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30+ Things to Do With Kids This Week in Philly (and Online): July 26-August 1

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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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. 

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 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: Cooking Around the Clock

July 26–29, noon–2 pm

 

Young chefs (ages 7-11) will become competent in making a different menu each day – breakfast, lunch, snacks, and dinner. Pre-register online.

Virtual Cooking Camp: Chocolate, Chocolate, and more Chocolate!

July 26–29, 2:30–4:30 pm

 

In this camp, kids will learn to prepare all sorts of sweet treats – all of them chocolate! For ages 8-12. Pre-register online.


Monday

In the Park with Mister John’s Music

July 26, 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 26, 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 26, 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 26, 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 26, 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 26, 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 26, 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 26, 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 Mighty Music Makers

July 26, 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.

Monday Funday in the Park

July 26, 4 pm

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

 

Kids entering grades 3-5 are invited to meet at the library and walk over to the park for a fun activity. Free; pre-registration required.


Tuesday

Nature Club at Dixon Meadow Preserve

July 27, 9–11 am

548 Flourtown Rd., Lafayette Hill

 

Join Andorra Library and Whitmarsh Foundation for a five-session program at Dixon Meadow Preserve. Participants will be given books, art, and writing supplies; learn about birds, butterflies, plants, and animals from expert naturalists every week. For grades 5-9. Space is limited; sign up by emailing libraryandorra@gmail.com

Outdoor Storytime in Gladwyne

July 27, 10 am

Gladwyne Park, 921 Youngs Ford Rd., Gladwyne

 

Bring your blanket and join the Gladwyne Library for a special outdoor storytime. Pre-register online to be contacted in case of cancellation due to inclement weather.

PlayArts Movement Lab

July 27, 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.

Garden Storytime at Donatucci Library

July 27, 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 27, 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 27, 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.

Story Art at Sister Cities Park

July 27, 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. 

Outdoor Storytime in Belmont Hills

July 27, 10:30 am

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

 

Join Miss Gwen for a socially-distanced storytime on the library lawn.

Storytime in Lovett Park

July 27, 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 27, 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 27, 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 27, 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 27, 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: Indigenous Games

July 27, 1 pm

 

Using artifacts, Penn Museum educators will teach the rules and significance of Indigenous games from North, Central, and South America and how they connect to modern games still played today. 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 27, 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.

Bird Lover’s Club for Kids

July 27, 4 pm

Chestnut Hill Library, 8711 Germantown Ave.

 

Children ages 3 and up will meet outside the library to learn about bird behavior through hands-on activities, stories, and crafts.

Woofstock Summer Concert

July 27, 5:30 pm

Seger Park, 1020 Lombard St.

 

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

Virtual Tails & Tales Magic Show

July 27, 6:30 pm

 

Magician Steve Woyce combines colorful props and comedy in this entertaining family magic show! Appropriate for ages 4-10. Free; pre-register online to receive the Zoom link.

Virtual Pajama Storytime with Haverford Township Free Library

July 27, 7 pm

 

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


Wednesday

Upper Darby Summer Stage: ‘Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!’

July 28, 10:30 am

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

 

The popular children’s book comes to life in a zany new musical! Tickets available online.

Creative Movement with Pennsylvania Ballet

July 28, 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 28, 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 Storytime

July 28, 10:30 am

 

Join Brandywine Zoo and Marple Public Library via Zoom as they read fun and fascinating animal stories with some real live zoo animals! Pre-register online for the Zoom link.

Free Outdoor Fun with the Barnes Foundation at Mifflin Square Park

July 28, 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 28, 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 28, 1 pm

West Oak Lane Library, 2000 E. Washington Lane

 

Meet outside the library and make bead crafts. Space is limited and pre-registration is suggested.

 Dog Days at Elmwood Park Zoo

July 28, 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 28, 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.

Wildlife Wednesdays outside Helen Kate Furness Free Library

July 28, 3:30 pm

100 Providence Rd., Wallingford

 

This outdoor, animal-themed program for kids entering grades 1-5 starts with a folklore tale, then continues on with amazing facts and hands-on activities. Free; pre-register online.

