Get used to empty seats over the next several weeks as more coronavirus closures add up. Photo by Nathan Dumlao
Get used to empty seats over the next several weeks as more coronavirus closures add up. Photo by Nathan Dumlao

Coronavirus Closures: Schools, Museums, Zoos, Play Spaces around Philly

We here at Mommy Poppins are always on a mission to bring you the best ideas, events, and places for family fun. But with this week’s continuing and unprecedented response to the coronavirus pandemic, we’re here to tell you where not to go. As you probably already know, most of the kid-friendly programs, events, and yes, even schools, have been shut down for the near future. To help you best plan and prepare for this tough stretch, we’ve compiled the schools, museums, zoos, play spaces, and more that have closed their doors to help stop the spread of this virus. Please visit and comment on our Facebook page to let us know what other closures we are missing and should know about.

If you and the kids are stuck at home, we’ve got plenty of ideas for you! With our hundreds of ideas for games, crafts, and activities, “I’m bored” shouldn’t be a phrase you hear too often. So be sure and check out the Mommy Poppins Coronavirus Guide for Parents, which is filled with fun activities as well as insider tips for keeping your loved ones safe and healthy. We here at Mommy Poppins Philadelphia send best wishes to everyone affected by this virus.

Note: The following information we know to be current as of Sunday, March 15, 2020 at 10am. As the epicenter of the Pennsylvania outbreak, all non-essential Montgomery County operations have been closed, and beginning on Tuesday, March 17, 2020, all Fine Wine & Good Spirits retail locations will be closed in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, and Montgomery Counties.

Philadelphia Area School Coronavirus School Closings

Governor Wolf announced that all Pennsylvania schools, public and private, will be closed for two weeks as of Monday, March 16, 2020 in an effort to contain the virus's spread.

Museums, Zoos, Culture Venues in the Philly Area that Are Closed Due to the Coronavirus

Academy of Natural Sciences at Drexel University

American Helicopter Museum

Barnes Foundation

Betsy Ross House

Bucks County Children's Museum

Delaware Art Museum

Delaware Children's Museum

Delaware Museum of Natural History

Elmwood Park Zoo

Franklin Institute

Longwood Gardens

Mercer Museum & Fonthill Castle

Museum of the American Revolution

National Constitution Center

National Museum of American Jewish History

Penn Museum

Philadelphia Museum of Art

Rodin Museum


Indoor/Outdoor Play Spaces, Libraries around Philly Closed Due to the Coronavirus

Bucks County Libraries

Free Library (programs are cancelled; currently open for regular hours)

IKEA South Philadelphia (Store and Småland)

LEGOLand Discover Center Philadelphia

Linvilla Orchards (only the farm market is open)

Montgomery County Libraries

Smith Memorial Playground & Playhouse

Some branches of the Chester and Delaware County Libraries are cancelling some programs. Check the websites for the most up-to-date information.


PAState Parks that Are Closed Due to Coronavirus

State parks, facilities, and events have been cancelled at parks in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, and Montgomery Counties, as well as other sites.

Performing Arts Venue Coronavirus Closures in Philly

Ambler Theatre

Forrest Theatre

Keswick Theatre

Pennsylvania Ballet

People's Light 

Philadelphia Orchestra

Upper Darby Performing Arts Center

Wells Fargo Center events


Philly Sporting Venues that Are Closed Due to the Coronavirus

Philadelphia 76ers

Philadelphia Flyers

Philadelphia Phillies

Philadelphia Union

Philadelphia Wings



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