Fun things to do with kids in Philadelphia

Philadelphia is a great city to visit with kids! It’s super easy to get around in the city center, affordable, full of activities and good eats! Here are some fun things you can do with kids in Philadelphia.

Fun Things to do with Kids in Philadelphia


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1. Have fun exploring the body at the Franklin Institute

I had the pleasure of visiting the Franklin Institute in 2014 the year it inaugurated its new BRAIN exhibit, an interactive exhibit where the whole family can learn about the brain’s myriad functions. Kids will also love the giant walk through heart and the Benjamin Franklin statue and exhibit is pretty impressive.

The Franklin Institute

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2. Play mini golf at Franklin Square

Franklin Square is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, so I’m sure there will be plenty to see and do. The whole family will love mini golf!

Philly Mini Golf, Franklin Sqaure

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3. Visit the Please Touch Museum

Usually we are not allowed to touch anything in museums, so it’s nice to see that there’s a museum where kids are ENCOURAGED (and required!) to touch!

Please Touch Museum¨

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4. Eat some pizza and visit the largest pizza memorabilia collection at Pizza Brain.

Philadelphia has a pizza museum! According to Guinness World Records, the artisan pizzeria boasts the world’s largest collection of pizza memorabilia. After you have pizza here, you can also order handmade ice cream from Little Baby’s Ice Cream, which is right next door.

Philadelphia is known for good pizza, but it is also home to the world’s first pizza museum: Pizza Brain in Kensington. According to Guinness World Records, the artisan pizzeria boasts the world’s largest collection of pizza memorabilia. Aside from a menu of red pies with fresh crushed tomato sauce and the white pies with olive oil and white sauce, patrons can also order handmade ice cream from Little Baby’s Ice Cream, which is right next door.

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5. Take a family pic at the LOVE sign

It’s the City of Brotherly LOVE and it’s the best place to take a family portrait!

Love Statue

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6. Visit the oldest zoo in the US: the Philadelphia Zoo

I first visited this zoo without kids, but I loved it. It’s been recently revamped and there are many cool things to see, like the Children’s Zoo where kids can learn about recycling, animal protection, water conservation and more. They can also brush sheep, feed ducks, climb a netted jungle gym and watch rare goats run over a 400- foot trail and bridge.

There are tons of hands-on learning opportunities at KidZooU, a recently updated children’s interactive center at the Philadelphia Zoo. width=

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7. Eat pretzels, ice cream and more!

Pretzels were introduced by the German settlers in the 18th century and the pretzels you can eat in Philly are among the best (if not the best!) in the nation! You can buy itfrom street vendors, at Reading Market, or from stores like the Philly Soft Pretzel Factory. YUMMY!

Soft Pretzel, Philly Soft Pretzel Factory

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8. Visit the National Constitution Center

At the National Constitution Center, visitors of all ages discover the impact of the U.S. Constitution on their lives through multimedia exhibitions, sculpture, film, artifacts and interactive displays. This may be more appropriate for older children but younger kids will enjoy the interactive games… all kids will enjoy running on the National Mall in front of the Constitutional Center!

Credit: Photo by G. Widman for Visit Philadelphia™

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Diana Limongi
Diana a mom, activist, nonprofit professional, podcaster and writer from Queens, NY. She writes about motherhood, activism, raising my multilingual kids, culture and travel. She and her multicultural family live in Queens, NY.

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