Make it A Colorful May at the Water Works!


Science Saturdays
May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. starting every half hour.
River Colors

Learn how water was used in the process of making pigments. We will be making our own paints and then heading out to the open air to the use the FWW as a muse for your own painting. Sit outside and learn how to examine the 3D world and transform it to 2D using watercolors. Capture the day on paper and take the memory home to showcase.

Family Pop-Up Activities!
Saturday May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 10:00 a.m. to noon.

Philadelphia fountains are artistic expressions of mythological creatures that represent water, like Logan Square and our newly restored Italian fountain at the Water Works, featuring sea-horses.

Saturday, May 3:
Carnival on the Parkway

Our final event at the Philadelphia Science Festival, The Water Works presents “How much science is there in this glass of water?”

NEW!!!  May 7th-June 25th       Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
Mommies and Minnows, Fathers and Frys
Hands on discoveries for pre-schoolers, ages 3-5 and their parents. Every Wednesday at the Water Works. Some activities may take place outside, weather permitting. Registration Required!

Art in the Open (AiO)
Saturday, May 17
    11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Family programming related to AiO and the Fountain of the Sea-Horses, and mythical animals of the sea.

Sunday, May 18
Adult tour developed by The Water Works about public fountains as public art and public health.


“Tributaries: A Modern Cantata” – Special Performance on December 14th

The Water Works presents…
A Modern Cantata

Captured in the tradition of American tonal concert music, “TRIBUTARIES: A Modern Cantata”, explores man’s biological and technological dependence on water, as well as the many life enabling and yet threatening powers of water. From the perspective of three of Eastern Pennsylvania’s many tributaries, each of which converge into the Schuylkill River, the audience is immersed in water and the life and times of nearby inhabitants, through a unique and site-specific musical performance.

A four act cantata: (each inspired by the distinct characteristics of the “Manatawny”, “Tulpehocken”, “Maiden”, and “Schuylkill”), TRIBUTARIES features solo and ensemble performances of some of Philadelphia’s brightest vocal talent, and an octet of diverse musicians.

Composer and conductor Craig Hendrix, founder of The Agave Opera Company, collaborated with film composers Brooke and Will Blair to bring TRIBUTARIES to life. Together with Habithèque, Inc. and countless gifted collaborators, the team is excited to present an exclusive performance in The Water Work’s “New Mill House”, a hidden Philadelphia structure flooded with history and infinite potential. To purchase tickets, please visit: http://tributaries.ticketleap.com/tributaries/t/de4f22a45a7bdcedfddf01980da7599c/

WHYY’s Peter Crimmins recently wrote about this amazing venue and described how the lighting and music are transforming this “time capsule” location. To read his article and watch the video: http://www.newsworks.org/index.php/local/item/62324-forgotten-pools-reverberate-with-water-inspired-music?linktype=all_feedtop

Saturday, December 14th 2013
4-6 pm
The Water Works New Mill House
640 WaterWorks Drive
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


Events and News at the FWWIC for June 2013

We invite you to download our FWWICsecondQ2013news. You’ll find events and programs for all ages and interests, as well as information on the future of the FWWIC as we move ahead in our expansion plans.

Along with our popular regular Science Saturday and Sunday Cinema programs, we have a number of special events including a look at craft brewing in Philadelphia, a visit to the Fairmount Water Works by General Lafayette, and the use of our natatorium as a Hidden City art site.

You’ll find ways to get involved with the FWWIC through our tours—-be a guide, or be a participant!

We look forward to seeing you at the FWWIC soon!