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30+ Things to Do With Kids This Week in Philly (and Online): June 21-27

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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Pirates at Adventure Aquarium

June 18–July 9

1 Riverside Dr., Camden, NJ

 

Arrgh! Pirates have invaded Adventure Aquarium 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.

Broad + Market: A Festival Experience

June 19– July 4

City Hall and LOVE Park

 

As part of Wawa Welcome America Festivities, enjoy free outdoor health and wellness activities all week long, from yoga to dance! Plus, giveaways from Tastykake, Wawa, and more!

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 Fruit 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 the Park with Mister John’s Music

June 21, 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.

PlayMusic Family at Penn Treaty Park 

June 21, 10 am and 10:45 am

Palmer Park, Frankford Ave. and E. Palmer 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.

Creative Babies in the Park

June 21, 10 am

Meet at Springfield Township Library (70 Powell Rd., Springfield)

 

Share bouncing and tickling rhymes, peek-a-boo games, short books, nursery rhymes, and music. Meet at the Youth Services entrance and walk to the park together. Bring your own blanket. Free; pre-register online.

 Stories Under the Trees

June 21, 10 am

Hilltop Park, Steel Rd., Havertown

 

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

Nest Outdoor Family Yoga 

June 21, 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 21, 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 21, 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.

Build a Soil-arium

June 21, 11 am

Rachel Kohl Community Library,  687 Smithbridge Rd., Glen Mills

 

Join local businesswoman Jen Panaro, owner of WasteWell Curbside Composting, for a summer learning project based on the principles of composting and sustainability. Free; pre-register online.

Crafts with Fabric Workshop and Museum at Sister Cities Park

June 21, 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.

Make Music Day with BuildaBridge International

June 21, 1–4 pm

2056 Ellsworth St.

 

Make Music Day is a live, free musical celebration on June 21, the longest day of the year, with concerts on streets, sidewalks, and parks across the city. BuildaBridge Restorative Teaching Artists will be on hand to provide hand drumming and songwriting workshops, performances, and more!

Monday Funday in the Park

June 21, 4 pm

Meet at Springfield Library (70 Powell Rd., Springfield)

 

Kids in grades 3-5 are invited to meet at the library to walk to the park for a fun outdoor activity. Free; pre-register online.

Virtual Jester Jim Virtual Comedy Show

June 21, 4 pm

 

Join this 40-minute live, interactive broadcast packed with tricks, balancing, and laughs! Free; pre-register online.

Virtual Mindfulness Activity for Children and Families

June 21, 4 pm

 

Learn to self-regulate, improve emotional literacy, and manage big feelings through fun family activities each week via Free Library of Philadelphia’s Instagram and Facebook.


Tuesday

Nest Family Music

June 22, 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 22, 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 22, 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 22, 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 Time in the Park

June 22, 10 am

Meet at Springfield Township Library (70 Powell Rd., Springfield)

 

Stories, finger plays, puppets, rhymes, dancing, and music liven the atmosphere as concepts such as colors, numbers, and letters are introduced. The program is about 20 minutes long. Free; pre-register online.

Stories on the Porch

June 22, 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 to sing, listen to stories, do movement activities and watch puppets on the covered porch. Free; pre-register online, as space is limited.

Virtual Kids’ Yoga Adventure

June 22, 10 am

 

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

Toddler Tales: Summertime Series

June 22, 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-register online.

Story Art at Sister Cities Park

June 22, 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.

Fun Ballers: Outdoor Preschool Sports

June 22, 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 22, 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: Design Your Own Mancala Board

June 22, 1 pm

 

Join Penn Museum to create your own mancala board with paper and learn a simple version of the game. This 30-minute session is free, and perfect for elementary and middle school kids. Pre-register online.

Virtual Get Crafty with Crayola

June 22, 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 22, 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.

Books & Cooks: Strong Rocks

June 22, 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 22, 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 22, 5:30 pm

Seger Park, 1020 Lombard St.

 

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

Yoga at Lincoln Financial Field

June 22, 6 pm

1 Lincoln Financial Field Way

 

A unique, yoga experience with an Eagles twist! All experience levels are welcome to this fun health and wellness-focused event on Lincoln Financial Field. Tickets available online.

