Lilypad :: South Philly’s Playspace and Family Event Space

We all know it takes a village to raise children. Lilypad is a playspace at 1234 S. Broad Street, in South Philly, bringing families together with playgroups, community events, and classes (CLASSES ARE ALL OPEN TO THE PUBLIC). Lilypad’s affordable family memberships mean you and your children can come to all our playgroups for about $8/month. Visit us at Lilypad to get the support you need as we build a strong, diverse family-friendly community.

Please visit Lilypad on Facebook for fun activities and things to do with kids in Philly, plus to check in on the latest happenings at Lilypad. Lilypad runs the google list-serve Kids South Of Washington (KSOW) and CityKids Consignment Sale. (Official Page of KSOW – more info at bottom of this page on how to join KSOW)

Lilypad does not allow pets or smoking on our property at any time.


New Classes, Sessions and Pop-Ups!

All events at Lilypad are open to the public. RSVP or registration may be required.

• Baby Wordplay Classes at Lilypad | 9:30am AND 10:30am, Mondays, starting May 15
Stories, Songs, Puppets and more for ages 6 weeks+ Classes are drop-in; class cards available. More about Baby Wordplay here.


•  Therapy Support Group | June 28, 7-8pm | July 26, 7-8pm | August 23, 7-8pm 

A space to engage support and healing around issues of stress, fatigue, relationship conflict, boundaries, intimacy, and other areas involved in being a parent. (Parents only please)

Cost: Free for the 1st three groups, Sliding Scale thereafter
When: 3 Wednesdays; June 28th, July 26th, and August 23rd from 7-8pm

Interested? Please contact Jennifer Houk, Lpc (email) or 215-850-6275 to get more information or for reservations. Also, feel free to check out Jennifer’s website at

• Babysitting Afternoon with Sitter Select | Saturday, June 24, 3-6pm, All Ages 

Sitter Select is teaming up with Lilypad to offer their professional babysitting services at Lilypad. Go out and have some fun, knowing your child will be well taken care of by experienced and professional babysitters. Children of all ages are welcome. Reservations required by Thursday before event to ensure the correct ratio of babysitters to registered children
Pay by the Thursday before the event, directly to Sitter Select.
• $30 per family, 1-2 children, for 3 hours of sitting for Lilypad Members
• $35 per family, 1-2 children for general public
• $2 additional for each additional child.

To reserve, please complete family application on Sitter Select’s website:
Any questions, please email Sitter Select or call: (267) 670-1857

• RIE-Inspired Playgroup | Weds, June 28, 10-11am, ages 0-3, $10 public, free to members

• Soccer Shots (ages 2-3) | Fridays 10:00am, 10:35am, or 11:10am 8-week Session Registration Required. Session begins Friday, 6/30. To register, click here.

•  CPR Course Friends & Family | July TBD, 4pm

Family & Friends CPR is for people who want to learn CPR but do not need a CPR course completion card to meet a job requirement.

The Family and Friends CPR Course teaches the lifesaving skills of adult Hands-Only CPR, adult CPR with breaths, child CPR with breaths, adult and child AED use, infant CPR, and mild and severe airway block for adults, children, and infants. Skills are taught in a dynamic group environment using the AHA’s research-proven practice-while-watching technique, which provides students with the most hands-on CPR practice time possible.

This course is facilitated by Elena Jaworski, RN BSN. Elena is a South Philadelphia mom and pediatric nurse. Elena is passionate about accessible community programs and education. Please email Elena with any questions and to register. The cost is $30 per person.

•  Parent Seminars | Hungry Education | Thursdays in June, 11am

CANCELLED: Taming the Sugar Monster | June 22

Food Relationships | June 29

$15 each Space is limited and classes require pre-registration. Lunch is included. Children are welcome to play at Lilypad while the parents learn! Lilypad member discount codes available, please email us for the $5 off member code.

