Disclosure: My children and I received complimentary admission for a blogger event at the Please Touch Museum. All opinions as always are 100% my own.
If you are a parent with toddlers or young, school-aged children living in the Philadelphia area and you have never been to the Please Touch Museum (PTM), you must make it a point to put it on your list of places to visit. The museum is a dream for kids – where every exhibit is an experience to touch, play and explore to their hearts’ content. It is as educational as it is fun and you can literally spend the entire day watching your kids giggling, exploring and having a blast.
Located in the West Fairmount Park/Centennial District area of Philadelphia, the Please Touch Museum is located in the beautiful and historic Memorial Hall. Founded in 1976, the museum has been living out their mission to “enrich the lives of children by creating learning opportunities through play” for over 37 years. The museum is specifically geared to children ages 7 and under and welcomes children to touch and explore everything inside. You will not find yourself overwhelmed and yelling at the kids not to touch this or play with that, but rather, you will join them in experiencing the joy of play and becoming a part of the creative, imaginary places you will find inside.
One of my favorite places in Philadelphia to visit with my kids, the Please Touch Museum always brings back memories of my own childhood with each and every visit. From visits to the grocery store complete with shopping carts and check out lines to the interactive plays and story times, Please Touch Museum has grown abundantly since the days when I was a kid, but it still captures all of the excitement, wonder and charm that makes it so special and unique.
Some of my kids’ favorite exhibits include the Shop Rite Supermarket, Rita’s Water Ice Stand, McDonalds, Children’s Hospital, the Water Play area, the Construction site, Alice in Wonderland and of course the incredible historic century-old Carousel. (You can check out a full list of exhibits HERE.)
A visit to the Please Touch Museum makes for a perfect family day trip, school trip, or group outing not only for Philadelphia area natives, but those visiting the Philadelphia area as well. If your kids enjoy it as much as our family does, I would also suggest checking out the yearly family membership plan. Our family had a one year membership a few years ago and loved the opportunity to pay frequent visits to one of our family’s favorite places to play in Philadelphia. Indoor exhibit fun is perfect for cold or rainy days as well as school vacation days and days where you are looking for some good old family fun. You can check out more about membership information and pricing HERE.
Please Touch Museum’s Puppet Pal Program is also a fun way for children and their families to connect with the museum and support their ongoing efforts to deliver outstanding family and community-based opportunities and exhibits. By investing in Please Touch Museum, you are investing in the lives of families in the community and across the region and supporting the ongoing efforts of the Please Touch Museum. You can learn more about the Puppet Pal Program and other sponsorship opportunities HERE.
As you can see my kids had a blast at our recent visit to the museum. What kid wouldn’t “dig” the opportunity for a day of hands on fun?
Best of all, my husband and I are super excited for the opportunity to attend a wedding for friends of ours next month at the museum. I had no idea that you could have a wedding here and I cannot wait to experience the magic of their night with them! What a fun way to enjoy one of my favorite places in a whole new way!
Many thanks to Please Touch Muesum for inviting our family to visit. We look forward to returning again soon for another day of family fun!
Have you been to the Please Touch Museum? What did you think?