100 Fun Things to do with Kids in Philadelphia

Walking in a creek for things to do with kids in Philadelphia

If you have ever woken up on a Saturday morning and thought “what should we do with the kids today?” This list is for you.  As a mom and family photographer, it is a rare occurrence to have ZERO plans, but it does happen on occasion and when it does, the question about what you should do with your kids can feel overwhelming.  It might be raining or cold, or too hot to be outside.  Or the weather is perfect, and you can’t stand the thought of staying indoors one more day. Whatever the situation, I put together a list of different places that give you 100 things to do with kids in Philadelphia.  Not all locations are in Philly, but most are within 2 hours or less!  Little girl in rain boots Creek stomping things to do with kids in Philadelphia

The first group of things to do with kids in Philadelphia are places that have both indoor and outdoor options.  So, if it’s rainy or cold or just plain hot you can still check some of these out!

Indoor or Outdoor Things to Do with Kids in Philadelphia

  1. Clyde Peeling’s Reptiland- Allenwood, PA- website
  2. Philadelphia Zoo- Philadelphia, PA- website
  3. Lehigh Valley Zoo- Schnecksville, PA- website
  4. Elmwood Zoo- Norristown, PA- website
  5. Brandywine Zoo, Wilmington, DE – website
  6. Claws ‘N’ Paws Wild Animal Park Lake Ariel, PA – website
  7. Plumpton Park Zoo, Rising Sun, MD – website
  8. Cohanzick Zoo, Bridgeton, NJ
  9. ZooAmerica, Hershey, PA- website
  10. Rizzo’s Wildlife World, Flanders, NJ- website
  11. Zoological Society of NJ, West Orange, NJ- website
  12. SeaQuest Woodbridge, Woodbridge Township, NJ- website
  13. Adventure Aquarium, Camden, NJ – website 
  14. Lake Tobias Wildlife Park, Halifax, PA – website
  15. Electric City Aquarium & Reptile Den, Scranton, PA- websiteLittle kids playing in a creek- ideas forthings to do with kids in Philadelphia

The next group of things to do with kids in Philadelphia are places are outdoor options.  Check these out when the weather is nice or in the mornings in the summer before the day gets too hot!

Outdoor Things to Do with Kids in Philadelphia

Hiking/Biking Locations and Trails

  1. Green Lane Park, Green Lane, PA
  2. Monocacy Hill Recreation Area, Birdsboro, PA
  3. Valley Forge National Historic Park River Trail Trailhead, Phoenixville, PA 
  4. Schuylkill River Trail – runs from Schuylkill Haven, PA to Philadelphia, PA -not all sections run continuously 
  5. Perkiomen Trail, runs from Green Lane, PA to Phoenixville, PA
  6. Wissahickon Valley Park, Philadelphia, PA
  7. Bells Mill Road West Trailhead, Forbidden Dr. Philadelphia, PA 
  8. Andorra Meadow, Philadelphia, PA
  9. Grays Ferry Crescent Trail Park, PA 
  10. North Mt. Pleasant Place Trailhead, Philadelphia, PA 
  11. Vicaris St Trailhead, Philadelphia, PA 
  12. Benjamin Rush State Park, Philadelphia, PA 
  13. Houston Meadow, Philadelphia, PA
  14. Saint Peter’s Village Hiking Trails, Everson, PA
  15. Natural Lands’ Stone Hills Preserve, Schwenksville, PA
  16. Neal Thorpe Trail, Phoenixville, PA 
  17. Antietam Lake Park, Reading, PA
  18. Eva R. Meng Wildlife Preserve and Bird Sanctuary, Schwenksville, PA 
  19. Moran Trail, Collegeville, PA 
  20. Skippack Creek Loop Hike, Collegeville, PA 



  1. Manderach Memorial Playground (Limerick Community Park) Neiffer, PA 
  2. Imaginationland Playground, Bensalem, PA
  3. Can-Do Playground, Wilmington, DE
  4. Tyler Park Playground, Newtown, PA
  5. Kids Kingdom Playground, Morrisville, PA
  6. Jake’s Place Playground, Cherry Hill, NJ
  7. Freedom Playground, Haverford, PA
  8. Smith Memorial Playground and Playhouse, Philadelphia, PA
  9. Kids Castle Central Park, Doylestown, PA
  10. Fischer’s Park, Harleysville, PA



