Summer is here, and for the kids, it’s the best time of the year – no school! Parents, on the other hand, can no longer send their children off to school and they need to find other ways to keep them busy, without breaking the bank.
For some parents, this isn’t a problem. But for a lot of parents, it only takes a few days for them to be totally fed up with their kid’s vacation.
A new study examining 2,000 parents found that after about 13 days, parents want summer to end.
The pressure to keep the little ones entertained for about two months can take its toll on a parent and the study shows that they are over it after about two weeks.
See some free events below to take your kids to this summer in Philly!
1. Schuylkill Saturdays – Philadelphia
Formerly Saturdays @ SCEE, this event engages families in nature exploration. Visitors gather in the Discovery Center and have the chance to listen to stories. Then, get ready to explore the walking trails led by a naturalist guide.
2. Lighthouse Storytime – Cape May
A trip to Cape May doesn’t seem complete without a visit to Cape May Point State Park and the 1859 lighthouse at the rocky edge of the park. Each Saturday through September 1, stop by the park’s Education Center to hear nautical tales and lighthouse adventure stories.
3. Fractured Fables Puppet Show – Easton
Yippee Skippy Puppet Theater presents Fractured Fables, an improvisational puppet extravaganza with live music. Audience members draw familiar stories and songs from the hat for the puppets to perform. Somehow, the puppets don’t get the story quite right, and the results are hilarious! These sessions are geared for the enjoyment of children from infants to primary graders; however, all ages are welcome.
4. Fun Fridays – Philadelphia
These sessions at Smith provides children the opportunity to explore the world around us in engaging ways. Kids can expect different themes each week such as Recycled Material City and Fort Day.
5. Free Crafts for Kids at Lakeshore – King of Prussia
Come make some crafts at Lakeshore in King of Prussia. From 11 AM to 3 PM, children can drop by and create something spectacular each week. Themes vary by week, such as under the sea animals, boats, and sandcastles, and no registration is needed.
6. Once Upon a Nation Storytelling Benches – Philadelphia
Guests visiting Historic Philadelphia can pause to hear the fascinating tales from our nation’s past at ten charming benches scattered throughout the area. This free program is perfect for elementary school children learning about the history of our country. Benches are located at various locations throughout the city.
7. Summer Festival Concerts at Rose Tree Park – Upper Providence
Bring a blankets and some chairs to enjoy a spectacular line up of performances this summer. Live music from a variety of genres is played for free Wednesday through Sunday evenings in Rose Tree Park. There are some children’s only shows in the mornings on select dates as well.
8. Sundays with Pop-Up Play – Philadelphia
Head to Spruce Street Harbor Park to participate in a variety of free kids’ activities with Pop-Up Play. Themes vary by week and include engaging interactive experiences through art, music, science, and movement.
9. Norristown Free Outdoor Concert Series – Norristown
Head to the Elmwood Park Bandshell to enjoy a free summer concert on select dates now through September. All of the concerts begin at 7 PM unless otherwise noted and are held Thursday through Sunday.
10. Citizen Science Lab – Philadelphia
Independence Seaport Museum welcomes children to participate in this Citizen Science Lab held every weekend. Kids can expect hands-on, interactive programming centered around water with a specific focus on the Delaware River, ranging from the river’s biology, chemistry, and ecology and are held Saturdays and Sundays at 11 AM, 1 PM and 3:30 PM.
11. Jazz in the Park – Philadelphia
As part of VISIT PHILADELPHIA’s Summer Sounds in the Historic District program, these once-a-month jazz concerts provide a great way to relax during the summer on a Sunday afternoon at Spruce Street Harbor Park.
12. Storytime in the Square – Philadelphia
Head to the Franklin Square Pavillon to listen to stories read by Librarian Margaret Bernardi of the Independence Branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia.
13. Music Monkey Jungle: Reading Terminal Market – Philadelphia
Sponsored by Reading Terminal Market, this music time with Music Monkey Jungle is free and open to the public. All ages, shapes, sizes, and abilities are welcome to participate and no registration is needed.
14. Kids’ MusicRound of Yardley – Langhorne
Celebrate with Kids’ MusicRound of Yardley in Sears Court on the Lower Level. Each week, kids under 5 learn some new tunes, show off their dance moves, and have plenty of fun in this special sing- and play-along event.
15. White’s Road Park Concert Series – Lansdale
Through August, concert-goers can bring a blanket or lawn chair and listen to a live concert at White’s Road Park. These free concerts are held on Tuesday evenings and begin at 7 PM unless otherwise noted.
16. Creative Play Time at Smith – Philadelphia
On select days of the week, kids have the opportunity to enjoy messy play, arts and crafts, and more at Smith Playground and Playplace.