Enjoy Craft Beers and Kids Menus at the Best Family-Friendly Breweries in Philadelphia

There's plenty to keep the little ones occupied while you savor some me time.

Dock Street Brewery
Dock Street Brewery | Photo by Contigo Photography, courtesy of Dock Street Brewery
Dock Street Brewery | Photo by Contigo Photography, courtesy of Dock Street Brewery

Parenting contains multitudes: A love for children and beer. While breweries and taprooms aren’t typically the first place you’d think to spend an afternoon with the fam, a few notable spots have just the right amount of space, amenities, and ambiance to accommodate even the youngest visitors.

Whether you’re looking for outdoor digs where the kids can run around or want a food menu that’ll muster up to the most discerning of little food critics, these local breweries have enough craft beer and entertainment for everyone. Give the sitter a break and bring the whole family to the taproom—here are the best family-friendly breweries in and near Philly.

Yards Brewing Co.
Yards Brewing Co. | Photo courtesy of Yards Brewing Co.

Family-Friendly Breweries in Philly

Yards Brewing Co.
Northern Liberties
Yards’ sprawling 70,000-square-foot taproom has an excellent Bavarian-style pretzel that’s perfect for kids to share and an outdoor section with plenty of seating. Inside, there’s enough joyful bustle that toddler screams will go unnoticed. And with an 11:30 am daily opening time, you can enjoy a Philadelphia Pale Ale over lunch.

Craft Hall
Northern Liberties
Not only is Craft Hall huge (plenty of room for large broods), there’s also an indoor playground, complete with a slide and rope ladder, and classic arcade games. Let the kids run wild while you watch the Eagles on the bar’s multiple LED video walls and projectors and sip on Parks Pale Ale from Mainstay Independent Brewing Co. When the tots get hungry, the kids menu has all the best classics: a Hot Dog, Cheeseburger, Pulled Pork Sandwich, or Chicken Tenders.

Dock Street Brewery South
Point Breeze
In addition to a kids menu and lots of wood-fired pizza on offer, Dock Street also provides high chairs and coloring books to their youngest patrons. Larger and more laid back than their Fishtown location, this 10,500-square-foot brewing facility and brewpub is more kid-friendly—however, anyone under 21 has to vacate by 8 pm. On tap are 12 beers, featuring year-round and seasonal pale ales, lagers, pilsners, and beyond.

Frankford Hall
A neighborhood staple, Frankford Hall’s German biergarten setup is perfect for hosting large groups of all ages. Open all year, the outdoor area is sufficiently heated in colder months and large tables are aplenty. Grab a stein of German beer (for you) and ErdbeerKuchen Strawberry Cake Milkshake for the little ones and play a game of Jenga or two. Don’t miss the seasonal and regular family-friendly events throughout the year like SpringFest, PlayArts, and visits from Santa.

Other Half Brewing
Take advantage of the outdoor space at this brewery, just a stone’s throw away from Punch Line, Brooklyn Bowl, and The Fillmore. With room for tots to play, both inside and out, and a kids food menu that includes Chicken Fingers, Grilled Cheese, and Side Veggies—not to mention other non-kids menu goodies, like Hand Cut French Fries and Nachos—children will fit right in. Grownups shouldn’t miss their selection of craft IPAs.

Philadelphia Brewing Co.
Famous for their Kenzinger and Walt Wit, Philadelphia Brewing Co. also delivers in the beer garden department. Open year round, beginning at 11 am daily, there’s nowhere else you’d want to be on a beautiful day. The space is outfitted with dozens of picnic tables with umbrellas and kids are often grubbing on food truck fare or playing amongst themselves in this secluded mulched beer garden.

Urban Village Brewing Co.
Northern Liberties
Sit outside at a picnic table under the welcoming string lights during nice weather, or pack the whole fam in at the long indoor tables on colder days. Whether you’re watching the game and nursing a Sex Panther fruited sour or are a fan of the wood fired pizzas, Urban Village has something for all ages. Speaking of pizzas, the kids menu features two of them—cheese and pepperoni—plus Chicken Fingers and Mac and Cheese.

Wissahickon Brewing Company
Wissahickon Brewing Company | Photo courtesy of Wissahickon Brewing Company

Family-Friendly Breweries Near Philly

Chestnut Hill Brewing Co. Beer Garden
Chestnut Hill
Located behind the Chestnut Hill Hotel, this beer garden is open year-round and offers eight to 10 draft beers, but, more importantly for non-drinkers, 11 different kinds of wood-fired Neapolitan-style pizza. (They even occasionally host kids’ pizza-making classes.) Grown ups can enjoy Tropical Tease, a Belgium fruited wheat beer with notes of pineapple and mango, or Reckless Abandonment: New Zealand Edition (a mix of an IPA and a Pale Ale), brewed on site.
Distance from Philly: 30 minutes

Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company
The walls, adorned with fun illustrations, are sure to appease the kids. But if that doesn’t work, send them to the vintage arcade games to kill some time. Plus, plenty of outdoor seating, seasonal beers on draft, and an always-rotating lineup of food trucks to fill hungry bellies.
Distance from Philly: 30 minutes

Iron Hill Brewery
Multiple locations
With a dozen taprooms in Pennsylvania alone, including Philadelphia, Iron Hill has over 15 beers on tap, ranging from lagers to porters, plus cans and bottles. The stacked kids menu has highlights like Fish and Chips and Turkey Burger and comes with the option of ice cream. The family-friendly spots offer plenty of non-bar seating and seasonal kid-friendly events, like visits from the Easter bunny.
Distance from Philly: 30 minutes and up, depending on location

Wissahickon Brewing Company
East Falls
Kids should love the vibe here, where a friendly beer garden with picnic tables and colorful hop leaf mural and spacious indoor taproom beckon, and a rotating roster of food trucks offer grub, ranging from barbecue to quesadillas. All beer-loving guardians can indulge with plenty of IPAs and seasonal drafts.
Distance from Philly: 20 minutes

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Allie Volpe is a Thrillist contributor.