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30+ Things to Do With Kids This Week in Philly (and Online)

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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NarbEARTH Week

April 18-24

 

Narberth’s annual event gets a COVID-friendly “refresh” with virtual eco-seminars, a socially-distanced plant swap, a pop-up recycling collection of “hard-to-recycle” household items, children’s activities, and more. Be sure to enter the kids’ scavenger hunt to win prizes! See schedule of events online.

‘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

 

The popular family-friendly beer garden benefiting Philly moves to the beautiful Horticulture Center grounds for peak cherry blossom viewing. Reservations are strongly recommended, and masks are required.

Crayola IDEAworks: The Creativity Exhibition at the Franklin Institute

Through July 18

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

In Person: Nest Family Music

April 19, 9 am

Rittenhouse Square

 

With the weather warming up, Nest classes are going outside! Drop in ($20 per family) for a fun music and movement class for ages 6 months to 5 years in Rittenhouse Square. Signing up in advance is recommended, as space is limited.

In Person: Nest Outdoor Yoga Adventures

April 19, 10:15 am

Rittenhouse Square

 

Nest Yoga Adventures uses creative storytelling along with an engaging flow of movement to support families looking to get in touch with their bodies and spirits. Kids ages 3-6 welcome. Pre-registration required.

Spanish Storytime

April 19, noon

 

Join Ludington Library’s Miss Bella via Facebook Live for her first of a four-part Spanish Story Time Series.

Developmental Playtime Virtual Workshop

April 19, 1 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.

 
 
Kids ages 9-14 will learn to create movies by making toys, figures, and LEGOs come alive with stop motion animation using their smartphone or tablet. Pre-register online.

Our City, Your Orchestra: UrbanPromise

April 19, 7 pm

 

Our City, Your Orchestra is a series of free online concerts performed by small ensembles, recorded without audiences at iconic cultural locations throughout the region. This week’s free virtual performance by the Philadelphia Orchestra streams online from UrbanPromise, a Camden organization working to equip local youth with the skills necessary for academic achievement, life management, spiritual growth, and leadership. Join on Facebook or the Philadelphia Orchestra’s website.


Tuesday

In Person: Nest Family Music

April 20, 9 am

Rittenhouse Square

 

With the weather warming up, Nest classes are going outside! Drop in ($20 per family) for a fun music and movement class for ages 6 months to 5 years in Rittenhouse Square. 

In Person PlayArts Movement Lab

April 20, 10:30 am and 11:15 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.

Kids’ Yoga Adventure

April 20, 10 am

 

Join Ms. Amy from Jitterbugs Music and Movement, as she takes kids age 3 and up on a yoga storytelling adventure that consists of a warm-up, the adventure, and relaxation. During the story, children will work on 20-25 yoga postures. Free; pre-registration is required, and an email with the Zoom link will be sent the morning of the program.

Music with Miss Jill

April 20, 10 am

 

Music with Miss Jill is a free, lively interactive music program for toddlers through kindergarten. Activities consist of songs, fingerplays, props, musical games, and puppets.

 

Join Penn Museum to discover why archaeologists think that ceramic stamps may have been used by artists to decorate pottery, clothing, and bodies. Then draw along to create a geometric design found on an ancient Aztec stamp. This 30-minute session is free, and perfect for elementary and middle school kids. Pre-register online.

Get Crafty with Crayola

April 20, 1 pm

 

Join Craft Box Girls and Crayola on Facebook Live for fun and easy crafts you can make at home.

New Parent Virtual Support Group

April 20, 1 pm

 

Kith + Kin’s new parent support groups are facilitated by trained doulas who help guide the transition into the new role of parenthood. Share stories, ask hard questions, and more. Pay what you can; join on Zoom via Kith + Kin’s website.

In Person Kids’ Movie-Inspired Cooking at Hudson’s Table: Moana

April 20, 3:45 pm

1001 N. Second Street

 

Kids ages 4-7 will make food inspired by the movie Moana. They will learn how to work in the kitchen and even pick up some knife skills (with child-friendly knives) and baking basics. Kids will prepare a main dish and dessert, and take the food home. Class is drop off. See more details and pre-register online.

Virtual Hip Hop Songwriting

April 20, 4 pm

 

This virtual assembly features a solo, interactive hip-hop performance and multimedia presentations by teaching artist Bomani, focusing on the writing process and power of writing. Join free on Lillian Marrero Branch Library’s Facebook page.

