It’s pretty easy to keep the littlest kids entertained, but how do you keep your older kids having fun? Here in Philadelphia, there is plenty to charm the tween set. From the creepy to the crawly to the educational, you can find something that will keep even the crankiest preteen excited and happy. Below you’ll find the most interesting things for kids nine to twelve. -Cecily Kellogg
The Mütter Museum
19 South 22nd Street
You can’t go wrong with this museum of medical oddities. From the “Soap Woman” to drawers and drawers of items swallowed by various humans, you’ll get squeals of delight (and possibly, disgust!) from the tween set.
8046 Frankford Avenue
This is the place where bugs go to die – and live! The only solely-bugs museum, you might squirm a bit while visiting, but kids will love it.
222 North 20th Street
With its unique focus on science as well as hands-on experiments and the walk-through Giant Heart, both big and younger kids will have a great time here.
The Philadelphia Zoo
3400 West Girard Avenue
With tons of live animals, including a recently-added bird house where you can get up close and personal with feathered friends of all sizes and shapes, kids of all ages will love America’s First Zoo.
6th and Race
Older kids might not enjoy the merry-go-round so much, but there’s also putt putt golf and great milkshakes that will hit the spot.
Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University
19th & Ben Franklin Parkway
Located close to the Franklin Institute, this museum can fill-out a full day of scientific exploration for kids. Check out the butterfly house for a real treat.
The Adventure Aquarium
1 Riverside Drive
Okay, this is actually in Camden, but it’s just a short ferry ride across the Delaware River. The 3D movie theater is a perfect treat for older kids – but be prepared, the chairs spray you!
The Philadelphia Museum of Art
26th street and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway
From ancient classics to crazy moderns, this museum offers something for everyone.
Cecily Kellogg writes at Uppercasewoman.com and lives just barely outside the city with her husband and her four-year-old daughter Tori.