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30+ Things to Do With Kids This Week in Philly (and Online): July 19-25

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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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: Little Bites for Hungry Tykes

July 19–22, noon–2 pm

 

In this camp, featuring “snack-y foods” perfect for playdates or after-school, little chefs in-training (ages 5-8) will learn some tasty sweet and savory recipes and gain confidence working in the kitchen. Pre-register online.

Virtual Cooking Camp: Cooking Around the World

July 19–22, 2:30–4:30 pm

 

Children will “visit” France, Mexico, Italy, and Greece through foods that are specialties of each of those countries. For ages 9-13. Pre-register online.


Monday

In the Park with Mister John’s Music

July 19, 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 19, 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.

Virtual Casey Cooks with Kids

July 19, 10 am

 

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

Nest Outdoor Family Yoga 

July 19, 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 2-5 welcome. Pre-registration required.

Grow Up Green

July 19, 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 19, 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 19, 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 cancellations day-of.

Virtual First Notes Preschool Music

July 19, 10:30 am

 

Together with Bala Cynwyd Library, the 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 19, 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.

Crafts with Fabric Workshop and Museum at Sister Cities Park

July 19, 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.

Outdoor Movie Night: ‘Trolls World Tour’ at Eagleview Town Center

July 19, 7 pm

Eagleview Town Center, Wellington Square, Exton

 

Enjoy a free outdoor screening of Trolls World Tour. Bring your own blankets, chairs, and whatever makes you comfortable. Lawn seating will be first-come, first-served.


Tuesday

PlayArts Movement Lab

July 20, 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.

Free Art Workshop for Early Learners with Fleisher

July 20, 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. 

Garden Storytime at Donatucci Library

July 20, 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 20, 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 20, 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 20, 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 20, 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. 

Storytime in Lovett Park

July 20, 10:30 am

6945 Germantown Ave.

 

Join Ms. Dana for stories, songs, and silliness. Recommended for ages 2 and up, and their parents and caregivers. This storytime will take place outside, weather permitting.

Stories in Malcolm X Park

July 20, 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 20, 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 20, 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 20, 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: When East Meets West: Ideas & Technology

July 20, 1 pm

 

Beginning with a peek into the lives of present-day high school students in China, participants will explore how western culture exists alongside Chinese norms. Next, take a historical journey to the Silk Road to examine the exchange of ideas that took place thousands of years ago and their impact on societies throughout Asia and the world. 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 20, 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.

Outside Musical Performance by Lolly

July 20, 2 pm

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!

Virtual Kids’ Kitchen: Nachos

July 20, 2 pm

 

Join Newtown Public Library via Zoom for a fun cooking class. Best for ages 7 and up. Free; pre-register online.

Read and Play with Goats at Norris Square Park

July 20, 5:30 pm

2100 N. Howard St.

 

This free event from Kensington Library and Philly Goat Project will feature walking the goats and reading stories and a performance of the “Philly Goats Gruff,” a familiar story with a Philly twist! Summer of Wonder activities and takeaway craft kits will also be available. 

Woofstock Summer Concert

July 20, 5:30 pm

Seger Park, 1020 Lombard St.

 

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

Pajama Storytime: Under the Sea

July 20, 6 pm

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

 

Bring a blanket to sit on, and listen to some swimmingly-good stories! Best for ages 3-8. Space is limited; pre-registration required online.

Virtual Unicorns Break the Cage!

July 20, 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 20, 7 pm

 

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


Wednesday

 Nest Family Music

July 21, 10 am

1301 Locust St.

 

Jam along to songs that both you and your little ones will enjoy in this popular 30-minute class for babies and toddlers.

Summer Storytime at Jenkins Arboretum

July 21, 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: ‘The Wind in the Willows’

July 21, 10:30 am

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

 

Exciting music and colorful characters tell the story of Mole, Rat, Badger, and the impulsive Mr. Toad, whose antics land him in serious trouble through misadventures and heroic battles to recapture Toad Hall. Tickets available online.