In Person: Mini Musicians Outdoor Class with Miss Minor

April 20, 4:30 pm

Washington Square Park

 

Outdoor music and movement at Washington Square for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers. First drop-in class is donation-only so you can try it out!

Mascs Off: Real Talks for Men and Boys

April 20, 6 pm

 

Join a lively virtual session of intergenerational conversation, communication, and connection for fathers and sons, and men and boys, in nontraditional and nonnuclear families. Discussion will explore expectations and experiences of masculine-identifying folks, and will be facilitated by Victor Jackson, co-founder of OURchive Germantown, and youth OURchive members. Free; pre-register online.

Pajama Storytime with Haverford Township Free Library

April 20, 7 pm

 

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


Wednesday

Paleo Playdate: Love the Earth

April 21, 10 am

 

Kids ages 3-6 and their grownups can have some fun with Academy of Natural Sciences experts and other young natural history fans for a very special Earth Day science storytime and activity with room to move and explore. Everyone can chat, play, show off their knowledge, and meet special guests who love the earth! Zoom link and supply list will be emailed prior to the event, so be sure to pre-register by April 19.

In Person: Bartram’s Garden Homeschooler Days: Mysteries of Navigation

April 21, 10 am

5400 Lindbergh Blvd.

 

Explore how we can navigate the world without our phones and what knowledge helped create that technology. The lesson is held outdoors, socially-distanced for homeschoolers ages 5 to 11 and their adults. Pre-register online for your preferred date, as space is very limited.

In Person: Nest Family Music

April 21, 10 am

Rittenhouse Square

 

With the weather warming up, Nest classes are going outside! Drop in ($20 per family) for a fun music and movement class for ages 6 months to 5 years in Rittenhouse Square. 

Story and Craft Time: Earth Day

April 21, 10:30 am

 

Kids ages 2 and up are invited to celebrate Mother Earth and how we are a huge part of taking care of her through The Earth Book, written and illustrated by Todd Parr. Kids will learn they are never too little to make a big difference in our world, and will learn ways to take care of our world each and every day. After the story, today, Miss Mel and Christina Bunny will demonstrate how to make an upcycled tin can drum. Join free on Marple Public Library’s Facebook Page.

In Person PlayArts Movement Lab

April 21, 10:30 am

Wharton Park, 2300 Wharton 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.

In Person Dog Days at Elmwood Park Zoo

April 21, 1–4 pm

1661 Harding Blvd., Norristown

 

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

Woof and Meow Café: Read to a Dog or Cat!

April 21, 3 pm

 

Young readers are invited to bring a favorite book to read to a furry guest from Main Line Animal Rescue. Each individual reader session lasts for 15 minutes. Fill out the Google form to sign up and get the Zoom link.

Tots Circus Class

April 21, 3:30 pm

 

Kids ages 3-5 can get moving with a class from the Philadelphia School of Circus Arts! Pre-register online and join on Zoom.

In Person Kids’ Movie-Inspired Cooking at Hudson’s Table: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

April 21, 3:45 pm

1001 N. Second Street

 

Kids ages 4-7 will make a meal inspired by Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. They will learn how to work in the kitchen and even pick up some knife skills (with child-friendly knives) and baking basics. Kids will prepare a main dish and dessert, and take the food home. Class is drop off. See more details and pre-register online.

Penn Museum World Wonders: Mesoamerican Frescoes

April 21, 4 pm

 

Participate in live virtual interactive workshops and activities designed for kids ages 5-12 and their families. Your registration includes access to a special themed Padlet with supplemental activities and instructions. This week, learn about a traditional painting process popular in Mesoamerica. Travel through Mexico and Central America to explore beautiful frescoes that adorn buildings and artifacts throughout the region. Watch as a local artist teaches the process of preparing the painting surface with sand, lime, and water before a fresco is created. Learn how to replicate this basic technique and design your own fresco with the group! Pay what you wish; pre-register online.

Teen Cooking Class

April 21, 4:30 pm

 

Teens will learn how to make sliders and fries in this step-by-step class. Tickets available online.

Youth Stretch & Strength

April 21, 5 pm

 

This class is for kids ages 8-12 with a background in circus who want to practice their skills at home. The class includes stretching and strengthening exercises that will help students of all levels see faster progress in their aerial training. Pre-register online.

Wacky Weather & Crazy Climates

April 21, 6:30 pm

 

Join the Delaware Museum of Natural History free online and learn about the weather all around us and how it impacts humans, animals, and plants!; plus, meet one of the museum’s animal ambassadors! For kids ages 3 and up. Pre-registration required.

