Fun Things to Do in Delaware County PA and Surrounding Areas this Weekend 7/16 – 7/18

Fun Things to Do in Delaware County PA and Surrounding Areas this Weekend 7/16 – 7/18

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*Please note that changes can occur at anytime to any of these events due to safety regulations and Social Distancing precautions or weather. Be sure to check with each venue and keep up to date on their social media pages for updates, changes, closures and more. Also be sure to check individual pages **

Looking for places to walk or hike? Check out our round up of Delaware County PA and Surrounding Area Trails, Parks and Places to Walk and Hike HERE

  • Upper Darby Summer Stage presents Junie B. Jones, JR. July 14, 2021 – July 17, 2021 Junie B. is ready for her first day of first grade, where many changes are in store, from new friends, to glasses, and the most extreme kickball tournament! Share the fun as Junie B. shares her “Top-Secret Personal Beeswax Journal.” Online and Virtual Shows available. Details and ticket info HERE
  • Chalk Fun Storytime w/ Middletown Free Library at Rose Tree Park in Media Friday, July 16th 9:15 AM at Rose Tree Park (by the giant American Flag) Best for ages 4-7, but siblings always welcome Registration is required, Limited to 8 families Details HERE
  • Outdoor Storytime at Veterans Memorial Park hosted by Marple Public Library Friday July 16th 10 AM – 10:30 AM 354 Lawrence Road Broomall, PA Join every Friday in July and August for outdoor storytime in the gazebo at Veterans Memorial Park on Lawrence Road! Stories, songs, rhymes, wiggles, and fun! Recommended for kids ages 5 and under but all are welcome! No registration required. Masks (for ages 2+) and social distancing in effect.  Feel free to bring a blanket or towel to sit on. Playground fun encouraged afterwards! Details HERE
  • Stories on the Porch Friday July 16th 10 AM – 10:30 AM at Media-Upper Providence Free Library Children ages 0-5 (older siblings welcome) are invited to sing, listen to stories, do movement activities and watch puppets on our covered porch. Registration is limited to six families. (May increase based on current conditions.) Please follow current CDC guidelines. Please note that weekly storytimes on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday are all the same each week, so please pick one day of the week that best works for your family.  Program may be cancelled for inclement weather (very stormy or very hot). Please check your email before heading out. Details HERE
  • Dog Days at Elmwood Park Zoo Friday July 16 10 AM – 2 PM 1661 Harding Blvd., Norristown, PA Families often consider their pets as members, and many enjoy sharing adventures with their dogs! As animal lovers, we acknowledge that a love of wildlife often goes hand-in-hand with pet ownership. We are excited to encourage a deeper appreciation for all animals by inviting owners to bring their dogs to visit the zoo on select days. Details HERE
  • Kidchella Music Festival 2021 (R&B/HipHop & Bluesy Rock) Alex & the Kaleidoscope + City Love – Friday July 16 Pre-show Play Time 5:00pm-5:45pm Enjoy food trucks, giveaways, pre-show performances, and fun on the Playground Main concert 6:00pm-7:30pm Enjoy live music on the Playground by a diverse lineup of family friendly musicians curated by Jeff Bogle of Details and ticket info HERE
  • Community Movie Night with Scout Troop 339 Ridley Park, PA – Raya and The Last Dragon! Friday July 16 7:30 PM  Come join the Boy Scouts for a movie night under the stars! Pull up some chairs and a blanket (socially distanced of course) and enjoy Raya and The Last Dragon on a big screen! There will be refreshments and snacks for sale. Movie will start approximately between 8 – 8:30pm dependent on light. Details HERE
  • Sensory-Friendly Saturday at Brandywine River Museum of Art Saturday July 17th 9 AM – 10:30 AM 1 Hoffman’s Mill Road Chadds Ford, PA Individuals on the autism spectrum or with sensory processing disorder and their families are invited to join us for early access to the Museum and a variety of creative and accessible activities.
    Created in conjunction with local families and occupational therapists, this inclusive program strives to provide a welcoming experience through offering:
    – Reduced crowding and noise
    – Pre-visit social stories
    – Activities to meet a variety of sensory needs
    – Hands-on art activities for all developmental levels that can be completed on-site or at home
    – A sensory break area
    – On-hand support of skilled and friendly volunteers
    – Fidgets and noise-cancelling headphones
    – Participants of all ages and their families are welcome (including siblings!).
