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30+ Things to Do With Kids This Week in Philly (and Online): July 12-18

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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Opening Week: Insta Philly

219 Market St.

 

A brand new interactive and Instagrammable exhibit is open in Old City, colorfully paying homage to Philly and its artists. Insta Philly opened 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.

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!

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.

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 November 28

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: Historical Doll Cooking

July 12–15, noon–2 pm

 

Children will learn what foods their favorite historical character dolls would’ve eaten if they’d been real little girls in that era. For ages 6-11. Pre-register online.

Virtual Cooking Camp: Cookies from Around the World

July 12–15, 2:30–4:30 pm

 

“Travel” the globe as children learn what kinds of cookies kids in other countries enjoy. For ages 9-13. Pre-register online.


Monday

In the Park with Mister John’s Music

July 12, 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.

Creative Babies in the Park

July 12, 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.

Nest Outdoor Family Yoga 

July 12, 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.

Grow Up Green

July 12, 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.

PlayMusic Family at Penn Treaty Park 

July 12, 10:30 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.

Baby Storytime with Parkway Central Library

July 12, 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.

Virtual First Notes Preschool Music

July 12, 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.

Baby Music & Movement at Malcolm X Park

July 12, 11 am

5100 Pine St.

 

Enjoy interactive songs, instruments and much more! This free program is intended for ages 2 and under and their caregivers.

Outside Musical Performance by Lolly

July 12, 11 am

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

 

Come dance and sing with a free outdoor musical performance by Lolly from the children’s group Lolly & Yoyo!

Crafts with Fabric Workshop and Museum at Sister Cities Park

July 12, 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 Improv a Tale

July 12, 1 pm

 

Elementary school age kids can learn the craft of acting through games and improv exercises. No experience necessary. Free; pre-register online.


Tuesday

Nest Family Music

July 13, 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 13, 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.

Art Exploration at Kith + Kin

July 13, 10 am

3060 W. Jefferson St.

 

Children ages 3-6 will explore various art techniques and materials as they create layered mixed media pieces each week. This is a four-week course, though drop-ins are available. Pre-register online.

Free Art Workshop for Early Learners with Fleisher

July 13, 10 am–noon

Mifflin Square Park, Sixth and Ritner streets

 

Young children and their families will explore new textures, colors, and sensations with the help of professional teaching artists from Fleisher. Free, no registration required. Rain date: July 14.

Garden Storytime at Donatucci Library

July 13, 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.

Toddler Time in the Park

July 13, 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 13, 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 13, 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 and ‘Sketches to Sculptures’ at Sister Cities Park

July 13, 10:30 am

Sister Cities Park, 210 N. 18th St.

 

The Free Library of Philadelphia will bring their popular storytime program outdoors for a morning full of movement, songs, and imagination. Plus, get inspired with the Philadelphia Museum of Art: Sketch your own design with a focus on line, shape, and texture before combining materials to bring your sculpture to life.

Outdoor Storytime at Gladwyne Library

July 13, 10:30 am

362 Righters Mill Rd., Gladwyne

 

Bring a blanket to sit on, and meet by the stone wall of the parking lot for an outdoor storytime. Pre-register online.

Outdoor Storytime at Belmont Hills Library

July 13, 10:30 am

120 Mary Waters Ford Rd., Bala Cynwyd

 

Weather permitting, join Miss Gwen for a socially-distanced story time on the library lawn. No registration required.

Stories in Malcolm X Park

July 13, 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 13, 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 13, 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.

Games in the Park

July 13, 1–3:30 pm

Norris Square Park, 2100 N. Howard St.

 

Meet Kensington Library in the Northeast corner of the park every Tuesday for games, books and activities. Best for ages 8 and up.

Virtual At-Home Anthro: Myths in Painting

July 13, 1 pm

 

A Penn Museum educator will explore the poses, symbols, materials, and artistic techniques used by makers to learn more about how ancient Greeks saw the world. Think about how you would tell a story in a single image by using your newly trained eye to match Greek myths to their correct pottery pieces. 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 13, 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 Art Museum Livestream: Fabric & Friendship

July 13, 4 pm

 

Educators from the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Fabric Workshop will team up to lead close-looking activities, screen-printing demos, and art-making. Best for ages 8–12. Free; pre-register online.

