It’s nearly impossible to believe that summer starts to wind down this month, but not before families soak up the last bit of summer fun. And for this, August does not disappoint. We’ve rounded up 13 happenings around the Philly area that we think you and your kids will love.
Besides what’s on our list, don’t forget to catch a free outdoor movie or music concert before the season ends, cool off at an area splash pad, and find a place to unwind with a brew while the kids happily play close by or grab an ice cream cone. And as always, dive into our full events calendar for more ideas for August fun.
1. Goshen Country Fair - West Goshen
July 30-August 4, 2018
Guests can expect games of chance, amusement rides, and delicious food. In addition, families can visit the dairy cow, sheep, goat, rabbit and poultry exhibits. The grounds open at 6 PM Monday through Friday and Saturday at 5 PM. It is important to note that Saturday only, there are reduced tickets for rides from 5- 7 PM.
2. Annual Young People's Concert Series - Philadelphia
August 1, 2018
Audiences can enjoy free performances at the Mann's Annual Young People’s Concert Series. The final one of the season is on Wednesday, August 1st. The entertainer, Global Footwork, offers children exposure to new experience in the arts and the chance to be inspired by their talents. The performances are held on the Mann's main stage.
Gates open 30 minutes prior to showtime. There are no tickets for these events. Seats are first come, first serve. No food or drink is allowed in the theater.
3. Watershed Butterfly Festival - Pennington, NJ
August 4, 2018
Enjoy a day filled with family fun, including butterfly exhibits, interactive children's activities, live music, local food and more.This 18th annual event features local artisans, an insect zoo, hay rides, nature walks, and the famous Butterfly and Bug Parade.
Following a trail of butterflies at the Watershed Butterfly Festival
4. ACANA Festival - Philadelphia
August 5, 2018
The African Cultural Alliance of North America Inc. (ACANA) hosts a special African Festival at Penn's Landing which provides a variety of African entertainment. Guests can expect traditional dance performances, musical performances, arts and crafts vendors, and food.
5. Backyard Bugs Pop-up Camp - Philadelphia
August 1, 8, 15, 22, 2018
The Philadelphia School and Smith Memorial Playground and Playhouse offer free camp on select Wednesdays in July and August. Participants discover the wonderful world of bugs through games, art projects and activities. Children explore Smith Playground like a bug, searching for beetles, butterflies, and spiders. Class are held rain or shine. Be sure and click on the link above for full details, including registration information for this free event.
6. Saturday Free Boating - Philadelphia
Every Saturday through October 27, 2018
Families can explore this quiet stretch of the Schuylkill River by using Bartram Garden's kayaks or rowboats. No registration or boating experience is necessary to participate and all ages are welcome. Minors must be accompanied by an adult. Boats, life jackets and basic instruction are provided and boating excursions are limited to 30 minutes. Boats embarks from the Community Boathouse, which is located on the northern tip of Bartram’s Garden. Visitors should walk past the free parking area onto the Meadow trail, which leads downhill to the Boathouse.
7. Bug Fest - Philadelphia
August 11-12, 2018
The Academy of Natural Sciences hosts its annual celebration of insects with new activities and shows. Guests can eat bugs, have their faces painted, and learn bug facts from scientists..
Get up close to some creepy crawlies at The Academy of Natural Sciences' Bug Fest. Photo courtesy of The Academy of Natural Sciences
8. S'mores and More - Gladwyne
August 11, 2018
Visit Riverbend Environmental Education Center for fun around the campfire, games, exploration and s'mores of course! Donations are welcome to participate in this event. Pre-registration is required so be sure to contact the center to secure a spot.
9. Zoo Kids - Wilmington, DE
Every Sunday through September 30, 2018
The Brandywine Zoo offers learning opportunities for little ones at its Zoo Kids session. Children can learn through playing games, making crafts, listening to stories and watching animal demonstrations. Each session offers a new themes for kids and parents alike. This activity is included with paid zoo admission.
10. Dog Days of Summer - Philadelphia
August 12, 2018
Visit Franklin Square for this new event especially for the fur baby in the family. Dog Days of Summer offers dogs free pet portraits, sprinklers and shallow pools for cooling off, and puppy play dates with fetching balls and toys. Pet-friendly organizations are on site as well.
11. Philadelphia Folk Festival - Harleysville
August 16-19, 2018
This annual, family-friendly event in Harleysville features puppeteers, jugglers, aerialists, storytellers, hands-on crafts, and kid-oriented musicians.
12. World Helicopter Day Celebration - West Chester
August 19, 2018
The American Helicopter Museum celebrates World Helicopter Day, a day to raise awareness of the helicopter’s extensive contributions to society, such as rescues, disaster relief, firefighting, medical transports and agriculture. This event features a variety of unique activities such as the Great American Safety Drive as well as interesting displays and hands-on demonstrations. Guests can expect games, rides, food vendors, a misting station, and helicopter rides too! World Helicopter Day also honors the diverse range of people that design, fly, and support these vehicles.
13. Chocolate & Vanilla Family Festival - Camden, NJ
August 25-26, 2018
This delicious daytime event at Camden Children's Garden is dedicated to two of nature’s most flavorful plants. Vote for your favorite ice cream flavor, take a tropical smell test, and decorate cookies with chocolate or vanilla frosting. Children can enjoy crafts and fun, educational activities.
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