High Five! Philly Family-Friendly Weekend Events: November 17–18
Plan the perfect weekend with our picks!
Happy weekend! The Philadelphia Marathon is going down (so be careful of Parkway traffic), and holiday happenings are just getting started! Here we go!
Click here for ongoing events that run through the weekend, like all the museum exhibits.
Osmo at Philadelphia Mills
1455 Franklin Mills Cir.
Kids can learn more about Osmo, play with the entire range of Osmo’s games for free, and take photos of their Osmonaut with the wall of characters. This will coincide with a very special 90th birthday celebration for Mickey Mouse on Sunday, and include a party, giveaways, and more (more details in Sunday’s section, below).
Preview Weekend of Christmas Village
Love Park, 1500 Arch Street
Modeled after the traditional Christmas Markets in Germany, this annual market features over 80 vendors in wooden booths selling authentic European food, ornaments, crafts, clothing, and more from all over the world. They also have great food, from waffles to mulled wine. Our favorite Christmas market officially opens on Thanksgiving, but they’re giving you a sneak peek this weekend.
Winter in Dilworth Park: Rothman Rink, Wintergarden, and Made in Philadelphia Holiday Market
November 17—January 1, 2019 (Rink through February)
Dilworth Park, 1 S. 15th St.
Right outside City Hall, more than 40 local artisans, designers, crafters, and confectionaries will offer unique selections for gifts and special holiday foods. This market was designed to complement Christmas Village across the street—but only focuses on locally made gifts. Stop by after skating on the Rothman Rink and running through Wintergarden Maze!
Holiday Art Star Craft Bazaar
SugarHouse Casino, 1001 N. Delaware Ave.
Get a head start on holiday shopping with dozens of unique local artists in one place. Want a smiley avocado toast magnet? No problem! Plus, there are raffles, make-and-takes, and food on site.
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 has songs from the original film as well as a new score from the songwriters of Hairspray.
November 14–December 23
Quintessence Theatre, 7137 Germantown Ave.
With familiar songs like “Consider Yourself” and “Food, Glorious Food,” this musical adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic is a crowd pleaser for all ages.
Cookie Decorating Classes at Ella Vanilla (Ages 13 and up)
November 17—18, 2—4:30 pm
7922 Germantown Avenue
Learn how to up your cookie decorating and create fancy seasonal cookies with Noelle DeSantis, owner of Ella Vanilla. You’ll leave with at least six extra-large sugar cookies fully decorated, a cookie recipe, and instructions to take home for future reference. Register by emailing Noelle@EllaVanilla.com, by calling (215) 909-9392, or by stopping by the store.
Friendsgiving at Please Touch Museum
November 17, 9 am—5 pm
4231 Avenue of the Republic
Get ready for Thanksgiving with a hands-on kid-friendly chef demo, placemat weaving craft, a performance by Thunderbirds American Indian Dance, friendship-themed storytime, and more.
Little Chefs Pizza Class at Pizzeria Vetri
November 17, 10 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.
Schuylkill Saturday: Nature Exploration for Families
November 17, 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.
Free PNC Grow Up Great Kids’ Concert
November 17, 11 am
300 S. Broad St.
During this monthly interactive kids’ concert in Commonwealth Plaza, kids learn the basics of jazz, musical theater, and more. Dancing is highly encouraged, and every performance ends with a little parade around the Kimmel Center’s lobby to “When the Saints Go Marching In.”
Mickey Mouse’s 90th Birthday Party
November 17, 11 am
6945 Germantown Avenue
Everybody’s favorite mouse is turning 90, so Lovett Library is throwing a fun party for kids 2 and up.
Santa’s Arrival at Philadelphia Mills
November 17, 11 am—12:30 pm
1455 Franklin Mills Cir.
The mall will welcome Santa with holiday arts and crafts, face painting, and giveaways.
Macy’s Holiday Window Unveiling Celebration
November 17, 1:30 pm
1300 Market Street
Macy’s will kick off the holiday season with the unveiling of their windows, and performances by Keri Hilson, Jaye Valentine, Sam Tsui, and carolers. There will also be face painting, balloon art, and crafts on the Third Floor (kids’ section). Plus, visit with Santa and preview the spectacular Christmas Light Show!
Author Eric Bell at Big Blue Marble Bookstore
November 17, 2—3:30 pm
551 Carpenter Lane
Eric Bell, author of middle grade novels, presents his new book Alan Cole Doesn’t Dance, a story about coming of age and coming out.
Chestnut Hill Circle of Trees
November 17, 5:30—7:30 pm
Woodmere Art Museum, 9201 Germantown Avenue
Family and friends come together to meet Santa and celebrate the beginning of Chestnut Hill’s holiday season with tree lighting, live music, hot chocolate, cookies, and the opening of Woodmere’s holiday exhibit, The Night Before Christmas. Families are encouraged to bring a new, unwrapped toy to donate to a charity for underprivileged children.
Family Balcony Studio and Art Explorers: Outside the Lines
November 18, 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.
Flyers Wives Carnival
November 18, 11 am—3 pm
Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S. Broad St.
Fans of all ages have the chance to meet their favorite Flyers players, coaches, and alumni while getting autographs and photos, playing games on-and-off the ice, and enjoying carnival-themed attractions throughout the day. And yes, Gritty will be available throughout the day at a variety of different locations throughout the Carnival! Tickets available online.
Osmo Celebrates Mickey Mouse’s 90th Birthday
November 18, 11 am—3 pm
Philadelphia Mills, 1455 Franklin Mills Cir.
Osmo is popping up at the mall all weekend, and this special party on Sunday will include demos and 100 giveaways of the newest game Super Studio with an Osmo base set, special guests, fun activities, and a photo op at Mickey’s birthday lounge. Kids can also meet the Osmonauts behind the magic, and learn to become their own animator and bring favorite Disney characters to life using Super Studio.
PAFA Family Arts Academy
November 18, 2—4 pm
118-128 N. Broad Street
In this free family arts workshop, explore a variety of techniques used to depict space, and participate in a science experiment that will test your depth perception.
November 18, 2 pm
Northeast Regional Library, 2228 Cottman Avenue
Northeast Library will hold a special Thanksgiving-themed storytime for young children with their families.
Photograph by Christina Kalff,