Photo courtesy of Milky Way Farm
Photo courtesy of Milky Way Farm

Columbus Day Weekend Things to Do in Philly: Autumn Festivals, Nature, Museums

For some Philly families, Columbus Day weekend means an extra day off from school or work. For others, it is just another ordinary fall weekend. But, wait! There is nothing ordinary about the fun that awaits children and grown ups alike. In fact, there are many opportunities for extraordinary fun throughout the Delaware Valley.

As parents browse through our event calendar, it is clear to see a variety of autumnal themed activities. Start off with a hayride at a Cheltenham Township Community Harvest Festival, build a scarecrow during Tyler Arboretum's Pumpkin Days, or play among the pumpkins at Longwood Garden's Pumpkin Playground. Get out into nature with some birdwatching at Riverbend Environmental Education Center or John James Audubon Center at Mill Grove. Take part in an outdoor Digital Scavenger Hunt at Lower Perkiomen Valley Park or head inside the Philadelphia Museum of Art for a Harry Potter themed scavenger hunt. Pop culture fans are sure to enjoy Comic Con For Kids held at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center while those who love fairy tales can experience three classics come to life at Brandywine River Museum's latest exhibit, Cinderella & Co.—Three Fairy Tales Reimagined.

So don't settle for ordinary when you can make it an extraordinary weekend with our top picks below.


The Greater Philadelphia Expo Center
100 Station Ave
Oaks, PA 19456

Milky Way Farm & Chester Springs Creamery
521 East Uwchlan Ave
Chester Springs, PA 19425

Brandywine River Museum of Art
1 Hoffman's Mill Road
Chadds Ford, PA 19317

Tyler Arboretum
515 Painter Road
Media, PA 19063

Please Touch Museum
4231 Avenue of the Republic
Philadelphia, PA 19131

Second State Press
1400 North American Street B103
Philadelphia, PA 19122

Lower Perkiomen Valley Park
101 New Mill Rd
Norristown, PA 19403

Riverbend Environmental Education Center
1950 Spring Mill Road
Gladwyne, PA 19035

Philadelphia Museum of Art
2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA 19130

Curtis Arboretum
Church Road and Greenwood Avenue
Wyncote , PA

Green Lane Park
2298 Green Lane Road
Green Lane, PA 18054

Gloucester Premium Outlets
100 Premium Outlet Dr.
Blackwood, NJ 08012

Old City
N. 3rd and Arch Streets
Phila, PA 19106

Downtown Doylestown
Doylestown, PA 18901

Mendell Campus
7601 Old York Road
Elkins Park, PA

Gorgas Park
6300 Ridge Avenue
Roxborough , PA 19454

Delaware Children's Museum
550 Justison Street
Wilmington, DE 19801