Philly Family Fun Spots that aren't Boring for Parents

Places in the Philadelphia area where kids can play and parents can have fun, too

As a parent, it can be tough trying to please the kids without being completely bored out of your mind. Playspaces and storytimes are great for the little ones, but for adults, they can get old fast. And, let's be honest, the kids don't exactly love going to the mall or checking out the latest trendy restaurant or bar. So, what can you do to keep everyone happy and entertained? Luckily, there are some awesome spots around Philadelphia and the surrounding area that are perfect for the kids, but also not a snooze fest for parents. 

Ikea- South Philadelphia, Conshohocken
Drop the kids off for some supervised (and free) play in the kid's room (Småland) while you get some retail therapy in. Even if you don't need anything, it can be fun to browse around Ikea (especially alone)! You can even be bad and enjoy some sweet treats!

Dave & Buster's- Plymouth Meeting, Philadelphia
Grab a drink or a beer from the bar while the kids have fun playing arcade games. Get your own play card and play along with them.

Adventurers Mini Golf- Philadelphia
This funky twist on mini golf features black lighting. Enjoy a darker and more fun version of the classic game!

North BowlSouth Bowl- Philadelphia
These bowling alleys are geared a little more towards adults, but welcome and accommodate kids, too. Enjoy some drinks while you play a few games with the family, or play a few rounds of pool. For more great local bowling alleys, check out our recent round-up.

Trampoline Parks- Various
For the more active parent, trampoline parks can be a fun way to get a workout in while hanging out and playing with the kids. Check out our round-up of trampoline parks to find one near you.


  Photo courtesy of Keystone Mini Golf.

Keystone Mini Golf- Philadelphia
This indoor mini golf center has a pop-up feel to it. Parents will love the retro warehouse atmosphere and kids will love playing the game or playing the arcade games.

Doylestown Rock Gym- Doylestown
Another one for adventurers and fitness fiends, Doylestown Rock Gym offers plenty of climbing courses that kids and adults alike can enjoy.

Arnold's Family Fun Center- Oaks
Laser tag and go karts make everyone a kid at heart. Check out all the great attractions and the huge arcade at Arnold's Family Fun Zone.

The Play Café - Bryn Mawr
The Play Café is just what it sounds like- a great play place for kids with a cafe area for parents to relax and enjoy coffee, pastries, or even lunch. Meet another parent here for a playdate for the kids and you're set!

Header image of Arnold's Family Fun Center courtesy of

Ikea South Philadelphia
2206 S Christopher Columbus Blvd
19148 Philadelphia , PA 39° 55' 1.5276" N, 75° 8' 30.6924" W
Ikea Conshohocken
400 Alan Wood Road
19148 Conshohocken , PA 40° 5' 39.8868" N, 75° 18' 23.8068" W
Dave & Buster's Penn's Landing
325 N Christopher Columbus Blvd
19106 Philadelphia , PA 39° 57' 22.1148" N, 75° 8' 18.2868" W
Dave & Buster's Philadelphia Mills
1995 Franklin Mills Cir
19154 Philadelphia , PA 40° 5' 31.6284" N, 74° 57' 40.1292" W
Dave & Buster's Plymouth Meeting
500 W Germantown Pike
19462 Plymouth Meeting , PA 40° 6' 55.4652" N, 75° 17' 0.8016" W
Keystone Mini Golf
161 Cecil B. Moore Ave
19122 Philadelphia , PA 39° 58' 34.8168" N, 75° 8' 14.7084" W
Adventurers Mini Golf
38 Jackson St
19148 Philadelphia , PA 39° 55' 12.2088" N, 75° 8' 50.4024" W
North Bowl
909 N 2nd St
19123 Philadelphia , PA 39° 57' 51.696" N, 75° 8' 24.306" W
South Bowl
19 W Oregon Ave
19148 Philadelphia , PA 39° 54' 51.9624" N, 75° 8' 49.7868" W
Doylestown Rock Gym
3853 Old Easton Rd
18902 Doylestown , PA 40° 20' 1.2048" N, 75° 7' 26.3388" W
Arnold's Family Fun Center
2200 West Dr
19456 Oaks , PA 40° 7' 24.564" N, 75° 27' 23.3172" W
The Play Cafe
934 Lancaster Ave
19010 Bryn Mawr , PA 40° 1' 23.9952" N, 75° 19' 21.486" W