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

Lilypad is currently closed for all events. Please stay tuned as we work toward creating a safe place for your children to play in the near future. CityKids is a direct fundraiser for Lilypad and due to the pandemic, we could not hold the sale this year. Our twice annual sales fund Lilypad almost 100%, and we are exploring alternate arrangements. In the meantime, cash donations can be made by clicking the donate button at right. We are a 501c3 registered nonprofit organization, run entirely by volunteers. Thank you for your patience.

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 (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 your first playgroup for free and join our friendly community.

Our Facebook page has details on the latest at Lilypad.

Visit our Birthday Party page for details on holding a private event at Lilypad.

Interested in running classes at Lilypad? email us at LAND at LILYPADPHILLY. org for rates and complete details.

We offer an annual non-profit rate for registered non-profits.

Everyone loves our twice a year fundraiser, CityKids Consignment Sale (100% volunteer-run) Now accepting donations at any playgroup.

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!

Lilypad does not allow pets or smoking on our property at any time. No indoor stroller parking; borrow our combination locks to park your stroller outside.



Monthly & Special Events

All classes at Lilypad are open to the public. 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** 


Wednesdays, Feb 5 – March 11, 2020, 6:00-9:30pm (upcoming series start dates: April 1, June 3, Sept 9, Nov 4)
Hypnobabies is a 6-week comprehensive childbirth class which includes self-hypnosis techniques for an easier, more comfortable pregnancy and birth. Eyes-open childbirth hypnosis allows moms to remain comfortable while 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:

Cost is $450 and space is limited to 6 couples. Course fee includes 6 classes and all materials including Hypnobabies workbook, Hypnobabies Quick Reference Guide, Birth Partner Guide, Scripts, sixteen relaxation hypnosis tracks, affirmation tracks, and additional resources.

Contact Karen to register: | Facebook


Curious about RIE® or are interested in becoming more conscious as a parent? We model setting limits, the nuances of language, emotional validation and how to embrace child-led play from infancy on, both independently and with peers.
• Fridays | 10:30am-12pm | 4-week series for pre walkers (next series begins in March) 
• Mondays | 11:15-12:45 | 4-week series for Toddlers (Begins March 2) 
• Saturdays (once a month) | 11:15am-12:45pm | 3/21 | Saturday single classes: $25, with pre-registration
• 4-Class Series: $100, with pre-registration

To sign up email Maria. Classes are facilitated by a RIE®-practicing parent who has completed the RIE Foundations Course™. Visit Magda Gerber and Janet Lansbury for more info. Se habla español.

 THE GEOGRAPHY LADY | COOKING AROUND THE WORLD | Mondays (9:30am) | Ages 2-5 with caretaker | Each week, create delicious treats from a different country. While we wait, there will be stories, music, and the magical sensory suitcase. Every student will be given a passport, a special one of a kind apron, a copy of that day’s recipe, and a share of our tasty creation to eat together or take home. $20 per child, $15 per sibling. Go to to sign up. Pre-registration is required and class size is limited. Limited day of registration may be available.

 Babywearing Meetup | First Tuesdays (6:30-8:30pm) | FREE and Open to the public | Explore the ins and outs of wearing your baby with different carriers, get tips and tricks from the experts. Drop-in.

Lilypad membership is NOT required, membership is only required for playgroups.

All classes and events are open to the public.



First playgroup visit is free (just show up!) Primera visita de playgroup es gratis. After that, membership is required ($100/year per family, about $8 a month). As members, your child(ren) (with caretakers) can attend unlimited playgroups for a year from when you join.

We invite your child to play freely in our space. Through play, children acquire confidence, and also an awareness of limits and boundaries. Please supervise your children. All playgroup leaders are volunteers.

What to expect at playgroup: Arrive anytime during scheduled playgroup, no sign-up required. Unstructured, free play for infants, babies and children up through ages 4 or 5.


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


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


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


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

11:30am-1:00pm| Ages 0-24 months Only * FREE To Members


4:30-6:00pm | All Ages (BYOB) * FREE To Members  


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



Classes are open to the public and Lilypad members. Classes are not included in your membership.


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

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


Cooking Around the World | 9:30am-10:30am | The Geography Lady — for 2-5 year olds with caregiver. 

Join the fun with The Geography Lady! Pre-registration is required and class size is limited. $20 per child, $15 per sibling. Go to to sign up and for details.

Conscious Parenting Class Series | Parent Infant Philly using RIE® principles | 11:15am – 12:45pm | Toddlers 

Sign up here. $100, prepaid, includes snack time for toddlers. 4-week series for different age groups each month. Instagram | Facebook | Website Monthly Saturday morning all-ages classes also available.


2:30pm-4:30pm | Homeschool Meetup | Community Event 

Open to all area homeschoolers or families considering homeschooling. Free and no membership required. 


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

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


Conscious Parenting Class Series | Parent Infant Philly using RIE® principles | 10:30am – 12pm | pre-walkers

Sign up here. $100, prepaid. 4-week series; ongoing. Instagram | Facebook | Website Monthly Saturday morning all-ages classes also available.


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Birthday parties

Rentals available Saturdays and Sundays: $95 for Lilypad members/$200 public. Email us to reserve at LAND AT LilypadPhilly dot org!

We have a Brand New Kitchen with Oven/Dishwasher/Filtered Cold and Hot Water for your convenience during your party. Stop by any playgroup to check out the space to see if it will work for your event.

Lilypad does not have permanent staff, and is 100% run by 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. All memberships begin the month in which they were purchased and are good for 1 year from then.

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 and more
    • Free access to all playgroups and Lilypad-run events
    • Discounts for select 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! 

KSOW List-Serv

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


Lilypad is a 100% volunteer-powered registered non-profit. Become a playgroup leader (no skills needed!) All volunteers who volunteer for at least 12 hours in a 3-month period will receive 1 free private 2-hour event at Lilypad. Volunteer activities include running a weekly playgroup.

Website help needed. We know this site can be improved. If you’ve got the skills, we’d love to chat!


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

All donations are tax-deductible. We 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

To donate bulk items or services, please email us.