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Families & Kids

You’ll find a treasure trove of family-friendly offerings on the Parkway - engaging exhibits, learning disguised as fun, and plenty of memory-making.

  • Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University

    The Academy offers weekend activities, spring and summer camps, birthday parties, sleepovers and more for kids.

    Outside In:  The outdoors have been brought inside in this hands-on discovery center especially designed for children ages 3-8.  Touch live animals, pan for shark teeth, watch a real working beehive and more. 

    Birthday Parties:  With a T. rex that has celebrated millions of birthdays, the Academy really knows how to throw a party! Celebrate your child's special day with dinosaurs, butterflies, hands-on activities and personalized attention from our staff.

    Academy Science Camp invites campers ages 5-12 to learn about natural science in a safe, fun and engaging way. Each week of camp explores an exciting new theme and features an off-site field trip.

    Tiny Tot Explorers:  Children ages 2-5 and their favorite adults can join us select mornings in exploring nature through games, crafts, songs and museum adventures.

    Academy Teen Programs: For teens 12-16 the Academy offers weeklong experiences to learn out in nature with the Academy Expedition Program or in the Academy to work with animals.

    Night in the Museum: Enjoy interactive activities and meet some of our live animals—all with the guidance of the Academy's experienced naturalists. Sleep overnight in the shadow of T. rex and other museum favorites.

  • Barnes Foundation

    Barnes Foundation family programs stir the imagination and generate excitement about art, architecture, and nature. Programs are designed for preschoolers (ARTime), youth (ArtKids), and the entire family (ArtSee); children must be accompanied by an adult. Learn more

  • Center City District

    CCD maintains and programs two of the most popular kid-friendly spaces in Center City: Dilworth Park, with a play fountain in summer and ice skating in winter, and Sister Cities Park, with a fountain and pond in warm weather and a playground in the cooler months. Both parks also feature programs year-round that include craft projects, movie nights and many more educational and creative activities for the whole family.

  • Franklin Institute

    Birthday Parties: Make your child’s birthday a sensational adventure in science!

    Summer Camps: Discovery Camp offers hands-on science exploration to campers during themed weekly sessions.

    School’s Out Camp: A great opportunity for your young scientists to learn something on their days off. Programming offered on holidays like President’s Day and Columbus Day.

    Pre-school activities: Learn more about The Franklin Institute’s Grow up Great with Science and our partnership with PNC.

    Special kid-friendly exhibits: All of The Franklin Institute’s exhibitions are kid-friendly with interactive science lessons designed for the kid in all of us!

    Overnight Camp-In: Sleep over at The Franklin Institute! A must-do for all families!

    Homeschool Workshops: Allow our museum educators the opportunity to teach your homeschoolers special lessons in science.

  • Free Library of Philadelphia

    Summer Camps Every year, the Free Library of Philadelphia offers a system-wide Summer Reading program for preschoolers to high-school seniors. Visit freelibrary.org/summerreading.

    After School Activities From homework help to special after-school events to Teen Tuesdays, visit freelibrary.org for upcoming programming.

    Classes/Saturday Classes/Workshops The Free Library offers everything from art workshops to special performances throughout the week. Visit freelibrary.org for details.

    Pre-school activities From storytime hours to easy craft workshops, visit freelibrary.org for upcoming programming.

  • Moore College of Art & Design

    Young Artists Workshop engages children and youth, grades 1 – 12, to express their creative talents. Saturday and summer classes offer distinct opportunities in areas such as fashion design, fine arts and animation. 

    Summer Art & Design Institute for high school age young women is a pre-college residency program that immerses students in college-level study. 

  • Pennsylvania Horticultural Society

    Learn about family-friendly exhibits and special experiences at the Flower Show.

    Flower Show Attractions

  • Philadelphia Museum of Art

    Family & Children’s Programs: With exceptional family programs, children’s art classes, gallery tours, and special events designed for kids of all ages, the Museum is always a place for discovery and adventure.

    Something Every Sunday: All family programs and events are free after Museum admission; children 12 and under always get in free! The first Sunday of every month is pay-what-you-wish all day. 

    Children’s Art Classes:  Fun, challenging, and inspiring, these award-winning studio programs offer a perfect way for young minds to express their creativity.

    Pre-school activities:  Preschoolers and their families enjoy picture books and art projects presented in the Museum galleries with Family Programs such as Early Bird Read and Look - suitable for ages 3–5. 

    Make Art At Home: These activities invite families to extend their Museum visit by engaging in creative time together at home.

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