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High Five! Philly Family-Friendly Weekend Events: April 20–21

Happy weekend! Plan the perfect weekend with our picks.

Plan the perfect weekend with our picks.

Looking for more? Here’s what’s going on in the suburbs!

Click here for ongoing events that run through the weekend, like all the museum exhibits.

All Weekend

Spring Break Family Studio at Philadelphia Museum of Art

April 16–21, 10 am — 3 pm

2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway

 

Spend the week indulging in creative family time with family tours every day at 11 am and 1 pm, and the Family Studio set up on the Great Stair Hall Balcony from 10 am–3 pm. Get inspired by the giant sculptures installed on the steps outside, and sculpt your own colossal clay creations.

Treasure Island

April 3–June 9

Arden Theatre, 40 N. Second St.

 

Arden stages a retelling of the classic pirate tale by Robert Louis Stevenson. In this version, Emily – a young girl with big dreams – transforms her living room into the wild seas!

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Through April 28
Walnut Street Theatre, 825 Walnut St.

 

Winner of the Tony Award for Best Play, this adaptation of the popular novel is great for teens. See the world through the eyes of a unique fifteen-year-old as he investigates the death of his neighbor’s dog after being accused of the crime. Walnut Street Theatre has included a study guide online for anyone who wants to learn more.

Saturday

Run for Clean Air

April 20, 7 –11 am (Kids’ Fun Run begins at 9:30 am)
Martin Luther King Jr. Drive and Benjamin Franklin Parkway

 

Choose from a 3K walk, 5K run, or 10K run. The three distance runs on Earth Day follow the banks of the Schuylkill River along Martin Luther King Drive. And even if you’re not a runner, the whole family can get involved—there is also a Kids’ Fun Run (a half-mile for kids ages 6-12, and a 250-yard dash for kids ages 5 and under!), along with a Kids’ Corner where kids can learn about sustainability and healthy living with make-and-take crafts, environmentally-friendly games, and a rock climbing wall! The event also features an Earth Day celebration.

The Great Reading Terminal Market Easter Egg Hunt

April 20, 8 am—noon

12th and Arch streets

 

Come early for an Easter egg hunt around the market at 8 am. Then stay for storytime in the Book Nook and egg dyeing in City Kitchen. Get your picture taken with the Easter Bunny from 8:30 am—noon. For kids age 11 and under.

‘America to Zanzibar’ Family Festival

April 20, 9 am—5 pm

Please Touch Museum, 4231 Avenue of the Republic

 

Celebrate the Please Touch Museum’s exhibit on Muslim culture with a day of art, cooking, storytelling, Dakbeh dance, and more! Plus, meet Squiggles, the museum’s mascot, for photos and hugs!

Adventure Aquarium’s Easter Egg Hunt

April 20, 8:20—9:30 am

1 Riverside Drive, Camden, NJ

 

The aquarium is hosting its first ever Easter egg hunt! Experience exclusive early access to the aquarium, participate in the fun egg hunt, and enjoy free cookies in the café. Times are based on the age of your child; pre-register to select the appropriate age group (ages 0-4 will have their Egg hunt at 8:20 am or 8:40 am, and children ages 5-12 will have their egg hunt at 9 am).

Easter Egg Hunt at Momo’s Tree House

April 20, 9 am

205 Arch St.

 

The Easter bunny promises to visit Momo’s Tree House! Kids 10 and younger can hunt for eggs filled with treats and other special stuff during this fun event. Egg-hunters will be divided into age groups, and there will be entertainment for the kids waiting their turn. Tickets must be purchased in advance, and are $10—that money can be applied to any purchase.

Free Entry to Benjamin Franklin Museum

April 20, 9 am — 5 pm

317 Chestnut St.

 

Celebrate Junior Ranger Day and the beginning of National Park Week with free admission to the museum.

