30 Fun Indoor Activities for Philly Kids

Top Things to Do Indoors Around and In Philadelphia for Families
Climb, create, and play at the wonderful Please Touch Museum. Photo by Jeff Fusco/courtesy Visit Philadelphia

From time to time, the cold, winter winds or the hot, humid temperatures may force Philly families to retreat indoors. Thankfully, there are many ways to keep kids entertained inside. Mommy Poppins Philadelphia has put together a list of some great activities, events, and experiences when outdoor fun isn't an option. Continue reading for some of our top ideas.

Need more ideas? Be sure and check out our fun-filled events calendar and Indoor Fun Guide!

1. Learn about the life of inventor, philosopher, and Founding Father, Ben Franklin, at the Benjamin Franklin Museum. Select dates throughout the year offer free admission.

2. Use your imagination to construct a Lego creation at Legoland King of Prussia. Those with little ones can participate in special toddler sessions geared towards kids 3-5 years old.

3. Put on your bathing suit and take a dip at an indoor water park.

4. Gain incredible skills at iCore Ninja Fitness.

5. Drop in for a music class with Music Monkey Jungle at Tilde's Toy Box or Reading Terminal Market.

6. Practice yoga poses at a mommy and me yoga class.

7. Add a little color to your life with a trip to the Crayola Experience in Easton.

8. Take in some creepy crawlies at The Academy of Natural Sciences or the Philadelphia Insectarium & Butterfly Pavillon.


Photo courtesy of National Constitution Center

9. Wear a Supreme Court Justice robe, pretend to give a press conference as President of the United States, and see how a bill becomes a law at the National Constitution Center.

10. Learn about helicopters and flight at the American Helicopter Museum.

11. Enrich your experience at the Barnes with their special Toddler Times.

12. Watch the trains race down the tracks at the annual Antique Toy Train display at the Museum of American History. 

13. Experience the Swedish culture during the American Swedish Historical Museum's toddler time.


Burn off that energy at SkyZone! Photo courtesy the trampoline park

14. Bounce the afternoon away at a trampoline park such as SkyZone or BounceU.

15. Tour Eastern State Penitentiary and see how the prisoners lived. Be aware, this tour includes some outdoor walking.

16. Be inspired by artwork during a Stroller Tour, Baby Bird Playdate, or Family Festival at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

17. Lace up your hiking shoes to rock climb at a local rock gym or check out the new Cecil B Moore Library rock wall. 

18. Head underwater and tour the Battleship New Jersey.

19. See a family-friendly movie at The Colonial Theatre.

20. Soar through the air at iFLY in King of Prussia.

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Photo courtesy of Center/Architecture + Design

21. Learn about architecture and design at a free Design + Build or Read + Make workshop.

22. Get creative at an art studio like Busy Bees or the Mud Room.

23. Understand how guitars are made at C.F. Martin Guitar Factory.

24. Climb on the indoor playground at your local mall or nearby play space.

25. Watch potatoes being washed, sorted, and sliced as they are turned into chips at the Herr's Snack Factory.

26. Enjoy Swedish Meatballs, and try out every bed at IKEA. If you're lucky your kid might also snag a spot in their indoor playground. 

27. Visit the aquatic animals such as the African Penguin, Chocolate Chip Starfish, American Lobster, Blacktip shark, Clownfish, Lined Seahorse, and Stingray at Adventure Aquarium.