    Free with advance registration. Click here to learn more and register:
    This event is scheduled from 9:00-10:30 a.m., with three half-hour timeslots to spread out the number of people in the galleries. Timeslots are flexible and visitors may stay in the Museum past the end of the event, but special activities will end promptly at 10:30. More Details HERE
  • Swarthmore Farmers Market Saturdays 9 AM -12 PM Park Avenue and Dartmouth Avenue, Swarthmore PA. Details HERE
  • Carpenters’ Hall Family Fun Day Saturday July 17th & 31st 10 AM 320 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA Visit the courtyard of Carpenters’ Hall this July for free programming that’s fun for the whole family. Each week, a new history maker will host special programs and activities throughout the day. Participants are encouraged to try hands-on activities and engage in discussions and demonstrations. Programs will teach attendees about the role of the surveyor in colonial Philadelphia, the practice of science in the 18th century, and the role of spies and their skills going into the Revolution. Details HERE
  • Family Nature Discovery Days at John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge At Tinicum Saturday July 17th 10 AM – 11 AM Join the environmental education team as they provide fun and educational activities for the whole family! We will explore what critters live in our water in July and learn about different animal tracks in August! Meet at the Visitor Center, no registration needed. Details HERE
  • Public Archaeology Day at Newlin Grist Mill Saturday July 17th 10 AM – 3 PM Please note, for this season we will not be allowing hands-on public participation, but visitors will have the opportunity to watch the archaeologists work and talk to them about the process and their finds!” Details HERE
  • Meet Peppa Pig at Springfield Mall Saturday July 17th 11 AM – 3 PM Now’s your chance to meet Peppa Pig! She can’t wait to meet her littlest fans. Each ticket includes one digital photo with Peppa Pig (for up to 6 people). Purchase your spot for the digital photo experience with Peppa Pig! Details and ticket info HERE and HERE
  • Free Fishing Day – No License or Equipment Needed at John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge At Tinicum Saturday July 17th 1 PM – 4 PM Join us for our free Family Fishing Day and let our volunteers and staff help you get a start on fishing. Limited rods and bait will be available or bring your own! No License needed.The Free Fishing Day on Saturday, July 24 is in celebration of Latino Conservation Week!” Details HERE
  • Walmart Fun Gabby’s Dollhouse Themed Family Activities – This week’s theme is Baking – Sprinkles Party Saturday July 17th 1 PM – 5 PM at Walmart @ 270 Indian Run St. Exton, PA More details HERE
  • Britishmania – Suburban Square in Ardmore Saturday July 17th 4 PM – 7 PM Having performed in front of hundreds of thousands at clubs, theaters, colleges, private and corporate parties, fundraisers, The Legendary Cavern Club in Liverpool England, The Amsterdam Hilton and NOW AT SUBURBAN SQUARE, Britishmania Beatles Tribute invites you to take a memorable trip back to the 1960’s to experience the wonderful sound and stage persona of The Beatles! Re-live what it was like to see them in their epic periods in their career beginning with The Ed Sullivan Show era followed by the Shea Stadium era then moving to the Sgt. Pepper/Magical Mystery Tour era and finally the Abbey Road/Let it Be era.  As a leading Beatles Tribute Band, Britishmania employs the iconic replica instruments and amplifiers used by The Beatles! The use of Vox Amplifiers, Rickenbacker, Gretsch, Gibson (J-160e), Hofner, Epiphone and Ludwig will surely wet the appetite for Beatles lovers everywhere! Details HERE
  • Tie Dye Music Festival at Community Arts Center Saturday July 17th 4 PM – 8 PM
    CAC Presents the 9th Annual Tie Dye Music Festival
    RAINDATE: Sunday, July 18, 2021
    Join us for a family friendly afternoon of live music.
    TIE-DYE is back this year!
    Attendees will have the opportunity to purchase an event shirt ($10) to tie dye themselves. You may also bring your own item to tie dye ($5 for up to 3 items)
    FOOD: Attendees may bring food and beverages. The CAC will not be selling food this year.
    NO PETS.
    SEATING: Lawn seating- bring your own blanket or chairs. For safety, parties are encouraged to seat themselves distanced from each other. We will spread out across the entire lawn. You may bring a beach umbrella to use in the sunny areas.
    MASKS ARE OPTIONAL: We do ask that attendees wear masks if they are unvaccinated and not able to maintain social distance, especially while waiting in line to tie-dye.
