Philly springs into action when the weather gets warm, with all kinds of new adventures to enjoy the outdoors. From nature walks to train rides to performances and playgrounds, there are so many ways for Philly families to fill these longer days. Here are over 40 spring activities in Philly for kids to make the most of spring fever.
In addition, families welcome spring holidays, including Easter, Earth Day, and May Day. Gardens bloom, pick-your-own season at Philly-area farms gets underway, and spring festivals and fairs are held throughout the Philadelphia region. Take a look at our events calendar for more spring events and activities in Philadelphia, as well as our Spring Activities Guide.
Check out a free ballet performance, Behind the Stage Door, a brand new partnership between the Philadelphia Ballet and Mural Arts.
Find a tree on tap at a maple sugaring event and start spring on a sweet note.
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Daffodil Day at Winterthur. Photo by Bob Leitch
Visit Winterthur's Enchanted Woods, or join in for Daffodil Day or Spring Fling.
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Climb aboard the most famous train from the island of Sodor as Thomas the Tank Engine pulls into Strasburg Rail Road.
A Day Out with Thomas returns this spring to the Strasberg Railroad to make your Sodor-loving kid's dreams come true.
Hike the trails any time, or visit on a Saturday to pick up a free family nature explorer kit.
University City's annual children's fest is back, with a line-up of performances and creative play activities.
Put some spring in your step at Roxborough's annual festival featuring local artists, musical acts, balloon artists, kids' games, and more.
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Explore Harry Potter: The Exhibition and have a wand duel. Photo by Danielle Smith
The Franklin Institute stays magical all spring long, so be sure to get your tickets to the Wizarding World.
Start ice cream season by snagging some free Rita's for that first taste of spring.
Fool your eyes at this brand-new museum, which just opened its deceptive doors in March.
Philly's largest outdoor restaurant, Liberty Point, opens in April for a family-friendly dining experience right on the Delaware Waterfront.
Help clean up and celebrate the environment with a service project every Saturday in April at Newlin Grist Mill.
Get outside and explore nature, or hike through one of Pennsylvania's State Parks.
Take in the sights and sounds of spring aboard a train, or level up with an Easter Bunny Express.
Philly's favorite wading pond reopens in April, so pack a picnic, take a dip, and frolic through the discovery garden.
Spend a spring night under the stars.
Play a round of mini-golf, ride the carousel, and peruse the playground.
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Climb Kids' Castle in Doylestown. Photo by Rose Gordon Sala
Take a royal trip to Doylestown to climb an eight-story wooden castle in a 108-acre park.
Smell the flowers of Longwood Garden's Spring Blooms display, the perfect place to spend a spring day.
Hang with Elmo, Cookie, Abby, and the rest of the gang. Take a ride, splash in the water, wave at a parade, and hug your favorite Sesame Street friends.
Visit Ocean City to hit the boardwalk and enjoy rides at Gillian's Wonderland Pier or Playland's Castaway Cove.
Who knew there were so many magical waterfalls nearby to investigate on a family day trip.
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Enjoy rides fit for thrill-seekers and the less adventurous at Dutch Wonderland.
Pack up the car and head to Lancaster. Visit Dutch Wonderland while you're there, which opens for the season on April 30.
Explore the gardens and stroll along the Tidal Schuylkill River, where you can also go boating, canoeing, and paddling.
Kids operate real equipment, ride construction-themed rides, and live out their dump-trucking, excavating, bull-dozing dreams.
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Make a mud pie at Play-A-Palooza. Photo courtesy of Rosie Simmons for Smith Memorial Playground
Get playful at Smith Memorial Playground's annual Play-A-Palooza, with music, dance, and community partners celebrating the start of playground season.
From splash pads to spraygrounds, toddler playgrounds, or big kid parks, there are always new places to play in Philly.
Take a spring hayride at Linvilla Orchards--you might even spot the Easter Bunny's house.
Spend your day at one of Philly's favorite highlights that we locals can often forget are in our own backyard.
Watch the rowers on the river while biking, scooting, rollerblading, or strolling along Kelly Drive.
Phillies meets the Oakland Athletics in their home opener on April 8.
This April is all about armor at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, where the first Family Festival since the pandemic and Spring Break Studio find inspiration in suits of steel.
Visit the animals at the Philadelphia Zoo, Elmwood Park Zoo, or another nature center nearby.
Get some goat time in with the Philly Goat Project at Awbury Arboretum.
Search for arty animals in the Woodmere Art Museum's family-friendly exhibition Don't Feed the Art.
The LEGOLAND Discovery Center in Plymouth Meeting turns five this spring and it's breaking out all the stops for a bricktastic birthday bash.
Explore the treasures in the garden's magical mosaics right on South Street. Visit on the second Sunday of each month for family artmaking.
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Have the perfect theme park adventure with little kids at Storybook Land.
A theme park dedicated to fairy tales and nursery rhymes right outside of Philly is a perfect day trip for the littles. Visit around Easter to catch your favorite bunny.
The city's ice skating rinks go retro when spring arrives, welcoming roller skaters at Dilworth Park and Blue Cross RiverRink.
Where are you headed when school's out? Get planning!
Writer Liz Baill contributed to this 2022 update.
Unless noted, photos courtesy of the venues