15 things to do with kids in Philadelphia this week

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If there isn’t a nickname for the end-of-school-year activity frenzy yet, there should be. It’s as if everyone has planned activities for spring weekends when it’s a safe bet that it won’t be unbearably hot and humid, even if you can never count on a mild spring weather here in Philadelphia.

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(Books/in-person/free) Have a story read to you, then write your own – and go home with a new book and activity bag. Not bad for a midweek after-school haul. The event is in partnership with the National Liberty Museum. 3-8 years old. (Free, June 2, 4 p.m. and 5 p.m., 4200 Wissahickon Ave., libertymuseum.org)

(TV/in-person/free) Sesame Street has gone high-definition, but the decidedly low-fi, live-action quintuple Mighty Morphins seem decades ago — and little kids don’t care. The fabulous group will be there in their goofy silky costumes to interact with fans while adding to their lifetime earnings of over $1 billion. Reservations recommended. 3-8 years old. ($30-$50, June 4-5, 10am-6pm, 100 Sesame Road, Langhorne, sesameplace.com)

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(Seasonal / in person) Local strawberries are a crop here today gone tomorrow. There are only three and a half weekends left to pick sweet red gems from the Johnson family fields. After that, it’s back to plastic Foxy’s and Driscolls. From 1 years old. ($6, free under 1 year, June 4, 5, 11, 133 Church Road, Medford, NJ, johnsonsfarm.com)

(Seasonal/In-Person/Free) OK, so maybe you walked down the Shore a few sweltering weekends ago, and again for the long weekend. For talk’s sake, you might make it a trifecta, if only to experience the sweetness, both literal and metaphorical, of an adorable community fair all about strawberries. Plus, glitter tattoos. All ages. (Free, June 4, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., rain date, June 5, 732 Broadway, West Cape May, capemay.com)

(Seasonal/In-Person) Berry season is a snap. Hop aboard Shady Brook’s cart soon and be sure to snap some shots as your little ones sneakily gobble up the red gems by the handful – before they reach the payline. Concessions and live music too. All ages. ($10-$12, free 23 months and under, June 4-5, 11-12, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., 931 Stony Hill Road, Yardley, shadybrookfarm.com)

(History/in-person/free) No charge to view the Revolutionary War fighters, but if you want to ride one of their horses (OK, not really, but a Red Sky Ranch pony) you’ll get need a pony Hamilton. Plus, no charge to enter the shouting contest, dance like a Colonial, or talk to fake Redcoats and other re-enactors. ($10 each way, June 4, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Skirmish is 2 p.m. to 2:20 p.m., 205 N. Haddon Ave, Haddonfield, indiankingfriends.org)

(Art/in-person/free) You might hesitate before taking your tot to see a protest-themed exhibit called Waiting for tear gas. Fear not if you’re having a family day out where the kids can spend 4.5 hours making art on the South Vaulted Walkway, take a tour just for them (book ahead), and best of all, spend some time with the very child-friendly muralist Symone Salib. Visits at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. 2-12 years old. (Free, June 5, 10:30 p.m.-3 p.m., 2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy., philamuseum.org)

(Art/In-Person/Free) Free Family Sunday takes a fabulous turn when the day of artistic creation and discovery includes narration by Leslie Hamilton (10:30 a.m. and 11:15 a.m.), a live performance by the Philadelphia Gay Men’s Chorus (12:30 p.m.), and a Voguing lesson by Kemar Jewel (2:30 p.m.). 2 years and over. Registration opens June 2 at 10 a.m. and is required. (Free, June 5, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., 2025 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy., barnesfoundation.org)

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(Theatre/In-Person/Multi-Day) It’s 1986 Ghana, Years Ago, and an Ocean of Tina Fey’s Chicago Suburb in 2004. Yet themes of insecurity, beauty, acceptance and secrets reappear in a one-piece room. schoolgirls against each other and, ultimately, against themselves. 12 years and over. ($18 to $53, until June 12, 40 N. Second St., ardentheatre.org)

(Seasonal/In-Person/Multi-Day/Outdoor) With a roof of inflated beach balls, the warm-weather version of City Hall’s skating rink is back, ushered in by local skaters from Great on Skates. The outdoor roller skate rink promises spring and summer activations – and an adjacent beer garden. Reservations recommended. 3 years and over. (adult $10, child $8, skate rental $5, open: 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., until July 17, 1 S. 15th Street., centercityphila.org)

(Science/in-person/multi-day) The Academy continues a water-focused year with an exhibit co-created by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. The things that live and happen at the bottom of the ocean — five-foot-long tube worms, thermal vents, giant clams, iconic shipwrecks — could inspire kids to become the next Cousteau (and probably inspire adults to review “The Life Aquatic” with Steve Zisou). 5 years and over. ($22 from 13 years old, $19 senior, student, military, $18 from $2 to $12, $2 ACCESS card holder, free for children under 2, until July 24, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy., ansp.org)

(Seasonal/in-person/free) Those of us who are tired of waiting for a day at the beach can head to these outdoor shops to watch four professional sand sculpting teams create whimsical works of art. and grainy. In a few weeks, the castles and such will be full to walk around, and the sandboxes will be open for play. For 2 years. (Free, building: May 21-June 4; on display: June 8-Aug 31, 400 State Rd., New Hope, peddlersvillage.com)

(Museum/In-Person/Multi-Day) The museum version of JK Rowling’s Juggernaut lets visitors choose their Hogwarts houses, explore Gringotts, Hogwarts, and the Forbidden Forest, but not record video. Timed tickets are good for museum entry up to two hours in advance. 5 years and over. ($43 ages 12-64, $41 seniors and military, $39 ages 3-11; 2 and under free, evening tickets: $30, through Sept. 18, 222 N. 20th St., harrypotterexhibition.com)

(Seasonal/in-person/multi-day/free/outdoor) The carnival vibe returns to the waterfront, with a Ferris wheel, outdoor skating rink, barge-turned-barge, prize games, games just to play and crab fries. The ride is free. Most activities are not. All ages. (Free with paid activities, May 6-Sept 25, 101-301 S. Columbus Blvd., delawareriverwaterfront.com)

(Seasonal/In-Person) You must weigh at least 35 pounds to ride a swan or dragon-shaped rower or paddle boat moored on a man-made pond on the Delaware. (Remember, a rowboat goes faster.) Life jackets are mandatory, just like an adult, for boaters under 18. ($12 per half hour, $4 per ACCESS cardholder, until October 22, 211 S. Columbus Blvd., phillyseaport.org)

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