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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 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 bring an interactive and engaging experience for the entire family.

Read on for the top family-friendly attractions in the Philadelphia area.

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Philadelphia Museum of Art

Third largest art museum in the country with family-oriented Sundays

As the third-largest art museum in the country, the Philadelphia Museum of Art is certainly a must-see attraction. Sunday is an especially big day for families, during which the museum offers special tours created just for kids, as well as drawing and craft activities for those of all ages. The museum also offers themed guides for kids everyday of the week and special family programming throughout the year. Pay-what-you-wish admission on the first Sunday of each month and every Wednesday after 5 p.m. provides opportunities for families to enjoy the museum at a lesser cost, and admission is always free for kids 12 and under.
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Smith Memorial Playground

One of the oldest playgrounds in America, the Smith Memorial Playground and Playhouse is an oasis of kid-geared fun, featuring a 44-foot-long renovated wooden slide originally built in 1899. Here, children (ages 10 and under) are provided a free and safe place to play, jump, swing, climb and learn about nature. For children five and under, the Tot Lot features more than 20 pieces of age-appropriate play equipment, and inside the 16,000-square-foot onsite 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 Philadelphia Eagles Four Seasons Butterfly House, the tropical exhibit Plaza de Aibonito and Ben Franklin’s Workshop, as well as more outdoor attractions such as a Tree House, Garden Carousel, Arrow River Train and the Spring Butterfly Ride.
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Linvilla Orchards

At Linvilla Orchards, a 300-acre family farm dedicated to agriculture, education and entertainment, families can pick their own seasonal fruit, hop on a hayride and buy freshly baked pies to take home. Little ones often also love visiting the animals in the Linvilla Orchards' barnyard, playing in the Playland Playground and, during festival days, hopping on the Playland Express train or embarking on a pony ride.
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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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