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July
24

Philadelphia Freedom’s Tennis

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

The members of the Freedoms, the team mascot and local tennis pros will be on hand at the PLAY Block on the Parkway to give tennis lessons to sports fans of all ages.

July
26

Philly Reading Coaches

11:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Philly Reading Coaches will be on hand to for one-on-one reading sessions with kids to boost confidence and encourage a love of reading. All ages welcome.

July
26

Architecture + Design (A+D) Play

3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Have fun and learn about design, build a project from your imagination, and hone your creative problem-solving skills. DesignPhiladelphia offersdifferent activitieseach week, so you can come again and again to work with others and build something amazing!

July
27

Family Design Workshop

11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

DESIGN + MAKE with us in an exciting workshop exploring the building blocks of architecture, design, and our city. Dive into the design process through stories and fun activities each week, so you can come again and again to work with others and build something amazing!

July
27

Rock Band Live! Learn how to play Eye of The Tiger with Ben Bryant of Interface Studio

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

We’ll cover the song structure, guitar riffs, and rhythm parts in an interactive group lesson. Designed for beginners and folks who are new to playing an instrument. All ages and abilities welcome. We will have a limited number of instruments on hand for participants (first come, first serve).

July
28

GLBL VLLG Dance

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Join Ashley Simone for an hour long dance class aimed at freeing the soul, moving the body, and getting out of our comfort zones. Ashley Simone combines anywhere from hip hop to Afro Beats to in order to teach the many different ways of self-expression. Classes are for ALL ages and ALL levels.

July
28

Amazing Arthropod Table with Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

From beautiful to bizarre, insects, spiders, and other spineless wonders elicit a reaction from every age. Meet some of the most amazing invertebrates on Earth, including live specimens!

August
2

Reading & Music Room

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Enjoy an outdoor reading and music room designed and fabricated by Tiny WPA and Interface Studio! Read a book or play an instrument on the MAKE Block of the Parkway.

August
2

Architecture + Design (A+D) Play

3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Have fun and learn about design, build a project from your imagination, and hone your creative problem-solving skills. DesignPhiladelphia offersdifferent activitieseach week, so you can come again and again to work with others and build something amazing!

August
3

Family Design Workshop

11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

DESIGN + MAKE with us in an exciting workshop exploring the building blocks of architecture, design, and our city.Dive into the design process through stories and fun activities each week, so you can come again and again to work with others and build something amazing! This is a special guest workshop by Girls, Inc.

August
3

CoLab Philadelphia: Pop-Up Health Fair

11:00 AM - 4:00 PM

The CoLab Philadelphia Airstream Trailer will be out providing free blood pressure screenings, family friendly games, activities, and refreshments!

August
3

Franklin Institute

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Blast off with educators from The Franklin Institute to explore rocketry in celebration of the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11’s historic voyage to the Moon. A combination of activities and demonstrations will be sure to ignite your curiosity for space travel.

August
3

Mighty Writers

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

What does it mean to be Mighty? Does it mean you’re brave, strong, and bold? Or maybe it means you’re kind, sincere, and thoughtful. It can mean all those things, but most importantly it means being yourself. Join us to write your best self and meet a community of positive & supportive writers. Recommended Ages: […]

August
4

Mad Beatz

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Facilitated by two Mad Beatz coaches, groups of up to 15 learn to play along to pop, hiphop, and trap beats…and freestyle too!  We’ll teach the groups fun rhymes, too, that will give them something to “rap” about after the beats are done.

August
4

Fleisher Color Wheels

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

ColorWheels is Fleisher’s mobile art studio, launched in 2012. Dubbed the “Swiss Army Knife of art,” ColorWheels delivers creative experiences directly to community members in neighborhoods throughout Philadelphia. The van is equipped with the tools and supplies needed for Fleisher’s teaching artists to guide community members in hands-on culturally inspired mini workshops, collaborative public art […]

August
4

Dinosaur Diversions Table with Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Always wanted to hold a real dinosaur fossil? Participants will receive a personal introduction to paleontology as they handle a variety of fossils and engage in fun tabletop activities.

August
4

Rock Band Live! Learn how to play Eye of The Tiger with Ben Bryant of Interface Studio

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

We’ll cover the song structure, guitar riffs, and rhythm parts in an interactive group lesson. Designed for beginners and folks who are new to playing an instrument. All ages and abilities welcome. We will have a limited number of instruments on hand for participants (first come, first serve).

August
9

Philly Reading Coaches

11:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Philly Reading Coaches will be on hand to for one-on-one reading sessions with kids to boost confidence and encourage a love of reading. All ages welcome.

