When it comes to family friendly attractions, Philadelphia has plenty to offer. If you ask my kids where is their favorite place to go, the answer is simple – the Please Touch Museum. The name itself screams family friendly! What kid wouldn’t like to go to a place where they are asking you to please touch anything and everything!
We’ve visited the museum in the past and my daughter has always enjoyed it, but it wasn’t until a recent trip that it really clicked for us. Now that we have 2 little ones to entertain, it’s become quite clear that the Please Touch Museum is fun for all ages. Like most 4-year-olds, my daughter has an active imagination and the museum offers plenty of outlets for her to let her imagination run wild and explore the world around her at her level.
There is so much to see and do at the Please Touch Museum – from drumming to your own beat in the Rainforest Rhythm to exploring distant planets as an astronaut in Flight Fantasy - there’s something for every child.
Enter the topsy-turvy world of Wonderland, explore the circular maze, join in on a Tea Party, and don’t forget to paint the roses red!
My daughter loves to immerse herself in Wonderland and pretend she is Alice. Some say curiosity leads to trouble, but following the White Rabbit through the rabbit hole only leads to adventure!
When in Wonderland, one must always visit the Mad Hatter and the March Hare for tea time.
In City Capers, a realistic neighborhoods portraying buildings from Philadelphia’s skyline, explore urban life while shopping at the local ShopRite Supermarket to gardening to caring for infants at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
Pretending to be an EMT rushing her brother to the Children’s Hospital Medical Center. Apparently he was injured and needed medical help right away!
A mom’s work is never done. After food shopping at the local Shop Rite and cleaning the house, it’s time to take the baby out to the garden to pick fresh vegetables to make dinner.
No visit is complete without a ride on the Woodside Park Dentzel Carousel. Built in 1908 but making its debut at Woodside Park in the Germantown area of Philadelphia in 1924, the fully refurbished carousel now resides in a 9,000 square food pavilion east of Memorial Hall. Take a ride on one of 40 horses, 4 cats, 2 pigs, 2 goats or 4 rabbits – all of which are hand carved.
At Please Touch Museum®, we encourage children to play and grow through the myriad of experiences we offer. It is clear that play is freely chosen and an imaginative engagement in activities that are fun and enjoyable. We know that play provides the foundation for basic life skills such as building relationships, cooperation, negotiation and compromise as well as providing opportunities for children to find out who they are and what they enjoy doing. Play offers an emotional outlet, develops the imagination and creativity and cultivates problem-solving skills.
The Please Touch Museum has become a beloved place in my family’s heart. It’s a place we look forward to visiting and hate to leave. And now I want to share the fun and adventure with your family! Thanks to the Please Touch Museum, I’m giving away a family four pack of tickets to one of my readers!
To enter, leave a comment below with your favorite Please Touch attraction. If you’ve never had the pleasure of visiting the museum, let me know what you think your child would enjoy. This contest runs from now until January 25th. Winner will be selected by Random.org and announced on January 26th.
For more info on exhibits and special events at the Please Touch Museum, please visit their website at http://www.PleaseTouchMuseum.org.