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30+ Things to Do With Kids This Week: September 20-26

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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Center City Restaurant Week

September 18-30

 

Center City Restaurant Week is offering diners a three-course dinner for $40, and (at some places) three-course lunch for $25 at dozens of great restaurants around town. Participating restaurants are offering their multi-course prix-fixe menus for dining in (both indoors and outdoors), and takeout. Check out our top picks for the week!

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. Streaming and virtual options include The Greatest ShowmanThe Frog Prince, and a scavenger hunt!

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.

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 are required for skating; other activities are open to the public pay-as-you-go. Details in our preview!

‘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.

Garden Railway at Mosrris 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

Baby Wordplay in the Park

September 20, 10 am

Cliveden of the National Trust, 6401 Germantown Ave.

 

Story Play in the park will have you and your little one playing with sounds, catching and tossing words, reading, rhyming, and singing! Pre-register online.

Creative Babies in the Park

September 20, 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.

Baby Storytime with Parkway Central Library

September 20, 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 Street) for Baby Storytime. Enjoy stories, songs, and fun! This program is intended for kids ages 2 and under and their caregivers. Weather-permitting. 

Gladwyne Toddler Storytime

September 20, 10:30 am

Gladwyne Park

 

Bring a blanket and meet at Gladwyne Park for storytime for ages 0-4. Pre-register online.


Tuesday

Schuylkill Center Sprouts

September 21, 9:30 am

8480 Hagy’s Mill Road

 

Together with a favorite grown-up, Sprouts will discover and explore the wonders of nature through sensory-focused classes. This six-week series for little ones ages 2-3 years features walks, songs, and stories. Pre-register for the full series, or drop in for $30 (if space allows).

Mister John’s Music at Kith + Kin

September 21, 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 21; 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 21, 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.

Toddler Time at American Swedish Historical Museum

September 21, 10:30 am

1900 Pattison Avenue

 

Come for a specially designed program for children ages 18 months to 4 years old, with interactive stories, engaging hands-on activities, and social interaction. Learn about the Dala horse that started as a children’s toy and has become a beloved symbol of Sweden, read A Ride on the Red Mare’s Back by Ursula K. Le Guin, go on a Dala horse hunt through the galleries, and play games to build counting and language skills. To celebrate the return of Toddler Time there will be pony rides provided by A&P Petting Zoo. Pre-register online.

Storytime in Lovett Park

September 21, 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.

Imagine More: Story Adventures with Thembi Palmer

September 21, 10:30 am

Gladwyne Park

 

Children ages 3-5 will be immersed in “We’re Going on a Bear Hunt” through expressive movements with instruments, actions, and songs. Space is limited to 15 children. Only one caregiver per child. Registration required.

Outdoor Storytime at Belmont Hills Library

September 21, 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.

Little Yogis

September 21, 11 am

Lovett Memorial Library, 6945 Germantown Avenue

 

Take a fun and playful yoga journey led by Sarah of Surya Moon Yoga. Learn individual and partner poses through songs and storytelling, all while building confidence, creativity, and strong, healthy bodies. Children and parents will practice how to center themselves through breathing and relaxation. This class is designed for families with kiddos aged 2 to 5 years old, but anyone is welcome. Bring your own yoga mats and/or beach towels to practice on. This program will take place outside, at the library. Physical distancing and masks are required.

Garden Storytime at Donatucci Library

September 21, 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 21, 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.

Riverfront North’s Free Outdoor Movie Night: ‘Onward’

September 21, 7 pm

Pleasant Hill Park, 8900 N. Delaware Ave.

 

Bring your own blankets, chairs, and food for a free movie night by the river. Rain dates will be announced on the day of the event.

Park After Dark: Stargazing at Chamounix Fields

September 21, 7:30 pm

3976 Chamounix Drive, Fairmount Park

 

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


Wednesday

Baby Wordplay in the Park

September 22, 9:30 am

811 Bowman Avenue, Wynnewood

 

Story Play in the park will have you and your little one playing with sounds, catching and tossing words, reading, rhyming, and singing! Pre-register online.

Stories and Songs for Pre-Walkers  in the Park

September 22, 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.

Music and Movement with Free Library of Philadelphia

September 22, 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.

Bilingual Storytime at Lulu’s Casita

September 22, 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 22, 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 Developmental Playtime Workshop

September 22, 2 pm

 

In class, you and your baby will learn ways to enjoy tummy time and infant massage. Best for babies 0-6 months. Pre-register online with Kith + Kin, and join via Zoom.

After School Cooking at Hudson’s Table: Around the World Cooking

September 22, 3:45 pm

1001 N. Second Street

 

Young chefs will be “traveling” to different countries and making and sampling their food. Kids will learn how to work in the kitchen and come out of these classes with stronger knife skills, cooking techniques, and some baking basics. Kids will prepare a meal and either eat it outside or take their food home with them.  Class is drop-off. See more details and pre-register online.