Creative Movement with Pennsylvania Ballet

July 21, 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 21, 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.

Free Outdoor Fun with the Barnes Foundation at Mifflin Square Park

July 21, 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 21, 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.

Virtual Animal Champions with Adventure Aquarium

July 21, 11 am

 

Join the Center for Aquatic Sciences at Adventure Aquarium and meet some animals that have incredible survival skills! Best for grades K-3. Free; pre-register online.

Crafts in the Garden

July 21, 1 pm

West Oak Lane Library, 2000 E. Washington Lane

 

Meet outside the library and make a collage painting. Space is limited and pre-registration is suggested.

 Dog Days at Elmwood Park Zoo

July 21, 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 Mighty Music Makers

July 21, 2 pm

 

Join the Free Library of Philadelphia and Mighty Writers for musical games and activities to keep your musical side satisfied this summer. You can expect songwriting, theater games, and new friends! For kids aged 7-17. This program will take place on Zoom. To register, email esteppj@freelibrary.org and log-in information will be sent prior to the first session.

STEM Exploration on the Porch: K-5

July 21, 3 pm

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

 

Bring a blanket or cushion to explore scientific concepts on the porch. Pre-register online, as space is limited.

Kids’ Yoga in Linwood Park

July 21, 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 21, 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. 

Virtual History Alive: Unpacking the Stories of Percy Jackson

July 21, 6 pm

 

Explore the real history behind the popular Percy Jackson and the Olympians book series with the Penn Museum! This month, discuss The Lightning Thief and the start of Percy’s adventures as he discovers what it means to be a son of Poseidon. Tickets available online.

Outdoor Concert at Pastorius Park

July 21, 7:30 pm

Millman Street and West Hartwell Lane, Chestnut Hill

 

Bring your blankets and catch Megan Cary with Analog Gypsies at this free outdoor concert.

Outdoor Concert: Kate Says

July 21, 7 pm

2903 Walton Road, Plymouth Meeting

 

Bring a blanket enjoy the show! Rock out to country, originals, and covers by Kate Says at this free outdoor concert.

Virtual Magical Events Storytime

July 21, 7 pm

 

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

Outdoor Movie: Trolls World Tour

July 21, dusk

Miles Park, 374 Germantown Pike, Lafayette Hill

 

Everyone is invited for a free, family-friendly night out in the park for Trolls World Tour projected onto a huge, 40-foot inflatable screen.


Thursday

Rollin’ Rockers: Music and Movement

July 22, 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 22, 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: Animal Safari

July 22; 30-minute timeslots from 10 am-noon

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

 

Discover painted and sculpted animals inside and out, then draw your own imagined creature using oil pastels and geometric shapes. 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. Programs are designed for children ages 3 to 10 accompanied by an adult. Pre-register online for your desired timeslot.

Upper Darby Summer Stage: ‘The Wind in the Willows’

July 22, 10:30 am

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

 

Exciting music and colorful characters tell the story of Mole, Rat, Badger, and the impulsive Mr. Toad, whose antics land him in serious trouble through misadventures and heroic battles to recapture Toad Hall. Tickets available online.

Storytime on Locust Walk

July 22, 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.

Storytime Fun in Shakespeare Park

July 22, 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 22, 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.

Garden Storytime

July 22, 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.

Bilingual Storytime at Franklin Square

July 22, 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 22, 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: Celebración de Familia with 123 Andrés

July 22, 11 am

 

Latin Grammy winners 123 Andrés bring bilingual tunes that get families moving in Spanish and English. This interactive event combines rhythms from the Americas, unique instruments, and gives you the chance to learn or practice Spanish words. 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 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.

Virtual  Breastfeeding/Chestfeeding Virtual Support Group

July 22, 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.

Virtual  GOALS Martial Arts Free Class for Kids

July 22, 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.

Hip Hop Fundamentals

July 22, 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.

