The holidays are over and yet it is still winter. Are you looking for some reasons to get out of the house and explore our vibrant city? Lucky for you Chinese New Year is being celebrated this week, and we are currently celebrating Black History month in February. We’ve pulled together plenty of cultural events around town where your little ones can engage in the diversity of Philadelphia!
First, start with a book. Reading is a great way to bond with your child, and also a fun way to teach them about different cultures! The 27th Annual African American Children's Book Fair will take place Saturday, February 2, 2019, from 1p.m. - 4 p.m., at Community College of Philadelphia, 17th and Spring Garden streets, Philadelphia, Pa. The African American Children’s book fair offers the best and the brightest from the multicultural literary community and feature books that enlighten, enrich and empower children. The event is free and open to the public with events throughout the day. Find more information HERE.
Also on February 2, is the celebration of the Lunar New Year and the Independence Seaport Museum on Penn’s Landing from 11am-3pm. This is a family friendly event featuring activities throughout the day including calligraphy with Robert Hsu, martial arts with Action Karate South Philly and Yi's Karate Of Cherry Hill, and a special performance by drummer Kyo Daiko. The celebration is included with regular Museum admission. Find more information on their facebook page.
To celebrate the end of the Chinese New Year you and your family can check out the The Philadelphia Suns Lion Dance Parade at Race and Spring Sts. At the parade you can watch the Lions dance through the streets of Chinatown while snacking on Dim Sum or bubble tea. Find more details about the parade route on their facebook page.
From Feb 2 - Sep 9 The Please Touch Museum will be holding a new exhibit to acquaint children with the culture, architecture, and history of muslim countries called: “America to Zanzibar, Muslim Cultures Near and Far.” In the exhibition kids can Buy, sell and trade spices and design clothing in a global marketplace,Experience everyday life through objects of Muslim American families, Discover ancient world-class artifacts on loan from local museums, and more! Check their website for more information.
Want a fun way to get your kids into some Arts & Crafts? The Philadelphia Academy of Fine Arts offers workshops on Sunday afternoons from 2 - 4 p.m. Visitors get the opportunity to meet local artists, learn new skills, and make a different project every week. No registration required! While you are there take a look at the art on display at the PAFA museum. Find more information HERE.
We hope you have a fun and informative February taking in what Philadelphia has to offer while looking forward to Spring!