Many after school programs and summer camps listed by neighborhood – Main number 215-683-3600, After School Programs 215-683-3676 – www.phila.gov/recreation –
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Goal is to increase supervised after school recreation activities for the city’s kids- Call 215-545-2727 for a list of activities in your neighborhood or check their website for the online after school program directory broken down by zip code- 1520 Locust St. Suite 1104.
AMAZING site to help families find programs for children of all ages during the summer from elementary school-aged programs through high school. Find camps, summer jobs, summer reading lists, pools, summer learning programs, free activities, and free meals over the summer. Visit website below NOW and have a safe and happy summer. www.phila.gov/youthprograms
Various after school programs and positive activities through mural making for youth ages 9-19 years old- 1729 Mount Vernon Street-call 215-685-0750 for details
The Boys&Girls Clubs of Philadelphia’s programs and services promote and enhance the development of boys and girls by instilling a sense of competence, usefulness, belonging and influence. The Club is a safe place to learn and grow – all while having fun. It is truly The Positive Place For Kids. 1518 Walnut Street, Suite 605. Call 215-735-8818.
The mission of PAL is to offer young people a viable and constructive alternative to the ‘street life’. They serve over 28,000 children in Phila. with programs ranging from a summer baseball program, chess, golf, soccer, wrestling and a Positive Image program for girls 11-17 year old, which helps, build self esteem- 215-291-9000
Many children and adult programs including: after school programs; summer camps; child care; literacy; weight management; and tutoring. FREE membership to all 7th graders!! Locations-
North Phila-1400 N. Broad 215-235-6440; South Phila- 1724 Christian St.- 215-735-5800; West Phila- 5120 Chestnut St.- 215-476-2700; NE Phila- 11088 Knights Rd- 215-632-0100; and Roxborough- 7201 Ridge Ave- 215-482-3900.
Work to Ride provides disadvantaged urban youth with constructive activities centered around horsemanship, equine sports, and education. Located in Fairmount Park, the setting provides a unique opportunity to bring 7-to 19-year-old youth in contact with animals and nature. 98 Chamounix Drive, 215-877-4419.
The Ed Snider Youth Hockey Foundation’s mission is to have a profoundly positive impact on the lives of underserved children in the Greater Philadelphia Region by providing a program that incorporates both on-ice and off-ice activities. The program is provided, at no cost, to both boys and girls. The Foundation provides the equipment, ice time and experienced coaching. 3601 S. Broad St. Call 215-952-5271.
Starfinder’s mission is to create inspirational learning environments where children starting at 6-12 years old, are encouraged through soccer to develop strong moral character, strive for academic excellence and live with a positive attitude, regardless of their socio-economic status. Starfinder has affordable summer camps and after school programs, as well as several youth development programs- 4015 Main Street- Call 215-764-5410 for more info.
Village of Champions empowers youth in West Philly through sports. Its Soccer Club provides lessons, summer camp, clinics, and league participation for boys & girls ages 5-11. Our players learn to be champions on and off of the field through focused training, fun & games, healthy competition, and character building. Join us now – April 30th, 2017 for FREE SOCCER LESSONS after school. June 26th – August 2nd we will have SUMMER SOCCER CAMP. We’re located just 5 minutes from 69th St. Station. Register online at www.villageofchampions.org or contact Sauni, Program Director (814) 880-5401
Combines the sport of Squash with Academic Tutoring and Mentoring of under-served, urban youth in order to develop self-esteem and discipline through academic, athletic and personal achievement. Students in Grades 5-12 attending any Philadelphia Public school are eligible to join SquashSmarts. 215-221-6860
Founded in 1952 their mission is to prepare young people, especially those from under-resourced families and communities, for success as individuals and as active, responsible citizens through innovative tennis, education, life skills, and leadership development programming.. Main office is 4842 Ridge Ave. Call 215-487-3477 or check their website for listing of programs. http://www.legacyyte.org/
Neighborhood Bike Works (NBW) provides educational, recreational, and career-building opportunities for youth through bicycling; it also promotes cycling as a healthy, affordable, and environmentally friendly form of transportation. NBW’s free or low-cost youth programs include Summer Cycling Day Camp and after-school programs like Earn-A-Bike and Ride Club. NBW’s address is 3939 Lancaster Ave.; call 215-386-0316 for more info.
Their services target youth ages 14-21 from the Kensington, Port Richmond and Frankford sections of north Philadelphia. Philadelphia Wooden Boat Factory engages youth in year-round apprenticeships in boat building, sail making and competitive sailing. Call (267) 343-4401 or go to woodenboatfactory.org
Fleisher Art Memorial’s Teen Lounge is a FREE, drop-in afterschool program for students ages 13-19 focused on the visual arts. With guidance from Fleisher’s Teen Lounge Monitor, teens develop their own creative program by choosing teaching artists with whom they wish to work.
Projects are often collaborative and rely on a strong group dynamic, allowing teens to explore media ranging from clay, painting, and silkscreen to stop motion animation and darkroom photography. Teen Lounge meets Monday through Wednesday, 4-6PM. Call 215-922-3456 or go to fleisher.org/community-programs/teen-lounge
Zhang Sah is a non-profit organization that provides character, cultural, physical and academic development through martial arts training into its After-School, Pre-Kindergarten, Teen Lounge, Winter, Spring, and Summer Camp Programs.