28. Use props and costumes to bring a children's story to life at Arden Theatre.

29. Visit the Please Touch Museum where toddlers can run around and burn off some energy exploring hands-on fun.

30. Explore electricity and climb around in the brain at the Franklin Institute.

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Benjamin Franklin Museum
143 S. 3rd Street
19106 Philadelphia , PA 39° 56' 53.0376" N, 75° 8' 43.962" W
Pennsylvania
American Swedish Historical Museum
1900 Pattison Avenue
19145 Philadelphia , PA 39° 54' 21.5964" N, 75° 10' 51.6432" W
Pennsylvania
LEGOLAND Discovery Center Philadelphia
500 West Germantown Pike
19462 Plymouth Meeting , PA 40° 6' 56.9736" N, 75° 16' 55.4628" W
Pennsylvania
Tildie's Toy Box
1829 E Passyunk Ave
19148 PA 39° 55' 37.3224" N, 75° 9' 59.2416" W
Pennsylvania
Parkway Central Library
1901 Vine Street
19103 PA 39° 57' 34.5816" N, 75° 10' 15.6864" W
Pennsylvania
Crayola Experience
30 Centre Square
18042 Easton , PA 40° 41' 26.7288" N, 75° 12' 35.55" W
Pennsylvania
The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University
1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
19103 Philadelphia , PA 39° 57' 24.5736" N, 75° 10' 16.6512" W
Pennsylvania
The Philadelphia Insectarium and Butterfly Pavilion
8046 Frankford Avenue
Philadelphia , PA 40° 2' 33.036" N, 75° 1' 34.9248" W
Pennsylvania
Penn Museum
3260 South Street
Philadelphia , PA 39° 56' 57.336" N, 75° 11' 28.788" W
Pennsylvania
The Franklin Institute
271 North 21st Street
19103 Philadelphia , PA 39° 57' 31.5072" N, 75° 10' 25.4784" W
Pennsylvania
Delaware Museum of Natural History
4840 Kennett Pike
19807 Wilmington , DE 39° 47' 53.9268" N, 75° 36' 36.324" W
Delaware
Sky Zone Glen Mills
10 Conchester Road
19342 Glen Mills, , PA 39° 53' 11.5332" N, 75° 31' 44.4432" W
Pennsylvania
BounceU of Langhorne
2221 Cabot Blvd.
19047 Langhorne , PA 40° 11' 27.7836" N, 74° 52' 14.3652" W
Pennsylvania
iFLy King of Prussia
290 Goddard Blvd,
19406 King of Prussia , PA 40° 5' 29.5692" N, 75° 23' 54.51" W
Pennsylvania
Center for Architecture + Design
1218 Arch Street
19107 Philadelphia , PA 39° 57' 14.1444" N, 75° 9' 37.602" W
Pennsylvania
Martin Guitar Factory, Museum and Visitors Center
510 Sycamore Street
18064 Nazareth , PA 40° 45' 16.452" N, 75° 18' 19.0692" W
Pennsylvania
King of Prussia Mall
160 N Gulph Road
19406 King of Prussia , PA 40° 5' 21.228" N, 75° 23' 9.294" W
Pennsylvania
Adventure Aquarium
1 Riverside Dr.
08103 Camden , NJ 39° 56' 38.724" N, 75° 7' 50.3616" W
New Jersey
Kids at Play
3502 Scotts Lane, Suite 711
19129 Philadelphia , PA 40° 0' 28.2096" N, 75° 11' 9.942" W
Pennsylvania
Arden Theatre Company
40 North 2nd Street
19106 Philadelphia , PA 39° 57' 4.3164" N, 75° 8' 38.094" W
Pennsylvania
Please Touch Museum
4231 Avenue of the Republic
19131 Philadelphia , PA 39° 58' 46.218" N, 75° 12' 32.4936" W
Pennsylvania
Reading Terminal Market
51 N 12th St
19107 Philadelphia , PA 39° 57' 11.4876" N, 75° 9' 33.8652" W
Pennsylvania
Cecil B Moore Library
2320 Cecil B. Moore Ave
19121 Philadelphia , PA 39° 58' 49.8648" N, 75° 10' 24.7944" W
Pennsylvania
Busy Bees Pottery & Arts Studio
500 W Germantown Pike Plymouth Meeting Mall
19462 Plymouth Meeting , PA 40° 6' 57.3984" N, 75° 16' 55.1748" W
Pennsylvania
Mudroom Studio
11 Station Road
19003 Ardmore , PA 40° 0' 28.1268" N, 75° 17' 25.4148" W
Pennsylvania
Ikea South Philadelphia
2206 S Christopher Columbus Blvd
19148 Phialdelphia , PA 39° 55' 1.6536" N, 75° 8' 30.3684" W
Pennsylvania
Ikea Conshohocken
400 Alan Wood Road
19148 Conshohocken , PA 40° 5' 39.804" N, 75° 18' 24.4044" W
Pennsylvania
iCore Fitness
300 Lawrence Drive
19380 West Chester , PA 39° 58' 59.4408" N, 75° 35' 11.49" W
Pennsylvania
Busy Bees Pottery & Arts Studio
1188 Baltimore Pike
19064 Springfield , PA 39° 54' 51.1452" N, 75° 20' 54.3444" W
Pennsylvania