Meet the Enchanted Forest tree creature at the Philadelphia Flower Show. Photo by Danielle Smith
Meet the Enchanted Forest tree creature at the Philadelphia Flower Show. Photo by Danielle Smith

20+ Awesome Things to Do in Philly Father's Day Weekend: Thomas, Festivals, Dads

It's time for Philly families to officially welcome summer which arrives this June weekend. And, guess what? The change in season provides an opportunity for a do-over, a chance to make up for the summertime fun missed in 2020. So, get ready to check off items on those jam-packed bucket list with great options found in our event calendar.

Every summer should include way to stay cool whether it be near the lake, at a water park, on a beach, or by the splash pad. Those who prefer dry land and A/C can visit museums to see the latest exhibits. Other top picks for the weekend include train rides at West Chester Railroad and Strasburg Railroad, festivals to celebrate Juneteenth at Please Touch Museum and Museum of the American Revolution, and fishing fun at Linvilla Orchard and Peace Valley Park for the father figures in your lives. 

Be sure to browse through our best things to do in June post as well as our Summer Fun Guide for more ideas. Don't forget about our virtual camps and classes that can be booked directly through our site. For now, read on and start off Summer 2021 with some of our top picks.

Note: Some venues may still require masks for those not fully vaccinated. 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:


Strasburg Rail Road
upcoming events
(Fri Jun 18, 2021 - Mon Sep 20, 2021) Day Out with Thomas

Fort Mifflin on the Delaware
upcoming events
(Sat Jun 19, 2021) Civil War Saturday

Franklin Square
upcoming events
(Sat May 22, 2021 - Sat Aug 28, 2021) Griot Tale Saturdays

Norristown Farm Park
upcoming events
(Sat Jun 19, 2021) Stream Survey
(Fri Jun 25, 2021) Exploration Hike

New Leaf Sensory Garden
upcoming events
(Sat Jun 19, 2021) Open Hive Day

Newlin Grist Mill
upcoming events
(Sat May 15, 2021 - Sat Sep 18, 2021) Public Archaeology Day
(Sat Jun 26, 2021 - Sat Oct 30, 2021) History at Work

Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
upcoming events
(Sat Jun 19, 2021) Enchanted Summer Day
(Sun Jun 20, 2021) Father's Day Lunch
(Tue Jul 6, 2021 - Tue Aug 31, 2021) Terrific Tuesdays
(Sat Jun 19, 2021) Enchanted Summer Day
(Sun Jun 20, 2021) Father's Day Lunch
(Tue Jul 6, 2021 - Tue Aug 31, 2021) Terrific Tuesdays

Awbury Arboretum
upcoming events
(Sun Jun 6, 2021 - Sun Oct 31, 2021) Sunday Fun Days at Awbury Arboretum

Brandywine River Museum
upcoming events

Wolf's Hollow County Park, Parking Lot

Sesame Place
upcoming events
(Sat Jun 19, 2021 - Sun Jun 20, 2021) Father's Day Weekend Fan Fest

The Colebrookdale Railroad
upcoming events
(Sat Jun 19, 2021 - Sun Jun 20, 2021) Father’s Day Beef & Beer Train Special

Linvilla Orchards
upcoming events
(Sun Jun 20, 2021) Father’s Day Fishing

West Chester Railroad
upcoming events
(Sun Jun 6, 2021 - Sun Sep 19, 2021) Summer Picnic Train Rides

Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
upcoming events
(Sat Jun 19, 2021) Enchanted Summer Day
(Sun Jun 20, 2021) Father's Day Lunch
(Tue Jul 6, 2021 - Tue Aug 31, 2021) Terrific Tuesdays
(Sat Jun 19, 2021) Enchanted Summer Day
(Sun Jun 20, 2021) Father's Day Lunch
(Tue Jul 6, 2021 - Tue Aug 31, 2021) Terrific Tuesdays

Peace Valley Park Pavilion 1 -
upcoming events
(Sun Jun 20, 2021) Father's Day Fishing Derby

Malcolm X Park
upcoming events

Betsy Ross House
upcoming events
(Sun Jun 13, 2021 - Sat Jun 19, 2021) Flag Fest at Betsy Ross House
(Fri Jun 4, 2021 - Fri Oct 1, 2021) Movies Under the Stars and Stripes

Museum of the American Revolution
upcoming events
(Thu Jun 17, 2021 - Mon Jun 21, 2021) Juneteenth with the Museum

Young Gates-KIds Online Personalized Classes
upcoming events
(Mon May 31, 2021 - Mon Aug 30, 2021) Scratch Junior Coding Camp for 4 to 7 Years

Young Gates-KIds Online Personalized Classes
upcoming events
(Mon May 31, 2021 - Mon Aug 30, 2021) Gaming with Unity-Csharp Coding Camp for Kids
(Mon May 31, 2021 - Mon Aug 30, 2021) Kids Python with Artificial Intelligence Online Camp
(Mon May 31, 2021 - Mon Aug 30, 2021) Mandarin Language Online Camp for Kids
(Mon May 31, 2021 - Mon Aug 30, 2021) Secrets of the Rubiks Cube Online Camp
(Mon Jun 21, 2021 - Mon Jul 19, 2021) Python with AI Coding 4 Week BootCamp
(Mon May 31, 2021 - Mon Aug 30, 2021) Online Spanish Language Camp for Kids
(Mon May 31, 2021 - Mon Aug 30, 2021) Coding For Little Curious Minds
(Mon Jun 21, 2021 - Mon Jul 19, 2021) Java Coding 4 Week Bootcamp

Virtual
upcoming events
(Mon Jun 21, 2021 - Mon Nov 1, 2021) Online Piano Lessons Camp

Lake Absegami- Bass River State Forest

Lake Nummy- Belleplain State Forest
Flag Fest at Betsy Ross House
Betsy Ross House - 10:00 AM Pick
Flag Day Weekend at the Museum of the American Revolution
Museum of the American Revolution - 10:00 AM Pick
Grow Up Green
Sister Cities Park - 10:30 AM Pick
Flag Day Celebration
Franklin Square - 10:30 AM Pick
Big Time: Life in an Endangerous Age
The Philadelphia Zoo - 9:30 AM
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