High Five! Philly Family-Friendly Weekend Events: September 7–8
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.
Philadelphia Honey Festival
Glen Foerd on the Delaware (Grant Avenue and Milnor Street) on September 6; Wyck Historic House (6026 Germantown Avenue) on September 7; and Bartram’s Garden (54th Street and Lindbergh Boulevard) on September 8
The Philadelphia Honey Festival brings three days of sweet activities to three different historic locations—Glen Foerd on the Delaware, Wyck historic home, and Bartram’s Garden. The festival has fun for all ages, with honey sampling, beekeeping demos and talks, live music, children’s activities and parades, food and adult beverages, vendors, a guy with a beard of bees, and much more.
Billy the Baaadly Behaving Bully Goat: The Musical
September 7—8, 11 am
Nest, 1301 Locust St.
In this piece by Play Nice Productions, a young bully goat must learn how his mean behavior affects others. Kids aged 4–9 will laugh, sing, and interact with the talented cast—all while learning to be caring and compassionate up-standers. This performance is part of the Fringe Festival, and runs weekends through September 22.
Straw Maze Opens at Woodmere Museum
9201 Germantown Ave.
Built from massive straw bales, this year’s maze is fun for ages 4-11 with a parent. Entrance to the museum is free to parents and guardians whose children have tickets to the Straw Maze. On Saturday, kids can also do a fun art project from 12:30–2:30 pm.
August 27–November 17
Forrest Theatre, 1114 Walnut St.
The Broadway sensation based on our ten dollar founding father is finally coming, so do not throw away your shot! Don’t have tickets? Enter the #HAM4HAM lottery! Still don’t have tickets? We rounded up ways to stay entertained with Hamilton-related activities in Philly until you do!
September 3—October 20
Walnut Street Theatre, 825 Walnut St.
It’s alive! This musical stage adaptation of Mel Brooks’ hilarious film comes to WST. Tickets available online.
Parks on Tap: Lemon Hill
Lemon Hill Drive, East Fairmount Park
Family-friendly beer garden Parks on Tap comes to the historic East Fairmount Park mansion Lemon Hill.
Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends Weekend at Morris Arboretum
September 7–8, 10 am—5 pm
100 E. Northwestern Avenue
This weekend, Thomas the Tank Engine and his friends take over the rails of Morris Arboretum’s Garden Railway!
Philly Fun Fishing Fest
September 7, 7—11 am
Schuylkill Banks, 24th and Walnut Streets
Enjoy a morning of free catch-and-release fishing and friendly competition on Schuylkill Banks! This is free to the public, and great for all ages and levels of experience. No fishing license is required during the fishing competition, and fishing gear will be available for loan on a first-come, first-served basis. Prizes awarded in various categories. Register online by September 5.
Delaware River Festival
September 7, 10 am—4 pm
Philadelphia and Camden Waterfronts
Pennsylvania Coast Day and Camden’s River Day are coming together for a “coast to coast” experience. Cross the Delaware River over the Ben Franklin Bridge on foot or bike, or take advantage of free ferry rides from one event to the other. There will be educational fun for families, on-the-water activities, games and crafts for kids, face painting, music, beer garden, fishing opportunities, and much more!
PlayArts’ Third Birthday Celebration
September 7, 10 am—noon
1241 N. Front Street
Celebrate PlayArts’ third anniversary with food, art activities, and a balloon drop! They’ll also be giving away some goodies including memberships, free class series, tote bags, t-shirts, and freebies from other local businesses. Free for members. Regular drop-in rates for non-members.
September 7, 10—11 am
John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge, 8601 Lindbergh Blvd.
Children ages 3-5 and an adult are invited to explore nature with a refuge ranger! Participants will enjoy storytime, crafts, hikes, and more! Free; registration is required: email Brianna_Patrick@fws.gov to reserve your spot.
Sarah Jacoby and Andrea Tsurumi Visit The Head & The Hand
September 7, 10—11:30 am
2644 Coral St.
Children’s book author/illustrators Sarah Jacoby and Andrea Tsurumi will be at this neighborhood bookstore for readings, treats, and a fun art activity.
Schuylkill Saturday: Nature Exploration for Families
September 7, 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.
Saturday Free Boating at Bartram’s Garden
September 8, 11 am—3 pm
Bartram’s Gardens’ Community Boathouse, 5400 Lindbergh Blvd.