Kids’ Yoga in Linwood Park

July 28, 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.

Tips on Outdoor Drawing with Keville Bowen

July 28, 4 pm

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

 

Join comic book artist Keville Bowen in a free, one-hour workshop where he shares his tricks to drawing backgrounds. Learn how to sketch buildings, cars, and people quickly. Understand three approaches to adding color. See Keville’s shortcuts to perspective. For grades 4 and up. Workshop will take place outdoors. Pre-register online to reserve your spot.

Arts on Center Stage at Dilworth Park

July 28, 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. 

Photography Fun for Kids

July 28, 6 pm

Jenkins Arboretum, 631 Berwyn Baptist Road, Devon

 

Photographer Angelina Minger will lead a walk-and-talk outdoor class highlighting scenic locations and seasonal interest. The goal of the class is to foster creativity in each budding photographer by learning tips about lighting, composition, and different angles to find unique shots. Participants can use any kind of camera (iPhone, DSLR, point-and-shoot, etc.) but they must have a working knowledge of how to use it. Suitable for ages 8 and up. An accompanying adult must be on Jenkins property for the entirety of the class. Pre-register online.

Music Play Patrol Outdoors: Campfire Stories

July 28, 6:30 pm

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

 

This program features family-friendly spooky stories and movement activities for students ages 5 and up. Free; registration required.

Virtual Spider-Man Storytime

July 28, 6:30 pm

 

Join Spider-Man via Zoom for stories, games, Q & A, and learn some superhero moves. Pre-register online for the link.

Outdoor Concert at Pastorius Park

July 28, 7:30 pm

Millman Street and West Hartwell Lane, Chestnut Hill

 

Bring your blankets and catch Jack Saint Clair and his Orchestra at this free outdoor concert.

Outdoor Movie Night: ‘The Croods’

July 28, dusk (music starts at 7 pm)

2903 Walton Road, Plymouth Meeting

 

Bring a blanket enjoy the movie! Come early for a DJ dance party at 7 pm.


Thursday

Rollin’ Rockers: Music and Movement

July 29, 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.

Kids’ Concert at Rose Tree Park: Peter Moses

July 29, 10 am

Rose Tree Park, 1671 N. Providence Road, Media

 

Bring your own blanket for a super summer sing-along at Rose Tree Park.

Free Outdoor Family Fitness Class

July 29, 10 am

Sleighton Park, 277-299 Forge Rd., Media

 

Join the owner and founder of Born Well for a free, outdoor family fitness event. Get those feel-good endorphins flowing with barre, Pilates, yoga, and strength/cardio moves you can do with your kids and babies. Open to all caregivers and children of all ages and stages. No prior exercise experience necessary. A yoga mat or towel is recommended. Pre-register online.

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

July 29, 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: Natural Beauty

July 29; 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. 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: ‘Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!’

July 29, 10:30 am

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

 

The popular children’s book comes to life in a zany new musical! Tickets available online.

Storytime Fun in Shakespeare Park

July 29, 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 29, 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 29, 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.

Outdoor Doggy Storytime

July 29, 10:30 am

Vernon Park, 5800 Germantown Ave.

 

Bring your own blankets and join children’s librarians for outdoor doggy storytime in Vernon Park. Enjoy stories with special guest, Della, the greyhound. This program is best for ages 3 – 6.

Storytime at DiSilvestro Park

July 29, 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: Stonelion Puppet Theater

July 29, 11 am

 

“I’d Rather be a Hummingbird,” a local rendition of an African tale, is an homage to Wangari Maathai who studied environmentalism in Kansas before returning to Kenya. 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 29, 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 29, 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 29, 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.

Manayunk Stroll the Street

July 29, 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 29, 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.

Upper Darby Summer Stage: ‘Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!’

July 29, 7 pm

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

 

The popular children’s book comes to life in a zany new musical! Tickets available online.

