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Philadelphia on a Budget: Free Family-Friendly Events

Discover how to maximize family fun in Philly with our guide to the top free attractions and events.

Philadelphia is a city brimming with history, culture, and adventure, and you don’t have to break the bank to experience it with your family. Whether you’re locals looking for new ways to explore the city or visitors wanting to make the most of your trip, Philadelphia offers a wealth of free activities and events that cater to all ages. From captivating museum days to outdoor movie nights, there’s always something exciting happening. Dive into our guide to discover the best free family activities in Philadelphia, ensuring fun-filled days without the cost!

Event Series Kids’ Nature Club

Kids’ Nature Club

Oak Lane Library 6614 North 12th Street, Philadelphia, PA, United States

Stop and smell the flowers! Learn about plants, bugs, birds, weather, and more with fun activities.  If it's below 85 degrees, they will meet outside on the front lawn; if not, they will be inside.   Best for children entering grades K-5 on Tuesdays, through […]

Summer Family Craft Day

Wynnefield Library 5325 Overbrook Avenue, Philadelphia, PA, United States

Join in and have fun making various crafts with your family, all afternoon from 12:00-6:00 p.m.!

Event Series Center City Fit

Center City Fit

Dilworth Park 1 S 15th St, Philadelphia, PA, United States

Keep it movin’ with professional trainers from City Fitness! Every week, participants of all skill levels are invited to join free outdoor workouts in the heart of Center City. Classes will change throughout the season, with Zumba kicking things off in April and May.   […]

Event Series Yoga for Curious Kids

Yoga for Curious Kids

Chestnut Hill Library 8711 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia, PA, United States

Children will be guided to explore their capacity for physical and mental balance, strength and flexibility using the tools of movement, mindfulnness, conscious breath, and relaxation.  Music, stories and games using children's creative contributions promote joyful engagement with skill development in the techniques of yoga.  […]

Event Series Arts on Center Stage

Arts on Center Stage

Dilworth Park 1 S 15th St, Philadelphia, PA, United States

Philadelphia’s robust network of arts and culture organizations will be celebrated every week as they perform in the center of the city. The performances will range from orchestral serenades and ballet ensembles to jazz instrumentals and more. Attendance is free for all, but seating in […]

Event Series Saturday Free Boating

Saturday Free Boating

Bartram's Garden 5400 Lindbergh Blvd., Philadelphia, PA, United States

Bartram's Garden free public boating programs are suitable for people of all ages and skill levels. They provide all equipment and instruction for kayaking or rowboating. No registration or experience is required. Minors must be accompanied by an adult. See their Boating FAQ for complete details.

Lancaster Avenue ​Jazz & Arts Festival

Saunders Park Greene 39th & Powelton Ave., Philadelphia, PA

This Philly festival is a fan favorite and draws big crowds every year to celebrate all types of jazz music. Listen to some of Philly’s best jazz musicians, and enjoy community vendor stands stocked with locally made goods and treats! The Lancaster Avenue Jazz & […]

Music in Pretzel Park

Pretzel Park 4300 Silverwood St, Philadelphia, PA

Magdaliz and Her Latin Ensemble Crisol (a.k.a. Trio Crisol), Spanish for melting pot, is a Latin ensemble dedicated to the interpretation of a variety of folk, traditional, and popular music genres from all over Latin America and the Caribbean.

Event Series Kids’ Nature Club

Kids’ Nature Club

Oak Lane Library 6614 North 12th Street, Philadelphia, PA, United States

Stop and smell the flowers! Learn about plants, bugs, birds, weather, and more with fun activities.  If it's below 85 degrees, they will meet outside on the front lawn; if not, they will be inside.   Best for children entering grades K-5 on Tuesdays, through […]

Event Series Center City Fit

Center City Fit

Dilworth Park 1 S 15th St, Philadelphia, PA, United States

Keep it movin’ with professional trainers from City Fitness! Every week, participants of all skill levels are invited to join free outdoor workouts in the heart of Center City. Classes will change throughout the season, with Zumba kicking things off in April and May.   […]

Event Series Yoga for Curious Kids

Yoga for Curious Kids

Chestnut Hill Library 8711 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia, PA, United States

Children will be guided to explore their capacity for physical and mental balance, strength and flexibility using the tools of movement, mindfulnness, conscious breath, and relaxation.  Music, stories and games using children's creative contributions promote joyful engagement with skill development in the techniques of yoga.  […]

Event Series Arts on Center Stage

Arts on Center Stage

Dilworth Park 1 S 15th St, Philadelphia, PA, United States

Philadelphia’s robust network of arts and culture organizations will be celebrated every week as they perform in the center of the city. The performances will range from orchestral serenades and ballet ensembles to jazz instrumentals and more. Attendance is free for all, but seating in […]

Event Series Saturday Free Boating

Saturday Free Boating

Bartram's Garden 5400 Lindbergh Blvd., Philadelphia, PA, United States

Bartram's Garden free public boating programs are suitable for people of all ages and skill levels. They provide all equipment and instruction for kayaking or rowboating. No registration or experience is required. Minors must be accompanied by an adult. See their Boating FAQ for complete details.

