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High Five! Philly Family-Friendly Weekend Events: February 8–9

Happy weekend! Plan the perfect weekend with our picks.

Happy weekend! Here’s what’s happening around town!

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

All Weekend

Nick Jr. Live!

February 8 and 9

Academy Of Music, 240 S. Broad St.


Sing, dance, clap, cheer and move to the music with your friends from Bubble GuppiesPAW PatrolDora the ExplorerShimmer and ShineBlue’s Clues and YouBlaze and the Monster Machines, and Top Wing in an unforgettable musical spectacular! VIP Experience with premium seating and meet-and-greets are available.

Philadelphia Auto Show

February 8–17

Pennsylvania Convention Center, 1101 Arch St.


The Philadelphia Auto Show is back at the Pennsylvania Convention Center with dazzling cars, from exotic to classic and everything in between. And since kids 6 and under get in free, it’s all the more reason to bring them along and make some memories. No matter what your age, there’s so much to see, with 700,000 square feet of hundreds of cars from dozens of automotive manufacturers, including pre-production models and even Hollywood-inspired cars.

‘XOXO: An Exhibit About Love & Forgiveness’ Opening Weekend

Opens February 8

Please Touch Museum, 4231 Avenue of the Republic


This new exhibit at Please Touch Museum will give visitors the opportunity to think about and explore feelings through a variety of activities designed to help them understand, appreciate, and express their emotions.

Getaway at the Greenhouse

February 1—16

Fairmount Park Horticulture Center, 100 North Horticultural Drive


The Horticulture Center has been transformed into an oasis with lounge areas, a beach, and family-friendly activities on weekends.  For kids, there will be a giant sandbox, face-painting, lawn games, dance parties, and more! And adults can hit up the bar with craft beers, wine, and cocktails!  New for this year, “GAIA,” a touring art installation of a 10-foot suspended planet Earth will be featured as well. Come on Sunday for Let’s Rock Recess dance party at noon!


Free, but tickets are required. Children 5 and under do not require a ticket. PHLASH is offering a free shuttle service from Center City to the Fairmount Park Horticulture Center every weekend of the Greenhouse from 10 am-10 pm every 30 minutes (stops at LOVE Park, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Please Touch Museum and the Horticulture Center).

Grace for President

February 1–9

Walnut Street Theatre, 825 Walnut St.


Part of the WST for Kids series, this cute, one-hour play based on the book by Kelly S. DiPucchio is a fun introduction to the electoral system and teaches the value of hard work, courage, and independent thought.

My General Tubman

Through March 1

Arden Theatre, 40 N. Second Street


A world premiere by acclaimed Philadelphia author Lorene Cary, My General Tubman is a beautiful and exciting new play about the complex journey of Harriet Tubman and the impact she continues to have today.

Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest

Through March 8

101 S. Columbus Blvd.    


Come to skate, come to party in the cabins, come for the fun and food. This rink is a Philadelphia favorite for a reason! Plus, on Saturday stop by for Sweets and Stouts, a one-day sweet-treat spectacular featuring a variety of tasty desserts and drink samples in the Winterfest Lodge.

Winter in Dilworth Park: Rothman Rink and Wintergarden

Through February

Dilworth Park, 1 S. 15th St.


Right outside City Hall, go skating on the Rothman Rink and running through Wintergarden Maze! Warm up after in the Cabin with seasonal food and drinks!


Now open through February 17

Ninth and Market streets


Candytopia brings its wildly popular experiential installation art to Fashion District Philadelphia. Favorites—like the marshmallow pit filled with over 250,000 foam marshmallows, and the rainbow-filled room with flying unicorn pigs and confetti explosions—will be joined by Philly-specific elements. It’s Instagram heaven, and you even get to eat candy throughout the experience! Tickets are available online, where you can reserve your timeslot. Kids age 3 and under get in free!

Camp-In at the Franklin Institute

February 8, 6:15 pm– February 9, noon
222 North 20th Street


Kids ages 6-13 (and chaperones) will have a unique sleepover experience in the museum! Pre-register online.


Little Chefs Kid’s Pizza Class at Pizzeria Vetri

February 8, 10 am

1939 Callowhill St.


Let your little chef get hands-on at Pizzeria Vetri at a pizza class 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. Small bites will be available for snacking. Register at link in title.