Virtual Books & Cooks: Talking About Tomatoes

September 22, 4 pm

 

Parkway Central Children’s Department and the Culinary Literacy Center’s Nourishing Literacy team will share some favorite tomato recipes and share stories and activities around the theme of tomatoes and cooking. 

BalletX Performance at Dilworth Park

September 22, 6 pm

1 S. 15th St.

 

Bring your blankets and chairs for this free outdoor performance! BalletX will showcase their signature repertoire and new choreography, which was curated by the dancers themselves. 

Goat Walk at West Laurel Hill Cemetery

September 22, 6 pm

225 Belmont Ave., Bala Cynwyd

 

Meet the goats at the Funeral Home to walk them and learn about sustainability. Free, masks are required. No registration necessary.


Thursday

Rollin’ Rockers: Music and Movement

September 23, 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.

Preschool Stories in the Park

September 23, 10 am

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

 

Sing, dance, imagine, learn, and, of course, read stories. A different letter of the alphabet will be featured each week. The program is about 30 minutes long. Free; pre-register online.

Outdoor Storytime in West Philly

September 23, 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 Music Exploration with Ry

September 23, 10:30 am

Bok Stoop at Ninth and Mifflin streets

 

Sing, move and meaningfully connect with your child during this drop-in music class designed to foster positive aural experiences for the whole family. Young musicians and their caregivers will participate in a variety of musical activities scaffolded to promote vocal exploration, steady beat, gross motor movement, and positive social interactions.

Outdoor Read, Baby, Read Storytime

September 23, 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.

Preschool Storytime in Malcolm X Park

September 23, 11 am

5100 Pine St.

 

Stories, songs, and fun for ages 2-5 and their caregivers. Siblings are welcome. Please follow current masking guidelines. 

Fun Ballers: Outdoor Preschool Sports

September 23, 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 Drag Storytime at Mister John’s Music

September 23, 3:30 pm
904 S. Ninth St.

 

Maria TopCatt is back at Mister John’s Music for stories, lipsyncing dance parties, catwalk time, and togetherness, in a special outdoor event! Tickets available online.

Manayunk Stroll the Street

September 23, 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.

Northern Liberties Night Market

September 23, 5–10 pm

N. Second St., Nothern Liberties

 

Nearly two dozen food trucks, mobile vendors, restaurants, and shopping vendors will take over several blocks on N. 2nd Street between Fairmount and Poplar streets. The event will feature live music, entertainment, street performers, lawn games, family fun, and other surprises – plus ample room to spread out.


Friday

Outdoor Storytime at Dickinson Square Park

September 24, 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 24, 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 24, 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. Bring your own blanket and water, and wear a mask. $20 drop-in (if space allows).

Fall Family Storytime

September 24, 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. 

Latin American Book Fair

September 24, noon-4 pm

City Hall Courtyard, 1401 JFK Blvd.

 

This free event will gather readers of all ages, authors, writers, illustrators, designers, and the Philadelphia community to celebrate Latin American heritage, language, and culture. The LABF will feature storytelling, book releases, music, and artistic performances.

Virtual Family Style Pizza Party

September 24, 4 pm

 

Join members of the Nourishing Literacy team to make pizza from scratch. Plus, movement and art activities to keep bodies and minds simmering while the pizza is cooking! An ingredient list will be shared a few days before the event. For more information, email kitchen@freelibrary.org.

Kids’ Pinata Making at Primp and Play

September 24, 4:30 pm

1520 Locust Street, Second Floor

 

In this class, kids will make their very own piñata while moms enjoy a complimentary margarita and can receive 10% off spa services (book spa services in advance). Pre-register online.

Live at Sister Cities Park

September 24, 5:30–7:30 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.

Film in the Forest: ‘A Bug’s Life’

September 24, 7 pm

Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, 8480 Hagy’s Mill Road

 

Visit insect-themed craft and activity tables before the movie starts, and then settle in for this animated favorite. The movie will start once the sun has gone down around 7:30 pm. Bring your own blankets. Space is limited; pre-registration is required.

SALT Performing Arts presents ‘Shrek: The Musical’

September 24, 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.

Rent

September 24, 7:30 pm

Facetime Theatre, 400 Franklin Avenue, Suite 109, Phoenixville

 

This 90s Broadway favorite comes to Phoenixville, and is great for teens and up. Tickets available online.

Movies in the Park: ‘Monsters Inc.’

September 24, sundown

Benson Playground, 1442 N. Fourth St.

 

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.

Movies in the Park: ‘Soul’

September 24, sundown

Woodside Park (3910-18 Conshohocken Ave.) and Overington Park (1344 Orthodox St.)

