Baby's First Summer: 8 Activities in the Philly Area
There are so many milestones for a family with a new baby — first steps, first words, first foods, and so much more. New parents may not have many lazy days of summer, but that first warm-weather season is a time to celebrate with fun in the sun, as well as baby-friendly ways to beat the heat indoors. We have rounded up some of our favorite ways to make Baby’s First Summer in the Philly area a memorable one for the whole family.
- Relax at the movies. That’s right — it’s possible to watch a film in a theater without worrying about a new bundle of joy disturbing the peace. The Bryn Mawr Film Institute and the Colonial Theatre in Phoenixville both have designated movie nights just for parents with infants. Check out their websites for the most current details — you’ll be in good company!
- Start them early with arts and culture. The Philadelphia Museum of Art and Winterthur Museum both offer stroller-friendly gallery tours on a regular basis during the summer and beyond. Parents and caregivers get the opportunity to enjoy the museums’ exhibits and mingle with other families who have little ones in tow. Plus, don’t forget to make time for Winterthur’s Enchanted Woods, a unique children’s garden on the grounds of the estate. (It’s shady enough to make for a comfortable visit, even during the hottest days of the year.)
- Appeal to baby’s brand-new senses. Longwood Gardens has enough paved, stroller-friendly walkways to keep parents walking for hours and baby happily taking in the scenery. The indoor and outdoor children’s gardens give even the tiniest nature lover a chance to experience water play and visual stimulation. Plus, admission for children under 5 is free.
- Take a dip. Philadelphia is home to many baby-friendly public pools where families can cool off while still having fun outside. Parents with infants outside the city can enjoy testing the water with tiny toes at Doylestown’s Fanny Chapman Pool or the pool at Chester County’s Marsh Creek State Park. Admission fees may apply, so be sure to visit the websites for the most current information. Looking for pools on the Main Line or Southern Chester County? The YMCA of Greater Brandywine is offering free admission to their pools on Tuesdays in August, so take a look at their website for the one that works best.
- Be flexible. Beat the heat and get centered with a good stretch at a Mommy and Me yoga class. Mom and baby have a chance to bond, socialize, and get a light workout in classes designed just for parents and little yogis. Many classes encourage tummy time and developmentally appropriate movement for very small infants, as well as strengthening and flexibility exercises for grownups. Stay active on hot or rainy days, and take a look at some of the area’s most popular yoga for kids and babies.
- Let baby run wild. Okay, so maybe a brand-new infant isn’t off and running yet, but a visit to the zoo gives the whole family a peek into the great outdoors. The Philadelphia Zoo is stroller-friendly, plus kids under 2 are admitted for free. Also, KidZooU is an indoor and outdoor experience offering interactive displays, hands-on learning, and unusual goats, sheep, chickens, and ducks that babies and toddlers love. Don’t want to drive into the city? Elmwood Park Zoo in Norristown offers wild animal exhibits, a petting zoo, and even a playground for little ones to enjoy. Visit the website for up-to-date information on exhibits and hours.
- Become a DIY parent. Fresh air and fresh food is good for everyone in the family, from tiny tots to mom and dad and everyone in between. Pick-your-own orchards are a great way to get outdoors with babies and toddlers during the warmer months. Linvilla Orchards in Delaware County and Highland Orchards in Chester County both have summer picking schedules for fresh fruits and vegetables. Infants love the tactile experience of touching the produce breathing the summer air. Plus, the harvest is perfect for making baby food, so little ones can taste the flavors straight from the fields.
- Dance the night (or afternoon) away. Babies love to listen and move to the beats of all kinds of music, and parents seem to enjoy it too! Luckily, summer is the season of free outdoor concerts all around the area. Philadelphia is home to LOVE Park and Gorgas Park, both of which offer weekly concerts out in the open air. Rose Tree Park in Media also provides a summer concert series that welcomes everyone in the family. In Chester County, families can lay down blankets, set up chairs, or just dance to their hearts’ content on a weekly basis at Kennett Square’s Anson B. Nixon Park or Eagleview’s Concerts on the Square. Keep an eye on the websites for the most current schedules. Some venues even offer food and drink from local spots as well.