• Hypnobabies In Harmony Birth class | 6:15-9:15pm, 6-week series, beginning Monday, July 31
Hypnobabies is a complete childbirth education course and hypnosis for childbirth allowing women to enjoy eyes-open childbirth hypnosis easily remaining deeply relaxed while walking, talking and changing positions; being as mobile as they would like to be during childbirth. Hypnobabies is known for creating more comfortable labors. Learn more about what we cover in each week and how to enjoy your baby’s birth: is $450 and space is limited to 7 Moms and their birth partners can be used by single mothers. Includes 6 classes and all materials including Hypnobabies workbook, Hypnobabies Quick Reference Guide, Birth Partner Guide, Scripts, all MP3 tracks, and additional resources. Contact Keli to register.

Babywearing Instructional Meet Up | 6:30pm, JULY TBD, free and open to all

• Toddler Sleep Solutions | Melissa Doman Sleep Consulting | JULY TBD, 7pm

This $10 sleep seminar requires registration. Please sign up HERE for your spot.

New and Expectant Parents Group | Blossoming Bellies Wholistic Birth Services Thursday, Sept 28, 12:30pm

Please join Brittany McCollum, owner of Blossoming Bellies Wholistic Birth Services, for her monthly New and Expectant Parents Group. The get-together allows those journeying through parenting to find support, community, and space to get to know one another and is open to all parents in the community. There is a $5 suggested donation per family but no one will be turned away. Of course, babies are welcome 🙂 No RSVP necessary.

• Rodan + Fields Happy Hour & Play Date | Will resume in the Fall, Date TBD 

• Dads Night Out (at Lilypad) | 8pm, TBD
Free and open to all Dads. BYOB.






All classes at Lilypad are open to the public. Lilypad members may receive a discount. .


9am-9:45am | Rhythm Babies, ages 4-24 months

Drop-in $12, 8-class punch card available. Contact Rhythm Babies for details.


9:30-10:10 | Baby Wordplay, Ages 6 weeks+ Drop-in, $15, Lilypad Member, $12

10:30-11:10 | Baby Wordplay, Ages 6 weeks+ Drop-in, $15, Lilypad Member, $12

4:30pm-5:15pm | Songbird Family Music Jam, All Ages with caregiver

Start your week off right with a family singalong. $12 Drop-in ( $10 for Lilypad members). Visit Songbird Music for further details.


12pm-12:45pm | Rhythm Babies, ages 4-24 months

Drop-in $12, 8-class punch card available. Contact Rhythm Babies for details.

5pm-5:45pm | Conmigo Spanish Class, ages 3.5 and up (starting up May 3rd)

Drop In Class or Full Session Punch Card available, $12 drop in member; $13 drop in non member. Register here.


Guitar Classes | We Kids Rock | Thursdays4:45-5:15pm SOLD OUT

0-5 yr family Music Class | We Kids Rock | Thursdays, 5:30-6pm (DROP-INS OK)

DROP-INS $15! Call 610-490-0695 or Sign Up Online: (full descriptions of the classes:


Conmigo Spanish Immersion Classes | 9:10-9:55am, ages 18 months-3.5 years (starting May 5th)

$12 drop-in member; $13 drop-in non member; Class card get one free (12 for price of 11) Member= $132; Non-member= $143; Email to register or with questions.



Most playgroups are all ages, unless otherwise noted. No need to register or sign up. First playgroup is free; afterward membership is required ($100/year per family, which works out to about $8 a month!). Your child(ren) (with caretakers) can attend unlimited playgroups for the year.

Lilypad does not have permanent staff; volunteers are only at Lilypad during playgroups. Email is the best way to get your questions answered. We welcome any and all feedback, and look forward to hearing from you.

There are steps in front of our building. Lilypad does not provide indoor stroller parking; you may borrow one of our bike locks while you are at Lilypad for your stroller! We invite your child to play freely in our space. Sometimes child’s play may seem a little risky to adults. Through play, children acquire confidence, but also an awareness of limits and boundaries. They learn how to be safe. That being said, please supervise your children as you feel comfortable. We do ask that all children leave shoes on for their safety. Ride-on toys should remain in the riding area when there are pre-walkers at playgroup.


