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Early Learner Summer Pods

Serving Philadelphia children 5 and under and their families
FREE early childhood explorations through play, art, nature, science, and stories!

July 6 through August 13, 2021

Early Learner Summer Pods are designed to engage young learners and their caregivers and promote discovery through outdoor activities, art making, environmental education workshops, storytime sessions, and other experiences. The program, coordinated by the Barnes, is delivered through a network of Philadelphia’s leading cultural agencies and institutions, including the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, the Barnes, the Clay Studio, Fairmount Water Works, Fleisher Art Memorial, Please Touch Museum, Smith Memorial Playground and Playhouse, and WHYY.

For more details on programs and schedules, contact the organizations listed below, or email

The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University: Discover, Play, Share: Summer Family Fun

STEAM, literacy, and fun family activities.

  • Aspira Inc., 4322 N. 5th St., July 17, 10 am–1 pm; July 28, 5–8 pm
  • Congreso de Latinos Unidos, 216 W. Somerset St., July 24, 10 am–1 pm; August 4, 5–8 pm
  • Sister Cities Park, 210 N. 18th St., July 13 & August 10, 11:30 am–12:30 pm
  • Academy of Natural Sciences, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, August 7, 10 am–2 pm

For more info, email

The Barnes Foundation: Barnes Early Learner Summer Pods

Outdoor performative storytelling, art making, and kits. Serving ages 2–5 and families from West Philly Playstreets and South Philadelphia.

July 6–August 12, 11 am–1 pm

Mondays @ Philly Playstreet Mantua, 3500 Mt. Vernon Ave.
Tuesdays @ Philly Playstreet Kingsessing, 1438 Vodges St.
Wednesdays @ Mifflin Square Park, 500 Wolf St.
Thursdays @ Ford PAL Rec Center, 609 Snyder Ave.

For more info, email

The Clay Studio: Claymobile for Early Learners

Live workshops, literacy games, read-alouds.
July–August at South Kensington childcare centers.

For more info, visit

Fairmount Water Works: Wee Water Weekly

Family expeditions to discover the wonder of water and the environment.
Serving West and North Philadelphia preschool and childcare centers.

Saturdays, July 10–31, 10 am–noon

640 Waterworks Drive

For more info, email

Fleisher Art Memorial: What Happens Next?

Mobile art studio with outdoor art workshops. Serving South Philadelphia.

Mifflin Square Park, 500 Wolf St., July 6, 13 & 27, 10 am–noon
FDR Park, 1500 Pattison Ave. & S. Broad St., July 20 & August 3, 10 am–noon

For more info, visit the website.

Smith Memorial Playground and Playhouse: Camp Read at Smith Memorial

Play-based, literacy-enriched learning in nature camp. Half-day program for ages 3–5 and families from from zip codes 19132 and 19121.

June 21–July 30, 8:45 am–noon

3500 Reservoir Drive

Register here. For more info, contact

WHYY: WHYY Summer Literacy and Engagement Project

Weekly storytime, plus art and literacy activities. Serving West Philadelphia children and families.

Thursdays, July 8–August 12.
Mill Creek Recreation Center (4700 Brown Street)
Tacony Creek Park (559 East Olney Avenue)
More details about dates and hours for specific locations will be announced soon.

For more info, email


Lead support for Early Learner Summer Pods is provided by the William Penn Foundation.