25 Things We Are Excited To Do with Philly Kids This Fall

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

Summer is over, there’s a chill in the air, and the kids have settled into the school year. Before we know it, we’ll be talking holiday shopping and snow days! Until then, there’s plenty of time to take the children to some of the coolest playgrounds, check out the latest museum exhibits, and enjoy everything Philly has to offer.

We've rounded up the top 25 things we're most excited to do with the family this fall. With so many fun activities to squeeze in before the holidays, the days of crisp, autumn air will fly by in a flash!

  1. Pick apples early in the season at one of the area's orchards.
  2. Take fall photos while playing in Longwood Garden's Pumpkin Playground.
  3. Shop for fall clothes at one of the many fall consignment sales throughout the Delaware Valley.
  4. Step back in time and explore Mercer Museum's latest exhibit Centuries of Childhood: An American Story.
  5. Escape the city and the chilly air and explore some of the best suburban indoor play spaces for the little ones.
  6. Get lost in a corn maze at a local farm.
  7. Investigate fall leaves from the trees themselves at one of these awesome tree houses in the area.
  8. Trick-or-treat among the animals during Boo at the Zoo events held at Elmwood Park Zoo, The Brandywine Zoo, or The Philadelphia Zoo.
  9. Expand the kids' reading lists (as well as your own) at some of the area's independent book stores.
  10. Admire the colors of autumn from a passenger train on the Wilmington & Western Railroad.
  11. Experience local amusement parks decorated for the season.
  12. Bring older kids to see exhibits at some of the city's most unusual museums.
  13. Sign your kids up for something new at one of these unique classes! Maybe they'll even find a new hobby.
  14. See a Sundays on Stage show at the Philadelphia Free Library.
  15. Spend the afternoon playing in the cool, autumn air at a local park or playground.
  16. Enjoy music, food, and fun at a fall harvest festival.
  17. Splurge on a family-friendly weekend getaway to Lancaster, Lehigh Valley, or the Poconos.
  18. Grab a pair of binoculars and watch the birds as they migrate south for the winter.
  19. Create fall family traditions at Linvilla Orchards with a Hayride to the Witches' House.
  20. Warm up with some delicious hot cocoa or hot apple cider.
  21. Bake fresh, homemade apple pies and pumpkin pies together.
  22. See all the beauty that PA has to offer while hiking at a nearby waterfall.
  23. Take a trip back in time at the PA Renaissance Faire.
  24. Lace up your hiking boots and see the fall foliage on a kid-friendly fall hike.
  25. Wander through the 1/3 mile trail at West Fairmount Park to see over 5,000 amazingly carved pumpkins that are part of THE GLOW: A Jack O'Lantern Experience.

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 courtesy of Cait Sumner of Mommy Poppins.

This post was originally published in Sept. 2015 and has been updated with current information.