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.
This museum is big and you will need at least a few hours to thoroughly enjoy it. For the admission price, 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.
My boys (Dad included) loved designing rockets and shooting them into outer space.
Even my 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 costs an additional $3 per person, we thought it was a fun splurge. The carousel is tucked into a corner of the museum, so you can avoid it and your kids won't know what they are 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. Paid parking is available. Public transportation is also available or you can try the Big Bus Tour that also stops at the Please Touch Museum.
When: Open 9 AM to 5 PM most days. The museum opens a little later on Wednesdays and Sundays. Closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.
How long: 2-4 hours
How much: $19 for children and adults. Children under the age of 1 are free.
Amenities: Gift shop. The Please Touch Cafe serves a variety of healthy sandwiches, salads, snacks and beverages.
Disclosure: Our visit to the Please Touch Museum was hosted by Visit Philadelphia so we could review the museum for our readers. As always, you can count on me to give you my honest opinion.
On this spring break trip, we also drove out to the Turkey Hill Experience in Lancaster County. Click the arrow below to learn more about it, or visit our Pennsylvania page for more vacation ideas.