2 locations- 6110 Wissahickon ave; Phone – (215) 844-6200 or
530 Bainbridge St.(215) 923-6676
Women In Natural Sciences (WINS) is a free after-school and summer science enrichment program at the Academy of Natural Sciences. WINS provides young women with the information, encouragement, and confidence they need to shape their futures. Starts in 8th grade and students must have a B average. Go to ansp.org/education/programs/wins for info or call 215-299-1064.
A free, drop-in after school program that provides homework help, computer literacy, library skills, and presents cultural enrichment programs that assists children and teens Grades 1-12- 215-686-5372
The Kroc center has dozens of sports, arts, aquatic and education programs for children, teens, and adults. 4200 Wissahickon Avenue. Call 215.717.1200 for info or visit their website.
2 free games for kids, every day, all summer long late Spring to early Fall, at the following bowling alleys. Register below at particiapting lanes. www.kidsbowlfree.com
Erie Lanes 1310 East Erie Ave (North Philly)- 15 and under
South Bowl 19 East Oregon Avenue (South Philly)- 16 and under
Thunderbird Lanes 5830 Castor Ave (NE Philly)- 15 and under
Thunderbird Lanes 3075 Holme Ave (NE Philly)- 15 and under
Smith’s huge Playground and beautiful Playhouse in East Fairmount Park is open for FREE to children 10 and younger and their adult caregivers for unstructured physical and imaginative play, weekly story time, monthly arts and crafts sessions, and several special kids’ celebrations throughout the year. For more information, including visiting hours, directions, and how to schedule a group visit or birthday party, please contact Smith at 215-765-4325
Click here to have your high school student sign up for a FREE STAMP pass to museums/gardens/zoos in Philly.
The Village of Arts and Humanities (often called the Village) is a community arts organization located in North Central Philadelphia seeking to raise consciousness and spirits, and empower people of all ages through the arts.
Operates an after-school program for teens ages 13 to 19 offering video production, step, and hip hop dance, as well as homework help, academic enhancement, and tutoring. 2544 Germantown Ave. (215) 225-7830 x240
For young photographers, Teen Photo is a free after school program open to any Philadelphia public high school student. 8 months of support from top Philadelphia photographers. Runs from Sept to May. Register online at www.philaphotoarts.org/education/community-education/teen-photo or call for info 215-232-5678.
Youth programs at PhilyCAM offer an open creativity studio that provides access to media equipment and other tools that help Philly youth to explore various forms of film/video. Through participation in our programs youth will make and share media that challenges commercial norms while promoting creative expression, critical thinking skills, and community participation. We welcome students ages 14-21 to find out more email Ariel@phillycam.org call267.639.5481or go to phillycam.org
This is a comprehensive, community-based human service agency, that includes the following programs for teens: Boys and Girls Club; after-school programs; summer camps; and recreation programs West Philadelphia – 215-386-4075 North Philadelphia – 215-763-0900 South Philadelphia – 215-218-0800
Episcopal Community Services – After-school programs, other supports for families- Main Office – 225 South Third Street
– 215-351-1400. St. Barnabas Mission – 6006 West Girard Ave – 215-528-5400. Out of School Time – 238 E. Wyoming Ave – 215-456-3160
Overnight camp for children ages 8-14 who cannot otherwise afford this experience. Also day camp 7-14yo. For info call 215-542-7974. – www.collegesettlement.org
Run by the Salvation Army, this camp allows low income families to experience overnight camping in a beautiful setting for 7-12 years olds. You must contact your closest Salvation Army for information and an application or call # 215-787-2800 (ask for Youth Department for both winter and summer)
The mission of Girls’ Leadership Camp is to provide 8-16-year-old girls in the Philadelphia area with an affordable residential camp experience, and to provide year-round leadership development opportunities for teenage girls. Call (215) 951-0330 x2180 for info or visit website. – http://girlsleadershipcamp.org/
Summer Camp for grades 4-12th at several local colleges. Scholarships and needs based discounts available. Click here for details. www.phillyyouthbasketball.org
Dragonfly Forest is committed to offering children with serious illnesses and disorders the opportunity to enjoy a free overnight camp experience in an environment that is safe, equipped to meet a variety of physical, medical and psychological needs, nurturing, and filled with activities that allow each child to reach their “full fun.” Summer Sessions are available for children with Autism, Persistent Asthma, bleeding Disorders and Sickle Cell Disease. Applications must be completed by March 31 each year. For more information or to apply go to website or call 610-298-1820.
Will send ‘Parent’s Guide to Accredited Camps’ which lists accredited camps in area and camps for special needs children- 765-349-3526 www.acacamps.org
City Camps in various ministries. Click below for info
This full-day camp for youth in grades 5-8 involves field trips to city parks, creative art making, and a final celebration at the Museum of Art where kids exhibit their artwork. Call 215-842-0428 for info.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of SEPA- provides one-on-one mentoring for children in need of a positive role model- 123 South Broad Street, Suite 2180- 215-790-9200
Amachi provides mentoring to children with incarcerated parents and military families- 2000 Market St, Suite 600- call Big Brothers Big Sisters at 215-729-0248 and mention Amachi