 

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


Weekend Events

Delaware River Festival

September 24-October 3

 

Every year, the Philly and Camden sides of the Delaware River come together for a “coast to coast” festival, usually taking place in one grand day. This year, the festival will be both in-person and online, taking place in various locations over the week. Whether it’s live streams and lessons from field experts, or small in-person and physically distant events throughout Camden and Philadelphia, there’s something for everyone this year. 

Morgan’s Pier Fall Fest

September 24–October 30

Morgan’s Pier, 221 N. Christopher Columbus Blvd.

 

Fall Fest at Morgan’s Pier always brings a full month of special events, fall food and drinks, and family fun to the waterfront. Events include weekend pumpkin carving (pick a pumpkin for $5 to $10 and carve it!), fall decor, seasonal treats, and local brews. Reservations are recommended for table service; walk-ins are welcome for all bar areas.

Scarecrow Weekend at Elmwood Park Zoo

September 25 and 26

1661 Harding Blvd., Norristown

 

Build your very own scarecrow; a ticket gets you a frame, clothing, and stuffing to make whatever scarecrow you can imagine! Registration is required.

The Count’s Halloween Spooktacular

Weekends through November 7

Sesame Place, 100 Sesame Road, Langhorne

 

Come in costume and celebrate silly, not-too-spooky fun! The park will be transformed into a family-friendly Halloween haven and guests will enjoy trick-or-treating around the park, Halloween-themed shows, participating in an interactive Scarecrow Scavenger Hunt, and unique photo opportunities with everyone’s favorite furry friends dressed up in costume on their Halloween-themed floats!

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.

Dog Days at Chaddsford Winery

September 25, noon – 7 pm; September 26, noon – 6 pm

632 Baltimore Pike, Chadds Ford

 

Spend a day at the Winery with your best four-legged friend! Chaddsford is welcoming dog owners and wine lovers alike to take in a weekend of tail-waggin’ treats

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. Streaming and virtual options include The Greatest ShowmanThe Frog Prince, and a scavenger hunt!

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.

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.

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.

‘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

Linvilla Orchards Apple Festival

September 25

137 W. Knowlton Rd., Media

 

Pick your own apples; plus enjoy costumed characters, games, contests, puppet performances, a pie-eating contest, and live music.

Rittenhouse Row Festival

September 25, 10 am-6 pm

Rittenhouse Row, Walnut Street

 

Live music, shopping, and plenty of delicious food and drinks fill Walnut Street all afternoon. Rittenhouse Row has reimagined their signature spring festival for a new season and a new reality.

‘The Stories We Wear’ Opening Celebration

September 25, 10 am-5 pm

Penn Museum, 3260 South St.

 

Showcasing 2,500 years of style and adornment through approximately 250 remarkable objects, “The Stories We Wear” reveals how clothing and accessories offer powerful expressions of identity. Celebrate the new exhibit’s opening with a day of activities including hands-on art activities and fantastic performances. Included with admission.

Harriton Farmstead Fair

September 25, 10 am – 4 pm
500 Harriton Road, Bryn Mawr

 

This major event in Lower Merion Township features crafts, antiques, sheep herding, pony rides, historic house tours, children’s games, muskets and soldiers, blacksmiths, stone carvers, cabinetmakers, spinners, skep [beehive] weavers, Bluegrass music, falconry and other birds of prey, and much more.  The Fair also features the Harriton Attic Treasures Booth, which is the best flea market on the Main Line, the Harriton Farm stand featuring flowers and organic produce (some of which is from the Harriton garden).   Lapps Country Market will be roasting chickens and ribs for lunch.  The historic 1704 house will be open for tours during the day.

Schuylkill Saturday: Self-Guided Nature Exploration for Families

September 25, 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.

Parkway Pals: National Comic Book Day

September 25, 11 am

Sister Cities Park, 210 N. 18th St.

 

Your favorite superheroes will celebrate National Comic Book Day as they host a “hero training class” and interactive group games. The Academy of Natural Sciences will join in on the fun as they explore the real-life super abilities of animals from around the world! Free arts and crafts will be provided.

Heard That! Pop Up Performances in East Passyunk

September 25; 11 am, 2 pm, and 5 pm

Singing Fountain (East Passyunk Ave. and Tasker St.)

 

Heard That!, created by Mehgan Abdel-Moneim, is a free all-ages street performance, using dance and collected stories from Dickinson Narrows. Plus, look for additional music and pop-ups along East Passyunk Avenue throughout the day.

Baltimore Avenue Saturday Stroll

September 25, noon–4 pm

Baltimore Ave. from 40th to 52nd streets (plus, block party at 48th near Calvary)

 

Stroll up and down Baltimore Avenue, where participating businesses will offer specials and discounts. Plus, enjoy a special block-party area on 48th near Calvary with live music and interactive activities along Baltimore to add to the fun. 

