Visit Sesame Place and watch the sky light up with fireworks. Photo courtesy of Sesame Place
Visit Sesame Place and watch the sky light up with fireworks. Photo courtesy of Sesame Place

30+ Must-Do Things to Do in Philly Before School Starts

Summer 2021 is flying by! Only a few weeks separate Philly kids (and parents) from the routine school schedules bring. The last days of summer are often bittersweet. Carefree moments, spontanaeous outings, and last-minute getaways to the shore are quickly coming to an end. Have you completed all the activities on your summer bucket list?

Thankfully, it's not too late to squeeze in some extra fun. Mommy Poppins Philadelphia has compiled a list of our favorite, must-do summertime activities. From kids concerts such as Kidchella and outdoor movies at the Mann to festivals at Linvilla Orchards and nature exploration at places such as John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge, there is something for everyone to enjoy. So click on your calendar and schedule fun to fill these last weeks of summer.

For even more ideas, browse through our Summer Activities Guide for Philadelphia Kids. It's filled with lists of the best day trips, swimming pools, amusement parks, playgrounds, and free activities a Philly kid could ever want! 







Places featured in this article:

Glencairn Museum
upcoming events
(Fri Jul 9, 2021 - Sun Oct 31, 2021) Family Adventure Tour at Glencairn Museum

Atglen Public Library

Chester County History Center

Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education

West Chester Railroad
upcoming events
(Sun Sep 26, 2021 - Sun Nov 7, 2021) Fall Foliage Express
(Sat Oct 23, 2021 - Sun Oct 31, 2021) Trick-or-Treat Special
(Sat Nov 20, 2021 - Sun Dec 19, 2021) Santa's Express
(Sun Nov 28, 2021 - Sun Dec 12, 2021) Christmas Tree Train at West Chester Rail Road

The Barnes Foundation
upcoming events
(Sun Feb 7, 2021 - Sun Dec 5, 2021) PECO Free First Sundays at the Barnes

Longwood Gardens
upcoming events
(Sat Oct 2, 2021 - Sun Jan 9, 2022) Garden Railway at Longwood Gardens
(Sat Oct 9, 2021 - Sun Oct 31, 2021) Pumpkin Playground
(Sat Jul 3, 2021 - Sat Oct 23, 2021) Fireworks & Fountain Shows

Bellefonte Brewing Co. (Brandywine)

The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University
upcoming events

Fairmount Park (Next to the Mann Center)

Greenbank Station at Wilmington & Western Railroad
upcoming events
(Fri Oct 1, 2021 - Fri Oct 22, 2021) Hayride Express at Wilmington & Western Railroad
(Fri Dec 10, 2021 - Thu Dec 30, 2021) Holiday Lights Express at Wilmington & Western Railroad

Greater Philadelphia Expo Center

Churchville Nature Center

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

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

The Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation

Sister Cities Park
upcoming events
(Sat Sep 11, 2021 - Sat Oct 16, 2021) Parkway Pals

Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
upcoming events
(Sat Oct 2, 2021) Truck and Tractor Day
(Thu Oct 7, 2021 - Thu Oct 21, 2021) Storytime in Enchanted Woods
(Fri Oct 22, 2021 - Sun Oct 24, 2021) Drive-in Movie Weekend at Winterthur

Regal Plymouth Meeting 10

The National Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa
Scarecrows in the Village
Peddler's Village - 10:00 AM 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
Neighborhood Guides
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