Family Friendly Events in Center City to Check Out in 2019
Now that the holidays are past us doesn’t me that so is all the fun. Keep your kids off their electronics more by planning fun family activities. Center City is always a hub of activity and a perfect spot to find cool events.
Here are some family-friendly events in Center City Philadelphia to check out in 2019.
Groundhog Day Family Festival
The John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge is holding its Groundhog Fay Family Festival on February 2, 2019. Your kids will love learning about the history of Groundhog Day through crafts and contests and going on groundhog walks. The John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge is located at 8601 Lindbergh Blvd. For more information, click here.
Lunar New Year
The Independence Seaport Museum is honoring the Year of the Pig on February 2, 2019. There will be cultural activities, dancing, lantern-making and so much more. The Independence Seaport Museum is located at 211 S. Christopher Columbus Blvd. For more information, click here.
American Girl Live
The Kimmel Center for Performing Arts presents American Girl Live from February 14 through the 17th this year. Your daughters will love being immersed in everything American Girl. The Kimmel Center for Performing Arts is located at 300 South Broad Street.
George Washington’s Birthday Celebration
Not too far from Center City at Washington Crossing Historical Park, you can celebrate President’s Day on February 17, 2019. Your kids will be able to make birthday cards for General Washington and even meet him in person. Washington Crossing Historical Park is located at 1112 River Road in Washington Crossing, PA. For more information, click here.
PHS Philadelphia Flower Show
The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society will be bringing back the Philadelphia Flower Show March 2 through the 9th this year. This year’s theme is “Flower Power” featuring floral displays from around the country. The Pennsylvania Convention Center is located at 1101 Arch St. For more information, click here.
At the Academy of Natural Sciences, they are celebrating all things prehistoric during their Paleopalooza festivities on March 3, 2019. Your kids will love learning all about fossils and even go on a dig. The Academy of Natural Sciences is located at 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway. For more information, click here.
The Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival
Subaru and the Shofuso Japanese House and Garden will be teaming up this year for the annual Cherry Blossom Festival. Your kids will love learning about both traditional and contemporary Japanese cultural There will be martial arts demonstrations and ikebana flower arranging as well as music and dancing. The Shofuso Japanese House and Garden is located at Lansdowne Dr. and Horticultural Dr. For more information, click here.
Philadelphia International Children’s Festival
Once the weather gets warmer check out the Philadelphia International Children’s Festival that will be held May 2 through the 4th. There will be circus, theatre and story-telling as well as a free outdoor fun zone. The Philadelphia International Children’s Festival is held at The Annenberg Center at 3680 Walnut St. For more information, click here.
The Academy of Natural Sciences is also hosting its Bug Fest August 10 and 11, 2019. Your kids can eat bugs and learn all kinds of cool bug facts. The Academy of Natural Science is located at 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway. For more information, click here.
The Mütter Museum
Do your kids love science and cool medical specimens? Then be sure to take them to the Mütter Museum which houses unique collections of anatomical specimens, models and medical instruments. They will be fascinated about the role of leeches in medical history and other interesting stories from our medical history that most people don’t know about. The Mütter Musuem is located at 19 S 22nd St. For more information, click here.
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Of course, the Philadelphia Museum of Art is also a mecca for artists with its over 200 galleries of painting, artifacts and architecture from all over the world and from different time periods. They are always hosting special exhibits throughout the year as well. Ask about museum tours to experience the museum to the fullest. The Philadelphia Museum of Art is located at 26th St. and Benjamin Franklin Parkway. For more information, click here.
At the Rodin Museum, you and your family can check out 124 sculptures as well as bronze casts, drawings and prints, all the work of Auguste Rodin. The Rodin Museum is located at 2151 Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia. For more information, click here.
At the Franklin Institute, you and your kids can climb up in the giant heart and learn about space exploration and other cool medical and scientific advancements. There are plenty of live shows and hands-on exhibits to keep everyone enthralled. Also be sure to check out the IMAX, planetarium and 3D theater. The Franklin Institute is located at 221 North St. in Philadelphia. For more information, click here.
Please Touch Museum
The Please Touch Museum is completely hand-on for your kids’ enjoyment. There are two floors of interactive exhibits including a kid-size supermarket, hospital and construction zone. And there are always special exhibits going on as well. The Please Touch Museum is located at Memorial Hall in Fairmount Park, 4231 Avenue of the Republic in Philadelphia. For more information, click here.
The Crayola Factory
What kid doesn’t love drawing, right? Take them to see how their crayons made at the Crayola Factory. There are 28 hands-on attractions for the kids to explore, all about how color, chemistry and technology all come together to make art. The factory is located at 30 Centre Square in Easton, PA. For more information, click here.
LEGOLAND Discovery Center Philadelphia
With just a short trip to the Plymouth Meeting Mall, all the lego lovers in your family will be in heaven. At the LEGOLAND Discovery Center, they will get to enjoy hands-on activities with legos and spent hours in the ultimate indoor LEGO playground. The center is located at Plymouth Meeting Mall, #1055 at 500 W. Germantown Pike in Plymouth Meeting. For more information click here.
Just over the river in Camden, your water babies will get a kick out of learning about marine life, from the big guys like sharks and dolphins to the little translucent creatures in the deepest darkest part of the ocean. Adventure Aquarium is located at 1 Riverside Drive in Camden, NJ. For more information, click here.