Woofstock Summer Concert

July 13, 5:30 pm

Seger Park, 1020 Lombard St.

 

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

Virtual Unicorns Break the Cage!

July 13, 6:30 pm

 

Join Talewise on a wild interactive online adventure about two kids who visit the city zoo and discover all sorts of incredible animals, including a horse who knows in its heart that it’s truly a unicorn! Learn about life sciences and animals while you enjoy the fun, so you won’t only be entertained — you’ll learn something, too! Free; pre-register online.

Virtual Pajama Storytime with Haverford Township Free Library

July 13, 7 pm

 

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

Stargazing at Lemon Hill

July 13, 8:30 pm

1 Lemon Hill Dr.

 

Join stargazers of all ages at the Lemon Hill Plateau to learn about the astronomical wonders of the night sky. Novice and experienced astronomers alike will be given insights and tips by experienced instructor Buddy Muhler. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own telescopes or high powered binoculars. Limited telescopes available to view from with sanitation protocol in place. Tickets available online.


Wednesday

 Nest Family Music

July 14, 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. 

Carnival of Animals Storytime

July 14, 10 am

Yeadon Public Library, 809 Longacre Blvd., Yeadon

 

Children ages 4-7 will listen to music by Saint-Saens, pretend to be animals, play a guessing game, and make a craft on the lawn. Free; pre-register online to reserve your spot.

Summer Storytime at Jenkins Arboretum

July 14, 10 am

631 Berwyn Baptist Road, Devon

 

Join Jenkins for a summer storytime in the garden. Pre-register online to reserve your spot.

Upper Darby Summer Stage: ‘Junie B. Jones’

July 14, 10:30 am

Upper Darby Performing Arts Center, 601 N. Lansdowne Ave., Drexel Hill

 

Share the fun as this popular children’s book series gets the musical treatment on the Summer Stage! Tickets available online.

Arboretum Adventures at Jenkins Arboretum

July 14, 10:30 am

631 Berwyn Baptist Road, Devon

 

Come for a story, stay for an adventure! Spend more time in Jenkins’ glorious gardens with a guided nature walk and hands-on activities. Class topics will connect to the themes in the Summer Storytime program. For ages 3-6. Pre-register online for this four-week program.

Music and Movement with Free Library of Philadelphia

July 14, 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.

Virtual Brandywine Zoo Live Animal Encounter

July 14, 10:30 am

 

Join a zookeeper from the Brandywine Zoo online in meeting some of their live ambassador animals. Free; pre-register online.

Free Outdoor Fun with the Barnes Foundation at Mifflin Square Park

July 14, 11 am

Sixth and Ritner streets

 

A teaching artist will perform original plays inspired by some popular kids’ books, and will have art activities and art kits to hand out to kids! Ideal for kids ages 2-5 years old with their families. Free and open to all.

 CantiCuentos: Spanish Songs and Stories for Kids

July 14, 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.

Crafts in the Garden

July 14, 1 pm

West Oak Lane Library, 2000 E. Washington Lane

 

Meet outside the library and make a macrame plant holder with rope and beads. Space is limited and pre-registration is suggested.

 Dog Days at Elmwood Park Zoo

July 14, 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.

Midsummer of Wonder Festival

July 14, 1:30 pm

Blanche A. Nixon/Cobbs Creek Library, 5800 Cobbs Creek Parkway

 

Visit the Summer Reading Table and sign up or share your midsummer progress. Then, grab some water ice, take a turn on alife-sized board game, and grab a free book!

Bastille Day Party at Parc

July 14, 3–5:30 pm

227 S. 18th St.

 

Parc is celebrating liberté, égalité, et fraternité with fun for all ages! Look for special menu additions, kids crafts courtesy of Primp and Play, balloon art and temporary tattoos by Fabulous Faces, and more!

Kids’ Yoga in Linwood Park

July 14, 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: Musicians from the Clef Club

July 14, 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. 

