Grandparents' Day in Philly: Time to Send the Kids to Grandma's

Activities and events for Grandparents and Kids in Philadelphia

Whether you call them Grandma, Granddad, Nana, or Poppop, grandparents add an enormous amount of value to the life of a child. They're the best babysitters, treat sharers, spoilers, and we love them so. And what better excuse than Grandparents' Day (September 10) to send the kids out for some fun with their grands (and get some time to yourself)! We have rounded up some wonderful ways to celebrate grandparents. From sporting events to nature excursions, there is something for everyone. Keep reading to discover all the ways to show Mom Mom and Pop how much you love them this Grandparents' Day.

Grandparents' Day Brunch- Philadelphia, PA
September 10, 2017
Start off the day with a decadent brunch at Franklin Square. It is important to note that tickets must be purchased in advance to secure a spot.

Hefty Harvest and Scary Scarecrows- Camden, NJ
September 9-10, 2017
Send the crew off to the Camden Children's Garden for some harvest fun all weekend long. While exploring the grounds, children can play games, make crafts, and a host of other kids' activities. Grandparents and grandchildren can build a scarecrow together, for an additional fee.

Philadelphia Honey Festival- Philadelphia, PA
September 9-10, 2017
What could be sweeter than spending Grandparents' Day weekend at the Philadelphia Honey Festival? On Saturday, guests can visit Wyck Historic Home, Garden and Farm for honey tasting, extractions, presentations, mead-making, and children's activities. On Sunday, folks can head to Bartram's Gardens for a children's carnival and bee parade, honey extraction, and open hive talk.

Family Day at the National Museum of American Jewish History- Philadelphia, PA
September 10, 2017
The National Museum of American Jewish History offers free admission for all members of the family during its Family Day event. In addition to the traditional exhibits, visitors can expect hands-on activities such as crafts, projects, and storytimes.


Storytime photo courtesy of NMAJH

Grandparents' Day at Morris Arboretum- Philadelphia, PA
September 10, 2017
Grandparents can enjoy reduced admission at Morris Arboretum. While visiting the grounds, be sure to watch Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends as they barrel down the tracks.

Celebrating Grandparents and Family- Philadelphia, PA
September 10, 2017
Families who visit the Please Touch Museum on Grandparents' Day can participate in a variety of family-themed activities such as card-making, storytime and puppet tour about the tale, Abuela, and STEAM adventure.

PECO Family Jams- Philadelphia, PA
September 10, 2017
What better way to spend family time than using your imagination and creativity to make something together! During this PECO sponsored activity at Philadelphia's Magic Garden, visitors can make painted patterns. Afterwards, guests can take a kid-friendly tour of the grounds.

Grandparents' Day Express- Boyerstown, PA
September 10, 2017
All aboard the Grandparents' Day Express at The Colebrookdale Railroad. Dining car passengers can indulge in sweet treats, and everyone can enjoy the beautiful scenery.

Grandparents' Day Free Admission- Easton, PA
September 8-10, 2017
The Crayola Factory celebrates Grandparents' Day with a special deal all weekend long. Grandmom and Poppop get for free!

Elfreth's Alley Family Program- Philadelphia, PA
September 10, 2017
Step back in time and walk along the nation's oldest residential street. During this special family-friendly session, kids can participate in a scavenger hunt, listen to stories, and even dress like a colonial child.

Nature Scavenger Hunt- Huntingdon Valley, PA
September 10, 2017
This free session held at Lorimer Park allows children to hunt for things in nature. Since this scavenger hunt is challenging, it is the perfect opportunity for grandparents and grandchildren to work together.

Summer of Spectacle- Kennett Square, PA
All month long
Throughout the summer and into the month of September, Longwood Gardens celebrates the return of its breathtaking Main Fountain Garden. The grounds of Longwood Gardens are vast. So, for grandparents who need a wheelchair or scooter, the Visitors Center has them available for a fee on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Zippity Zoo Days- Wilmington, DE
September 10, 2017
Visit the animals at The Brandywine Zoo during Zippity Zoo Days. Kids can learn about the animals through keeper talks and learning stations, and see some animal art. Extend the fun by heading to The Brandywine Festival of the Arts at Brandywine Park.


Photo courtesy of the Phillies

Phillies Grandparents Day- Philadelphia, PA
September 17, 2017
The Phillies take on the Oakland Athletics during this special themed event. The first 1,000 people to purchase tickets receive an exclusive Phillies #1 Grandparent fleece.

Photo courtesy of Cait Sumner for Mommy Poppins

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National Museum of American Jewish History
101 South Independence Mall East
19106 Philadelphia , PA 39° 57' 1.0296" N, 75° 8' 54.7692" W
Pennsylvania
Franklin Square
200 North 6th Street
19102 Philadelphia , PA 39° 57' 19.8972" N, 75° 9' 0.648" W
Pennsylvania
Morris Arboretum
100 E. Northwestern Avenue
19118 Philadelphia , PA 40° 5' 17.2356" N, 75° 13' 19.0668" W
Pennsylvania
Philadelphia's Magic Garden , PA
1020 South Street
19147 Philadelphia , PA 39° 56' 33.5112" N, 75° 9' 33.426" W
Pennsylvania
The Colebrookdale Railroad
Post Office Box 492
19512 Boyertown , PA 40° 19' 47.0712" N, 75° 38' 12.2352" W
Pennsylvania
Crayola Experience
30 Centre Square
18042 Easton , PA 40° 41' 26.7288" N, 75° 12' 35.55" W
Pennsylvania
Camden Children's Garden
3 Riverside Drive
08103 Camden , NJ 39° 56' 39.6888" N, 75° 7' 49.854" W
New Jersey
Elfreth's Alley
126 Elfreth's Alley
19106 Philadelphia , PA 39° 57' 9.7884" N, 75° 8' 33.2484" W
Pennsylvania
Lorimer Park
183 Moredon Road
19006 Huntingdon Valley , PA 40° 5' 49.1748" N, 75° 4' 25.1436" W
Pennsylvania
Longwood Gardens
1001 Longwood Road
19348 Kennett Square , PA 39° 52' 16.2804" N, 75° 40' 30.558" W
Pennsylvania
Citizens Bank Park
One Citizens Bank Way
19148 Philadelphia , PA 39° 54' 21.5748" N, 75° 9' 59.904" W
Pennsylvania
The Brandywine Zoo
1001 North Park Drive
19802 Wilmington , DE 39° 45' 23.5044" N, 75° 32' 58.6608" W
Delaware
Wyck Historic House, Garden, and Farm
6026 Germantown Ave.
19144 Philadelphia , PA 40° 2' 23.7264" N, 75° 10' 42.7764" W
Pennsylvania
Bartram’s Garden
54th St & Lindbergh Blvd.
19143 Philadelphia , PA 39° 56' 0.5784" N, 75° 12' 55.9944" W
Pennsylvania
Please Touch Museum
4231 Avenue of the Republic
19131 Philadelphia , PA 39° 58' 46.218" N, 75° 12' 32.4936" W
Pennsylvania