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

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 during 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.

Our Facebook page has details on the latest at Lilypad.

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 at LILYPADPHILLY. org for our business member brochure with rates and complete details. Businesses may schedule classes for a 3-, 6-, or 12-month duration.

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

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

Plus, we help moderate the google list-serve Kids South Of Washington (KSOW). Click for the Official Page of KSOW to find out how to join the local google group, which is only available to current South Philly parents. As an all-volunteer organization, we appreciate your patience, we promise we will get to all KSOW requests as soon as possible!

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 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** 


If you are curious about RIE® or are interested in becoming more conscious as a parent, consider joining Parent Infant Philly’s summer classes. We model setting limits, respectful language, and how to embrace child-led play, both independently and with peers.
***Every Friday | 9:45am-11:15am (ages 6 months to age 3)***Saturdays | 10:30am-12pm (ages 6 months to age 3) | September 28, 2019; October 26, 2019

$25, with pre-registration
10-Class Card: $190
5-Class Card: $100
To sign up and select your class dates, click here: or email Maria at ParentInfantPhilly AT gmail for more information or to register. More info at
A play-based weekly social activity for young children (with parent) that models conscious parenting and respectful limit-setting in a safe and fun environment.
Classes are facilitated by a RIE®-practicing parent who has completed the RIE Foundations Course™. Your child will have the chance to explore, move freely and interact with other children (with minimal intervention, so that children learn how to engage with other children on their own, fostering kindness, patience and empathy, all useful social skills in the years to come).  Visit Magda Gerber and Janet Lansbury for more info.

 NEW! 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.

NEW! Spanish Story Time | Mondays, 11:30am OR Thursdays, 4:00pm | Cuentacuentos — all ages with caregiver. 

Total immersion Spanish. We will sing songs your kids already know in English as well as read books. It’s all about having a good time doing familiar things. No age limit. Easy crafts and activities.
$20.00 Walk-ins. Free first class when you buy a 10 class punch card, $180.00 Go to Facebook for details and to sign up.

 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.

 Monthly Babysitting | Select Saturdays (5-8pm) | Ages 18 months+ | Parent Chaperoned event, Drop your children off with Lilypad volunteers for a Saturday evening. Dinner with snack/fruit/veggie will be provided. Volunteer to chaperone and get a free babysitting night. Pricing is $40/one child; $50/two children. Email Lilypad to reserve your spot!
Upcoming dates: September 14, October 19, November 16, December 14  | Sign up NOW!

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

All classes and events are open to the public.




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.


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

Pre-registration is required and class size is limited. $20 per child, $15 per sibling. Go to to sign up and for details.

Spanish Story Time | 11:30am | Cuentacuentos — all ages with caregiver. 

Total immersion Spanish. We will sing songs your kids already know in English as well as read books. It’s all about having a good time doing familiar things. No age limit. Easy crafts and activities.
$20.00 Walk-ins. Free first class when you buy a 10 class punch card, $180.00 Go to Facebook for details and to sign up.




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

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


Spanish Story Time | 4:00pm | Cuentacuentos — all ages with caregiver. Begins 9/12/19

Total immersion Spanish. We will sing songs your kids already know in English as well as read books. It’s all about having a good time doing familiar things. No age limit. Easy crafts and activities.
$20.00 Walk-ins. Free first class when you buy a 10 class punch card, $180.00 Go to Facebook for details and to sign up.


9:45am-11:15am | Conscious Parenting Class | Parent Infant Philly using RIE® principles 

This class is for you and your 6 month old – 3 year old. Sign up for a single class by emailing here. $25 per class, prepaid, includes snack time. 5/10 Class cards available. Instagram | Facebook | Website Monthly Saturday morning Classes also available.

1:00pm-3:00pm | Homeschool Meetup | Community Event 

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


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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 locks to keep 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.

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


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

11:30am-1:00pm| 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 Lilypad members/$200 public. Contact us to reserve! Brand New Kitchen with Oven/Dishwasher/Filtered Cold and Hot Water.

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. 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

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. All shirts must be pre-paid via PayPal. We can ship for an additional fee!



Do you want to help out with Lilypad?

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)

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.