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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

    The Barnes Foundation’s family programs stir the imagination and generate excitement about art. Programs are designed to foster meaningful intergenerational art experiences for children and the entire family. 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 learning program all Philadelphians. Visit freelibrary.org/summerreading.

    Afterschool Activities From homework help to special afterschool 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/calendar for details.

    Preschool 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 3 – 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

    18 and under are always free at the museum, with exceptional family programs for all ages. Sunday is fun day for children at the crown jewel of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, when tours, drawing and arts projects cater to kids.

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