15 things to do with kids in Philadelphia this week – Advice Eating

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Is there a less well-kept secret – but still amazingly hidden, gem-like – park for toddlers better than Sister Cities? The whole pocket-like place, with its pebbly-bottomed boating pond, secret hilltop garden, manageable fountain, handy (albeit often crowded) coffee shop, great library truck, and nearly endless free activations seems like an absolute treat for city families. just to be in town. It opens this weekend, with all the extras mentioned above.

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(theater/personal/multi-day) It’s 1986 in Ghana, years earlier and an ocean away from Tina Fey’s 2004 Chicago suburbs. Yet the themes of insecurity, beauty, acceptance and mystery resurface in a one-room play Schoolgirls vs. Each Other and ultimately against himself. Age 12+. ($18-$53, May 5-June 12, 40 N. Second St., ardentheater.org)

(Seasonal / Personal / Multi-day / Free / Outdoor) The carnival atmosphere returns to the riverfront with the Ferris wheel, outdoor roller rink, bar converted into a barge, prize games, games just to play and crab fries. Strolling is free. Most activities are not. Every age. (Free with pay-as-you-go activities, May 6th to September 25th, 101-301 S. Columbus Blvd., delawareriverwaterfront.com)

(Seasonal/Personal/Free/Outdoor) Storytelling, bubble magic, live music, and a Paw Patrol performance are sure to fill the Parkway’s most kid-friendly park with…extra kids. BYO Crocs: The fountain and boating pond are open. Age 0-7. (Free, May 7th, 11am-3pm, 210 N. 18 St., centercityphila.org)

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(Seasonal/Personal/Free) Those of us with kids know to steer clear of the boisterous beer garden area (around Seventh St.) of this annual event. Instead, look for the kids’ attractions, like a 3rd Street Gallery art tent (open 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.), tabletop games by Queen & Rook, and live performances by the kids at the School of Rock in Passyunk and South from 12 :00 a.m. to 6 p.m. 2-12 years. (Free, May 7th, 11am-7pm, South St. between the second and eighth M., southstreet.com)

(animals / art / personal / free) Elmwood Park Zoo is bringing some of its more agile residents across the city’s northwest border, just in time for the final day of the exhibit Don’t Feed the Art: Woodmere’s Animal Menagerie (and Mother’s Day, by the way). Ages 1-10. (Free, May 8, demos at 1:00 p.m. and 2:30 p.m., 9201 Germantown Ave., woodmereartmuseum.org)

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(museum/in person/multi-day) If your budding inventor is into marble runs, domino tricks and the chain reactions that introduce the most age perfect You will surely enjoy a visit with drawings and wacky interactive devices inspired by cartoonist, engineer and one-of-a-kind genius Rube Goldberg. Ages 2-12. ($19, $2 ACCESS cardholders, through May 8th 4231 Republic Avenue, pleasetouchmuseum.org)

(art/personal/multi-day/free on limited days) Chestnut Hill’s stone mansion-turned-museum opens an exhibit of over 85 Philly-made works of creatures large and small (tiny kingfishers, giant sperm whales) in realistic and lifelike depictions fantastic forms (a fish on a plate, a formal gorilla portrait). Kids go home with a free activity book while supplies last. Age 2+. (Sundays free, adults $10, 55+ $7, ACCESS cardholders $2, student with ID and child free, up to 8. 9201 Germantown Ave., woodmereartmuseum.org)

(museum/personal/multi-day) Everyone’s favorite cold-water bird takes the spotlight, just as a cute Australian blue chick greets the world. The aquarium hides golden eggs to hunt (good for a $25 gift card), has stationed biologists to answer penguin-like questions, and make-and-take art projects. Ages 2-12. ($27-45 for adults, $25-43 for seniors, $19-35 for children ages 2-12, through ages 8) 1 Riverside Dr, Camden, adventureaquarium.com)

(musical/personal/multi-day) A way to get encanto out of their minds: reintroduce them to Maui, Moiana and that creepy giant crab, sing Lin Manuel-Miranda songs and instill ocean dreams. Ages 3-11. ($10-$20, weekends through March 15th) 825 Walnussstr., Walnutstreettheatre.org)

(Educational / Virtual / Multi-Day / Kid-Friendly / Free) Through dad jokes, real conversations, and great listening, Mr. Maurice connects with his students—and connects students with each other. Each workshop appeals to a specific audience: Black boys, young teens, future entrepreneurs, sports fans, home cooks and more. Workshops teach some writing and many life lessons. Age 8+ (Free, select dates until May 28th mightywriter.org)

(Seasonal/Personal/Multi-Day) The farm, which is an hour’s drive up Broad Street from City Hall, has been growing crops for 228 years. In recent years, Hellerick’s has also created agritainment-based fun with an obstacle course, zip lines, goat yoga, pick-your-own crops, party packs galore and, new this season, a silo climbing wall. The farm is only open on weekends leading up to Memorial Day. Age 2+. (Prices vary, weekends only, until May 30, 10am-5pm, 5500 N. Easton Rd., Doylestown, hellericksfarm.com)

(Seasonal/Personal/Multi-day/Outdoor) With a roof of inflated beach balls, the warm-weather version of City Hall’s ice rink is back, inaugurated by local scooters from Great on Skates. The outdoor roller skating rink promises activation through spring and summer – and an adjacent beer garden. Reservations recommended. Age 3+. (Adult $10, Child $8, Skate Rental $5, Hours: 11:30am-12:30pm and 6pm-8pm through July 17 1 p. 15th St., centercityphila.org)

(Science/Personal/Multi-Day) The Academy continues a year focused on water with an exhibit co-created by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. Things that live and happen on the ocean floor — five-foot tube worms, hot springs, giant clams, iconic shipwrecks — could inspire kids to become the next Cousteau (and likely inspire adults to rewatch The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou). . Age 5+. ($22 13+, $19 Senior, Student, Military, $18 2-12 yrs, $2 ACCESS cardholders, Free under 2 yrs, through July 24, 1900 Benjamin Franklin passenger car., ansp.org)

(Museum/Personal/Multi-Day) The museum version of JK Rowling’s Juggernaut lets visitors choose their Hogwarts houses, explore Gringotts, Hogwarts and the Forbidden Forest – but doesn’t record video. Season tickets are good for museum entry up to two hours earlier. From 5 years. ($43 for 12-64 year olds, $41 for seniors and military, $39 for 3-11 year olds; free for children under 2, evening tickets: $30, through Sept. 18, 222 N. 20th St., harrypotterexhibition.com)

(Outdoors/Multi-Day/Kid-Friendly/Free) Philly’s oldest research garden has partnered with the Bicycle Coalition to loan, fix, and teach bikes to kids every Friday after school. There are also snacks. Age 5-17. (free, Fridays, Apr.-Nov., 3-6 p.m., 5400 Lindbergh Blvd., bartramsgarden.org)

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