Summer Guide: School's Out

Just because the kids are out of school doesn’t mean they can’t learn something. The city is brimming with stimulating—and sustainable—programs for kids of all ages.

Franklin Institute Discovery Camp
Sessions run throughout the summer and are organized around exciting science-related themes, including Curiosity Quest, Dirty Science and Wild Things. Age groups are organized by grade (K-1, 2-3, 4-5 and 6-8). Visit for rates and dates.

Schuylkill Center’s Nature Ramblers Camps

The Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education in Roxborough offers programs for all ages, covering topics as diverse as dinosaurs, nature crafts and pond-dwelling aquatic life. This year, the Center is offering a brand new option: Down on the Farm, hosted on Urban Girls Produce’s fruitful few acres (see p. 28 for more on Urban Girls). There are also programs for older kids, including Teen Adventure Treks. Visit for details.

UPenn Morris Arboretum
This Northwest Philadelphia institution hosts ongoing activities throughout the summer, including Circus Week (June 26-July 5), tours, the Garden Discovery Series and “Beeches, Butterflies & Bugs" summer evenings. Visit for information.

Philadelphia Zoo
The Zoo offers a range of programs giving kids of every age—from preschool to high school (the Junior Zoo Apprentice program)—the chance to interact with over 1,300 species from all over the planet. Limited scholarships are available. Visit for information.

Please Touch Museum
The Please Touch Museum is every child’s best friend—all their programs enable participants to get hands-on. Exhibits explore a variety of areas including urban planning, river adventures and flying machines. Visit for more information

The Yoga Garden
Staying active in the summertime is especially important for kids, and the Yoga Garden knows just how to engage them. This summer, the Narbeth studio will offer yoga and kung fu classes for kids and families. Through these physical art forms from India and China, participants will learn about Eastern culture, language and philosophy. Visit for details.