Arden Theatre Workshop: Shakespeare

February 8, 10 am—1 pm (Grades 6-8); 2—5 pm (Grades 9-12)

Hamilton Family Arts Center, 62 N. Second Street


Teens can work with a professional actor to explore and rehearse some of Shakespeare’s famous scenes, monologues, and soliloquies. From scansion to characterization, this class will help them to gain a deeper understanding of how to embody Shakespeare’s text and themes.  Book online.

Philadelphia Orchestra’s Sound All Around: Brass

February 8, 10 am and 11:15 am

Academy of Music Ballroom, 240 S. Broad St.


Sound All Around is a great introduction to classical music for youngsters (ages 3-5), and features members of the Philadelphia Orchestra. Philadelphia Orchestra musician Matt Vaughn will guide the audience through the brass family. The 10 am time is a sensory-friendly performance, which will have a smaller audience capacity and a relaxed environment for kids who may need to move, vocalize, or get up to walk around.

Potty Training 101

February 8, 10:30—11:30 am

Beehive at Bok, Suite B03, 1901 S. Ninth Street


Join Miss Catherine from Miss Catherine Consulting, as she goes through the Dos and Don’ts, and guides you on the tools and strategies to potty train successfully and stress-free. Book online.

Schuylkill Saturday: Nature Exploration for Families

February 8, 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.

PMA Pop-Up at Kith + Kin

February 8, 11 am—12:30 pm

3060 W. Jefferson St.


People from the Philadelphia Museum of Art will be visiting for a hands-on art-making project and storytime. Read a story, and then make a shadow box collage art project about what defines community. Best for ages 3-6.

Grow Up Great at the Kimmel Center

February 8, 11 am

Kimmel Center, 300 S. Broad St.


Kimmel hosts its monthly free kid-friendly concert with special guest ILL Doots, a Philly-based artist collective. Sing, dance, and play at the Commonwealth Plaza stage!

Student Black History Trivia Challenge

February 8, 11 am–3 pm

The Franklin Institute, 222 N. 20th Street


Help raise funds for The Franklin Institute’s youth-focused programming and initiatives and support local students as they compete in a game-show style trivia contest. Cheer on the student-led teams as they answer questions celebrating the rich history of African-Americans in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Plus, test your own knowledge during audience-only challenges for a chance to win special prizes and giveaways!

Storytelling with Queen Nur

February 8, 11 am–noon

East Passyunk Community Recreation Center, 1025 Mifflin St.


Nationally-known, award-winning storyteller, Queen Nur exuberantly presents the African Oral Tradition, accompanied by Dwight James, international jazz drummer.

AAMP Family Fun Day: Black History is Now!

February 8, 11 am–3 pm

African American Museum in Philadelphia, 701 Arch St.

(And stop by Reading Terminal Market at 11 am and 1 pm)


Enjoy the sights, sounds, and tastes of African-American culture and culinary traditions. The first 250 people will get free admission to the museum, and can participate in Black History Month trivia, a scavenger hunt, and watch a drum procession and performance. Plus, stop by Reading Terminal Market at 11 am and 1 pm for cooking demos! Perfect for ages 5 and up.

Storytime at the Lodge

February 8, 11:30 am—12:30 pm

Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest, 101 S. Christopher Columbus Blvd.


Listen, Learn and Play will lead interactive activities and music, along with some stories. Light snacks and hot chocolate will be provided for the kids. Stick around after, and skate!

Lunar New Year at the Rail Park

February 8, noon–3 pm

1300 Noble St.


Take part in a Hong Kong Lunar New Year tradition by shopping at a Philly-style flower market! Plus, enjoy food trucks, coffee from Ca Phe Roasters, brews from Triple Bottom Brewery, and family activities. The Philadelphia Suns will perform a lion dance at 2 pm.

PBS Kids Curious George and Activities with WHYY

February 8, noon—4 pm

Fairmount Park Horticulture Center, 100 North Horticultural Drive


Curious George is visiting the Greenhouse at Fairmount Park! Join WHYY at Getaway at the Greenhouse for a meet-and-greet with Curious George, family-friendly activities, and book giveaways. Free, but register online for tickets for that day of Getaway at the Greenhouse.

Wagner’s Winter Wonderland: Snowflakes and Stalactites

February 8, noon—4 pm

Wagner Free Institute of Science, 1700 W. Montgomery Ave.


Come for a free afternoon of science and exploration geared toward children 6 to 12 (but all ages can enjoy this event). Make a mineral necklace, go on a snowflake and crystal scavenger hunt, watch science demos, and more.

Maple Sugar Workshop

February 8, 1—2:30 pm

Pennypack Environmental Center, 8600 Verree Rd.


