Photo courtesy of Smith Memorial Playground & Playhouse
Photo courtesy of Smith Memorial Playground & Playhouse

Free Indoor Play Places for Philly Area Kids

Any time of year, Philly parents might be wondering where to go for a fun escape from the cooler weather or hot sun. Thankfully, Philadelphia is home to tons of museums and playgrounds, but did you know that there are also plenty of family-friendly spots for free indoor fun? We've rounded up some great indoor venues below, and also some other spots that parents will enjoy as well. Did we mention they're all free?

And for more fun indoor ideas, check out our list of favorite indoor play spaces and fun zones

Smith Memorial Playground & Playhouse- Philadelphia
It would be remiss of us not to include Smith on the list; however, the playhouse is currently under renovations until August 31, 2020. The huge 16,000 square foot playhouse, designed for kids 5 and younger, has multiple floors which include bikes, a toy kitchen, dollhouses, books, and more. Smith also hosts story reading, arts and crafts, and family-focused playtimes. Once completed, Philly families can bring this back into rotation.

IKEA- South Philadelphia & Conshohocken
Located in South Philadelphia and Conshohocken, the furniture warehouse also features Småland, a free supervised play area near the entrance. Children must be potty trained and be 37'' to 54'' tall. There’s a one-hour time limit, so hopefully your kids will work up an appetite so you can all enjoy the Swedish meatballs in the restaurant. It is important to note that the Conshohocken Småland is being renovated and the reopening date will be announced soon.

Momo’s Tree House- Philadelphia
With locations in Old City and Fitler Square, the toy store has a play area for kids to try out the goods. Each location offers special events so be sure to check our events calendar for updates.

King of Prussia Mall- King of Prussia
Need to run errands? Get tasks crossed off of your to-do list and take a break at one or both of the play areas at King of Prussia Mall. Located on the upper level of The Plaza, the play area features big, foam play shapes, tunnels, and slides. In addition, there’s a second play area on the lower level of The Court.

Free Library of Philadelphia- Various
There won’t be a slide, but some of the 55 branches around Philadelphia have great areas for kids to play games, work on a puzzle, and read books. There are also plenty of scheduled events, like toddler and preschool storytimes, playgroups, building block parties, and movie screenings.

Mr. B’s Coffeehouse- Souderton
If you want to sip a cup of coffee while your kids flip and jump, plan a visit to Mr. B’s Coffeehouse in Souderton. The PlayZone provides children up to 54" with a place to play, climb, and slide.

Barnes and Noble- Various
With many stores throughout the area, the bookstore chain holds weekly events aimed towards family fun. The Rittenhouse Square, Neshaminy Mall, Valley Forge, Willow Grove, Plymouth Meeting, and Broomall locations have storytime sessions on select days as well as special themed events.

Updated December 2019

Newtown Township's Halloween Parade
Newtown Township Administration Building - 1:00 PM Pick
ShiverQuest Scavenger Hunt 2021
Riverbend Environmental Education Center - various times Pick
Pop-Up Naturalist Series
Newlin Grist Mill - 6:00 AM
Fishing at Orchard Lake
Linvilla Orchard - 8:00 AM
Big Time: Life in an Endangerous Age
The Philadelphia Zoo - 9:30 AM
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