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Philadelphia International Children's Festival - 30th Birthday!
April 30-May 4, 2014

The 30th birthday celebration of the Philadelphia International Children’s Festival will be Wednesday, April 30 – Sunday, May 4. Enjoy family-friendly theatre performances, as well as a host of fun and interactive activities in the FUN ZONE on the Outdoor Plaza including crafts, face painting, jugglers and more!

2014 Performances

Simple Gifts
The Cashore Marionettes
Wednesday, April 30 @ 9:45 AM
Thursday, May 1 @ 9:45 AM
Friday, May 2 @ 9:45 AM
Saturday, May 3 @ 12 PM and 2 PM
Sunday, May 4 @ 1 PM and 3 PM

Gale LaJoy
Wednesday, April 30 @ 9:45 AM
Friday, May 2 @ 9:45 AM
Saturday, May 3 @ 2 PM and 4 PM
Sunday, May 4 @ 1 PM and 3 PM

Me and My Shadow
Patch Theatre Company
Wednesday, April 30 @ 10 AM and 6:30 PM
Thursday, May 1 @ 10 AM
Friday, May 2 @ 12 PM
Saturday, May 3 @ 10 AM and 4 PM
Sunday, May 4 @ 12 PM and 3 PM

The Ugly Duckling and The Tortoise & the Hare
Lightwire Theater/Corbian Visual Arts and Dance
Wednesday, April 30 @ 12 PM
Thursday, May 1 @ 12 PM
Saturday, May 3 @ 12 PM and 2 PM

The Snail and the Whale
Tall Stories
Thursday, May 1 @ 9:45 AM
Friday, May 2 @ 11:45 AM
Saturday, May 3 @ 10 AM and 12 PM

We Shall Not Be Moved: the Hip H'opera Project
Opera Philadelphia and Art Sanctuary

Friday, May 2 @ 10 AM


All tickets include access to the Children’s Festival FUN ZONE.


Wed-Fri: $10 • Sat-Sun: $12

Opening Night Special (April 30): 5:30 PM pre-show party and 6:30 PM Me and My Shadow performance: $5


PNC West Philly Rush

West Philly residents can purchase $5 PNC rush tickets for weekend performances. Valid for one ticket per resident. Proof of residency in one of the following zip codes must be presented: 19104, 19131, 19139, 19142, 19143, 19145, 19151 or 19153. Click here for more information about this program.

School Groups

Ticket for school groups are available now! For more information and special ticket rates for school groups, please contact Edward M. Epstein at 215.746.7997 or Curriculum materials will be available here.

Me and My Shadow is co-presented with PAPAYA (PA Performing Arts for Young Audiences, Inc.)

The 2014 Philadelphia International Children’s Festival is made possible in part by the support of the following: the Philadelphia Phillies, the Lomax Foundation, the Connelly Foundation, Aramark, the William Penn Foundation, the Philadelphia Cultural Fund, the Virginia C. Mulconroy Fund of The Philadelphia Foundation and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

$30 Weekend Fun Pass

The more you buy, the more you save! Join the fun with the Weekend Fun Pass and make a whole day of it on Saturday, May 3 or Sunday, May 4!  Enjoy three shows, access to the Children's Festival FUN ZONE and a free lunch for only $30.* It's the best way to experience the Philadelphia International Children's Festival!

Click here to purchase a Fun Pass for Saturday, May 3.

Click here to purchase a Fun Pass for Sunday, May 4.

*Offer valid for three different performances, not three tickets to the same performance. Valid on Saturday, May 3 or Sunday, May 4 only. Offer is not retroactive. Other restrictions may apply.

Children’s Festival FUN ZONE

Visit the Children’s Festival FUN ZONE on the Outdoor Plaza and enjoy a host of engaging and hands-on activities for the whole family! Perfect for families and school groups, the FUN ZONE offers face painting and crafts as well as a full schedule of performances. Free for all ticket holders, the FUN ZONE opens at 9 AM on weekdays and at 10 AM on weekends.

2014 FUN ZONE Performers:

DJ Dave Cornwell of Center Stage Entertainment

Give & Take Jugglers

Joe Tayoun, Master Percussionist, and his Rhythmic Friends

Nelly Berman School of Music

Balloon Twisting with Chuck Walker

Adopt a School—Make a difference!

Adopt-A-School gives individuals and companies the opportunity to sponsor a classroom of local students to participate in the Philadelphia International Children's Festival. Your sponsorship helps to provide lively arts education programs to the children of our greater Philadelphia community.

The Annenberg Center believes that all children, regardless of their ability to pay, should have opportunities to experience high quality performing arts programs. Nearly half of the school students who attend our Children's Programs could not do so without the deep discounts that Adopt-A-School makes possible.

Adopt-A-School sponsorships begin at $1,000. For more information or to become a sponsor, please contact the Development Department at 215. 898.6754.

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