This past weekend Kristopher and I, along with some great friends, took a little day trip to Philly to visit the “Please Touch Children’s Museum.” From Maryland it was about an hour and a half drive, and totally worth it!! I love finding new and fun places to discover with Kristopher, and this one was a real winner!!! If you have read some of my previous blogs, you know that I have criteria for our activities. No matter where we go the activity has to provide an opportunity for him to explore, learn, and play. The “Please Touch Museum,” has all three in abundance.
The Museum has two large floors. On the top floor there is a Garage/Transportation section where you can allow your hands-on busy-body to work on car engines, drive a real size bus, pump gas, and operate an excavator. It’s a little mechanics dream land! Opposite of that side, allows your water explorer to throw on a smock, and get elbow deep in water. They will learn how dams work, and boats float. They can explore a little further and pick up some books to read in a cozy cottage. The bottom floor gives your little one a chance to channel their inner Alice and to fall down the “Rabbit hole.” In Alice’s Wonderland, your little one can dress up, and have tea. However, watch your time, because if not you’ll be late. Late for your train that awaits you in the next area. There are Model trains, a train to climb in, and a great deal of information for your little learner to learn. After, catching your train, your young builder can go and move some bricks, but be safe, because they could end up at the Philadelphia hospital that’s fully equipped with an MRI machine, hospital beds, and an ambulance.
I’ve only shared a few great things that “Please Touch,” has to offer, so there’s a ton more for you to go and investigate. If somehow, you still aren’t convinced, here is some other information.
Who is it for:
The Museum advertises for all ages, however, I would say that it’s most appealing to younger children. I saw some 10 year old girls there who were kind of just standing around glued to their phones. However, for your toddlers, and 4 to 8 year olds, this place absolutely rocks!!!! Kristopher is two and had an astounding time!
Overall, the Museum is reasonably priced. I lucked up and found a great Groupon, but for all children and adults over a year of age it’s $17 per person. Please, don’t forget to bring an extra $3 for the large old-school Merry-go-round. You are also allowed to bring your own lunch in the building as well.
To be able to explore everything, read the information, and play along the way, I would suggest planning to stay about 3 to 4 hours. I promise you that it won’t feel as if you were there that long, because time flies when you’re having fun!
The place is truly awesome and has so much to offer. I plan to visit again and again, to let Kristopher have more adventures at the “Please Touch Museum.” If you have the opportunity, be sure to stop in Philly, enjoy the day the museum and to of course have a cheesesteak! It’s a Monumental place Moms, make the trip and go!
“We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures that we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.”