Outdoor STEAM with Mr. Scott

July 22, 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.

Tween/Teen Stuffed Felt Toys Workshop

July 22, 4 pm

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

 

Try your hand at hand sewing and make a cute stuffed toy! All materials provided. For people entering grades 4 and up. This event will take place on the library porch, so bring a blanket to sit on. Free; pre-register online.

Manayunk Stroll the Street

July 22, 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 22, 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.

Summer Picnic Series at Jenkins Arboretum

July 22, 5 pm–sunset

631 Berwyn Baptist Road, Devon

 

Jenkins will be open for picnicking through the gardens. Pack your own snacks and beverages (or pre-order delicious bites and brews from La Cabra Brewing Smokehouse), and enjoy live music by Kyle Swartzwelder. Tickets available online.

South Street Safari at Philadelphia Magic Gardens

July 22, 6:30 pm

Meet at 1020 South St.

 

Bring your dog, your family, and your friends, and meet at PMG. Then, armed with a map and checklist, you’re off into the streets around South Street, searching out the many depictions of animals hidden in the local mosaic murals. Your goal is to find all the critters shown on your checklist, mark off their locations, then get back to PMG. The group who finds the most within an hour, or finds them all and gets back first, wins! All profits will be donated to Morris Animal Refuge. Tickets available online. If you’d rather play on your own time or use PMG’s mosaic mural map to play from home, a printable online version is available for purchase for $5.

The Digger and Dave Puppet Show

July 22, 6:30 pm

Merwood Park, 2498 Linden Dr., Ardmore

 

Dave is taking his pal Digger the Dog out on the road to perform original education-based shows for grades K-5. Gather for this fun free performance at the park!

Book & Cookie Storytime

July 22, 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.

Upper Darby Summer Stage: ‘The Wind in the Willows’

July 22, 7 pm

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

 

Exciting music and colorful characters tell the story of Mole, Rat, Badger, and the impulsive Mr. Toad, whose antics land him in serious trouble through misadventures and heroic battles to recapture Toad Hall. Tickets available online.

Summer Concert Series at Wilson Farm Park: Chico’s Vibe

July 22, 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.

Conshohocken Summer Concert Series: The Boogie Dogs

July 22, 7 pm

Sutcliffe Park, 800 Colwell Lane, Conshohocken

 

Bring lawn chairs and blankets into the park to set up a spot on the grass for a free night of music.

Delaware County Summer Festival at Rose Tree Park: Fusebox

July 22, 7:30 pm

Rose Tree Park, 1671 N. Providence Road, Media

 

Bring your own blanket for a family fun outdoor concert of classic rock through today’s hits.

Outdoor Movie Night: ‘Paddington 2’

July 22, 8 pm
Just north of the Walnut Street Bridge on the east side of the river

 

Bring your friends, blanket, and picnic basket for a great time watching Paddington 2 riverside! 

Tchaikovsky Spectacular with Fireworks

July 22, 8 pm

Mann Center for the Performing Arts, 5201 Parkside Avenue

 

This beloved summer tradition at the Mann returns. Bring a picnic, enjoy the music of Tchaikovsky performed by the Philadelphia Orchestra, and a fabulous fireworks display. Tickets available online.

Outdoor Movie in Dilworth Park: ‘Wonder Woman’

July 22, 8:30 pm

1 S. 15th St.

 

Outdoor movie nights on the big screen return to Dilworth Park this summer during Pictures in the Park! Showtime begins at 8:30 pm, and virtual movie trivia will be offered at 8:15 pm. Bring your own blankets and chairs. Movie theater snacks will be available for purchase at the Air Grille, including freshly popped popcorn, candy boxes, and soft drinks.


Friday

Sand Jam Music and Movement

July 23, 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 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.

In the Park with Baby Wordplay

July 23, 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 23, 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 23, 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: ‘The Wind in the Willows’

July 23, 10:30 am

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

 

Exciting music and colorful characters tell the story of Mole, Rat, Badger, and the impulsive Mr. Toad, whose antics land him in serious trouble through misadventures and heroic battles to recapture Toad Hall. Tickets available online.

