Best of Philly

Best Family Activities

2017 BEST Fun for Xbox Enthusiasts

Play2 at Chickie’s & Pete’s

Mom pestering you to shut off the TV and get out into the world? Well, at Play2 (in the South Philly and casino locations), you can at least be more social. Private pods, rentable by the hour, have giant screens, mega sound, and all the games and systems you could ask for (Wii U, Xbox One).

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2016 BEST Batting Cages

Grand Slam USA

11 Lancaster Avenue, Malvern, PA

The clean, well-maintained and affordable batting cages are where this place shines, but when you get tired of swinging and missing, there’s an arcade, a laser-tag arena and a Ninja Warrior knockoff course to entertain you. Read more »

2016 BEST Place to De-Stress

Middletown Archery

127 Barren Road, Media, PA

You could pay for therapy, or you could head to this archery club, which has a 70-meter outdoor range and an 18-meter indoor one, plus coaches who’ll teach you the ropes and leave you feeling like a Katniss-level badass. We’ll let you choose. Read more »

2016 BEST Wrestling Event

Chikara

, Collegeville, PA

Yes, we are giving a Best of Philly award to a Collegeville-based professional wrestling federation that features grown men in shiny costumes, showcases circus-like acrobatics, and even puts women in the ring with men — because what’s not to love? Kids will enjoy the over-the-top characters, wrestling smarks will love the storylines, and non-fans will… Read more »

2010 BEST For Family Day

Franklin Square

6th and Race Streets, Philadelphia, PA

Head to Franklin Square (historicphiladelphia.org/day/franklin-square) for a round of mini golf (about $30 for a family of four), a spin on the carousel (about $10 for a family of four), and some free-play (literally, free) on the playground and around the fountain. Warning: If your tykes are geocoding-savvy and figure out the Franklin Fountain (116… Read more »