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30+ Things to Do With Kids This Week: September 6-12

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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LAST CHANCE: ‘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. 

Dragonbutter

September 2-October 3

JUNK, 200 Spring Garden St.

 

Dragonbutter 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.

Candytopia

Now through December 31

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 and Fishing 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

Through November 1; 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

Water Works, 640 Waterworks Drive

 

The popular family-friendly beer garden benefiting Philly settles at 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.


Monday

Labor Day Celebration at Penn’s Landing

September 6, 11 am (parade at 10 am)

Penn’s Landing

 

Following a parade to Penn’s Landing, Philadelphia Council AFL-CIO hosts a free Labor Day Family Celebration with food, refreshments, kids’ activities, make and take crafts, and live music.

Ludwig’s Corner Horse Show and Country Fair

September 4—6

1326 Pottstown Pike, Glenmoore

 

A Labor Day Weekend tradition, this iconic Chester County country fair has a midway full of fun for the kids, a wide array of vendors selling everything from antiques to handmade jewelry and of course equestrian events all weekend long.

Labor Day Weekend and Free Kids’ Admission at Museum of the American Revolution 

September 4—6

101 S. Third St.

 

Join the Museum for the closing weekend of our Flags and Founding Documents, 1776-Today summer exhibit, the final weekend of the True Colours Flag Project display, family-friendly crafts and activities, and more. Children 12 years old and younger will receive free Museum admission throughout the holiday weekend (available for in-Museum purchase only).

Chaddsford Winery Labor Day 90s Festival

September 4—6

632 Baltimore Pike, Chadds Ford

 

Choose from a variety of seasonal, PA-made wines and wine cocktails, or select an ice-cold craft beer. Food trucks will be on site dishing out snacks and street food. It’ll be a fun-filled, three-day weekend of wine, food, music, and fun!

Hellerick’s Family Farm Sunflower Festival

September 6

5500 N. Easton Rd., Doylestown

 

Walk or take a hayride to a picturesque two-acre sunflower field, then head to Adventure Farm for 45 different family-friendly activities! Reservations are required online.

Labor Day Barbecue and Celebration at Piazza Di Bruno

September 6, 1–4 pm

920 S. Ninth St.

 

Kalaya teams up with DiBruno Brothers for a Thai-infused barbecue menu. Plus, enjoy entertainment by Snacktime Philly, and a drag show by Philly Drag Mafia (including Miss Brittany Lynn) at 2 pm.

RH²: Rosh Hashanah in Rittenhouse Square

September 6, 5—6:30 pm

Rittenhouse Square (18th and Walnut streets)

 

Bring a lawn chair, grab a blanket, pack a picnic, and gather in the park for a free evening of spirited music and a family-friendly service to celebrate the Jewish New Year. 


Tuesday

Mister John’s Music at Kith + Kin

September 7, 10 am

3060 W. Jefferson St.

 

Through music, rhythm and movement, infants and toddlers learn about self-expression, teamwork, sharing, and empathy. all full of surprises and set to your favorite tunes from your favorite artists! This is an all-ages, BYO instruments class. Pre-register online ($25 for drop-in).

Outdoor Storytimes in Starr Garden

September 7; 10 am (toddler and preschool) and 11 am (baby)

600 Lombard St.

 

Join Ms. Lindsay from Charles Santore Library for stories, songs, and movement. Toddler and preschool storytime at 10 am; baby storytime at 11 am. In case of bad weather, cancellations will be noted on the library’s Facebook page.

Toddler Time in the Park

September 7, 10 am

Outside of 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.

Storytime in Lovett Park

September 7, 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.

Outdoor Storytime at Belmont Hills Library

September 7, 10:30 am

120 Mary Waters Ford Rd., Bala Cynwyd

 

Bring your blanket and join the Belmont Hills Library for a special outdoor storytime on the lawn.

