Ways to Have Fun And Save At Please Touch Children’s Museum
I am part of a blogger group that was invited to the Please Touch Children’s Museum in Philadelphia as part of a blogger education day. We were provided with admission to the museum and passes to the carrousel. No other compensation was provided and I am not under any obligation to write this post. We has such a good time and love the Please Touch Museum so much I had to share with you our experiences and give you a peak into what you can expect when you visit the Please Touch Museum.
Let’s start with specifics:
Please Touch Museum
Memorial Hall in Fairmount Park
4231 Avenue of the Republic
Philadelphia, PA 19131
Hours of Operation
Monday – Saturday, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. & Sunday, 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Christmas Eve & New Year’s Eve: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
New Year’s Day: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
CLOSED: Thanksgiving and Christmas Days
Under the age of one: Free
Children and Adults: $16
Groups of 15 or more: please call (215) 581-3168 for reservations and discount group rates
Penny Pinching Tip: If you are a family of at least 4 AND you would visit at least 3 times in 12 months, get a Membership. I am a fan of getting memberships to museums and parks if you would frequent them often. Please Touch Museum is no exception! Memberships are a great way of saving money and getting the most benefit out of the museum.
We arrived and were a bit overwhelmed at the enormity of this museum! Memorial Hall (aka…Please Touch Museum) was the site of the Art Gallery for the 1876 world’s fair. Read all about it HERE.
My kids gravitated to the road side attraction.
Here is my 6 year old using a bucket scoop. I am sure its official name is not ‘bucket scoop’ but that is what I am calling it.
They loved this exhibit because they were able manipulate the bucket up, down, in, out, left and right to scoop up plastic balls. I loved it because there was a museum attendant there to monitor how long kids were on the machines! No fighting as to when to get off and how long a turn was for each kid. The attendant pushed the start buttons, the child had their turn and when it was over that was it.
You were welcome to get back in line but no pushing the button again. This was a great lesson in listening to those in authority (the attendant ) and taking turns. Not to mention the cause and effect of the toggle on the bucket scoop!
Do you think your kids have as much energy as a hamster? Here is an oversized hamster wheel so they can see for sure!
Note: Don’t wear flip flops. They are not conducive to running in a hamster wheel.
My kids LOVED the river. They love water anyway so this was an excellent exhibit for them. I appreciated that there were smocks provided to keep most of the water off of their clothes. But be aware that the kids will still get wet!
One of my favorite features of this room was the sun, rain, rainbow feature. The sun would light up (or come out) the rain would come out of one of the clouds and then the rainbow would light up. When the rain would stop or the sun would go ‘away’ the rainbow would go out. It was a great way of explaining how a rainbow is formed and what elements go into creating one.
This was a great room for kids to explore sounds, instruments and music. For as many instruments that were in this room I was impressed that it was not overwhelming with sound.
Take a ride on the fully refurbished century-old carousel! This iconic carousel, originally located in Philadelphia’s Woodside Park, was crafted in 1908 by the Dentzel Carousel Company, and after more than 40 years in storage, returns to its hometown bringing joy to new generations in its own 9,000 square-foot glass pavilion on the east side of Memorial Hall. Carousel tickets may be purchased at the admissions desk or at the kiosk inside the carousel pavilion. BUT if you have the premier membership you can ride the carousel all day long! It is free with the premier membership. Depending on how much your kids love riding a carousel this membership might pay for itself the first day!
Naturally, a children’s museum has kid friendly bathrooms! Check out the kid accessible sinks! I loved the mirrors….they are the phases of the moon!
It was time for lunch. We did the penny pinching thing and packed our own lunch. The folks at PTM allow you to bring in your own snacks, drinks and lunch. No big deal. This is great for kids who are picky about everything they eat! Bring what you know they will eat.
If you are not one to pack a lunch check out the Please Touch Cafe!! They offer a variety of gluten, dairy, nut and egg free items within the café. How awesome is that!
The menu features a variety of seasonally changing items, chef’s specials and every day favorites.
Daily features include:
- Seasonal hand crafted pizzas
- Build Your Own Pasta Station featuring fresh vegetables and homemade sauces, including gluten free options
- Hebrew National Hot Dogs
- Homemade Soup selections
- House-made Sandwiches & Salads featuring fresh garden vegetables
- Snacks, Ice Cream and Desserts
- NEW – Rita’s Water Ice (seasonally)
- Members receive a 10% discount in the café
This was the menu board on the day we were there. I was starting to regret packing our own lunch. Look at all that yumminess!!
This is where my 3 year old spent an hour and a half constantly moving, playing and working.
We didn’t move.
We had to stay here and work with the bricks.
We didn’t go anywhere else.
Pick up the bricks, turn the crank, wheelbarrow the bricks, drop the bricks in the shoot.
A thousand times.
For good measure, repeat a thousand more times.
Please Touch® Playhouse Theater
THIS was probably my and my 9 year olds favorite part! A 1 woman puppet show depicting the history of the building we were sitting in! All I can say is this is NOT to be missed. Also, if I could have learned about history in this manor I think I would have learned and retained SO much more!
End Of The Day Parade!
We stayed until the end of the day at 5:00.
At 4:30 we participated in the ‘end of the day parade’. All the kids were called to the center room and were lead on a hand-clapping, tambourine-shaking, drum-beating, feet-stomping parade around the first floor. The team member pictured in the photo was SOOOO engaging with the children. She cheered, clapped, lead the parade and let the children beat the drum. It all ended with high fives all around!
We LOVED the Please Touch Museum! My 3 & 6 year old were engaged in every exhibit where as my 9 year old was interested but I think one visit would do her just fine. We are definitely considering a family membership so that the younger two can go back time and time again. I hope this gives you a little peak into the Please Touch Museum in Philadelphia and a bit of what they have to offer!
To check out a calendar chock full of events at the museum check out THIS LINK.
For a way to introduce philanthropy to your children in a way that they will understand and connect with try the Puppet Pals program. Much like an ‘adopt a….’ programs your child can adopt a puppet through a donation that will support the Please Touch Museum. Check out this video: