If you are like me, you always question if it is worth it to bring the kids along to an event, especially if you must fork over some money to go. Can they sit still? Will they like the show? Will a full on tantrum erupt and you will apologetically excuse yourself to the obviously agitated person sitting next to you after the first 5 minutes? I generally come armed with a sandwich bag of goldfish, pretzel sticks, and whatever else I can fit in a little baggie to keep my 2 year old occupied long enough to see at least the first act a show. After that, it’s anyone’s guess how long he will last.
Well, rest assured, you can participate in the great cultural festival that is hitting our city next month, the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts. Not only that, but you will get to see some great family friendly activities free. Yes, I just said that four letter “F” word that moms and dads love to hear – FREE!
Here are just a few options that might inspire you to visit our fine city of Philadelphia for some fun cultural activities for the kids!
How Philly Moves – Mural Arts Program, Jacques-Jean “JJ” Tiziou Eiffel Tower Light Show – Twice nightly spectacle with 6,000 light bulbs brings the 81-foot Eiffel Tower and Plaza to life in a dazzling light and sound show.
Kimmel Center Youth Jazz Ensemble – Led by Maestro Anthony Tidd, these energetic middle school through 10th graders know how to groove! Whether jamming at the Kimmel Center or rocking on the road, they will get you moving!
Hot Club of Philadelphia – PNC Grow Up Great – Music ensemble tells the story of Django Reinhardt and the inception of Gypsy Jazz, its concepts, and instruments. Includes hands-on demonstrations and performances.
Lunchtime Tunes – Piano music fills the Kimmel Center Plaza during lunchtime as students and professional musicians play classical and pop tunes. Piano furnished by Jacobs Music.
French in Ten Minutes – Learn key French words and phrases in a group setting. Each lesson is themed around a topic (wine, the tour de France, the Louvre, etc.) and is taught by authentic French teachers.
WXPN free at noon concerts – Each Friday at noon, WXPN broadcasts a free, live concert from the Kimmel Center Plaza Stage, featuring some of its most popular artists. Visit XPN.org for concert details one week prior to each show.
Easter Egg Hunt -Celebrate the signs of spring with a family-oriented Easter Egg Hunt within the Kimmel Center Plaza. For children 10 and under. CONVERGENCE: A Charm of Moonlight – Commonwealth Youthchoirs and the Philadelphia Museum of Art present a performance of a newly-commissioned work by Thomas Pasatieri that moves through the galleries of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The composition reflects upon visual and poetic work from 1910-1920 in Paris.
If you are interested in other kid-friendly events taking place during PIFA, you can find those listed HERE.
*DISCLOSURE: This is a sponsored post. Stay tuned as Montgomery County Moms explores the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts through May 1st. Image courtesy of PIFA.