Summers in Philly are filled with swimming excursions, camping trips, and family vacations to the Jersey shore. But by summer's end, kids are bored and already worried about the start of a new school year. You might be looking to get out of the house and break that cabin fever for a few hours without breaking the bank! We've rounded up some of the best free events around Philly happening in August. To see additional upcoming events, check out our event calendar. For more free fun, be sure to check out our free outdoor movie post and free outdoor concert post!
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Ok, Philly families, it's time to get serious; August arrives this week and you know what that means... the start of school is just around the corner! Before sharpened pencils, summer homework assignments, and back-to-school clothes shopping infiltrate your free time, make these last weeks of summer count.
Search for ladybugs, paddle along Perkiomen Creek, or wander through a magical fairy garden. Use your imagination by creating art at A.C. Moore, Exton Square Mall, or Monkey Fish Toys. Watch a performance such as Family Stages' The Jungle Book or Broadway for Kids at the Dennis Flyer Theater. Be sure to make time for an outdoor movie at Wentz Run Park, Fischer's Park, or Parkside Place Park and watch some family favorites under the stars.
Don't let summer slip away! Browse through our event calendar which is filled with great activities for the entire family.
For families interested in music, check out Camden Waterfront's weekend-long XPoNential Music Festival with an extensive line-up of talent taking the stage throughout the weekend. Love classic and custom cars? Then, be sure to head to South Philly for the annual Car Show & Street Festival. Tween and teen fans of the book, Fantastic Beasts, can dream up their own magical worlds while little kids can listen to mystical stories at the Big Blue Marble Bookstore's Fantastic Beasts Weekend.
Perhaps your clan wants to get outdoors. Put on a life jacket and paddle down the Schuylkill River. Show off speed and agility at Your First Mud Run at Morey's Pier. Grab some binoculars to look for feathered friends in the sky or wait until nightfall to view stars and other celestial bodies. Finish up the weekend with delicious ice cream treats at Reading Terminal Market.
Still looking for a quick day trip or weekend getaway? Consider exploring a local waterfall or underground cavern, swimming in a nearby lake or a free Jersey beach, taking a road trip to Pittsburgh, or crossing the river for some amusement park fun. Whatever you choose, make it a great weekend!
Summertime means laid-back schedules and no schoolwork for Philly kids. However, for Philly parents, this carefree time of the year can present a dilemma... How can I keep the kids occupied (especially if there's no camp this week)? Leave it to Mommy Poppins Philly to round up some great ideas for the week ahead.
See entertaining balloon tricks at the Colonial Theater or watch spectacular juggling and magic acts at White's Road Park. Try your luck at carnival games at the Midway Fire Company Carnival or the Cochranville Fire Company Carnival. Head to the Kimberton Fair for rides, 4H demonstrations, and even pig races! Sing and dance along at an outdoor concert held at Narberth Playground, Central Park, or along the Camden Waterfront.
Need more ideas? Browse through our event calendar to find all the summer fun that is to be had.
If visiting a summertime festival, fair, or carnival is on your summer bucket list and it has yet to be crossed off, look no further. Here is our round-up of Delaware Valley's August fun. These festivals, featuring entertaining live music, delicious foods, rides, and culture, will not disappoint. So take a look and be sure to visit some of these events with your family this month.
Lots of summertime fun awaits Philly families this weekend! Whether you're visiting the Jersey Shore, enjoying sweet treats at a local festival, or taking in some theatre, our event calendar is exploding with excitement.
Learn about the properties of water and how its energy is harnessed for power at demonstrations held at Hagley Museum. Get soaked in a melted snowstorm by the fire company at Byers' Choice's Christmas in July event. Splash around at one of the sprinkler or splash pads throughout the Delaware Valley, check out a pop-up public pool, or splurge with a visit to a water theme park. After drying off, visit a tasty festival such as the Sweet Corn Festival at Oasis Family Farm, Sweet Corn and Blackberry Festival at Linvilla Orchards, or the Honey Festival at The Harriton House. Wrap up the weekend by seeing a theatrical performance such as Grease or Fiddler on the Roof.
With so many choices, everyone in the family can share in all the fun summer 2017 has to offer.
This week provides so many exciting, educational, and engaging options for little ones, school aged kids, tweens, and teens. Younger children can make crafts at Monkey Fish Toys or Lume Creative Learning Studio, explore American Swedish Historical Museum during Toddler Time, listen to stories among the animals or in an enchanted woods, or dance the day away at Kidchella. Older children can volunteer at Riverbend, participate in a social justice book discussion, rock out at an outdoor concert, or stay up late to watch the night sky. For some family fun, take a spin on a carnival ride or watch an outdoor movie.
Avoid boredom by browsing our list of 100 free things to do this summer. Make it a great week!
If attending a festival is a must-do for your clan, take a ride to Peddler's Village for its Bluegrass and Blueberries Festival, experience ziplines, moonbounces, and music at Turks Head Music Festival, or catch Tastykakes to celebrate the storming of the Bastille at Eastern Penitentiary's Bastille Day Festival. Want to see a free concert? Grab a blanket or chair and check out the musical line-ups at Rose Tree Park, Upper Merion Township Park, or Penn Township Park. But, quite frankly, nothing says summer more than ice cream! Be sure to celebrate National Ice Cream Day with a delicious treat at your favorite ice cream sweet spot.
No summer bucket list? No problem! Mommy Poppins Philadelphia has got you covered with top picks for the weekend and month, as well as an entire activity guide for the whole summer. So get ready to check off lots of family fun from your list.