Lilypad :: South Philly’s Playspace and Family Event Space (+ Thrift Store!)


The omicron variant of Covid-19 is touching families all throughout the community. Lilypad’s mission is to provide a safe space for families to gather and for children to play. As such, the Board of Directors at Lilypad has made the difficult decision to close Lilypad temporarily, while we wait for this spike in cases to wane. Experts predict that this spike may last for a few weeks, and we promise to reopen to the community as soon as we are able to do so safely.

If you have questions or concerns, please email us at land@lilypadphilly.orgThis closure does NOT impact our birthday party schedule or CityKids Thrift Store  

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we weather the pandemic together. If you are interested in supporting our mission, please donate your gently used children’s items to CityKids Thrift. Shop economically, sustainably, and support our non-profit effort every Wednesday from 10-2pm and Friday from 10-Noon. We believe we can keep CityKids Thrift open safely for now, and will remain open for donation drop-offs and shopping for as long as it feels safe to do so.

Lilypad playgroups are on hold as of January 1, 2022:

Mondays 9:30-11am 

Tuesdays 9:30-11am

Wednesdays 9:30-11am

& 12-3pm

Saturdays 9am-2pm (se habla español)

New Parent/Baby Playgroup:

Tuesdays 11:30am-1pm (0-24 months)

Your first visit is free! Come check out our playspace when we re-open!


We hope you can join us once we re-open again. First playgroup is free; thereafter Lilypad membership is required. All playgroups are drop-in, no registration required. Just show up and hang out with other parents and children. All ages playgroups are recommended for parents and caretakers with children up to ages 4 or 5.

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Hours: 10am-2pm Wednesdays/miercoles and Fridays/viernes 10-Noon  

CityKids Thrift has its own entrance in front of Lilypad in our basement space. Find seasonal clothing, books, toys, gear, strollers, nursery items and so much more! Credit/Debit Cards, PayPal and Venmo accepted. All sales final. Se habla español.


Our store is FILLED with books for children of all ages. Check out our new online listing of books that we just don’t have room for in the store, and email us with titles you’d like to purchase. Books are $1 unless otherwise priced. Venmo or PayPal to hold your books. Email us for contact-less pickup or to arrange pickup during store hours. We have 100’s of additional titles in store from board books through to teen and YA books.


2022 Monthly Sidewalk Sale Dates: Saturday January 22, 2022; February 12, 2022: March 12, 2022. CityKids Consignment Sale is a direct fundraiser for Lilypad – due to the pandemic, we have not held our huge semi-annual sales. Please visit CityKids Thrift every Wednesday/Friday or during our monthly Saturday sidewalk event. Donations accepted during all playgroup and store hours!

We all know it takes a village to raise children. Lilypad is a play space for children and their caretakers, from infants to about age 4, at 1234 S. Broad Street, in South Philly. Lilypad brings families together with playgroups, community events, and classes. Lilypad/CityKids is a registered 501c3 non-profit

Our Facebook page has details on the latest at Lilypad.

BIRTHDAY PARTY RENTALS NOW AVAILABLE! Visit our Birthday Party page for details on holding a private event at Lilypad.

Lilypad volunteers help moderate the google list-serve Kids South Of Washington (KSOW). Click for the Official Page to find out how to join – only available to current South Philly parents. As an all-volunteer organization, we appreciate your patience as we get to requests!

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Saturdays and Sundays: $95 for Lilypad members/$200 public. Email us to reserve at LAND AT LilypadPhilly dot org!

Email is the best way to get your questions answered. We welcome any and all feedback, and look forward to hearing from you.


Your $100 annual membership to Lilypad helps support our community playspace. Your membership will get you into the playspace during our open hours to play! Your membership will give you discounts on private rentals and discounts on backyard classes. Playgroups and open hours are expanding, and we hope you will support our mission to provide an affordable space for families to gather. We respectfully ask that you wear a mask regardless of vaccine status during all Lilypad playgroups.

Become a member and your entire family can come to Lilypad for an entire year (grandparents, parents, siblings, nannies and caretakers can enjoy the space with your kids)! A Lilypad membership works out to about $8/month for unlimited play. All memberships begin the month in which they were purchased and are good for 1 year from then.

Member benefits include:

    • Access to all playgroups (free play in our playspace)
    • Our playspace has toys, kitchen, slide, train table, dolls, cars, climbing mats, balls, blocks, books, step climber, Pikler Triangle and more
    • Free access to all playgroups and Lilypad-run events
    • Discounts for all backyard classes at Lilypad (contact instructor for details)
    • Affordable rental of Lilypad’s space for your child’s birthday party

To become a Lilypad Member for $100 for your entire family for one full year, click the Buy Now link:

Please provide your preferred email plus the name and email of co-parent or spouse who will attend playgroups, especially if you have different last names! 

All donations are tax-deductible. Please consider supporting our mission of an affordable space for families by donating any amount today! In addition, we accept gently used toys, books, clothing and gear year-round for CityKids Thrift. 100% of proceeds go toward Lilypad. Drop off donations during any playgroup or store hours. To arrange pick up or bulk items drop off, please email us.