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July
24

Reading & Music Cart

11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

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

July
24

Reading & Music Cart

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

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

July
24

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.

July
25

Reading & Music Cart

11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

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

July
25

Reading & Music Cart

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

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

July
25

Drag Queen Story Time

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Come hear Philly’s favorite drag queen, Brittany Lynn, read stories about love, diversity, friendship, and acceptance. Dress up time (costumes and props provided), musical breaks, and arts and crafts will have everyone learning while having fun out in the sunshine!

July
26

Reading & Music Cart

11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

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

July
26

Reading & Music Cart

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

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

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

Reading & Music Room

12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

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

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

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.

July
27

PopUpPlay

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Bring the whole family to the PLAY Block at The Oval+ to play! PopUpPlay be building bamboo forts, creating catapults and the designing our own mini-golf courses. These events are free for families and we provide all the materials necessary to participate. All ages welcome. July 27: Create a Catapult Want to make things fly? […]

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

Family Fun Sundays

11:00 AM - 7:00 PM

Bring the whole family out for Let’s Rock Recess, a free family dance party every Sunday from 2-7pm with prizes, a DJ, face painting and games and activities. Plus: Don’t miss family-friendly activities, a Global Craft Market, and yoga classes with Roots 2 Rise and City Fitness on the MAKE, HEAR, and PLAY Blocks on […]

July
28

Let’s Rock Recess!!!

2:00 PM - 7:00 PM

A kids DJ dance party in the beer garden

July
28

Reading & Music Room

12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

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

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!

July
31

Reading & Music Room

11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

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

July
31

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.

July
31

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
1

Drag Queen Story Time

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Come hear Philly’s favorite drag queen, Brittany Lynn, read stories about love, diversity, friendship, and acceptance. Dress up time (costumes and props provided), musical breaks, and arts and crafts will have everyone learning while having fun out in the sunshine!

August
1

Reading & Music Room

11:00 AM - 3:00 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
1

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

Reading & Music Room

11:00 AM - 3:00 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

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.

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

Free Paint

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Free Paint is a free community painting event. Participants are invited to paint freely and learn about color relationships and mark-making while creating a large-scale collaborative painting. Happening on the Ben Franklin Parkway, the color pallette for Free Paint is inspired by the collection at the Barnes Foundation. Participants will connect to the past through […]

August
3

Reading & Music Room

12:00 PM - 5:00 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
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

Fab Youth Philly Play Captains

11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Come to out to the PLAY block on the Parkway for recreational play – jump ropes, parachute play, cone races and more!

August
4

Let’s Rock Recess!!!

2:00 PM - 7:00 PM

A kids DJ dance party in the beer garden

August
4

Reading & Music Room

12:00 PM - 5:00 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
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
7

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
7

Reading & Music Room

11:00 AM - 3:00 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
7

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
7

Story Time with Marty the Moose

12:00 PM - 12:30 PM

Marty the Moose loves nothing more than a story time spent entertaining the crowds with his terrible jokes and goofy sense of humor. Join Marty and his favorite humans from the Academy of Natural Sciences to hear a special story.

August
8

Drag Queen Story Time

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Come hear Philly’s favorite drag queen, Brittany Lynn, read stories about love, diversity, friendship, and acceptance. Dress up time (costumes and props provided), musical breaks, and arts and crafts will have everyone learning while having fun out in the sunshine!

August
8

Reading & Music Room

11:00 AM - 3:00 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
8

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
9

Reading & Music Room

11:00 AM - 3:00 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
9

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
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

Reading & Music Room

12:00 PM - 5:00 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
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
10

Fab Youth Philly Play Captains

11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Come to out to the PLAY block on the Parkway for recreational play – jump ropes, parachute play, cone races and more!

August
11

Let’s Rock Recess!!!

2:00 PM - 11:00 PM

A kids DJ dance party in the beer garden

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

Reading & Music Room

12:00 PM - 5:00 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
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
14

Reading & Music Room

11:00 AM - 3:00 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
14

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
14

Story Time with Marty the Moose

12:00 PM - 12:30 PM

Marty the Moose loves nothing more than a story time spent entertaining the crowds with his terrible jokes and goofy sense of humor. Join Marty and his favorite humans from the Academy of Natural Sciences to hear a special story.

August
15

Drag Queen Story Time

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Come hear Philly’s favorite drag queen, Brittany Lynn, read stories about love, diversity, friendship, and acceptance. Dress up time (costumes and props provided), musical breaks, and arts and crafts will have everyone learning while having fun out in the sunshine!

August
15

Reading & Music Room

11:00 AM - 3:00 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
15

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
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

Reading & Music Cart

11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

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

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

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
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

PopUpPlay

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Bring the whole family to the PLAY Block at The Oval+ to play! PopUpPlay be building bamboo forts, creating catapults and the designing our own mini-golf courses. These events are free for families and we provide all the materials necessary to participate. All ages welcome. August 17: Build your own Mini-golf course Have you been […]

August
17

Reading & Music Room

12:00 PM - 5:00 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
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
17

Story UP!

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Join Story UP! for a unique adventure as improvisational actors present an interactive show based on ideas and stories from the child audience, with the kids taking part all the way! Shows are recommended for ages 3-12; all ages are welcome.  Showtime runs approximately 45 minutes to one hour. 

August
18

Let’s Rock Recess!!!

2:00 PM - 7:00 PM

A kids DJ dance party in the beer garden

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

Reading & Music Room

12:00 PM - 5:00 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.

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

About The Oval

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

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