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70+ Activities for Kids in Chester County

By Jen Anderson, Macaroni Kid West Chester // Macaroni Kid Kennett Square May 31, 2021

Find something fun to do with the kids in Chester County. Find your family fun® in the Chester County area. There is so much for families to see, do and enjoy in Chester County and we've got the scoop for you on all of it. Stay in-the-know - Be sure to sign up for our FREE newsletter to get weekly reminders of special events and activities at WestChesterPA.macaronikid.com/subscribe


Indoor Activities


Play and Jump
Bounce U 
Exton
https://www.bounceu.com/exton-pa/

Urban Air Downingtown - Jumperoo on select days, Open Jumps and Teen Nights
Downingtown
http://www.urbanairtrampolinepark.com/downingtown-pa-trampoline-park/

Round 1 - Exton Mall 
Exton
https://www.round1usa.com/location/exton-square-mall/

Jumpers Fun Zone
Newtown Square
https://www.funatjumpers.com/

Oasis Family Fun Center
Glen Mills
https://www.oasisfamilyfun.com/

Grand Slam USA (arcade, mini golf and laser tag) 
Malvern
http://www.grandslammalvern.com/

Charming Star Playroom
Newtown Square

Downingtown Rock Gym

Philadelphia Rock Gym
Coatesville and Malvern
https://www.philarockgym.com/

Palace Bowling & Entertainment Center 
Downingtown
https://www.thepalacebowling.com/

Skyzone
Glen Mills
https://www.skyzone.com/glenmills 

Main Line Gymnastics Open Play
West Chester
Check website for most current dates/times

Ice Line Rinks

Power Play Rinks
Exton
https://skatepowerplay.com/ 

Escape the Room - West Chester
West Chester

Create and Learn

Painted Plate Pottery

Fired Up Pottery
Downingtown

AR Workshop
Malvern
https://www.arworkshop.com/malvern/#schedule

Board and Brush
Downingtown, Glen Mills and Newtown Square locations!
https://boardandbrush.com/

Square Pear Gallery - Art Classes for Kids,
Kennett Square
https://www.squarepeargallery.com/


Museums and More


American Helicopter Museum
West Chester

Brandywine River Museum of Art
Chadds Ford

Historic Sugartown
Malvern, PA

Delaware Museum of Natural History
Wilmington, DE

Winterthur Museum
Wilmington, DE

Hagley Museum and Library
Wilmington, DE

Academy of Natural Sciences
Philadelphia, PA

African American Museum
Philadelphia, PA

Franklin Institute
Philadelphia, PA

Philadelphia's Magic Gardens
Philadelphia, PA

Philadelphia Museum of Art
Philadelphia, PA

Barnes Foundation
Philadelphia, PA

Please Touch Museum
Philadelphia, PA

LEGOLAND Discovery Center
Plymouth Meeting, PA

Adventure Aquarium
Camden NJ

Longwood Gardens
Kennett Square

Tyler Arboretum
Media, PA

Delaware Children's Museum
Wilmington, DE

Delaware Museum of Natural History
Wilmington, DE

Winterthur
Wilmington, DE


Catch a Show

🎥 Regal Cinemas
Downingtown, Edgemont
https://www.regmovies.com/theatres/regal-downingtown-imax/0385

🎥 Movie Tavern
Exton
https://www.marcustheatres.com/

🎥 AMC Dine-In Theater Painters Crossing
Chadds Ford
https://www.amctheatres.com/food-and-drink/dine-in

Uptown! Knauer Performing Arts Center
West Chester
https://uptownwestchester.org/

SALT Performing Arts
Chester Springs
https://www.saltpa.com/

People's Light
Malvern
https://www.peopleslight.org/


Outdoor Activities

Longwood Gardens
Kennett Square, PA

Tyler Arboretum
Media, PA

Newlin Grist Mill
Media, PA

Northbrook Canoe Company (canoeing and tubing)
West Chester, PA

Marsh Creek Water Sports
Downingtown, PA

Treehouse World
West Chester, PA


Guide to Local Trails and Hiking Spots
Various locations
https://westchesterpa.macaronikid.com/articles/5ee2660d153e5b6fd047a3d3/great-family-hiking-spots-in-chester-county-beyond

  • Binky Lee - Chester Springs, PA
  • Bryn Coed - Chester Springs, PA
  • ChesLen Preserve - Coatesville, PA
  • Chester Valley Trail - Multiple access points including in Exton and Malvern
  • Struble Trail - Downingtown, PA
  • Parish Trail - Kennett Square, PA
  • Pennsbury Township Park - Chadds Ford, PA
  • Newlin Grist Mill - Glen Mills, PA
  • Okehocking Preserve - Newtown Square, PA
  • Wawa Preserve - Media, PA

Nearby State Parks (check online for alerts regarding closures and restrictions)

  • Marsh Creek State Park - Downingtown, PA
  • Ridley Creek State Park - Media, PA
  • French Creek State Park - Elverson, PA
  • White Clay Creek Preserve - Landenberg, PA
  • Washington Crossing State Park, Washington Crossing, PA

Find a complete listing of PA State Parks here: https://www.dcnr.pa.gov/StateParks/FindAParkByRegion/Pages/default.aspx


National Parks (check online for alerts regarding closures and restrictions)

  • Valley Forge National Park
  • Independence National Historical Park
  • Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site
  • Gettysburg National Military Park

Find a listing of National Parks at https://www.nps.gov/index.htm

Local Parks and Playgrounds


Animals, Zoos and Farms

Baily's Dairy Farm Pocopson

Ryerss Farm - visit the horses

Milky Way Farm / Chester Springs Creamery - When the creamery is open on weekends from 4-9pm visitors can see/visit the farm animals

Highland Orchards 

Springton Manor Farm - Fishing at Springton Manor

Brandywine Zoo

Philadelphia Zoo

Elmwood Park Zoo


Pick-Your-Own

Barnard's Orchards
Pick-Your-Own Apples and Pumpkins in the Fall
Kennett Square, PA

Highland Orchards
Pick-Your-Own,  shop the market and bakery, visit the animals
West Chester, PA

Indian Orchards Farm
Pick-Your-Own Fruits and veggies
Media, PA

Linvilla Orchards

Media, PA



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