High Five! Philly Family-Friendly Weekend Events: November 10–11
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 special museum exhibits.
November 6–January 6
Walnut Street Theatre, 825 Walnut St.
Based on the beloved Roald Dahl novel, Matilda The Musical will delight with high-energy dance and catchy songs.
‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’
Academy of Music, 240 S. Broad St.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory will make its Philadelphia debut at the Academy of Music with songs from the original film as well as a new score from the songwriters of Hairspray.
Veterans Day Weekend at Museum of the American Revolution
November 10—11, 10 am—5 pm
101 S. Third St.
Explore the stories behind the rare photographs of those who lived through the Revolutionary War, try on a replica 18th-century soldier’s pack at a Discovery Cart, and write a note thanking soldiers of today for their service. Free admission for veterans, active and retired military, and Blue Star Families courtesy of Comcast/NBCUniversal.
Opening Weekend of Rothman Rink and Wintergarden
Dilworth Park, 1 S. 15th St.
Dilworth Park begins kicks off its winter season with the opening of Rothman Rink and the beautiful Wintergarden maze. Open seven days a week, Dilworth will be the site of skating, cozy Cabin eats, fun activities, and more! On Saturday from 11 am–2 pm, there will be ice sculptures, snow, firework effects, fire performances, figure skating and chili tastings in the Cabin.
Mermaids at Adventure Aquarium
1 Riverside Drive, Camden, NJ
Witness a mermaid swimming among the Shark Realm exhibit, and visit with a mermaid on dry-land during daily meet-and-greets. Plus, meet a pirate, do mermaid-themed crafts, and more.
Camden Children’s Garden Train Festival
November 10—11, 1—4 pm
3 Riverside Dr., Camden, NJ
Take a train ride through the park, enjoy Polar Express storytime, and more train-themed fun.
‘Siege Weekend’ at Fort Mifflin
November 10—11, 10 am—4pm
Fort Mifflin and Hog Island Roads
Learn about Fort Mifflin’s history through guided tours, living history activities and demonstrations, musket drills, weapons demonstrations and four full scripted Revolutionary War battles.
Eastern State Penitentiary Family Weekend: Pets in Prison
November 10—11, noon—4 pm
2027 Fairmount Ave.
During Eastern State Penitentiary’s special weekend in partnership with partners with New Leash on Life USA, families will discover unique stories about prison animals. Kids can hear about Eastern State Penitentiary’s most famous four-legged resident, Pep the Dog; participate in an animal-themed scavenger hunt; and find out how animals continue to play a role in prisons today. Following the presentation, meet some dogs from the New Leash on Life USA program (some of which are adoptable).
November 8—December 2
Fairmount Park at 52nd St. and Parkside Ave.
Celebrating 25 years, this incredible circus is coming to town for the month!
Veteran’s Day at New Hall Military Museum
November 10, 9 am—5 pm
Chestnut Street between Third and Fourth streets
Make your own poppies, dress up in period costumes, and try out Revolutionary War military drills with costumed rangers. While you’re there, write out a thank you card to our active duty soldiers and veterans.
Franklin’s Test Kitchen
November 10, 10 am—3 pm
Franklin Institute, 222 N. 20th Street
Explore the physics, chemistry, and biology of cooking and baking, from making butter to baking bread. Learn the scientific principles you can take with you to the kitchen to improve your food, and have a little more fun throughout the process. There will be cooking demos all day, and a popcorn explosion to close it out at 2:45 pm.
Archaeology in the A.M.: Sensory-Friendly Morning
November 10, 10 am—noon
Penn Museum, 3260 South St.
Designed for teens and young adults with developmental or intellectual disabilities, Archaeology in the A.M. opens the museum early and pairs the museum experience with multisensory activities like craft stations, music-making, ancient games, interactive gallery tours and a dedicated quiet space with dimmed lights and fidgets. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
A Family Affair at Pistola’s Del Sur
November 10, 10:30 am—3 pm
1934 E. Passyunk Ave.
Pistola’s Del Sur hosts family-friendly Second Saturday brunch with mocktails, kids’ activities, and more.
Schuylkill Saturday: Nature Exploration for Families
November 10, 10:30—11:30 am
Schuylkill Center, 8480 Hagy’s Mill Road
Gather in the Discovery Center for a short introduction and craft before hitting the trails for guided exploration and discovery. Each week explores a different theme. All ages welcome. No registration required.