Virtual Pajama Storytime with Haverford Township Free Library

June 22, 7 pm

 

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


Wednesday

Folk Tales in the Glen: ‘Pumpkins and the Elephant’

June 23, 10 am

People’s Light, 39 Conestoga Road, Malvern

 

Join People’s Light for Folk Tales in the Glen, a socially distanced, interactive, outdoor offering for families with children ages 2-8.  Reservations are available online.

 Nest Family Music

June 23, 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. 

Baby and Me Yoga

June 23, 10 am

Chatham Glen Park, 200 Juniper Rd., Havertown

 

Bring your own mat, and join Ms. Gabrielle from Dragon Spirit Arts in the park for a free Baby and Me Yoga class filled with gentle stretches and movements. In case of inclement weather, the event will be held on Zoom. Free; pre-register online.

Stories and Songs for Pre-Walkers

June 23, 10 am

Meet at Springfield Township Library (70 Powell Rd., Springfield)

 

This gentle yet lively story time features bouncing and tickling rhymes, peek-a-boo games, short books, nursery rhymes, and music. Bring your own blanket and baby toys. This is for pre-walkers only. Free; pre-register online.

 Music and Movement with Free Library of Philadelphia

June 23, 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 23, 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 23, 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.

Summer Reading 2021 Giveaways

June 23, 11 am

Whitman Library, 200 Snyder Ave.

 

Whitman Library staff will be tabling in the back patio area with new & free books (for adults, teens, and children) and summer reading activity packets (for teens and children).

Virtual Kids’ Drawing Class

June 23, 11 am

 

Join artist Christine Burke in the comfort of your home over Zoom. Gather your supplies and learn how to create an adorable raccoon. For ages 5 and up. Free; pre-register online.

Paint a Cityscape

June 23, 1 pm

Upper Darby Sellers Memorial Free Library, 76 S. State Rd., Upper Darby

 

Kids in grades 3-5 will learn to paint an imaginary city silhouette with an easy method. Event is outdoors; all materials provided. Free; pre-register online.

Crafts in the Garden

June 23, 1 pm

West Oak Lane Library, 2000 E. Washington Lane

 

Meet outside the library, decorate a clay pot, and add a plant. Space is limited and pre-registration is suggested.

 Dog Days at Elmwood Park Zoo

June 23, 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.

PECO Go 4th & Learn: Science of Fireworks

June 23, 2:30 pm

City Hall Courtyard, 1 S. Penn Sq.

 

As part of Wawa Welcome America, enjoy fun, and educational activities hosted by the Franklin Institute, teaching the science of fireworks. Attendees can also enjoy a free book giveaway courtesy of Books in Homes USA.

Virtual PAWS for Reading: Read to a Therapy Dog

June 23, 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 23, 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.

Clay, Play, Read!

June 23, 4 pm

Kensington Library, 104 West Dauphin St.

 

The Clay Studio hosts a free, six-week clay and early literacy program for children ages 3-8 and their families. This is a hybrid program: every other week the program will be held outdoors and in person; the remaining sessions will be held on Zoom. Free; pre-registration required. Participating families will receive art kits, activities, books, and to-go meals provided at in-person workshops.

Kids’ Yoga in Linwood Park

June 23, 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.

Virtual George Washington and the General’s Dog

June 23, 4 pm

 

Read George Washington and the General’s Dog, talk about what really happened, and do a craft. For ages 5-9. Free; registration required for Zoom link.  

Virtual Kids’ Cooking Class: Savory Fruit Pizza

June 23, 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: Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra

June 23, 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 Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra. Led by conductor, Artistic Director and founder, Jeri Lynne Johnson, the 33-piece ensemble will present both classical selections, such as Beethoven Symphony No. 3, as well as a Pop Mix, featuring favorites from Guns N Roses, Queen, and Beyoncé. 

Free Outdoor Movie: ‘Pitch Perfect’

June 23, 7 pm (movie at 8 pm)

Capitolo Playground, 900 Federal St.

 

Bring your blanket or chair and enjoy a stirring combination of a cappella and original songs from Bethlehem the Vocussionist and her musical partner, guitarist and songwriter Sad Patrick, followed by a free screening of Pitch Perfect at 8 pm.

Virtual Eyes of the Wild

June 23, 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 24, 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 24, 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.