Summer Outdoor Movie by Paoli Fire Company

July 14, 7 – 9 pm

Paoli Presbyterian Church, 225 S. Valley Road, Paoli 

 

Dress in a space theme in keeping with the movie! Bring your own lawn chairs or blankets, and feel free to bring snacks too.

Outdoor Concert at Pastorius Park

July 14, 7:30 pm

Millman Street and West Hartwell Lane, Chestnut Hill

 

Bring your blankets and catch Andrew Lipke and the Azrael String Quartet at this free outdoor concert.

Outdoor Movie Night: ‘Toy Story 4’

July 14, dusk

2903 Walton Road, Plymouth Meeting

 

Bring a blanket enjoy the show! Movie starts at dusk, but come early for a DJ dance party.


Thursday

Rollin’ Rockers: Music and Movement

July 15, 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: ‘The Mirror: A Tale of Friendship’

July 15, 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.

Brandywine River Museum Explorers: My Mini Museum

July 15; 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.

Upper Darby Summer Stage: ‘Junie B. Jones’

July 15, 10:30 am and 7 pm 

Upper Darby Performing Arts Center, 601 N. Lansdowne Ave., Drexel Hill

 

Share the fun as this popular children’s book series gets the musical treatment on the Summer Stage! Tickets available online.

Art Museum Playdate in the Garden

July 15, 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.

Art Kids Studio: Field of Flowers

July 15, 10:30 am–3 pm

Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway

 

In this drop-in family program, celebrate someone special by printing and stamping to create a project inspired by the work of Faith Ringgold.​ Artists of all ages are welcome. Included with admission (kids under 12 are always free at the art museum). 

Garden Storytime

July 15, 10:30 am

Chestnut Hill Library, 8711 Germantown Ave.

 

Stories and rhymes celebrating all things summer for ages 3 and older (siblings welcome too). This program will take place in the library’s garden, weather permitting.

Storytime at Franklin Square

July 15, 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. This program is intended for ages 5 and under and their caregivers.

Storytime at DiSilvestro Park

July 15, 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: Reptile Rescue

July 15, 11 am

 

With 21 years of veterinary and teaching experience Erik Callender presents the Reptile Rescue Awareness program, featuring live reptiles and amphibians that were rescued from various situations. Learn interesting facts, meet fascinating creatures, and be inspired to enjoy and respect nature. 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 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.

Virtual  Breastfeeding/Chestfeeding Virtual Support Group

July 15, 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.

Hip Hop Fundamentals

July 15, 1:30 pm

McPherson Square Park, 601 E. Indiana Ave.

 

Join Hip Hop Fundamentals outside in McPherson Square Park and learn to dance hip hop in a free, six-week series. Feel free to bring a mat, but it is not required. In case of inclement weather the workshop will be moved indoors to the library.

Print-Making Art Activity

July 15, 3 pm

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

 

Come join the Dox Thrash House project team for a fun print making activity and learn more about the history and future of this legendary artist’s house right next door!

Fireworks Art

July 15, 4:15 pm

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

 

Kids in preschool through second grade are invited to create colorful bursting firework using chalk pastels outside. Free; pre-register online.

Manayunk Stroll the Street

July 15, 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 15, 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.

Firefly Night at The Woodlands

July 15, 6 pm

4000 Woodland Ave.

 

Watch for fireflies and spend time in The Woodlands after dark, all while enjoying educational activities with the Penn Museum, scientist Heather Kostick, and a performance by Tangle Movement Arts. Don’t forget to pack a picnic and a flashlight! This event is free and open to the public, but pre-registration is required.

Book & Cookie Storytime

July 15, 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.

Summer Concert Series at Wilson Farm Park: Legacy Band

July 15, 7 pm
Shire Pavillion, Wilson Farm Park, 500 Lee Road, Wayne

 

Outdoor concerts are free to the public and are held at the Shire Pavilion with a start time of 7 pm. Kona Ice will be available to enjoy before the show.

Delaware County Summer Festival at Rose Tree Park: De Tierra Caliente

July 15, 7:30

Rose Tree Park, 1671 N. Providence Road, Media

 

Bring your own blanket for a family fun outdoor concert of Latin party band music.