Free Facebook Live with Raya the Dragon Princess

April 21, 7 pm

 

Join Raya, Disney’s newest princess, free on Facebook Live for storytime.


Thursday

In Person: Please Touch Museum Reopens!

April 22

4231 Avenue of the Republic

 

The Please Touch Museum is reopening, including two new permanent exhibit spaces, and you can get in for free opening weekend! Be sure to make reservations because space is limited. Details in our preview.

Philly Theatre Week Begins

April 22–May 2

 

After over a year of theaters across the country going dark, Philly Theatre Week is planning its triumphant (and largely virtual) return from April 22 to May 2. Over the 11-day festival, performances from around the region can be viewed mostly online, with something for everyone. Check out our preview to see all the kid-friendly picks, and get your tickets!

In Person PlayArts Movement Lab

April 22, 10:30 am

Gold Star Park, 613 Wharton 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.

Brandywine River Museum Virtual Read Aloud: ‘Draw’

April 22, 10:30 am

 

Families with young children are invited to join museum staff on Zoom for a morning of fun interactive storytelling and artwork engagement. Each family will receive suggestions for connecting to the book at home with craft and sensory exploration ideas. Free; pre-register online.

In Person: ‘Hey Black Child’ Read Aloud

April 22, 3:30 pm

Haddington Library, 446 N. 65th St.

 

Children and their loved ones are invited to join a read-aloud of the One Book, One Philadelphia 2021 children’s selection, Hey Black Child by Useni Eugene Perkins, outside on the steps in front of Haddington Library. Masks and social distancing will be required.

In Person: Celebrate Earth Day at Little Crum Creek Park

April 22, 12:30 pm

107 Yale Ave., Swarthmore

 

Bring a bag lunch and celebrate Earth Day, at this outdoor family program with World of Song’s Allison DeSalvo and Friends of Little Crum Creek Park in Swarthmore. Children will participate in fun, interactive activities through songs, stories, yoga, art, and a scavenger hunt while learning about the 3R’s and our connection to the earth. Geared for ages 2 – 7. Masks required. No registration necessary.

Breastfeeding/Chestfeeding Virtual Support Group

April 22, 1 pm

 

Kith + Kin moves their group online so you can continue on your journey while you’re home. Facilitated by an international board-certified lactation consultant who can help answer your questions and provide tips for success, the group meets on Zoom (call-in info in the link in title); pay what you can over Venmo.

Play ‘Among Us’ with Kensington Library

April 22, 4 pm

 

Kensington Library will be running their own private Among Us room with a Zoom chat for ages 9-12. Email Arrick Underhill at underhilla@freelibrary.org for more details.

Kids’ Cooking Class: Gyoza

April 22, 4:30 pm

 

Kids ages 5-15 will learn how to make these Japanese dumplings step-by-step with a chef instructor. Tickets available online.

Earth Day Story and Songs

April 22, 7 pm

 

Join local author and musician Miss Jolie for a special storytime and songs to celebrate planet Earth. Free on Facebook Live.

Earth Day Live with the Schuylkill Center

April 22, 7 pm

 

Share Earth Day actions, ask questions of Saleem Chapman, the city’s climate resilience coordinator, enjoy the arts with poet Jeff Hoagland, artist Raul Romero, and dancer Christina Catanese, learn our city’s special history with Earth Day, and guess the top five environmental pop songs of all time—while hearing a climate change quartet. Free; pre-register online.

Baby-Led Feeding Basics Q & A

April 22, 7 pm

 

Join BLF expert, Tegan Bernstein for this informal session to get your questions answered about baby-led feeding and weaning. Size of class is kept intentionally small to accommodate individual questions and situations. Pre-register online at Kith + Kin’s website to reserve your spot, and join over Zoom.


Friday

In Person: Earth Day Weekend Celebration at Academy of Natural Sciences 

April 23-25, 10 am — 5 pm
1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway

 

In celebration of Earth Day, families are invited to visit the museum and learn about ways to conserve resources to help animals’ habitats. Plus. take home a craft kit to make a useful item out of recycled materials. Families with children ages 7 to 11 will love this self-guided program, but younger guests will also be able to enjoy the activities with adult support.

In Person: Please Touch Museum Reopens!

April 23

4231 Avenue of the Republic

 

The Please Touch Museum is reopening, including two new permanent exhibit spaces, and you can get in for free opening weekend! Be sure to make reservations because space is limited. Details in our preview.

