Diggerland's fall festival includes fun rides and seasonal activities. Photo courtesy of  the theme park
Diggerland's fall festival includes fun rides and seasonal activities. Photo courtesy of the theme park

Best Things To Do in Philadelphia in September 2021 with Kids

September is a transitional month as Philly families go from the carefree days of summer to the excitement that a return to school brings. Mommy Poppins Philadelphia has rounded up some perfect ways to spend this special time of year, taking advantage of engaging activities in our event calendar.

Families can soak up the last bit of summer at Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest or a Shady Brook Farm's Summer unWINEd Concert. Kids are sure to enjoy one of many festivals such as the Chester County Balloon Festival in Toughkenamon or the Polish-American Family Festival & Country Fair in Doylestown. And don't forget about Nana and Pop Pop!: Celebrate Grandparents' Day with a train ride at Wilmington & Western Railroad. 

Be sure to visit Candytopia in the Fashion District, Ralston Crawford: Air + Space + War at the Brandywine River Museum, and The Pigeon Comes to Philadelphia! A Mo Willems Exhibit at the Please Touch Museum before they conclude this month.

Don't forget to schedule time to pick Golden Delicious or Granny Smiths at one of these spots on our list of the best apple picking orchards in the area, and browse through our fall activity guide for Philadelphia kids, which is jam-packed with fun. For now, scroll below to see the fun that awaits Philly kids in September.

As the Philadelphia area deals with the delta variant, some events might again require social distancing and masking. 

Places featured in this article:

Sunset Social
upcoming events
(Wed Jul 7, 2021 - Wed Oct 27, 2021) Wednesday Night Movies at Sunset Social

Smith Memorial Playground and Playhouse

John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum
upcoming events
(Sat Aug 7, 2021 - Sat Dec 3, 2022) Nature Tots at John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge

The National Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa

Philadelphia Museum of Art
upcoming events
(Fri Jan 22, 2021 - Fri Dec 31, 2021) Pay What You Wish

New Garden Flying Field

Fischer's Park
upcoming events

The Colebrookdale Railroad
upcoming events
(Sun Sep 19, 2021 - Sun Sep 26, 2021) Autumn Splendor Fall Foliage

Philadelphia's Magic Garden

Strasburg Rail Road
upcoming events
(Tue Aug 17, 2021 - Sun Oct 3, 2021) 611 at Strasburg: The Return of an American Icon

National Constitution Center

Valley Forge National Historical Park


Newlin Grist Mill
upcoming events
(Thu Jul 29, 2021 - Sun Oct 31, 2021) Pop-Up Naturalist Series
(Sat Jun 26, 2021 - Sat Oct 30, 2021) History at Work

Morris Arboretum
upcoming events
(Tue Jul 27, 2021 - Mon Oct 11, 2021) Garden Railway at Morris Arboretum

The Tower Theater
upcoming events
(Wed Sep 1, 2021 - Sun Nov 21, 2021) Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience

Mann Center for the Performing Arts
upcoming events
(Sat Jul 24, 2021 - Sat Sep 25, 2021) Movies @ the Mann Series

Tubman-Garrett Park
upcoming events
(Sat Sep 25, 2021) Delaware Taco Festival

Mount Hope Estate and Winery
upcoming events
(Sat Aug 21, 2021 - Sun Oct 31, 2021) Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire

upcoming events
(Sat Sep 25, 2021 - Sat Nov 6, 2021) Diggerfest

Blue Cross RiverRink
upcoming events
(Fri May 7, 2021 - Sun Sep 26, 2021) Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest
Scarecrows in the Village
Peddler's Village - 10:00 AM Pick
Full Moon Hike
Norristown Farm Park - 6:45 PM Pick
Day Out with Thomas
Strasburg Rail Road - various times Pick
Pop-Up Naturalist Series
Newlin Grist Mill - 6:00 AM
Fishing at Orchard Lake
Linvilla Orchard - 8:00 AM
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