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30+ Things to Do With Kids This Week in Philly (and Online): July 5-11

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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FINAL WEEK: Rothman Roller Rink  at Dilworth Park

Through July 11

1 S. 15th St.

 

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. 

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!

Pick-Your-Own Fruit at Linvilla Orchards

Daily, 8 am–4 pm

137 West Knowlton Road, Media

 

A summertime 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 Wednesdays – Sundays with morning sessions (9 am – noon) and afternoon sessions (1:30 – 4:30 pm) with a midday closure for cleaning and sanitizing. 

Virtual Cooking Camp: Celebrate America

July 5-8, 2:30 pm

 

Learn to prepare food from various parts of the United States – including Southern Cookin’, Philly Phoods, California Cuisine, and Tex-Mex. For ages 9-13. Pre-register online.


Monday

Marple-Newtown Fourth of July Parade

July 5, 10 am

St. Alban’s Circle, Newtown Square

The parade will step off at 10 am on Monday from St. Albans Circle and end at the Broomall Fire House. 

In the Park with Mister John’s Music

July 5, 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.

Nest Outdoor Family Yoga 

July 5, 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.

Virtual First Notes Preschool Music

July 5, 10:30 am

 

Together with Bala Cynwyd Library, Music Training Center of Ardmore will present free toe-tapping virtual music classes for preschool kids (age 5 and under). Free; pre-register online to save your spot and get the Zoom link.


Tuesday

Nest Family Music

July 6, 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. 

PlayArts Movement Lab

July 6, 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

July 6, 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

July 6, 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

July 6, 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.

Story Art at Sister Cities Park

July 6, 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.

Stories in Malcolm X Park

July 6, 11 am

5100 Pine St.

 

Enjoy stories, songs, and fun! This program is intended for ages 2 to 4 and their caregivers.

Fun Ballers: Outdoor Preschool Sports

July 6, 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

July 6, 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: Adinkra Symbols and Proverbs

July 6, 1 pm

 

Learn how select symbols represent objects associated with unique stories or beliefs. Follow along to draw a symbol yourself and discover the meaning! This 30-minute session with the Penn Museum is free, and perfect for elementary and middle school kids. Pre-register online.

Virtual New Parent Virtual Support Group

July 6, 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.

Virtual Kids’ Cooking Class: Rainbow Rolls

July 6, 1 pm

 

Use colorful fresh fruits, herbs, veggies, and a mix of ingredients you have on hand to create these beautiful and tasty snacks. Kids will work step-by-step to prepare the perfect no-cook summer snacks with a chef instructor via Zoom.  Pre-register online. 

DIY Instruments

July 6, 2:30 pm

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

 

Come to Sellers Memorial Branch and spend the summer rocking out after making homemade instruments. Social distancing will be practiced, and masks are strongly recommended.

Woofstock Summer Concert

July 6, 5:30 pm

Seger Park, 1020 Lombard St.

 

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

Virtual Pajama Storytime with Haverford Township Free Library

July 6, 7 pm

 

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


Wednesday

Bartram’s Garden Little Explorers: Insects

July 7, 10–11:30 am

5400 Lindbergh Blvd.

 

Designed for toddlers and preschoolers, ages 2-4. Join Bartram’s Garden for exploration, a garden walk, and stories. Tickets available online.

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

July 7, 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

July 7, 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. 

Creative Movement with Pennsylvania Ballet

July 7, 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.

Music and Movement with Free Library of Philadelphia

July 7, 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.

1776 to Now

July 7, 11 am

Outside of Independence Library, 18 S. Seventh St.

 

Explore what Philadelphia was like in 1776! Join Miss Margaret B. and Miss Margaret D. to learn about how the city looked to our founding fathers. Kids 6-12 and their caregivers are welcome to meet in front of the Independence Branch for stories and crafts.

 CantiCuentos: Spanish Songs and Stories for Kids

July 7, 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

July 7, 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 Tails & Tales: Stories of Sweden’s Wild Animals

July 7, 11 am

 

Join the American Swedish Historical Museum to explore Sweden’s enchanted creatures and the national animal: the moose! Learn all about animal tracks and make your own version of some traditional crafts. Craft supplies provided –  register online and pick up your craft kit at Tinicum Memorial Public Library. For grades K-6.

Crafts in the Garden

July 7, 1 pm

West Oak Lane Library, 2000 E. Washington Lane

 

Meet outside the library and make tie dye shirts. Space is limited and pre-registration is suggested.

 Dog Days at Elmwood Park Zoo

July 7, 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.

Clay, Play, Read!

July 7, 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

July 7, 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.