Folk Tales in the Glen: ‘Pumpkins and the Elephant’

June 24, 10 am

People’s Light, 39 Conestoga Road, Malvern

 

Join People’s Light for Folk Tales in the Glen, a socially distanced, interactive, outdoor offering for families with children ages 2-8.  Reservations are available online.

Stories Under the Trees

June 24, 10 am

Coopertown Elementary, 800 Coopertown Rd., Bryn Mawr

 

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

‘Takes a Village StoryHour at Franny Lou’s Porch

June 24, 10:30 am

2400 Coral St.

 

Bring the family to read, play, relax, and make a craft. Free; pre-registration is required.

Storytime Fun in Shakespeare Park

June 24, 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.

Storytime on Locust Walk

June 24, 10:30 am

Locust Walk, University of Pennsylvania

 

Join Ms. Echo and Mr. Bruce for outdoor storytime on Locust Walk! Masks (for kids over 2) and social distancing required. Space is limited; first-come first-served. Ages 0-5. Bring Your Own Blanket.

 Read, Baby, Read Storytime

June 24, 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 24, 10:30 am

 

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

Storytime at Franklin Square

June 24, 11 am

Sixth and Race streets

 

Join the Free Library of Philadelphia at the Franklin Square Pavilion (6th and Race) for a special outdoor bilingual storytime in Mandarin and English. This program is intended for ages 5 and under and their caregivers.

Storytime at DiSilvestro Park

June 24, 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.

Outside Musical Performance by Lolly

June 24, 11 am

Rachel Kohl Community Library, 687 Smithbridge Rd., Glen Mills

 

Come dance and sing with a musical performance by Lolly from the children’s group Lolly & Yoyo! Free; no registration required.

Boxitects! Story and Architecture Exploration

June 24, 11 am

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

 

Meet on the library’s covered porch for reading Boxitects and building with 3Dux Design’s awesome cardboard construction pieces. Best for ages 4-7. Free; pre-register online.

Virtual Summer of Wonder Shadow Puppet Show

June 24, 11 am

 

Discover the magical world of shadow puppetry with Daniel Barash of Firelight Shadow Theater. Featuring fast-paced shadow puppetry versions of beloved folktales from around the world, followed by a brief lesson on how to create shadow puppets at home! 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. 

Virtual Music, Bubble and Comedy Show with Turtle Dance Music

June 24, 11 am

 

This performance celebrates famous children’s stories and songs about animals including a few written by adults on the autism spectrum. Kids will dance, sing, laugh, use their imaginations and connect with new friends. The show is crafted to be inclusive for all children, including children on the Autism Spectrum, and a great time for parents and caregivers. Each song in the show is accompanied by hands-on, visual, and sensory experiences designed to help kids learn and have fun at the same time. Free; registration is required to receive the Zoom link.

Fun Ballers: Outdoor Preschool Sports

June 24, 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  GOALS Martial Arts Free Class for Kids

June 24, 1 pm

 

Join Mr. Bob from GOALS Martial Arts as he demonstrates martial arts moves and techniques. For ages 3 and up. Free; pre-register online. An email with the Zoom link will be sent the morning of the program.

Virtual  Breastfeeding/Chestfeeding Virtual Support Group

June 24, 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.

Tween and Teen Fantasy Creature Polymer Clay Workshop

June 24, 3 pm

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

 

Use your imagination and polymer clay to make a fantastical creature! All materials provided. For people entering grades 4 and up. Free; pre-register online.

Kid Zone in the Park

June 24, 4 pm

Meet at Springfield Township Library (70 Powell Rd., Springfield)

 

Kids in grades K-2 are invited to meet at the library for a walk to the park and fun outdoor activity. Free; pre-register online.

Outdoor STEAM with Mr. Scott

June 24, 4 pm

Swarthmore Public Library, 121 Park Avenue, Swarthmore

 

Join Mr. Scott for an outdoor STEAM activity in the amphitheater in front of the library. Free; pre-register online.

Live at Sister Cities Park

June 24, 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 24, 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.

Free Outdoor Movie: ‘How to Train Your Dragon’

June 24, 7 pm (movie at 8 pm)

Hank Gathers Rec Center, 2501 W. Diamond St.

 

Come early for free art-making activities, then settle in at 8 pm for a free outdoor screening of How to Train Your Dragon. Be sure to grab your free Tastykake and bag of Herr’s before the movie begins!