Event Series Kids’ Nature Club

Kids’ Nature Club

Oak Lane Library 6614 North 12th Street, Philadelphia, PA, United States

Stop and smell the flowers! Learn about plants, bugs, birds, weather, and more with fun activities.  If it's below 85 degrees, they will meet outside on the front lawn; if not, they will be inside.   Best for children entering grades K-5 on Tuesdays, through […]

Event Series Center City Fit

Center City Fit

Dilworth Park 1 S 15th St, Philadelphia, PA, United States

Keep it movin’ with professional trainers from City Fitness! Every week, participants of all skill levels are invited to join free outdoor workouts in the heart of Center City. Classes will change throughout the season, with Zumba kicking things off in April and May.   […]

Event Series Yoga for Curious Kids

Yoga for Curious Kids

Chestnut Hill Library 8711 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia, PA, United States

Children will be guided to explore their capacity for physical and mental balance, strength and flexibility using the tools of movement, mindfulnness, conscious breath, and relaxation.  Music, stories and games using children's creative contributions promote joyful engagement with skill development in the techniques of yoga.  […]

Event Series Arts on Center Stage

Arts on Center Stage

Dilworth Park 1 S 15th St, Philadelphia, PA, United States

Philadelphia’s robust network of arts and culture organizations will be celebrated every week as they perform in the center of the city. The performances will range from orchestral serenades and ballet ensembles to jazz instrumentals and more. Attendance is free for all, but seating in […]

Event Series Saturday Free Boating

Saturday Free Boating

Bartram's Garden 5400 Lindbergh Blvd., Philadelphia, PA, United States

Bartram's Garden free public boating programs are suitable for people of all ages and skill levels. They provide all equipment and instruction for kayaking or rowboating. No registration or experience is required. Minors must be accompanied by an adult. See their Boating FAQ for complete details.

2nd Street Festival

2nd St from Girard Ave to Spring Garden St Philadelphia, PA

Founded in 2008 by several local business owners, 2nd St Festival has grown into one of the largest annual street festivals in Philadelphia, spanning several blocks in Northern Liberties and drawing thousands of people! Always the first Sunday in August, the neighborhood and comes alive […]

Event Series Kids’ Nature Club

Kids’ Nature Club

Oak Lane Library 6614 North 12th Street, Philadelphia, PA, United States

Stop and smell the flowers! Learn about plants, bugs, birds, weather, and more with fun activities.  If it's below 85 degrees, they will meet outside on the front lawn; if not, they will be inside.   Best for children entering grades K-5 on Tuesdays, through […]

Event Series Center City Fit

Center City Fit

Dilworth Park 1 S 15th St, Philadelphia, PA, United States

Keep it movin’ with professional trainers from City Fitness! Every week, participants of all skill levels are invited to join free outdoor workouts in the heart of Center City. Classes will change throughout the season, with Zumba kicking things off in April and May.   […]

Event Series Yoga for Curious Kids

Yoga for Curious Kids

Chestnut Hill Library 8711 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia, PA, United States

Children will be guided to explore their capacity for physical and mental balance, strength and flexibility using the tools of movement, mindfulnness, conscious breath, and relaxation.  Music, stories and games using children's creative contributions promote joyful engagement with skill development in the techniques of yoga.  […]

Event Series Arts on Center Stage

Arts on Center Stage

Dilworth Park 1 S 15th St, Philadelphia, PA, United States

Philadelphia’s robust network of arts and culture organizations will be celebrated every week as they perform in the center of the city. The performances will range from orchestral serenades and ballet ensembles to jazz instrumentals and more. Attendance is free for all, but seating in […]

Event Series Saturday Free Boating

Saturday Free Boating

Bartram's Garden 5400 Lindbergh Blvd., Philadelphia, PA, United States

Bartram's Garden free public boating programs are suitable for people of all ages and skill levels. They provide all equipment and instruction for kayaking or rowboating. No registration or experience is required. Minors must be accompanied by an adult. See their Boating FAQ for complete details.

Kids Can Cook! with Keisha Prosser

Fishtown Community Library 1217 E Montgomery Avenue, Philadelphia, PA, United States

Kids and Teens are invited to join at the Fishtown Library one Monday each month at 4:00pm (7/15 & 8/12) to help prepare and enjoy a meal! All classes are supervised by ServSafe certified chef Keisha Prosser, aka the Mobile Cooking Teacher. This program is […]

Event Series Kids’ Nature Club

Kids’ Nature Club

Oak Lane Library 6614 North 12th Street, Philadelphia, PA, United States

Stop and smell the flowers! Learn about plants, bugs, birds, weather, and more with fun activities.  If it's below 85 degrees, they will meet outside on the front lawn; if not, they will be inside.   Best for children entering grades K-5 on Tuesdays, through […]

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