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

Fundraiser Alert: Back-To-School Kid Cuts on Sunday August 26th, 9am-12pm Click HERE for more details. Walk-Ins Welcome. 

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 check us out on Facebook, and get details on the latest happenings at Lilypad. Lilypad runs the google list-serve Kids South Of Washington (KSOW) and CityKids Consignment Sale. (Click for the Official Page of KSOW, more info at bottom of this page on how to join our google group, which is only available to current South Philly 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!

Visit our Birthday Party page for details on holding a private event at Lilypad. If you are a business, and you wish to hold a one-time private event, the same rates apply as birthday parties.

If you are interested in running your classes at Lilypad, please email us at LAND @ LILYPADPHILLY. org for our business member brochure with rates and complete details. Business members may schedule classes weekly or monthly for a 3-, 6-, or 12-month membership.

If your registered non-profit is looking for a monthly meeting/event space, we offer a special annual non-profit rate.

Lilypad does not allow pets or smoking on our property at any time. First Playgroup Visit is Free; thereafter Lilypad membership is required.


Monthly & Special Events

All events at Lilypad are open to the public. RSVP or registration may be required. **As an all-volunteer organization, please know that we will do our best to update events as soon as we can**

BIRTH CLASSES: Blossoming Bellies offers a one-day birth class once a month. 8/19 | 10/21 | 11/10 | 12/8 | 1/12/19 | 2/9/19 | 3/9/19 ••• InHarmony offers 6-week hypnobirthing classes on Monday evenings. Sign up with them early, as classes book up. 
 Baby, Me and an Exercise Band | Thursdays, 2:30pmStrength workouts designed to keep both mom and baby happy and in motion. Exercise bands are provided. BYO baby and optional BYO mat. Free/Donation Only. Click for Details.  ****NO CLASS: Aug 16 & Aug 23****
Spanish Storytime | 10:30am, Saturday August 18 | Free and open to all | Hosted by Amigos Preschool.
• Babywearing Instructional Meet Up | BWISEPA, 6:30pm, Tuesdays, Aug 28th | Sept 25th | Oct 30th | Nov 27th, free and open to all. Details here!
• Babysitting Afternoon with Sitter Select | Saturdays, 3-6pm | 8/18 | 9/22 | 10/20 | 11/17 | 12/22, 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 | Marcella DeRosa | TBD  (no group in July or August)
This free support group is open to to public, we welcome all new and expectant parents. For details, visit Born With Love


• NEW: RIE-inspired series.  Fall Session Dates: TBD

This playgroup style class series is for parents or caregivers who practice RIE with babies/toddlers newborn-age 3. Is your parenting inspired by Magda Gerber? Janet Lansbury? Are you trying to remain unruffled? Do you explain everything to your infant? Do you welcome your child’s full range of emotions? If so, please join us at our 4-class RIE playgroup series! No drop-ins, advance payment only. 4-family minimum to run series. Confirmation emails will be sent out a few days before first class begins. More details here. Series is hosted by a RIE-practicing parent and follows a discussion style format with no formal instruction.





Classes 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  SUMMER BREAK; check back in the fall for class schedule. 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.

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 


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


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


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

Stay Tuned for 1-hour Baby Playgroup, Thursdays, starting in September!


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!

Lilypad does not have permanent staff as we are all volunteers; 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.


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)
    • Our playspace has 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:

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! 

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. Or join the Board as a working member or financial supporting member.

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. Please leave all donations in the basement (we promise it’s not too scary down there).