    – Simple Gifts (international folk/traditional acoustic)
    – Herb Mondros (folk rock)
    – Zydeco-a-go-go (zydeco)
    – Plenty Pepper (Caribbean steel drum band) More Details HERE
  • Family Movie Night at Barrall Field in Media – “The Croods: A New Age” Saturday July 17th 4 PM – 8 PM Details HERE
  • KRICKET COMEDY PRESENTS ADULT LAUGH & SPLASH FEATURING MISSY HALL & BUDDY HARRIS Saturday July 17th 8 PM at Ridley Park Swim Club 610 Hancock St Ridley Park PA. Must be 21 or older to attend. Details and ticket info HERE
  • Philly Food Truck Festival July 17th – 19th 1100 S Christopher Columbus Blvd, Philadelphia, PA100% proceeds from this event will benefit children with autism.Come out and share your support! Free family event at Riverview Plaza with over 20 food trucks, vendors, live music, raffle table, carnival games, face painting, balloon art, and more! The Philadelphia Union soccer league will be on site playing soccer with their inflatable soccer game for the kids! Don’t forget to say hello to their mascot “Phang”! 100% of the proceeds will benefit sending children with Autism and their families to summer camp programs and other events throughout the year!For vendor information contact Details HERE
  • Introduction to Smartphone Nature Photography with Jeff Linder Sunday July 18th 10 AM at John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge At Tinicum You don’t need a giant camera to take great pictures at the refuge. Today’s cellphones have cameras that rival professional ones just a few years ago. For this workshop we’ll start by discussing the best subject matter, camera apps, filters and storage, then head out into the refuge to practice composition skills before returning to review. Meet at Visitor Center. No registration needed Details HERE
  • Show for Hope Car Show Sunday July 18th 10 AM 2 Cambridge Rd Brookhaven, PA A show for Hope benefitting The Hope for Hallie Foundation. The Hope for Hallie Foundation was created in memory of Hallie Jackson to raise mental health awareness and the prevention of teen suicide. Entrance fee is $20. Trophies will be awarded by guest judges and by people’s choice. Door prizes will also be awarded and there will be a 50/50. ***RAIN DATE July 25, 2021*** Details HERE
  • Cow Pie Bingo 25 S Swarthmore Ave, Swarthmore, PA Sunday July 18th 11 AM – 8 PM at Nassau Swim Club 25 S Swarthmore Ave, Swarthmore, PA $10 per ticket – entry to the pool all day and a chance to win $1,000! Cow comes at 3:30pm Details HERE
  • Insta Philly Instagrammable Photo Experience  219 Market Street – Philadelphia, PA Details and ticket info HERE
  • Rose Tree Park Summer Festival June 26 – August 22 1671 N. Providence Road Media, PA Showtime is 7:30 PM (except on July 2nd & 29th -10 AM – both Children’s shows) Details and list of Concerts/Entertainers HERE and HERE and HERE
  • Zoo Revue at Elmwood Park Zoo Weekends throughout the Summer Cue the music! Join us every weekend throughout the summer for live entertainment as various talented performers take the Zoo Revue stage! Our lineup includes all types of entertainment – enjoy musicians, young actors, magicians and more! All performances will take place on Saturdays and Sundays, from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM, on the stage located next to the bison feeding deck and across from Zoo Brew Beer Garden.
    Performances are free to attend with regular zoo admission.
