City Tavern

After a morning spent visiting Independence Hall, have lunch at this colonial tavern which is a rebuilt version of the original 18th century eatery. Founding fathers were regulars at the original tavern, the spot where the Continental Congress hammered out the details of the Constitution and Paul Revere stopped for a bite with the news that the British had closed Boston’s Harbor. Costumed servers present an award-winning kid’s menu, including turkey pot pie, cornmeal crusted chicken tenders, grilled chicken breast (served with buttered noodles), prime rib with fries, and fish and chips.

Contact number: (215) 413-1443

Location: 138 South Second Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106

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Phillies at Citizens Bank Park

Home of the Philadelphia Phillies and the team’s wacky mascot, the Phillies Phanatic, Citizens Bank Bark has lots of extra fun stuff for the children to do besides watch baseball. There’s the Phanatic Phun Zone, located near the first base gate, where kids 8 and younger can climb, slide and play. Near the right field gate guests of all ages can run the bases, play ballpark pinball, and other interactive games. Little sluggers ages 4 to 9 can explore the giant Phanatic Shoe Slide and inflatable baseball climbing wall behind section 317 on the terrace level.

Contact number: (215) 463-1000

Location: 1 Citizens Bank Way, Philadelphia, PA 19148

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Philadelphia Wings

This in-your-face lacrosse team delivers plenty of indoor action. One of four original members of the National Lacrosse League (which started in 1987), the Wings are the most successful team in league history reaching the playoffs 15 out of 18 seasons and playing in the championship game nine times.

Contact number: (215) 389-9464

Location: 3601 South Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19145

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Philadelphia Soul

So what if it’s impossible to get tickets for the Philadelphia Eagles? The Philadelphia Soul, an AFL arena football team owned by rock stars Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora delivers nonstop action without the pro-ball attitude.

Contact number: (888) 744-5235

Location: 3601 South Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19148

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Philadelphia KiXX

If your children play soccer, take them to see the Kixx, Philadelphia’s indoor professional soccer team. Founded in 1999, the team has already brought two Major Indoor Soccer League Championship home. The team’s mascot, SocceRoo, is good for laughs.

Contact number: (888) 888-5499

Location: 3601 South Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19148

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College Ball at the Palestra

If your children love basketball, the best place to take in a game is at the historic Palestra gymnasium located on Penn’s campus. It’s intimate with just 8,700 fans crowded in the bleachers, but the Palestra makes up in spunk and spirit what it lacks in modern day bells and whistles. Aside from Penn athletics, the Palestra also hosts Philadelphia Big Five men’s basketball (Penn, Villanova, La Salle, Temple, and St. Joe’s) games that never disappoint.

Contact number: (215) 898-6151

Location: 220 South 32nd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104

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