Longwood's Pumpkin Playground is back this year! Photo courtesy of the  Longwood Garden
Longwood's Pumpkin Playground is back this year! Photo courtesy of the Longwood Garden

Best Things To Do in Philadelphia in October 2021 with Kids

It's the time of year when kids begin to see their breath at the bus stop in the morning, as we settle into new routines and prepare to welcome sweater weather. October in Philadelphia brings colorful foliage in warm golds and deep rusts, visits to the pumpkin patch for the obligatory family pic, and Halloween costume selections to impress classmates at the school parade. The natural beauty of the Delaware Valley is on full display in the fall, and our event calendar is overflowing with ways to take it all in.

Enjoy the comfortable temps with an outdoor movie at Peddler's Village, Betsy Ross House, or Cira Green. Scarier on-screen fare is showing at Snipes Farm and Exton Square Mall, if your children like a good fright. With Halloween on the brain, we're highlighting age-appropriate events for everyone. Younger kids can visit The Count at Sesame Place's Halloween Spooktacular, or climb aboard the Trick-or-Treat Train at New Hope & Ivyland Railroad. And if you find your family could use some non fall-related fun, let them play with legos at the award-winning Brick Fest Live, or take the driver's seat of a really big vehicle at Truck and Tractor Day.

Even more ideas can be found in our Fall Activity Guide for Philadelphia Kids. So what are you waiting for? Check out our list, text some friends, and make the most of this October.


Places featured in this article:

Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library

Greater Philadelphia Expo Center

Brandywine Meadows Parking Lot (near the trestle bridge)

Historic Fallsington

Washington Crossing Historic Park

Riverbend Environmental Education Center

Ukrainian American Sports Center- Tryzub

New Hope & Ivyland Railroad

Eastern State Penitentiary
Paleo Playdates
The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University - 10:00 AM Pick
Full Moon and Folklore Walk
Peter Wentz Farmstead - 6:30 PM Pick
ShiverQuest Scavenger Hunt 2021
Riverbend Environmental Education Center - various times Pick
Paleopalooza Festival
The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University - various times Pick
Pop-Up Naturalist Series
Newlin Grist Mill - 6:00 AM
Neighborhood Guides
Activity Guides