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Philadelphia Family Shore & Summer Fun Guide

Make the most of your Summer in Philly and along the Jersey Shore!

Welcome to the Philadelphia Family Summer Fun Guide, your ultimate companion for creating unforgettable memories all summer long! Embrace the spirit of summer as we navigate through the family-friendly destinations, exciting activities, and hidden gems in Philadelphia and Down the Shore too!


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Grab a blanket and catch a flick outside with your family!

The best destinations for summer family fun

PHLASH is Philadelphia's visitor friendly public transportation loop with 19 stops so you can see all that the city has to offer!

Local day camps, sleepaway camps, and summer jobs offer something for every teen

Get healthy for school and schooled in health with PTM!

philadelphia chinese lantern festival

Immerse yourself in this breathtaking Chinese tradition from June 21 through August 14!

hot wheels arena show multicolor cars

Childhood toys come to life this summer when the Hot Wheels Monster Trucks come to Philly!

Thinking of taking the kids to this year's spectacle? Here's everything you need to know.

We love Philly in the summer! Bookmark our picks to enjoy everything this great city has to offer.

Summerfest at the RiverRink and more are open for all the warm weather fun!

Summer fun at the Waterfront is very different this year, but it’s open!

Say goodbye to summer and celebrate around town.

Free movies, games, and more. Plus a new fountain show at Franklin Square!

PLAY, MAKE, and HEAR! The Oval+ is back with new "blocks" of even more free family fun!

A New Jersey mom tells us all about her family's favorite amusement park, and why it deserves a place on your summer list!

Local artists, mixed media, and social justice set apart this summer's family programming at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

From free museum days to block parties, it’s a week of free Independence Day celebrations for the whole family!

Go play outside! These hotspots are perfect for outdoor family fun.

Celebrate Dad (or you!) around town with special events and more around Philly.

This fabulous outdoor kids’ music series returns to Smith for its sixth year!

Why sit in Shore traffic when you can have a great time in the city?

Adult beverages and family-friendly celebrations! What’s not to love?

Summer reading with challenges, prizes, and great activities for kids throughout Philly!

Weekly “Parkway Pals” activities, outdoor concerts, and more await in this city oasis.

From patriotic pomp to a "kindie" series, here's where to hear music outside this summer.

Grab a blanket and catch a flick outside with your family!

From history to fireworks, there are so many ways to celebrate Memorial Day weekend in Philly.

Summerfest at the RiverRink, Spruce Street Harbor Park, and more are open for all the warm weather fun!

This family friendly traveling pop-up is starting its longest and most expansive season yet.

This summer, the Oval+ promises “More PARK, More PLAY.”

Explore cityscapes and create art in a mini metropolis all summer at the Philadelphia Museum of Art!

Come out and play! Philly's old Reading Viaduct has transformed into a vibrant new park!

This fabulous outdoor kids’ music series returns to Smith for its fifth year!

Grab a blanket and catch a flick outside with your family!

Weekly “Parkway Pals” activities, outdoor concerts, and more await in this city oasis.

This temporary Philly art exhibit is red, white, blue, and highly Instagram-worthy.

Summerfest at the RiverRink, Spruce Street Harbor Park, and more are open for all the warm weather fun!

Zip through the trees at this new aerial adventure course.

From the nostalgic to the cutting edge, there’s something for all levels of gamers at this massive interactive exhibit.

Need a splash, but don't want to swim? Hit one of these cooling spots around the city -- no bathing suit required.

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Appel Farm Arts Camp | Best Overnight Camp – 2023 LOVE Awards

    Appel Farm Arts Camp is a gender-affirming overnight summer arts camp for kids ages 8…

    Camp Half-Blood

      At Camp Half-Blood heroes are made every week. Under the keen guidance of their caring…

      CEO Summer Camp Powered by Phield House

        CEO augments education by extending core curricular skills into integrated, sporting and learning environments.

        Coyote Tracks Youth Programs

          4E offers programs that introduce Earth Skills, which are a blend of the ancient arts…

          ESF Camps & Experiences

            ESF Summer Camps & Experiences is where campers are free to explore their curiosity and…

            Friends’ Central Summer Programs

              Friends’ Central’s Summer Programs offers a range of rich and varied summer opportunities, filled with endless…

              Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania

                Camp registration is now open - from STEM to cooking, to fairy tales and crafts,…

                Independent Lake Camp

                  Independent Lake Camp is a premier overnight summer camp located in the beautiful Pocono mountains…

                  Kith + Kin | Family Favorite Playspace – 2023 LOVE Awards

                    Kith + Kin is a play and gathering space for kids and their grown-ups in…

                    Liberty Lake Day Camp | Family Favorite Day Camp – 2023 LOVE Awards

                      Liberty Lake Day Camp, a South Jersey Camp established in Summer 2002, is a transformative…

                      Mister John’s Music

                        Mister John’s Music, a boutique music school in Philadelphia, serves hundreds of families every week…

                        Music Theatre Philly | Best Specialty Camp & Family Favorite Performing Arts Program – 2023 LOVE Awards

                          Music Theatre Philly is a vibrant professional training ground for young artists in theatre and…

                          PAFA Youth and Family Programs – Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

                            PAFA Youth and Family programs offer a variety of opportunities for young artists and their families…

                            Pinewood Camps

                              Pinemere Camp is a Jewish overnight camp located in the Poconos Mountains, offering 3/4/7 week…

                              Riverbend Environmental Education Center

                                Riverbend Environmental Education Center teaches environmental principles to children in Southeastern Pennsylvania through a direct…

                                Spanish Workshop for Children | Best Language Program – 2023 LOVE Awards

                                  Spanish Workshop for Children is a Spanish immersion program for children (15 months and up).

                                  Summer Camp at St. Peter’s School

                                    St. Peter’s School is preparing for another great year of Summer REACH Camp for children…

                                    Summer Enrichment at AIM Academy

                                      Summer Enrichment Program at AIM

                                      Tall Pines Day Camp

                                        Tall Pines Day Camp has been serving South Jersey and Philadelphia for 28 years.

                                        The Baldwin School

                                          Summer at Baldwin is a fun and engaging series of week-long themed day camps for…

                                          The Candy Lab

                                            The Candy Lab is a unique workshop where kids make edible art through classes, camps…

                                            The Philadelphia Dance Academy | Best Dance Studio – 2023 LOVE Awards

                                              The Philadelphia Dance Academy offers the following programs: Early Childhood, Primary, Pre-Professional Ballet, Theater, Contemporary,…

                                              Valley Forge Educational Services

                                                Located on a scenic, 28-acre campus in Malvern, PA , Valley Forge Educational Services (VFES)…

                                                Wolf Performing Arts Center

                                                  Experience the magic of theatre, year-round, at Wolf Performing Arts Center!

                                                  Woodward PA Camp

                                                    For those who live action sports, a week at Woodward is beyond anything they’ve ever imagined.

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