Celebrate Japanese culture at the Children's Day Exhibition. Photo courtesy of Shofuso Japanese Cultural Center
Celebrate Japanese culture at the Children's Day Exhibition. Photo courtesy of Shofuso Japanese Cultural Center

20 Best Things To Do in Philadelphia this May with Kids

The month of May brings springtime flowers, more daylight hours, a holiday to honor mom, and the anticipation of the unofficial start of summer. It also provides families with plenty of activities in Philly and throughout the Delaware Valley. From outdoor exploration to exhibits at local museums, kids and grownups alike can spend time together with these great activities in our event calendar.

Mommy Poppins Philadelphia has rounded up 20 family-friendly activities to enjoy during May '21. Our list includes everything from outside fun at amusement parks to indoor enjoyment at museums. We also highlight ways to celebrate the mom or mother figure in your life. For animal lovers, consider a visit to the Philadelphia Zoo or Elmwood Park Zoo. Kids that like trains can see models run at Morris Arboretum or climb aboard a real-life locomotive at West Chester Railroad. Wrap up the month by kicking off Memorial Day with fireworks at Sesame Place

Be sure to browse through out Spring Fun Guide for Philly Kids, which features additional ways to make this season the best yet.

As COVID circumstances unfold, check directly with a venue website for updates before heading out. Keep your family and others safe by wearing masks and maintaining social distancing measures. If an event appears too crowded, try using the “nearby” search feature on our events calendar to find other exciting options.

Places featured in this article:


The Philadelphia Zoo
upcoming events
(Mon Mar 29, 2021 - Thu Sep 30, 2021) Big Time: Life in an Endangerous Age

The Barnes Foundation
upcoming events
(Sun Feb 7, 2021 - Sun Dec 5, 2021) PECO Free First Sundays at the Barnes

Linvilla Orchards
upcoming events
(Sat Apr 10, 2021 - Mon May 31, 2021) Spring Hayrides at Linvilla Orchards

African American Museum in Philadelphia

Museum of the American Revolution

Elmwood Park Zoo
upcoming events
(Sat May 15, 2021 - Mon Sep 6, 2021) Breakfast with the Giraffes

Radnor Hunt Pony Club Grounds

Peddler's Village
upcoming events
(Sat May 15, 2021 - Sun May 16, 2021) Strawberry Festival

Kemper Park
upcoming events
(Sun Aug 29, 2021) Annual Rubber Ducky Regatta

Pennypacker Mills
upcoming events
(Sat May 22, 2021 - Sat Aug 14, 2021) Summer Porch Performances

Sesame Place
upcoming events
(Sat May 29, 2021 - Sun May 30, 2021) Memorial Day Weekend Fireworks

West Chester Railroad
upcoming events
(Sun May 30, 2021) Memorial Day Express
(Sun Jun 6, 2021 - Sun Sep 19, 2021) Summer Picnic Train Rides

Franklin Square
upcoming events
(Sat Apr 10, 2021 - Thu Sep 30, 2021) Franklin Square Fountain Show
(Thu May 13, 2021 - Thu May 27, 2021) Storytime in the Square
Kennett Square Story Stroll
Work2gether - 7:00 AM
Big Time: Life in an Endangerous Age
The Philadelphia Zoo - 9:30 AM
Franklin Square Fountain Show
Franklin Square - 12:00 PM
Private Hayrides at Highland Orchards
Highland Orchards - 6:00 PM
Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest
Blue Cross RiverRink - various times
Neighborhood Guides
Activity Guides