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Last Chance for Summer Fun: What’s Closing Soon Around Philly

Don't let summer exhibits and attractions pass you by: Make plans to see everything on this list.

How did it get to be late August? It feels like yesterday that we were counting down the days until the end of the school year, and now it’s the summer that’s dwindling. If your plans for soaking up every bit of summer fun in the Philadelphia area haven’t quite panned out, it’s not too late! Here’s our guide to what’s closing around Labor Day so you don’t miss anything.


Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia

Through September 4, 10 am – 5 pm

“Wild,” a gorgeous exhibit of Michael Nichols’ photographs, closes September 11, but the kid-focused activities disappear after Labor Day. It’s worth a family trip, and remember: kids 12 and under get in free.

‘A Mirror Maze: Numbers in Nature’

The Franklin Institute, 222 N. 20th St., Philadelphia

Through September 4, 9:30 am — 5 pm


This pattern-focused exhibit will disappear soon, so head over and explore the 1,700-square-foot mirror maze, which is the centerpiece here. Admission is $25 for adults and $21 for children, and includes general admission to the museum.

Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest

Penn’s Landing, Philadelphia

Through September 4, 1 — 11 pm Monday — Thursday; 1 pm — 1 am Friday; 11 am — 1 am Saturday; 11 am — 11 pm Sunday

This old-fashioned outdoor roller rink got an upgrade this summer: carnival rides, including a Ferris wheel. The month-long Endless Summer Special  gets you admission to the rink, skate rental, and a round of mini golf for $10. There are also special events, including Michael Jackson Night August 26.

Spruce Street Harbor Park

Penn’s Landing, Philadelphia

Through October 1, 11 am — 11 pm Sunday — Thursday; 11 am — 1 am Friday and Saturday


You’ve got a little longer to enjoy the other summer waterfront gem, known for its hammocks, tasty treats, and fun vibe.


Please Touch Museum, 4231 Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia

Through September 10, 10 am — 5 pm Monday — Saturday; 11 am — 5 pm Sunday


This sweet exhibit takes you inside the pages of some of your children’s favorite books, from Chicka Chicka Boom Boom to The Snowy Day.   Admission to this exhibit is included with general admission to the museum. Enjoy special storytimes in the final weeks at 1:30 pm on Tuesday and Thursday: Curious George on August 24, Pete the Cat on August 29 and 30, and Lily’s Purple Plastic Purse  on August 31.

‘Big Bugs’

Tyler Arboretum, 515 Painter Road, Media

Through August 29, 9 am — 5 pm Monday — Friday (open until 8 on Tuesdays); 9 am — 6 pm weekends


Celebrate bugs with 10 giant insect sculptures, plus special insect-themed activities. There’s a special farewell celebration on the final day.


Philadelphia Zoo, 3400 W. Girard Ave., Philadelphia

Through September 4, 9:30 am — 5 pm


The snowy attraction at the zoo has been extended through Labor Day weekend, with a weekday special of $4 per person (on top of general admission). On August 25, 26, and 31, and September 1, the zoo is running an evening special from 4 to 7 pm — tickets are $15 (it’s free for members), and there are discounts on some of the attractions and food.

‘Backyard Adventures’

Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Phialdelphia

Through September 10, 10 am — 5 pm Monday — Saturday; 11 am — 5 pm Sunday


Discover the world right outside your back door with this interactive exhibit. The exhibit is s $5 for non-members, in addition to the general admission fee, and $3 for museum members at the individual and family level. It’s free for family plus members and above. Plus, the museum’s “Dino-Mite Summer” activities run through August 30.

Chill Out at a Sprayground

Philly’s pools are already closing, but the spraygrounds stay open a bit longer. If you haven’t been to Sister Cities or Dilworth parks yet this summer, now’s the time. Other favorites include the Venice Island Recreation Center and Herron Playground.



Photograph by Matt Stanley, courtesy of the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation. 



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