Park Fun

A park ranger handing a Jr. Ranger certificate to a group of kids.

There are two ways to win your Jr. Ranger certificate and badge. See below for details and information on more park fun.

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Play, Explore, Look and Learn...all at Independence National Historical Park. There is something to engage, entertain and challenge every family.


Family Fun: Character Matters Family Guide

Date: Ongoing
Times: Museum hours (see Operating Hours and Seasons)
Location: Benjamin Franklin Museum, enter Franklin Court from Market or Chestnut Streets
Cost: Included with museum admission

Families will find an able guide to the Benjamin Franklin Museum in Skuggs the Squirrel. Franklin delighted in pet squirrels, or skuggs as they were known in his day. Skuggs will provide clues for families exploring the museum on the path of curiosity, the path of a hard worker, or the path of a team player. Make sure you bring your camera for this family adventure.

For Kids: Junior Ranger Induction Ceremony

Dates: Daily
Time: 4:00pm
Location: Independence Visitor Center, Ranger Desk, corner of 6th and Market Streets
Cost: FREE

After completing the five interactive games on the Jr Ranger app for iPad or iPhone, or the Junior Ranger Booklet, children can meet a park ranger at the information desk at the Visitor Center to receive their official badge and be "sworn in" as National Park Service junior rangers.
Family Fun: National Park Fun Zones

Dates: Ongoing
Times: Throughout the day
Location: Independence Visitor Center, 6th and Market Streets
Cost: FREE

Try on costumes and ranger uniforms, test your skills with puzzles, and vote for your favorite national parks. Take photos and make some family memories in the Fun Zone.

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