Photo courtesy of John James Audubon Center
Photo courtesy of John James Audubon Center

Awesome Things To Do in Philly this Weekend with Kids: Museums, Outdoors, Nature

There is a lot of good news in the Delaware Valley. With vaccine approval for children ages 12-15, more vaccinations being distributed, and a decrease in COVID cases, the state has updated its mask wearing rules for vaccinated people and more restrictions are anticipated to lighten by mid-June. As expected, local venues are adapting to this new guidance and more events are popping into our events calendar for families to enjoy. 

Start off the weekend Friday evening by viewing the artwork at the Philadelphia Museum of Art while taking advantage of the Pay What You Wish option or burn off some calories while learning a bit of history during Warwick County Park's History Hike. Wake up early Saturday to search for birds at Nottingham County Park, Peace Valley Nature Center, or John James Audubon Center. Pause to hear Griot Tales at Franklin Square and stories by author Greg Pizzoli at East Passyunk Avenue. Or, stroll along the streets of Kennett Square while reading It's Not Mean to be Green by Jamie Kleman. Wrap up on Sunday with a train ride aboard Colebrookdale's Secret Valley Expedition, fly fishing and casting at Hibernia Park, and a Memorial Day Parade to honor those who lost their lives while serving in the United States Armed Forces.

Other fun includes Dorney Park welcoming guests for the new season, Mercer Museum opening its newest exhibit, Measurement Rules, and Elfreth's Alley Museum reopening this month. Have a great weekend!

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:

Elfreth’s Alley Museum
upcoming events
(Fri May 21, 2021 - Sun May 30, 2021) Elfreth’s Alley Museum Reopens

Warwick County Park Office
upcoming events
(Fri May 21, 2021) Warwick History Hike

Kitchen Kettle Village
upcoming events
(Fri May 21, 2021 - Sat May 22, 2021) Rhubarb Festival

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

John James Audubon Center at Mill Grove
upcoming events
(Sat May 22, 2021 - Sat Dec 18, 2021) Bird Walk at John James Audubon Center

Valley Forge
upcoming events
(Sat May 15, 2021 - Sun Jul 11, 2021) Living History at Muhlenberg's Brigade

A. Duie Pyle
upcoming events
(Sun May 23, 2021) Memorial Day Parade

Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom
upcoming events
(Sat May 22, 2021 - Sun May 23, 2021) Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom Season Opening

East Passyunk Avenue Business District

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

Colebrookdale Railroad
upcoming events
(Sun May 16, 2021 - Sun Jun 13, 2021) Secret Valley Expedition

Please Touch Museum
upcoming events
(Thu May 6, 2021 - Sun Jun 27, 2021) Double Rainbows Pop-Up Exhibit at Please Touch Museum
(Fri Jun 4, 2021 - Sun Sep 12, 2021) The Pigeon Comes to Philadelphia! A Mo Willems Exhibit

Candytopia Philadelphia, PA
upcoming events
(Thu May 6, 2021 - Wed Jun 30, 2021) Candytopia

Franklin Square
upcoming events
(Mon May 10, 2021 - Sat Jul 3, 2021) Chinatown Scavenger Hunt- Summer Edition
(Fri May 14, 2021 - Fri May 28, 2021) Music in the Park

John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum
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