Garden Storytime at Donatucci Library

September 7, 11 am

1935 Shunk St.

 

Join Miss Sunita for Storytime in the Donatucci Garden every Tuesday. Masks (for kids over 2) and social distancing required. Ages 0-5. Bring Your Own Blanket. Weather permitting.

Fun Ballers: Outdoor Preschool Sports

September 7, 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.


Wednesday

Bartram’s Garden Homeschooler Days: Pollination

September 8, 10–11:30 am

5400 Lindbergh Blvd.

 

Learn about what pollination does for plants and which animals are great pollinators. For homeschoolers ages 5 to 11 and their adult. Tickets available online.

Stories and Songs for Pre-Walkers  in the Park

September 8, 10 am

Outside of Springfield Township Library (70 Powell Rd., Springfield)

 

This gentle yet lively story time features bouncing and tickling rhymes, peek-a-boo games, short books, nursery rhymes, and music while young babies sit comfortably close to their caregivers. This is exclusively for pre-walkers. Free; pre-register online.

Artsy Crafty Storytime

September 8, 10:30 am

Kingsessing Library, 1201 S. 51st St.

 

Storytimes for preschool children followed by art time. Ms. Rachel will provide a half hour of stories and songs and then provide either an in-person or take home craft. Storytimes will either be outdoors in the park or downstairs in the meeting room depending on present weather and health advisories. Call ahead to confirm location.

Bilingual Storytime at Lulu’s Casita

September 8, 10:30 am

6 Cricket Ave., Ardmore

 

Join Señora Maureene for a mini fiesta and storytime at Lulu’s!

 CantiCuentos: Spanish Songs and Stories for Kids

September 8, 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.

Outdoor Movie Night at Sunset Social: ‘The Wiz’

September 8, 6 pm

129 S. 30th St.

 

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

Arts on Center Stage: Opera in the Park

September 8, 8 pm

Dilworth Park, 1 S. 15th St.

 

Opera Philadelphia will return to Dilworth Park for a one-night-only “Opera in the Park” presentation. Guests of all ages are invited to watch the beloved opera La traviata outdoors on the big screen. Everyone is encouraged to pack a blanket or chair, as seating in the space is limited.


Thursday

Rollin’ Rockers: Music and Movement

September 9, 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.

Outdoor Storytime in West Philly

September 9, 10:30 am

40th and Locust streets

 

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

Outdoor Read, Baby, Read Storytime

September 9, 10:30 am

Richmond Library, 2987 Almond St.

 

Join Ms. Meghan in front of the library for lap time with stories, songs, rhymes, and bounces. For babies with caregivers; siblings welcome.

Fun Ballers: Outdoor Preschool Sports

September 9, 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.

Outdoor STEAM with Mr. Scott

September 9, 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.

Manayunk Stroll the Street

September 9, 5–8 pm

Main Street, Manayunk

 

Manayunk will host vendors, live music, live art, and more as visitors and residents walk, shop, and eat. Restaurants and businesses on the street will also have special deals for the night.

Evil Genius Food Truck Festival

September 9, 6–9 pm

Evil Genius Beer Company, 1727 N. Front St.

 

Kick off fall with food trucks, cornhole and Can Jam in the street, and other block party fun. Plus, Evil Genius will have beer specials, including glitter beer!

Honky Tonkin’ –A Country Music Show

September 9, 7 pm

Hawthorne Park, 1200 Catherine St.

 

Part of the Fringe Festival, this free lil’ ol’ shindig puts the hoot in hootenanny and the jam in jamboree with classic retro hits from Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn, Tammy Wynette, Hank Williams and many more!

Summer Concert Series at Wilson Farm Park: Almost There

September 9, 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.

Virtual Potty Training 101 with Miss Catherine

September 9, 7:30 pm

 

This workshop will help you learn the simple tools, tips, and steps to start potty training with your little one. Pre-register online at Kith + Kin’s website, and join over Zoom.


Friday

Outdoor Storytime at Dickinson Square Park

September 10, 9:30 am

1600 E. Moyamensing Ave.

 

Join Whitman Librarian Ms. Rachel for an outdoor storytime at Dickinson Square Park in South Philly. Bring your own blanket andmeet in the shady area north of the playground.