Friday

Chalk Fun Storytime

July 16, 9:15 am

Rose Tree Park, 1671 N. Providence Rd., Media

 

Listen to stories, play a colorful chalk game, sing a colorful song, and try to conquer a chalk obstacle course. Then have fun drawing your own chalk creations! Bring a blanket to sit on during storytime. For ages 4-7. Pre-registration is required, limited to 8 families.

Sand Jam Music and Movement

July 16, 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.

Folk Tales in the Glen: ‘The Mirror: A Tale of Friendship’

July 16, 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

July 16, 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 16, 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.

Upper Darby Summer Stage: ‘Junie B. Jones’

July 16, 10:30 am

Upper Darby Performing Arts Center, 601 N. Lansdowne Ave., Drexel Hill

 

Share the fun as this popular children’s book series gets the musical treatment on the Summer Stage! Tickets available online.

Outdoor Storytime

July 16, 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.

Art Kids Studio: Field of Flowers

July 16, 10:30 am–3 pm

Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway

 

In this drop-in family program, celebrate someone special by printing and stamping to create a project inspired by the work of Faith Ringgold.​ Artists of all ages are welcome. Included with admission (kids under 12 are always free at the art museum). 

Virtual Storytime for Babies and Toddlers

July 16, 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 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.

Virtual: Art Playdate at Home

July 16, 3:30 pm

 

In this live virtual program for ages 4-7, engage in playful discussions, sketching challenges, and other fun activities. This month, dive into the collection for underwater scenes and splashy seascapes. No experience necessary. Free; pre-register online. Registration ends at noon the day before the program; a link will be sent to registrants prior to the program. 

Kidchella at Smith Playground

July 16, 5–8 pm

3500 Reservoir Dr.

 

Enjoy music all evening long with Alex & the Kaleidoscope and City Love! 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.

Friday Night Dinos & Bites at Philadelphia Zoo

July 16, 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 16, 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.

ColorWheels Art Activity with Maureen Duffy

July 16, 6–9 pm

Cherry Street Pier, 121 N. Columbus Blvd.

 

Fleisher’s mobile art studio delivers creative experiences directly to sites throughout Philadelphia. The van is equipped with the tools and supplies needed for Fleisher’s teaching artists to guide community members in hands-on culturally inspired mini-workshops, collaborative public art projects, and art technique demonstrations. This free art activity will be led by Fleisher Faculty member Maureen Duffy.

Movie on the Lawn: ‘Raya and the Last Dragon’

July 16, 7 pm

Ursinus College, 601 E. Main St., Collegeville

 

Families can bring chairs and blankets, and begin arriving at 7 pm to enjoy music and food from food trucks before the movie starts after dark.

Virtual Upper Darby Summer Stage presents ‘Junie B. Jones’

July 16, 7 pm

 

If you missed out on seeing this musical in person this week, you can catch it streaming! Tickets available online.


Weekend Events

‘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!

Art Kids Studio: Field of Flowers

July 17 and 18, 10:30 am–3 pm

Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway

 

In this drop-in family program, celebrate someone special by printing and stamping to create a project inspired by the work of Faith Ringgold.​ Artists of all ages are welcome. Included with admission (kids under 12 are always free at the art museum). 

Crayola IDEAworks: The Creativity Exhibition at the Franklin Institute

Through November 28

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 17 and 18, 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.


Saturday

Plant Magic: Printing with Plants on Fabric and Clay

July 17; 9 am, 10:15 am, and 11:30 am

The Clay Studio, 139 N. Second St.

 

An all-ages outdoor workshop from The Clay Studio and The Fabric Workshop and Museum. Use flowers, leaves, and stems to create the surface designs for a clay tile, as well as a silk bandana that will be printed using the eco-printing process with real plants. Learn these sustainable processes and create a beautiful bandana and decorative tile that could be used as a trivet or decorative object for your home! The workshop fee includes all materials and shipping costs. Pre-register online to reserve your desired timeslot.

Philadelphia Concours d’Elegance Classic Car Show

July 17, 10 am–3 pm

Simeone Automotive Museum, 6825 Norwitch Drive

 

This classic car show and competition supports birth defects and rare disease research at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. This fun day for car enthusiasts of all ages includes a judged show, a public car display, Eagles Cheerleaders and Swoop, live music, kids activities, food trucks, and more. Tickets available online.

