while supplies last.

Gladwyne Outdoor Storytime

June 15, 10:30 am

Gladwyne Library, 362 Righters Mill Rd., Gladwyne

 

Join the Gladwyne Library for a special outdoor storytime in the parking lot. Pre-register online, in case they need to change the date due to inclement weather. Bring a blanket to sit on.

Virtual Drag Queen Storytime with Brittany Lynn

June 15, 11 am

 

Join the Free Library of Philadelphia and Drag Queen Brittany Lynn for a delightful and uplifting storytime over Zoom. Free; pre-register online for the link.

Fun Ballers: Outdoor Preschool Sports

June 15, 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.

Nature in the Park: Investigation Station

June 15, 11:30 am

Sister Cities Park, 210 N. 18th St.

 

Join the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, and go wild with fun games, experiments, and unique activities! Learn how animals, bugs, and dinosaurs are affected by climate change.

Virtual At-Home Anthro: Hawai’i’s Multicultural Food World

June 15, 1 pm

 

Learn about the histories of Hawaiian dishes—developed after many generations of immigrant workers lived, worked, and started families together—through the eyes of Kiki Aranita, a chef and restaurateur whose ancestors worked on Kauai’s sugarcane plantations. This 30-minute session is free, and perfect for elementary and middle school kids. Pre-register online.

Virtual Get Crafty with Crayola

June 15, 1 pm

 

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

Virtual New Parent Virtual Support Group

June 15, 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.

Summer of Wonder Kick-Off with Goats

June 15, 2 pm

Stenton Museum, 4601 N. 18th St.

 

Join the Free Library of Philadelphia for storytime with the Philly Goat Project’s friendly goats! Plus, Summer Reading prizes, and fun for all ages on Stenton Museum’s beautiful grounds.

Virtual Choose Your Own Adventure with Free Library of Philadelphia

June 15, 2 pm

 

Join the library on Facebook Live for a read aloud where you get to decide where the adventure takes you. Enjoy this escape room for your ears and learn more about how you can design your own escape room this summer. For ages 8-13.

Books & Cooks: Strong Rocks

June 15, 2 pm

Shakespeare Park, 1901 Vine St.

 

Gather in Shakespeare Park across from the library for activities inspired by rocks, and inspired by foods and wellness practices to feel strong! This free program is designed for school-aged children and caregivers.

Little Warriors Family Yoga

June 15, 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. 

Woofstock Summer Concert

June 15, 5:30 pm

Seger Park, 1020 Lombard St.

 

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

Virtual Tails & Tales with Center for Aquatic Sciences at Adventure Aquarium

June 15, 6:30 pm

 

During this Zoom program, kids ages 3 and up will focus on interesting animal adaptations and how animals appear in literature. Free; pre-register online.

Virtual Pajama Storytime with Haverford Township Free Library

June 15, 7 pm

 

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


Wednesday

 Nest Family Music

June 16, 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. 

Virtual Paleo Playdate

June 16, 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.

Virtual Children’s Summer Reading Kickoff with Turtle Dance Music

June 16, 10 am

 

Join Yeadon Public Library over Zoom for a Children’s Summer Reading Kickoff with music, bubbles, and lots of fun. Free; pre-register online.

Virtual  Books and Babies

June 16, 10:15 am

 

Join Ms. Danielle for Books and Babies Live! Register for a Storytime, Anytime kit and get ready for songs and books and literacy tips to help your child get ready to read. This program is live on Zoom and for ages 2 and under. Pre-registration is required.

 Music and Movement with Free Library of Philadelphia

June 16, 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.

Creative Movement with Pennsylvania Ballet

June 16, 10:30–11:30 am

Sister Cities Park, 210 N. 18th St.

 

Instructors from the Pennsylvania Ballet will teach young children how to express themselves through the art of dance! These outdoor movement classes will include African dance and ballet movement.

 CantiCuentos: Spanish Songs and Stories for Kids

June 16, 11 am

420 S. Perth St.

 

Babies and toddlers (ages 0-5) will learn Spanish songs and stories at this weekly outdoor playgroup. Bring your own blanket! $10 per family.

Storytime and Giveaways

June 16, 11 am

David Cohen Ogontz Library, 6017 Ogontz Ave.

 

Join the library for an outdoor storytime, some giveaways including books, snack cups and water bottles, and summer reading sign-up.

 Dog Days at Elmwood Park Zoo

June 16, 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.

Teen Summer of Wonder Kickoff

June 16, 1 pm

Parkway Central Library, 1901 Vine St.

