Photo of Franklin Square Pumpkin Patch by G. Widman
Photo of Franklin Square Pumpkin Patch by G. Widman

Free Things to Do with Philly Kids in October

Autumn is the time of year when Philly families can enjoy the crisp October air, take a hayride, pick apples from the orchard, select pumpkins from the patch, and get ready for one of the most exciting nights of the year, Halloween. While some activities can be expensive, there are so many cost-effective ways to enjoy the change in seasons on a budget.

Mommy Poppins Philadelphia has rounded up plenty of options to keep everyone in the family entertained while saving money. This month features free experiences including a hands-on building project, a photography workshop, and science day festivities.  Outdoor activities include bird watching at Riverbend, boating on the Schuylkill River, playing among the trees at the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, and even a haunted hayride at Green Lane Park! Towards the end of October, plenty of free Halloween fun awaits Philly kids so be sure to review our recently updated post to find great ways to get multiple uses out of those adorable and spooky Halloween costumes.

For now, keep reading for free fun for the month ahead.

Delaware Children's Museum
550 Justison Street
Wilmington, DE 19801

340 W. DeKalb Pike PA 19406
King of Prussia, PA

Bartram’s Garden
54th Street and Lindbergh Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA

Valley Forge
1400 North Outer Line Drive
King of Prussia , PA 19406

The Barnes Foundation
2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA

Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education
8480 Hagys Mill Road
Philadelphia, PA 19128

Riverbend Environmental Education Center
1950 Spring Mill Road
Gladwyne, PA 19035

Second State Press
1400 North American Street B103
Philadelphia, PA 19122

Curtis Arboretum
Church Road and Greenwood Avenue
Wyncote , PA

Downtown Doylestown
Doylestown, PA 18901

Lovett Memorial Library
6945 Germantown Avenue (Germantown Ave. & Sedgwick St.)
Philadelphia, PA 19119-2189

Montgomery Township Community and Recreation Center
1030 Horsham Road
Montgomeryville, PA 18936

Pennypacker Mills
5 Haldeman Road
Schwenksville, PA 19473

Franklin Square
200 North 6th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Lock 60 at Schuylkill Canal Park
400 Towpath Road
Mont Clare, PA 19453

The Ambler Theater
108 E Butler Ave
Ambler, PA 19002

Peace Valley Nature Center
170 N. Chapman Rd.
Doylestown, PA 18901

The Franklin Institute
271 North 21st Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103

Herr's Snack Factory
Route 1 and 272
Nottingham, PA

Varner Farms
746 S Trappe Rd
Collegeville, PA 19426
Harry Potter at Home
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