100 Things To Do in Philly with Kids Before They Grow Up

A bucket list for Philadelphia parents, fun events for kids in PA

All parents know how quickly the years seem to pass as we watch our babies grow into big kids. At Mommy Poppins Philadelphia, our mission is  to help families make the most of this precious time with their children, finding the best events and activities to enrich their lives and create special memories right here in the City of Brotherly Love.

That is why we have compiled a list of the top 100 things to do with kids in the Philly area before they grow up. With a city so rich in culture, history, recreation, world-class museums, theaters, zoos, parks, annual festivals and events, the time to get out and start exploring is now!

    Our list of the best fun things (in no particular order): 

    1. Climb through the Franklin Institute's giant heart
    2. Go down the giant wooden slide at Smith Memorial Playground
    3. Take a hayride at Linvilla Orchards
    4. Spend some time with the hippos, penguins and sharks at the Adventure Aquarium
    5. Feed the animals at the Elmwood Park Zoo
    6. Attend a performance at the Arden Theatre for a new twist on children's shows
    7. Visit Peddler's Village during one of the many festivals
    8. Spend a Seafarin' Saturday at the Independence Seaport Museum
    9. Taste a potato chip fresh off the line on the Herr's Snack Factory free tour
    10. Gaze into the jaws of a T-Rex at the Academy of Natural Sciences
    11. Discover the Totally Terrific Treehouses throughout Tyler Arboretum
    12. Drive some construction equipment at Diggerland
    13. Bring a hammer to Ringing Rocks Park and make your own rock concert
    14. Putt around Independence Hall and other tiny Philly landmarks at Franklin Square minigolf​
    15. Explore the Children's Garden and watch the Longwood Gardens Fountain Show
    16. Strut alongside the Fancy Brigades and the String Bands at the Mummers Parade on New Year's Day
    17. Spend the day playing at Sesame Place with Elmo, Big Bird and the Count
    18. Skate at the pop up ice rink at Dilworth Park in the shadow of City Hall
    19. Meet America's most famous flag-maker at the Betsy Ross House
    20. Dine as our Founding Fathers did at the City Tavern
    21. Ride the historic Dentzel carousel and then play the day away at the Please Touch Museum
    22. Shop the Italian Market's tempting food offerings 
    23. Stroll down Elfreth's Alley, America's oldest residential street
    24. Take a free tour of the Fairmount Water Works
    25. Experience a Philadelphia Orchestra Family Concert
    26. Tour the Parkway Central Library and read a book in the Children's Department
    27. Enjoy an outdoor summer concert and picnic on the lawn at the Mann
    28. Get up close with the Liberty Bell
    29. Smell the roses at the Philadelphia Flower Show
    30. Enjoy some of Philadelphia's best food vendors at the Reading Terminal Market
    31. Follow the pathways through the Children's Discovery Garden at Sister Cities Park
    32. Hear stories of inspirational leaders at the National Liberty Museum
    33. Watch coins being made at the US Mint
    34. Spend an afternoon at Valley Forge National Park
    35. Have a meal in Chinatown
    36. Experiment at the Philadelphia Science Festival on the Parkway
    37. Cheer on your favorites at the Devon Horse Show
    38. Hear fascinating tales about our city's past at the Once Upon a Nation storytelling benches in the summer
    39. Visit the collections at the National Museum of American Jewish History
    40. Go maple sugaring in the winter
    41. Race down the long tube slides at Manderach Memorial Playground
    42. Visit the lions, tigers and bears at America's first zoo
    43. Tour the Mutter Museum's collection of medical oddities
    44. Watch the 4th of July fireworks over the Ben Franklin Parkway
    45. Take a photo op under the iconic statue at LOVE Park
    46. Hit the slopes for a winter day trip to the Poconos
    47. Spend a summer evening at a minor league baseball game
    48. Go Out on a Limb at the Morris Arboretum
    49. Join the BlobFest crowd as they run screaming from the Colonial Theatre, reinacting the famous scene from the 1957 cult classic filmed there  
    50. Tour Independence Hall, the birthplace of our nation
    51. Experience the rich culture and history on display at the African American Museum
    52. Visit the American Helicopter Museum and take a real helicopter ride
    53. Make like a tourist and run up the Art Museum steps, Rocky-style
    54. Watch Thomas the Tank Engine pull into the Strasburg Rail Road
    55. Get creative at the Crayola Factory
    56. Tour Eastern State Penitentiary, especially frightful at Halloween
    57. Watch a regatta on the Schuylkill River
    58. Ride any of the 13 wild roller coasters at Hersheypark or just an easy tour of Chocolate World
    59. Ride the Turtle Whirl and other fun amusements at Dutch Wonderland
    60. Climb up the massive play tower and down the twisting slide at Parkside Place in Upper Gwynedd
    61. Taste a Philadelphia egg cream or homemade ice cream sundae at the Franklin Fountain
    62. Cheer on bike riders from around the world at the Philly Cycling Classic
    63. Explore the creative mosaic art of Philadelphia's Magic Gardens on South Street
    64. Tour Fort Mifflin on the Delaware, claimed to be haunted
    65. Watch the Phillies play at Citizen's Bank Park
    66. Climb on the giant board game pieces of the "Your Move" art installation at the Municipal Services Building Plaza, JFK & Broad Street
    67. Participate in one of the Barnes' Foundation's family art programs
    68. Experience the life of a sailor on a tour of the Battleship New Jersey
    69. Venture out on the Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk and see the city from a new perspective
    70. Learn about the history of firefighting and try on some gear at Fireman's Hall, a hidden gem in Old City
    71. Attend a free summer concert on the Delaware River Waterfront
    72. Climb to the top of Bowman's Hill Tower for scenic views of the Delaware Valley, especially impressive for Fall foliage
    73. Attend a performance at the Kimmel Center
    74. Pose for a photo with the Founding Fathers and become an expert of the Bill of Rights at the National Constitution Center
    75. Take a Family Gallery Tour of the Philadelphia Museum of Art
    76. Go tubing on the Delaware River
    77. Pick apples at an orchard in September
    78. Try cheesesteaks at South Philly landmarks Pat's, Geno's and Jim's then vote for your favorite
    79. Sleep overnight at the Penn Museum
    80. Explore the Fairy Garden in Winterthur's Enchanted Woods
    81. Satisfy your sweet tooth at Shane Confectionery, the oldest continously operated candy shop in the U.S.
    82. Bike along Kelly Drive
    83. Take a free tour of City Hall and get a spectacular view of the city from the observation deck
    84. Drive through the Miracle on 13th Street neighborhood Christmas light display
    85. See how your dollar travels at the Money in Motion exhibit at the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia
    86. Celebrate Christmas anytime of year at the Byers' Choice visitor center
    87. Follow a map through the city to find 14 representations of Ben Franklin
    88. Go fishing in the Wissahickon Creek
    89. See a show at the Walnut Street Theatre
    90. View the Comcast Center video show during the holidays
    91. Take a holiday train ride
    92. See the Pennsylvania Ballet perform The Nutcracker
    93. Watch the Macy's Christmas light show and walk through Dickens' Village
    94. Marvel at the Brandywine River Museum's amazing train display over Christmas
    95. Ice skate at the Blue Cross RiverRink on New Year's Eve and have a front row seat for the fireworks
    96. Take a behind-the-scenes tour of the QVC Studio in West Chester
    97. Explore our city's past at the Philadelphia History Museum
    98. Go for a hike in one of our many state parks
    99. Visit the brand new Venice Island Performing Arts Center in Manayunk
    100. Attend a tea ceremony at Shofuso Japanese House & Gardens

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