I was sorting photos with my kids this weekend and we came across photos from our visit to Philadelphia’s Please Touch Museum. My kids went crazy, begging me to take them back to Philadelphia so they could go again. Not deterred by the 3-hour drive to Philly, they agreed we must go back immediately. Preferably, this weekend.
The wonderfully named Please Touch Museum really is a delightful children’s museum and would be the highlight of a trip to Philly for anyone under age 10. My teenagers had a fun time playing with their younger siblings there as well, and our family loved the afternoon we spent at the Please Touch Museum. My boys (Dad included) loved designing rockets and shooting them into outer space.
This museum is big and you will need at least a few hours to thoroughly enjoy it. For the admission price of $17, you will want to go when you can spend some time and get your money’s worth. That being said, I would happily pay the admission price and return.
My favorite exhibit was Alice in Wonderland. My five-year-old daughter dressed up in Alice’s clothes and skipped around exploring the wacky world down the rabbit hole. We painted roses, had a Mad Hatter tea party, ran through the hedges and climbed inside this big tree.
Even the teenagers got involved in the fun and loved playing with their younger siblings for a few hours.
I always love the water stations, and my boys loved getting wet, building dams, and floating ships downstream. The Please Touch Museum has plenty of aprons and hand dryers to dry off when we were done.
I’m a sucker for carousel rides, so even though this one cost an additional $3 per person, my kids enjoyed the carousel ride. If you don’t want to pay extra for it, I appreciated that this was tucked into a corner of the museum and if you looked on the map, you could avoid it and your kids wouldn’t know what they were missing.
We spent some time grocery shopping and trying to teach the kids not to run their carts into one another. My little ones always love being in charge of the shopping, so this exhibit was a hit.
We enjoyed the Please Touch Museum for three hours, but could have spent all day if we had the time. Our kids loved the hands-on play with unique exhibits and the chance to take a break from traditional sight-seeing to relax and enjoy a place designed just for them.
Good to Know
Where: Memorial Hall in Fairmount Park, 4231 Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia, PA 19131
When: Monday – Saturday: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. & Sunday: 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Check their website to confirm hours as they occasionally change the schedule for special events.
How long: Plan on 2-4 hours to stay and enjoy all there is to do.
How much: $17 for children and adults. Children under the age of 1 are free.
Food: Visit the Please Touch Cafe for a variety of healthy sandwiches, salads, snacks and beverages when you get hungry.
Parking: Parking is available at the museum for $8. Public transportation is available via bus or SEPTA, or you can try the Big Bus Tour that also stops at the Please Touch Museum.
Disclosure: Our visit to the Please Touch Museum was hosted by Visit Philadelphia so we could review the museum for our readers, but as always, you can count on me to give you my honest opinion.
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