Your one-stop-hub of information for a Philadelphia summer jam-packed with exciting activities and cool opportunities! https://www.phila.gov/2023-04-03-welcome-to-the-home-of-itsasummerthing/
Goal is to increase supervised after school recreation activities for the city’s kids- Call 215-607-2069 for a list of activities in your neighborhood or check their website for the https://phillyasap.org/asap-directory/ broken down by zip code- One Penn Center, 1617 John F. Kennedy Blvd, Suite 1855
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 712. Call 215-735-8818 or email email@example.com
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. here are locations at 23rd, 24th, 26th, Cozen, Fairhill, Ford, Grays Ferry, Haddington, Harrowgate, North Penn, Paley, Southwest, Strawberry Mansion, Tacony, and Wynnefield www.phillypal.org
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. 215-399-1282 or firstname.lastname@example.org . 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 or email email@example.com
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. 100 W. Oxford Street. Call 215-952-5271 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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/
Research shows that spending time in nature is good for your health – mind, body, and spirit. All around the world, doctors have begun prescribing time in nature to help patients lead healthier, happier lives. Prescribe Outside, Philadelphia’s nature prescription program, is a partnership between Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), Awbury Arboretum, Let’s Go Outdoors, and the US Forest Service. The goal of the program is to provide physicians and families with tools to improve the health and wellness of Philadelphia children by helping them locate and use safe, accessible, and convenient public green space and discover the benefits of time spent in nature. https://prescribeoutside.org Contact us at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.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
Project 440 teaches high school students to use their interest in music to forge new pathways for themselves and ignite change in their communities. Project 440’s after school programs are offered in the fall and spring semesters and include Instruments for Success: focused on College Preparedness and Career Pathways and Doing Good: emphasizing social entrepreneurship and community service. Alumni of Project 440 programs can also participate in the Youth Advocacy Council. Students meet twice a month and receive leadership, project management, governance and advocacy training. https://project440.org/
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.
main location: 530 Bainbridge St. (215) 923-6676 or email email@example.com. Other locations Queen Village/South Philly, Mt Airy/Germantown, Wynnefield/Belmont, John Barry Elementary, Casarez Elementary, Pennypacker School, and McCall School
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, ANS_WINS@drexel.edu 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 libwww.freelibrary.org/programs/leap/
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. 3500 Reservoir Drive, “firstname.lastname@example.org”; http://smithkidsplayplace.org/
The ACCESS Program allows Art-Reach ACCESS Cardholders and people receiving benefits from the states of Pennsylvania and Delaware to attend cultural sites for just $2! High school students can use their student ID for free access. Click here for Spanish 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 or email@example.com
Free Music Education for Philly’s Youth- Programs include: MusiCore Kensington (Grades 6-12), MobileMusic Hunting Park (Grades 6-12) and MusiCore Germantown (Grades 6-12) and summer camp for ages 7-17. Go to rocktothefuture.org for info or call 215-302-9633 or info@RocktotheFuture.org
een Photo is a free, comprehensive photography after-school program (4pm-6pm) that will teach students the basics of photography and photoshop, how to plan and build a creative body work, participate in a group exhibition, and create their own photo book! Provides students with cameras, printing and editing resources, college prep, and professional development. Program starts October. Info and application at tiltinstitute.org/teen-photo/, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 215-232-5673
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. 699 Ranstead St. 267-639-5481. We welcome students ages 12-18 to find out more go to phillycam.org
From nurturing individuals and families to entire communities, Caring People Alliance provides a wide range of services. Our Boys & Girls Clubs in West (215-386-4075), North (215-763-0900), and South (215-218-0800) Philadelphia provide high quality childcare, afterschool, summer programs, senior services and more. We also operate a one-stop-shop for families in Philadelphia with child care needs through the Early Learning Resource Center (ELRC-18). The ELRC helps with finding quality child care that meets the family’s needs, determines eligibility for child care subsidy, and then works with child care providers to help them achieve the highest levels of quality. Go to caringpeoplealliance.org
