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High Five! Philly Family-Friendly Weekend Events: March 30–31

Happy weekend! Plan the perfect weekend with our picks.

Plan the perfect weekend with our picks.

 

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

All Weekend

Pinkalicious: The Musical

March 29–April 13

Walnut Street Theatre, 825 Walnut St.

 

This “cupcake-tastic” musical based on the popular kids’ books by Victoria Kann and Elizabeth Kann is a fun and charming story for kids of all ages. Part of the WST for Kids series, this play has a very manageable one-hour runtime.

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

Moana at The Pop Shop

March 30; breakfast at 9—11 am, lunch at noon—2 pm

729 Haddon Ave., Collingswood, NJ

 

Guests will enjoy a festive, island-inspired buffet. Moana will be in attendance, meeting guests, taking photos, singing with the kids, dancing, and watching a screening of her hit movie! Reservations are required in advance.

Read and Romp: How Do Dinosaurs Say I’m Mad?

March 30, 10:30—11:30 am

National Liberty Museum, 321 Chestnut St.

 

With stories, activities, and lessons geared towards ages 2-6, this recurring program has lots of fun and learning. This week, read How do Dinosaurs Say I’m Mad? by Jane Yolen and Mark Teague, then learn all about how to express anger in healthy ways  …for example DANCE! After the story, stomp out your feelings in a roaring romp throughout the museum!

Schuylkill Saturday: Nature Exploration for Families

March 30, 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.

Family Concert: Anansi the Spider

March 30, 11 am

Girard College, 2101 S. College Ave.

 

In partnership with Girard College, Curtis singers present a children’s opera based on classic fables of Anansi the Spider, a beloved hero of West African folklore. Tickets available online.

Discovery Day

March 30, 11 am—3 pm

The Discover Center, 3401 Reservoir Dr.

 

Stop by the new Discovery Center for a free day of fun and interactive activities, team games and challenges, bird walks, a live bird presentation, arts and crafts, and more.

Safari Party at Roxborough Library

March 30, 11 am

6245 Ridge Ave.

 

Enjoy a group of live, unique, exotic animals and learn some information about these fascinating creatures.

Tacony LAB Art Club for Kids

March 30, 11 am—2 pm (Toddler Time from 11 am—noon; Ages 5 and up from noon—2 pm)

6918 Torresdale Avenue

 

On Saturdays, the Tacony LAB holds free art activities for kids. Stop in to draw, paint and create! Mural Arts Philadelphia teaching artists lead Art Club meetings, organizing projects and developing creative skills. 11 am to noon will be toddler time for ages 2-4; then noon to 2 pm will be for ages 5 and up.

Play-A-Palooza at Smith Memorial Playground

March 30, noon—4 pm

3500 Reservoir Drive

 

Welcome spring this Saturday as Smith Memorial Playground kicks off the season with lots of exciting activities, giveaways, performances, and more from local kids’ organizations and PBS Kids’ Nature Cat! Tickets available online.

CultureFest: Nowruz Festival

March 30, 1—5 pm

Penn Museum, 3260 South St.

 

Nowruz, or “new day” in Persian, is an ancient festival marking the beginning of spring. Celebrate the Persian New Year, and learn how Nowruz is observed through cultural performances, art-making, tours, storytelling, workshops, and a Persian bazaar.

Peg + Cat Live!

March 30, 2 pm

Merriam Theater, 250 S. Broad St.

 

Based on the PBS Kids show, this totally awesome musical features wild comedy, countless favorite songs from the show, math, and audience participation to solve a Really Big Problem! Prepare for the show with this free activity guide.

Kid Disco and Parent Lounge

March 30, 2—3 pm

Portside Arts Center, 2531 East Lehigh Ave.

 

Kids get to dance along to fun music and dance videos while parents can relax in the lounge and enjoy complimentary coffee, even connect to Wi-Fi and get some work done! Register online or pay at the door.

Author Rachel Dougherty at the Free Library

March 30, 3:30 pm

Parkway Central Library, 1901 Vine St.

 

Close out Women’s History Month with a reading of Secret Engineer: How Emily Roebling Built the Brooklyn Bridge by author and illustrator Rachel Dougherty. Each child will receive a free copy of the book Secret Engineer (while supplies last)!

Relâche Ensemble Family Concert at Woodmere Art Museum

March 30, 5 pm

9201 Germantown Avenue

 

Relâche Ensemble’s Bob Butryn (clarinet and saxophone) and Ron Stabinsky (piano) present a family-friendly concert of works by contemporary composers as well as live improvisation to readings of Jerry Pinkney’s children’s books, John Henry and I Want to Be.

Sunday

Storytime with Rachael Katz

March 31, 10 am

PlayArts, 1241 N. Front Street

 

Rachael Katz, Child Development Specialist, playfully weaves social and emotional learning through interactive storytelling. In this all-ages, family session, she will tell engaging tales focusing on kindness, personal care, turn-taking, healthy friendships, sibling relationships, and more. Free for members.

Family Balcony Studio and Tour: Cool Tools

March 31, 10:30 am—3 pm

Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway

 

Artists use all sorts of different tools to create their masterpieces. Explore process and find out how. At 11 am there will be a family-friendly art tour.

Family Concert: Anansi the Spider

March 31, 11 am and 1 pm

Curtis Institute of Music, 1616 Locust Street

 

In partnership with Girard College, Curtis singers present a children’s opera based on classic fables of Anansi the Spider, a beloved hero of West African folklore. Tickets available online.

April Fools Candy Sushi and Emoji Pop Workshop

March 31, 12:30—2:45 pm

Sue’s Art Class, 2119 Spruce St.

 

Working with Rice Krispies treats, gummies, marshmallows and more, presenting a yummy assortment of sushi on a tray and emoji pops on a stick. Pre-register online.

PAFA Family Arts Academy

March 31, 2—4 pm

118-128 N. Broad St.

 

Weekly free family art workshops, with a new project each week! This week, using a variety of shapes and patterned fabric create your own wearable outfit inspired by fashionable works in PAFA’s collection.

Fashioning Eliza: Hamilton and Philadelphia Style

March 31, 2—3 pm

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

 

A fashion presentation and panel conversation featuring the designer and seamstress Samantha McCarty, I, Eliza Hamilton author Susan Holloway Scott, and Museum Education staff. Following the presentation, pose for your own portrait with similar fashions and meet author Susan Holloway Scott for a book signing!

Mommy and Me Cake Decorating Workshop: Unicorn and Rainbows

March 31, 2—3:30 pm

Ella Vanilla, 7922 Germantown Ave.

 

Come decorate an adorable cake with cake artist and owner of Ella Vanilla, Noelle DeSantis. Together you and your little one (ages 5-8) will decorate a one-layer vanilla cake with vanilla icing, learning techniques along the way. Purchase your spot in the class by calling (215) 909-9392 or emailing Info@EllaVanilla.com.

 

 

Photograph courtesy of Smith Memorial Playground.

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