Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Flag Fest, History, Nature June 11-12

Things to do with kids in Philadelphia, spring family events

Living in and around Philly, families are lucky to have so much history surrounding us. One annual tradition that young and old can enjoy is Flag Fest, a week-long celebration of our Grand Ol' Flag. As part of the fun, families can enjoy the Stars & Stripes Festival which features jugglers, magic shows, and circus acts. In addition to flag fun, consider stepping back in time with a visit to Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion for its Old-Fashioned Picnic or Pottsgrove Manor for its Living History Sunday.

On the other hand, if your family wants to explore nature, dig in the dirt at Linvilla Orchards, learn about insects at Newlin Grist Mill, or discover the importance of our oceans at Brandywine Zoo.

Plan out the rest of your family's fun by viewing our June GoList and browsing through our entire Events Calendar. Now, continue reading for our top picks for the weekend ahead.


Flag Fest- Philadelphia, PA
Starting on Saturday and lasting until June 18, visitors to Historic Philadelphia can participate in a variety of family-friendly activities which honor Old Glory. Be sure to check out the Stars & Stripes Festival at the Betsy Ross House on Saturday.

Disney's The Aristocats KIDS- Philadelphia, PA
This weekend, Wolf Performing Arts Center takes the stage at Bluett Theater on St. Joseph's University's campus to present The Aristocats.


Solstice Festival- Roxbourgh, PA
Visitors to Gorgas Park can celebrate the approach of the summer solstice during this family-friendly festival. Kids can expect carnival games and arts and crafts.

Creek Critters- Green Lane, PA
Put on some old sneakers or water shoes and splash through the creek in search of critters at Green Lane Park.

Old-Fashioned Picnic- Philadelphia, PA
Kids can step back in time and picnic as people did during the Victorian Era at Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion. Magic shows, scavenger hunts, and Victorian photos await.

Youtube Star MattyB Book Signing- Doylestown, PA
If you have a tween, then you probably have heard of MattyB. The Youtube star visits The Doylestown Bookshop for a book signing and photo taking opportunity.

Annual Fred J. Cooper Memorial Organ Day- Philadelphia, PA
Take a tour of the Kimmel Center and get an up close look at the organ in Verizon Hall.

Open Hive Days- Kennett Square, PA
Learn about the busy life of the honey bee at New Leaf Eco Center.

World Ocean's Day- Wilmington, DE
Become a better ocean steward by discovering ways to help the ocean through activity and learning stations at Brandywine Zoo.


STEAMpunk Expo- Philadelphia, PA
Morris Arboretum welcomes visitors to its STEAMpunk Expo. Guests can expect science discovery stations, theatrical productions and even an Instagram fashion contest!

Living History Sundays- Pottstown, PA
Experience life in the 18th century at Pottsgrove Manor. This session's theme is It's a Man's World.

Heartwood Music Festival- Philadelphia, PA
Bring the family to hear sweet sounds of local performers at Awbury Arboretum.

PECO Family Jams- Philadelphia, PA
Visit Philadelphia's Magic Garden to create freeform prints with Leslie Haas.

Summer Picnic Train- West Chester, PA
Pack a picnic and climb aboard the West Chester Railroad for a summertime train ride.

Odunde Festival- Philadelphia, PA
Held throughout the blocks surrounding Graduate Hospital, the Odunde Festival is the largest African American festival offering authentic African marketplace, entertainment, music, and food.


Photo courtesy of Betsy Ross House.