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Free Activities for Frugal Fun Around the Main Line!

A good time with the kids doesn't have to cost a fortune. In fact, there's plenty of free fun to be had around the Main Line

Kids having fun with free activities on the lawn at Suburban Square.

Sometimes the cost of family fun can really add up! Admission, parking, fees, overpriced food and drinks…It’s enough to blow the budget! But a good time with the kids doesn’t have to cost a fortune. In fact, there are plenty of fun activities around the Main Line that are free — and we’re here to help you find them.

As your frugal fun finder, we’re keeping an eye out for free activities and dropping them right here in this list. From concerts in the park and free admission days at zoos and museums, to fitness groups, community festivals, and more, you’ll find fun that won’t break the bank. Because it’s free!

One more pro-tip for frugal fun: don’t forget your local library! The Lower Merion, Chester County, and Delaware County libraries offer a bevy of free activities and programming for kids and families. However, we won’t usually post library activities in this list unless they host an super-special program, performance, or class.

Find all kinds of family-friendly events for every day of the week on the Main Line Parent Calendar!

Sidewalk Chalk Walks & Summer Story Time (All Ages)

Jenkins Arboretum 631 Berwyn Baptist Road, Devon, PA, United States

Draw your way through Jenkins! Use sidewalk chalk to create beautiful nature-related art from the John J. Willaman Education Center down the main path through the garden. And between 10–10:30 am, Jenkins Arboretum and Gardens staff will hold a nature-themed read aloud in Jenkins’ very own […]

Event Series Tuesday Storytimes

Tuesday Storytimes

Main Point Books 116 N. Wayne Avenue, Wayne, PA

Join Main Point Books for their new Weekly Community Storytime! They'll have a different Community Helper special guest each week. June 25: Police Officer with Police Dog July 2: no story time July 9: Police Officer with Police Dog July 16: Librarian Maria from Radnor […]

Children’s Summer Concert at Clem Macrone Park

Clem Macrone Park 810 Conestoga Road, Bryn Mawr, PA, United States

Enjoy music from special guests The Plants, meet Mama & Papa Bear from the Berenstain Bears, and listen to Radnor Police officers read your favorite childhood stories. Food and refreshments will be available for purchase. Rain date, Wed. July 17th.

Stroller Strength: Parent & Baby Fitness

King of Prussia Town Center 155 Village Drive, King of Prussia, PA, United States

This class is not just about getting back into shape after childbirth; it's a celebration of parenthood! Plus it's free! (You must reserve a spot, though.) In "Stroller Strength," we'll incorporate a variety of exercises designed specifically for parents with new babies. You'll engage in […]

Narberth Concerts in the Park

Narberth Park 80 Windsor Avenue, Narberth, PA

Get those lawn chairs, blankets, and picnic baskets ready for the Wednesday evening FREE concerts at the Chet Tyson Pavilion in Narberth Park. Back in 2024, beginning June 5! Shows begin at 7 pm. 2024 Lineup: 6/5   The Kennedys 6/12   Tookeny Creek 6/19   Stella Ruze […]

Easttown Summer Concert Series

Hilltop House 570 Beaumont Road, Devon, PA, United States

The Easttown Parks and Recreation Board is pleased to announce the following line-up for this year's Summer Concert Series: JUNE 12 - Brown Sugar | an exciting Rolling Stones tribute band  JUNE 26 - Jeff Krick, Jr. | award-winning Elvis tribute artist *JULY 4 - Uptown Band | one of the country's most versatile acts […]

Future for Her Camp (July 18 & 19)

Gladwyne Library 362 Righters Mill Road, Gladwyne, PA, United States

A library co-sponsored event designed to put the tools of technology into the hands of middle school girls. Participants will take the lead in creating new ideas and building their own businesses. Students from the Baldwin School non-profit group Future for Her will act as […]

Stroll the Street

Manayunk Main Street Main Street Manayunk, Philadelphia, PA, United States

Manayunk's Stroll the Street is back — every Thursday in June, July, and August, starting at 5 pm. Shop, dine, and stroll your way down Main Street during Stroll the Street. The series features live music, local vendors, activities, happy hour specials, and shopping deals […]

Live Music at KOP Town Center

King of Prussia Town Center 155 Village Drive, King of Prussia, PA, United States

Join KoP Town Center on the green every Thursday (plus one Tuesday evening), June–October, from 6–8 pm to enjoy local, live entertainment at the Town Center! Performances will be in front of Davio's. Follow them on Facebook for latest updates. Here is the 2024 season […]

Brandywine Summer Music Series

Myrick Conservation Center 1760 Unionville-Wawaset Road, West Chester, PA, United States

Join the Brandywine Red Clay Alliance for their free Summer Music Series, Thursdays, July 11– August 15. Gates open at 6 p.m. and the concert begins at 7 p.m. A food truck will be on site each week as well. Bring your chairs and blankets […]

Gay Street Open-Air Market 2024

Downtown West Chester N. High and Gay Street, West Chester, PA

The Gay Street Open-Air Market returns for 2024 from Friday, May 3rd to Sunday, September 29th! The Open-Air Market was created during the pandemic to give residents and visitors more space to shop, eat, and explore town. Now, it has become one of our most popular […]

Future for Her Camp (July 18 & 19)

Gladwyne Library 362 Righters Mill Road, Gladwyne, PA, United States

A library co-sponsored event designed to put the tools of technology into the hands of middle school girls. Participants will take the lead in creating new ideas and building their own businesses. Students from the Baldwin School non-profit group Future for Her will act as […]

Willows Park Concert Blast!