 

Teens ages 12-18 are welcome to join library for an outdoor meetup! Teens can sign up for summer reading, where they will have the opportunity to win amazing prizes for completing activities this summer. Each teen that registers will receive a giveaway bag filled with books, maker activites, information, and swag. Exact location to be announced, but will be near the Parkway Central Library.

Virtual PAWS for Reading: Read to a Therapy Dog

June 16, 3 pm

 

Read to a therapy animal friend from PAWS for people on a live video conference. Reading to a dog helps children develop confidence and skills for reading aloud! Register online to reserve your timeslot.

 PAWS for Reading

June 16, 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.

“Readers & Dreamers” Summer of Wonder Kickoff

June 16, 4 pm

Parkway Central Library, 1901 Vine St.

 

Kick off Summer of Wonder 2021 with a special visit from local author Stephany Coakley in Shakespeare Park. This event is geared toward school age children, but the whole family is welcome. Join the Free Library for a reading of Coakley’s picture book Tye the Dreamer, followed by Q & A with the author. Attendees will receive free Summer of Wonder prizes and giveaways, and will have an opportunity to purchase a signed copy of the book Tye The Dreamer.

Kids’ Yoga in Linwood Park

June 16, 4 pm

Linwood Park, Ardmore

 

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

Kids’ Journal Making Workshop

June 16, 4:30 pm

Primp & Play, 1520 Locust St.

 

In this class, kids will learn about the importance of mindfulness, self-care and journaling. They will create a journal to take home. Parents receive 10% off all spa services during and booked at the event. Tickets available online.

Virtual Kids’ Cooking Class: Strawberry Shortcake

June 16, 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. 

Arts on Center Stage: Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia

June 16, 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 a string ensemble from the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia.

Family Yoga

June 16, 6:30 pm

Upper Darby Library – Sellers Branch, 76 S. State Rd., Upper Darby

 

Gather on the Sellers Memorial Branch lawn with your yoga mats for a family yoga session. All ages welcome; pre-register online. Social distancing will be practiced, and masks are strongly recommend.

Virtual Eyes of the Wild

June 16, 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

Outdoor Movement Class at Lilypad

June 17, 9 am

Lilypad, 1234 S. Broad St.

 

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.

Rollin’ Rockers: Music and Movement

June 17, 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.

Stories Under the Trees

June 17, 10 am

Westgate Hills Park, Oxford Hill Ln., Havertown

 

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

Zoo on Wheels

June 17, 10:30 am

Merwood Park, Havertown

 

Students take an in-depth look at our five senses and explore the differences and similarities with how they’re used in the animal kingdom.

Storytime Fun in Shakespeare Park

June 17, 10:30 am

1901 Vine St.

 

Children ages 2-5 and their caregivers are invited to join the Free Library of Philadelphia in Shakespeare Park every Thursday during Summer of Wonder for a fun and exciting in-person, socially distanced storytime activity.

 Read, Baby, Read Storytime

June 17, 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.

Virtual Baby Storytime

June 17, 10:30 am

 

Books, songs, and rhymes for infants and toddlers. Posted on Instagram @LillianMarreroLibrary

Storytime at Franklin Square

June 17, 11 am

Sixth and Race streets

 

Join Miss Vicki at the Franklin Square Pavilion (6th and Race) for a special outdoor storytime. This program is intended for ages 5 and under and their caregivers.

Pre-Juneteenth Festival Celebration

June 17, 11 am–3 pm

Cecil B. Moore Library, 2320 Cecil B. Moore Ave.

 

Join Free Library of Philadelphia for food, giveaways, music, and art-making. Enjoy food, fun, and a celebration of Black liberation and Black life, create art and express yourself in community, share stories, and make memories.

Storytime at DiSilvestro Park

June 17, 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.

Virtual Summer of Wonder Magic Show

June 17, 11 am

 

Get ready for a virtual show full of magic, comedy, story-telling, puppets, and more. Magician Brian Richards will share with you his love for reading and the library. This program will take place on Facebook Live via the Youth Services and Programs page  (https://www.facebook.com/FLPYouthServices) and the video will be available for one month. 

Fun Ballers: Outdoor Preschool Sports

June 17, 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.

Virtual  Breastfeeding/Chestfeeding Virtual Support Group

June 17, 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.

STEM Shenanigans

June 17, 3:30 pm

Upper Darby Library – Sellers Branch, 76 S. State Rd., Upper Darby

 

Teens will create and test bridges, using simple household materials. This program will take place in person, under a canopy tent, outside the Sellers Memorial Branch of the Upper Darby Township Library. All participants and facilitators will be masked and socially distanced. Free; pre-register online.

