Our First Annual 2017 Philly GoList: What To Do in 2017 with Philly Kids

All the things to do this year with Philly kids

This list serves as your must-do activities for the whole year. Find out where to take Philly kids for adventures, shows, learning activities, and more. We've picked out the best activities for you and your family. Whether you prefer low-key family fun, indoors or outdoors activities, or seeing the latest exhibits, we've got you covered. We'll update this list throughout the year with all the latest reviews and updated info. You might want to bookmark this one; you know you're going to want it later!


A Year with Frog and Toad- Philadelphia
Runs through January 29, 2017
Watch these two pals journey through a year together at the Arden Theatre. Check out our parent review for more info!

Jurassic World- Philadelphia
Runs through April 23, 2017
Take a walk amongst the dinosaurs at the Franklin Institute. Make sure you read our review before you go.

Cirque Eloize: Saloon- Philadelphia
January 13 & 14, 2017
Go back in time to the Wild, Wild West with this amazing acrobatic adventure at the Merriam Theater.

Genevieve Goings: 'Do You Know?' Concert, Live- Upper Darby
January 14, 2017
Visit Upper Darby Performing Arts Center to see Disney Jr. star Genevieve Goings perform live.


Garfield: The Musical with Cattitude- Philadelphia
February 3-18, 2017
The Walnut Street Theatre is putting on a musical show about everyone's favorite cat.

Frogs: A Chorus of Colors- Philadelphia
February 3 - May 14, 2017
Learn more than you can possibly imagine about these amphibians at The Academy of Natural Sciences.

Victorine's Valentine's Day- Wilmington, DE
February 11, 2017
Celebrate Valentine's Day at Hagley Museum with crafts, treats, and more.

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey present Out of This World- Philadelphia
February 16-20, 2017
The big top visits the Wells Fargo Center with tons of circus artists and acts.

Pancake Breakfast and Maple Sugaring Celebration- Media
February 25, 2017
Enjoy a delicious pancake breakfast and learn all about maple sugaring at this festival at Tyler Arboretum. For more maple sugaring events, stay tuned for an update to our round-up of events.


Paleopalooza- Philadelphia
March 4 & 5, 2017
This two-day festival of fossils at The Academy of Natural Sciences celebrates all things prehistoric.

PHS Philadelphia Flower Show- Philadelphia
March 11-19, 2017
Kids will love the beautiful floral displays at this year's "Holland: Flowering the World."

Founder's Day at The Academy of Natural Sciences- Philadelphia
March 20, 2017
Take advantage of pay-what-you-wish admission on the museum's founding day.

Waffle Day- Philadelphia
March 25, 2017
Celebrate Annunciation Day with waffles at American Swedish Historical Museum.


Easter Family Fun Day & Egg Hunt- Philadelphia
April 9, 2017
The American Swedish Historical Museum hosts this event where kids can make Easter crafts, have their faces painted, and dress up.

Skippyjon Jones- Philadelphia
March 31-April 22, 2017
Visit the Walnut Street Theatre to see this tale adapted from the book by Judy Schachner.

Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival- Philadelphia
April 1-9, 2017
Celebrate these sweet Japanese flowers at the Horticultural Center in Fairmount Park.

Brick Fest Live- Oaks
April 22-23, 2017
See tons of LEGOsĀ®at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center.

Philadelphia Science Festival- Philadelphia
April 21-29, 2017
Check out all the fun events around the city celebrating science! It all culminates with a huge event on the parkway.


Anne of Green Gables- Philadelphia
May 5-7, 2017
The Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion puts on this classic based on the novel by Lucy Maud Montgomery.

Philadelphia International Children's Festival- Philadelphia
May 18-20, 2017
This fun festival includes a circus, theatre, and music performances.

South 9th Street Italian Market Festival- Philadelphia
May 20-21, 2017
Wander around the Italian Market during this fun festival featuring live entertainment, family events, crafts, and more.

Strawberry Festival- Lahaska
May 20-21, 2017
Enjoy delicious strawberry treats at this annual festival in Peddler's Village.

The Philadelphia Fleadh Festival- Philadelphia
Date TBD
Watch live Irish music and more at this annual festival.

Devon Horse Show and Country Fair- Devon
May 25-June 4, 2017
This horse show and fair is tons of fun for the family. Check out our review from last year for my info!


Brandywine Strawberry Festival- Coatesville
June 1-4, 2017
The biggest strawberry festival around! Take a ride to Coatesville for rides, inflatables, circus games, and more!

Junie B. Jones the Musical- Philadelphia
June 2-4, 2017
The Walnut Street Theatre produces this show about a very busy first grader.

Fete Day- Philadelphia
June 3, 2017
Take a peek inside the 18th-century private homes on the oldest residential street in the nation- Elfreth's Alley.

Old Fashioned Picnic- Philadelphia
June 10, 2017
Enjoy a Victorian era picnic at the Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion. Admission is free, activities are pay as you go.

Chester County Balloon Festival- Toughkenamon
June 23-25, 2017
See hot air balloons in person at this amazing festival! For an extra fee, you can even take a ride in one.

New Castle County Ice Cream Festival- Wilmington, DE
June 24-25, 2017
Who doesn't love ice cream? This festival is full of it!


Kutztown Folk Festival- Kutztown
July 1-9, 2017
This traditional Pennsylvania Dutch Festival features craftsmen, antiques, music, dancing, and more. 


Goshen County Fair- West Chester
Dates TBD
Games, amusement rides, farm animals, and more come to the West Chester Fair Grounds. 

Philadelphia Folk Festival- Harleysville
August 17-20, 2017
Puppeteers, jugglers, storytellers, aerialists, crafts, and more will provide the entertainment at this annual music festival!

Screenings Under the Stars- Philadelphia
Dates TBD
The Great Plaza at Penn's Landing hosts these free outdoor movie screenings in August.

Once Upon a Nation Storytelling Benches- Philadelphia
Dates TBD
Visit benches throughout historic Philadelphia over the summer to meet storytellers with fascinating tales from the past.


Mushroom Festival- Kennett Square
September 8-10, 2017
Featuring a parade, an old-fashioned carnival, and culinary events, this annual event is fun for the whole family.


Dragon Boat Festival- Langhorne
September 23-24, 2017
Featuring cultural demonstrations and family fun, this festival is certainly unique.


Grand Illumination Celebration- Lahaska
November 17, 2017
Visit Peddler's Village as they light the lights and welcome Santa!

6abc Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade- Philadelphia
November 23, 2017
Check out all the floats and performances at this annual holiday tradition.


Latkepalooza- Philadelphia
December 18, 2017
Enjoy delicious potato pancakes in honor of Hanukkah at the Gershman Y.

Sugarhouse Casino New Year's Eve Fireworks on the Waterfront- Philadelphia
December 31, 2017
Ring in the New Year early with some family-friendly fireworks over the waterfront.

Photo courtesy of Hagley Museum.