Tagged Family Programs

Summer of Wonder: 3 Ways to Get Kids Reading This Summer

The Free Library of Philadelphia’s Summer of Wonder program is a reading challenge for all ages that allows participants to attend fun Free Library events, find new books to read, and explore activities to stay engaged throughout…

From Sloths to Sleuths: The Academy of Natural Sciences Free Pass Program!

The Academy of Natural Sciences and the Free Library of Philadelphia are old friends. For over 100 years, they have lived across from each other on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, educating and entertaining Philadelphians. In…

Get Ready for an Exciting Summer of Wonder at the Free Library!

Summer of Wonder is the Free Library's flagship summer reading challenge for all ages. Participants can attend library programs, find new books to read, and explore activities to stay engaged throughout the summer. Summer of Wonder…

Programs Supported by the Free Library Foundation

There is so much to love about the Free Library of Philadelphia. As one of the most important educational and cultural institutions in the city, the Library goes beyond books to strengthen local communities and achieve its mission .…

May is AANHPI Heritage Month

Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) Heritage Month celebrates generations of AAPI contributions to American history, society, and culture. Initially founded as a week-long celebration by Congress in…

The Philadelphia Parent and Youth Resource Fair is Saturday, April 27

Looking for free and low-cost summer activities that are safe and adult-supervised for children, teens, and families? The 2024 City of Philadelphia Parent and Youth Resource Fair will be held Saturday, April 27 from 10:00…

Sundays on Stage is Back … on Saturdays this Season!

Spread the word: Sundays on Stage is back this spring! This season we will host live performances on Saturdays in the Montgomery Auditorium at Parkway Central Library . After nearly four years of virtual performances, Sundays on Stage…

Celebrate Lunar New Year with the Free Library

Lunar New Year is celebrated in some parts of Asia, and is important to many Asian immigrants and communities around the world. Lunar New Year is called Chūnjié (Spring Festival) in China and Taiwan, Seollal in Korea, and Tết in…

Storytimes at Christmas Village and More Holiday Fun

Join the Free Library this holiday season at Philadelphia’s authentic German Christmas market, presented by Bank of America! Christmas Village will light up LOVE Park and City Hall from Thanksgiving (November…

The Outdoor Costume Parade Returns to Parkway Central Library on October 26!

Join the Central Children’s Department  on Thursday, October 26 from 3:30 p.m.–4:30 p.m. (rain date: Friday, October 27) for our yearly Costume Parade! Bookmark the event on the Free Library's website event…

Philly Families, Get Ready for Reading Promise Week!

Reading Promise Week is October 7–15, 2023! Philly’s fourth annual family reading festival is back and bigger than ever. Over 70 free family events are giving away 16,000 children’s books citywide!  If you…

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month With Your Family

Is your family excited to celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month with the Free Library? We are too! The mid-month heritage celebration is set from September 15–October 15  in order to include the Independence Days of…

Celebrating Immigrant Heritage Month with Coquíes and Plátanos

Books are an opportunity to celebrate cultures, share traditions, and travel around the world! They are also an avenue to learn a new language, share your favorite recipes, and become familiar with new animals native to different…

Celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage for Families

May is Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month , and it’s a wonderful time to celebrate this rich and varied cultural heritage with the whole family! The acronym stands in for a great number of different…

Celebrate the Earth This April With Kids

On April 22, 1970, on the heels of a massive oil spill in California, the first Earth Day brought 20 million Americans to stand up for the protection of a planet polluted and imperiled by industrialization. This action and the resulting…

Free Library Event Highlights: Week of April 3, 2023

Happy April! As spring is upon us, we're looking ahead to next week's event schedule for fun, no-cost, and informative events at your local Free Library branch. Enjoy a free Ben & Jerry's ice cream cone, learn about…

Black History Month for Kids and Families

Welcome to Black History Month! The theme of this year’s annual celebration is Black Resistance , an acknowledgement of the continued fight against historic and on-going oppression. Join the Free Library to celebrate Black…

Wintertime Fun at the Free Library

The winter season is upon us, and we're excited to spend it with you! Read on for some great ideas for family-friendly fun when the temperature starts to drop. Winter Reading Challenge There’s nothing like curling up with a…

It's Young Readers' Week!

Welcome to Young Readers’ Week ! The Free Library joins young readers around the nation in an annual celebration of all things bookish. Originally born of a partnership between Pizza’s Hut’s Book-It program and the…

Celebrate Indigenous Peoples' Day in Philadelphia!

Philadelphia proudly joins the many cities and states around the nation who have chosen to officially recognize and celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day in lieu of Columbus Day . This cultural shift seeks to recognize the harm done…