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Top Things to Do with Kids in Philadelphia

The best spots for kids and families to learn, play, explore and more

Beyond must-see historical icons like Independence Hall and The Liberty Bell Center, Philadelphia offers a ton of attractions geared toward those of every age.

There’s Sesame Place (a Sesame Street-based theme park for the little ones), Smith Memorial Playground (featuring a 44-foot-long wooden slide), the Philadelphia Zoo (offering an endless abundance of fun, animal-centric learning opportunities) and so much more.

No matter where you venture, the destinations below are designed to offer an interactive and engaging experience for the entire family.

Read on for the top things to do with kids in the Philadelphia area.

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Smith Memorial Playground

One of the oldest playgrounds in America is best known for the circa 1899 Ann Newman Giant Wooden Slide and offers children (ages 10 and under) a free, safe place to play, jump, swing, climb, and learn about nature. For children five and under, Tot Lot features more than 20 pieces of age-appropriate play equipment, and at the 16,000-square-foot Playhouse, kids run the show.
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Camden Children's Garden

The four-acre Camden Children’s Garden is filled with horticultural experiences for creative and imaginative play. April through December, visitors can head outdoors to explore the Butterfly, CityScapes, Dinosaur and Storybook Gardens. The garden also includes three indoor attractions: the popular Butterfly House, the tropical Plaza de Aibonito and Ben Franklin’s Workshop, as well as more outdoor attractions in a Tree House, Garden Carousel, Arrow River Train and Spring Butterfly Ride.
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Linvilla Orchards

Just south of the city, this 300-acre family farm is dedicated to agriculture, education and entertainment. Families can explore the Garden Center, pick their own seasonal fruit, hop on a hayride and buy freshly baked pies to take home.
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Tyler Arboretum

Nature exploration via painting, puzzle-solving and pancakes

Communing with nature is second nature at Tyler Arboretum, one of the region’s oldest and largest public gardens. Young adventurers here enjoy solving the puzzle of the seven-ringed Meadow Maze labyrinth and learning about nature at Discovery Stations, and history-lovers can tour several sites that are on the National Register of Historic Places. Family programming throughout the year includes game nights, painting with nature, a pancake breakfast and a maple sugaring celebration.
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