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Catch Theater, Dance, and More at the Philadelphia Children’s Festival

Three days of kid-friendly performances and activities at the Annenberg Center brings something for everyone!

The Annenberg Center’s Philadelphia Children’s Festival returns May 2—4, for its 34th year, bringing three days of kid-friendly performances for the whole family. In addition to the performances—which range from circus arts to spoken word poetry—there is the accompanying PlazaMania with free hands-on activities from arts partners from across the city. Whatever your kids’ interests, there is something interesting to see and do.


The Philadelphia Children’s Festival takes place from May 2—4 at the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, located at 3680 Walnut St. in Philadelphia. (One exception: Prince Charming ballet performance will be at the Iron Gate Theatre at 3700 Chestnut Street). All performances are one hour long.

‘Giraffes Can Dance’ Workshop

May 2–4

Ages 3-8


In the spirit of the children’s book, Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae, the dancer-gymnasts of Pilobolus lead this playful workshop exploring how everyone can (and should) dance in their own way. Offered three times a day (and four on Saturday!), so get ready to dance it out with your little ones!

Pennsylvania Ballet II presents ‘Prince Charming’

May 2—4

Iron Gate Theatre, 3700 Chestnut St.

All ages


Pennsylvania Ballet II presents the beloved tale of Cinderella, told from the prince’s perspective!

Shadow Play

May 2—4

Ages 2-7


With playful animation and an original score, this multimedia production will ignite the imaginations of little ones as they join Flash’s quest to bring his mischievous shadow home.



May 2—3

All ages


With expert circus stunts and hilarious slapstick antics, the dynamic duo of SMIRK will delight both the young and young-at-heart.

Moona Luna

May 2—4

All ages


This bilingual “kindie” music favorite combines Mexican folk, Cumbia, and retro American pop into lively danceable music.

Air Play

May 3—4

Ages 5 and up


A unique circus-style adventure using art and movement to animate giant balloons, kites, and more to tell their fantastic story. Not to mention, the biggest “snowglobe” you’ve ever seen, with lots and lots of confetti!


In addition to all the wonderful ticketed performances, the Annenberg Center will also host the outdoor PlazaMania with free hands-on activities from arts partners from across the city, performers, face painting (for an additional cost), and more. PlazaMania will open at 9:30 am daily.


PlazaMania partners vary by day, but include arts institutions like the Mister John’s Music, Pennsylvania Ballet, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and more. Additionally, on Saturday, there will also be food trucks and an appearance by the Phillie Phanatic!



Photographs courtesy of the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts.

Contributing Writer