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Philly Family Monthly Must-Dos: March 2020

Top picks for family-friendly events and trends in Philly to keep on your radar as soon as you turn that calendar page.

We work hard to bring you fun events to keep your family busy every week and weekend. From babies to teens, and every age in between, we have ideas for you every single day! So many, in fact, it may be hard to keep track, and big events might sneak up on you. So to help your planning a little more, we’re bringing you our Monthly Must-Dos—high level, “big deal” events and trends to keep on your radar as soon as you turn that calendar page. Here are this month’s top picks.

1. Philadelphia Flower Show

February 29–March 8

Pennsylvania Convention Center, 1101 Arch St.


Look forward to spring with this annual tradition that fills the Convention Center with floral and garden design on a larger-than-life scale. This year, take a “Riviera Holiday” as the Flower Show celebrates the vibrant sights, scents, and tastes of the Mediterranean. A highlight of the show will be a result of collaboration with the Embassy of Monaco, in celebration of its beloved Princess (and Philadelphian) Grace Kelly– a scale recreation of her rose garden, including her wedding dress. In addition to the Princess Grace Rose Garden, the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation USA will sponsor the PHS Gardening for Biodiversity Symposium on March 4.


Also new for this year, look for even more interactivity and mobile pop-up moments throughout the show will illustrate how some of its fascinating displays are brought to life, how to make jewelry from materials found in nature, and how to grow your own show-worthy plants. Don’t miss make-and-takes, Bloomin’ Brunch, and live butterflies. We’ll be serving up a sneak peek to tell you what you won’t want to miss during your visit, so check back soon!

2. Celebrate Women’s History Month

March is Women’s History Month, which is even more special this year because 2020 marks 100 years since the 19th Amendment gave women the right to vote! Institutions around Philly are celebrating in so many ways. Learn about some of the amazing women that helped shape our nation and challenge our ideals, and inspire the next generation of leaders by bringing your kids to these family-friendly events.

3. Meet Lulu the Baby Sloth!

Survival of the Slowest at Academy of Natural Sciences, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway


 “Survival of the Slowest” explores the adaptations that animals have evolved to survive and thrive over millions of years, despite being…well, really slow. The exhibit does not just explain these adaptations, but also provides visitors many live animal encounters, the most exciting of all being Lulu the two-toed baby sloth! An animal expert tipped us off that mornings are best, when she eats her breakfast and it’s not too crowded at the museum yet, but she comes out a few times a day, and “adorable” does not begin to describe her. Learn all about the exhibit in our preview.

4. Les Misérables

March 17–29

Academy Of Music, 240 S. Broad St.


Do you hear the people sing? A new production of the Tony Award-winning musical phenomenon about love, heartbreak, and redemption in 19th Century France comes to the Academy of Music. From “I Dreamed a Dream” to “One Day More,” practically every song is an unforgettable classic.

5. Celebrate Spring at Smith Memorial Playground’s Play-a-Palooza!

March 28, noon–4 pm

3500 Reservoir Drive, East Fairmount Park


Smith’s annual Spring kick-off features special activities including nature play, live performances, obstacle courses, theater and soccer games, free books, giveaways, snacks, and other activities! Plus, it’s not truly Playground Season until you’ve taken an inaugural ride down the giant wooden slide! Tickets available online and at the door.


Photograph by Laura Swartz.

Contributing Writer