5 family-friendly events for the weekend

    Looks like we’ll have some gorgeous weather this weekend, so most of our offerings are outdoors!

    Friday: Shabbat Family Happy Hour 

    This is an open invite to join Mishkan families for snacks, drinks, art activities and games for the kids. Dinner is a potluck, so bring a dish to share. Families who are interested can stay for “Shabbat Under the Stars” starting at 7:30 p.m.

    Friday: Kidchella Music Fest 

    Philly Parenting’s own Jeff Bogle has collaborated with the folks at Smith Playground for a kindie concert extravaganza. Families can see three bands: Shine and the Moonbeams will bring their neo-soul and R&B rhythms down from Harlem, The Alphabet Rockers will come all the way from San Francisco to beatbox and rap for the kids, and Play Date will round it out with punk style fun. There’s no better place to throw down a picnic blanket and play along with music than Smith!

    Friday: Charlotte’s Web 

    See Charlotte and Wilbur come alive on the big screen in Mt. Airy this Friday night. If you and your child have read the book, this will be a wonderful way to see it come to life. If you haven’t read it yet, it will be a great pre-read. If you arrive at 7 p.m., you can make a spider web name plate before setting down your blankets and chairs for the 7 p.m. screening outside in the beautiful Lovett Library Park.

    Saturday & Sunday (repeats next weekend too): Mess Fest!

    Does your child crave the obey gooey oozy mess of science? Then we have the event for you! The Franklin Institute’s Mess Fest runs this weekend and next, with daily themes including Nasty Nature, Art and Design, Splish-Splash and Gross Anatomy. Lots of great demonstrations and experiments to delight the sensory-seeker in your life.

    Sunday: Magic at the Free Library

    Sundays on Stage is sure to entertain fans of all ages this weekend, as the Free Library presents “Magic by Poly.” Come and enjoy a dazzling display of illusions, comedy, live animals, music and lots of audience participation! Show starts at 2 p.m. at the Parkway Central Library.

    if nothing on this list is a fit for your family, you can always check out our list of 58 free things to do in with Kids in Philly for more ideas. How many of these have you done? 

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