FREE virtual summer emersion program. Offers a 2 and 6 week program for 9-12 graders for 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
Episcopal Community Services – After-school programs, other supports for families. Main Office – 225 South 3rd St – 215.351.1400 – email@example.com; St. Barnabas Mission Community Center – 6006 West Girard Ave – 215.528.5400 – firstname.lastname@example.org; Out Of School Time, Feltonville Elementary – 238 E. Wyoming Ave – 215.456.3160 – email@example.com; Out Of School Time, Feltonville Middle School – 210 E Courtland St – 215.456.3160 – firstname.lastname@example.org; Out Of School Time, Anderson – 1034 S 60th St – 215.456.3160 – email@example.com; Out Of School Time, Finletter – 6100 N Front St – 215.456.3160 – firstname.lastname@example.org; Out Of School, Darby – 523 S Union Ave – 215.456.3160 – email@example.com; Out Of School Time, WPace – 6701 Callowhill St – 215.456.3160 – firstname.lastname@example.org www.ecsphilly.org
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A low-cost outdoor camp where campers engage in environmental and traditional camp activities. Offers a Day Camp (ages 7-12), Overnight Camp (ages 8-12), and Teen Adventures Program (ages 13-14). Transportation from Philadelphia to the campgrounds is provided. For more info, go to www.collegesettlement.org or call 215-542-7974
Run by the Salvation Army, this 1 week camp allows low income families to experience overnight camping in a beautiful setting for 7-16 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)
PYB is an innovative community-based organization that uses basketball for health promotion, educational success and mentoring for children, teens and young adults. Dozens of free and low cost programs to help in all facets of a families life. For info on specific programs and registration, visit www.phillyyouthbasketball.org.
Also, in the spring of 2024, PYB will open the Alan Horwitz “Sixth Man” Center, (www.phillyyouthbasketball.org/sixthman-center)a large building with 7 basketball courts and much more in Nicetown. It will be like a second home for many kids, and will help the community for many years to come. 4250 Wissahickon Avenue. Click here for list of programs
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.
Camp Kesem provides a week-long, free summer camp experience to children ages 6-16 years who have been impacted by a parent’s or primary caregiver’s cancer (has cancer, had cancer or died from cancer). 253-736-3821 or email@example.com. Go to http://campkesem.org/ and click on “register a camper” for dates and info.
WHAT: At Kamp for Kids, we aim to help many different audiences, from youth at risk to children with Autism. Kamp For Kids achieves its mission by providing free events, offering direct assistance, and facilitating programs for today’s youth by celebrating parities and differences. Provides camping programs and services to youth from the greater Philadelphia and Bucks County area, for those who are economically disadvantaged.
WHO: Children ages 8-18
WHERE: Victory Valley Youth Camp, 7352 Salem Bible Church Rd, Zionsville, PA 18092. Transportation leaves from Bristol, Pa
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Running based program to inspire all girls to build their confidence, kindness, and decision making skills in a program ending with a celebratory 5k. For girls in 3rd-5th grade at 35+ elementary schools and other locations in the Philadelphia area. Financial assistance available. Call 215-247-8598 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. https://www.gotrphiladelphia.org/
Offers many different soccer programs at various locations in Philadelphia that are either free or “Pay-What-You-Can” to make soccer accessible to everyone. KSC even provides free equipment to all players before programs start. Call 267-526-2727, email email@example.com, or visit https://www.kensingtonsoccer.org/ to learn more and start playing soccer!
Big Brothers Big Sisters Independence is a donor-supported organization that enriches, encourages and empowers children to reach their highest potential through safe, one-to-one mentoring relationships. Serving children ages 7-13 in Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia Counties in PA and Burlington, Camden and Gloucester Counties in NJ. Visit www.independencebigs.org or call 215-790-9200 or 610-277-2200 for more info.
Amachi provides mentoring to children with incarcerated parents and military families. For more info, visit http://www.amachimentoring.org/index.html or email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Big Brothers Big Sisters at 215-729-0248 and mention Amachi