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 @ 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!) 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 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 Classes
Tuesdays at 12pm-1:30pm for babies (no class 12/25 and 1/1)
Fridays at 9:30am-11am for toddlers up to 24 months (series starts up again 1/11/2019)
Tuesdays at 2:00pm-3:30pm for ages 2-3 (classes begin 1/15/2019)

—->>> Sign up for a single class, or the 8-week series, to learn more about ways RIE® can help you relax, do less and enjoy more as a parent.

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

Single class visits: $25, Lilypad members $22 per class. Series: $185 or 8 1.5 hour classes. (Lilpad members $160)  Please email Maria at ParentInfantPhilly @ for more information or to sign up. Instagram | Facebook


 The Geography Lady | Returning in early 2019 | 1-4, toddlers/preschoolers | 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. This class will be a paid class starting in January!
• Babysitting Afternoon with Sitter Select | Saturdays, 3-6pm | 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.


RETURNING IN 2019! 10:00am-10:45am | The Geography Lady — for Toddlers or Preschoolers with caregiver.  For event details, click here. Stay tuned for 2019 dates!


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

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

RETURNING IN 2019! 3:30pm-4:15pm | The Geography Lady — for Toddler and Preschoolers (ages 1-4), click here.  Stay tuned for 2019 dates!



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

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 Lilypad 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. 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 (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