Folk Tales in the Glen: ‘The Mirror: A Tale of Friendship’

July 17, 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.

Carpenters’ Hall Family Fun Day

July 17, 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 scientists in colonial Philadelphia with reenactor Michael Carver.

Schuylkill Saturday: Self-Guided Nature Exploration for Families

July 17, 10 am

Schuylkill Center, 8480 Hagy’s Mill Road

 

Pick up a nature exploration kit at the Visitor Center and then hit the trails with your family to complete the activities inside. Dive into a different theme and collect a new explorer badge each week. Explorer kits can be picked up anytime between 10 am and noon. All ages welcome. No registration or fee required. Masks are required when picking up your kit.

Dog Days of Summer with Author Sarah Jacoby

July 17, 10:30 am

Shakespeare Park (across from Parkway Central Library), 1901 Vine St.

 

Meet author/illustrator Sarah Jacoby, mingle with other dogs, dog people, and local organizations and businesses that work with dogs. Local author/illustrator Sarah Jacoby will read her book Can I Sit With You?, and attendees will have an opportunity to purchase a copy of the book and get it signed. Plus, win Summer of Wonder prizes and free books!

Cruiser Movers

July 17, 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.

Fun Ballers: Outdoor Preschool Sports

July 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.

Cartoon Picnic at Sunset Social

July 17, 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.

Philly Goat Project at Gold Star Park

July 17, 4–6 pm

625 Wharton St.

 

The goats are coming to Gold Star Park, so drop by to play and visit with them!

Tie Dye Music Festival

July 17, 4–8 pm

The Community Arts Center in Wallingford, 414 Plush Mill Road, Wallingford

 

Bring your lawn chairs and blankets and refreshments to enjoy a free evening of music on the side lawn at the Arts Center. Tie Dye is free with the purchase of a t-shirt, or bring your own and pay $5 for two pieces.

Descendants Event at Sweet & Sassy

July 17, 5:15 pm

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.

Delaware County Summer Festival at Rose Tree Park: Upper Darby Summer Stage Shooting Stars

July 17, 7:30

Rose Tree Park, 1671 N. Providence Road, Media

 

Bring your own blanket for a family-friendly outdoor performance of song and dance from Broadway, Disney, and pop.

Laurel Hill’s Cinema in the Cemetery: ‘Little Shop of Horrors’

July 17, 8:30 pm

3822 Ridge Avenue

 

Laurel Hill Cemetery is showing spooky stories on its historic grounds! Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for kids, and free for kids age 5 and under. Gates open one hour before showtime.

Ludwig’s Corner Outdoor Movie Night: ‘Jurassic World’

July 17, 8:30 pm

Ludwigs Corner Horse Show Grounds, 5 Nantmeal Rd., Glenmoore

 

Bring a blanket or small beach chair and find a grassy spot on the hillside to enjoy a family movie under the stars! Gates open at 7:30 pm, so come early for treats from Scrape & Scoop Ice Cream. Tickets available online.


Sunday

Sunday Funday with Free Library of Philadelphia and Folkshul

July 18, 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.

Frozen Event at Sweet & Sassy

July 18, 11 am

Sweet & Sassy Collegeville, 250 Plaza Dr., Collegeville

 

Join Anna and Elsa for a special treat. Kids will enjoy a Frozen-themed makeover, a princess coronation with tiara and Princess certificate to take home, snacks, crafts, and photos with the princesses! Advance reservations required; book online.

Bastille Day at East Market

July 18, 1–6 pm

1100 Market St.

 

Celebrate the holiday with French-inspired food and drink specials, live music, a photobooth, giveaways, and more.

Sunday Fun Day at Awbury Arboretum

July 18, 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.

Meet and Greet With the Princesses

July 18, 3:45 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.

Delaware County Summer Festival at Rose Tree Park: The Plants

July 18, 7:30

Rose Tree Park, 1671 N. Providence Road, Media

 

Bring your own blanket, and enjoy toe-tapping fun tunes for the young and young at heart.

 

 

 

Photograph by Laura Swartz.

Contributing Writer

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