Easter Egg Hunt at Dickinson Square Park

April 20, 9:30 am—noon

1600 E. Moyamensing Ave.

 

Kids will hunt for candy and toy filled eggs, plus enjoy crafts and music by The Lara and Joe Show.

Nest Center City’s Great Big Hop-tacular Egg Hunt

April 20, 10 am — noon

Nest Center City, 1301 Locust St.

 

Come for breakfast, photos with the Easter Bunny, an egg hunt in the playspace, and Easter crafts and treats! Call or stop in to reserve your ticket. Free for premium members.

Little Chefs Pizza Class at Pizzeria Vetri

April 20, 10—11 am

1939 Callowhill St.

 

Let your little chef get hands-on at Pizzeria Vetri, guided by their head chefs. Kids will create their own mini pizzas and watch them bake while also enjoying “make your own pizza” coloring pages. A mini dough ball will be given to take home so they can bring their new skills into your home kitchen.

Cherry Blossom Days at Morris Arboretum

April 20, 10 am — 3 pm
Morris Arboretum, 100 E. Northwestern Ave.

 

Experience the beauty of Morris Arboretum’s cherry tree collection in bloom, as well as traditional Japanese cultural activities to celebrate the season. The events will feature taiko drum performances, samurai arts, and more. And if the weather cooperates, you can go on a 45-minute guided Cherry Walk to appreciate the variety of cherry species planted throughout the arboretum.

Welcome Spring! Egg Hunt

April 20, 10 am — 2 pm

Awbury Arboretum , 1 Awbury Road

 

Start with an Easter egg hunt at 10 am sharp, then stay for a spring bulb sale and playtime in AdventureWoodsnatural playground. Bring a picnic (or buy light refreshments on site) and make a day of it with your family.

Easter Egg Hunt at Liberty Lands Park

April 20, 10 am

Liberty Lands Park, N. Third St.

 

Free event with moon bounces, an egg hunt, balloon animals, face painting, prizes, carnival food, and more. Register online for each child, as the hunt is divided by age group.

Junior Ranger Day

April 20, 10 am — 3 pm

Franklin Court Courtyard, 322 Market St.

 

Celebrate National Park Week with games, prizes, and more.

“Egg”stravagant Egg Decorating at Sue’s Art Class

April 20, 10 am—12:30 pm

2119 Spruce St.

 

Bring your eggs for an all-out creative decorating session. Pre-register online.

Spring Egg Hunt at Walnut Street West Library

April 20, 10 am

201 S. 40th St.

 

Children ages 2-6 are invited for food, stories, prizes, and perhaps even an Easter Bunny sighting. The egg hunt will begin at 10:30 am, so arrive on time if you want to participate in the hunt!

EPCC Egg Hunt and Petting Zoo

April 20, 10 am—noon

East Passyunk Community Center, 1025 Mifflin St.

 

Decorate a bag, hunt for prizes and candy, and see the petting zoo at this annual holiday celebration. Hunts are staggered by age, so check their schedule for your kid’s timeslot.

Programming with Scratch at the Franklin Institute

April 20, 10:30 am—3 pm

222 N. 20th St.

 

Kids ages 10-13 will develop basic skills in using Scratch, a programming language for children.  They will first build a game controller, then be introduced to the code that runs the game, and finally become game developers themselves and create their own version of a game! Pre-register online.

Schuylkill Saturday: Nature Exploration for Families

April 20, 10:30—11:30 am
Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, 8480 Hagy’s Mill Road

 

Gather in the Visitor Center before hitting the trails for a guided exploration. Each week explores a different theme. All ages welcome. No registration required.

Philly Egg Hunt

April 20, 10:30 am—1 pm

Gorgas Park, 6300 Ridge Ave.

 

This free Easter egg hunt in Roxborough has hunts separated by age every 10 minutes (with 35,000 candy-filled eggs in total!). Plus, pictures with the Easter Bunny, face painting, inflatables, pony rides, a petting zoo, and much more fun. Free, pre-register online.

