What's Open For Kids and Families in the Philadelphia Area



Here is a list of places that are open in and near Delaware County that you can enjoy responsibly with restrictions. As things are slowly reopening, we’ll update you on the things you can do outside the house. Please visit the website of the place you would like to visit before leaving home.  Visitor capacity is often limited, and most locations require you to purchase tickets in advance.   The list below is just suggestions, please use your own discretion to decide what is best for your family during these unusual times.

Parks


Newlin Grist Mill
- trails open


Franklin Square Park - reopening July 6th


Zoos

Brandywine Zoo - reservations required

Elmwood Park Zoo - reservation required

Philadelphia Zoo - open July 9th


Railroads

Strasburg Railroad - reservations required

West Chester Railroad - reservations required

Pick Your Own

Linvilla Orchards - some activities require reservations

Highland Orchards  - reservations required 

Gardens

Longwood Gardens reopening June 26th

Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens -  reservations required

Tyler Arboretum reopening July 3rd

Chanticleer Gardens - reservations required


Museums/Tours

Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation reservations required

Brandywine River Museum reopening July 1st


Franklin Institute - reservations required

Battleship New Jerseyreservations required

Independence Seaport Museum- reservations required



Penn Museum - opening July 28



*photo courtesy of the Philadelphia Zoo


Fun Things to Do With Kids In Delaware County is not responsible for and can not be held liable for any of the events or activities posted on this blog. Events and activities are posted for informational purposes only. We do not guarantee the accuracy of the times, dates or locations of activities and events. We also do not guarantee that you and your kids will have fun, but we hope you will.





1st Start Birthdays




Have a birthday coming up? Want to add some fun to your car drivebys??

Let us come invade your child's birthday party or special event! Have a character show up to your house and give your birthday boy/girl a fun goody bag followed by a photo shoot! (Social distancing rules apply)

If interested in having 1st Start be a part of your birthday party, please e-mail Coach John at coachjohn@1ststartlacrosse.com


Happy Easter

Virtual Storytimes



With kids at home and parents looking for fun educational activities, many of our favorite authors are offering online read aloud and activities on social media. Listed below are some of our favorites. 


See your favorite Delaware County Librarians read some of your favorite stories



Roda Ahmed- on Instagram Live


Diane Alber -on Facebook 10am PST


Mac Barnett- Instagram Live. 12pm PST



Julia Cook- Facebook Live 9AM CST


James Dean on Instagram Live  at 12 PM EDT



Monique Gray Smith - Instagram


Dan Gutman- Reads from “Miss Blake is a Flake” each day at 2:00 PM EDT


Tara Lazar- Instagram Live 12 PM EDT



Peter Reynolds- Facebook 12PM EDT


#Savewithstories - Virtual storytimes with some of your favorite stars on Instagram


Virtual Field Trips




Just because you are stuck in the house it doesn't mean you can't take a field trip.  Check out some of these fun places the kids can visit from home.



Art


Google Arts and Culture teamed up with over 500 museums and galleries around the world to bring everyone virtual tours and online exhibits of some of the most famous museums around the world.


Animals



Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden will have a Facebook live event every day at 3pm



Space





National Parks





Online Learning Resources for Kids





With schools being closed due to the Coronavirus, many parents are trying to fill in the gaps in their child's learning.  Fun Things compiled a list of sites that are offering free tools to help keep the kids learning.  Please feel free to share sites that your kids love.















5 Ideas Do With the Kids This Week in Delaware County March 9th-13th


Lots of fun things to do this week, so grab your kids and check out our Top 5 Events and our calendar for some family fun.



