Picnic and Play in Philly's Greenhouse Getaway in February

Back for its second year, the Horticulture Center's pop-up park will allow you and the kids to have summer in the winter from Feb. 1 to Feb. 16.

The Fairmount Park Horticulture Center is bringing back its pop-up summer oasis, Getaway at the Greenhouse, starting Feb. 1. Last year's debut was so popular, the free slice of summer will be here twice as long this year, continuing until Feb. 16 with kid-friendly activities and entertainment during the days and adult drinks, food and fun at night.

The 20,000 square-foot-greenhouse will once again have these warm-weather spaces:

  1. The Jungle – The spot for traveling zoos, kid rock DJs, face painting, and balloon artists
  2. The Beach – An oversized sandbox
  3. The Midway – Spot for food trucks and cash pop-up bar for adults at night
  4. The Lawn – Real grass for lounging and lawn games
  5. The Campground – Adirondack chairs and live music 

The Jungle will also be home to Gaia, a 10-foot diamete globe made from NASA imagery of the Earth so kids can imagine what astronauts see from space.

Families are invited to BYOB (Bring Your Own Basket) for picnics during the weekdays. A wider selection of food and beverages is offered to visitors from food trucks as well.  

This year, Philly PHLASH will offer free shuttle service from Fridays to Sundays from 10am with stops every thirty minutes at Love Park, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Please Touch Museum, and Horticulture Museum ending at 10pm Fridays and Saturdays and 7pm Sundays.

Admission is free, but visitors are asked to reserve a ticket for their planned day of visit. On sold-out days, visitors without reservations we be allowed in as space permits. You can reserve up to four tickets at a time and children 5 and under don't need a ticket.

Event calendar

Mondays: Nature Read-a-Loud and Activity

Join Farm Philly's readaloud sessions and learn about plants, animals, seasons, and food. Stay for a hands-on activity after. 
11-11:30am & 2-2:30pm 

Wednesdays: Story Time & Design with Design Philly

Learn about the building blocks of architecture with Design Philly. Create something with your own hand and take a project home too.  

Thursdays: Drag Queen Story Time

Spend an hour of storytime, dressup, sing-alongs, and arts and crafts with Philly Drag Queen Britty Lynn. 

Fridays: HRTS in the Park with Eazy Denim & Valentine's Event (Feb. 14) 

See the beauty of nature firsthand by creating art with flowers, leaves and sticks. 
11am-1pm; Valentine's Event, 6-9pm 

Sundays: Let's Rock Recess 

Meet at the Jungle for recess. Get your face painted, see balloon animals, jungle boogie with the DJ and have a chance to win prizes. 

Special Events (Tuesdays and Saturdays): 

Saturday, Feb, 1: The Zoo on Wheels

Tour with Zoo on the Wheels to meet and learn about animals from around the world. 

Tuesday, Feb. 4: The Breeze

Enjoy the warm breeze with morning host Valerie Knight and 106.1 The Breeze. Enter for a chance to win prizes too. 

Saturday, Feb. 8: PBS Kids Curious George & Activites with WHYY 

Monkey around with everyone's favorite chimpanzee, Curious George. Come for a meet-and-greet family-friendly activities, and book giveaways. 

Tuesday, Feb. 11: Mister John's Music

Join the band! Learn about music and Earth with Mister John's teachers through an interactive hands-on music class. Listen tio stories and songs and expect big surprises!  
Time: 11-11:45am & 12-12:45 

Saturday, Feb. 15: Elmwood Park Zoom

Go wild and hang out with animals visiting from the zoo. Guests are able to celebrate with interactive display tables. 

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