Philadelphia Children's Festival


May 17-19, 2018

Now in its 33rd year, our Philadelphia Children's Festival features an exciting array of professional performances for the whole family. Plus, enjoy the outdoor PlazaMania with interactive activities, performers, food trucks and more.



Children's Festival Performances
My Father's Dragon
Enchantment Theatre Company

Thursday, May 17 @ 10 AM
Friday, May 18 @ 10 AM
Saturday, May 19 @ 10 AM

Jason Bishop
Straight Up Magic

Saturday, May 19 @ 11:30 AM

Rennie Harris RHAW
The History of Hip Hop

Friday, May 18 @ 12:30 PM

Oran Etkin’s Timbalooloo

Thursday, May 17 @ 10 AM
Thursday, May 17 @ 12:30 PM
Friday, May 18 @ 10 AM

The Mayhem Poets

Thursday, May 17 @ 10 AM
Friday, May 18 @ 10 AM

Human Alphabet Workshop
Pilobolus @ Pla

Thursday, May 17 @ 9:45 AM
Thursday, May 17 @ 11:30 AM
Thursday, May 17 @ 12:45 PM
Friday, May 18 @ 9:45 AM
Friday, May 18 @ 11:30 AM
Friday, May 18 @ 12:45 PM
Saturday, May 19 @ 10 AM
Saturday, May 19 @ 11:15 AM
Saturday, May 19 @ 1 PM
Saturday, May 19 @ 2:15 PM


Philadelphia School of Circus Arts
The Give & Take Little Circus

Thursday, May 17 @ 12:30 PM
Friday, May 18 @ 12:30 PM
Saturday, May 19 @ 2 PM


Sonia De Los Santos

Saturday, May 19 @ 1 PM

Hip H'opera
A Teen Voices of the City Ensemble (T-VOCE) Program

Thursday, May 17 @ 12:30 PM


Ticket Information


Saturday Performances:

Ticket prices vary by show and include most PlazaMania activities. Additional charge for face painting and food.


Thursday-Friday Performances:

Ticket prices vary by show and include all PlazaMania activities. To purchase school group tickets for weekday performances, contact the Annenberg Center Box Office at 215.898.3900. Performances include one complimentary chaperone ticket for every 20 tickets purchased. (Based on availability. Some restrictions apply.) Additional adults pay the same price as students. Performances are one-hour long and may include a study guide. The Human Alphabet Workshop by Pilobolus @ Play is 45 minutes long.


Children's Festival PlazaMania

Visit the Children's Festival's outdoor PlazaMania for free interactive activities from arts partners from across the city. And don't worry, we've got the face painting and balloon animals covered too! Plus, on Saturday, enjoy food trucks, special appearances (Phillie Phanatic!) and performers throughout the day. PlazaMania will be open 10:30 AM - 1 PM on weekdays and 10 AM - 3 PM on Saturday. 


PlazaMania partners vary by day and will include:

Arden Theatre Company, Barnes Foundation, The Clay Studio, DJ Gerry, Enchantment Theatre Company, Fabric Workshop and Museum, Fleisher Art Memorial, Franklin Institute, Institute of Contemporary Art, Penn Museum, Smith Memorial Playground & Playhouse and WXPN Kids Corner.

Adopt a School Program

Adopt-A-School gives individuals and companies the opportunity to sponsor a classroom of local students to attend the Philadelphia Children's Festival. Your sponsorship helps provide lively arts education programs to the children of our greater Philadelphia community.

The Annenberg Center believes that all children, regardless of their ability to pay, should have opportunities to experience high quality performing arts programs. Nearly half of the school students who attend our children's programs could not do so without the deep discounts that Adopt-A-School makes possible. Adopt-A-School sponsorships begin at $1,000. For more information or to become a sponsor, please contact the Development Department at 215. 898.6754.



The 2018 Philadelphia Children’s Festival was made possible in part by the support of the following: David & Ryna Alexander, Aramark, the Connelly Foundation, the Dolfinger-McMahon Foundation, Cynthia & Richard Gay, David & Sherri Katz, Karyn & Steven Kobre, Penn Police Department, the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, the Philadelphia Cultural Fund, the Philadelphia Phillies, Starbucks, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, Universal Studios, the Virginia C. Mulconroy Fund of The Philadelphia Foundation and the Walter J. Miller Trust.