Sand Jam Music and Movement

September 10, 9:30 am

Rittenhouse Square

 

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

In the Park with Baby Wordplay

September 10, 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.

Stroller Tour at Brandywine River Museum

September 10, 10:30 am

1 Hoffman’s Mill Rd., Chadds Ford

 

Enjoy a relaxed morning out with your little one while engaging with art in the galleries. This guided tour is designed especially for adults accompanied by babies. Stroller Tours are offered once a month, each with a different theme. 

Fall Family Storytime

September 10, 10:30 am

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

 

Celebrate Fall coming with stories and songs for the whole family! This storytime will be outside, weather permitting; please bring blankets or chairs if you can and spread out to socially distance. 

Chester County Balloon Festival

Begins September 10, 4:30 pm (through September 12)

Willowdale Steeplechase Grounds, 101 E. Street Road, Kennett Square

 

Witness 20+ balloons taking flight, balloon glow evening shows, kids’ activities, live music, monster trucks, food, and much, much more at this annual weekend-long event.

Philadelphia Honey Festival

September 10, 5:30 pm

Glen Foerd on the Delaware (Grant Avenue and Milnor Street)

 

The Philadelphia Honey Festival brings three days of sweet activities to three different historic locations—Glen Foerd on the Delaware, Wyck historic home, and Bartram’s Garden. The festival has fun for all ages, with beekeeping demos and talks, live music, food trucks, children’s activities, vendors, a guy with a beard of bees, and much more. It kicks off Friday evening at Glen Foerd with open hive talks and demonstrations.

Free Concert at Wilson Farm Park: Magical Mystery Doors

September 10, 6 pm
Shire Pavillion, Wilson Farm Park, 500 Lee Road, Wayne

 

Bring a blanket free outdoor concert by the Magical Mystery Doors, a 60s tribute band playing songs from the Beatles, Led Zeppelin, and the Doors. Food trucks will be on site selling dinner and refreshments.

Julian Abele Park Summer Concert Series: Kamara

September 10, 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, including your beverage(s) of choice, for the music of Kamara.

SALT Performing Arts presents ‘Shrek: The Musical’

September 10, 7 pm

645 Art School Road, Chester Springs

 

Everyone’s favorite ogre is back in the hilarious stage spectacle based on the Oscar-winning, smash hit film. Shrek brings all the beloved characters you know from the film to life on stage and proves there’s more to the story than meets the ears. Tickets available online, with in-person and streaming options.


Weekend Events

Philadelphia Honey Festival

September 10—12

Glen Foerd on the Delaware (Grant Avenue and Milnor Street) on September 10; Wyck Historic House (6026 Germantown Avenue) on September 11; and Bartram’s Garden (54th Street and Lindbergh Boulevard) on September 12

 

The Philadelphia Honey Festival brings three days of sweet activities to three different historic locations—Glen Foerd on the Delaware, Wyck historic home, and Bartram’s Garden. The festival has fun for all ages, with beekeeping demos and talks, live music, food trucks, children’s activities, vendors, a guy with a beard of bees, and much more.

Kennett Square Mushroom Festival

September 11 and 12
600 S. Broad Street, Kennett Square

 

The Mushroom Festival celebrates mushrooms, mushroom farms and Kennett Square—the Mushroom Capital of the World. Festival attendees can sample a variety of mushroom-centric foods, from fried mushrooms to mushroom soup and many other dishes, and learn about mystical and interesting process of mushroom growing. Attendees can also visit the many craft vendors, many of whom offer mushroom-themed goodies, visit the delightful Kennett Square boutiques, enjoy a variety of restaurant options in Kennett Square, and more.

Chester County Balloon Festival

September 10-12

Willowdale Steeplechase Grounds, 101 E. Street Road, Kennett Square

 

Witness 20+ balloons taking flight, balloon glow evening shows, kids’ activities, live music, monster trucks, food, and much, much more at this annual weekend-long event.