Learn how to make maple syrup and sugar from the trees in your backyard. Indoor session followed by a short walk to tap maple trees.

Historic Sewing 101: Make a Heart Pincushion

February 8, 1—3 pm

Museum of the American Revolution, 101 S. Third St.


In this drop-in workshop, participants can make a copy of the fashionable heart-shaped pincushion that many women wore tied to their waist in the 18th century. Learn traditional skills and working with your hands, beginning with a close look at objects in the museum’s galleries as inspiration for your own creations. Then, try your hand at creating your own replica to take home. No prior sewing experience is required in this drop-in workshop suitable for adults and families with children ages 6 and up.

Family and Adult Full Moon Hikes

February 8, 5:30–7 pm
Wissahickon Environmental Center, 300 Northwestern Avenue


Families will take a short night hike around the Tree House by the light of the full moon and discover the tree silhouettes against the moonlit sky. Free, but registration required.

Owl Prowl

February 8, 6—8 pm

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


Learn all about owls’ fascinating characteristics before going on a hike to listen and look for signs of these exceptional hunters. Pre-register online.


Nest’s Tweetheart Social

February 9, 10 am — 1 pm

1301 Locust St.


Tweetheart is always one of the best parties of the year for mini Philadelphians, but this year is looking better than ever because Nest is bringing you a fun-filled morning with three floors of fun! There will be a photobooth, crafts, snacks, live performances by Bearded Ladies Cabaret and Nest’s very own Tweet Heartthrobs, interactive Valentine’s-themed demonstrations by the Rutgers University Physics Department, and more! A portion of this year’s event ticket sales will benefit Philadelphia Family Pride, a non-profit membership organization for LGBTQ+ led families in the greater Philadelphia region. Call to reserve your spot at the party: 215-545-6378.

Valentine’s Party with The Classroom Project

February 9, 10 am—noon

Beehive at Bok, Suite B03, 1901 S. Ninth Street


Drop-in for singing, storytelling, playtime, and craft-making. Admissions and donations benefit The Classroom Project.

Print Love-In at Fleisher Art Memorial

February 9 at 10 am, noon, and 2 pm

719 Catharine St.


Explore Fleisher’s printmaking facilities and crank the presses in one of three family-friendly sessions and you’ll walk away with enough cards for everyone on your list. Includes all print making materials and takeaways. Register online.

PJs and Pancakes Playdate for Valentine’s Day

February 9, 10 am—noon

Lilypad, 1234 S. Broad St.


Come in your PJs, have some pancakes, and play! Suggested donation for the event: $5 per person or $20 per family. Space is limited, so email land@lilypadphilly.org to reserve your spot.

Family Sunday: Artful Opposites

February 9, 10:30 am—3 pm

Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway


Search high and low, left to right, near and far for opposites in art. Go on a family-friendly gallery tour and make art as a family.

Monthly Birthday Party at Splash Lab Arts

February 9, 10:30 am—12:30 pm

3510 Scotts Ln.


Splash Lab hosts a monthly party for birthday boys and birthday girls that are turning a new year old! No need to have a big private party when you can show up for pizza, drinks and cupcakes, and an art activity! Drop-in class rates apply.

PECO Family Jams: Identity Banners

February 9, noon—4 pm

Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens, 1020 South St.


Chase away the winter blahs in PMG’s vivid art environment by making a bright banner, stamped and painted with things meaningful to you. Family-friendly tours will be at 1 pm and 3:30 pm. Plus, hear a reading of this year’s One Book One Philadelphia selection When We Were Alone at 12:30 pm and 2:30 pm.

Sundays on Stage: Traditions of India by Ramya Ramnarayan

February 9, 2 pm

Parkway Central Library, 1901 Vine St.


Artist Ramya Ramnarayan, in beautiful costumes, jewelry, and makeup, brings Indian dance to the library stage, highlighting the role dance has in the cultural and spiritual life of India. Free; seating is first-come, first-served.

Kid’s Valentine’s Cookie Class

February 9, 2—5 pm

16 N. 58th St.


Bring your kids ages 7 and up for a day of cookie decorating and fun! Each student will decorate their own set of Valentine’s Day themed sugar cookies. Tickets available online.

PAFA Family Arts Academy

February 9, 2—4 pm

118-128 N. Broad Street


Get creative and spread the love creating pop-up cards filled with Valentine’s messages to send to all your friends and family. Free admission.



Photograph by Laura Swartz.

Contributing Writer