Drag Storytime at Mister John’s Music

June 17, 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.

Live at Sister Cities Park

June 17, 5–8 pm

210 N. 18th St.

 

Live at Sister Cities Park brings local singer-songwriters together for a season-long party on the Parkway! A variety of snacks will be available for purchase at Sister Cities Café, including beer and wine (Please note, this program is not BYOB). Everyone is required to wear a mask and practice social distancing. Kids are free to frolic in the Children’s Discovery Garden and Boat Pond, which will stay open late.

Manayunk Stroll the Street

June 17, 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.

Summer Quest Kick-Off

June 17, 6 pm

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

 

Get the summer celebration “Tails and Tales” started with a taste of Rita’s Water Ice free to anyone who wants to find out more about participating in Summer Quest at the Helen Kate Furness Library. There will be free books for those who want to participate in 1000 Books Before Kindergarten, and Read with Rita’s 2021 Challenge reading logs for library users 14 years and under who complete two hours of reading in a week, and more.

Free Outdoor Movie Night: ‘School of Rock’

June 17, 8 pm

Grays Ferry Crescent – east side of the Schuylkill River just south of the Grays Ferry Avenue Bridge

 

Bring your friends, blanket, and picnic basket for a great time watching School of Rock riverside! The movie will start at sunset, which is around 8:30pm on June 17. Come early to stake out your spot and watch the sunset.


Friday

Juneteenth Craft

June 18, 10 am

Lillian Marrero Library, 601 W. Lehigh Ave.

 

Join Lillian Marrero Library outside for a craft celebrating Juneteenth. Free; weather permitting.

Virtual Spotlight on LGBTQ+ Comics for Middle Grades

June 18, 10 am

 

Book recommendations as well as information on how to find other LGBTQ+ books for ages 8-12. This video will be pre-recorded and released on the library’s Facebook page.

Outdoor Storytime

June 18, 10:30 am

Logan Library, 1333 Wagner Ave.

 

Gather on the steps of Logan Library for stories, songs and fun. For preschoolers and their families.

Virtual Digger & David Presents: How Coyote Saved the Day

June 18, 10:30 am

 

Join Digger and David on a wonderful puppet story and magic adventure as they present “How Coyote Saved the Day.” Free; pre-register online for the Zoom link.

Virtual Storytime for Babies and Toddlers

June 18, 11 am

 

Bring your little one for lap time with stories and songs posted on West Philadelphia Library’s Facebook.

 Dog Days at Elmwood Park Zoo

June 18, 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 18, 3 pm

 

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

Fishtown District Reopening Celebration

June 18, 4–7 pm

 

Everyone is invited to shop, eat, stay, and stroll the avenue to celebrate Fishtown (and Philly) reopening. Enjoy live performances and lots of other fun activities for the whole family. Plus, Temple Health Vaccine Clinic will be giving shots from 4:30 – 7:30 pm at the Lutheran Settlement House– no registration required.

Kidchella at Smith Playground

June 18, 5–8 pm

3500 Reservoir Dr.

 

Enjoy “kindie” funky rock music all evening long with Johnny Shortcake and Ms. Niki. Enjoy food trucks, giveaways, pre-show performances, and fun on the Playground before the main concert at 6 pm. Bring a blanket and bring dinner or buy it from on-site foodtrucks! Tickets available online.

Pride Night at Philadelphia Zoo

June 18, 5–8 pm

3400 W. Girard Ave.

 

To make our summer even more dino-riffic, the zoo has extended Friday night hours, and on June 18 you can celebrate Pride along with the dino-themed food and fun of Big Time! Out and proud celebrity local DJ Robert Drake will provide family-friendly tunes for the night, and local LGBTQ organizations have been invited to give away literature and talk about their services. Guests are also invited to wear their most colorful rainbow and pride-themed threads for a chance to win zoo tickets for a future visit. Tickets available online.

Friday Night unWINEd

June 18, 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.

Westgate Park Movie Night: ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’

June 18, 8 pm

Westgate Park, Havertown

 

Bring your own blankets, food and beverages, and a few bucks for popcorn ($1 per bag), and settle in for Raiders of the Lost Ark outside!


Weekend Events

Pirates at Adventure Aquarium

June 18–July 9

1 Riverside Dr., Camden, NJ

 

Arrgh! Pirates are arriving at Adventure Aquarium on June 18 seeking treasure for a limited-time, fun, and interactive family experience. The crew will teach you to walk and talk like a pirate as you play games, make crafts, hunt for Darkbeard’s treasure and learn about parrots! Included with admission.