2021 Fringe Festival

September 9-October 3

Citywide (and virtual)

 

This annual citywide celebration of contemporary art and performance will feature hundreds of both live and streaming performances throughout the city. While many performances are more for adults, there is something for everyone! Family-friendly picks include circusShakespearedance, and more (stay tuned for our Fall Arts Preview for more details). Streaming and virtual options include The Greatest ShowmanThe Frog Prince, and a scavenger hunt!

‘Twelfth Night’ Outdoor Performances

September 11 and 12, 4:30 pm

Historic Strawberry Mansion, 2450 Strawberry Mansion Dr.

 

Part of the Fringe Festival, this outdoor performance of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night is filled with laughter, love, music, and stunningly gorgeous language. Tickets available online.

Pumpkinland at Linvilla Orchards

September 11—November 7

137 W. Knowlton Rd., Media

 

Now it’s really fall, because Linvilla has brought out the piles and piles of pumpkins! Plus, enjoy entertainment, hayrides, train rides, pony rides, and more. Tickets are required for ages 1 and older. Find a huge selection of straw bales, corn shocks, toys and fall decorations of all kinds. Linvilla does not do Pick Your Own pumpkins; their pumpkins are pre-harvested.

SALT Performing Arts presents ‘Shrek: The Musical’

September 10-26

645 Art School Road, Chester Springs

 

Everyone’s favorite ogre is back in the hilarious stage spectacle based on the Oscar-winning, smash hit film. Shrek brings all the beloved characters you know from the film to life on stage and proves there’s more to the story than meets the ears. Tickets available online, with in-person and streaming options.

‘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. 

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 November 1; 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.


Saturday

Queen of Prussia 5K/10K and Kids’ Fun Run

September 11, 8 am

King of Prussia Town Center Green Space, 155 Village Drive, King of Prussia

 

The first annual Kids Fun Run presented by Nemours Children’s Health includes a 25 yard dash, 50 yard dash, and mile run. All participants will receive a tee shirt and a finishers medal, plus post-race food and festivities. Pre-register online.

Concert for the Family: Reggie Harris and Alastair Moock

September 11, 10 am

People’s Light, 39 Conestoga Road, Malvern

 

Together, Reggie and Alastair take audiences through an exploration of history and current events through the lens of race—using the powerful tool of music. Tickets for this outdoor concert are $35 per Family Circle in the grass.

Schuylkill Saturday: Self-Guided Nature Exploration for Families

September 11, 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.

Johnny Appleseed Day

September 11, 10 am – 3 pm
40 Fruit Lane, Morgantown

 

Johnny Appleseed Day is all about pick-your-own apples. Join Weaver’s Orchard for pick-your-own apples and storytelling with Johnny Appleseed himself. They’ll have plenty of apple treats, including caramel apples, baked apple desserts, and apple cider!

Pizza vs. Tacos: Stories and Crafts

September 11, 10 am

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

 

Read two of Adam Rubin’s amazing books, Dragons Love Tacos and Secret Pizza Party, and then make crafts to go along with them on the library’s covered porch. Best for ages 3 and up. Free; pre-register online, as space is limited.

Virtual Academy Kids Club: Turtles and Tortoises

September 11, 10 am

 

Join the Academy of Natural Sciences virutally to meet their turtles, share a story, and make a craft. The Kids Club Summer Series is free for members, but registration is required to receive the event link. The events were developed for families with preschoolers and elementary-aged children, but all ages are welcome.

West Craft Fest

September 11, 11 am–5 pm

The Woodlands, 40th and Woodland avenues

 

Shop over 90 local artists, crafters, and makers of handmade jewelry, original artworks, prints, clothing, ceramics, baby gifts, stationery, candles, soaps, toys, tinctures, and treasures galore! Plus, enjoy live performances, including Tinycircus, and explore The Woodlands’ 54 walkable acres.