Arts on Center Stage: Souladelphia

July 7, 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. Souladelphia, presented by Max Ochester, Archivist and Owner of Brewerytown Records, will host a presentation about the history of Philadelphia soul music and The Sound of Philadelphia (TSOP). The presentation will also include a discussion about the traditional role of the DJ and how this role has transformed over the years. 4 DJs will spin the hits to showcase the Soul of Philly. Special guests will join in this evening celebrating Philly Soul with a special tribute to Philadelphia International Records and their 50th Anniversary. 

Outdoor Movie Night at Sunset Social: ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’

July 7, 6 pm

129 S. 30th St.

 

Ride the elevator to the top of the city, and gather on Cira Green for movie night with a view. Lawn games begin at 5 pm, and movies begin at 6 pm. Food and drink are available on site.

Virtual Eyes of the Wild

July 7, 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.

Virtual Not A Peep Sleep Workshop

July 7, 8 pm

 

During this virtual workshop, sleep expert Maria Lopez of Not a Peep will teach you about the science of children’s sleep, why problems occur, how to prevent them and how to troubleshoot your current issues. topics include children’s sleep, ideal routines for each age, common sleep problems: regressions, night wakings, and short naps. Pre-register online, and bring all your questions!


Thursday

Rollin’ Rockers: Music and Movement

July 8, 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.

Brandywine River Museum Explorers: Colors, Lines, Shapes, oh my!

July 8; 30-minute timeslots from 10 am-noon

Brandywine River Museum of Art, 1 Hoffman’s Mill Road, Chadds Ford

 

Explore the Brandywine River Museum of Art both inside and out this summer through weekly adventures for families. Each Thursday morning, you’ll discover new treasures in art and nature on scavenger hunts through the galleries and campus followed by creative art projects to complete onsite or take home. Participate in one or all four programs designed for children ages 3 to 10 accompanied by an adult. Pre-register online for your desired timeslot.

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

July 8, 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.

Art Kids Studio: Crafting Cosmos

July 8, 10:30 am–3 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). 

Storytime Fun in Shakespeare Park

July 8, 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.

Art Museum Playdate in the Garden

July 8, 10:30 am and 1 pm

Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway

 

Discover art in the Sculpture Garden, engage in looking activities, and make art outdoors. Best for ages 4–8. Free; pre-register online.

Virtual Baby Storytime

July 8, 10:30 am

 

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

Virtual Adam Swartz Puppets Stick Puppet Workshop

July 8, 10:30 am

 

Design and create your own puppet characters, on a stick! Materials will be included with workshop as a Take and Make Kit. Kits can be reserved and picked up at Marple Public Library by contacting macsd@delcolibraries.org. Recommended for ages 4-6. Event will air on the Marple Public Library Facebook page.

Bilingual Storytime at Franklin Square

July 8, 11 am

Sixth and Race streets

 

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

Storytime at DiSilvestro Park

July 8, 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: Martika, the One Woman Stunt Show

July 8, 11 am

 

Family-friendly virtual show with circus, fire, and sideshow stunts from an accomplished and trained stunt performer! 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

July 8, 11:30 am

Rittenhouse Square

 

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

Summer of Wonder, Paschalville Community Kickoff

July 8, noon

Paschalville Library, 6942 Woodland Ave.

 

Come to Paschalville Library’s outdoor community kickoff for free food, music, book giveaways and art and craft bags to take home, a wellness resource table with Penn Nursing, a plant-cutting station and other fun activities.

Virtual  Breastfeeding/Chestfeeding Virtual Support Group

July 8, 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/Teen Polymer Clay Animal Workshop

July 8, 4 pm

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

 

Use your imagination and polymer clay to make an animal of your choice. All materials provided. For people entering grades 4 and up. Free; pre-register online.

Outdoor STEAM with Mr. Scott

July 8, 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.

Kid Zone in the Park

July 8, 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.

Manayunk Stroll the Street

July 8, 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.

Live at Sister Cities Park

July 8, 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.

Book & Cookie Storytime

July 8, 6:30 pm

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

 

Listen to fun and interesting stories on the library’s front lawn, and eat some cookies! Bring a blanket to relax on, and you can even wear pajamas and bring your favorite stuffed animal! This storytime is geared toward preschool and early elementary school students. Free; pre-register online.

Delaware County Summer Festival at Rose Tree Park: Rose Tree Pops

July 8, 7:30

Rose Tree Park, 1671 N. Providence Road, Media

 

Bring your own blanket for a family fun outdoor concert of broadway, big band, and patriotic favorites.


Friday

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

July 9, 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.

