Lilypad :: South Philly’s Playspace and Family Space

We all know it takes a village to raise children. Lilypad is a new playspace at 1234 S. Broad Street, in South Philly, bringing families together with all-ages playgroups, new mom groups, community events, and classes (ALL classes are open to the public). Members can come to any playgroups for free. See below for member benefits. Visit us at Lilypad to get the support you need as we build a strong, diverse family-friendly community.

Please visit Lilypad on Facebook for fun activities and things to do with kids in Philly, plus to check in on the latest happenings at Lilypad. Lilypad runs the list-serve Kids South Of Washington and CityKids Consignment Sale.


Get your Yo South Philly T-shirts just in time for holiday gift-giving! 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.



New Events!

All events at Lilypad are open to the public. RSVP or registration may be required.

Soccer Shots – Free Winter Demo Class & Playtime | Thursday, December 8, 10:00am – 11:30am and Thursday, December 22, 10-11:30am (To Register: email Soccer Shots)


RIE-Inspired Playgroup | Friday, December 9, 10am-11:30am | Free to members, $10 general public (cash/credit) (no registration required)

Is your parenting inspired by Magda Gerber? Janet Lansbury? Have you ever wondered how you can fit a Pikler Triangle into your rowhome? If so, please join us at our first RIE playgroup! This playgroup is for those who practice RIE or who are interested in learning more about RIE.

Unlike our other playgroups, there are a few rules for parents during this playgroup: Child-directed free play with little to no interference from the adults; no forced sharing; no distractions, no directing child’s play, no praises or rewards or time-outs; please sportscast or acknowledge when a baby is struggling; and a commitment to support each other as we grow in our understanding of this parenting philosophy.


Blossoming Bellies Childbirth Class | Saturday, December 10, 12pm – 5pm

To Register and for more info, visit


Playdate + Coffee with Road+Fields | Wednesday, December 14, 10-11:30am

Join us with your children for a play date to hear about the products and business opportunity that Rodan+Fields offers. This event is free, but requires RSVP.
Light snacks and coffee will be served.
Please RSVP to Heather Morrison @ 215-681-6893 or email Heather.


TRIAL Pre-C Hungry Education Class | Thursday December 15, 11am-12pm (free, registration required)

Come and meet our newest business member, Hungry Education on Thurs, 12/15. Hungry Education will begin to offer their Pre-C (pre-cooking) classes for children ages 2 1/2 through 4 at Lilypad starting in January. Hungry’s hands-on method creates a no-pressure environment for children to explore food in ways that are meaningful to them. Find out how our play-based approach is having a wonderful effect on picky and problem eaters. Please email Megan with the following info to RSVP and secure your space. Space is limited!
Name; Email; Child’s name; Child’s age; Any food allergies, sensitivities, or dietary requirements (we are nut and peanut free)


Babysitting Night with Sitter Select | Thursday, December 15, 6-9pm

Sitter Select is teaming up with Lilypad to offer their professional babysitting services at Lilypad. Go out and have some fun, knowing your child will be well taken care of. Children of all ages are welcome.
Here are the details:
You must reserve and pay at least 48 hours in advance, directly to Sitter Select.
• $30 per family, 1-2 children, for 3 hours of sitting for Lilypad Members
• $35 per family, 1-2 children for general public
• $2 additional for families who have more than 2 children.

  • To reserve, please complete family application on Sitter Select’s website
  • You MUST indicate you are signing up for Lilypad Date Night in the “referred by” section.
  • After receiving Welcome Letter, please email Sitter Select to directly reserve and pay for you child’s spot.
  • Prepayment required to reserve your spot. This is non-refundable and non-transferable. Please bring your reservation number (on your bill) when you drop kids off at Lilypad on Wednesday.
  • Please provide dinner for your child beforehand.

Any questions, please email Sitter Select or call: (267) 670-1857 

Toy Sale at Lilypad | December 17, 11am-2pm

New toys for sale at bargain prices; purchase Lilypad memberships as gifts or for your family; get your Yo South Philly Mom, Yo South Philly Dad or Yo South Philly Kid shirts; and purchase punch cards for classes at Lilypad.

New Year’s Day | Play All Day
Visit Lilypad on New Year’s Day for our extended playgroup. Stay tuned for exact hours! #openinphl

Pre-Cooking Pre-C | Hungry Education | January 7, 4 consecutive Thursdays, 10am-12pm

A perfect gift for the little foodie in your life! $65 Register here: Space is limited and classes require pre-registration.
These kid-with-parent classes concentrate on food identification, gross motor skills, and sensory development through generally messy, sometimes silly, and always educative hands-on exercises. Pre-C class is 4 weeks long with each week covering a different food or theme. Class is open to toddlers ages 2 1/2 up to preschoolers age 4 and their caregiver. Children make simple snacks each class with additional activities such as singing a song, silly dances and movement, or reading a story to support the lesson.
Hungry Education is the brainchild of Megan Haupt, longtime food educator and mom to a 7 year old picky eater. Megan has built Hungry Education around the idea that healthy eating begins with healthy food relationships. Hungry explores the idea of healthy food relationships through hands-on, no pressure, no agenda, play-based food education. Hungry’s food ed classes, camps, and workshops incorporate movement, music, storytelling, and art into all of their curriculum. 

Child Birth Education Classes | Tuesdays, Jan 3-Feb 7, 7pm-9pm (6-week series)

Taking a birth class as a series with other couples is a wonderful way to meet other parents with babies the same age, and create lifelong friendships!

