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High Five! Philly Family-Friendly Weekend Events: November 3–4

Plan the perfect weekend with our picks!

Plan the perfect weekend with our picks!


Click here for ongoing events that run through the weekend.

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

All Weekend

Mermaids at Adventure Aquarium

November 3—11

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.

The Johnny Shortcake Show

November 3 and 4, 11 am and 2 pm

Kimmel Center, 300 S. Broad St.


“Suppose your nose was where your elbows goes — would you call them smellbows?” The funky and surreal Johnny Shortcake Show will return to the Kimmel Center, and you’ll be dancing, laughing, and wishing everyday was “Cupcake Tuesday” right alongside your kids! Read more about the man, the music, and the “pop magic” inspiration in our interview.

Citizen Science Lab

November 3—4, 11 am, 1 pm, and 3:30 pm

Independence Seaport Museum, 211 S. Columbus Blvd.


The Citizen Science Lab at Independence Seaport Museum hosts hands-on, interactive experiences for the whole family centered around water, with a focus on the Delaware River’s biology, ecology and chemistry, plus language arts, history and basic engineering.

Franklin Institute Camp-in

November 3, 6:15 pm—November 4, 9:30 am

222 N. 20th Street


Kids ages 6-13 (and their chaperones) can spend an overnight at the museum with live science shows, hands-on workshops, IMAX and Planetarium shows, stargazing in the rooftop observatory, and time to explore the entire museum. Sleep somewhere unique like near the Giant Heart or in the train room, then wake up for breakfast at the museum. Pre-registration required.


Arden Bookworms: ‘We’re Going on a Leaf Hunt’

November 3, 10—10:45 am

62 N. Second Street


Kids age 2-4 (with a caregiver) will enjoy a story, then use theater games, music, and creative movement to bring it to life. Pre-register online.

Nature Play Saturday at the Schuylkill Center

November 3, 10:30—11:30 am

8480 Hagy’s Mill Road


Bring your family for a hike and unstructured nature play with NaturePHL. Climb, explore, and learn more about the many health benefits of outdoor activity. Meet at the Tall Trees Playscape behind the Visitor Center. All ages welcome. No registration required.

Storytime Yoga for Preschoolers

November 3, 10:30 am

Parkway Central Library, 1901 Vine St.


A class filled with stories, yoga, and fun movement for 2- to 5-year-olds.

CraftNOW Create at the Kimmel Center

November 3, 11 am—4 pm

300 S. Broad St.


Stop by anytime for this free and family-friendly day of hands-on exploration of art and crafts. Local arts organizations and artisans will set up in the Kimmel Center for demonstrations and activities.

Hawthorne’s Great Harvest Cider and Beer Festival

November 3, 11 am—8 pm

738 S. 11th Street


This all-day, all-ages free block party takes place on 11th street in front of Hawthornes, from Fitzwater to Catharine. In addition to loads of tasty bites and over 75 ales, lagers, and ciders, the festivities will include a family fun zone, apple-bobbing competition, pie eating contest, live entertainment, DJs, and much more.

Pokemon GO at The Discovery Center

November 3, 4—8 pm

3401 Reservoir Drive


Come check out the new Discovery Center and join the Pokémon GO Philly community at Activate Philly. You’ll see extended Lures, temporary PokéStops and Gyms; plus live music, vendors, immersive VR experiences, s’mores, refreshments, and more. Register online.


Dazzling Diwali Family Festival

November 4, 10 am—3 pm

Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway


Celebrate the Hindu Festival of Lights with art tours, dance performances, and even create your own diya lamp from clay. Free after Pay What You Wish admission.

Free First Sunday Family Day at the Barnes Foundation

November 4, 10 am—5 pm

2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway


Get free admission to the Barnes and bring the whole family for storytimes, art making, live performances, and more.

Music Monkey Jungle Sunday Sing Along at Old Pine Community Center

November 4, 10 am

401 Lombard St.


Come for a morning of music, balloon art, and family fun. Tickets available online (babies under 6 months get in free).

HOT MUGS! at University City Arts League

November 4, 10 am—1 pm

4226 Spruce St.


At this pottery studio fundraiser, you get a handmade mug with bottomless hot beverage and breakfast pastry. This time, there will also be Oz-themed arts and crafts, short plays based on Ruth Plumly Thompson’s The Wishing Horse of Oz, and more honoring this West Philadelphian’s legacy.

Art and Storytelling at Woodmere Art Museum

November 4, 11 am—noon

9201 Germantown Ave.


Introduce your preschoolers to the enjoyment of art through stories and artmaking. Young visitors and their grown-ups enjoy reading picture books in the galleries, followed by an art project.

Playfest 2018

November 4, noon—3 pm

Cherry Street Pier, 121 N. Christopher Columbus Boulevard


Visit the new Cherry Street Pier, and play with upcycled games and activities from PopUpPlay and other Philadelphia organizations. You can build a fort, create a catapult, design a cardboard mini-golf course, carve pumpkins, and more.

Kid’s Sip n’ Paint

November 4, 1—3 pm

Cherry Street Pier, 121 N. Christopher Columbus Boulevard


During Playfest, Flygirrl x Artists First are hosting a special Kid’s Sip n’ Paint event led by published and televised Visual Artist and Graphic Designer, Flygirrl. Tickets are available online, and include a canvas, paint, brushes, easel, towels, juices boxes, and snacks. Kids will take home their special piece of art at the end.

Sundays on Stage: Yogapalooza! with Bari Koral

November 4, 2 pm

Parkway Central Library, 1901 Vine St.


Dance, stretch, sing and play to Bari’s award-winning songs.

PAFA Family Arts Academy

November 4, 2—4 pm

118-128 N. Broad St.


At this free art program for the whole family, create a miniature installation inspired by Rina Banerjee’s Make Me a Summary of the World.


Photograph courtesy of Visit Philadelphia.

Contributing Writer