Parkway Pals: Bubble Magic

September 11, 11 am

Sister Cities Park, 210 N. 18th St.

 

George the Bubble Magician will host a fun magic show featuring giant bubbles with some help from the audience. Kids are invited to embrace their silly side at this free performance.

Haverford First Fest Music Festival

September 11, 11 am–7 pm

50 E. Eagle Rd., Havertown

 

Celebrating first responders on the 20th anniversary of 9/11, this music festival will be filled with live music on two stages, food, beer garden, crafters and children’s activities including fire trucks and other first responder equipment to explore. Admisson is free; donations are appreciated. Bring your own chair or blanket.

Theatre Exile presents ‘The Ever Present’

September 11, 11 am and 4 pm

Columbus Square, 1200 Wharton St.

 

The Ever Present, a fantastical, family-friendly new play written by award-winning playwright and author R. Eric Thomas, centers on a South Philly vacant lot that turns out to be more than meets the eye. Follow a cast of hilarious, Philadelphia-inspired characters for a mystery adventure that spans decades and spins a constellation of awe-inspiring stories. The play will be shown at free performancs over six different dates at six different public parks. For each show, guests are invited to bring blankets and lawn seating. 

Grandparents’ Day at Ardmore Library

September 11, 11 am

108 Ardmore Ave., Ardmore

 

Join Ardmore Library for an outdoor (weather permitting) card making activity and storytime for Grandparent’s Day. Free; pre-register online.

South Wayne Porchfest

September 11, 11:30 am – 5 pm
Midland Avenue, St. Davids Road and Windermere Avenue, Wayne

 

As this year is the 20th anniversary of 9/11, the festivities will begin at 11:30 am with a memorial and tribute to our first responders. Musical acts will begin promptly at noon. There will be a map available as the date gets closer, but for reference the area where you can find performances is on St. Davids Road from the corner of St. Davids and Orchard Way to the corner of Windermere Ave. and Louella Ave. In addition, the 300-400 blocks of Midland Ave. between Pembroke Ave. & St. Davids Road will host performances. These streets will be closed to motor vehicles. That’s a beautifully walkable 7/10th of a mile of music from noon to 5 pm!

Cartoon Picnic at Sunset Social

September 11, noon–3 pm

Cira Green, 129 S. 30th St.

 

An afternoon of cartoons on the big screen, lawn games, and food and drink specials atop the city.

Historic Fair Hill Family Fun Day: Focus on Fitness

September 11, noon–3 pm

2901 Germantown Ave.

 

Come try out the fitness circuit and family yoga at Historic Fair Hill. Family Fun Day activities also include badminton, art projects, checkers, and more on five acres of green space to run, picnic, and play.

Poké Pier Event

September 11, 2–5 pm

Cherry Street Pier, 121 N. Columbus Blvd.

 

Don’t miss the first-ever Poké Pier Event at Cherry Street Pier hosted by resident artist Keni “Thomcat23” Thompson! Enjoy a day on the Philly Waterfront celebrating all things Pokémon: art, vendors, music, cosplay, music, food, and more for all ages. The event is free and open to the public. Concessions are pay-as-you-go.

Chestnut Hill Second Saturday

September 11, 2–6 pm
7600 to 8600 blocks of Germantown Avenue
 
 
Explore the works of dozens of visiting regional artists, enjoy live music, shop, and eat on Germantown Avenue.  Plus, stop by AR Workshop for a hands-on outdoor DIY experience for families.
 

Art in the Park at Elmwood Park Zoo

September 11, 2–6 pm
1661 Harding Blvd., Norristown
 
 
Live music, vendors, food, BBQ, a beer garden, and more at the zoo. Kids can meet Star Wars characters, get their faces painted, and create at the tie dye station! Pre-registration required online.

Social Justice Symposium for Teens

September 11, 3–5 pm
Malcolm X Park, 5100 Pine St.
 
