Whatever age your kids are, Philadelphia is a very child-friendly city with tons of things to see and do as a family. A great resource is Mommy Poppins (https://mommypoppins.com)

Kid-Friendly Museums

  • Franklin Institute

The reigning champion of interactive displays. Walk through a giant heart, ride a steam train, watch an IMAX movie.

  • Independence National Historical Park

The National Park Service has a series of collector cards that children can earn by listing presidents or reciting what they've learned at each museum. Energetic learners can finish a day at the NPS historic sites with as many as 20 cards.

  • Please Touch Museum

Giant toys allow kids to learn through play.

  • Academy of Natural Sciences

Brave the dinosaurs, a roomful of live butterflies and dig for a fossil.

  • Independence Seaport Museum

Everything you'd care to learn about the marine environment and boats, plus a historic US battleship and sub to explore.

Playgrounds & Animal Encounters

  • Smith Memorial Playground

Historic playground and playhouse freely open to kids aged 10 or younger.

Home to nearly 1300 animals, including tigers and polar bears, housed in naturalistic habitats.

  • Adventure Aquarium

One of the largest aquariums in the US is across the Delaware in Camden.

  • Franklin Square

Part of William Penn's town plan, this square includes a carousel and a mini-golf course.

  • Schuylkill Banks

The Markward Playground, which includes a seasonal outdoor pool, adjoins this riverside park.

Teen Attractions

  • Eastern State Penitentiary

The audio tour around this crumbling and spooky old jail is packed with fascinating tales.

  • Mütter Museum

Older kids will love the collection of 139 human skulls and the saponified body of the 'Soap Lady'.

  • Paine's Park

Bring a skateboard and practice some tricks at this dedicated skatepark beside the Schuylkill River.

  • Bartram's Garden

Have fun in kayaks and boats on the weekend.

  • Battleship New Jersey

Crawl into a 16-inch gun turret on this mammoth Navy vessel on the Delaware.

  • Simeone Automotive Foundation Museum

Best visited when they take some of their 65 historic racing sports cars out for a spin on their back lot.

Getting Arty

  • Philadelphia Museum of Art

There are always family-orientated tours and activities around the gallery.

  • Barnes Foundation

Free entry for families on the first Sunday of the month.

  • Expressive Hand

Paint on ready fired ceramic pieces or make your own mini mosaic.

  • Philadelphia's Magic Gardens

Hands-on activities include making mosaic medallions and tile fridge magnets.

  • Arden Theatre Co

Kids acting classes and theater productions for children and teens.