Bartram’s Garden will provide the boats, life jackets and basic instruction. Choose from a kayak (for 30 minutes) or rowboat (for 45 minutes). No experience is necessary. All ages are welcome, but minors must be accompanied by an adult.
READ + MAKE: ‘Bus! Stop!’
September 7, 11 am—noon
Center / Architecture + Design, 1218 Arch St.
Read James Yang’s Bus! Stop!, then work together in parent/child teams to design wacky transportation devices! This workshop is best for kids ages 5-8 with a caregiver. Free, but pre-registration is required.
Friends of Hackett Block Party
September 7, 11 am—3 pm
2161 E. York St.
Friends of Hackett’s annual block party and fundraiser includes a bounce house, face painting, food, and fun. All-access wristbands are $10, and the money supports Horatio B. Hackett School.
Rise of the TMNT Sewer Studio Tour visits Sister Cities Park
September 7, 11 am—3 pm
18th St. and Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Kids can meet the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and o create their own dynamic stop-motion videos with TMNT action figures!
Teen Self-Care Saturday
September 7, noon
Parkway Central Library, 1901 Vine St.
Teens can hang out and explore efforts and crafts to help meet their physical, emotional, and mental health needs.
Philadelphia Literacy Day
September 7, noon—3 pm
Tree House Books, 1430 W. Susquehanna Ave.
A day of fun, celebrating Philadelphia as a city of readers, writers, and thinkers. There will be storytimes, a poetry wall, local author visits, arts and crafts, face painting, games, food trucks, and more. And bring your gently used books for a giant book swap!
Strawberry Mansion Day
September 7, noon—6 pm
Mander Playground, 2140 N. 33rd St.
This annual community event includes free food and drink, rides and amusements for the kids, and live music starting at 2 pm.
DESIGN + BUILD: Mini Parklets
September 7, 1—2:30 pm
Center / Architecture + Design, 1218 Arch St.
Kids can join a fun workshop to dream up a parklet honor of upcoming PARK(ing) Day. Free, but pre-registration is required.
Yoga, Mindfulness, and Movie: ‘Inside Out’
September 7, 2 pm (movie starts at sundown)
Carroll Park Center for Hope, Help and Healing, 1536 N. 59th St.
Do yoga and enjoy meaningful play at an event that is centered on relaxation, calmness, and peace. Then, at sundown, watch Pixar’s Inside Out.
Unicorn Cake Workshop
September 7, 2—3:30 pm
Ella Vanilla, 7922 Germantown Avenue
Kids age 9 and up will learn how to make the popular unicorn cake! Learn how to color buttercream icing, use a piping bag, and more. Everyone leaves with a fully decorated 4-inch vanilla cake. Register by emailing Noelle@EllaVanilla.com or by calling (215) 909-9392.
‘In Transit’ by Tangle Movement Arts
September 7, 3 pm and 8 pm
Christ Church Neighborhood House, 20 N. American St.
In this new circus-theater show that’s part of the Fringe Festival, nine women climb silks and hang from trapezes as subway rides and bus trips become a platform for aerial dance and intimate moments between strangers. Tangle’s acrobats travel through our public spaces to find love, frustration, and missing umbrellas.
A Musical Celebration of West Philadelphia
September 7, 5—6 pm
Malcolm X Park, 5100 Pine St.
Members of The Philly POPS BIG Band will fill Malcolm X Park with the sounds of West Philadelphia with a free one-hour concert celebrating musicians with West Philly connections.
Nest Open House
September 8, 9 am—1 pm
1301 Locust St.
Check out Nest’s fabulous indoor playspace, take mini demo classes, eat snacks, win raffles, and more!
Play Without Boundaries at Please Touch Museum
September 8, 9—11 am
4231 Avenue of the Republic
Enjoy the museum without the large crowds and the loud noises that may be challenging for children with sensory sensitivities. Plus, therapy dogs, dance therapy, and visits from more helpful organizations. Online registration required.
September 8, 10 am—4 pm
Bainbridge Street, between Third and Fifth streets
Greenfest is the place to learn about living sustainably while having fun! This event has something for everyone: shopping for local green wares, great food, live music, live demonstrations, kid-friendly activities, and more.
