30 Things We Are Excited To Do with Philly Kids This Summer

Fun events for kids and families in the Philadelphia area in summer

Believe it or not, summer is fast approaching. If you're ready to say goodbye to the snowy days of winter and the rainy days of spring, we've got tons of activities to get you and your littles outside and moving. Whether you like music, picking strawberries, or just lounging around, we've got something for you.

We've rounded up the top 30 things we're most excited to do with the family this summer. How many of these 30 items do you think you can do before summer ends?

  1. Roller skate outdoors at the Blue Cross RiverRink's Summerfest on the Delaware River Waterfront.
  2. Rock out to some great kids' music at Smith Memorial Playground's Kidchella.
  3. Hear a story at one of Morris Arboretum's storytimes.
  4. Check out the Main Fountain Garden at Longwood Gardens.
  5. Eat some local food truck fare at one of the city's Night Markets.
  6. Visit Philly's newest attraction, the LEGOLand Discovery Center.
  7. Go swimming in one of Philly's many public pools.
  8. Fill up the water bottles and go for a family hike at one of the area's many parks.
  9. Spread out a picnic blanket and listen to a free concert under the stars.
  10. Swing in the hammocks at Spruce Street Harbor Park.
  11. Head to a nearby orchard or farm to pick fresh strawberries or other yummy seasonal fruit.
  12. Enjoy dinner al fresco along State Street in Media every Wednesday night.
  13. Check out an 1864 Vintage Base Ball game!
  14. Gaze at the stars at the Franklin Institute's monthly series, Night Skies in the Observatory
  15. Enjoy eight days of free events leading up to the 4th of July for Wawa's Welcome America festivities.
  16. Load up on sunscreen and head to the beach for some surfing and sand castle-building.
  17. Let the kids discover a love of treehouses.
  18. Learn more about the diverse cultures that make up Philadelphia at the PECO Multicultural Festival Series.
  19. Go camping! Whether in your own backyard or an organized facility, there's nothing like sleeping in the great outdoors.
  20. Pack up the car and take a day trip.
  21. Let the kids explore nature, learn a new craft or hone their sports skills at a fun camp.
  22. Feed the giraffe and the bison at the Elmwood Park Zoo.
  23. Visit the local library and sign up for a summer reading program.
  24. Let the kids stay up a little later and watch a movie in the park.
  25. Join a Kids Bowl Free program at a nearby bowling alley and children can play two free games per day all summer. Some lanes are now charging a registration fee, but it's still a great deal.
  26. Enjoy some creative play at Art Splash!
  27. Go for a bike ride with one of Ride Indego's bike share stations.
  28. Water play! Whether in your own backyard, or at a sprayground or splash pad! From sprinklers to water balloons to a slip n' slide, there are so many fun ways for kids to cool off.
  29. Take a trip to Lancaster County for fun train rides, a science museum, and more.
  30. Visit Philly's newest addition to Old City, the Museum of the American Revolution.

For more great ideas and the ultimate Philly bucket list, check our post of 100 Things To Do in Philly with Kids Before They Grow Up.

Photo of Spruce Street Harbor Park courtesy of Chris Kendig for Delaware River Waterfront.