Walk with the dinosaurs and other fun indoor activities at the Museum of Natural Sciences. Photo courtesy of C. Mooney
Walk with the dinosaurs and other fun indoor activities at the Museum of Natural Sciences. Photo courtesy of C. Mooney

30 Fun Indoor Activities for Philly Kids

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!

Great Indoor Philly Places for Kids

LegoLand - King of Prussia
Use your imagination to construct a Lego creation at Legoland King of Prussia, which includes an indoor playground and build spaces by interest and age. ​

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

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

Mall play places - Various locations
Climb on the indoor playground at your local mall or nearby play space—including the newly opened Fashion District in Center City which has interactive wall art and a growing list of family-friendly activities and experiences.

IKEA - King of Prussia
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. 

Fun Philly Museums for Kids

Benjamin Franklin Museum - Philadelphia
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.

The Academy of Natural Sciences and the Philadelphia Insectarium & Butterfly Pavilion - Philadelphia
For the entomophile in the family, take in some creepy crawlies at The Academy of Natural Sciences or the Philadelphia Insectarium & Butterfly Pavilion.

Photo courtesy of National Constitution Center

The National Constitution Center - Philadelphia
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.

The American Helicopter Museum - West Chester
Learn about helicopters and flight at the American Helicopter Museum.

The Barnes - Philadelphia
Enrich your experience at the Barnes with their special Toddler Times.

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

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

Philadelphia Museum of Art - Philadelphia
Be inspired by artwork during a Stroller Tour or Family Festival at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Battleship New Jersey - Philadelphia
Head underwater and tour the Battleship New Jersey.

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

Photo courtesy of Center/Architecture + Design

Center for Architecture and Design - Philadelphia
Learn about architecture and design at a free family workshop at the Center for Architecture and Design.

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

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

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

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

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

Indoor Spots for Kids to Burn Off Energy in Philly

Indoor Water Parks near Philly - Various locations
Put on your bathing suit and take a dip at an indoor water park.

iCore Ninja Fitness - West Chester
Gain incredible skills at iCore Ninja Fitness's classes just for kids.

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

SkyZone or BounceU - Various locations
Bounce the afternoon away at a trampoline park such as SkyZone or BounceU.

Indoor Rock Climbing - Various locations
Lace up your hiking shoes to rock climb at a local rock gym or check out the new Cecil B Moore Library rock wall. 

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

Educational and Fun Indoor Spots for Philly Kids

Music Monkey Jungle - Various locations
Drop in for a music class with Music Monkey Jungle at the Children's Boutique or Reading Terminal Market.

Mommy and Me Classes - Various locations
Practice yoga poses, learn a musical instrument, and tap into your creative side at any of the many area mommy & me classes in Philly.

Art Studios - Various locations
Get creative at an art studio like Busy Bees or the Mud Room.

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

Updated January 2020


Benjamin Franklin Museum
143 S. 3rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106

American Swedish Historical Museum
1900 Pattison Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19145

LEGOLAND Discovery Center Philadelphia
500 West Germantown Pike
Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462

Parkway Central Library
1901 Vine Street
, PA 19103

Crayola Experience
30 Centre Square
Easton, PA 18042

The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University
1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA 19103

The Philadelphia Insectarium and Butterfly Pavilion
8046 Frankford Avenue
Philadelphia, PA

Penn Museum
3260 South Street
Philadelphia, PA

The Franklin Institute
271 North 21st Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103

Delaware Museum of Natural History
4840 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE 19807

Sky Zone Glen Mills
10 Conchester Road
Glen Mills,, PA 19342

BounceU of Langhorne
2221 Cabot Blvd.
Langhorne , PA 19047

iFLy King of Prussia
290 Goddard Blvd,
King of Prussia, PA 19406

Center for Architecture + Design
1218 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107

Martin Guitar Factory, Museum and Visitors Center
510 Sycamore Street
Nazareth, PA 18064

King of Prussia Mall
160 N Gulph Road
King of Prussia, PA 19406

Adventure Aquarium
1 Riverside Dr.
Camden, NJ 08103

Kids at Play
3502 Scotts Lane, Suite 711
Philadelphia, PA 19129

Arden Theatre Company
40 North 2nd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106

Please Touch Museum
4231 Avenue of the Republic
Philadelphia, PA 19131

Reading Terminal Market
51 N 12th St
Philadelphia, PA 19107

Cecil B Moore Library
2320 Cecil B. Moore Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19121

Busy Bees Pottery & Arts Studio
500 W Germantown Pike Plymouth Meeting Mall
Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462

Mudroom Studio
11 Station Road
Ardmore, PA 19003

Ikea South Philadelphia
2206 S Christopher Columbus Blvd
Phialdelphia, PA 19148

Ikea Conshohocken
400 Alan Wood Road
Conshohocken, PA 19148

iCore Fitness
300 Lawrence Drive
West Chester, PA 19380

Busy Bees Pottery & Arts Studio
1188 Baltimore Pike
Springfield, PA 19064

Children's Boutique
1625 Chestnut St The Shoppes at Liberty Place
Philadelphia, PA 19103

Fashion District
9th & Market streets
Philadelphia, PA
Scarecrows in the Village
Peddler's Village - 10:00 AM Pick
The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University - various times Pick
Fishing at Orchard Lake
Linvilla Orchard - 9:00 AM
Scarecrow Walk & Design Contest
Morris Arboretum - 10:00 AM
Hellerick's Family Farm Fall Harvest Festival
Hellerick's Family Farm - 10:00 AM
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