Sunday Funday yoga. Photo courtesy of Awbury Arboretum
Sunday Funday yoga. Photo courtesy of Awbury Arboretum

60 Free Things To Do in Philly this Summer with Kids

Now that the most unique school year on record is over, Philly parents must find ways to entertain, educate, and engage their children over the summer. This can get expensive, so Mommy Poppins Philadelphia has researched some of the best events throughout the region that do not cost a cent. The list includes outdoor movies, festivals, scavenger hunts, storytimes, and Wawa Welcome America events throughout the region. So get ready for a great summer ahead while staying on a budget.

For other ways to spend the hazy, lazy days of summer, be sure to browse our Summer Activities Guide for Philly Kids. Read on to discover our favorite, free activities from our events calendar.

Places featured in this article:


Awbury Arboretum
upcoming events
(Sun Jun 6, 2021 - Sun Oct 31, 2021) Sunday Fun Days at Awbury Arboretum

Sister Cities Park
upcoming events
(Sat Sep 11, 2021 - Sat Oct 16, 2021) Parkway Pals

Franklin Square
upcoming events
(Sat Apr 10, 2021 - Thu Sep 30, 2021) Franklin Square Fountain Show
(Thu Sep 30, 2021 - Thu Oct 28, 2021) Storytime in the Square
(Fri Oct 1, 2021 - Sun Oct 31, 2021) Spooky Mini Golf
(Sat Oct 30, 2021) Trick-or-Treat Street
(Thu Nov 18, 2021 - Fri Dec 31, 2021) Electrical Spectacle Holiday Light Show

Franklin Square
upcoming events
(Sat Apr 10, 2021 - Thu Sep 30, 2021) Franklin Square Fountain Show
(Thu Sep 30, 2021 - Thu Oct 28, 2021) Storytime in the Square
(Fri Oct 1, 2021 - Sun Oct 31, 2021) Spooky Mini Golf
(Sat Oct 30, 2021) Trick-or-Treat Street
(Thu Nov 18, 2021 - Fri Dec 31, 2021) Electrical Spectacle Holiday Light Show

Franklin Square
upcoming events
(Sat Apr 10, 2021 - Thu Sep 30, 2021) Franklin Square Fountain Show
(Thu Sep 30, 2021 - Thu Oct 28, 2021) Storytime in the Square
(Fri Oct 1, 2021 - Sun Oct 31, 2021) Spooky Mini Golf
(Sat Oct 30, 2021) Trick-or-Treat Street
(Thu Nov 18, 2021 - Fri Dec 31, 2021) Electrical Spectacle Holiday Light Show

Franklin Square
upcoming events
(Sat Apr 10, 2021 - Thu Sep 30, 2021) Franklin Square Fountain Show
(Thu Sep 30, 2021 - Thu Oct 28, 2021) Storytime in the Square
(Fri Oct 1, 2021 - Sun Oct 31, 2021) Spooky Mini Golf
(Sat Oct 30, 2021) Trick-or-Treat Street
(Thu Nov 18, 2021 - Fri Dec 31, 2021) Electrical Spectacle Holiday Light Show

Logan Branch Library (Free Library of Philadelphia)

African American Museum in Philadelphia

American Swedish Historical Museum

Eastern State Penitentiary
upcoming events
(Fri Sep 24, 2021 - Sat Nov 13, 2021) Halloween Nights at Eastern State Penitentiary

Independence Mall & National Constitution Center Lawn

The Barnes Foundation
upcoming events
(Sun Feb 7, 2021 - Sun Dec 5, 2021) PECO Free First Sundays at the Barnes

Philadelphia's Magic Garden

Smith Memorial Playground and Playhouse

Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education

Franklin Square
upcoming events
(Sat Sep 4, 2021 - Sun Oct 31, 2021) Parx Liberty Carousel at Franklin Square

Peace Valley Nature Center
upcoming events
(Sun Sep 19, 2021 - Sun Nov 7, 2021) Naturalist Foray

Penn Township Park
upcoming events

Penn Township Park
upcoming events

Chester County Government Services Complex

Newlin Grist Mill
upcoming events
(Thu Jul 29, 2021 - Sun Oct 31, 2021) Pop-Up Naturalist Series
(Sat May 15, 2021 - Sat Sep 18, 2021) Public Archaeology Day
(Sat Jun 26, 2021 - Sat Oct 30, 2021) History at Work

Newlin Grist Mill
upcoming events
(Sat Mar 27, 2021 - Sat Dec 18, 2021) Bird Walk at Newlin Grist Mill

Newlin Grist Mill
upcoming events
(Thu Jul 29, 2021 - Sun Oct 31, 2021) Pop-Up Naturalist Series
(Sat May 15, 2021 - Sat Sep 18, 2021) Public Archaeology Day
(Sat Jun 26, 2021 - Sat Oct 30, 2021) History at Work

Amphitheater behind the Plymouth Meeting Community Center

Fischer's Park
upcoming events

John James Audubon Center at Mill Grove
upcoming events
(Sat May 22, 2021 - Sat Dec 18, 2021) Bird Walk at John James Audubon Center
Scarecrows in the Village
Peddler's Village - 10:00 AM Pick
Nature Explorers
Norristown Farm Park - 10:00 AM Pick
Bring Your Own Kayak
Peace Valley Nature Center - 8:30 PM Pick
Day Out with Thomas
Strasburg Rail Road - various times Pick
Pop-Up Naturalist Series
Newlin Grist Mill - 6:00 AM
Neighborhood Guides
Activity Guides