City Happenings: A September Guide for Families in Philadelphia

Little Moon + ArrowNow that the children are back-to-school and you aren’t going to the beach this weekend, there are many things happening in the city to keep you busy. A few in particular recently came across my radar that I wanted to share with Mommy Call readers. Some of these are happening this weekend, so don’t procrastinate (like I did in writing this blog post).

Lume Creative Learning Studios

Lume not only offers art classes for kids and adults but is a community gathering and event space for Passyunk Avenue and offers birthday parties. Where else could you find a Drag Queen Storytime?

Evelyn’s Corner: Grand Opening September 16, 2017

You may not think the city needs another kids art studio, but Evelyn’s Corner is bringing a new perspective to the kids’ art class scene. The website alone inspires creativity. In addition, they offer private classes and in-home birthday parties.

Momo’s Treehouse: Grand Opening September 16, 2017

If you loved their Old City location, the new Fitler Square space promises to exceed your expectations. Their Grand Opening celebration will be joined by Baby Wordplay and the Igloo and includes a petting zoo at the Grays Ferry Triangle from 10:30-12:30.

Penn Museum Family Game Night: September 15th, 2017, 6-9 PM

The Penn Museum is creating an adventure-packed evening for children 6 and up, including ancient board games, artifact guessing, hieroglyph decoding and more. Admission is $15pp or $50 per family of 4.

MOM’s Organic Market: Grand Opening September 8-10th

This new organic market in Center City not only aims to bring high quality, organic produce, but also sustainable insect proteins, a beekeeping section, car charging stations, sustainable seafood, growler-filling stations, liquid bulk products, and a recycling center. The grand opening celebration will include meet and greets with local green leaders, tastings, henna art, and kids activities.  5% of Grand Opening sales will be donated to the Philadelphia Orchard Project and Pennsylvania Environmental Council.

Play Arts: One Year Anniversary Party September 10th

I’ve written before about my love of Fishtown’s uber-cool Play Arts. They have been celebrating their one year anniversary all week, but the festivities culminate on Sunday, September 10th, with a party from 10AM-12PM. As if you need additional reasons to attend, they will be serving Cake Life cupcakes, dishing out door prizes, and offering discounts! RSVP is required!

Rock to the Future

This is a nonprofit that provides free and low-cost music education programs for Philadelphia youth. Their MusiCore program is where students learn their choice of instrument, form bands, write and record original music, play cover songs, participate in vocal ensemble, attend creative workshops, work with real musicians, and perform live. This program is open to grades 6-12 and operates Monday-Friday 3-6PM.

Little Moon + Arrow (photo above)

If you have been to the parent store, Moon + Arrow, you can imagine how adorable and crafty their version for the littles is. Their new space is drenched in sunlight and with all the pillows in the windows you will wish you could stay all afternoon.

Mister John’s Music

Queen Village cult favorite, Mister John, has upgraded to his own space in the Italian Market. He’s transformed a spice shop into a cozy studio with beautiful old world charm. With new teachers on staff and all their new square footage, there are new class options as well.

Franklin Ice Cream Bar

Sometime this Fall, Franklin Fountain is opening an Old City sister store where you can build-your-own ice cream pop shaped like the Keystone that is the symbol of Pennsylvania. There are even vegan options. I’ll see you there.

Bartram’s Garden: Philadelphia Honey Festival, September 10, 2017

Nothing is cuter than a bunch of children parading around in bee costumes. As the Honey Fest wraps up at Bartram’s Garden (10AM-4PM on 9/10/17), expect this as well as beekeeping demos, honey extractions, a marketplace and garden tours.

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