Summer Concert Series at Wilson Farm Park: Almost There

July 29, 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: Where’s Pete

July 29, 7 pm

Mary Wood Park, Conshohocken

 

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

Virtual Mystery Night for Middle Schoolers

July 29, 7 pm

 

Witches and wizards of Charmstone Academy, the headmistress has called an emergency meeting! Each participant will receive a part to play as we solve a crime together. Attendance is limited to 10, and pre-registration is required.

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

July 29, 8 pm
Grays Ferry Crescent – east side of the Schuylkill River just south of the Grays Ferry Avenue Bridge

 

Bring your friends, blanket, and picnic basket for a great time watching Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse by the Schuylkill Banks.

Outdoor Movie in Dilworth Park: ‘The Lion King’

July 29, 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! This week, it’s the live-action version of The Lion King. 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 30, 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 30, 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 30, 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 30, 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: ‘Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!’

July 30, 10:30 am

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

 

The popular children’s book comes to life in a zany new musical! Tickets available online.

Outdoor Storytime

July 30, 10:30 am

Logan Library, 1333 Wagner Ave.

 

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

Virtual: Art Playdate at Home: Under the Sea

July 30, 10:30 am and 3:30 pm

 

In this live virtual program, engage in playful discussions, sketching challenges, and other fun activities with the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Dive into the collection for underwater scenes and splashy seascapes. Best for ages 4–7. Free; pre-register online.

Arts & Crafts Party at Overbrook Park Library

July 30, noon–2 pm

7422 Haverford Ave.

 

Join Ms. Nicole in front of the library anytime between noon and 2 pm to get creative with beading, sponge painting, drawing, clay, and collage.

Teen Artspirations: Tie Dye

July 30, 1–4 pm

Upper Darby Township/Sellers Library, 76 S. State Rd., Upper Darby

 

Artspirations is a drop-in art program for teens, so you can work on the art project anytime between 1–4 pm. Teens entering grades 6-12 are invited to meet up and tie dye shirts outside the library. Free; pre-register online.

 Dog Days at Elmwood Park Zoo

July 30, 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.

ColorWheels with The Clay Studio: Claymobile

July 30, 2–4 pm

Cherry Street Pier, 121 N. Columbus Blvd.

 

Fleisher teaching artist will provide a free artmaking activity alongside The Clay Studio’s Claymobile, who will be offering ‘Pinch Pot Animal Sculptures: Create’ where guests can create a sculpture of their favorite animal, pet, or made-up creature using air-dry clay. Participants will be guided step-by-step through creating a pinch pot to decorate with animal features. Sculptures are yours to keep and decorate!

Outdoor Sexuality and Gender Acceptance (SAGA) Club Teen Meetup

July 30, 2 pm

Parkway Central Library, 1901 Vine St.

 

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

Friday Night Dinos & Bites at Philadelphia Zoo

July 30, 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 30, 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.

Kids’ Night at Philly Rock Gym

July 30, 5:30–7:30 pm

All PRG locations

 

Kids’ Night offers two hours of unlimited Top Rope climbing hosted by PRG’s belay staff for kids ages 6-15 every Friday night. Plus, it’s drop-off, so you can go grab an adults-only dinner! Pre-register online.

Friday Night unWINEd

July 30, 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.


Weekend Events

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 31 and August 1, 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

Through 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 31 and August 1, 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

Philadelphia Dance Day

July 31

Workshops held at Markward/Taney Park, 400 S. Taney St.

 

Generally held at dance studios throughout the city, Philly Dance Day is taking it outside for a Covid-safe iteration of its annual day of dance! From hip hop to Zumba to a class just for kids, all classes are free and on a first-come, first-served basis. The day culminates in a dance performance at Plays & Players (1714 Delancey Place) at 5 pm. See the full schedule here!

Franklin Square’s 15th Birthday Celebration

July 31, 10 am–10 pm

Franklin Square, Sixth and Race streets

 

Franklin Square celebrates 15 years with 15 free activities! Enjoy free kids’ crafts and lawn games from 10 am-noon, storytime at 11 am, a visit from Benjamin Franklin at noon, a kids’ dance party at 1:30 pm, live performances, and much more! 