    Details HERE and HERE
  • Friday Night unWINEd at Shady Brook Farm May 7 to September 3, 2021 Gates open at 5:30pm Music starts at 6:30pm The party’s at our place all summer long and you’re invited! Enjoy live music by amazing bands in the Festival Field every Friday evening. Bring the whole family…we’ve got lots of activities for the kiddos, lawn games, food, drinks & fun! No outside food or drinks permitted. We have several food & drink vendors located throughout the Festival Field. Kids under 24 mo. are free! See page for more info on weather and rain cancelations. Details HERE
  • The Garden Railway at Morris Arboretum opens daily May 29 through October 11. Runs weekdays 10am – 5pm and weekends 9am – 5pm “The Garden Railway display is a miniature world with a quarter mile track running through it. It features loops and tunnels, bridges and trestles and all of the small-scale buildings are created entirely of natural materials.” Details, tickets and more info HERE
  • Pick Your Own at Linvilla Orchards Pick-Your-Own is open Monday-Friday from 8AM – 4PM and Saturdays and Sundays from 8AM – 5PM.Weather and Crop Permitting. Details, pricing and ticket info HERE
  • Media Farmers Market Sundays 10 AM – 1 PM Edgmont St. between Media Elementary and Barrall Field  every Sunday from now until November from 10am to 1pm. Make sure you plan to come every week – during the growing season new items are arriving at the Market all the time! Details HERE
  • Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest May 7th – September 26th 101 South Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia, PA Roller Skating, food, carnival games, rides, Carnival treats and more.  Details and advance roller skating ticket purchases HERE
  • Philadelphia Film Society Drive in at the Philadelphia Navy Yard Friday Various films throughout the weekend Admiral Peary Way &, League Island Blvd, Philadelphia, PA Movies and ticket info HERE
  • Ship Bottom Brewery Beer Garden at Linvilla Orchards Saturdays and Sundays 12 PM – 6 PM (weather dependent) Food Truck will be onsite each day, Fire Pits & Patio Heaters, Ship Bottom will have a social distance program and contact-less environment in place for your safety.  Seating will be first come first serve. Details HERE
  • The Pigeon Comes to Philadelphia! A Mo Willems Exhibit June 4th through September 12th at The Please Touch Museum 4231 Avenue of the Republic Philadelphia, PA “Visit the whimsical world of Mo Willems and his cast of lovable characters, including best friend duo Elephant and Piggie, faithful companion Knuffle Bunny and The Pigeon, the wily city bird best known for his antics in Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! Activities in the exhibition will give children the opportunity to make art that is inspired by Mo Willems and to learn about the social and emotional lives of the author’s popular characters.” Details, ticket info and list of exhibit highlights HERE
  • Adventure Aquarium Camden NJ – Advance tickets required Details HERE
  • Penn Museum Philadelphia PA – Advance tickets required – Be sure to check out their newest exhibit – Invisible Beauty: The Art of Archaelogical Science, “where you can see archaeology through an entirely new lens. It takes visitors behind-the-scenes to be a part of what happens inside the research labs — an important part of archaeological discovery — giving them a closer look (up to 26,000x closer!) at the artifacts that are on display and the innovative technology that researchers use to uncover hidden information about the past.” Details HERE
  • Franklin Institute Philadelphia PA – Crayola IDEAworks: The Creativity Exhibition February 13, 2021 – July 18, 2021- “In its exclusive, limited run in Philadelphia, the exhibition will inspire visitors of all ages to develop and expand their creative skills through a multitude of activities that will stimulate the senses while empowering creativity and imagination.” Advance Tickets Required Details HERE
  • Spruce Street Harbor Park 121 N. Columbus Blvd Philadelphia, PA Opens for the season May 26th“Spruce Street Harbor Park makes for cool, Summertime memories, with colorful hammocks, floating gardens, beautiful trees adorned in technicolored lights, local craft beers, and delicious food from some of Philadelphia’s most popular restaurants.” Details HERE
  • Wonderspaces 27 N 11th St, Philadelphia, PA Details, tickets and hours HERE
  • Please Touch Museum Philadelphia PA Details HERE
  • The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University Philadelphia PA Advance Reservation Required Details HERE
  • Franklin Square in Philadelphia Details and more HERE
  • Philadelphia Museum of Art Philadelphia, PA Reservations required Details HERE
  • Museum of the American Revolution Philadelphia, PA Reservations required Details HERE
  • Longwood Gardens Kennett Square, PA Advance Tickets Required Details HERE
  • Philadelphia Zoo Philadelphia PA – Experience BIG TIME, Philadelphia Zoo’s new prehistoric exhibit. Advance tickets required Details HERE
  • Elmwood Park Zoo Norristown, PA – Advance tickets required Details HERE
  • Brandywine Zoo Wilmington, DE Details HERE
  • Tyler Arboretum Media, PA Details HERE
  • Morris Arboretum Philadelphia, PA Advance tickets required Details HERE
  • Putt Putt Fun Center 5300 W Baltimore Pike Clifton Heights, PA Details and ticket info HERE
  • Bettes Family Fun Center Aston, PA Details HERE
  • Urban Air Adventure Park Springfield PA Details HERE
  • Sky Zone Glen Mills PA Details HERE
  • Jumpers Family Fun Zone Newtown Square PA Advance Reservations Required Details HERE
  • Arnold’s Family Fun Center Oaks PA Details HERE
  • Diggerland USA West Berlin, NJ Details HERE
  • Strasburg Railroad Ronks PA Advance Tickets required Details HERE
  • Knoebels 391 Knoebels Blvd Route 487 Elysburg, PA Details HERE


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