Press release

Sister Cities Park Prepares to Launch Summer Programming

Giavana Suraci
T 215.440.5516


PHILADELPHIA (May 22, 2019): Sister Cities Park will flourish this summer as new and returning programs engage visitors of all ages. With unique amenities, such as the Earth Fountain and Children’s Discovery Garden and Boat Pond, this one-of-a-kind park offers a safe play space for young children and great place for adults for a snack, tea or coffee with great views of Swann Fountain on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. The Sister Cities Café, which celebrated its grand re-opening this past week with new management, specializes in fresh and tasty cuisine, featuring both kid-friendly favorites and grownup fare. The café proudly serves a variety of La Colombe coffee products.

This season, Sister Cities Park guests are invited to enjoy:

Parkway Pals
Mondays, Tuesdays & Wednesdays
June 3 through August 21, 10:30 a.m. & 11:30 a.m.

Parkway Pals returns to Sister Cities Park for a gaggle of good times! Every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday morning will feature unique and educational programming created especially for children ages 2-7, led by a variety of Parkway institutions. Laughter and learning will be the main focus during this free series. The schedule includes:

Mondays, 10:30 a.m.: Story Art

  • Stop by for story readings with the Free Library of Philadelphia, followed by nature-inspired activities from Philadelphia Parks & Recreation.

      11:30 a.m.: Art in the Park

  • Preview the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s summer family festival, Art Splash, with a hands-on collage activity.

Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m.: Woven Together

  • The Fabric Workshop and Museum will present engaging textile, craft and hands-on activities inspired by the museum’s current exhibit, Sonya Clark: Monumental Cloth, the Flag You Should Know.

     11:30 a.m.: Nature in the Park

  • Join the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University this summer for exciting natural science activities. Young scientists will go wild with fun games, experiments and unique activities involving animals, bugs and dinosaurs!

Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m.: Grow up Green

  • Outdoor play inspires a greater connection with the outdoor world. Each week’s activity will be introduced by Philadelphia Parks & Recreation staff. Perfect for children ages 3 and over.

         11:30 a.m.: Young Science Hour

  • Discover how science is all around us with The Franklin Institute. This summer, there will be unique demonstrations, experiments and hands-on activities all about space, robotics, the earth and more!

Participants and their parents are encouraged to stick around after the programs end. The Library in the Park Book Cart will be on display during park hours. In partnership with the Free Library of Philadelphia and with support from TD Bank, the cart gives kids the opportunity to learn at their leisure. A children’s lounging area is provided for youngsters to relax as they read.

SIPS at Sister Cities Park:
June 5 through August 28, 5 p.m.-7 p.m.

The newly re-opened Sister Cities Café will participate in this year’s Center City SIPS promotion. With a unique and refreshing menu, this one-stop-shop for drinks and grub will offer $6 cocktails, including EFFEN Vodka ”Sister Cities Palmers,” $5 wine and $4 Bud Light, plus half-priced appetizers. The completely redesigned venue has indoor and outdoor seating, a green roof and massive glass windows. Parents, neighbors and passersby will love the café’s relaxed atmosphere, a welcoming option for Sippers looking to enjoy a laid-back happy hour.

Live at Sister Cities Park:
June 6 through August 29, 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.

An impressive lineup of local singer-songwriters will return to headline Live at Sister Cities Park! Formerly known as Pairings on the Parkway, this free concert series allows guests of all ages to soak up the sounds of summer.  Surrounded by lush greenery and plantings, BYO blankets will scatter the lawn as children splash in the Earth Fountain. Grownups will love the new Sister Cities Café menu, which will include seasonal favorites and kid-friendly snacks. Wine, beer and cocktails will also be available for purchase. This year’s setlist includes:

6/6: Jeff Campbell
6/13: Nelly’s Echo
6/20: Matt Santry
6/27: Nathan Angelo
7/11: Hadar
7/18: Everything Turned to Color
7/25: Tony Lucca
8/1: Chris James (opener)
8/1: Nalani & Sarina
8/8: Joy Ike
8/15 Masila Muli
8/22: Emily Drinker
8/29: The Quixote Project

*No program on July 4

Schedule is subject to change. Sister Cities Park is located at 210 N 18th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103. For the latest information on all summer events, visit


Sister Cities Park was first dedicated in 1976 in recognition of Philadelphia's commitment to the international Sister Cities program. The park was redesigned and rededicated in 2012. Like the international flags that are on display along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Sister Cities Park celebrates Philadelphia's commitment to strengthening global economic ties and cultural understanding. The Sister Cities program links Philadelphia to the world by creating special relationships with eight Sister Cities and three Partnership Cities in 10 countries, which include: Florence, Italy; Tel Aviv, Israel; Torun, Poland; Tianjin, China; Incheon, Korea; Douala, Cameroon; Nizhny Novgorod, Russia; Kobe, Japan; Aix-en-Provence, France and Abruzzo, Italy. In July 2015, the German city of Frankfurt am Main also was added to the list. For more information on the program, visit

The Center City District, a private-sector organization dedicated to making Center City Philadelphia clean, safe and attractive, is committed to maintaining Center City’s competitive edge as a regional employment center, a quality place to live, and a premier regional destination for dining, shopping and cultural attractions. Find us at and on Facebook and Twitter.