Highlight Museum - June 11, 2020
The name alone invites little kids to come and play. Each section of this two-story museum is designed to create learning opportunities that are completely fun. Kids explore a mini Philly-esque neighborhood, and exhibits on airplanes, automobiles, the river, and a historical train station. Older kids will love the Alice in Wonderland exhibit, and toddlers can safely play in the Fairytale Garden. Don't forget to take a few turns on the 1908 carousel before you call it a day.
Located in historic Memorial Hall – a National Historic Landmark built in 1876 for the Centennial Exhibition celebrating the country’s 100th birthday – Please Touch Museum aims to bring together the past, present and future through six interactive exhibit zones across 157,000 square feet, including four areas specifically designed for children 3 and younger.
Exhibits - Explore
The Please Touch museum offers images and explanations of their museum under the Explore menu title on their website. They offer colored blocks that have an image and a "details" button that gives the location of the exhibit (either upper of lower level) and activities in that exhibit. Lower on the Explore page is an interactive map of the museum that your child might enjoy using. Here are two screenshots that explain its interactivity:
Then, when you click on an exhibit circle:
MAIN FLOOR EXHIBITS
Woodside Park Dentzel Carousel
Garden Grill Cafe
Please Touch Garden
The Kids Shop
LOWER LEVEL EXHIBITS
1) Children's Hospital
2) Front Step Toddler Area
3) Market + Bimbo Bakeries USA Bistro
Cents and Sensibility
Creative Arts Studio
Daily and Weekly Programs
Under the Learn menu, the Please Touch Museum also offers programs of active and facilitated learning. These programs, which are not offered on a permanent schedule, are free with museum admission and do not require advance registration. Here are two of the 12 programs offered prior to the museum closing for the pandemic:
Kids and their grown-ups will also delight in riding the meticulously restored 1908 Woodside Park Dentzel Carousel, originally built in Philadelphia and after more than 40 years in storage, returned to its hometown in its own 9,000 square-foot glass pavilion on the east side of Memorial Hall.
Details: Location, Admission, Additional Features
4231 Avenue of the Republic
Philadelphia, PA 19131
$16 per car (Free for members)
Free on-street parking
Map showing both the driving path and distance and the flight time
Driving - 20.5 hours (1,345 miles) with tolls
Flying - approximately 5 hours, from Stillwater to Philadelphia
Admission: $19.95 (a note on this page says "expires 4/30/21). Again, it would be a great idea to call when the museum re-opens (215-581-3181).
Carousel Single Ride (kids only): $3.00