In the Park with Baby Wordplay

July 9, 10 am

Lemon Hill Park

 

Join Baby Wordplay for their SPark (Storyplays in the Park) series! Baby Wordplay storyplays are literacy-rich, fun opportunities to engage your little one with reading, songs, fingerplays, and puppets. Best for ages 6 weeks to 5 years but all ages are welcome. Pre-register for the four-week series online with Kith + Kin. Bring your own blanket and water, and wear a mask.

Stories on the Porch

July 9, 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.

Outdoor Storytime at Veterans Memorial Park

July 9, 10 am

354 Lawrence Road, Broomall

 

Weekly outdoor storytime in the gazebo at Veterans Memorial Park on Lawrence Road. Stories, songs, rhymes, wiggles, and fun! Recommended for kids ages 5 and under, but all are welcome.

Art Kids Studio: Crafting Cosmos

July 9, 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

July 9, 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.

Boxitects! Story and Architecture Exploration

July 9, 11 am

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

 

Register for a project kit based on the picture book, Boxitects, by Kim Smith. On the lawn, weather permitting (if not, work on it at home). Free; pre-register online.

Virtual Storytime for Babies and Toddlers

July 9, 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

July 9, 1–4 pm

1661 Harding Blvd., Norristown

 

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

Virtual: Art Club at Home

July 9, 3:30 pm

 

Get the weekend started by making art after school. In this virtual program, create abstract works by playing with line, shape, and color. Best for ages 6–10. No experience necessary. Free; pre-register online.

Friday Night Dinos & Bites at Philadelphia Zoo

July 9, 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

July 9, 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.

ZooSnooze

July 9, 6 pm—July 10, 9:30 am

Elmwood Park Zoo, 1661 Harding Blvd., Norristown

 

Bring the family along for an exciting and educational overnight trip to the zoo for ages 6 and up. The experience includes dinner and breakfast, a flashlight tour of the zoo, campfire activities, an educational show the next morning, and zoo admission the next day. Pre-register online.

Virtual Upper Darby Summer Stage presents ‘The Wizard of Oz’

July 9, 7 pm

 

The popular summer theater series returns with a classic. The show is sold out in person, but streaming! Tickets available online.

Outdoor Movie Night: ‘Trolls World Tour’

July 9, 8:30 pm

White’s Road Park, 400 White’s Road, Lansdale

 

Bring a blanket and popcorn and enjoy the show! Movie starts at dusk.

Nighttime Pollinator Observation Night

July 9, 8:30–11 pm

Bartram’s Garden, 5400 Lindbergh Blvd.

 

Who hangs out in Bartram’s Garden after the sun goes down? Join Bartram’s in the wooded Lower Garden near the Schuylkill River, luring an incredible array of nocturnal insects with black lights, overripe bananas, and molasses. This is a rare opportunity to get an up-close look at some of the ethereal animals that spend the days hidden in plain sight in Philly’s urban wilderness!


Weekend Events

FINAL WEEK: Rothman Roller Rink  at Dilworth Park

Through July 11

1 S. 15th St.

 

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. 

Grand Opening: Insta Philly

Opens July 10

219 Market St.

 

A brand new interactive and Instagrammable exhibit is opening in Old City, colorfully paying homage to Philly and its artists. Insta Philly opens July 10 at 219 Market Street with 22 unique installations that invite you to pose, play, and post! Advance timed tickets available online. Details in our preview.

Dragonbutter

July 9-26

JUNK, 200 Spring Garden St.

 

Dragonbutter Beta Trials is a thrilling and immersive performance that puts you deep inside a sci-fi adventure. Throughout the experience, visitors will explore a multitude of experimental themed rooms, which include live dance performances, mazes, and puzzles, all leading up to the grand finale, a final fight against the “Boss.” For ages 13 and up. Tickets available online.

‘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

July 10 and 11, 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.

Art Kids Studio: Crafting Cosmos

July 10 and 11, 10:30 am–3 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). 

Virtual Blobfest 2021

July 9–11

 

The Colonial Theatre’s annual celebration of the 1958 cult classic film The Blob, and all things delightfully scary! This year, it goes virtual, with movie screenings, parties, and more. Saturday and Sunday, catch kids’ matinees featuring Monster Matinee Cartoons, storytimes, and more.


Saturday

Linvilla Orchards’ Blueberry Festival

July 10

137 West Knowlton Road, Media

 

Celebrate all things blueberry with hayrides, pick-your-own blueberries, live music, face painting, and a blueberry pie eating contest! Pick-your-own begins at 8 am, entertainment starts at 11 am.

East Passyunk Shop Small Sidewalk Sale

July 10

East Passyunk Avenue (performances at Singing Fountain)

 

Enjoy a summer day to stroll, shop, dine and explore East Passyunk Avenue with deals and special performances. Be sure to stop by the Singing Fountain at 11:30 am for the Bubble Queen!

