Once your kids are walking, it’s time to find the best spots for them to explore the world on their own two feet. That golden age from eighteen months to three years is a fun time with your children, and it’s important to be on the lookout for things that will challenge, stimulate, and entertain your kids. Also, it’s good to know about the spots that are safest for the littlest ones, because they can move fast and without any thought toward safety.- Cecily Kellogg
Smith: The Kid’s Play Space in the Park
33rd & Oxford Streets
Located in Fairmount Park, this combination of playground, play house, and sprayground offers something for every kid. While some aspects of the playground might be too challenging for toddlers, the safe ground cover is a great place to run and learn.
Please Touch Museum
4231 Avenue of the Republic
The Please Touch Museum has many offerings for the toddler set, including water play, several play areas just for them, an mock grocery store and other fun things.
Clark Park Tot Lot
43rd & Chester Avenues
Located in the heart of West Philly, the tot lot at Clark Park is perfect for young children – and there is a second playground nearby for older kids!
The Philadelphia Zoo
3400 West Girard Avenue
There’s lots to see and do for toddlers at the zoo! And if you are a member, the Tree House play spot is open year-round for visiting.
The Little Treehouse
10 W. Gravers Lane
With a gorgeous indoor playground, toys, and dress up items, this is a great spot for toddlers. This Chestnut Hill spot also offers yummy snacks.
Since it lacks a playground, this park in the heart of Center City might not seem like the best spot for toddlers, but for some reason, they tend to be charmed by it. Don’t forget to visit the statue of the billy goat!
The Adventure Aquarium
1 Riverside Drive
Camden, NJ 08103
Okay, this is actually in Camden, but it’s just a short ferry ride across the Delaware River. Toddlers will love the various aspects of the aquarium, and don’t forget to visit the Camden Children’s Garden while you are there!
The Philadelphia Free Library
Throughout the city
With story hours, toys, and a nice soft floor to play on, the neighborhood library is always a great spot to check out.
Cecily Kellogg writes at Uppercasewoman.com and lives just barely outside the city with her husband and her four-year-old daughter Tori.