Fun-Filled Activities for Keeping the Kids Entertained in Philadelphia

Finding and setting up a day out in Philadelphia with kids can often be an exhausting endeavor. There are many venues to choose from, yet how do you find the best one for your crowd? 10 Best assembles the top winners as far as kids are concerned, and you make your selections based on the ages of your children, the area you're interested in seeing or exploring, and the activity that strikes your fancy. If you've got a science lover in your group, perhaps a stop at the Franklin Institute might suit you best. If your youngsters like rides, take a day trip to Sesame Place to spin, swirl and shimmy with the fun, furry friends that play there. Better still, if you're ready for some time outdoors, Catch a Phillies Game when they're in town, or stop by Franklin Square for fun and games. Philadelphia offers a variety of opportunities for families to play and learn and have fun together, so there's sure to be a place near you to enjoy. From the smallest tykes to the tallest teens, count on Philadelphia venues to be able to keep them interested and entertained while making memories at the same time. A great day for them is a great day for you, too!

Outside the city


This aquatic wonderland, open 365-days-a-year, offers kids and grown-ups alike the opportunity to explore sealife of all shapes and sizes. Adventure Aquarium is located just across the river from Philadelphia (you can see it from the...  Read More

Indoor Children's Garden at Longwood Gardens


Let your kids discover nature at the Indoor Children's Garden at Longwood Gardens. This beautifully designed space is ideal for families. It features the captivating Central Cove, a Rain Pavilion with two water curtains and a Bamboo Maze for...  Read More

Museum District & Fairmount Park


Offering more than a dozen interactive exhibits, the Franklin Institute Science Museum is a favorite for both the young and young at heart. Children especially love walking through the world's largest artificial heart and learning about energy...  Read More



One of Philadelphia's five original squares, Franklin Square is certainly one of the best for kids. Children can take a ride on the Philadelphia Park Liberty Carousel that's located here before heading to the playground for a more active...  Read More



Located inside East Fairmount Park, Smith Playground is a playful wonderland designed especially for children 10 and under. The roughly six-acre fun zone is best known for its century-old giant wooden slide and 24,000-square-foot Playhouse, but...  Read More



Spruce Street Harbor Park is a pop-up park on Penn's Landing in Philadelphia. Offering fun amenities such as hammocks, lawn games, chairs by the water, food and drink options, music and good times to locals, visitors, friends, family and even...  Read More

Museum District & Fairmount Park


America's first zoo and one of the region's foremost conservation organizations, Philadelphia Zoo is home to nearly 1,300 animals, many rare and endangered. Cheetahs, hippos, giraffes and much more make the zoo Philadelphia's leading family...  Read More



Dry fun, wet fun, shows and parades, food, drink, and furry friends . . . sound like things your kids love? Then you're probably a fan of Sesame Place in Langhorne, PA. Part of the SeaWorld family, Sesame Place playfully features Bert &...  Read More

Catch a Phillies Game


It may be difficult for some kids to sit through an entire baseball game, but at Citizens Bank Park, there is more than enough to keep little ones entertained. One of the most kid-friendly ballparks in the country, the Phillies' home turf has a...  Read More

Museum District & Fairmount Park
Please Touch Museum
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In this wonderfully kid-friendly museum, there are no "Do Not Touch" signs " a dream come true in a kid's museum setting! Designed to promote the arts, sciences, and humanities, exhibits here promise educational entertainment for the young and...  Read More