By Meg Favreau
From the expansive Fairmount park system to a panoply of historical attractions, from the Philadelphia Orchestra's community concerts to readings at the library, Philadelphia is filled with no-cost fun for kids. The following list of free things to do with kids in Philadelphia includes dozens of ways to keep the kids in your life – and you – active, educated and (most importantly) entertained.
“Free” is in the Philadelphia library system's name, and it has all sorts of great offerings for kids, including author events, science classes, homework help, reading contests and more.
The U.S. Mint offers self-guided, family friendly tours every weekday between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
Several groups and venues across Philadelphia offer free concerts, especially in the summer. A few to check out include neighborhood concerts from the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Free at the Kimmel series and the free summertime concerts at Penn's Landing.
Explore the city by foot, learning as you go.
Philadelphia's city-run recreation centers offer several free and inexpensive children's activities, including athletics, art classes and after-school programs.
According to the refuge's website, it's "the largest remaining freshwater tidal wetland" in Pennsyvania. Entrance is free to all, and opportunities are available for hiking, biking, canoeing, fishing, animal watching and environmental education.