Free Opportunities for Philly Area Kids and Families
Free and low-cost arts, culture, and active outings for Philadelphia-area kids and families.
When you have a whole family looking for fun, outings can get expensive. Luckily, there are plenty of places in Philadelphia and beyond that offer free and low-cost deals for kids and families. Whether your kids like going to art museums, playing sports, or seeing live music, we’ve found the ways you can do all of those things without breaking the bank.
Arts & Culture
The Barnes Foundation, an exciting art museum in Philadelphia, offers free admission to everyone on the first Sunday of every month, with family-friendly programming included. Activities include art activities, storytimes, and musical performances.
The Brandywine Museum of Art in Chadds Ford, PA, offers free admission and art activities for kids on the first Sunday of every month.
Enjoy free art workshops at PAFA on select Sundays through their Family Arts Academy program. The whole family can learn new skills and make exciting art projects together.
Not quite free, but pretty close; admission to the Please Touch Museum is only $2 for everyone on the first Wednesday evening of every month from 4 to 7 p.m.
The Woodmere Art Museum, a museum in Chestnut Hill that highlights local artists, is $10 for adults, but always free for children and students with ID.
The Kimmel Center, Philadelphia’s central performing arts center, offers free events for families on select Sundays. While they also have an extensive calendar of family-friendly shows, Family Fundays are a way to experience culture and music at no cost.
The Greater Philadelphia YMCA is partnering with the Pennsylvania State Alliance of YMCAs to offer a free membership to all 7th graders. To register, 7th graders should bring their current roster or report card, along with a parent or guardian, to their local YMCA location.
Kids in fourth grade can get into national parks for free by signing up for a pass through the Every Kids Outdoors program. A few of the local sites include Independence National Historical Park and Valley Forge National Historical Park, but you can find many more online.
Fourth graders can receive three free ski or snowboard visits to Shawnee Mountain, about two hours outside of Philadelphia, with a paid adult lift ticket. Register here.
This national program gives kids two free bowling days every day all summer long. Find all the participating bowling alleys in Pennsylvania here!
Other Ways to Save
High school students in Philadelphia can get free access to museums, gardens, and historic sites in the city through Students at Museums in Philly. Just bring your high school ID to the admission desks at participating STAMP sites.
Pennsylvania residents who have an EBT card can visit participating museums, cultural sites, and theaters in the Philadelphia area for the deeply discounted price of $2 a person. Cardholders can bring up to 3 people with them.
Know of any more free or low-cost opportunities for kids and families in the area? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a comment below!
Lead photo by R. Kennedy for GPTMC courtesy of Visit Philadelphia