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. (This is the Official Page of KSOW – more info at bottom of this page on how to join our google group, which is only available to local parents.) As an all-volunteer organization, we hope you will be patient, we promise we will get to all our emails and inquiries as soon as possible!

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


Monthly Events

All events at Lilypad are open to the public. RSVP or registration may be required. **We may be slow at updating this page, but our Facebook events are up to date!**

Conmigo Spanish Classes, New Session beginning in 2018!
Fridays, January 15 – March 26 (with no class on 2/19)
2 classes times: 9:05-9:50 & 10-10:45am
Ages 2-5
15 min free play with Spanish usage encouraged; 15 min story in Spanish; 15 min activity/craft/game
Drop in, Lilypad Members – $12 Non-members – $13
Email Jessica to register.

• Babywearing Instructional Meet Up | BWISEPA, 6:30pm, Tuesday, February 27, free and open to all

• Babysitting Afternoon with Sitter Select | Saturday, Feb 24 | March 24 | April 21, 3-6pm, All Ages 

Sitter Select is offering 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.

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

 • New Parent Support Group | Blossoming Bellies | 12:30pm, Thursday, Feb 22, $5 donation, open to all new and expectant parents.




All classes at Lilypad are open to the public. Lilypad members may receive a discount. Ask teachers for details. 


9am-9:45am | Rhythm Babies, ages 4 months – 3 years

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


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 months – 3 years

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



Most playgroups are all ages, unless otherwise noted. No need to register or sign up. First playgroup visit is free; thereafter 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 (No playgroup on 12/25 or 1/1) 


9:30am-11:00am | All Ages Playgroup * FREE To Members


9:30am-11:30am | All Ages Playgroup * FREE To Members  


9:00am-10:30am | All Ages Playgroup * FREE To Members  


4:00pm-6:00pm | All Ages Playgroup * FREE To Members (This Playgroup will end in January 2018. Are you able to volunteer? if so, get in touch and we can start it up again!)


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 in our playspace, usually followed by circle time story or songs)
    • Playspace with toys, kitchen, slide, train table, dolls, cars, climbing mats, balls, 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
    • 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:

KSOW List-Serv

  • How to join the Kids South Of Washington Google Group (KSOW):
    • Please send an email with subject line KSOW 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

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 Lilypad? Volunteer to run a playgroup, or be a backup for one of our playgroup volunteers. Help the Board run Lilypad (we are currently seeking to expand our Board in early 2018 if you are interested in becoming one of our board members). Nominations and voting will be held in January 2018 if you are interested in helping expand and continue Lilypad’s community playspace model.

Lilypad is a 100% volunteer-powered registered 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 weekends. Volunteer activities include running a weekly playgroup.


  • Your favorite coffee (bring some and add to our stash during any playgroup)
  • Grant Writing Services

To donate any items or services, please email us. All donations are tax-deductible. We also accept donations year-round for CityKids Consignment Sale; drop-offs can be made during any playgroup.