The school year will be ending soon, and kids will be looking for something to do. Whether your child is in high school or preschool, here’s a guide to some children’s summer programming in the greater Philadelphia area.
The John Heinz Wildlife Refuge offers free programs for the whole family, including butterfly and bird walks, a family fishing program, and storytimes with themes such as “Wondrous Weather” and “Fabulous Flowers.”
Linvilla Orchards, 137 W. Knowlton Road, Media, offers free recurring programs such as Tuesday storytime and craft sessions for young children, or special events such as a Strawberry Festival and Raspberry Festival in June. Monthly “Gardening with Children” programs, also free, tackle topics such as seeds and bees for parents and kids ages 5 and up. There are also some workshops for a fee, which are geared towards adults but may interest a teen with a green thumb.
John J. Tyler Arboretum, 515 Painter Road, Media, promotes interactive learning about the natural world, with children’s art and nature programs for ages 18 months and up. Most programs require a small fee, with a discount for members.
The Laurel Hill Cemetery, 3822 Ridge Avenue, Philadelphia, takes educational outreach seriously, offering a variety of programs on special historical topics, such as “The Streets of Philadelphia: Philly Streets Followed by Philly Treats.” There are also concerts and movie nights, many of which would be appropriate for junior high and high school students. There is a student price for most of the programs.
Rose Tree Park, Route 252 and Rose Tree Road, Media, a grassy park that houses three historic buildings, holds an annual Summer Festival, featuring free concerts in the Ampitheater. The music ranges from folk to blues to rock, with a few children’s acts scheduled, too.
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