August
9

Architecture + Design (A+D) Play

3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Have fun and learn about design, build a project from your imagination, and hone your creative problem-solving skills. DesignPhiladelphia offersdifferent activitieseach week, so you can come again and again to work with others and build something amazing!

August
10

Farm Explorer

1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Greener Partners’ Farm Explorer™ is a living, hands-on mobile farm that lets youth and families dig-in and connect with food from seed to plate.  Equipped with garden beds and a mobile kitchen, Farm Explorer™ travels directly to schools and communities, bringing fun, hands-on programs about how plants grow, seasonal eating, and how to prepare simple, […]

August
10

Family Design Workshop

11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

DESIGN + MAKE with us in an exciting workshop exploring the building blocks of architecture, design, and our city. Dive into the design process through stories and fun activities each week, so you can come again and again to work with others and build something amazing!

August
10

Aquaponics Lab

11:00 AM - 7:00 PM

Learn about the symbiotic relationship between fish and plants with Commonwealth Charter Academy’s (CCA) Aquaponics Lab! Plants are able to grow in a soil less system using less water, producing greater yields, and using the fish waste as food. The water in turn is cleansed and returns to the fish clean and ammonia free. CCA […]

August
10

Franklin Institute

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Blast off with educators from The Franklin Institute to explore rocketry in celebration of the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11’s historic voyage to the Moon. A combination of activities and demonstrations will be sure to ignite your curiosity for space travel.

August
11

Aquaponics Lab

11:00 AM - 7:00 PM

Learn about the symbiotic relationship between fish and plants with Commonwealth Charter Academy’s (CCA) Aquaponics Lab! Plants are able to grow in a soil less system using less water, producing greater yields, and using the fish waste as food. The water in turn is cleansed and returns to the fish clean and ammonia free. CCA […]

August
11

Mad Beatz “Drop the mic”

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Facilitated by Philly Emcee Z. Best, groups of up to 10 learn how to write rhymes and rap em to the beats of their choice.  We finish the session with a “cypher” to see who’s got the hottest bars!

August
11

Rock Band Live! Learn how to play Eye of The Tiger with Ben Bryant of Interface Studio

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

We’ll cover the song structure, guitar riffs, and rhythm parts in an interactive group lesson. Designed for beginners and folks who are new to playing an instrument. All ages and abilities welcome. We will have a limited number of instruments on hand for participants (first come, first serve).

August
14

Nature Read-Aloud with Philadelphia Parks & Recreation

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Join FarmPhilly for a read aloud series with a focus on the natural world. Children ages 4-8 and their caretakers are invited to come listen to stories about plants, animals, seasons and our food systems and participate in a short hands-on activity following the book.

August
15

GLBL VLLG Art

6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

GLBL VLLG Art by  Vic The objective for each class would be to invite the community to indulge in their creative side while broadening their ideas on what wellness truly is. Each class will have a focus for a dimension of wellness and each painting will depict what 1 that looks like to us. Each […]

August
16

Philly Reading Coaches

11:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Philly Reading Coaches will be on hand to for one-on-one reading sessions with kids to boost confidence and encourage a love of reading. All ages welcome.

August
16

Architecture + Design (A+D) Play

3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Have fun and learn about design, build a project from your imagination, and hone your creative problem-solving skills. DesignPhiladelphia offersdifferent activitieseach week, so you can come again and again to work with others and build something amazing!

August
17

Family Design Workshop

11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

DESIGN + MAKE with us in an exciting workshop exploring the building blocks of architecture, design, and our city. Dive into the design process through stories and fun activities each week, so you can come again and again to work with others and build something amazing!

August
17

Franklin Institute

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Blast off with educators from The Franklin Institute to explore rocketry in celebration of the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11’s historic voyage to the Moon. A combination of activities and demonstrations will be sure to ignite your curiosity for space travel.

August
18

GLBL VLLG Jam Session

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

The VLLG Jam Sessions are a free-flowing and organic event serving the creative community and celebrating the creative spirit through expression and music. ‘The only concert where the audience is the headliner’ brings people together from all walks of life to tell their stories through various mediums of entertainment and artistry.

August
18

Roots 2 Rise Yoga by City Fitness

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Join Roots 2 Rise for a yoga class on the HEAR Block of the Parkway, presented by City Fitness.

  • The Oval
  • Fairmount Park Conservancy
  • Philadelphia Parks and Recreation Department
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PNC
A Special Thanks to Our Sponsors:
  • Knight Foundation
  • Visit Philadelphia
  • Inspire
  • diadora

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The Oval is an initiative of Philadelphia Parks & Recreation in partnership with the Fairmount Park Conservancy.

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