RowHome Rowan’s Weekend Activity Picks for Families in Philadelphia

Still not sure what to do with the kids this weekend? Here are some places RowHome Rowan and his mom, our marketing/editorial assistant Brenda Hillegas, have been to recently and why you should check them out soon! Read their round up below…

Dilworth Park‘s Family Saturdays takes place every Saturday in March at 11am, located in the Wintergarden on the Greenfield Lawn. These events are free to attend. This week, circus arts illusionist David Darwin will perform a one man show for guests of all ages. Upcoming performances include Music Play Patrol on March 18th and a bubble magic show on March 25th. For a full list of spring events at Center City’s parks, visit It is supposed to be rainy Saturday, so keep an eye on @centercitydistrict on Instagram. And don’t forget that cake pop and some coffee at Dilworth’s Starbucks kiosk!

The Museum of the American Revolution is free for kids 5 and under. A family four-pack, available online only, is $55. On Saturdays and Sundays, kids can enjoy the Revolution Place Family Discovery Center located in the lower level of the museum. It’s an awesome hands-on play place where kids can see what it was like to live in Philadelphia during the Revolutionary War. Can’t make it? Lots of at-home kids activities are also available on their website here. A sensory friendly museum morning is available this Sunday, March 12th from 9am to 10:30am.

Shazam! Fury of the Gods hits theatres on March 17th. Pick up the Nectar of the Gods- red peach ice cream with swirls of pineapple (or get it as a shake!) at Scoop DeVille this weekend, then head home and watch the first one in anticipation. Through March 10th only, get a free ticket to the upcoming release too- while supplies last.

The Horticultural Society of Pennsylvania’s annual Flower Show is back indoors at the Convention Center through March 12th- which is also Family Day with extra activities, hands on experiences, crafts, music and more. This year’s show theme- The Garden Electric- is perfect for kids on any day though. It’s bright, colorful, plenty of photo ops. The Kids Cocoon is a spacious area, not far from the live band performances so you’ll have plenty of room to get the wiggles out and jam (don’t worry- they have adult beverages over there too). Check the PHS website for daily kids events and buy tickets here– kids under 5 are free!

I had a great time at The Kimmel Cultural Campus earlier this week for the Kodo tour. Kodo- traditional Japanese taiko drumming performers- are currently on tour across the US! This was a one-night only show, but it was part of the Kimmel Center’s Family Discover Series. Choose three or more shows and save 10%, upcoming shows can be found here.

This is also the last weekend for Philadelphia Ballet‘s performances of The Sleeping Beauty. More details here.

The Museum for Art in Wood just opened a new international multi-disciplinary exhibition, The Mashrabiya ProjectThis exhibition- which runs through July 23rd- showcases the significance of the wood-turned mashrabiya, a lattice screen found in architecture throughout the Islamic world. Take time to explore the upper level of the museum as well, it’s a great space to view art made with wood.

There are many amazing, kid-friendly restaurants in the city. But our pick for the weekend is Victory Brewing Company on the Parkway. So if you’re at the Academy of Natural Sciences or the Franklin Institute- this is a go to! There isn’t a set kids menu, but they can do grilled cheeses or burgers, plus the entire menu is mouthwatering! Along with Victory beers, they have cocktails using Southern Tier Distillery products.

Thrillz High Flying Adventure Park is the perfect way to wind down the week as a family. Definitely worth the drive to King of Prussia for an indoor fun experience like no other. There is so much to do, for any age. From huge, intense slides and unique obstacle courses, trampolines, rock climbing, laser tag, VR, an amazing three-story indoor playground for ages 12 and under, as well as a toddler zone. Everything is padded and special gripped socks must be worn (available for purchase if you don’t have any). You can easily spend hours here. If you have little kids, you might want to consider going during the day- ideal just before naptime! An arcade is on-site too and you can bring in your own food (but there are vending machines if you forget). Tickets for Friday-Saturday-Sunday must be reserved in advance. Details on ticket options can be found here. You can also view a video of our evening there on my TikTok.

RowHome Rowan visits so many amazing places all over the city and suburbs. Be sure to follow @rowhomemag on Instagram or @shamrockenroll for more family-friendly activities!

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