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

Lilypad playgroups:

Mondays 9:30-11am 

Tuesdays 9:30-11am

Wednesdays 9:30-11am

& 12-3pm (NEW *** Extended Weds hours!)

New Parent/Baby Playgroup:

Tuesdays 11:30am-1pm (0-24 months) 


We hope you can join us. First playgroup is free; thereafter Lilypad membership is required. Playgroups are drop-in, no registration required. All ages playgroups are recommended for parents and caretakers with children up to ages 4 or so.

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Thursdays 9:30 & 10:30

Ages 1-3. Classes are open to the public. Please message Britt to register or for more details.


Hours: 10am-2pm Wednesdays

CityKids Thrift has its own entrance in front of Lilypad in our basement space. Find seasonal clothing, books, toys, gear, nursery items and so much more! PayPal and Venmo accepted.


CityKids Consignment Sale is a direct fundraiser for Lilypad – due to the pandemic, we have not held our huge semi-annual sales. We are actively looking for a new space to hold the fall sale. If you have a contact or a rental space available that is affordable, 3,000+sqft and available for 3-4 days over a weekend, please reach out!

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 and gear year-round for CityKids Consignment Sale. 100% of proceeds go toward Lilypad. To arrange pick up or bulk items drop off, please email us.