Events and Activities
The Water Works hosts a range of activities from regularly scheduled tours to family-friendly Pop-Up activities and interactive exhibits.
“Fairmount Water Works — Inside and Out”
Regularly Scheduled Events:
Explore the Water Works site and learn its history and importance to Philadelphia. This one-hour tour is free, and no reservations are required. Science Saturday
- Saturdays from 2-4 p.m., starting every half hour
Explore a topic relating to our local waterways. The theme of Science Saturday
changes monthly.“Milling Around” Hard Hat Tour
This special hard-hat tour takes you below the streets to the Kelly Pool area where you’ll be able to envision its history as an aquarium and Olympic pool. Our music and light installation, created by the Blair Brothers and Luce Group lighting, will envelope you with a sensory experience as you learn the future of the site as part of vibrant global environmentalism. The tour is free but, due to high demand, reservations are required. Please reserve your tickets
Since the opening of the Fairmount Water Works, tens of thousands of teachers and students have visited and participated in our unique programs. We teach about the process of cleaning drinking water and protecting the health of our urban watersheds through science, technology, engineering, art & architecture and math (STEM). We have designed programs that are suitable for all grades and that meet both Pennsylvania and New Jersey educational standards.
Download program descriptions or visit our Education Web Page
for complete information, including request forms.
The Water Works also offers summer programs, volunteer opportunities, and programs for university students. Please visit our Education Web Page
for the most up to date information on these programs.