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)
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.