Things To Do With Kids in Philadelphia

Known for being the birthplace of our nation and as the largest city in Pennsylvania, your family time in Philadelphia will include tours of historic monuments and neighborhoods. If your kids get bored of the museums and monuments, you can always head to Adventure Aquarium for amazing sea creatures or to Sky Zone to see who can jump the highest on the indoor trampolines. No matter your interests, there’s always something family-friendly and fun to keep you busy in the City of Brotherly Love.

Dave & Buster’s and Sky Zone are two of the best places to bring kids in Philly — both offer great deals. Your kids can jump on the trampolines at Sky Zone or play tons of fun games at Dave & Busters while you sit back and watch the game. For little learners, it’s important to note that Philadelphia is also home to some of the most popular museums in the country. Get to know the city with one of the following activities for kids:

  • Dave & Buster’s: kids can play the latest arcade games while parents can drink beer and eat appetizers at a great deal
  • Sky Zone: great deals on this huge indoor trampoline park
  • Liberty Bell: see the crack in the bell with your own eyes
  • Philadelphia Zoo: take your kids to view 1400 different species of animals, many of them are rare and endangered
  • Please Touch Museum: let your children’s imagination run wild in this museum open since 1976

While Philadelphia is packed full of fun things for kids to do, there are also a number of fun things for parents to enjoy too. For example, you can take in the glorious sounds of the Philadelphia Orchestra or enjoy at day at the ballpark with a beer in hand. Bring the kids along to one of the following places:

  • Philadelphia Museum of Art: founded in 1876, this prestigious museum is filled to the brim with Renaissance art
  • Spruce Street Harbor Park: visit this park during the summer for one of the best urban beaches in America
  • The Philadelphia Orchestra: please your ears and put your kids to sleep all at the same time
  • Citizens Bank Park: spend the day at the ballpark watching the Philadelphia Phillies
  • Penn’s Landing: a stretch of parks and multicultural eateries along the Delaware River

For the ultimate trip to Philadelphia, you have to experience a good balance of both fun and educational activities. Explore Philadelphia’s Historic District for a trip back in time or get lost in the labyrinth at Philadelphia’s Magic Garden. Start with one of the following places to see:

  • Independence National Historical Park: explore this national park and its many monuments related to the American Revolution
  • Philadelphia's Historic District: head to this famous neighborhood to explore many colonial-era buildings and monuments
  • Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens: take a stroll through Isaiah Zagar’s largest folk-style mosaic
  • Elfreth’s Alley: historically America’s oldest continuously inhabited road
  • Ben Franklin Bridge: take in fantastic scenic views along this suspension bridge built in 1926

Your kids are sure to enjoy their trip to Philadelphia, especially if you take them to one of these places. Your little ones can play at one of the oldest playgrounds in America or check out the largest collection of sharks on the East Coast, all in the same day! Try taking them to one of these kid-centric places:

  • Adventure Aquarium: home to the largest collection of sharks on the East Coast
  • Arden Theater: head to this rustic theater for a new twist on kids shows
  • Diggerland: give your kids the chance to drive construction equipment
  • Sesame Palace: spend some time playing with the stars of Sesame Street
  • Smith Memorial Playground: one of the oldest playgrounds in America with a giant wooden slide

If you’re traveling in a large group, these family-friendly activities are made just for you. Get your group in front of the Love statue at Love Park for a photo worthy of Instagram or take them all to explore the battle-hardened USS New Jersey. Bring the whole family to one of the following places:

  • Franklin Square: this park has mini golf and a giant carousel among other fun things
  • USS New Jersey: your kids are sure to be fascinated by this giant battleship
  • Ben Franklin Museum: featuring artifacts, computer animations, and interactive displays celebrating the famous inventor
  • Philadelphia Insectarium and Butterfly Pavilion: check out live exhibits, artifacts and hands on exhibits dedicated to creepy crawlers
  • Love Park: pose for a picture in front of the iconic Love statue

If you’re looking for educational activities for your kids, look no further than the city of Philadelphia. Its historic significance and many monuments offer ample opportunities for your kids to learn about the history of this great nation. Teach the kids something new at one of the following places:

  • The Franklin Institute: lively, family-friendly science museum with many interactive exhibits
  • Once Upon a Nation Storytelling Benches: your kids can learn all about the history of the area with these bench-front shows
  • Philadelphia City Hall: take a tour of the largest and one of the oldest municipal buildings in the U.S.
  • The Academy of Natural Sciences: the oldest natural science research institution and museum in the Americas
  • Museum of the American Revolution: learn everything there is to know about how the U.S. gained its
  • independence

If you need some time for yourself during your trip to Philly, why not sign your kids up for one of the city’s popular kids classes? They can experience all things crayons at the Crayola Factory or unlock their creativity at Splash Lab Arts. Book one of the following classes:

  • RockStar Guitar: learn how to play the guitar like a rockstar
  • Muse Paintbar: see who can create the best masterpiece while adults can sip wine
  • Yay Clay!: learn the art of ceramics at a great deal
  • Philadelphia School of Circus Arts: let your kids experience the high-flying action of Circus Arts
  • Splash Lab Arts: the ultimate place for your kids to get creative and try new things

If the weather isn’t conducive to frolicking outside, there is plenty of fun to be had indoors in Philadelphia. Your kids can learn how to rock climb at the Philadelphia Rock Gyms or jump around the network of many bounce houses at Pump It Up. Stay indoors at one of the following places:

  • Crayola Factory: if your kids love crayons, this is the place to go
  • Adventurers Mini Golf: challenging glow in the dark mini golf
  • Kids Love Martial Arts: give your kids the gift of self-defense at a great price
  • Philadelphia Rock Gyms: learn how to rock climb at one of Philly’s top rock climbing gyms
  • Pump It Up: a warehouse full of bounce houses and blow up obstacles