  1. Colebrookdale Railroad, Boyertown, PA
  2. Allentown & Auburn Railroad, Kutztown, PA
  3. Reading Outer Station, Reading, PA
  4. Delaware River Railroad Excursions, Phillipsburg, NJ
  5. WK&S Railroad, Kempton, PA
  6. Strasburg Rail Road, Ronks, PA
  7. West Chester Railroad Co, West Chester, PA
  8. Reading Blue Mountain & Northern RR, Port Clinton, PA
  9. Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway trademark of Reading & Northern Railroad, Jim Thorpe, PA
  10. Wilmington & Western Railroad, Wilmington,DE
  11. New Hope Railroad, New Hope, PA
  12. Black River & Western Railroad, Ringoes, NJ
  13. Glen Mills Train Station, Glen Mills, PALittle boy and girl playing in a creek- ideas forthings to do with kids in Philadelphia

The last group of things to do with kids in Philadelphia are places are indoor options.  I know as a mom in the winter I am always looking for a spot to bring the kids during the weekend.  These indoor places will help you get the kids out of the house and keep your sanity when it’s too cold, wet or even hot to try other outdoor options.

Indoor Things to Do with Kids in Philadelphia


Play Spaces

  1. Urban Air Trampoline and Adventure Park, Royersford, PA
  2. The Little Pod, North Wales, PA
  3. Chatter Splatter Playgroup, Eagleville, PA
  4. Lulu’s Casita, Ardmore, PA
  5. Jumpers Family Fun Zone, Newtown Square, PA
  6. BounceU Exton Kids Birthdays and More, Exton, PA
  7. Kids at Play, Philadelphia, PA
  8. We Rock the Spectrum – Northeast Philly, Philadelphia, PA
  9. Kith + Kin, Philadelphia, PA
  10. Charming Star Playroom, Newtown Square, PA
  11. Kids Castle Family Fun Center, Allentown, PA
  12. Superior Play Systems, Norristown, PA
  13. Oasis Family Fun Center, Glen Mills, PA
  14. NEST Center City, Philadelphia, PA
  15. PlayArts, Philadelphia, PA
  16. Kids Empire Cheltenham, Wyncote, PA
  17. Jump To It skating Rink, Philadelphia, PA
  18. Bette’s Family Fun Center, Aston, PA
  19. My Little Adventures, Mt Laurel township, NJ
  20. Five Stone Kids & More, Lebanon, PA
  21. Giggleberry Fair, New Hope, PA
  22. Romp n’ Roll Willow Grove, Willow Grove, PA
  23. Go N Bananas Family Fun Center, Lancaster, PA
  24. Bounce Kraze, Lancaster, PA
  25. Sky Zone Trampoline Park, Lancaster, PA
  26. Busy Bodies Play Cafe, Lancaster, PA



  1. Imagi Nation, Allentown, PA
  2. Da Vinci Science Center, Allentown, PA
  3. Please Touch Museum, Philadelphia, PA
  4. Hands-on House, Children’s Museum of Lancaster, Lancaster, PA
  5. The Bucks County Children’s Museum, New Hope, PA
  6. Delaware Children’s Museum, Wilmington, DE
  7. Lancaster Science Factory, Lancaster, PA
  8. American Treasure Tour Museum, Oaks, PA
  9. The Franklin Institute, Philadelphia, PA
  10. North Museum of Nature and Science, Lancaster, PA
  11. Jersey Explorer Children’s Museum, East Orange, NJ
  12. Children’s Museum, Bridgewater Township, NJ
  13. American Helicopter Museum & Education Center, West Chester, PA
  14. Reading Public Museum, Reading, PA
  15. Museum of Indian Culture, Allentown, PA
  16. Crayola Experience, Easton, PA


Thanks for checking out my list of fun things to do with kids in Philadelphia! I hope you found something that you want to try either today or in the future with your kids! Keep this list for future plan free days and let me know what you tried and loved!

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