 
What does effective, community-centered youth activism look like? And, how do we take care of ourselves as we fight for change? Teens (ages 13-18) are invited to bring a blanket and join the conversation wih the Free Library of Philadelphia’s Teen Justice Fellows. RSVP here:  http://bit.ly/SocialJusticeSymposium2021
 

Thank a Hero; Be a Hero Health and Safety Event

September 11, 3 pm
70 W. Welsh Pool Rd., Exton
 
 
The event will start with a 9/11 memorial service followed by lively and informational demonstrations for all ages. UAC will have a fun passport program to introduce children to the world of Emergency Services (EMS, Fire, and Police) through interactive learning stations with a prize for completion.

Free Concert in Clem Macrone Park

September 11, 4 pm
Clem Macrone Park, Bryn Mawr
 
 
Come out to enjoy a socially-distanced outdoor concert featuring Ella Beyer, Lauren Mendelsohn, and Evelyn Brown. Free; reserve your tickets online.

Arts in the Park: Malidelphia

September 11, 5 pm
Glen Providence Park, 423 W. State St., Media
 
 
Bring a blanket or chair, and relax on the lawn by the historical stage for a late afternoon concert. Malidelphia is a folkloric performance-art ensemble that serves to create a bridge between African immigrant and African-American communities through traditional and contemporary songs, dance, music, masquerade, and folklore.

Movies in the Park: ‘Soul’

September 11, dusk

Fairview Park, 4418 Manayunk Ave.

 

Thanks to grants from Fairmount Park Conservancy, neighborhood parks around the city will be transformed into outdoor movie theaters. Movies are BYOB (Bring Your Own Blanket) and begin at dusk. In case of rain, movies will be rescheduled by one week. This week, enjoy Pixar’s Soul at Fairview Park.


Sunday

Royal Tea Party at Linwood Park

September 12, 10 am

Linwood Park, Ardmore

 

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

Clover Market

September 12, 10 am–4 pm

25 W. Highland Ave.

 

Shop unique craft and antiques vendors in this outdoor market. Plus live music, food trucks, and kids’ crafting with the Handwork Studio. Free; masks required.

Sunday Funday with Free Library of Philadelphia and Folkshul

September 12, 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.

Theatre Exile presents ‘The Ever Present’

September 12, 11 am and 4 pm

Dickinson Square, 1600 E. Moyamensing Ave.

 

The Ever Present, a fantastical, family-friendly new play written by award-winning playwright and author R. Eric Thomas, centers on a South Philly vacant lot that turns out to be more than meets the eye. Follow a cast of hilarious, Philadelphia-inspired characters for a mystery adventure that spans decades and spins a constellation of awe-inspiring stories. The play will be shown at free performancs over six different dates at six different public parks. For each show, guests are invited to bring blankets and lawn seating. 

Eagles Opening Day Party at Evil Genius

September 12, 11 am–8 pm

Evil Genius Beer Company, 1727 N. Front St.

 

Come cheer on the Birds with outdoor TVs, football themed brews, games, and even more Eagles jawns to keep you partying all game long!

Narberth Music & Arts Festival, and Dog Parade

September 12, 12:30 pm
Haverford Avenue, Narberth

 

Artists’ Alley at 12:30 pm, The Narbark Dog Parade at 1 pm, and music, food and drinks on Haverford Avenue at 3 pm.

PECO Family Jams at Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens

September 12, noon—4 pm

1020 South St.

 

This Sunday’s program is inspired by the Lorenzo family, three generations of artists from Guerrero, Mexico who create paintings on Masonite hardboard using bold lines and colors in playful depictions of everything from saints and village landscapes to luchadores and jaguar dancers. Visitors will receive hardboard, paint, transfer paper, and a selection of simple patterns to get you started. Included with admission.

Sunday Fun Day at Awbury Arboretum

September 12, 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.

Dog Days at Elmwood Park Zoo

September 12, 1–5 pm

1661 Harding Blvd., Norristown

 

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

Jazz on the Parkway

September 12, 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.

 

 

Photograph by Laura Swartz.

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

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