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This is a museum even the youngest children will love. Everything in the Please Touch Museum is 100 percent interactive, including the exhibitions and performances. Kids can touch, splash, jump and make noise as much as they want. It’s still a museum, though, and youngsters will learn a lot about culture, the workings of machines and animals while having fun. Adults are encouraged to join in the fun, too!
The museum is housed in Fairmount Park’s Memorial Hall, one of the few remaining buildings from the World’s Fair in 1876. The Centennial Exploration Exhibit is a journey back in time to show you the Expo. The stylish columns of the old building contrast with the colorful playgrounds of the Please Touch Museum. Children will love the fact that the museum has swapped historical objects behind glass for fun toys to play with. It is not all modern though; one of the most popular attractions is the restored carousel from 1908.
Children up to three years old can run around Nature’s Pond to discover animals nestled in the grass, or the Fairytale Garden’s exhibit of stories and nursery rhymes. Live theater will get them involved in acting and Move It has cars with freewheeling toddlers in the hot seat. Older kids will enjoy splashing with boats at the River Adventures exhibit. Don’t be late for the chance to play croquet with the Queen of Spades and have tea with the Mad Hatter at the Alice in Wonderland-themed maze.
To visit, head to Fairmount Park on the west bank of the Schuylkill River. It’s easily accessible by car and public transport from downtown. The museum is open daily, and gets crowded during school holidays and wet weather, but this sometimes adds to the fun because there will be plenty of kids to play with. Note that the “play professionals” who work in the museum are not there for day care, so stay with your children at all times. There is an in-house cafeteria for lunch.
Located in Center City, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Walnut Street and Rittenhouse Square. Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts and City Hall are also within 15 minutes. Walnut Locust Station is 6 minutes by foot and City Hall Station is 9 minutes.
Located in Center City, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul and Academy of Natural Sciences. Ben Franklin National Memorial and City Hall are also within 10 minutes. City Hall Station is 6 minutes by foot and Race Vine Station is 8 minutes.
Located in Center City, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Walnut Street, Rittenhouse Square, and Ben Franklin National Memorial. Academy of Natural Sciences and Mutter Museum are also within 10 minutes. City Hall Station is 6 minutes by foot and 13th St. Station is 10 minutes.
Located in University City, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of University of Pennsylvania and Drexel University. Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and Walnut Street are also within 15 minutes. 34th St. Station is only a 3-minute walk and 30th St. Station is 6 minutes.
Located in West Philadelphia, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Fairmount Park, St. Joseph's University, and Please Touch Museum. Boathouse Row and Mann Center for the Performing Arts are also within 3 mi (5 km). Philadelphia Bala Station is 12 minutes by foot and Philadelphia Cynwyd Station is 19 minutes.
Located in Center City, this hotel is steps from Free Library of Philadelphia and Reading Terminal Market. Pennsylvania Convention Center and City Hall are also within 10 minutes. 13th St. Station is only a 2-minute walk and 11th St Station is 4 minutes.
Located in West Philadelphia, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Fairmount Park, St. Joseph's University, and Laurel Hill Cemetery. Strawberry Mansion and Pennsylvania Convention Center are also within 9 mi (15 km). Philadelphia Bala Station is 24 minutes by foot and Philadelphia Wissahickon Station is 24 minutes.
Located in Center City, this hotel is steps from Art Institute of Philadelphia and Walnut Street. Rittenhouse Square and City Hall are also within 10 minutes. City Hall Station is 5 minutes by foot and Walnut Locust Station is 8 minutes.
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