Monday
March 9th

Free build your own Ice Cream Sundaes + crafts at Chili's Grill and Bar (Brookhaven)


Tuesday
March 10th

Make and Take Tuesday at Wolf's Apple House


Wednesday
March 11th


After School: St. Patrick's Day Craft at Media-Upper Providence Free

Thursday
March 12th

Free Play Day at Middletown Free Library

Friday

March 13th

Indoor Mini Golf at Livnilla Orchards


For more ideas take a look at our calendar: https://www.kidsdelco.com 



Photograph courtesy of  Wolf's Apple House

Fun Things To Do With Kids in Delaware County Top 10 Weekend Events for March 6th, 7th and 8th

Our top 10 picks for this weekend March 6th, 7th and 8th




Friday 

1. 
Family Stories and Puppet Show: "The Dog Who Forgot"at Media-Upper Providence Free Library


2. Indoor Mini Golf at Livnilla Orchards



Saturday

3.
 Wolff's Apple House and Waffles4Tourette host Waffles and Wildflowers

4. Make Binoculars at Home Depot Kids Workshop

5.  
 Garnet Valley Performing Arts Theater presents Seussical the Musical

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6.  Tyler Arboretum presents: The Enormous Potato  Swarthmore Public Library

7. Storytime and Activities Featuring How to Catch a Dinosaur and How to Catch a Unicorn Storytime at Barnes and Noble


8. Footloose, the Musical! presented by Upper Darby High School (
Friday, Saturday and Sunday)



Sunday  


9. Makin' Music Rockin' Rhythms Concert at 118 North

10. Free Events for Kids make Craft Stick Bee at Michaels



* Check out our calendar for more ideas  

2020 Philadelphia Area St. Patrick's Day Parades

5 Ideas Do With the Kids This Week in Delaware County March 2nd -6th



Lots to do this week. From mini-golf to special storytimes, there's no shortage of fun in our area. So grab your kids, check out our Top 5 Events and our calendar of family fun!



Monday
March 2nd


Indoor Mini Golf at Livnilla Orchards


Tuesday
March 3rd

Holy Child Academy hosts a Frozen Pajama Storytime



Wednesday
March 4th



Thursday
March 5th

Children's Read-Aloud: Duck for President by Doreen Cronin at Brandywine River Museum of Art

Friday

March 6th

Family Stories and Puppet Show: "The Dog Who Forgot" at Media-Upper Providence Library


For more ideas take a look at our calendar: https://www.kidsdelco.com 



Photograph courtesy of  Brandywine River Museum of Art

Fun Things To Do With Kids in Delaware County Top 10 Weekend Events for February 29th, March 1st, and 2nd

Our top 10 picks for this weekend February 29th, March 1st, and 2nd




Friday 

1. Stay and Play at Radnor Memorial Library


2. Indoor Mini Golf at Livnilla Orchards


Saturday

3
Leap into Leap Year! Stories and a Craft Media-Upper Providence Library

4.  Pancake Breakfast and Maple Sugaring Celebration at Tyler Arboretum

5.  Make a craft during Kids Club at Michaels


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6.  Leap Day Party at Haverford Township Free Library

7. Storytime and Activities celebrating Dr. Seuss at Barnes and Noble



Sunday  


8. Reserve your spot to celebrate Dr. Seuss's birthday at Uno Pizzeria Newtown Square


9. Last day to catch The Princess and the Pea at the Media Theater

10. First Sundays for Families at Brandywine River Museum




* Check out our calendar for more ideas  

5 Ideas Do With the Kids This Week in Delaware County February 24th-28th



Looking for fun ways to spend time with the kids this week? You can't go wrong with our Top 5 picks! And be sure to check out our calendar for more great events happening in our area.

Monday

February 24th


Kidpower People Safety Skills at Haverford Township Free Library



Tuesday
February 25th



Winter Special: Storytime at Tyler Arboretum



Wednesday
February 26th


Dance me a story at Rachel Kohl Community Library 


Thursday
February 27th

Storytime with Mr. Jason at Wolff's Apple House

Friday

February 28th

Little Dragons Playgroup  at Holy Child Academy


For more ideas take a look at our calendar: https://www.kidsdelco.com 



Photograph courtesy of  Dance Me A Story