Willows Park Preserve 490 Darby Paoli Road, Villanova, PA

Come enjoy a fun summer evening at the Willows Park and Mansion! This is a FREE family event with live music, food (for purchase), community organizations, plus fireworks to cap off the night. The Mansion will be open during the event, too. Bring your own […]

Event Series Easttown Repair Cafe

Easttown Repair Cafe

Trinity Presbyterian Church 640 Berwyn Avenue, Berwyn, PA

Come one, come all. Invite your neighbors and friends! Repair volunteers will be in the Fellowship Hall and ready to help fix your broken items! There will be coffee, pastries, and plenty of experienced repair techs! All is FREE and everyone is welcome (children included!) […]

Gay Street Open-Air Market 2024

Downtown West Chester N. High and Gay Street, West Chester, PA

The Gay Street Open-Air Market returns for 2024 from Friday, May 3rd to Sunday, September 29th! The Open-Air Market was created during the pandemic to give residents and visitors more space to shop, eat, and explore town. Now, it has become one of our most popular […]

10th Annual Summer Fun Jam in Paddock Park

Paddock Park 214 W. Hillcrest Avenue, Havertown, PA

Kelly Music for Life presents a FREE Event in the Park. Co-Hosted by Paddock Farms Civic Association. Live music, food, crafters, inflatables for the kids, and more. Saturday, July 20th  3 pm–9 pm at Paddock Park Pavilion: 214 W. Hillcrest Ave, Havertown, PA 19083. The […]

Tie Dye Music Festival

Community Arts Center 414 Plush Mill Road, Wallingford, PA

Save the date for The Community Arts Center’s Tie Dye Music Festival on July 20th from 4–8 pm! Bring your refreshments, lawn chairs, and blankets to enjoy an evening of music and vendors on the side lawn at the Arts Center. In the case of […]

Gay Street Open-Air Market 2024

Downtown West Chester N. High and Gay Street, West Chester, PA

The Gay Street Open-Air Market returns for 2024 from Friday, May 3rd to Sunday, September 29th! The Open-Air Market was created during the pandemic to give residents and visitors more space to shop, eat, and explore town. Now, it has become one of our most popular […]

Family Sundays at Suburban Square

Suburban Square Anderson & Coulter Avenue, Ardmore, PA

Family Sundays at Suburban Square are back! Head out to the Lawn for music, games, and kid-friendly activities with Go With Yoyo from 11 am–1 pm every Sunday in May though October. If inclement weather arises, please check the Suburban Square Instagram story for the most […]

Event Series Family Funday Sunday

Family Funday Sunday

Spruce Street Harbor Park 301 S. Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia, PA

Head down to Spruce Street Harbor Park on the Philly waterfront for free, Family Funday Sunday — every Sunday this summer from 11 am to 3 pm. There will be fun fitness classes, crafts, and activities, with pop-up play each week. Start your day with […]

Sidewalk Chalk Walks & Summer Story Time (All Ages)

Jenkins Arboretum 631 Berwyn Baptist Road, Devon, PA, United States

Draw your way through Jenkins! Use sidewalk chalk to create beautiful nature-related art from the John J. Willaman Education Center down the main path through the garden. And between 10–10:30 am, Jenkins Arboretum and Gardens staff will hold a nature-themed read aloud in Jenkins’ very own […]

Event Series Tuesday Storytimes

Tuesday Storytimes

Main Point Books 116 N. Wayne Avenue, Wayne, PA

Join Main Point Books for their new Weekly Community Storytime! They'll have a different Community Helper special guest each week. June 25: Police Officer with Police Dog July 2: no story time July 9: Police Officer with Police Dog July 16: Librarian Maria from Radnor […]

Stroller Strength: Parent & Baby Fitness

King of Prussia Town Center 155 Village Drive, King of Prussia, PA, United States

This class is not just about getting back into shape after childbirth; it's a celebration of parenthood! Plus it's free! (You must reserve a spot, though.) In "Stroller Strength," we'll incorporate a variety of exercises designed specifically for parents with new babies. You'll engage in […]

Narberth Concerts in the Park

Narberth Park 80 Windsor Avenue, Narberth, PA

Get those lawn chairs, blankets, and picnic baskets ready for the Wednesday evening FREE concerts at the Chet Tyson Pavilion in Narberth Park. Back in 2024, beginning June 5! Shows begin at 7 pm. 2024 Lineup: 6/5   The Kennedys 6/12   Tookeny Creek 6/19   Stella Ruze […]

Stroll the Street

Manayunk Main Street Main Street Manayunk, Philadelphia, PA, United States

Manayunk's Stroll the Street is back — every Thursday in June, July, and August, starting at 5 pm. Shop, dine, and stroll your way down Main Street during Stroll the Street. The series features live music, local vendors, activities, happy hour specials, and shopping deals […]

Live Music at KOP Town Center

King of Prussia Town Center 155 Village Drive, King of Prussia, PA, United States

Join KoP Town Center on the green every Thursday (plus one Tuesday evening), June–October, from 6–8 pm to enjoy local, live entertainment at the Town Center! Performances will be in front of Davio's. Follow them on Facebook for latest updates. Here is the 2024 season […]

Main Line Parent Writer & Calendar Editor. Email beth@familyfocus.org.

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