In Person: In The Park with Baby Wordplay

April 23, 10 am

Lemon Hill Park, Sedgeley and Lemon Hill drives, Fairmount Park

 

Join Kith + Kin and Baby Wordplay for a four-week series of storyplays in the park. 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 welcome. Bring your own blanket and water, and masks for ages 2 and up. Pre-registration required online.

Penn Museum Virtual Passport: STEAM

April 23; lessons at 11 am and 1 pm

 

This special event series is open to all home learners, pods, K-12 students, and K-12 classrooms. Take a journey through the past and into the present by looking closely at examples of ancient technology. See if you can match the artifacts with the tool or technology we still use today. Learn more about how archaeologists, researchers, and specialists in the Center for the Analysis of Archaeological Materials (CAAM) use scientific techniques to answer questions about ancient farming and food practices. Registrants also gain access to a virtual classroom space full of digital activities, videos, and articles to further explore the theme throughout the day. Pre-register online.

In Person Dog Days at Elmwood Park Zoo

April 23, 1–4 pm

1661 Harding Blvd., Norristown

 

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

All About Birds

April 23, 1 pm

 

Join Miss Sue on Bala Cynwyd Library’s Facebook page as she reads Ruby’s Birds and learn lots of interesting facts about birds in the neighborhood! Free; no registration required.

Superheroes Among Us: Comic Book Workshop

April 23, 3:30 pm

 

Program intended for children grades K-12 and their families. For this free, one-day workshop, students will learn first about shape and color language, and how characters can be developed using basic shapes. Join free on Facebook Live.

In Person: Live Music at King of Prussia Town Center

April 23, 6 pm

155 Village Drive, King of Prussia

 

Fridays from 6-8 pm, King of Prussia Town Center will host free outdoor concerts by local artists. Wear a mask and maintain social distancing.

In PersonEarth Day Drive-In Movie: ‘The Lorax’

April 23, 6:45 pm

542 Plymouth Rd., Plymouth Meeting

 

Celebrate Earth Day at a special drive-in movie at Plymouth Elementary School. Pre-registration is required ($5 per car). Stay at your vehicle for the duration of the screening; wear a mask and practice social distancing when outside of your car.

Free Livestream with Captain America

April 23, 7 pm

 

Join Cap free on Facebook Live for a fun movement activity.


Weekend Events

Please Touch Museum Reopens!

April 22–25

4231 Avenue of the Republic

 

The Please Touch Museum is reopening, including two new permanent exhibit spaces, and you can get in for free opening weekend! Be sure to make reservations because space is limited. Details in our preview.

Earth Day Weekend Celebration at Academy of Natural Sciences 

April 23-25, 10 am — 5 pm
1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway

 

In celebration of Earth Day, families are invited to visit the museum and learn about ways to conserve resources to help animals’ habitats. Plus. take home a craft kit to make a useful item out of recycled materials. Families with children ages 7 to 11 will love this self-guided program, but younger guests will also be able to enjoy the activities with adult support.

Mummers Music Weekend at Sesame Place

April 24 and 25

Sesame Place, 100 Sesame Road, Langhorne

 

Dance along with the music of New Orleans performed by the Quaker City String Band in a physically distanced environment, plus enjoy all the fun and rides of Sesame Place. Book tickets in advance, as capacity is limited.

Crayola IDEAworks: The Creativity Exhibition at the Franklin Institute

Through July 18

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 

April 23-25

100 N. Horticultural Drive, Fairmount Park

 

The popular family-friendly beer garden benefiting Philly moves to the beautiful Horticulture Center grounds for peak cherry blossom viewing. Reservations are strongly recommended, and masks are required.

‘Big Time’ at the Philadelphia Zoo

March 29–September 30; advance tickets required

3400 W. Girard Ave.

 

The Philadelphia Zoo will host 24 life-size animatronic dinosaurs in a new and exciting experience that’s sure to be a must-do for any little dino-lover in your family. Big Time: Life in an Endangerous Age will take guests through the Age of Dinosaurs through to the present day, showing the powerful changes and challenges that caused them to become extinct—and how other creatures survived. Advance tickets are required due to high demand and reduced capacity. Social distancing and masks will continue to be required for guests ages 2 and older.

Virtual Run for Clean Air

April 17-25

 

This is one of the region’s longest-running charity races and its largest Earth Day event. For a second year, the Run for Clean Air will be a virtual race, giving runners the freedom and flexibility to run their race when and where they like. All virtual runners and walkers will receive a race shirt and finisher medal–just register online and join thousands of people putting their best foot forward and supporting the environment!


Check back later in the week for all our weekend picks!

 

 

Photograph by Laura Swartz.

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

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