Philadelphia – Top things to do with Children

Philly Must Do Things with children

I am lucky enough to have my family living 20 min away from Philly.  Philly offers a lot of things for adults and children. It is Pennsylvania’s largest city and it notable for its rich history, on display at the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall (where the Declaration of Independence and Constitution were signed) and other American Revolutionary sites. Also iconic are the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, immortalized by Sylvester Stallone’s triumphant run in the film “Rocky.”

Below are the top must do list whilst in city of “brotherly love” with your little ones so they can also feel they are included in your travel plans.

Eastern State Penitentiary

Explore the cellblocks of Eastern State Penitentiary, once the most famous and expensive prison in the world. Learn about the history of this facility and its relevance today through interactive exhibits, history displays, and art installations. It was super cool to be able to peek into Al Capones’s lavish cell.  Eastern State Penitentiary was open from 1829 to 1971, is now a US National Historic Landmark
Useful information:
Address: 2027 Fairmount Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19130, USA
Opening Hours: 10 AM – 5:00 PM
Ticket prices:
Adult (Age 13-61) USD $14.00 each
Children (Age 7-12)USD $10.00 each
Senior (Age 62+) USD $12.00 each
Student (with ID) USD $10.00 each

The Museum of Art

The Philadelphia Museum of Art is no slouch when it comes to family & children’s programs either. Sunday family programs are tailored for children ages 3-10 and offer interactive activities including gallery tours and art projects for the whole family. In addition to self-guided family tours and Children’s Audio Tours, the Museum offers art classes Mondays through Saturdays for kids ages 3-12. The whole family can get in free for the day (donations welcome!) on the first Sunday of every month, too.
Useful information:
Address: 26th Street and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Opening hours: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily, and open until 8:45 p.m. on Fridays.
Ticket prices: Adults $20 Children (13-18 years old) $14 and ages 12 and under free

Rocky Balboa Statue

Walk in the footsteps of Sylvester Stallone as Rocky Balboa and discover the Philadelphia film locations from the blockbuster “Rocky” movies. Visit South and North Philly ‘hoods, as well as many attractions of the city centre, such as the Museum of Art.
Must do is to run up and down the stairs just like in the movie – we made a video of this
Useful information: The 72 stone steps before the entrance of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Free as it is outside

The Franklin Institue

Located in the heart of Philadelphia; The Franklin Institute is one of America’s most celebrated museums—a renowned leader in science and technology. 
Must do if you don’t want to pay to enter to enter, is go to The Benjamin Franklin National Memorial that is located in the rotunda. The centrepiece of the memorial is a dramatic 20-foot high marble statue of Benjamin Franklin. Sculpted by James Earle Fraser, the statue weighs 30 tons and sits on a 92-ton pedestal of white Seravezza marble. Originally opened in 1938, the rotunda was designed by architect John T. Windrim and modelled after the Pantheon in Rome. It measures 82 feet in length, width, and height. The domed ceiling is self-supporting and weighs 1600 tons. The floors, walls, columns, pilasters, and cornices are made of rare marbles from Portugal, Italy, and France. Don’t miss the 3.5-minute multimedia show that demonstrates Benjamin Franklin’s profound impact on the world as a premiere international citizen, statesman, civic leader, and scientist.
Useful information:
Ticket price: $ adults 23 Children (3-11 years old) $19
Address: 271 North 21st Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Opening times: 9:30 am – 8:00pm

Please Touch Museum

The Please Touch Museum is a children’s museum located in the Centennial District of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. Hands-on museum where adults and children can learn and explore together. My little one loved the supermarket where they can go and pretend to be adults in a supermarket. I loved the Alice in Wonderland set. There’s a story time and a creative studio. I think it is a great idea to have such a nice place for kids to explore! This is THE place for families on rainy and sunny days alike. Kids will never want to leave the interactive water exhibit, River Adventures (waterproof smocks and hand dryers are available), which is complete with rain clouds and waterwheels. But drag them out of the water, because there is so much else to see and do that you don’t want to miss the rest of the museum! And make sure to end your visit with a carousel ride on the museum’s famous Woodside Park carousel; it’s fully-refurbished and a century-old! There is also a musical sing/dance along time!
Useful information:

Address4231 Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia, PA 19131, USA

Opening hours:  Monday – Saturday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sundays 11 a.m. – 5pm

Ticket Prices $19 

Sesame Palace

Create some lasting family memories at Sesame Place, the theme park based on the children’s television show. It is 30 minutes north of Philadelphia. Enjoy a day of fun rides and activities. Watch the magic of Sesame Street come to life. Meet and take pictures with Elmo, Big Bird, Cookie Monster and all other characters. My son loves Elmo and it was priceless seeing him see Elmo live after seeing all his episodes in YouTube. He was able to dance with all the characters as they have a Sesame Place Street Dance. You can walk through the iconic Sesame Street neighbourhood and there is always some very entertaining shows going on at all times. Please don’t forget to bring your bathing suit as you can cool down in one of the many water rides and splash playgrounds as it can get very hot during the summer.
Useful information:
Tickets starts at low as $49.99

Philadelphia Zoo

Philadelphia Zoo is a 42-acre garden that is home to more than 1300 animals, many of them rare and endangered. The Philadelphia Zoo, located in the Centennial District of Philadelphia, was the first true zoo in the United States.  

I highly recommend avoiding the queues by purchasing your tickets online.  You also have a nice option to “go behind the scenes” and have a private meet-and greet with your children’s or your favorite animals. The animal keepers will allow you to enjoy a 20-minute semi-private session with your favorite animal.
Useful information:
Address: Zoological Dr, Philadelphia, PA 19104

Opening hours: 9:00 am – 5:00pm
Prices: Adult $24 Children (2-11 years old) $19

Cape May County Park & Zoo

An amazing find was The Cape May County Park & Zoo in Cape May Court House in New Jersey, which is about 1 hour and 22 minutes away from Philadelphia and totally worth going. It provides free year-round admission to a collection of more than 550 animals representing 250 species in 85 acres of exhibits. You can go there for half a day or the whole day as there is space to have a picnic even a BBQ. 

Useful information:
Address: 707 U.S. 9, Cape May Court House, NJ 08210, USA
Opening hours: 10:00 am to 4:30 pm

Cape May Shore

Highly recommend going after the CMC Zoo to the shore. You will encounter beautiful sandy beaches. There is a small fee to pay to use the beaches and after a nice swim in the Atlantic Ocean you can then scroll around the lovely town and eat delicious seafood from the New Jersey shore.