Gaze at the amazing creations at the Wildwood Crest Amateur Sand Sculpting Festival. Photo courtesy of the festival
Gaze at the amazing creations at the Wildwood Crest Amateur Sand Sculpting Festival. Photo courtesy of the festival

The Best Things to Do in Philly in July with Kids

What says “July” more than freedom and festivals? Summer is in full swing in Philadelphia, and Mommy Poppins has rounded up a little freedom, a little festival, and a whole lot more for the family during the month of July.

Peddler’s Village hosts a Fourth of July weekend BBQ with music, activities, and a watermelon-eating contest. After this all-American event, ring in our 245th year of independence with a magical display of fireworks in Philly, the suburbs, or at the Jersey Shore. And later in the week, cool off indoors at the Upper Darby Performing Arts Center as The Wizard of Oz comes to stage.

Throughout the month, hot dogs, cotton candy, and rides run aplenty. Visit the Malvern Fire Company Carnival mid-month or the Kimberton Fair later in the month for quintessential festival fun. Ahoy, mateys! The Wilmington Pirate Festival brings boat building and treasure hunting to the Wilmington Riverfront. Looking to add a little water to the day without a trip to the beach or the pool? These splash pads and spraygrounds are a great way to cool off any day of the week.

Read on for a fun-filled July, and visit the Mommy Poppins Philadelphia events calendar for even more. 

As the Philadelphia area reopens, some events might still require social distancing and masking. 

Places featured in this article:


Independence Mall & National Constitution Center Lawn

Wilson Farm Park

Warminster Community Park

Wilmington Riverfront/Fort Christina Park/Kalmar Nyckel Shipyard

Young Gates-KIds Online Personalized Classes

Young Gates-KIds Online Personalized Classes
Grow Up Green
Sister Cities Park - 10:30 AM Pick
Early Learner Summer Pods by The Barnes Foundation
Philly Playstreet Mantua (MULTIPLE LOCATIONS) - 11:00 AM Pick
Garden Railway at Morris Arboretum
Morris Arboretum - various times Pick
Goshen Country Fair
Fair Grounds - various times Pick
Pop-Up Naturalist Series
Newlin Grist Mill - 6:00 AM
Neighborhood Guides
Activity Guides