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, Scout programs, 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, look for fossil foot prints and more. Center on the museum's Ground Floor.
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.
Summer Academy Explorers 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 3 and 4 and their favorite adults can join us Wednesday mornings in July and August in exploring nature through games, crafts, songs and museum .
Safari Overnights: 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.
Boy and Girl Scouts: The Academy offers workshops and camp-ins for Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts.
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
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 engage boys and girls grades 1-12 to express their creative talents. Saturday Classes and Summer Classes offer distinct opportunities in areas such as fashion design, fine arts and animation. Moore also offers fall and spring art courses for youth with special needs. Learn more about Moore’s Youth Programs.
Summer Art & Design Institute (high-school women grades 10-12) is a pre-college residency program that immerses students in college-level study in one of three areas of concentration. Learn more about the Summer Art & Design Institute.
Pennsylvania Horticultural Society
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.