10 Free Things to Do with Kids in Philadelphia

We recently spent some time explore Philadelphia and found it be a very family friendly city. Philadelphia is rich with opportunities to learn about America history, art, and science in dozens of museums, centers, and organizations. If you would like to read my full list of suggestions and tips, check out my city guide here. And before you hit the road, check out VisitPhilly.com– the site has tons of information, itineraries, maps, routes, and calendars. While many museums and centers charge an admission fee, there are also plenty of places which are free to explore.

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20 Family Friendly Places to Explore in Philadelphia, PA

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania’s largest city, is known for many things: being the “City of Brotherly Love”; the home of the cheesesteak, the first bank, and the Liberty Bell; and the place where “eagles fly.” Home to over one million people and less than a two hour drive from both New York City and Baltimore, it’s probably most know for being the first capitol of America and the location of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. There certainly is a lot of history “preserved” in Philadelphia, but there’s also a ton of other ways to explore the city with kids. Before you head to Philadelphia, check out VisitPhilly.com for tons of recommendations, itineraries, and calendars. The website is well organized and has suggestions organized by neighborhood, season, or family friendly activities. If you’re planning on visiting for a few days, consider purchasing a CityPass or Philadelphia Pass, both of which offer substantial savings if you visit multiple locations (most of which are on my top 20 list).

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The Franklin Institute Science Museum in Philadelphia, PA

The Franklin Institute’s mission is to “inspire a passion for learning about science and technology” and the museum’s 12 permanent exhibit halls definitely support that mission. The science museum was created to honor America’s first scientist, Benjamin Franklin, and opened to the public in 1934. It’s one of the most popular spots to visit in Philadelphia (and Pennsylvania) with over 400,000 square feet of hands on exhibitions, two auditoriums, an IMAX Theater, and a planetarium. The Franklin Institute offers several Escape Room programs, Speaker Series lectures, workshops, Star Parties (adults only!), and star gazing events. Whether you’re a local or in town for a visit, it’s worth checking out their calendar for special events.

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Perot Museum of Nature and Science in Dallas, Texas

The Perot Museum of Nature and Science, located in downtown Dallas, Texas, has to be one of the largest museums we have ever visited- and definitely one of the most fun science centers we have explored! The building is equivalent in size to a 14 story building! Plan on spending the better portion of a full day exploring this 180,000+ square foot museum filled with five  floors of exhibits, although could spend days here and still not see everything. Start at the top and work your way down the floors and through 11 exhibition halls.

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Year in Review: Highlights of 2018

2018 was an exciting, adventure filled year for my family. We started a bit early by purchasing a new 2018 Chevy Equinox, and to date-exactly 54 weeks later- we have over 26,000 miles on the odometer. We’ve been as far west as Texas, as far south as Florida, and as far north as Maine. We’re explored over a dozen states, over twenty National Parks Service locations, over two dozen museums, two baseball parks (that brings our total count to 24 out of the 30 MLB parks), and created countless memories.

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Museum of Discovery in Little Rock, Arkansas

This past summer, we spend a fun weekend exploring Little Rock Arkansas. I was happy to find tons of family friendly places to visit and things to see and do. You can check out our full adventures here and see other family friendly spots, places to eat, and places to stay. We spent a lot of time in two spots: The William Jefferson Clinton Presidential Library (read about why kids will love it here) for lots of presidential trivia and the Museum of Discovery for lots of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Mathematics) fun.

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