Neighborhood Toy Store Day at Momo’s Tree House
November 10, 10 am
205 Arch St. and 2207 South St.
Stop by Momo’s for games, crafts, discounts, and special surprises.
Neighborhood Toy Store Day at Tildie’s Toy Box
November 10, 11 am—1 pm
1829 E. Passyunk Ave.
Celebrate our favorite Philly toy store in one of our favorite neighborhoods with giveaways, a scavenger hunt, and more fun!
Diwali at Reading Terminal Market
November 10, 11 am—3 pm
51 N. 12th St.
Celebrate with Indian cultural dances, Indian cooking demonstrations in City Kitchen, Indian art, and mendi.
Penn Museum Second Saturdays: Worn and Adorn
November 10, 11 am—4 pm
3260 South St.
Explore the galleries through a family-friendly tour, design your own necklace, and pick up a scavenger hunt that will challenge you to take a closer look and learn about body adornment.
Waldorf Puppet Troupe Show
November 10, 11 am—noon
Little Moon + Arrow, 729 S. Fourth St.
Little Moon + Arrow will host a Puppet Play presented by the Waldorf School of Philadelphia’s Marionette Puppet Troupe.
Opening Celebration: ‘An Immigrant Alphabet’ at Cherry Street Pier
November 10, 1—5 pm
121 N. Columbus Blvd.
Celebrate the opening of a public art installation created by Northeast High School students in collaboration with artist Wendy Ewald, with a free family-friendly event with hands-on art, music, dance, and more. Throughout the afternoon there will be art-making tables, special performances, and participatory demos every hour.
A Taste of Syria: Tiramisu and Kudrit Kader
November 10, 1 pm
Parkway Central Library, 1901 Vine St.
Abir Alarnab, a cook originally from Syria, will lead a family-friendly sweets-filled class. Learn how to make tiramisu and kudrit kader, a decadent caramel cream cake, and discuss how celebration foods are enjoyed in Syria and in the Syrian diaspora. Enjoy generous tastings and take home recipes to try on your own. Pre-registration is required via Eventbrite.
Harry Potter Tournament
November 10, 2 pm
Tacony Library, 6742 Torresdale Ave.
Fans age 10-17 can participate in a Jeopardy-style Harry Potter trivia tournament for a chance to win tickets to see Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.
Ants on a Log: Family Concert
November 10, 3 pm
Walnut Street West Library, 201 S. 40th St.
Philly’s favorite folksy duo, Ants on a Log, performs music for children, advocating for positivity, social justice, and silliness.
The Lemon Run
November 11, 8—11 am
Begins at Please Touch Museum, 4231 Avenue Of The Republic
Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation’s annual 5K is their biggest one-day event, and raises money for childhood cancer research. It all kicks off with a 100-meter Kids’ Dash for children ages 8 and under. Following a brief inspirational program, The Lemon Run starts at Memorial Hall and loops through Fairmount Park. Dogs and strollers are welcome.
Family Balcony Studio and Art Explorers: Outside the Lines
November 11, 10:30 am—3 pm
Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Look closely at lines of all kinds and discover artists who bent the rules, and make your own art. At 11 am, there will be a family-friendly art tour.
PECO Family Jams: Masks as Folk Art
November 11, noon—4 pm
Philadelphia Magic Gardens, 1020 South St.
Inspired by Mexican folk art, create a personal mask that might be worn or displayed as art. Family-friendly tours of the Magic Gardens will also be held at 1 pm, 2:30 pm or 3:30 pm.
The Rock School Land of Sweets
November 11, 1 pm and 3 pm
Rock School of Dance, 1101 S. Broad St.
This family-fun extravaganza features sweets, treats, sword decoration, crown making, and gingerbread house building with guest appearances and performances, including a 20-minute performance with the Sugar Plum Fairy in a pas de deux, and notorious battle scene starring General Mouse Howe! Tickets available online.
PAFA Family Arts Academy
November 11, 2—4 pm
118-128 N. Broad Street
In this free family arts workshop, paint creatures and tell stories using watercolors.
Photograph courtesy of Museum of the American Revolution.
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