We have memberships to the majority of the kid friendly events in the Philadelphia area. Adventure aquarium, The Please Touch Museum Franklin Institute, Philadelphia Zoo, & Sesame Place to name a few. We visited the The Please Touch Museum this past weekend as the weather is turning colder here and it’s a good escape to have the kids run around in for a few hours and let them touch things we know they can’t break.
I met Lisa at the museum after I was done work and we started our afternoon of fun. For those not familiar with the Please Touch Museum, it is located in the Fairmont park section of Philadelphia.The museum focuses on teaching through interactive exhibits and special events, mostly aimed at children seven years old and younger. Hannah &Tyler being 1 & 4 are the perfect demographic.
In the main lobby there is a giant replica of the arm and torch from the Statue of Liberty created from discarded toys. The great thing about this exhibit is it has a ramp you can walk up around the torch and see the work put into creating it. You can let the kids run up unattended as it is closed in.
I asked Hannah what her favorite exhibit was and she stated the River Adventure play area. This is to the right of the statue. This area has an water play table that kids can play in while learning about the forces that affect the way water flows.
They can move waterwheels, float boats and rubber duckies, and investigate the levers and locks that bring the water to life.
They have smocks the kids can wear to stay dry and dryers for your hands.
Next up is Imagination Playground. This is Tyler’s favorite exhibit. It consist simply of giant blue foam blocks you can stack and construct as high as you can imagine. Definitely a time killer here. Tyler could stay here all day.
The Woodside Park Carousel
Off of the Playground is the carousel, which was built over 100 years ago.The carousel has 52 animals (40 horses, four cats, four rabbits, two pigs, and two goats) and 1,296 lights on it. This is always a must for us. As a member it cost $1 per child and parents are free. Non-members pay $3. The kids love selecting an animal and riding around in circles.
On the other side of the fist floor there is a room dedicated to the main exhibit they are presenting. At the time of our visit it was hosting Sid the Science Kid. I didn’t visit this exhibit but Lisa said the kids really enjoyed it. Previously they had Daniel Tiger exhibit in this space and it was very well put together so I’m sure it was just as good if not better.Currently the space is held by Thomas and Friends: Explore the Rails! Presented by Fisher Price and sponsored by 3M. This exhibit runs through Jan 6th 2019.
Next to the main exhibit is The Rocket Room. It is all about space and rockets. This is one of my favorite rooms. You can assemble and launch rockets high into the air, or take the lead by exploring the Mission Control console. Lots off fun!
Also on the first floor is Roadside Attractions. The kids both love this exhibit! They can climb into a real car, a SEPTA bus, or a trolley and go for a pretend ride. Stroll through City Park, grab some play ice cream and eat a picnic lunch. Plenty of imagination to spread here. Hannah loves to serve food at the play food cart!
Downstairs you will find Wonderland which is full of Mazes and mirrors. This exhibit really brings out his creative side as he enjoys playing peek a boo with himself.
Some highlights of this area include the ability to :
Navigate the hedge maze on your way to the Mad Hatter’s endless tea party.
Paint the roses red and watch as they change color before your eyes.
Find the shrinking hallway as you wind through the Hall of Mirrors.
Play a game of croquet with flamingos and hedgehogs.
Travel into the pages of classic children’s stories in Fairytale Garden Toddler Area.
Tyler loves to look at himself in the mirrors.For the longest time he thought he was looking at another baby but he is realizing now he is looking at himself. This exhibit really brings out his creative side as he enjoys playing peek a boo with himself.
Also downstairs is Centennial Exploration. This is my favorite exhibit. Lisa thinks it’s boring as it’s about trains and the history of the building but they have a massive model of the 1876 Centennial Exhibition which helps you learn about the important history of this great building.
Finishing off the downstairs is Healthy Me. This basically is a kid-size city, complete with a supermarket, restaurant, hospital, construction zone, and toddler area. Tyler and Hannah enjoyed pretending to be doctors, chefs, construction workers and supermarket employees as they wore costumes and experienced a mini city built just for them. I personally think this is one of the best places for kids to spend their time in the Museum. The hospital and supermarket are elaborate and lots of fun for adults as well!
Healthy Me: Children’s Hospital
The kids loved pretending to scan a doll on the x-ray & MRI machines in the hospital.
Hannah loved wearing the scrubs!
Tyler could have stayed here for hours!
Healthy Me: Market + Bimbo Bakeries USA Bistro
Please Touch Museum Final Thoughts
We love visiting the Please Touch Museum. If you have young children we highly recommend visiting if you are in Philadelphia.
They are open Mon-Sat 9am -5pm and Sunday 11am-5pm.
4231 Avenue of the Republic
Philadelphia, PA 19131
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