The Philly Spring Break Breakdown
Sticking around Philly for break? Here's special programming and more fun to get your family through the week!
If you’re looking ahead to Spring Break wondering how you’re going to fill the time, never fear, because there is never a dull moment in Philly. If you’re staying in town for break, there’s plenty to do and see, so make some plans to make the most of your week. Get out there and explore!
222 N. 20th St.
April 13—September 2
Sure to be the hottest ticket this spring and summer, the Franklin Institute celebrates Marvel’s 80th Anniversary with a new immersive exhibit including original sketches, costumes and props from Marvel films (including Black Panther, Captain America, and Thor), interactive experiences in life-size scenes, and lots of photo ops!
4231 Avenue of the Republic
Special programming: April 12—28
If you haven’t checked out PTM’s special Muslim culture exhibit “America to Zanzibar,” it’s a great time to experience it (and treat yourself to some bean pie in the cafeteria, while you’re at it!). In addition to the museum’s daily programming, they are planning “Spring Break: Storybooks in Bloom!” including daily character appearances and special programming. The museum will also hold their annual Storybook Ball on Sunday, April 14, an all-day event featuring fantastical-themed programs, including carriage rides with the queen, storytimes, and meet-and-greets with fairy tale creatures.
3400 W. Girard Ave.
Opens April 6
“Creatures of Habitat: A Gazillion Piece Animal Adventure” will bring 12 giant LEGO vignettes created by Sean Kenney all over the zoo from April 6 through September 30. Kids will be able use the returning Zoo Keys at “audio books” located at each sculpture (as well as other areas throughout the zoo) to “unlock” secrets and stories about the animals. Also opening in April, a new food marketplace and play area called Urban Green.
101 S. Third St.
Special Programming: April 13–28
Band together to recreate Philadelphians’ war efforts and ways of life with hands-on craft demonstrations. The museum will host interpreters on April 13 and 14 portraying the “artificers” who served under Philadelphian Benjamin Flower as they repair old equipment and make new goods for the Continental Army. Guests can also witness daily activities and demonstrations from the Revolutionary period, including shoemaking, tailoring, and fencing.
525 Arch St.
Special Programming: April 15–26
If you haven’t made any plans yet, then just you wait, just you wait… The Constitution Center is highlighting its exhibit, “Hamilton: The Constitutional Clashes That Shaped a Nation,” which explores Alexander Hamilton’s most important (and fateful) clashes and debates. Learn more about Hamilton through the eyes of the people who knew him best as the museum highlights a different Founding figure each day. Get to know George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, the Marquis de Lafayette, and more, through special programs including meet-and–greets with reenactors, exhibit tours, and artifact highlights. Visitors can also get a taste of what life was like in the 18th Century with special period games, dress-up stations, craft activities, and more.
2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Special Programming: April 16–21, 10 am — 3 pm
Spend the week indulging in creative family time with family tours every day at 11 am and 1 pm, and the Family Studio set up on the Great Stair Hall Balcony from 10 am–3 pm. Get inspired by the giant sculptures installed on the steps outside, and sculpt your own colossal clay creations.
200 N. Sixth St.
Franklin Square is open again, so take advantage of the nice weather and free time to play Philly-themed mini golf, take a ride on the carousel, and indulge in a Tastykake shake! The park is open from 10 am–5 pm until April, when the operating hours lengthen to 7 pm.
There are great options, whatever your kids’ ages, to catch a show in town. The Broadway musical Anastasia comes to the Academy of Music from April 9–14, while the little ones will love Sesame Street Live at the Liacouras Center from April 11–14. Meanwhile, the Arden Theatre will be staging a reimagining of Treasure Island beginning April 3 and running all spring. And if you have teens, take them to see The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time at Walnut Street Theatre, now playing through April 28.
Can’t get away, but want to experience a fun getaway in your own hometown? Book a hotel with kid-friendly amenities and live it up! We highly recommend glamping at The Logan Hotel, where the hotel sets up a “campsite” complete with tent, sleeping bag, and s’more kit for your kids in the living room! The hotel is right in the Parkway Museums District, and has a great pool, so you’ll be living it up without having to deal with the lines and stress of the airport!
Even with all these great ideas, maybe your kids want to be a little more independent and adventurous. How about a day of rock climbing, or circus arts, or exploring the wilderness? There’s all that and more, you just need to know where to look–it’s all here in our spring break camp rundown!
Lead photograph courtesy of the Franklin Institute.