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June 22, 2016

Six 'Go 4th & Learn 2016' events to check out before Fourth of July

Free books, museum admission, family-friendly activities

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Kids reading File Art/for PhillyVoice

The Free Library of Philadelphia encourages children to get lost in a good book.

Beginning on June 27, the city will host the "Go 4th & Learn" festival. The event is part of "Wawa Welcome America!" and  aims to give the Philadelphia community free access to museums, books and workouts.

Two museums are offering free admission, The Franklin Institute is bringing one of its exhibits to a public park and 10,000 books will be distributed throughout the entire "Go 4th & Learn" festival, which runs through July 2.

All six festival events are free and family-friendly. 

Go 4th & Learn about Science Behind Pixar

The Franklin Institute will provide educational demonstrations and interactive activities based on the exhibit "The Science Behind Pixar." Afterward, there will be a free screening of "Finding Nemo" at 8:30 p.m. Free book giveaways and readings will also take place.

June 27
7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Franklin Square
200 6th St.

Go 4th & Read: Citywide Reading at all Free Libraries

On June 29, starting at 2 p.m., parents and children can enjoy a citywide reading held at all 54 Free Library locations. Plus, the first 100 kids at each library will receive a free book thanks to Duffy Books in Homes USA.

June 29
2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
All Free Library of Philadelphia locations

Go 4th & Workout like Rocky

Train like Rocky on the Art Museum steps with the November Project. No registration necessary, just show up for the morning workout. All ages and skill levels welcome.

June 29
6:25 a.m. to 7:30 a.m.
Steps of Philadelphia Museum of Art
2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway

Go 4th & Learn about Music and Culture

Enjoy fee access to the Mummers Museum. Learn about one of the longest running traditions, take a free tour, make masks or create an instrument. Get there early to score a free book and listen in on a book reading.

June 30
5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Mummers Museum
1100 S. 2nd St. 

Go 4th & Learn about Fitness

Break a sweat on the playground with Zumba or play on the Ann Newman Giant Wooden Slide. Arts & crafts and face painting will also be available. Rounding out the day will be four book readings and a limited number of free books for attendees. 

July 1
10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Smith Memorial Playground & Playhouse
3500 Reservoir Dr.

Go 4th & Learn about History

Enjoy free access to the National Constitution Center, courtesy of Wawa. Explore one of the many exhibits: Freedom Rising, The Story of We the People, Signers Hall, Voting Booths or Supreme Court Bench. Plus, there will be three book readings with book giveaways.

July 2
10 a.m. to noon
The National Constitution Center
525 Arch St.