Betsy Ross House’s Flag Fest

June 13—19
239 Arch St.

 

Every day from June 13—19, there will be fun activities at Betsy Ross House, beginning with daily flag raisings with Betsy Ross at 10 am, and including educational programming, historical reenactors, and more. All week, the first 100 visitors to the House each day will receive free admission, as well.

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!

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 19 and 20, 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.

Father’s Day Weekend Fan Fest at Sesame Place

June 19 and 20

100 Sesame Rd., Langhorne

 

Celebrate Dad with a sports fan fest at Sesame Place! Father’s Day Fan Zone Festivities include special meet and greets, photo opportunities, games and more. Tickets available online.

Juneteenth with Museum of the American Revolution

June 17–19

101 S. Third St. (and online)

 

Tune into the Museum’s Facebook for a performance of the one-woman show “Freedom on the Horizon” with historical interpreter Nastassia Parker as she portrays Ona Judge, an enslaved woman who ran away from the Washington household in Philadelphia. On June 19 at 10 am, tune into their Facebook to discover the story of Richard Allen, a minister who founded the African Methodist Episcopal Church, the first independent Black denomination in the United States. Explore that church, Mother Bethel, including its story-rich stained-glass windows and burial ground, where people from the Revolutionary-era are interred. In person, visit the museum for pop-up talks, and visits to the contactless Discovery Cart, where you can explore replica objects related to the life of Harry Washington, who was enslaved by the Washingtons and found freedom through service in the British army.


Saturday

Juneteenth

Juneteenth celebrates the ending of slavery in the United States, taking its name from June 19, 1865, when news of abolition reached Texas. More generally, Juneteenth is a day to celebrate freedom, as well as African-American history and heritage. Last year marked Pennsylvania’s first official statewide observance of the holiday, but due to the pandemic, celebrations were mainly virtual. This year, in-person events will return, and we look forward to a Philly Juneteenth that’s bigger and better than ever. Here’s how to celebrate in Philly with kids.

Juneteenth Celebration at Please Touch Museum

June 19
4231 Avenue of the Republic

 

PTM will be celebrating throughout the museum all day. In the Creative Arts Studio, drop-in for an activity inspired by African American artists Faith Ringgold, the women artisans of Gee’s Bend, and Bisa Butler. Children will be encouraged to create their own self-portrait inspired by the meaningful tradition of quilting that is central to the work of these incredible artists. In the Makerspace, learn more about contemporary African American scientists, inventors, and engineers, while exploring engineering and tools. Kids can also visit the Storytime Cabin for a story that celebrates Juneteenth, and take part in pop-up interactive, play-based sessions downstairs that explore African music and food. Reservations are required for timed entry to the museum.

Philadelphia Juneteenth March and Festival

June 19, 9 am–3 pm

March begins at 52nd St. and Haverford Ave.; ends at Malcolm X Park (52nd and Pine streets) for the festival

 

Meet at 52nd Street and Haverford Avenue in West Philadelphia at 9 am for a Freedom March down 52nd Street, followed by the “Art in the Park” Exhibit and vendors fair at Malcolm X Park.

Drag Queen Storytime at Gold Star Park

June 19, 9:30 am

613 Wharton St.

 

Rise and shine for outdoor storytime in the park with Miss Brittany Lynn! Bring your own blanket for stories of love, acceptance, and individuality.

Rollin’ Rockers: Music and Movement

June 19, 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.

Betsy Ross House’s Flag Fest and Juneteenth

June 19, 10 am
239 Arch St.

 

The Betsy Ross House joins in celebrating Juneteenth on the final day of Flag Fest, Saturday, June 19. The U.S. Colored Troops will join Betsy to raise both the 13-star American and Juneteenth flags, and visitors will “meet” Rev. Richard Allen beginning at 11 am. Plus, the first 100 visitors to the Betsy Ross House will receive free admission.

Juneteenth Family Art Walk and Celebration At Sellers Memorial Park

June 19, 10 am

76 S. State Road, Upper Darby

 

Celebrate Juneteenth with artmaking, music, books, and an art walk to the Upper Darby Art Gallery. Artmaking activities will take place at Sellers Memorial Park. Participants are asked to bring a blanket to sit on and safely space themselves throughout the park while completing the art activities.

Schuylkill Saturday: Self-Guided Nature Exploration for Families

June 19, 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.

Amalgam’s Juneteenth Celebration featuring The Black Child Book Fair

June 19, 10 am

Amalgam Comics, 2578 Frankford Ave.

