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Summer activities for kids and families | Week of Aug. 3

This article was originally published in The Notebook. In August 2020, The Notebook became Chalkbeat Philadelphia.

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Jun 30, 2015 at 9:17am PDT

Don’t let the torrid heat keep you from enjoying all the family-friendly activities Philadelphia has to offer this week. Some highlights include the Peddler’s Village Peach Festival, outdoor movie nights, and lots of chances to get kids involved in arts, science, and movement activities for little or no cost.


Visit the Franklin Institute for half the price with this discount from Frugal Philly Mom. New exhibits on display include: Your Brain, Circus!, Science Under the Big Top, 101 Inventions That Changed the World, and National Geographic’s Ocean Soul. Admission with the discount is $9.25.

Tonight from 5:30 to 7 is Monday Jazz Jam at World Cafe Live (upstairs), a free chance to listen to Philly jazz musicians perform.


The Philadelphia Zoo hosts Rock and Roar, a family concert series on Impala Lawn. This week’s band is The Paisley Pickles. The concerts are free with zoo admission, and families are encouraged to bring a blanket and snacks. Concerts are at 11 a.m. every other Tuesday on the Fisher-Price Little People Stage.

Kids can sing and dance along to Mama Mac’s original songs at Mama Mac’s Summer Jams, from 10:15 to 11 a.m. at the Play Cafe.


The National Museum of American Jewish History is pay-what-you-wish each Wednesday from 5 to 8 p.m.

The Oval is hosting Baby and Me Yoga from 11 a.m. to noon.

E.T. is screening in South Street’s Headhouse District, under the Headhouse Square Shambles. There will also be food trucks and food from local restaurants available for purchase; the movie screening is free and starts at 6 p.m.


Tangled is screening on the Schuylkill Banks by the Walnut Street Bridge. The movie is free, and starts at 8 p.m.

From 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., the Academy at Sister Cities Park hosts Nature in the Park, an hour of natural-science themed kids activities made to help kids explore the world around them like scientists.

Art Splash at the Philadelphia Museum of Art hosts Baby Bird Playdates Tuesdays and Fridays from 10:15 to 11 a.m., a kid-centered arts play time appropriate for toddlers and their guardians.

The Free Library hosts storytelling in the Oval from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The city’s Mural Arts program is putting on Summer Kaleidoscope, a full-scale, boldly colored kaleidoscope for visitors to the Oval to enjoy. The program also includes free, family-friendly art activities, like make-your-own kaleidoscopes and more, from 1 to 3 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m.


Back to School BASH will be giving out free school bags filled with school supplies. The event will also include free food and drink, along with games, prizes and other activities for families. The first 1,000 students receive bags with supplies, and the event runs from 2 to 6 p.m. at the Lauretha Vaird Boys and Girls Club.

The Oval is hosting Physical Activity Fun from 11 to 2 p.m., with motion-centric activities like obstacle courses to get kids (and adults) moving.

Germantown Stars Under the Stars is a free community concert from 8 to 10 p.m. It will showcase local musicians and spoken word artists in Vernon Park.

Jumanji is screening for free in Lovett Library Park in Mount Airy. Movies start at 8:30 p.m., and seating opens at 8 p.m.


This weekend is the annual Peach Festival in Peddler’s Village, beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday. There will be activities for kids, live music, and a peach-pie eating contest. Admission and parking are free, and fruit will be available for purchase. There’s also a Sidewalk Sale, Friday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

The Academy of Natural Sciences is hosting Bug Fest, an annual celebration of insects on Saturday and Sunday. Visitors dressed as their favorite bug get $2 off their admission; admission is regularly $13.95 for kids 3-12 and $15.95 for adults. Kids under 3 get in free.

West Chester’s annual Iron Hill Twilight Criterium will include all-day bike races and a block party starting at 4 p.m. on Market Street (between Church and Darling Streets). The block party will feature family-oriented music, crafts and food, along with views of the races.

The Philadelphia Museum of Art is hosting a family workshop, Clay Creatures, Saturday from 1 to 3 p.m. The class will include a hands-on art making session and time to explore and talk about the gallery exhibits. Registration is $14 for members and $16 for non-members.

Soccer Shots, a nationally recognized youth sports programming group, will host a free introduction to soccer for kids ages 2-12 in the Oval from 12:30 to 2 p.m.

The Parent Trap is screening in Mt. Airy’s Trolley Car Diner. The movie is free, and starts at 8:30 p.m.


All day, the Oval will be hosting family fun events, from face-painting to karaoke to an All Around This World music class. There will also be food trucks in the park from noon to 5 p.m.


This week’s Art Splash theme at the Philadelphia Museum of Art is T is for Trees. The ongoing museum program is specially designed to make the museum engaging for kids and to connect art to nature. There’s also an Art Splash gallery, a Splash Studio, family tours (at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.), a family art cart (from noon to 3 p.m.), and a A is for Art Museum app and iPads to borrow, to guide families through exhibits.

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