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!

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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. 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.
Family Fun: Hidden History Clue Cards
Dates: Ongoing
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.

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

143 S. 3rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106


(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 5pm. 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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