Family Friendly Fishtown

Minnow Lane in Fishtown

Minnow Lane in Fishtown

While restaurants, cafes, retail shops, and wellness studios continue to plant roots in Fishtown, so have many new families. You can’t help but notice the increase in strollers, scooters, and babywearing parents down Girard and Frankford over the past few years. It is no surprise that the area has kept up to speed with an increase of family-friendly businesses and locations. Here is our short list of fun, convenient, and useful spots for the little ones in the area.

Classes and Activities

Play Arts photo from Facebook @PlayArtsPhilly

Play Arts photo from Facebook @PlayArtsPhilly

PlayArts – 4500 square feet of thoughtfully planned and beautifully designed space for the whole family: a Montessori-style play stations for open play; mezzanine cafe; and a separate space for group classes, private classes, and event rental. Their schedule includes a variety of art, music, movement, and enrichment classes for a wide range of ages.

Fishtown Community Library – Located in a former stable and fire station, the Fishtown branch of the Philadelphia Free Library offers a range of classes and events for kids including story time, homework help, after school programs, magic shows, and science clubs.

Fishtown Athletic Club – This organization has been around since 1964, and has a host of indoor and outdoor sports opportunities in soccer, baseball, and basketball. With a motto of ‘Todays Children Are Tomorrow’s Adults’, it’s clear that this organization is committed to the growth of every child it works with.

Philly Music Babies – Philly Music Babies offers a series of classes with songs, dances, and activities for parents and children to enjoy.

By My Side Neighborhood Parenting - A nonprofit organization that helps children and families grow by offering opportunities to socialize, play, and learn. Their programming includes play groups, music classes, and special events.

Early Childhood Education

Fishtown Playschool – A parent-organized and very competitive preschool that looks to instill a sense of community in children through a variety of fun and educational programs.

Fishtown Montessori - A newer addition to the neighborhood providing a traditional Montessori mixed-age preschool and kindergarten for children ages three through six, as well as an older toddler program for children ages two to three years old. 

My Bright Beginnings – Offering programs for infants and preschoolers. Located in the ground floor of the Memphis Lofts, this spacious facility offers every child exactly what they need to learn and grow at their own pace. You can often find the class outdoors in Palmer Park or Shissler Recreation Center.

Outdoor Spaces

Fishtown Rec Center – With a playground, picnic tables, and a roller rink, this is a fantastic center for kids of all ages. The nearby basketball courts are a neighborhood highlight.

Palmer Park – Situated right on Frankford Ave., this is a comfy park ve. There’s also the Palmer Park Farmer’s Market that happens every Thursday from June to October.

Greensgrow Farms – A nonprofit and nationally recognized leader in urban agriculture, Greensgrow offers a stocked garden center and farmstand, a variety of events and educational workshops. You can also visit the farm’s animals like turtles, chickens, and Milkshake the pig.

Penn Treaty Park – This park along the Delaware River provides seven acres of open green space for your little ones to run around. It also has clean picnic areas, a new playground for small and big kids, and hosts seasonal community events.

Parent Resources

Minnow Lane has plenty of cute, friendly, and fun toys for kids. Picture by Jeanne Whipple.

Minnow Lane has plenty of cute, friendly, and fun toys for kids. Picture by Jeanne Whipple.

Minnow Lane – The brainchild of Rebecca Brett and Philly Home Girl’s clients Rita Greiman and Julia Newbold, Minnow Lane is a natural parenting store that provides eco-friendly and socially-conscious products for children and families. While they are mainly a retail store, they are also a gathering space for expectant parents and families to participate in creative, informational, and supportive classes and workshops.


Kensington Kinetic Art Sculpture and Derby Festival – This event combines the best of Fishtown and neighboring Kensington’s artistic groups to create a showcase of kinetic sculptures being paraded throughout the town. You’ve have to take our word for it, but it’s quite a sight to see.

Photo courtesy of Visit Philadelphia.

Photo courtesy of Visit Philadelphia.

Fishtown RiverCity Festival – Every fall, people come out in droves all around Philly for the River City Festival. Last year included a beer garden, music and food for kids, and 5k run through Fishtown.

Fishtown Shadfest – Typically held in the spring at the Penn Treaty Park, this festival is an amazing, family-friendly, and fun event filled with food and games. There’s also plenty of arts and crafts and educational events for kids.

Fishtown is a wonderful place for families big and small, and has continued to keep its spot as one of Philly’s top neighborhoods. Don’t take our word for it – explore around Fishtown yourself! We know you’ll enjoy it as much as we do.