Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Trucks, Festivals, Museums Oct 1-2

By October, fall activities have officially taken over the family calendar. Between chauffeuring kids to their games and rearranging plans around the NFL football schedule, Philly parents might feel like there is little time to relax and have fun as a family. Thanks to our weekend's event calendar (and an Eagles Bye Week), there are tons of amazing autumn experiences that can fit into any busy schedule.

Build your very own fire truck at the local Home Depot, then, visit real trucks and tractors at Winterthur. Embrace the fall season by making a scarecrow or painting a pumpkin at Morris Arboretum's Fall Festival or learning about 18th century trades at Newlin Grist Mill's Fall Harvest Festival. Discover a local museum; both The Barnes Foundation and the Brandywine River Museum offer free Sunday admission this weekend and Penn Museum hosts its Gallery Romp featuring the theme, Ancient Rome.

To search our event calendar for activities close to home, be sure to check off your county. Narrow the search even further by miles from home and age group. Have a fantastic fall weekend!


Fall Festival- Philadelphia, PA
Welcome fall at Morris Arboretum. Families can make scarecrows, sample apple treats, and paint pumpkins, too!

Pumpkin Palooza- Cherry Hill, NJ
The Garden State Discovery Museum and Springdale Farms partner to bring families a weekend filled with fall fun. Different activities such as pony rides, inflatables, crafts, pumpkin painting, and corn maze activities are available at both venues.

Skippack Days- Skippack, NJ
Over the weekend, visitors to Downtown Skippack can shop, listen to live music, and participate in children's activities.

None Such Pumpkin Festival- Buckingham, PA
Hay rides, petting zoo, and face painting await children attending None Such Farm's Pumpkin Festival.


David Pincus Extra Fun Day- Philadelphia, PA
Get ready to make memories as Smith Memorial Playground celebrates the life of David Pincus. Costumed characters, ice treats, and playground fun awaits!

Fall Harvest Festival- Glen Mills, PA
Explore Newlin Grist Mill through the eyes of 18th century tradesmen. Guests can expect historical demonstrations such as blacksmithing, brickmaking, and colonial brewing. Children can play colonial games and see the farm animals, too.

Truck and Tractor Day- Wilmington, DE
Take a hayride, make crafts, and see the big trucks and tractors up close at Winterthur.

Bookworms- Philadelphia, PA
After listening to a story, children bring the story to life with props and costumes at Arden Theatre Company.

Woodland Fairy Tales- New Hope, PA
Wander through Penn's Woods to build a magical shelter for the fairies in Bowman's Hill Wildflower Preserve.

Free Crafts for Kids- King of Prussia, PA
Make a Shoot for the Stars Supply Holder at Lakeshore.


Free First Sundays at the Barnes- Philadelphia, PA
Experience the exhibits at the Barnes Foundation for free on the first Sunday of the month.

PNC Arts Alive Family Program- Chadds Ford, PA
During Brandywine River Museum's family-friendly event, children explore the topic, Art Off the Page.

Family Drawing Days- Doylestown, PA
The Michener Museum invites families to try their hand at drawing using a variety of art materials provided by the museum.

Sunday Cinema- Philadelphia, PA
Watch the movie, A Bug's Life, at Fairmount Water Works.

Photo courtesy of Winterthur.

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