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Free Family-Friendly Summer Activities in Philadelphia

Summer in Philadelphia is bursting with fun, free, and family-friendly activities. From engaging park programs to lively festivals, there’s something for everyone. Here are some top events and activities you won’t want to miss this season.

Parkway Pals at Sister Cities Park

Kick off your summer with Parkway Pals, a series of family-friendly programs at Sister Cities Park. The season begins on June 11th and runs every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday morning until August 15th. These free programs are perfect for families looking to enjoy the outdoors and participate in engaging activities. 

Follow @centercitydistrict for updates and more information.

Spruce Street Harbor Park – Family Fun Day Sundays

Spend your Sundays at Spruce Street Harbor Park with Family Fun Day Sundays! From 11 am to 3 pm, enjoy fitness classes, crafts, and activities with Pop-Up Play. It’s a fantastic way to keep the whole family entertained while soaking up the summer sun. 

Stay tuned to @sprucestreetharborpark for the latest news and events.

Storytime in the Square at Franklin Square

Make storytime a special outing with Storytime in the Square at Franklin Square. Happening every other Wednesday from May 1st to September 18th, from 11 am to 12 pm, this free event features storytime and crafts in the pavilion. Perfect for little bookworms and creative minds, this is a must-visit event. 

Follow @franklinsquarephilly and @historicphilly for updates.

Adventure Woods at Awbury Arboretum

Let your kids explore and play in nature at Adventure Woods at Awbury Arboretum. This natural materials playground allows children to learn, experiment, and discover while enjoying the great outdoors. Open every Saturday and Sunday from April through October, from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM. 

Follow @awburyarboretum for more details and updates.

Kidchella Music Festival

Celebrate Smith Memorial Playground‘s 125th anniversary with the Kidchella Music Festival! This free event on June 21st from 4 PM to 9 PM offers music, dancing, and creative activities for kids of all ages. It’s part of the Wawa Welcome America festivities. Don’t miss out on this fun-filled day!

Follow @smithplayground and @july4thphilly for more information

Philadelphia Zoo 150th Anniversary Celebration

Join the Philadelphia Zoo for a special 150th Anniversary Celebration with a free block party on July 1st from 1 PM to 5 PM. Guests of all ages can enjoy performances, face painting, arts and crafts, games, and unique opportunities to see some of your favorite animals up close. This is a once-in-a-lifetime celebration you won’t want to miss. 

Stay updated by following @philadelphiazoo

Philadelphia’s summer calendar is packed with exciting events and activities for families. Make sure to mark these dates on your calendar and enjoy all the FREE fun and festivities the city has to offer!

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