Learn How You Can Prepare For Your Baby’s Birth! This is a 12 hour course and the cost per couple is $360.00 (includes text book).

Covers everything from a natural childbirth right through to a planned C-section so that parents will be aware of all of their choices. The book and curriculum are recommended by Childbirth International; Penny Simkin is a guru in the world of childbirth and doulas and she has a wealth of information to offer, as do the other authors of this book. Best suited for families choosing a hospital or birth center birth. We will cover all of the options and present factual, evidence based information for couples. Schedule the class to be completed prior to the 36th week of pregnancy.

Please email Christine Golcher, CBE, with questions, or to register for Christine’s Care & Compassion birth class series, call: 215-287-4915


Weekly Classes!

All classes at Lilypad are open to the public. Lilypad members may receive a discount. Classes are drop-in, except for Soccer Shots.


10:15am-11am | Develop Yoga for Kids, Ages 2-5

Kids will have the opportunity to use their imaginations, learn breathing techniques, listen to music, dance and play games while exploring yoga poses that go along with our themes. We will travel to outer space, go to the rainforest, visit the zoo, take a train to a farm and meet creatures of the night sky. Each class will also include a small craft to go along with the days theme.
Drop in Class- $12
6 Class Punch Card- $60 Regular Price /$55 Lilypad Members
Click to Register with Develop Yoga

4:30pm-5:15pm | Songbird Family Music Jam, All Ages with caregiver

Start your week off right with a family singalong. Kids of all ages and their caregivers are welcome to join in the singing. Bethany will play guitar and other instruments as we sing, chant, and move to familiar songs and learn some new ones, as well. If you are looking for new ways to make music with your child at home, this class will be a great source of ideas!

*$12 drop in ( $10 for Lilypad members)

 *Drop-in Option only available for Family Music Jam Class and only if class is not full.

Visit Songbird Music for further details and availability and to register and pay for classes.


12pm-12:45pm | Rhythm Babies, ages 4-24 months

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

4pm-4:45pm | Yoga for kids, ages 6-11

Drop In Class or 6 Class Punch Card available
This class is a great way for kids ages 6-11 to build strength and flexibility and inner qualities of compassion, self-awareness, creativity and confidence. Each class will explore breathing techniques, yoga postures, games and creative work that will connect with the theme of the class.

These drop-in classes will run weekly, starting Wednesday, December 7, 2016. To sign up go to
Drop in Class: $12; 6-Class Punch Card: $60 Non-members/ $55 Lilypad Members


9am-9:45am | Rhythm Babies, ages 4-24 months

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

10am-10:45am | Rhythm Babies, ages 3-5 years

Drop-ins $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; all are welcome to attend. First playgroup is free; otherwise membership is required ($100/year per family) and your family can attend all playgroups.

NEW! 3 Month Membership for $50 Can’t commit to an entire year, but still want to enjoy playgroups and other activities for free or at a discount? This is the membership level for you! To purchase, email us today.

Please keep in mind that we have 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.


11:15am-12:15pm | All Ages Playgroup * FREE To Members


10:30am-12pm | All Ages Playgroup * FREE To Members

12:30pm-2:00pm | BabyTime playgroup, Ages 0-24 months * FREE To Members


2:30pm-4:00pm | All Ages Playgroup * FREE To Members  


12:30pm-2:00pm | All Ages Playgroup * FREE To Members  


4:00pm-6:00pm | All Ages Playgroup, Family Happy Hour, BYOB * FREE To Members

SUNDAYS: (birthday party rentals available Saturdays and Sunday: $95 for members)

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


Your $100 annual membership to Lilypad helps us 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)! Member benefits include:

    • Multiple playgroups a week (free play for kids followed by circle time singing)
    • Playspace with toys, kitchen, slide, train table, blocks, books and more
    • Free access to all playgroups and Lilypad-run events
    • Special events at free or reduced cost for members
    • Access to book-lending library
    • 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:

Do you want to help out with our space? Volunteer to run a playgroup, or be a backup for one of our playgroup volunteers! Donate your time by helping to landscape our backyard. Become an organizing volunteer and help the Board run Lilypad (we are currently a 5-person working Board and are seeking to expand in the near future). Help out with any items from our wish list. Volunteer for as little or as much time as you are able.

Lilypad is a 100% volunteer-powered 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 weekdays. Weekend daytime hours may also be available based on our schedule. Volunteer activities include running a weekly playgroup, helping with backyard maintenance or other Lilypad projects on an on-going basis.


  • Kids Bathroom Stool for Sink
  • Landscaping/Arborist help for Outdoor Play Area
  • Dirt/Sand Boxes Built for Outdoor Play Area
  • Toilet Paper (auto-deliver to Lilypad, 1234 S Broad St, 19146)
  • Paper Towels (auto-deliver to Lilypad, 1234 S Broad St, 19146)
  • Grant Writing Services
  • Cash Donations

To donate any items or services, please email us. All donations are tax-deductible. We will add to this list as our needs become apparent. We also accept donations year-round for CityKids Consignment Sale; drop-offs can be made during the first hour of any playgroup.


Join the email list on the CityKids page to be the first to know when consignor registration and volunteer sign-ups open. We are Philadelphia’s largest and only non-profit sale, and are entirely volunteer-powered.

Great resources on our site:

Our Local Parenting and Community Resources List – pediatricians, playgroups, daycares, and more!!!!!