Mt. Airy Village Fair
September 8, 11 am—4 pm
Greene Street and Carpenter Lane
A community day of celebration with interactive events for all ages, live music on two stages (including a kids stage), a petting zoo, local makers and businesses, food trucks, and fun for the whole family.
September 8, 10 am–4 pm
25 W. Highland Ave.
Shop unique craft and antiques vendors in this outdoor market. Plus live music, kids’ crafting, face painting, and adoptable pets from Finding Shelter.
Sundays with PopUp Play
11:30 am—12:30 pm at Spruce Street Harbor Park, 301 S. Columbus Blvd.
3–4 pm at Piazza Pod Park, 1069 Germantown Ave.
Each week, enjoy a variety of free, themed, kid-friendly activities the whole family will love. From building catapults and forts to special sea creatures, this interactive program celebrates the magic of play through art, music, and science.
PECO Family Jams at Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens
September 8, noon—4 pm
1020 South St.
Families will create mini-mosaics inside jar lids using beads, pieces of tile, mirror, and recycled materials to bring home. Family-friendly tours will be held at 1 pm, 2:30 pm, and 3:30 pm.
Newbery Medalist Erin Entrada Kelly at Big Blue Marble
September 8, noon—1 pm
551 Carpenter Ln.
Author Erin Entrada Kelly will be at Big Blue Marble to celebrate her first fantasy novel, Lalani of the Distant Sea, a gorgeous, literary adventure about bravery, friendship, self-reliance, and the choice between accepting fate or forging your own path. She will do a reading, followed by a book signing.
Our 5 Senses Community Day at Parkway Central Library
September 8, 1—4 pm
Parkway Central Library, 1901 Vine St.
At 2 pm stomp your feet and dance in the aisle to Sundays on Stage: Zydeco-a-go-go. Enjoy special activities before and after the performance as part of the ‘Our 5 Senses’ Community Day, including a special demonstration with Shane’s Confectionery, bookmaking with the Rosenbach, a jam session with instruments from the Music Department, and a few others surprises, including treats from the Franklin Fountain! This event is free and open to the public; reserve your spot online.
Kid’s Sip N’ Paint at Cherry Street Pier
September 8, 1—3 pm
121 N. Columbus Boulevard
Kid’s Sip n’ Paint is led by published and televised Visual Artist, Event Producer and Graphic Designer, Flygirrl. She will lead the kids through painting a dynamic piece of art that the kids get to take home with them. Reserve your child’s canvas (and juicebox) online.
Brazilian Day Festival
September 8, 1—7 pm
Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing
Part of the PECO Multicultural Series, celebrate Brazilian Independence Day with Samba, Forro, Pagode, Capoeira, Samba-Reggae, and more. Enjoy the wonderful culture and traditions of Brazil with an abundant variety of authentic traditional foods and merchandise, and performers who light up the stage with the contagious rhythms and dances.
Drag Queen Story Time at the PHS Pop-Up Garden
September 8, 2—4 pm
1436 South St.
Hear stories about love, diversity, anti-bullying, and friendship with Philly’s Drag Queen Brittany Lynn! After storytime, stay for arts and crafts where everyone will get to draw their favorite characters from the day’s stories. Then hit the catwalk in your favorite costume from dress-up corner and strike a pose! Parents, the beer garden will be open too!
Back To School Carnival
September 8, 2—5 pm
North Light Community Center, 175 Green Ln.
Family fun for the whole family to welcome in the new school year. There will be food, games, and music; and the money raised from this carnival will go directly to early childhood education programs benefitting the local community.
Cake Workshop: Mommy and Me Under the Sea
September 8, 2—3 pm
Ella Vanilla, 7922 Germantown Ave.
Decorate a fun cake with cake artist and owner of Ella Vanilla, Noelle DeSantis. Kids ages 5 to 8 and their parent will decorate one 6-inch vanilla cake with vanilla icing in a fun under the sea theme. Purchase class by emailing Info@EllaVanilla.com or calling (215) 909-9392.
Autumn Adventures Kids Yoga Series
September 8, 4:30—5 pm
Mama’s Wellness Joint, 1100 Pine St.
Kids ages 3-5 will experience the benefits of yoga from balance, flexibility and self-expression to mindfulness and centering. The class will include storytelling and music to discover yoga postures, breathing exercises, and child-oriented meditations. Sign up online for one week or all four.
Photograph courtesy of Philadelphia Honey Festival.