Outdoor Storytime

July 23, 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.

Shake Rattle Roll

July 23, 11 am

Kith + Kin, 3060 W. Jefferson St.

 

In this classfor emerging crawlers, your infant’s motor development will be assessed by a physical therapist. Parents will position their babies in a variety of ways to see how their child responds with movement. Activities will be modified for each child based on age or skill level. Parents and caregivers will come away with a clear understanding of commonly asked questions regarding infant development. Book online.

 Dog Days at Elmwood Park Zoo

July 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.

Virtual Mighty Music Makers

July 23, 2 pm

 

Join the Free Library of Philadelphia and Mighty Writers for musical games and activities to keep your musical side satisfied this summer. You can expect songwriting, theater games, and new friends! For kids aged 7-17. This program will take place on Zoom. To register, email esteppj@freelibrary.org and log-in information will be sent prior to the first session.

Virtual: Art Club at Home

July 23, 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 23, 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.

Franklin Square Summer Splash

July 23, 5–9:30 pm

200 N. Sixth St.

 

To celebrate summer, Franklin Square is hosting a variety of local acoustic artists to entertain guests every weekend! Plus, the Franklin Square Fountain show runs every half hour with choreographed lights and music.

Friday Night unWINEd

July 23, 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.

Julian Abele Park Summer Concert Series

July 23, 6–8 pm

Julian Abele Park, 22nd and Carpenter streets

 

Friends of Julian Abele Park will host free music and entertainment throughout the summer that’s fun for the whole family. Pack a picnic, and enjoy the music of aijeecello.


Weekend Events

Christmas in July Weekend in Chestnut Hill

July 24 and 25

 

Shoppers and their families can stroll and dine along the Avenue, enjoy festive classics sung by carolers, bop to a brass quartet, and visit Santa! Chestnut Hill businesses will host various holiday-themed entertainment and deals throughout the weekend. Santa will be strolling the avenue on Saturday, July 24, from 2–5 pm!

Christmas in July at Sesame Place

July 21—25

100 Sesame Rd., Langhorne

 

Visit Cookie Monster Santa for photos, dine with Elmo and friends (reservations required), and take advantage of special sales to start holiday shopping early.

Folk Weekend at People’s Light

July 24 and 25

People’s Light, 39 Conestoga Road, Malvern

 

People’s Light hosts six folk acts over two days in its first-ever outdoor Folk Weekend. Each day kicks off with an afternoon drive-in concert in the back parking lot, followed by a more intimate performance in The Glen with lawn seating. All-day passes are $175 per day, per vehicle up to 5 passengers– or you can buy individual concert tickets. See the full lineup and buy tickets online.

Candytopia

Through Labor Day

901 Market St.

 

This immersive– and highly instaworthy– pop-up devoted to all things sweet returns to Fashion District Philadelphia for a second limited run. Jump in the marshmallow pit filled with over 250,000 foam marshmallows, the rainbow-filled room with flying unicorn pigs and confetti explosions, and much more– plus candy in every room! Advance tickets required 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!

Art Kids Studio: Field of Flowers

July 24 and 25, 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 24 and 25, 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

Story Stroll with the Philly Goats

July 24, 10 am

Andorra Library, 705 East Cathedral Road

 

Join the Philly Goat Project’s three miniature Nigerian goats for a story stroll around the library. Anthony, Bebito and Ivy will be at the library for an interactive story Philly Goats Gruff.

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

July 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.

Hands On History at Fort Mifflin

July 24, 10 am

Fort Mifflin and Hog Island Roads

 

Soldiers and camp followers participated in many essential tasks and here is your chance to try your own hand. Help the cook preserve the summer harvest, get some wool ready to be processed into uniforms, try your hand at games, join a foraging party to secure necessary supplies, mend a battle-worn uniform, and more. Tickets available online.

