Smith Memorial Playground opens its season this weekend. Photo courtesy of Smith Memorial Playground
Smith Memorial Playground opens its season this weekend. Photo courtesy of Smith Memorial Playground

Activities in Philly to Get You Out of the House this Weekend: Trains, Kites, Egg Hunts, Spring Festivals

More daylight, milder temperatures, and an events calendar loaded with fun are the makings of a wonderful weekend for Philly families.

Begin by getting a jumpstart on Easter celebrations with a local hunt in Plymouth Meeting or Quakertown, a train ride to see the Easter Bunny at Wanamaker, Kempton & Southern Railroad, or a bunny brunch at the Country Barn. Soak up the outdoors by searching the skies for feathered friends at Winterthur, fishing in the pond at Linvilla Orchards, or trying out the playground at Smith Memorial Playground's season opening called Play-A-Palooza. After working up an appetite, grab a burger at Galaxy Burger and Beyond or delicious eats at Sisterly Love Food Fair at Cherry Street Pier. 

Still looking for more? Take the kids to the Colonial Plantation for weaving, candle making, wood working, and hearth cooking demonstrations and learn about colonial times. Participate in the Blossom Kite Festival, a virtual experience held with families across the country. Or, head to one of the recently renovated playgrounds and parks located throughout the city. 

If your crew would rather stay home, check out Poppins@Home, with options that include hip hop dance class and "things that go" virtual camp. However you spend your weekend, make it great by adding some of our top picks below into your schedule.

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. Note: Some photos in this post are from prior to the pandemic.  

Places featured in this article:


Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
upcoming events
(Fri Mar 26, 2021 - Fri May 28, 2021) Family Fun Fridays

The Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation
upcoming events
(Sun Apr 18, 2021 - Sun Jul 18, 2021) Sunday Storytime at Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation

Cherry Street Pier,
upcoming events
(Sat May 15, 2021 - Sat Aug 21, 2021) Sisterly Love Food Fair at Cherry Street Pier

Shady Brook Farm
upcoming events
(Fri May 7, 2021 - Sat Sep 4, 2021) Summer unWINEd Concert Series

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

Maple Acres Farm
upcoming events
(Sat Apr 3, 2021 - Sat Oct 2, 2021) Farm Tours at Maple Acres Farm

Upper Schuylkill Valley Park
upcoming events
(Wed Jun 16, 2021) Raving about Reptiles

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

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

Museum of the American Revolution

Palumbo Park
upcoming events
(Sat Mar 13, 2021 - Sun May 30, 2021) Mural Arts Philadelphia Spring Tour

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
upcoming events
(Sat Mar 13, 2021 - Sun May 30, 2021) Mural Arts Philadelphia Spring Tour

Spring Into the Arts Walking Tour
upcoming events
(Sat Mar 13, 2021 - Sun May 30, 2021) Mural Arts Philadelphia Spring Tour

West Philly Tour
upcoming events
(Sat Mar 13, 2021 - Sun May 30, 2021) Mural Arts Philadelphia Spring Tour

Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia

Wherever you are

Temple University- Ambler Campus
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