A number of nearby theme parks, such as Hershey Park, are now welcoming visitors. Photo courtesy the theme park
A number of nearby theme parks, such as Hershey Park, are now welcoming visitors. Photo courtesy the theme park

Philly's Green Phase Reopening: What's Open Now for Kids

As Philadelphia reopens slowly in a modified green phase, Philly families have been making the most of what can only be described as the most unusual summer on record.

Venturing to a campground, cooling off in area splash pads, and going retro at a drive-in movie are among the top favorites. But since the counties in the Delaware Valley have been in the green phase since early July, many more local Philly attractions are reopening their doors to visitors with new social distancing rules in place.

We rounded up all the top things to do in Philly for kids right now, including all the reopened museums, zoos, amusement parks, and arboretums. Some expect to reopen soon, so we've included those dates below. Outings in the COVID-19 age look different as venues are limiting capacity, requiring face masks, and encouraging social distancing. Accordingly, be prepared to secure tickets in advance, wear masks, and pack a reusable water bottle—and the hand sanitizer...maybe a portable potty, too!

Continue reading to discover what's reopening in Philadelphia and throughout the Delaware Valley.

Places featured in this article:


Penn Museum (University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology)
upcoming events
(Sat Jan 16, 2021 - Sun Jun 6, 2021) Invisible Beauty: The Art of Archaeological Science

Brandywine River Museum

Delaware Museum of Natural History

American Swedish Historical Museum

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

Museum of the American Revolution

Dutch Wonderland
upcoming events
(Sat May 15, 2021 - Sun May 16, 2021) Dutch Wonderland Opening Weekend

Hurricane Harbor
upcoming events
(Sat May 15, 2021 - Sun May 16, 2021) Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Season Opening

Crayola Experience
upcoming events
(Sat May 1, 2021 - Mon May 31, 2021) Free Admission at Crayola Experience for Nurses

Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania

Strasburg Rail Road
Kids Yoga
Peace Valley Nature Center - 10:00 AM Pick
Paleo Playdates
The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University - 10:00 AM Pick
Free Admission Days for Hospital Workers at Franklin Institute
The Franklin Institute - various times Pick
Kennett Square Story Stroll
Work2gether - 7:00 AM
Big Time: Life in an Endangerous Age
The Philadelphia Zoo - 9:30 AM
Neighborhood Guides
Activity Guides