Autumn officially arrives on Friday! Philly families can anticipate the smell of cool autumn air, flowering chrysanthemums, and pumpkin-flavored coffee, creamers, donuts, breads, pies, cookies- ALL THINGS PUMPKIN!
Our event calendar also offers up some activities to engage the senses. Older kids can investigate seeds and plants while toddlers can learn about busy little squirrels and preschoolers explore the life of the monarch with a visit to Tyler Arboretum. Get a jumpstart on your fall bucket list with a trip to Hellerick's Family Farm and climb in the spider net, slide down the corn chute, and see the farm animals. Or, cross off a final summer bucket list item (it's technically summer until Friday) by checking out St. Gregory's Church Carnival in Philly or St. Madeline's Church Carnival in Ridley Park. Those looking for indoor fun are in luck. This week, the National Constitution Center recognizes Constitution Day with lots of intriguing programs to learn about this important founding document. Franklin Institute provides free admission from 5 PM to 8 PM during its Community Night and Winterthur hosts its WOW! Wee Ones event so kids can experience the museum through exploration and movement.
Be sure to review our September GoList as you are filling your family calendar with fun for the month. Now, keep reading to see some of our top picks.
Monday, September 18
Constitution Day- Philadelphia, PA
The National Constitution Center celebrates Constitution Day by offering free admission to the Museum. In addition, visitors can expect special programming such as flag raising, 18th century games, and a Happy Birthday sing-a-long.
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Tuesday, September 19
Toddler Time- Philadelphia, PA
Does your little one like to collect things? Visit the American Swedish Historical Museum during its Toddler Time session to learn how museums collect items for its exhibits. Children listen to the story, Hannah's Collection by Marthe Jocelyn, as well as make a collection box craft.
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Wednesday, September 20
Community Night- Philadelphia, PA
Enjoy the Franklin Institute with complimentary admission from 5 PM- 8 PM. Be sure to walk through The Giant Heart, explore The Train Factory, and try out the fun in the Sports Zone.
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Thursday, September 21
Springhouse Storytime- Glen Mills, PA
Play games, sing songs, listen to stories, and make friends at Newlin Grist Mill. This month's theme is Seasons.
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Friday, September 22
Night Hike- Washington Crossing, PA
This free night hike held at Washington Crossing Historical Park is a great opportunity enjoy the first evening of autumn. Be sure to bring along a flashlight and good walking shoes since the hike is approximately 2 miles.
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Photo courtesy of Tyler Arboretum