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Highlighted Events for Adults and Families

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Oct. 19 - Cruiser Olympia Hard Hat Tour

Join Independence Seaport Museum for a unique behind-the-scenes tour through history! Explore the depths of Cruiser Olympia and more than 12 areas of the warship normally only reserved for staff. Learn about Olympia‘s technical details (did you know she was one of the first ships to have a radio communications system installed?), what life was like aboard for her crew, and more!

This tour will focus on Olympia‘s gunnery and fire control.

Tidbits to know before the tour:

  • Check-in will begin at 7:45 a.m. followed by a safety brief before the tour starts at 8 a.m.
  • Close-toed shoes must be worn for the tour.
  • Participants on the tour must be 14 or older, and will be climbing several stairs/ladders. The tour can be physically demanding on the health of the participant.
  • Participants are required to bring a flashlight and gloves; we will provide the hard hat. Participants may also bring a camera if they wish.
  • This tour may end later than 11 a.m.

Date: Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019

Time: 8 a.m. – 11 a.m. Check-in is at 7:45 a.m.



Thru Sept. 29 - Full Body Work Out at Glen Foerd

Join instructor Carolyn Breyer for a weekly sweat session at Glen Foerd. This hour long full body workout is open to all levels and ages. Class meets at the boat house behind the mansion. $12 per class, $10 students, $50 class card of 5.





Oct. 2 - Little Explorers: Apple Cider, 18th Century Style

Take a turn crushing apples in an old cider press to make fresh apple cider.

Monthly program for toddlers and preschoolers ages 2-4. Each session includes activities, performances, snacks, and walks through the garden, weather permitting. Pre-registration required, one adult chaperone for every two children. Bring a picnic lunch and stay for our free story hour at noon from April to November. Please note the program will be cancelled if the Philadelphia School District is closed for a weather emergency.

$12 per child or free for Bartram’s Garden Members at the Family level and up. Become a Member online or join on program day.

Date: Oct. 2, 2019

Time: 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Location: Bartram’s Garden, 5400 Lindbergh Blvd. Philadelphia, 19143

Phone: 215-729-5281

Price: $12



Oct. 6 - Southwest Fish Off at Bartram's Garden

A free fishing derby with activities for all ages.

Fish from our dock, the riverbank or from one of our rowboats. Win prizes! Make sure to register at the link below.


  • One rod per person
  • Bring your own rod or borrow one of ours
  • Basic tackle and bait will be provided on a first come, first served basis
  • You can also use your own bait & tackle
  • No fishing license necessary
  • Catch and release
  • All ages and abilities welcome. Minors must be accompanied by an adult if fishing from one of our boats

Date: Oct. 6, 2019

Time: 8 a.m. – noon



Oct. 6 & 7 - RiverQuest: Kayak on the Delaware River with Center for Aquatic Sciences

A free, guided kayak trip on the Delaware River Back Channel!

RiverQuest is focused on engaging youth in middle and high school grades through in-class  and  kayaking experiences on the Cooper River and Delaware River Back Channel, as well as through  conservation service projects and career exploration. RiverQuest also invites families and individuals to kayak the scenic and thriving Delaware River Back Channel and Cooper River with us!

Open to ages 8 and up! Children under 18 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian. All equipment and guidance provided.

Capacity is 20 people. First come/first served basis, so please arrive on indicated start time.

Meet us at Pyne Poynt Park in Camden, NJ

Weather Permitting. Stay hydrated and bring water. Wear the appropriate clothes and shoes for getting a little wet.

Dates: Oct. 6 at 12 noon, October 17th at 2 p.m.



Oct. 20 & 27 - A Spirited Séance at Glen Foerd

Glen Foerd on the Delaware has teamed up with group that brought you last year’s live game of clue, Bright Invention, to create an original interactive mystery featuring spirited ghosts in the rooms of this magnificent Gilded Age mansion. Glen Foerd will host four interactive performances of A Spirited Seance, in which guests will search the mansion and question ghosts for the information they need to learn incantations to release the ghosts from the walls of the mansion. But guests should be aware: the ghosts mischievous do not want to leave!

Guests are welcomed with music and cocktails (cash bar) in the Drawing Room upon arrival. When the performance begins, guests will search through the house to find the characters they need to question in order to solve the mystery. This is a unique opportunity to explore the Glen Foerd mansion as never before! The event is for all ages but a cash bar will be available to those 21+ with ID.

Performances will be held at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 20 and 27. The performance lasts approximately 90 minutes.

Tickets: $30

Dates: Sunday, Oct. 20, 6 p.m. BUY TICKETS HERE!

Sunday, Oct. 20, 8 p.m. BUY TICKETS HERE!

Sunday, Oct. 27, 6 p.m. BUY TICKETS HERE!

Sunday, Oct. 27, 8 p.m. BUY TICKETS HERE!

Time: 6-8 p.m.



Oct. 23 - Spooky Stories Family Halloween Event

We’re planning some Halloween fun with the Torresdale and Rosenbach Libraries. Join us for family friendly crafts, (not too) scary stories, and Halloween fun. Please note that we will be using flashlights and glow sticks at this event. Rain date October 30. Halloween costumes encouraged!





Thru Jan. 5 - On The Water: The Schuylkill River — Independence Seaport Museum

Now open at the Museum, O.T.W – On The Water: The Schuylkill River began as a series of conversations between artists, rowers and historians, about the Schuylkill River as a nexus of American art, science, literature and commerce.

Dates: Through Jan. 5, 2020





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