Have you checked out the Fairmount Water Works lately? I remember many years ago when the Interpretive Center was opening in 2003 and I was so excited to see what they had done. I’m almost embarrassed to admit that this was before kids and I’ve never gone back with my two little ones. What a shame because boy this is a really special place here in Philadelphia!!!
We were invited to check out the Fairmount Water Works recently so the girls and I headed down for a morning of exploration, learning, and fun. Upon arrival we were greeted at the beautiful Fairmount Water Works building and led downstairs for a lovely little breakfast and socializing with the other local bloggers and their children. We then broke out into two groups based on ages and I went with the younger kids to one of the rooms where several crafts were set up. First the children got to hear a story by one of the Fairmount Waterworks educational staff. Then, the children were invited to the table to do experiments and crafts. The kids made shaving cream clouds in a cup of water and then using water that had been colored were able to make rain through their clouds. It was a really fun and interesting experiment and the kids got a big kick out of it for sure. Next up, the children did a cloud craft where they made clouds and decorated them with raindrops and cotton balls and more.
After the activities, we explored the various spaces in the Fairmount Water Works a bit more and then were led into another room where the kids got to experience the Splash Organ. This was the coolest thing ever!! They had cups of water hooked up to wires that were attached to a laptop. When the kids held the wires and stuck their fingers in the water it played the piano!! Cool, huh? And if the children held hands the child not holding the wire could still play the piano! What a fun lesson and cool demonstation this was. What’s even cooler is that there will be an even bigger demonstraation of the Splash Organ at the upcoming free Flow Festival happening on Sunday September 21st from 1-8pm.
The Flow Festival will be a day-long celebration of water taking place right at the gorgeous Fairmount Water Works. The Flow Festival is free and open to all ages and will feature performers, art installations, and hands-on activities, including: Drip Drums, Sonic State of the Schuylkill, the larger Splash Organ, a Fishway, River Net, Flood Stories, and for the finale, a dramatic lighting show illuminating the Water Works exterior!! You do not want to miss this awesome free festival!!
In addition to the free Flow Festival, the Water Works has great mommy (and daddy) and me programs, family pop-up activities, children’s storytimes and other wonderful programs for children through out the year. Be sure to check them out!
I was so impressed with everything about the Fairmount Water Works – the beautiful building and stunning views, the personable and knowledgable educational staff, the mission and history of the Fairmount Water Works. It’s yet another hidden gem in this amazing city with lots to offer local families! I truly hope you and your family will go and check it out for yourselves and don’t forget the free Flow Festival happening on the 21st!
If you go:
The Fairmount Water Works is located at 640 Waterworks Drive in Philadelphia. Admission is free. The Fairmount Water Works is open Tuesday – Saturday from 10am – 5pm and Sunday from 1-5pm.