A few days ago, we highlighted all the FREE programming over at Sister Cities Park — today, we’re going across town to check out all the great FREE stuff to do on the Delaware Waterfront. (Okay, and also some very cheap stuff.) Because there are a ton of options, and hanging out on the water is definitely a Philly summer bucket-list outing.
Fishing with Friends (Second Sundays, June 10th, July 8th, August 12th, September 9, from 3 to 6 p.m. You — and your crew (all ages are welcome!) can cast a line at PIer 68 and see what’s biting. The fishing is run in conjunction with the Mid Atlantic Youth Anglers, who will provide free fishing rod combos and live bait (as well as some free pointers for newbies and experienced fishermen and women).
Sundays with Pop-Up Play (Sundays, May 13th to September 30th, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.) Every Sunday at Spruce Street Harbor Park, there’s some kid-friendly activity happening — games, music, movement, science experiments, and so forth, all designed around a theme like building or water science or civic engagement. Just another way to change playtime up, you know?
Spruce Street Harbor Park (Open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays and 1 p.m. to 1 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays, through the end of September.) Speaking of Spruce Street Harbor Park — entry is, of course, free, and there’s a million ways to while away a couple hours at this shaded, magical perma-pop-up. (Chess! Hammocks! Fountains! Bocce! Boat-watching!) You will need to bring a couple bucks if you want to grab a snack from one of the many, many food options … or bring a picnic, which we’ve done many times. Part of the park contains Summerfest, which is essentially like a mini carnival. It’s fun to walk through, certainly — though if you bring the kids, you’ll also want to bring a few bucks, as most of the attractions for Summerfest cost a little cash. (Rollerskating on the RiverRink, for example, is $3 admission and $10 for skate rental; there’s also a carousel and Ferris Wheel for $4 a pop; there’s also mini-golf for $5 a person; and arcade games for … well … quarters. You get the idea.)
Storytime in the Lodge (Saturdays, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.) Each week, kids can sit down for a snacks and a story in the open-air lodge right off the RiverRink.
Screenings Under the Stars (Thursdays, July 5 to August 30, 8:30 to 11: 30 p.m.) If you’re willing to keep everyone up a smidge later than usual, there are FREE movies (movies like Star Wars: The Last Jedi; A Wrinkle in Time; Coco; Despicable Me 3) at the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing on Thursdays in July and August. Go on … it’s summertime! Who needs a reasonable bedtime?
Peddle-boating on Penn’s Landing (Hours vary from now through September 30). Okay, so it’s not free, but it’s $8 a person ($5, if you’re a member of the Independence Seaport Museum!), and you can do kayaks, rowboats or peddle boats.
Citizen Science Lab (Saturdays and Sundays through TK, 11 a.m., 1 and 3:30 p.m.) Kids get to experience some hands-on science demos at the Independence Seaport Museum. The science is focused on the Delaware River’s biology, ecology and chemistry, and also incorporates some language arts, history and basic engineering. Again, good for a change of pace!
Meantime … if y’all want to see a full list of events happening this summer (from music to yoga to movies), here’s the place to do it!
Photo Credit: Matt Stanley