3. Lilypad—South Philly
Lilypad offers open playgroup opportunities by age, with the first visit free. This community and volunteer-run space also has a thrift store and a roster of classes.
4. Nest—Center City
After more than a decade, Nest's sought-after play space has become a favorite among Philly parents.
A little house for big fun at PlayArts. Photo by the author
This artsy Montessori-style space is as beautiful to look at as it is fun to play in.
Rutabega is best known as a toy lending library, where a monthly $45 membership fee allows you to borrow all sorts of toys. Rutabega also hosts open play hangouts in it's amazing East Falls play space, so check its calendar on a cold or rainy day.
Beloved and historic, Smith's newly renovated (and free!) playhouse now includes a brand new rotating interactive place space on the second floor.
Race your own creations at LEGOLAND Discovery Center. Photo courtesy of the center.
Indoor Playgrounds in the Philly Suburbs
This woodland-themed play space is perfect for toddlers and preschoolers.
Ball pits, play kitchens, and pretend gardens will keep kids entertained at this indoor playground all day.
An interactive LEGO world, indoor playground, and even a theme park ride make this every kid's play paradise.
11. Lulu's Casita—Ardmore and West Chester
The perfect play cafe where you can enjoy your coffee in a comfy chair as the kids romp.
Take a break from shopping in the Willow Grove mall and visit Ship to Fun, an indoor playground with lots of toddler play equipment and a soft play area to keep young children safe.
Just hangin' around at Kids at Play. Photo courtesy of Kids at Play
Gyms and Trampoline Parks Near Philadelphia
13. BounceU—Collegeville and Exton
Kids can jump the day away in the many bounce stadiums. Special events and toddler times are also offered.
The ninja area at this self-proclaimed ninja warrior facility is the perfect place to let off some steam.
15. iFLY—King of Prussia
Kids 3 and up can realize their soaring superhero dreams at this indoor skydiving facility.
Obstacle courses and fitness challenges make this giant gym a favorite for mini ninjas.
It's never too cold for a splash at an indoor water park.
Kids will love tumbling in the open play sessions or classes at this hot spot for gymnastics.
19. Jumpers—Newtown Square
Five thousand square feet of bouncy fun guarantee tired-out kiddos.
Roller coaster cars, a sensory room, ball pits, and a zip line are just some Kids at Play highlights.
Part indoor gym, part play space, part arcade, The Little Pod has a little of everything.
Virtual reality, laser mazes, and rock climbing walls make this a true oasis of fun.
This playground equipment showroom and store offers open play sessions for just $7.
24. SkyZone—Multiple Locations
Your classic trampoline park with everything from foam pits to climbing walls.
25. Urban Air—Multiple Locations
Urban Air locations around Philadelphia go beyond foam pits and trampolines to bring kids an indoor zip line, a dodge ball room, and laser fury bumper cars.
Kids' Indoor Classes Near Philadelphia
26. Art Studios—Multiple Locations
Channel your inner Picasso at one of Philly's many drop-in art studios, like Busy Bees or Mud Room. Philly Art Center also offers drop-in creative playtime.
Miss Pam's beloved story plays are popping up at various locations around the city.
This Philly parent favorite is just as fun for grown-ups as kids, with its emphasis on contemporary music, diversity, and inclusion.
Get your sugar rush while making candy crafts.
Admire all the beautiful shapes, sizes, and colors at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Photo by the author
Museums Near Philadelphia
Come for the dinosaurs, stay for the fossil dig, butterfly room, and kids' space with small animals.
You'll find Nemo and all of your favorite marine creatures just over the bridge.
Four exhibition spaces celebrate African American heritage and culture.
Say hello to helicopters and explore all things aviation.
Kids can explore Swedish culture through Toddler Times and an interactive Pippi Longstocking exhibition.
Explore military history on one of the largest battleships ever built.
Mini Monets and budding Basquiats will love wandering the galleries of one of the country's most impressive art collections.
Fool your eye and bend your brain at this highly interactive and Instagramable museum.
This contemporary art museum is also a studio space for its artists in residence.
Hike through a heart, explore electricity, and pop into the planetarium at this family favorite.
The cultural heritage of Bucks County is brought to life in the Michener's galleries.
The interactive galleries just steps from Independence Hall are a great place to learn about the early days of the country.
Don the robes of a Supreme Court Justice, give a pretend press conference as President, and learn how a bill becomes a law.
This museum is dedicated to showcasing art and exhibitions interpreting themes of liberty and freedom.
Mummies, archeology, and family-friendly Culturefest! make this one of Philly's most memorable museums.
Rocky-run into one of the largest art museums in the country. Take a self-guided tour or check out a family program.
The Market exhibit at the Please Touch Museum. Photo by the author
Ride the carousel or go down Alice's rabbit hole at Philly's premier children's museum.
Dedicated to Philadelphia art and artists, kids will love the sculpture garden and children's exhibition space.
More Fun Indoor Activities Near Philadelphia
Check out the children's theater and watch stories come to life.
Go-carts, ropes courses, laser tag, bowling, mini-golf, and more make Arnold's a one-stop fun shop.
Plan a colorful excursion to make your own crayon, learn how crayons are made, and burn off some steam in the Crayola playground.
Take a tasty tour through Herr's chip factory and watch potatoes being peeled, sliced, and turned into a crunchy snack.
52. IKEA—South Philadelphia and Conshohocken
Explore a home other than your own at IKEA and indulge in some Swedish meatballs.
53. Escape Room—Multiple Locations
Embark on some team-building with your family in an escape room.
This post has been updated for January 2023.