Park Fun

Color photo showing people of all ages running with wooden muskets while a man in colonial military uniform encourages them on.
Kids can participate in musket drills, look for squirrels, become a Junior Ranger, and more!

Historic Philadelphia, Inc.

 

Play, Explore, Look and Learn...all at Independence National Historical Park. There is something to engage, entertain and challenge every family. In addition to the activities below, the park offers a Junior Ranger program (paper and digital) and the opportunity to collect park trading cards.

 

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: Ongoing
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.
 
Living History: Colonial Stations

Dates:
See below
Time: 11:00am - 1:00pm
Location: Locations vary by day of the week
Cost: FREE

Meet the Founding Mothers and Fathers, participate in colonial games, and see demonstrations of 18th century crafts. This program is presented in cooperation with Historic Philadelphia, Inc. See the Calendar of Events for more information.

Schedule:
May 29-30
June 3 and June 10
June 14 - August 12, Tuesday through Friday
August 19, August 26, and September 2
September 4-5
 
Storytelling: Once Upon a Nation

Dates: See below
Time: 11:00am - 4:00pm
Location: Benches located throughout the park
Cost: FREE

Visit all 13 storytelling benches for tales of untold heroes and lesser known stories that will captivate you. This program is presented in cooperation with Historic Philadelphia, Inc. See our Calendar of Events for more information.

Schedule:
May 28 - 30, daily
June 3 - June 11, Friday and Saturday
June 14 - August 13 (and July 3-4), Tuesday - Saturday
August 19 - September 3, Friday and Saturday
September 4 - 5, daily
 

Living History: Reading of the Declaration

Dates: See below
Time: 3:45pm - 4:00pm
Location: Barry Statue on Independence Square
Cost: FREE

Hear the stirring words of the Declaration of Independence read aloud by the Once Upon a Nation History Makers. This program is presented in cooperation with Historic Philadelphia, Inc. See our Calendar of Events for more information.

Schedule:
May 28 - 30, daily
June 3 - June 11, Friday and Saturday
June 14 - August 13, Tuesday - Saturday
August 19 - September 3, Friday and Saturday
September 4 - 5, daily

 
For Kids: Colonial Kids' Quest Puppet Show

Dates: May 28 through July 23, 2016, Saturdays only
Times: 11:30am - 12noon, and 1:00pm - 1:30pm
Location: Behind Carpenters' Hall, Chestnut Street between 3rd and 4th Streets
Cost: FREE

Enjoy this fun adventure where kids of all ages will help animal puppets search for a missing copy of the Declaration of Independence. This program is presented in cooperation with Historic Philadelphia, Inc. See our Calendar of Events for more information.
 
Family Fun: Hidden History Clue Cards

Dates: May 28 through September 5, 2016
Times: Museum hours (see Operating Hours & Seasons)
Location: Second Bank Portrait Gallery, Chestnut Street between 4th and 5th Streets
Cost: FREE

Ask a ranger for a clue card to help your family find the history hidden in plain view in the paintings. You may be surprised at what you discover when you explore the
Portrait Gallery in the Second Bank of the United States.
 
For Kids: Military Muster

Dates: See below
Times: 2:00pm - 2:30pm, and 3:00pm - 3:30pm
Location: Signers Garden, corner of 5th and Chestnut Streets
Cost: FREE

The marching drum is a sure sign: the Continental Army is looking for a few good kids for drills in the art of marching and musket etiquette. This program is presented in cooperation with Historic Philadelphia, Inc. See our
Calendar of Events for more information.

Schedule:
May 28 - 30, daily
June 3 - June 11, Friday and Saturday
June 14 - August 13, Tuesday - Saturday
August 19 - September 3, Friday and Saturday
September 4 - 5, daily
 
Family Fun: National Park Fun Zone

Dates: June 25 through September 5, 2016, no program on 7/3 and 7/4
Times: 10:00am - 2:00pm
Location: Inside the Liberty Bell Center, 6th Street just south of Market Street
Cost: FREE

Learn about the Liberty Bell - and other national park icons - in the Fun Zone. Try on costumes and ranger uniforms and play games. Take photos and make some family memories in the Fun Zone. See our Calendar of Events for more information.
 

For Kids: Barnacles and Bullets

Dates: June 25 through September 5, 2016
Times: 1:00pm - 1:15pm and 4:00pm - 4:15pm
Location: New Hall Military Museum, Chestnut Street between 3rd and 4th Streets
Cost: FREE

George Washington wants you! Come learn about life as a soldier. Have some fun trying on kid-sized military uniforms and colonial dress. See our Calendar of Events for more information.

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

143 S. 3rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106

Phone:

(215) 965-2305
Use this number to talk to a park ranger at the visitor center desk for park information. Park rangers are available for calls daily from 8:30am to 7pm from Memorial Day to Labor Day. During heavy visitation, park rangers are assisting other visitors and may not be able to answer the phone right away. For information about lodging and restaurants, contact the city concierge staff at 800-537-7676.

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