Drag Queen Storytime

April 20, 11 am

Lovett Memorial Library, 6945 Germantown Ave.

 

Join Brittany Lynn for a fabulous storytime at the library!

Family Craft Table at The Center for Art in Wood

April 20, 11 am – 4 pm

141 N. 3rd Street

 

Each month the Center will offer a free seasonal hands-on craft for all ages to enjoy. Stop in and experience the Center’s Museum Collection, unique store, and get creative at the Family Craft Table.

Doggie Easter Egg Hunt

April 20, noon (small dogs) and 1 pm (big dogs)

Pet Friendly Dog Bakery, 4324 Main Street

 

Whether you have a big dog or a little dog, they can come hunt for eggs filled with various treats from the bakery’s treat bar!

The Stenton Easter Egg Hunt

April 20, 1 — 3 pm

4601 N. 18th St.

 

Located at the historical house of James Logan, this event includes egg hunt, natural egg dyeing, crafts, and games. Event is free; donations are greatly appreciated. Reservations are required as space is limited.

Easter Tea Party at the Bourse

April 20, 2—3:30 pm

111 S. Independence Mall East

 

Come dressed in your Easter best for afternoon tea, sandwiches, and dessert. The Easter Bunny will be making a special appearance and available for photos, and there will be kids’ activities too. Tickets available online.

Celebrate Easter at Northeast Regional Library

April 20, 2 pm

2228 Cottman Ave.

 

Listen to stories, dye eggs, and enjoy an egg hunt!  All children are welcome.

Bunny Garden Cake Decorating Workshop

April 20, 2—3:30 pm

Ella Vanilla, 7922 Germantown Ave.

 

Kids age 9 and up and adults will learn to decorate an adorable cake with cake artist and owner of Ella Vanilla, Noelle DeSantis. You’ll decorate a one layer 6-inch bunny garden cake with vanilla icing and leave with a fully decorated cake ready to impress friends and family for Easter! Purchase class by calling (215) 909-9392 or emailing Info@EllaVanilla.com.

Gathering of the Eggs at Powers Park

April 20, 2—3 pm

Almond and Ann streets

 

Meet the Easter Bunny and hunt for eggs at this community gathering.

Monster Jam

April 20, 7 pm

Lincoln Financial Field, 1 Lincoln Financial Field Way

 

See the ultimate in monster truck racing, as these mechanical beasts compete against each other. Tickets available online. Early access to the Monster Jam Pit Party available at an extra cost.

Sunday

Easter Egg Hunts at Craft Hall

April 21, 10 am, noon, and 2 pm

901 N. Delaware Ave.

 

Come to our new favorite hangout for Easter egg hunts and visits with the Craft Hall Bunnies out front!

Tiny Room for Elephants Festival at Cherry Street Pier: Family Fun Day

April 21, noon—6 pm

121 N. Columbus Boulevard

 

All weekend, Cherry Street Pier resident artists Tiny Room for Elephants are taking over Cherry Street Pier for a collaborative, multi-genre art and music experience. Sunday is Family Fun Day with an Easter Egg Hunt, live music, Sticker Stampede workshop, and Kid’s Sip n’ Paint (tickets to that are sold separately, here).

Easter Promenade on South Street

April 21, 12:30 pm

Parade starts from the corner of Passyunk Avenue and South Street, to Headhouse Square for festivities.

 

Come dressed in your Sunday best and promenade down South Street in this grand and popular tradition. Enjoy Easter treats, live music from the Philadelphia Freedom Band, the Bunny Hop, and of course Mr. and Mrs. Peter Cottontail for photos. There will also be Best Dressed contests in which celebrity judges will crown Best Dressed, Best South Street Razzle Dazzle, Best Easter Bonnet, and even Best Dressed Pet! Nearby restaurants will be running brunch specials so make a day of it.

 

 

Photograph courtesy of South Street Headhouse District.

Contributing Writer

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