Summer Saturdays at Fair Hill

July 24, 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 24, 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.

Frozen Event at Sweet & Sassy

July 24, 10 am and 11:30 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.

Cruiser Movers

July 24, 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.

Teddy Bear Story Time and Craft

July 24, 11 am

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

 

Read My Friend Bear by Jez Alborough, then create your own little friend. Ages 2‐5, on the lawn, weather permitting (if not, work on the kit at home). Registration required online.

Fun Ballers: Outdoor Preschool Sports

July 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.

Cartoon Picnic at Sunset Social

July 24, 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.

Mixed Media Family Workshop at Main Line Art Center

July 24, 1 pm

746 Panmure Road, Haverford

 

Learn a variety of techniques, skills, and processes revolving around the art of mixed media, and experiment with the endless possibilities of art while enjoying time together. For kids ages 7 and up with a guardian. Pre-register online.

Kidpreneur Pop Up Shop

July 24, 2–6 pm

4610 Walnut St.

 

This event was created in an effort to provide kids ages 6-17 an opportunity to sell, display, and promote their small businesses. Come out to support the young vendors offering artwork, jewelry, clothing, snacks, and more for purchase!

Free Performance at Suburban Square: West Philadelphia Orchestra

July 24, 2—5 pm

49 St. Georges Rd., Ardmore

 

Suburban Square hosts free, live performances throughout the square all summer. This week, West Philadelphia Orchestra brings its eclectic sound to the Square.

Nature Night Hike at Elmwood Park Zoo

July 24, 7:30 pm

1661 Harding Blvd., Norristown

 

Join educators for a nighttime investigation into the world of nocturnal invertebrates to celebrate National Moth Week. This citizen science program is held worldwide during the last full week of July, and celebrates the beauty, life cycles, and habitats of moths. Take an upclose look at these often overlooked, but incredibly important, animals and do a survey of nocturnal insects. Registration is required ($5 per family).

Delaware County Summer Festival at Rose Tree Park: Charlie Grace

July 24, 7:30 pm

Rose Tree Park, 1671 N. Providence Road, Media

 

Bring your own blanket for a family-friendly outdoor performance by Philly’s own rock ‘n’ roll pioneer and Bandstand icon.

Movies @ The Mann: ‘Toy Story’

July 24, 8 pm
Mann Center for the Performing Arts, 5201 Parkside Ave.

 

The “Movies @ The Mann” series pairs an outdoor movie experience with a live orchestra performance. While you watch the film, the orchestra performs the score! This month, bring a picnic and the whole family for Toy Story. Tickets available online.


Sunday

Christmas in July Luau

July 25, 10 am

Linwood Park, 199 E. Athens Ave., Ardmore

 

Join Lulu’s Casita for music, games, crafts, pictures with Santa Claus, and more! To sign up, email info@luluscasita.com

What Lives in the Pond?

July 25, 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. 

Christmas in July at Elmwood Park Zoo

July 25, 11 am

1661 Harding Blvd., Norristown

 

Enjoy animal encounters and live music, and catch “tropical Santa” as he stops by during his summer vacation! He’ll be walking around the zoo from 11 am to 1 pm. Included with zoo admission.

Sunday Fun Day at Awbury Arboretum

July 25, 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 25, 2 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.

Jazz on the Parkway

July 25, 4 pm

Capriccio Café and Bar at Cret Park, 110 N. 16th St.

 

Local jazz ensembles will perform every Sunday afternoon this summer at Cret Park. Grab a drink or snack, or just grab some lawn seating to enjoy the music.

Delaware County Summer Festival at Rose Tree Park: Blackbird Society Orchestra

July 25, 7:30 pm

Rose Tree Park, 1671 N. Providence Road, Media

 

Bring your own blanket, and take in an evening of Jazz Age covers at this free outdoor concert.

 

 

 

Photograph by Immerse Agency, courtesy of the Franklin Institute.

Contributing Writer

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