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Take in Penn's glorious Morris Arboretum from home

Posted May 27, 2020

Family

While we wait for the day when we can again visit the glorious gardens of the Morris Arboretum we checked out some of the free family-friendly activities they're offering. One of our cultural partners, Morris Arboretum is Penn’s historic public garden as well as the official arboretum of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Enjoy interactive jigsaw puzzles depicting the lush landscapes of the gardens; downloadable garden-inspired coloring book pages showing flowers currently in bloom, features of the Arboretum and items from their archives; and a variety of nature-based word search puzzles. Get to know Morris Arboretum now, from home, so you’ll be ready when it comes time to visit in person!

Dig into Penn Museum At Home with the whole family

Posted May 20, 2020

Family

Our buildings might be empty right now but our University cultural partners join us in keeping the lights on virtually. This week we salute the Penn Museum. While their entire website is a treasure trove of offerings for all visitors, here we focus on two family-friendly categories within the Penn Museum At Home section. At-Home Anthropology for Kids invites learners of all ages to create legendary creatures or Roman mosaics, design a personal museum or learn how to mummify fruits and vegetables. Each week the Museum adds new projects so children and their grown-ups can add some fun, new projects to their weekly mix. Older children and teenagers might want to check out the Digital Daily Dig, a three-minute video posted on the Museum’s Facebook page at 1 PM each weekday, with a substantial archive available on the Museum’s website. Billed as “One artifact. Three minutes. Endless insights.” this quick and clever feature brings to life Etruscan sandals, Roman ketchup, Foo Lions and many other fascinating objects within the Museum’s collection.

Master the art of doodling with Mo Willems

Posted May 14, 2020

Family


Parents of young children might recognize the name Mo Willems, but if you aren’t familiar, Willems is a beloved author, illustrator, animator and playwright. He is most recognized as a New York Times bestselling author, a Caldecott Medal recipient, an Emmy® winner for his work on Sesame Street and the inaugural Kennedy Center Education Artist-in-Residence. If you’re looking for fun yet simple ways to be creative at home, Willems is one of the top resources for engaging the whole family.

Currently, as part of his Kennedy Center residency, Willems and Disney Publishing Worldwide are producing a special video series called Thank You Thursdays!  Read more...

Celebrate our Philadelphia Children's Festival's 35th birthday from home

Posted May 7, 2020

Family


From our 2019 Children's Festival
Photo by Mark Garvin
Even though we can’t be together for our Philadelphia Children’s Festival’s 35th birthday, we’re still celebrating from home with some of the best virtual content from this year’s performers. We look forward to seeing you at the 2021 Children’s Festival. Please enjoy! Read more...

ListenUp: Children's Festival playlist

Posted May 6, 2020

Family

This week, listen to one of our most lively playlists yet. Every year, the excitement of our Children’s Festival goes beyond our theatres with a fun mix of popular, kid-friendly songs playing in our lobby and outdoor plaza all day. From “Can’t Stop the Feeling” to “I’m a Believer,” get on your feet and dance to some of the best songs you would have heard at this week’s event.

Discover the best virtual activities from our Children’s Festival plaza partners

Posted May 6, 2020

Family

PlazaMania, the lively outdoor component of the Children’s Festival, allows kids to explore their own creativity with a feast of hands-on activities provided by arts partners from across Philadelphia. We invite you to visit them in their own online spaces, via the following list, where you’ll find a whole host of cool activities to keep the whole family busy. So take in a show, then fire up the playlist and have fun creating your own PlazaMania! Read more...

Enjoy Enchantment Theatre Company's Peter Rabbit™ Tales with the family

Posted April 28, 2020

Family

If you’ve ever been to our annual, three-day Philadelphia Children’s Festival, you might have seen a delightful performance by Enchantment Theatre Company, who we have welcomed at our festival for numerous seasons. In 2017, Enchantment put on three sold-out performances of its charming Peter Rabbit™ Tales. Now, as an extension of its Enchantment Everywhere outreach initiative, the festival favorite has made the full-length video of Peter Rabbit™ Tales available for streaming on YouTube (see below). Read more...

Trusty Sidekick Theater Company's Shadow Play

Posted April 23, 2020

Family

Plan a “play date” with the Trusty Sidekick Theater Company! One of the highlights of our 2019 Children’s Festival was the Company’s marvelously inventive Shadow Play. Stream the full video (for free) of the playful adventures of Flash and his exciting quest to reunite with his shadow in this multimedia performance for children (ages 2-5) and their adults. As an added bonus, learn how to make shadow puppets at home with Trusty Sidekick’s Artistic Director Drew Petersen.

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Melody's Mostly Musical Day with Steinway artist Jenny Lin

Posted April 16, 2020

Family

Pianist and Steinway artist Jenny Lin is delighted to share her digital rendition of Melody's Mostly Musical Day with Annenberg Center audiences. A modified version of Steinway & Sons' live show, this illustrated book follows a child’s musical day from breakfast to bedtime as Lin performs a variety of classical piano works from Mozart, to Gershwin to Chick Corea. Enjoy a special message from Lin and then follow the link below for the full performance.

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