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After School Programs

Play It Safe Philly

Connecting children, teens, and families with summer activities and information. Call 215-683-6012

Department of Recreation After School Programs/Camps

Many after school programs and summer camps listed by neighborhood – Main number 215-683-3600, After School Programs 215-683-3676 – –

Out of School Program Locator

Click here to find activities for children Pre-K to 12th grade.

ASAP (After School Activities Partnership)

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  broken down by zip code- One Penn Center, 1617 John F. Kennedy Blvd, Suite 1855

Police Athletic League (PAL)

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

Boys and Girls Clubs of Philadelphia

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

Philly Youth Basketball (PYB)

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
Also, in the spring of 2024, PYB will open the Alan Horwitz “Sixth Man” Center, ( 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

Boy Scouts/Girl Scouts

  • Boys Scouts are a great way to get your child involved in positive activities. The Boys Scouts mission is for each child to master “character development, citizenship training, and personal fitness.” For children 6 years-20 years old. Call 215-988-9811 or 610-688-6900 for more information or click on Boy Scouts to go to their website.
  • Girl Scouts has for over 90 years helped girls learn positive values, get involved in their community and learn to succeed. For girls 5 years old through 17 years old. Call 215-564-2030 or click on Girl Scouts.

Fleisher Art Memorial’s Teen Lounge

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

Project 440 Music Programs

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.

Mural Arts Program Youth Development Programs

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

Legacy Youth Tennis and Education (formerly Arthur Ashe)

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.



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

Starfinder Soccer Program

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.

Ed Snider Youth Hockey

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

Students Run Philly Style

Teams up Philly youth with adult mentors to train for marathons and develop ways to be successful in life. 1819 JFK Boulevard, Suite #480 call 267-930-3546 or Email –

Work to Ride

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

Philadelphia City Rowing

Teaches rowing to local public school students free of charge. #1 Boathouse Row, Kelly Drive. Go online for application or email

WINS (Women in Natural Sciences)

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 for info, or call 215-299-1064.

Zhang Sah Martial Arts

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 Other locations Queen Village/South Philly, Mt Airy/Germantown, Wynnefield/Belmont, John Barry Elementary, Casarez Elementary, Pennypacker School, and McCall School

The Salvation Army Kroc Center

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.

Kids Bowl Free Summer Program

2 free games for kids, every day,  all summer long late Spring to early Fall, at the following bowling alleys. Register below at participating lanes.
Erie Lanes 1310 East Erie Ave (North Philly)- 15 and under
Thunderbird Lanes 5830 Castor Ave (NE Philly)- 15 and under
Thunderbird Lanes 3075 Holme Ave (NE Philly)- 15 and under

Shoot Basketballs NOT People Program

Are you looking for a fun, safe, and engaging way for your, child 8 to 16 years old, to stay active and connected?  Our program at Shoot Basketballs NOT People offers a variety of activities designed to bring the community together and promote a healthy lifestyle.
Program Details: Cost: $39.99 per month. Location: Germantown Friends School Fieldhouse Gym Contact Information: Email: Phone: 267-571-6674

Smith Memorial Playground and Playhouse

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, “”;

Village of Arts and Humanities

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

Rock to the Future

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 for info or call 215-302-9633 or

TILT Institute for the Contemporary Image FREE Teen Photo class

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, email, or call 215-232-5673


PhillyCAM- film/video for youth

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


Art Reach/ACCESS Philly/STAMP

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 or click here for brochure that lists all the museums and details, click here for Spanish


Summer of Wonder at the Free Library

Sign up for Summer of Wonder at your neighborhood library or online for fun craft and maker activities, storytimes and book clubs, gaming and STEM programs, and more to help your mind stay curious and active all summer long!

Caring People Alliance (CPA)

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


Episcopal Community Services

Episcopal Community Services – After-school programs, other supports for families. Main Office – 225 South 3rd St – 215.351.1400 –; St. Barnabas Mission Community Center – 6006 West Girard Ave – 215.528.5400 –; Out Of School Time, Feltonville Elementary – 238 E. Wyoming Ave – 215.456.3160 –; Out Of School Time, Feltonville Middle School – 210 E Courtland St – 215.456.3160 –; Out Of School Time, Anderson – 1034 S 60th St – 215.456.3160 –; Out Of School Time, Finletter – 6100 N Front St – 215.456.3160 –; Out Of School, Darby – 523 S Union Ave – 215.456.3160 –; Out Of School Time, WPace – 6701 Callowhill St – 215.456.3160 –


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