 

Amalgam is partnering with The Black Child Book Fair (a Chicago-based traveling book fair aimed at promoting and amplifying Black voices in children’s literature) for an outdoor Juneteenth celebration featuring books, comics, music, and arts & crafts.

Civil War Saturday at Fort Mifflin

June 19, 10 am

Fort Mifflin on the Delaware, Fort Mifflin and Hog Island Roads

 

Explore Fort Mifflin’s years as a federal prison. Watch the soldiers drill and prepare their camp meals over an open fire. “Enlist” and learn to drill with wooden muskets, enjoy Civil War Soldier Life and Medicine programs, meet soldiers from 3rd Regiment Infantry United States Colored Troops. Discover the untold story of the prisoners of the Fishing Creek Confederacy, imprisoned at the Fort in 1864 and meet the “Hero of Gettysburg” General George Meade who will review the troops at noon, and present a special program at 1 pm. Tickets available online.

PlayMusic Family at Penn Treaty Park 

June 19, 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 19, 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.

Juneteenth at Stenton

June 19, 11 am—2 pm

Stenton Park, 4600 N. 18th St.

 

Bring your blankets, chairs, and a packed lunch to Stenton Park and Museum for a museum open house, storytelling and reenactments, and live performances by Women’s Sekere Ensemble and Universal African Dance & Drum Ensemble. All events are free and open to the public.

Linvilla Orchards Food Truck Frenzy

June 19, 11 am—5 pm

137 W. Knowlton Rd., Media

 

Visit Linvilla for delicious treats from food trucks, live music, and fun for the whole family including pony rides, face painting, train rides, Pick Your Own fruit, and more.

Culture in the Park

June 19, 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.

Virtual Summer Reading Kickoff: Celebrate Juneteenth

June 19, 11 am

 

Enjoy a virtual show by Mlanjeni Magical Theater and find out about summer reading activities and events. Free; pre-register online.

Fun Ballers: Outdoor Preschool Sports

June 19, 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.

Cartoon Picnic at Sunset Social

June 19, 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.

Griot Tale Saturday at Franklin Square

June 19, noon–3 pm

200 N. Sixth St.

 

This free, outdoor storytime is perfect for families, and will explore the connections between Freedom and Liberty. Listen and learn through reenactor portrayals of US Colored Troops, many of the soldiers who delivered word of Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation across Texas in 1865.

Philadelphia Juneteenth Festival at Johnson House Historic Site

June 19, 1—5 pm
6300 Block of Germantown Avenue (between Washington Lane and Johnson Street)

 

The historic Johnson House—a pivotal spot on the Underground Railroad—hosts its annual Juneteenth celebration. The festival includes live entertainment, historical reenactments, a beer and hard cider garden, a marketplace, and tours of the historic sites. For the little ones, the children’s village (6316 Germantown Ave.) will have baby goats, face painting, arts and crafts, and a moon bounce.

Juneteenth Celebration at Hatfield House

June 19, 2—5 pm

3201 W. Girard Ave.

 

Bring your lawn chair or picnic blanket and enjoy live DJ music, kid-friendly activities and games, face-painting, and giveaways including free T-shirts, books, and school supplies.

Free Concert at Suburban Square: Solomon Thorne

June 19, 2—5 pm

49 St. Georges Rd., Ardmore

 

Suburban Square hosts free performances every Saturday for Pride Month. This week, Solomon Thorne performs on the patio with guest singers and musicians.


Sunday

Sunday Fun Day at Awbury Arboretum

June 20, 1–4 pm

The Farm at Awbury, 6336 Ardleigh St.

 

Every Sunday is a Fun Day at The Farm at Awbury Arboretum! Free family-friendly activities every weekend: See the goats and chickens, take wellness classes, go on farm tours, and more. All events are free.

Free Concert at Suburban Square: Lyndsey McCormick

June 20, 2—5 pm

49 St. Georges Rd., Ardmore

 

Local musician, storyteller, and teacher Lyndsey McCormick and a pianist partner will perform a mix of upbeat genres in this free concert at Suburban Square.

Father’s Day Kayak Cruise and Picnic

June 20, 4 pm

Walnut Street Dock, 120 S. 24th St.

 

Celebrate Father’s Day and the summer solstice with a special guided kayak tour of the river, followed by a festive picnic (optional) at the Schuylkill Banks Park. The professionally guided tour will head upriver towards the Fairmount Dam to enjoy spectacular views of the Art Museum, Fairmount Water Works, and the city skyline. No gear or experience necessary. Not recommended for kids under 8. Tickets available online.

 

 

 

 

Photograph by Laura Swartz.

Contributing Writer

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