Virtual Magical Events Storytime

June 24, 7 pm

 

Bala Cynwyd Library hosts a free virtual storytime with a mermaid! Pre-register online for the link.


Friday

Folk Tales in the Glen: ‘Pumpkins and the Elephant’

June 25, 10 am

People’s Light, 39 Conestoga Road, Malvern

 

Join People’s Light for Folk Tales in the Glen, a socially distanced, interactive, outdoor offering for families with children ages 2-8.  Reservations are available online.

Stories on the Porch

June 25, 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 to sing, listen to stories, do movement activities and watch puppets on the covered porch. Free; pre-register online, as space is limited.

Art Kids Studio: Crafting Cosmos

June 25, 10:30 am–7 pm

Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway

 

In this drop-in program for families, create your own universe inspired by shapes used by contemporary artist Howardena Pindell.​ Artists of all ages are welcome. Included with admission (kids under 12 are always free at the art museum). This event is part of the Art Kids and Friday Nights program series.

Outdoor Storytime

June 25, 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 Storytime for Babies and Toddlers

June 25, 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 25, 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 25, 3 pm

 

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

Outdoor Sexuality and Gender Acceptance (SAGA) Club Teen Meetup

June 25, 3:30 pm

Parkway Central Library, 1901 Vine St.

 

LGBT+ youth and their allies (ages 12-18) meet outdoors to socialize and discuss issues affecting the queer community. Contact TeenCenter@freelibrary.org or call 215-686-5395 for more info.

Friday Night Dinos & Bites at Philadelphia Zoo

June 25, 5–8 pm

3400 W. Girard Ave.

 

To make our summer even more dino-riffic, the zoo has extended Friday night hours with the dino-themed food and fun of Big Time! Tickets available online.

Friday Night unWINEd

June 25, 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.

The Philadelphia Orchestra’s ‘Let Freedom Ring’ Concert at Penn’s Landing

June 25, 7 pm

101 N. Columbus Blvd.

 

Join musicians of The Philadelphia Orchestra for “Let Freedom Ring,” a musical celebration featuring patriotic and uplifting works that celebrate the diversity and majesty of America. Tickets are free but must be reserved online.


Weekend Events

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. 

Pirates at Adventure Aquarium

June 18–July 9

1 Riverside Dr., Camden, NJ

 

Arrgh! Pirates have invaded Adventure Aquarium 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.

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 26 and 27, 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.

Manayunk Arts Fest

June 26 and 27

 

Manayunk’s annual signature event is spacing out this year. Instead of being a closed street event, for this Arts Festival, artists will be located in lots along Main Street. While toddlers will likely have little patience for this, it might be a nice stroll for older kids (or sleeping babies), and if they’re not into art, they can at least enjoy the fun atmosphere and copious food truck offerings!

Art Kids Studio: Crafting Cosmos

June 26 and 27, 10:30 am–7 pm

Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway

 

In this drop-in program for families, create your own universe inspired by shapes used by contemporary artist Howardena Pindell.​ Artists of all ages are welcome. Included with admission (kids under 12 are always free at the art museum). 


Saturday

Mural Paint Day in Northern Liberties

June 26, 8 am and 1 pm (volunteer for a timeslot)

Second and Laurel streets

 

Beautify the neighborhood and volunteer to paint a crosswalk mural in Northern Liberties. Stencils will be provided, so you don’t need to be a pro. All ages are welcome. Space is limited; sign up for a timeslot online.

Rollin’ Rockers: Music and Movement

June 26, 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.

Folk Tales in the Glen: ‘Pumpkins and the Elephant’

June 26, 10 am

People’s Light, 39 Conestoga Road, Malvern

 

Join People’s Light for Folk Tales in the Glen, a socially distanced, interactive, outdoor offering for families with children ages 2-8.  Reservations are available online.

Summer Saturdays at Fair Hill

June 26, 10 am–3 pm

Historic Fair Hill, 2901 Germantown Ave.

 

Enjoy storytimes, crafts, and more free kid-friendly activities at this historic site

Outdoor Big Kid Storytime

June 26, 10 am

Kingsessing Library, 1201 S. 51st St.

 

Ms. Rachel will be providing outdoor, socially distanced storytimes for children aged 2-5 featuring stories, games, songs, and a takeaway craft. Siblings are welcome. Look for the tarp in the park behind the library.

