Things to Do in Philadelphia
Things to Do In Philadelphia (Feb. 15-18, 2013)
Kids’ Club – Pets & Animals
Participating Michaels stores
Sat. Feb. 16, 10 to 11:30 a.m., on the half hour
Let your kids explore their creativity while you shop. Only $2 per child reserves 30 minutes for your creative kid. Sessions start every half hour from 10 to 11:30 a.m.
PNC Arts Alive Family Day at the Opera
Academy of Music, 240 S. Broad St., Philadelphia
Sat. Feb. 16, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., with entrance at 10 and 11 a.m.
FREE, fun-filled day of interactive programming for kids grades K-5. Join Opera Philadelphia for a chance to journey behind the scenes of the company’s productions and learn about the magic of opera. Attendees (ages 5-10) will be permitted to walk the stage of Philadelphia’s historic opera house, visit stars’ dressing rooms and participate in engaging interactive sessions. Entrance times at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. Free, but registration required.
Kids’ Matinees: Heidi (w/Shirley Temple)
Bryn Mawr Film Institute, 824 W. Lancaster Ave., Bryn Mawr, PA
Sat., Feb. 16 at 11 a.m.
Little Shirley Temple takes on Johanna Spyri’s tale of an orphaned girl who melts the heart of her crotchety, mountain-dwelling grandfather (Jean Hersholt). As soon as a mutual friendship blossoms, Heidi is taken away from her beloved guardian and finds herself in the custody of a malevolent Aunt. Will she ever be able to return to her cherished mountains? Adults $5 and kids $4. Rated G.
Free Crafts for Kids – Desk Buddy Pencil Holder
Sat. Feb. 16, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Decorate your desktop with a friendly snail that holds your pencil in place. Plus print this coupon and bring with you to save $5 off a $25 purchase. *Lakeshore Learning has free activities for kids every Saturday!
African Americans and the Gettysburg Campaign – Author Discussion
Barnes & Noble, The Metroplex – 2300 Chemical Road, Plymouth Meeting, PA
Sat. Feb. 16, 12 p.m.
Meet Dr. James Paradis, professor and author of African Americans and the Gettysburg Campaign, as he signs his book and leads us in a discussion. Learn something new in honor of Black History Month.
Kids Corner Music Festival
Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden Street, Philadelphia
Sun. Feb. 17, Doors open at 10:30.
Great morning of music and fun. The Kids Corner Music Festival starts with The Not-Its! at 11 a.m., followed by a noon performance from Big Bang Boom! There will also be FREE balloon creations and food/drink will be sold on site. Tickets $8 for XPN members; $12 for non-members and WILL be available at the door that morning.
Academy of Natural Sciences, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia
Sat. and Sun. Feb. 16-17.
Paleopalooza is one of our absolute favorite events! Dinosaur devotees can enjoy fossil hunts, meet real paleontologists, cheer on trilobite races, dance to the Diggity Dudes, enjoy a high energy live animal show and so much more. You won’t want to miss it!
My Fuzzy Valentine’s Day Lunch and Show
Sesame Place, 100 Sesame Road, Langhorne PA
Sat. Feb. 16 and Sun. Feb. 17, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Treat your little Valentines to a delicious buffet lunch followed by an Elmo’s World Live! show. Join your lovable, fuzzy Sesame Street friends for a festive Valentine’s Day celebration with singing, dancing, themed desserts and Valentine’s goodie bags for each little love! Adults $27 + tax; children (2-11) $17 + tax.
Presidents Day Weekend at the Franklin Institute
Franklin Institute, 222 N. 20 St., Philadelphia
Sat. through Mon. Feb. 16-18.
Join TFI Educators this Presidents Day Weekend for some hands-on fun! Old favorites like Paper Making and the Liquid Air Show join new programs like the Science of Ships Lab. Check in at the Atrium Information Desk upon arrival to pick up a copy of the Daily Program for exact times and locations.
Alice in Wonderland
Media Theatre for the Performing Arts, 104 E. State St., Media
Through March 2, times vary.
In this rousing, fast-paced and upbeat adventure based on Lewis Carroll’s classic tale, Alice falls down the rabbit hole to Wonderland where she meets one crazy character after another. For ages 5 and up, this colorful, funny version of “Alice in Wonderland” will bring pleasant dreams, not nightmares, as lessons are learned and some audience members are chosen to play a hilarious version of The Queen’s Croquet with beach balls! Adults $12 and children $10.
Longwood Gardens, 1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square, PA
Mon. Feb. 18, 12 to 3 p.m.
OrKID Days are fun for the whole family and help their youngest visitors appreciate the gardens through music. Enjoy a free family concert, learn about orchids firsthand at discovery stations, sketch your own orchid and go on a Winter Wonders Hunt through the Conservatory. All activities and performances are free with Gardens admission. Seating for performances is first-come, first-served.
For more events and things to do in Philadelphia and the surrounding area throughout the week, check our Kid-Friendly Events Calendar!