Sand Jam Music and Movement

July 10, 9:30 am

Rittenhouse Square

 

In this Jamboree style class, kids ages 1-4 will explore engaging movement activities through a dynamic musical lens with Sandcastle Fun Co. Drop-in passes available online.

Carpenters’ Hall Family Fun Day

July 10, 10 am

320 Chestnut St.

 

Visit the courtyard of Carpenters’ Hall for free programming that’s fun for the whole family. Each week, a new history maker will host special programs and activities throughout the day. Participants are encouraged to try hands-on activities and engage in discussions and demonstrations. This week will teach attendees about the role of the surveyor in colonial Philadelphia, with reenactor Michael Carver.

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

July 10, 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.

Outdoor Read, Baby, Read Storytime

July 10, 10 am

Kingsessing Library, 1201 S. 51st St.

 

Ms. Rachel will be providing socially distanced outdoor storytimes for children aged 0-24 months on the second Saturday of the month. Big siblings welcome.

Summer Saturdays at Fair Hill

July 10, 10 am–3 pm

Historic Fair Hill, 2901 Germantown Ave.

 

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

Schuylkill Saturday: Self-Guided Nature Exploration for Families

July 10, 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.

Summer Reading Nature Celebration

July 10, 10:30 am

Oak Lane Library, 6614 N. 12th St.

 

Swing by Oak Lane Library at 10:30 am for a family storytime and activity, or come by any time between 10 am and noon for free books and nature exploration kits. This program will take place outside the library, weather permitting.

PlayMusic Family at Penn Treaty Park 

July 10, 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

July 10, 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.

Cartoon Picnic at Sunset Social

July 10, 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.

Virtual Superhero Party

July 10, 1 pm

 

Join Wonder Woman and another superhero for a fun virtual event including Superhero Awareness Training, a memory game, Superhero Says, and a short storytime. Free; pre-register online.

Chestnut Hill Second Saturday

July 10, 2–6 pm
7600 to 8600 blocks of Germantown Avenue
 
 
Explore the works of dozens of visiting regional artists, enjoy live music, shop, and eat on Germantown Avenue.  Plus, stop by AR Workshop for a hands-on outdoor DIY experience for families.

Free Performance at Suburban Square: DJ Clyde Evans

July 10, 2—5 pm

49 St. Georges Rd., Ardmore

 

Suburban Square hosts free, live performances throughout the square all summer. This week, DJ Clyde Evans will entertain you, lead line dances and play trivia games.

Meet and Greet With the Princesses

July 10, 4 pm

Sweet & Sassy Collegeville, 250 Plaza Dr., Collegeville

 

Kids will enjoy spa services, a princess coronation with tiara and Princess certificate to take home, snacks, and photo with the princesses! Book online.

Arts in the Park: Paul Downie and Friends

July 10, 5–6:30 pm

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

 

Bring your own blanket or chair, and enjoy a free concert of rhythm and soul, with an emphasis on New Orleans styles.

Bryn Mawr Twilight Concert: An Evening of Brass

July 10, 7 pm

The Bryn Mawr Gazebo, 9 S. Bryn Mawr Avenue, Bryn Mawr

 

Catch the Keystone Corners Brass Quintet with Bryn Mawr Quarantet and Philadelphia Trombone Octet for an outdoor evening of brass. Tickets available online ($5 suggested donation).


Sunday

Free Museum Day: Penn Museum

July 11, 10 am—5 pm

3260 South St.

 

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 online with hourly timed ticket slots.

Descendants Event at Sweet & Sassy

July 11, 11 am

Sweet & Sassy Collegeville, 250 Plaza Dr., Collegeville

 

Kids will get a Descendants-theme up-do (with wash out hair color), manicure, snacks, a dance party, and more! Book online.

Movie Music in the Park

July 11, noon—2 pm

Penn Treaty Park, 1301 North Beach Street

 

Enjoy an afternoon of live movie music, food trucks, and children’s activities. Free; pre-register online to reserve your spot.

PECO Family Jams: Rolling River Prints with the Fabric Workshop and Museum

July 11, noon—4 pm

Philadelphia Magic Gardens, 1020 South St.

 

Katie Parry and Ash Limés Castellana from the Fabric Workshop and Museum lead a printmaking adventure at Magic Gardens to actively engage the senses and encourage participants to deeply explore their surroundings. Included with admission. If you are unable to join in person, visit this page on July 11 for an instructional video that guides you through the activity using objects you have at home.

Sunday Fun Day at Awbury Arboretum

July 11, 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photograph courtesy of Visit Philadelphia.

Contributing Writer

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