Learn about the Revolution and the earliest days of the republic. Photo courtesy of the Museum of The American Revolution
Learn about the Revolution and the earliest days of the republic. Photo courtesy of the Museum of The American Revolution

Memorial Day Weekend: 20+ Awesome Things to Do in Philly with Kids—Parades, Museums, Music

Even though summer doesn't technically begin until June, Philly families traditionally kick off the season over Memorial Day weekend. This time is historically filled with family cookouts, trips to the shore, and neighborhood parades honoring those who died serving in the military. For many, it is also offers an extra day off from work and school, which provides more time to explore our own backyard with some interesting events found in our events calendar.

The Museum of the American Revolution provides guests the chance to learn about a young flagmaker via its contactless Discovery Cart, while the National Constitution Center hosts a flag etiquette workshop. The Independence Seaport Museum opens its latest exhibit, Difficult Journey Home, a reflection on America's Unknown Solider on view aboard the cruiser Olympia. The Philadelphia Museum of Art showcases a new collection called New Grit: Art & Philly Now, and Mercer Museum features its newest display, Measurement Rules, which teaches kids about height, length, weight, and volume using interactive engagement.

Those who want to listen to some tunes can head to Shady Brook Farms for its Summer unWINED Concert Series, Franklin Square for Music in the Park, or East Passyunk Avenue for its Garden Days Live Music. Finish out the weekend by remembering those who lost their lives in service to the country with a Memorial Day ceremony, parade, concert, or fireworks display

However you spend this long weekend, make it a great one!

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:

Museum of the American Revolution

Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
upcoming events
(Fri Aug 13, 2021 - Fri Dec 10, 2021) Crafternoon
(Sat Mar 6, 2021 - Sat Nov 6, 2021) Curiosity Carnival
(Sat Nov 20, 2021 - Sun Jan 2, 2022) Yuletide at Winterthur

Eastern State Penitentiary
upcoming events
(Fri Sep 24, 2021 - Sat Nov 13, 2021) Halloween Nights at Eastern State Penitentiary

Fort Mifflin on the Delaware
upcoming events
(Fri Oct 8, 2021 - Sun Oct 31, 2021) Candlelight Ghost Tours

Morris Arboretum
upcoming events
(Tue Jul 27, 2021 - Mon Oct 11, 2021) Garden Railway at Morris Arboretum

West Fairmount Park (Next to the Mann Center)

West Chester Railroad
upcoming events
(Sun Sep 26, 2021 - Sun Nov 7, 2021) Fall Foliage Express
(Sat Oct 23, 2021 - Sun Oct 31, 2021) Trick-or-Treat Special
(Sat Nov 20, 2021 - Sun Dec 19, 2021) Santa's Express
(Sun Nov 28, 2021 - Sun Dec 12, 2021) Christmas Tree Train at West Chester Rail Road

East Passyunk Avenue Business District

Fashion District
upcoming events
(Wed Jul 21, 2021 - Fri Dec 31, 2021) Candytopia
Scarecrows in the Village
Peddler's Village - 10:00 AM Pick
Storytime in Lovett Park with Ms. Dana
Lovett Memorial Library - 10:30 AM Pick
Pop-Up Naturalist Series
Newlin Grist Mill - 6:00 AM
Fishing at Orchard Lake
Linvilla Orchard - 8:00 AM
Big Time: Life in an Endangerous Age
The Philadelphia Zoo - 9:30 AM
Neighborhood Guides
Activity Guides