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 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. 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. 

• Parent-infant class series
Tuesdays at 12pm-1:30pm for babies
Fridays at 9:30am-11am for toddlers up to 24 months (no class 11/23)
—->>> Sign up for a single class to learn more about how RIE® can help you relax and enjoy more.

These observation-based class series, using RIE® principles, are for parents or caregivers who practice or wish to learn more about RIE®. Attentive caregiving can help babies want to cooperate, making our parenting journey easier and more enjoyable. Do Magda Gerber and Janet Lansbury resonate with you? When we give babies uninterrupted playtime in a safe environment, they can show us how capable they are. Please join us at our parent-infant classes! Series is facilitated by a RIE®-practicing parent who has completed the RIE Foundations Course™.

Single class visits: $25, Lilypad members $22 per class. Ages of babies: 4 weeks up to 24 months. Please email Maria at ParentInfantPhilly @ for more information or to sign up. Instagram | Facebook


 The Geography Lady | Mondays, 10:00am, and Wednesdays 3:30pm toddlers/preschoolers | Each week, explore a different country for a fun journey Around The World. Visit The Geography Lady, or for event details, click here.


 Baby, Me and an Exercise Band | Thursdays, 12:30pmStrength 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
• Babysitting Afternoon with Sitter Select | Saturdays, 3-6pm | 11/17 | 12/22 | 1/17/19 | 2/16/19, 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




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.


10:00am-11:00am | The Geography Lady — for Toddlers or Preschoolers with caregiver.  Visit The Geography Lady, or for event details, click here.


12pm-12:45pm | Rhythm Babies, ages 4 months – 3 years

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

3:30pm-4:30pm | The Geography Lady — for homeschool & school age kids. Visit The Geography Lady, or for event details, click here.



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 a year!

No indoor stroller parking; bring or borrow our bike locks to park your stroller outside. We invite your child to play freely in our space. Through play, children acquire confidence, and also an awareness of limits and boundaries. They learn how to be safe. That being said, please supervise your children around babies and new walkers. Please have 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

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


4:30-6:00pm | All Ages Playgroup (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!

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, step climber, (Pikler Triangle coming soon) 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. Toys, gear and books accepted year-round. Donations should be gently used or new (unstained and in good working condition), and seasonally appropriate: May – October: Winter Items accepted | November – April: Summer Items accepted