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Philly Free Streets Returns this Saturday with Car-Free Fun on North Broad

Shut it down on North Broad Street, and come out for a morning of kids’ programming, art, frolicking, and more!

For five glorious hours this Saturday, August 3 (8 am—1 pm), Broad Street will be closed to all vehicular traffic from City Hall to Erie Avenue for Philly Free Streets. In place of cars, people are encouraged to come out to bike, walk, and play all morning. To add to the excitement, many cultural institutions and other organizations are getting in on the fun, and setting up activities along the route. From free museum admission to a 1500-square-foot beach, it’s going to be quite a morning! Here are our top family-friendly activities and intersections you’ll want to be sure to hit up with your kids.

Mural Arts Philadelphia

At various spots along North Broad Street, Mural Arts Philadelphia will host community art activities, educational meet-and-greets with Mural Arts docents to learn about particular murals along the route, and more. At various spots throughout North Broad, you can help paint a median. And definitely be sure to stop by Fairmount Avenue for family-friendly make-and-take art activities.

Scavenger Hunt: Railroad Ticket to Black History on North Broad Street

North Broad Street has a rich history of African American history, from civil rights to jazz. Pick up a “railroad ticket” at six stops along the route and learn more about North Broad’s history. Coming from the direction of City Hall, the first stop on the “railroad” is Callowhill.

PAFA (118-128 N. Broad St.)

The museum is offering pay-what-you-wish-admission!

Callowhill Street

Come for a special storytime with Chase Books, which feature African-American characters and teach valuable life lessons. There will be multiple readings of stories throughout the day, along with coloring activities. There will also be a book giveaway.

Poplar Street

The City’s Office of Sustainability will offer games and activities to learn how hot your neighborhood is, and what you can do to help your neighborhood beat the heat.

The Beach on North Broad (1415 N. Broad Street)

A 1500-square-foot beach will pop up on North Broad Street at Master Street, complete with 50 tons of sand, hammocks, games, activities, and more. It all kicks off at 8 am, and the Phillie Phanatic will visit from 11 am until noon!

Temple University (Montgomery Avenue)

Temple will offer programming focused on health and fitness, art, music, and the community. Come at 10 am and noon for family line dancing.

Clearfield Street

Join GirlTrek for jump ropes, hula hoops, giveaways, and more for all ages.

Shriners Hospital, 3551 N. Broad Street

Stop by and learn more about Shriners specialized orthopedic care, play some yard games, and refuel with a snack.



Photograph courtesy of Visit Philadelphia.

Contributing Writer