Schuylkill Saturday: Self-Guided Nature Exploration for Families

June 26, 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 Yoga Adventures with Jitterbugs Music & Movement

June 26, 10 am

 

A yoga storytelling adventure over Zoom that features a warm-up time, a story that incorporates 20-25 Yoga postures, and ends with a moment of relaxation. Presented by Amy Vitsorek from Jitterbugs Music & Movement. For children ages 3 and up and their caregivers. Free; pre-register online.

Black Lives Matter Book Walk

June 26, 10:30 am–noon

Lovett Park, 6945 Germantown Ave.

 

Celebrate Black joy while learning how to talk to children about race, at this fun-filled outdoor event! Lisa Browne, of Colorful Stories, will lead a walkthrough and discussion on Lovett Park’s Black Lives Matter book walk. Afterwards, Karen Smith will perform on drums, and local author John Butler (aka Cousin John) will read one of his Chase picture books. Plus, book giveaways, crafts, cookies, and more!

Cruiser Movers

June 26, 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.

Freedom-Liberty Celebration at AAMP

June 26, 11 am–2 pm

Start at Franklin Square (200 N. Sixth St.), end up at AAMP (701 Arch St.)

 

Starting at Franklin Square and then moving to the front plaza at the African American Museum in Philadelphia, this program features historical reenactors Carlo Campbell and Ned Hector interpreting important speeches by noted African American figures from U.S. history. Artist and educator Jihan Thomas will lead a creative workshop for families inspired by AAMP’s special exhibit “Anna Russell Jones: The Art of Design,” where participants can take inspiration from African American women in the armed forces and create a portrait collage using recent and vintage images of enlisted Black women.

Behind the Scenes of the Declaration of Independence

June 26, 11 am–5 pm

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

 

Get your Independence Week started, and go behind the scenes of the American Revolution! Meet a Tavern Keeper and Colonial Brewmeister, and listen to the tavern gossip circa 1776 when many details of the Declaration of Independence were discussed and debated in the local taverns. Learn the history and importance of taverns in Colonial society and politics. Plus, musket and cannon demonstrations, guided tours, tavern games, and living history activities. Tickets available online.

Culture in the Park

June 26, 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.

Upper Darby Library Summer Reading Kickoff

June 26, 11 am–1 pm

Upper Darby Sellers Memorial Free Library, 76 S. State Rd., Upper Darby

 

Kids can make a spin art t-shirt (free to the first 30 kids), create giant bubbles, play with SKOYZ toys, play corn hole, sign up for BeanStack (summer reading), eat water ice, and more. Free; pre-register online.

Fun Ballers: Outdoor Preschool Sports

June 26, 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.

We Are the Seeds Philadelphia 2021

June 26, noon–5 pm

Cherry Street Pier, 121 N. Columbus Blvd. 

 

Cherry Street Pier hosts a day-long celebration of Indigenous arts and cultures. Experiences include dance performances, fine art, hands-on art activities, and live music. 

Family Pride Day at the Franklin Institute

June 26, noon–4 pm

222 N. 20th St.

 

From the science of sound to explosive demos, the Franklin Institute gets loud to celebrate diversity and inclusion with experiences that blur the lines of science and performance. Museum guests will experience an afternoon of LGBTQIA+ inspired performances where Franklin Institute science performers join forces with local drag queens for whimsical shows and dissections. Expressive coloring, roving demos, the science of bubbles and rainbows, photo ops, colorful lights, and themed music add to a community celebration designed to offer LGBTQIA+ people and allies an opportunity to experience visibility, solidarity, and joy. Included with museum admission.

Make Your Own Ice Cream Outdoors

June 26, noon

Tinicum Memorial Public Library, 620 Seneca St., Essington

 

Join the library at this fun outdoor summer kickoff. Make (and eat) your own ice cream! Free; pre-register online.

Cartoon Picnic at Sunset Social

June 26, 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.

Public Paint Day for ‘Welcome Back, Philly’ Ground Mural

June 26, 12:30–3 pm

Eakins Oval, 2451 Benjamin Franklin Parkway

 

Mural Arts Philadelphia and the City of Philadelphia invite the public to join in painting a 33,000-square foot ground mural to welcome Philly back. Welcome Back, Philly will be completed just before the 4th of July to coincide with the Welcome America fireworks celebration. The paint day is free and open to the public and is fun for all ages. No formal painting skills required. The artist and a team of assistants will be on hand to show people how to participate, including Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney. All supplies will be provided.

