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

Entertaining your kids in the Philadelphia area when its cold outside

Winter can test your limits and your creativity when it comes to entertaining your kids. Sometimes you just need to get out of the house! Fortunately, no matter the weather, there are amazing places to go romp and play in the city and the suburbs that can help shake off that winter fatigue. 

Check out our events calendar for even more fun ideas in the Philadelphia area, or check out our list of things to do with babies in winter.

  1. Go Ice Skating! Blue Cross River Rink is open through March 5, in addition to ice skating fun, hang out in the warming cottages or by the fire pits. Delicious treats by the Garces group are a crowd pleaser. Skating is open through February 26 at the Rothman Rink.
  2. Check out the dinosaurs at the Academy of Natural Sciences, where the kids can marvel at more than a dozen fully articulated monsters of the Mesozoic!
  3. Visit the Zoo, with indoor houses for animals that are used to temperate climates (including people!), families can stay warm and still feel connected to nature. KidZooU features indoor and outdoor displays with hands-on learning experiences that will delight the youngest and oldest!
  4. Smith Playhouse is full of room to run around, play with new toys, and stay warm. Ideal for younger kids.
  5. Embrace the cold and take your kids skiing! At various resorts throughout PA, kids can ski for free with a paying adult.
  6. Children six and under absolutely love the Please Touch Museum, with its Alice in Wonderland Maze and the ultimate favorite: a mini-Acme for the kids to get a chance at playing adult.
  7. Adventure Aquarium has sharks, mammals, reptiles, and amphibians! It's all indoors, and with a KidZone that especially caters to children 6 and under, it's a great winter destination.
  8. Pretend it's warm outside and take the family swimming at the amazing indoor pools in the Kroc Center.
  9. If the kids are already bouncing off the walls, head to one of the many trampoline parks in the surrounding region. BounceU, Skyzone, and Get Air are a few faves.
  10. Play a round! In Fishtown, check out Keystone Mini Golf, with a fun, indoor take on the classic outdoor game. Also, teach the little ones what a real video game looks like, with classic games like Pac Man and Burger Time! Kids under 4 play for free. Or, head to South Philly for 18 holes at Adventures Mini-Golf.
  11. Go bowling with the family at North Bowl in Northern Liberties. This family-friendly site is heavy on fun, with great food, classic pinball games, and even ramps to help your littlest bowler go for a strike.
  12. Start your spring training early at Everybody Hits, indoor batting cages in Kensington.
  13. Hit up your local Free Library, with programs and activities for ages 0-99.
  14. The Philadelphia Museum of Art is well worth the visit, and it's a fun way to learn together, as you explore the halls and participate in Family Workshops. Bonus: On snow days, the Museum of Art boasts some of the best sledding spots in the city, from the steps to the hills around back.
  15. Visit the American Helicopter Museum with your future flyer.
  16. Play in the Franklin Institute's Sports Zone, where your kids can test their limits. Or, check out all the awesome dinosaurs at the Jurassic World exhibit- open through April.
  17. Check out the antiques and meet real heroes at Fireman's Hall, a free museum in Old City. 
  18. Take a trip to Bucks County and visit Giggleberry Mountain in Peddler's Village.
  19. Check out the brand new indoor play space, PlayArts in Fishtown. PlayArts also provides classes and activities for kids.
  20. Join a mom group or playgroup
  21. Visit the Mercer Museum and Fonthill Castle and go on a scavenger hunt around the site.
  22. Take a trip to the Garden State Discovery Museum for hands-on fun.
  23. Head to the Poconos for snow tubing adventures.
  24. Make snow angels, snowmen, and have a rousing snowball fight, followed by warm and delicious hot chocolate at Capogiero Gelato.
  25. Get cozy, hide under a blanket, and start thinking about summer at the beach!!

Photo courtesy of Cait Sumner of Mommy Poppins.