Cartoon Picnic at Sunset Social

September 25, 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.

National Comic Book Day Celebration at Gladwyne Library

September 25, 1–3 pm

362 Righters Mill Rd., Gladwyne

 

Celebrate comics with crafts, activities, and even be able to make your own comic! This event will take place outside at the Gladwyne Library. Space is limited to 20. Masks and pre-registration are required.

Project Moshen Dance Performance and Class at Smith Memorial Playground

September 25, 2 pm

3500 Reservior Dr.

 

Join Project Moshen, Philadelphia’s all-female jazz dance company, on Smith’s front lawn for a free, interactive and family-friendly performance and dance class.

Free Concert at Suburban Square: ‘Britishmania’ Beatles Tribute Band

September 25, 4–7 pm

Anderson and Coulter avenues, Ardmore

 

Britishmania Beatles Tribute invites you to take a memorable trip back to the 1960s to experience the wonderful sound and stage persona of The Beatles! This free concert will take place in the courtyard.

Ardmore Oktoberfest- Picnic in the Plaza

September 25, 5 – 8 pm
Schauffele Plaza, 99 Cricket Terrace, Ardmore

 

Prost! Ardmore Initiative presents the 11th Annual Ardmore Oktoberfest. Schauffele Plaza will again be filled with live music, food and music, plus beer garden-style reserved seating. Tired Hands Brewing Company and Levante Brewing will offer several beer selections that include local and seasonal favorites. Sophie’s BBQ will come prepped with a portable smoker to churn out their popular pulled pork and brisket sandwiches and Jack McShea’s will serve German-inspired fare like bratwurst, homemade Bavarian pretzels, and more. Live music and delicious desserts will round out the early evening fun.

Honky Tonkin’ –A Country Music Show

September 25, 7 pm

Dickinson Square Park, 1600 E. Moyamensing Avenue

 

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!


Sunday

Chestnut Hill Fall for the Arts Festival

September 26, 11 am—5 pm

Germantown Avenue, between Willow Grove and Rex Avenues

 

This festival welcomes the season by bringing together the community as well as artists and vendors from around the county. Enjoy a day of live music, delicious food, and fun for the family including craft activities and train rides for children.

Rock and Roll Playhouse Presents: Beatles for Kids

September 26, 11:45 am (doors at 10:45 am)

Ardmore Music Hall, 23 E. Lancaster Ave., Ardmore

 

Using the songs from the most iconic musicians in rock history, the Rock and Roll Playhouse offers its core audience (typically kids ages 3-8 years old) games, movement, stories, and of course an opportunity to rock! Tickets available online. This show requires either proof of Full COVID-19 Vaccination or a Negative COVID-19 Test administered and timestamped within 72 hours of showtime for all guests ages 12 and up. Masks are also required to be worn at all times while in the venue, aside from between sips and bites, for all guests ages 3 and up.

B[L]OK PARTY

September 26, noon–4 pm

1901 S. Ninth St.

 

Neighbors and friends are invited to celebrate all things Bok and South Philly. There will be activities for kids and adults of all ages: a bouncy castle, food trucks, doggie meet and greet, arts and crafts, live music, fire truck demos, and so much more! In case of rain, the festival will move indoors to the West Gym at Bok.

Northern Liberties Fitness and Wellness Fair

September 26, noon–5 pm

Second St. between Fairmount Ave. and Brown St., Northern Liberties

 

Neighborhood gyms, yoga studios, and health practitioners will host free classes and demos. Meet the instructors and get some free goodies! 

Berwyn Community Day

September 26, noon–4 pm

Clay’s Creative Corner Bakery, 700 Lancaster Ave., Berwyn

 

Celebrate Clay’s 30th Birthday (and new mural) with inflatable obstacle courses, face painting, and of course cake!

Curator Fest at Cherry Street Pier

September 26, 1–6 pm

121 N. Columbus Blvd.

 

Curator Fest is a free, family-friendly festival that highlights talented up-and-coming artists, bands, DJs, creators, brands, and more from the tri-state area. The festival will include all genres of music and a variety of performances to showcase the thriving music scene around Philadelphia.

Sunday Fun Day at Awbury Arboretum

September 26, 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.

Lolly & YoYo at Suburban Square

September 26, 2–5 pm

Anderson and Coulter avenues, Ardmore

 

Lolly and YoYo inspire children to play, exercise, and be healthy with their high energy, interactive shows and music. Their songs and games engage the children’s imaginations while they dance, jump, hop, run and play. With songs inspired by classic and contemporary kids’ music, Lolly & YoYo have a vibe that’s all their own. This free concert will take place in the courtyard.

Jazz on the Parkway

September 26, 4 pm

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

 

Local jazz ensembles will perform every Sunday afternoon 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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