Springtime in Philly is the perfect time to get outdoors and find some new adventures with your littles. Spring brings so many great activities and fun events for Philly families to do. For many, spring heeds the opening of lots of outdoor play spaces like Diggerland and Sesame Place. It's also a time for blooming flowers, festivals, and the pick-your-own season at area farms and orchards.
Take a look at our events calendar for more springtime activities.
1. See live crocodiles at the Academy of Natural Sciences through May 6, 2018, at its springtime exhibit Crocs: Ancient Predators in a Modern World.
2. Enjoy the sights and sounds of spring aboard an Easter Bunny train ride.
3. Climb a tree at Elmwood Park Zoo's Treetop Adventures exhibit. Courses include zip-lining and games, and there's even a Night Adventure option.
4. Go fishing at Newlin Grist Mill. A fun spot not too far from the city, Newlin Grist Mill is a great place to hook some fish.
Sister Cities Park/Photo courtesy Visit Philly
5. Have a picnic at Sister Cities Park. With a playground, a splash pad, a cafe and a discovery garden where kids can climb and explore, Sister Cities is a great place to spend a nice afternoon.
6. Fly a kite at Valley Forge National Historical Park. Valley Forge Park has tons of wide open spaces that are just perfect for kite-flying. Plus, it offers a built-in history lesson.
7. Explore the New Jersey Pine Barrens. A great place for hiking, the pine barrens are a unique area to spot interesting wildlife, and get into nature.
8. Go camping in Jim Thorpe. Spring is a great time for camping. The weather is just warming, but it's not yet too hot. Grab your gear, set up your tent and have a great time!
9. Check out the wildlife at Bowman's Hill Wildflower Preserve. Bowman's Hill offers spring bird walks, frog slogs and more educational activities that are perfect for warm spring weather.
10. Go mini-golfing at Franklin Square. The square also has a carousel, fountain and playground for lots of springtime fun.
11. Smell the flowers at Bartram's Garden. Walk along the Tidal Schuylkill River at this beautiful garden where you can also go boating, canoeing and paddling. Bartram's Garden also features family programs and workshops.
Photo courtesy Gamemasters
12. If the weather’s not cooperating, opt for an indoor trip to Franklin Institute’s Gamemasters exhibit, where kids and parents alike can go head-to-head in video-game challenges.
13. Pack a lunch and take a day-trip out to Kids' Castle in Doylestown for a unique playground experience. Kids' Castle is an eight-story wooden play structure shaped like a castle. The playground is situated on a 108-acre park, which includes tennis courts, basketball courts and picnic tables.
14. Get in touch with nature at Longwood Gardens. The botanical garden comes alive with eye-popping arrangements every spring, including in indoor and outdoor children’s areas. The Spring Blooms display runs from March 31-May 6, 2018.
15. Find something new to you at one of the area's many spring consignment sales.
16. Go for a walk at Hagley Museum in Wilmington, DE. Situated on the banks of the Brandywine River, Hagley features a variety of different educational walking tours and is a great place for kids to learn and get active outdoors.
17. See a Phillies game. Baseball season returns March 29, 2018!
18. Spend a day at Sesame Place - an awesome place for the littlest kids to have fun and play outside. Kids love taking pictures with all their favorite characters.
19. Take a trip to the Ocean City, NJ Boardwalk for the afternoon and ride the rides at Gillian's Wonderland Pier or Playland's Castaway Cove. Park hours are limited to weekends in the spring, check the website or call to confirm before driving there.
20. Learn something new at the Philadelphia Science Festival and Carnival. The festival runs from April 20-28, 2018 culminating in the Science Carnival, which takes place at Penn's Landing this year. This fest is definitely a yearly highlight for Philly kids.
21. See the animals at the Philadelphia Zoo. Spring is the perfect time for a zoo trip before the weather gets too hot. The animals love the warm weather, and it's a great time to catch them out soaking up some rays.
Photo courtesy Diggerland
22. Drive the trucks at Diggerland. Diggerland opens for the season on March 24, 2018, and features lots of fun activities for kids. Kids can operate real construction equipment and ride construction themed rides at this amusement park. Keep in mind, Diggerland is only open on weekends until June.
23. Put on your climbing shoes and race to the top of local tree house playspaces for some mile-high fun.
24. Take a day trip to one of the many amazing nearby waterfalls.
25. Pack up the car and head to Lancaster for a visit to Dutch Wonderland. Ride roller coasters, see sing-along shows, and watch your little ones’ imaginations come to life. The park opens for the season April 28, 2018.
Top photo courtesy of Longwood Gardens/Hank Davis