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

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

The dog days of summer have arrived in the Delaware Valley! With less rigid schedules and more daylight hours, Philly families have time to create their own personalized Summer 2018 Bucket List, unique to their family. But, don't think you have to go it alone. Mommy Poppins has rounded up a ton of exciting summer activities such as nature programs, outdoor concerts, theater productions, educational opportunities (Bonus: The kids won't even realize they are learning) and free movies. There will be no time for children to be bored!

Be sure to browse our comprehensive post featuring amazing 100 Free Things To Do with Kids in Philly this Summer, as well as our ultimate bucket list, 100 Things to Do with Philly Kids Before They Grow Up. Make this summer the best one yet.

  1. Roller skate outdoors at the Blue Cross RiverRink's Summerfest on the Delaware River Waterfront.
  2. Play a round of miniature golf at Franklin Square.
  3. Rock out to some great kids' music at Smith Memorial Playground's Kidchella.
  4. Hear a story at one of Morris Arboretum's storytimes.
  5. Check out the Main Fountain Garden at Longwood Gardens and then play in the indoor and outdoor children's gardens.
  6. Eat some local food truck fare at one of the city's Night Markets.
  7. Plan a patriotic daytrip to a nearby historical location.
  8. Experience history in your own backyard with a visit to Historic Philadelphia.
  9. Build with little bricks at the LEGOLand Discovery Center.
  10. Go swimming in one of Philly's many public pools.
  11. Fill up the water bottles and go for a family hike at one of the area's many parks.
  12. Spread out a picnic blanket and listen to a free concert under the stars.
  13. Visit the aquatic animals at Adventure Aquarium.
  14. Swing in the hammocks at Spruce Street Harbor Park.
  15. Head to a nearby orchard or farm to pick fresh strawberries or other yummy seasonal fruit.
  16. Enjoy dinner al fresco along State Street in Media every Wednesday night.
  17. Take the kids out to a baseball game.
  18. Put on your fairy wings and fly to Winterthur to explore their magical garden and Terrific Tuesdays activities.Photo courtesy of Winterthur
     
  19. Gaze at the stars at the Franklin Institute's monthly series, Night Skies in the Observatory
  20. Celebrate the 4th of July with Wawa's Welcome America festivities.
  21. Load up on sunscreen and head to the beach for some surfing and sand castle-building.
  22. View fireworks in the nighttime sky.
  23. Explore the garden and playcenter at Camden Children's Garden.
  24. Try out a destination playground.
  25. Learn more about the diverse cultures that make up Philadelphia at the PECO Multicultural Festival Series.
  26. Camp! Whether in your own backyard or an organized facility, there's nothing like sleeping in the great outdoors.
  27. Dig up some fun at Diggerland.
  28. Pack up the car and take a day trip.
  29. Hone in on a sports skill, explore nature, or learn a new craft at a summer camp.
  30. Feed the giraffe and the bison at the world's first zoo to be a Certified Autism Center, Elmwood Park Zoo.
  31. Ride Oscar's Wacky Taxi at Sesame Place.
  32. Use your imagination at the Crayola Factory.
  33. Stop by the local library and sign up for a summer reading program.
  34. Allow the kids stay up a little later and watch a movie in the park.
  35. 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.
  36. Be creative at the Philadelphia Museum of Art's Art Splash!
  37. Pedal along with a bike ride using cycles from one of Ride Indego's bike share stations.
    Photo courtesy of Indego's Facebook page
     
  38. Splash about 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.
  39. Drive Lancaster County to visit the trains, science museum, and amusement park.
  40. Zoom away by helicopter with a visit to the American Helicopter Museum.
  41. Participate in hands-on activities at the Please Touch Museum. On First Wednesdays, admission is free.
  42. Wander throughout Philadelphia's new Rail Park, three miles of unused rail lines that are being transformed into public green space.
  43. Creep and crawl to the Academy of Natural Science to see its Xtreme Bugs exhibit.
  44. Bounce around at The Big Bounce America in Chester Park.
  45. Watch a show on stage at a local theater.
  46. Make pretend food at a bento restaurant during Please Touch Museum's Hello from Japan! exhibit.

Header photo courtesy of Franklin Square

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