1:00pm-2:30pm | BabyTime Playgroup, Ages 0-24 months * FREE To Members 


10:30am-12pm | All Ages Playgroup * FREE To Members

12:30pm-2:00pm | BabyTime Playgroup, Ages 0-24 months * FREE To Members 


2:30pm-4:00pm | All Ages Playgroup * FREE To Members  


2:30pm-4:00pm | Ages 3-6 ONLY Playgroup * FREE To Members


4:00pm-6:00pm | All Ages Playgroup, Family Happy Hour, BYOB * FREE To Members


10:00am-11:30am | All Ages Playgroup * FREE To Members

Birthday party rentals available Saturdays and Sundays: $95 for members/$200 public. Contact us to reserve!


Your $100 annual membership to Lilypad helps support our community playspace. 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 playgroups.

If you wish to purchase a gift membership, purchase at link below; then email us with your name/email and the gift recipient’s email, so we can apply the membership to the gift recipient.

Member benefits include:

    • Multiple playgroups a week (free play for kids followed by circle time)
    • Playspace with toys, kitchen, slide, train table, blocks, books and more
    • Free access to all playgroups and Lilypad-run events
    • Discounts to many of the classes offered at Lilypad by our business members
    • Access to book-lending library
    • 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:


Get your Yo South Philly T-shirts and represent! Pick up a shirt at Lilypad or email us to order. Yo South Philly Mom : Yo South Philly Dad : Yo South Philly Kid available in 6 mo, 12 mo, 2T, 4T, Women S, W/Men M, W/Men L, Men XL. Adult: $20 Child: $15. 



Do you want to help out with our space? Volunteer to run a playgroup, or be a backup for one of our playgroup volunteers! Donate your time by helping to landscape our backyard. Become an organizing volunteer and help the Board run Lilypad (we are currently a 5-person working Board and are seeking to expand in the near future). Help out with any items from our wish list. Volunteer for as little or as much time as you are able.

Lilypad is a 100% volunteer-powered non-profit. All volunteers who volunteer for at least 12 hours in a 3-month period will receive 1 free private 2-hour event at Lilypad. Rentals are available when we do not have a previously scheduled event, and can be scheduled any available evenings or weekdays. Weekend daytime hours may also be available based on our schedule. Volunteer activities include running a weekly playgroup, helping with backyard maintenance or other Lilypad projects on an on-going basis.


  • Landscaping/Arborist help for Outdoor Play Area
  • Dirt/Sand Boxes Built for Outdoor Play Area
  • Toilet Paper (auto-deliver to Lilypad, 1234 S Broad St, 19146)
  • Paper Towels (auto-deliver to Lilypad, 1234 S Broad St, 19146)
  • Grant Writing Services
  • Cash Donations

To donate any items or services, please email us. All donations are tax-deductible. We will add to this list as our needs become apparent. We also accept donations year-round for CityKids Consignment Sale; drop-offs can be made during the first hour of any playgroup.


Join the email list on the CityKids page (tab on top right of this page) to be the first to know when consignor registration and volunteer sign-ups open. We are Philadelphia’s largest and only non-profit sale, and are entirely volunteer-powered. Click here for details! Donations of children’s clothing thru age 12, maternity, toys, books and strollers and other baby gear accepted at Lilypad, 1234 S. Broad Street during any playgroup year-round, or by appointment. Donations are tax-deductible.

Great resources on our site:

Our Local Parenting and Community Resources List – pediatricians, playgroups, daycares, and more!!!!!

  • Join new parents on Mondays 1-2:30 or Tuesdays at 12:30-2pm at Lilypad!
  • Lilypad (SPPRC) in the news!
  • Join the Kids South Of Washington Google Group (KSOW):
    • Please send an email to KSOW (LAND AT LILYPADPHILLY.ORG) with the following info:
      • Your full name
      • Names of your kids and ages or due date
      • Your full mailing address
      • The Email address you wish to use
      • How you found out about group & Why interested in joining
  • Up-to-date events listing for babies, kids and parents on our Facebook page
  • Keep informed about upcoming sales: CityKids Consignment Sale
  • Check out our Guide to Local Education