Griot Tale Saturday at Franklin Square

June 26, 1 pm

200 N. Sixth St.

 

This free, outdoor storytime by Keepers of the Culture is perfect for families, and will explore the connections between Freedom and Liberty. 

Free Performances at Suburban Square

June 26, 2—5 pm

49 St. Georges Rd., Ardmore

 

Suburban Square hosts free, live performances throughout the square. Catch high school drum group Mad Beatz, as well as strolling pop-up performances by hip-hop dance group Chosen Dance Company.

Music Play Patrol

June 26, 2:30 pm

City Hall Courtyard

 

Part of Wawa Welcome America’s “Go 4th and Learn” Series, kids can participate in fun, free, interactive activities demonstrating art and music with Music Play Patrol. Plus, grab a free book giveaway courtesy of Books in Homes USA.

Chill Moody Experience

June 26, 3–9 pm

Penn’s Landing, 101 N. Columbus Blvd.

 

Part of Wawa Welcome America, an evening spotlighting some of Philly’s brightest rising stars curated by Philadelphia artist and entrepreneur Chill Moody. While you’re enjoying the music, the Waterfront attractions will also be open to enjoy, so stop by Summerfest to round out your day!

Midsommarfest

June 26, 4–7 pm

American Swedish Historical Museum, 1900 Pattison Ave.

 

Raise the maypole, dance in celebration, and eat smörgåstårta! Admission to this event includes traditional folk music by the Last Chance Band, family activities, and full access to the Museum. Food and flower crowns will be available for purchase on site. Tickets available online and at the gate. 

Arts in the Park: Danie Ocean

June 26, 5–6:30 pm

Glen Providence Park, 423 W. State St., Media

 

Bring your own blanket or chair, and enjoy a free concert fusing soul and jazz pop. Performer Danie Ocean is a legally blind singer-songwriter and arts advocate from Media.


Sunday

Royal Tea Party at Linwood Park

June 27, 10 am

Linwood Park, Ardmore

 

Join Lulu’s Casita and Friends of Linwood Park for a royal tea party, where Elsa, Moana, and Snow White will be in attendance! Plus. enjoy crafts, dancing, and snacks. To sign up, email info@luluscasita.com

Free Museum Day: Penn Museum

June 27, 10 am—5 pm

3260 South St.

 

As part of Wawa Welcome America, the Penn Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology opens its doors to all on this free day. Use your smartphone and headphones to explore incredible artifacts through “Daily Dig” gallery audio stops. Plus, self-guided tools such as gallery games, scavenger hunts, and “I Spy” activities will keep families and small groups engaged. Reserve your spot with hourly timed ticket slots; use promo code WAWA21 to receive a full discount.

What Lives in the Pond?

June 27, 10 am

Tyler Arboretum, 515 Painter Rd., Media

 

Join Tyler volunteer Sue Fredrick as she takes water samples and leads you on a tour of the pond and other wet areas around Tyler to learn about many of the animals and plants that call Tyler home. For kids ages 8-12 and their families. Pre-registration required. 

Sunday Funday with Free Library of Philadelphia and Folkshul

June 27, 10:30 am

Parkway Central Library, 1901 Vine St.

 

Sunday Funday is a partnership between Folkshul and the Free Library of Philadelphia. Join for a morning of stories, songs, mindfulness, meditation, and movement in celebration of Jewish culture and life. For children ages infant through 5 years old, and their caregivers.

Free Concert at Suburban Square: Silly Joe

June 27, noon

49 St. Georges Rd., Ardmore

 

The kids will love Silly Joe with his guitar, a wig, a kazoo, boxer shorts, and a lot of silly movements! Join free at Suburban Square.

Sunday Fun Day at Awbury Arboretum

June 27, 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.

Gospel on Independence

June 27, 7–9 pm

Independence Mall, 520 Chestnut St.

 

Bring chairs or blankets for a free evening of joyful music. Bask in the moving performance, hosted by WDAS Patty Jackson, featuring talented singers who will pay tribute to the Tri-State Area Gospel Legends.

 

 

Photograph by Laura Swartz.

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

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