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 https://phillyasap.org/asap-directory/ broken down by zip code- 1520 Locust St. Suite 1104.
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.
Camp Sojourner, Girls’ Leadership Camp helps girls become leaders who take charge of their own lives and act as agents of positive change in their communities. We host girls ages 8-18 at Camp Sojourner, our overnight summer camp program, and we offer year-round mentoring, service projects, creative arts, and leadership activities. https://girlsleadershipcamp.org/
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.
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.
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.
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
$2 admission tickets for families with an Access Card to dozens of museums, gardens and live shows in Philadelphia. See link below for info and participating museums and theaters. Click here for info or go to www.art-reach.org or click here for brochure that lists all the museums and details, click here for Spanish
Those 18 and up can use your library card for amazing free passes to several attractions around the city. Even tickets to major league games. Click here for info libwww.freelibrary.org/programs/experience-pass/attractions
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
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 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
FREE virtual summer emersion program. This 2-week virtual program teaches girls—trans and cis—and non-binary students the computer science skills they need to make an impact in their community while preparing for a career in tech. Participants will get exposure to tech jobs, meet women in tech careers, and join a supportive sisterhood of girls in tech.girlswhocode.com/programs/summer-immersion-program
Click here for info and listings- many free, or sliding scale https://greatphillyschools.org/s/articles/a0s3l00000BtSDMAA3/summer-2021-programs-in-philadelphia
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)
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.
The program runs June 29-August 5, Tuesday, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9 am to 3 pm. PAEP’s FREE STEAM After-School and Summer Programs have been converted to a virtual platform and will operate virtually for the foreseeable future.The program provides students in grades 5-8 with the unique opportunity to strengthen academic competencies through visual and performing arts practices. Students participate in fun and engaging science, math, literacy, and social emotional learning activities as well as experience learning through different art forms (visual arts, music, dance, and theater). PAEP will also send FREE art supplies to all participants. Click here for info https://www.paep.net/virtual-steam-summer-program/
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