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

July 31, 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 31, 10 am

320 Chestnut St.

 

Visit the courtyard of Carpenters’ Hall for free programming that’s fun for the whole family. Participants are encouraged to try hands-on activities and engage in discussions and demonstrations. This week will teach attendees about the role of spies and their skills going into the Revolution with reenactor Michael Carver.

Schuylkill Saturday: Self-Guided Nature Exploration for Families

July 31, 10 am

Schuylkill Center, 8480 Hagy’s Mill Road

 

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

Virtual Academy Kids Club: Armadillos and Adaptations

July 31, 10 am

 

The Academy of Natural Sciences is  hopping into summer with animal ambassadors and celebrating their important role with the Academy Kids Club Summer Series. Each members-only live virtual event was designed for  for families with preschoolers and elementary-aged children, and features “playtime” with live animals, a shared storytime, and creative crafting. This month, learn about armadillos’ interesting adaptations including protective armor, mad digging skills and the ability to leap more than three feet in the air. Free for members, but registration is required to receive the event link.

Cruiser Movers

July 31, 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.

Outdoor Mural Painting with Walls for Justice

July 31, 11 am–2 pm

The Love Lot, Ruth and East Clearfield streets (Kensington)

 

Walls for Justice invites neighbors of all ages to join a community paint project at Prevention Point’s outreach center.

Free Cruiser Movers Class

July 31, 11:45 am

Taney Park, 400 S. Taney St.

 

As part of Philadelphia Dance Day, Sandcastle Fun Co. is leading a free outdoor movement class filled with fun creative games and activities! Best for ages 7 and under.

Cartoon Picnic at Sunset Social

July 31, 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.

Free Performances at Suburban Square

July 31, 4—7 pm

49 St. Georges Rd., Ardmore

 

Suburban Square hosts free, live performances throughout the square all summer. This Saturday, it’s a throwback to the Jazz Age with the music of Drew Nugent and the Midnight Society, and dance performances by the Old City Sweethearts.

Tuck Everlasting: The Musical

July 31, 7:30 pm

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

 

Based on the classic novel, which inspired a Disney movie, this charming new Broadway musical tells the tale of Winnie Foster as she yearns for excitement beyond her white picket fence. Best for ages 12 and up. Tickets available online.

Delaware County Summer Festival at Rose Tree Park: James Day & the Fish Fry

July 31, 7:30 pm

Rose Tree Park, 1671 N. Providence Road, Media

 

Bring your own blanket for a free outdoor performance of New Orleans Zydeco, Cajun, R&B, Jump Blues, and swamp pop.


Sunday

Barnes Foundation Free First Sunday Family Day

August 1, 10 am-5 pm

2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway

 

It’s the first Sunday of the month, so families can get free admission to the Barnes Foundation! Online registration is required for free admission to the Barnes Foundation; tickets are not available on-site. Masks are required for all visitors over age 2. If you can’t make it to the museum, they’re also offering free virtual activities and inspiration to enjoy at home.

Look—Explore—Create! at Brandywine River Museum

August 1; 30-minute timeslots from 10 am-noon

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

 

Families are invited to explore things that fly and experiment by designing colorful paper airplanes and butterflies at the Brandywine River Museum of Art. This program will take place outside in the Museum’s courtyard and pollinator garden and inside the Museum’s galleries. Pre-register online for your desired timeslot.

Sunday Fun Day at Awbury Arboretum

August 1, 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.

Frozen Event at Sweet & Sassy

August 1, 2 pm

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.

Virtual Tuck Everlasting: The Musical

August 1, 2 pm

 

If you can’t make the show in person, UDPAC is streaming it, too! Based on the classic novel, which inspired a Disney movie, this charming new Broadway musical tells the tale of Winnie Foster as she yearns for excitement beyond her white picket fence. Best for ages 12 and up. Tickets available online.

Jazz on the Parkway

August 1, 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: The Core: Clapton

July 18, 7:30

Rose Tree Park, 1671 N. Providence Road, Media

 

Bring your own blanket and picnic, and enjoy a free concert of Eric Clapton covers.

 

Photograph by Laura Swartz.

Contributing Writer

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