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Please Touch Museum, Philadelphia

4.4
#8 of 37 in Museums in Philadelphia
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Please Touch Museum invites children of all ages to interact with imaginary worlds. You'll notice that the exhibits feature movie props and items from popular children's stories, like the walking piano from the film "Big" or more than three decades of "Star Wars" toys. All exhibits and displays are kid friendly and made to be touched. Be sure to enjoy the Woodside Park carousel from 1908 that's been rebuilt in the museum. Use our Philadelphia tour planner to add Please Touch Museum and other attractions to your Philadelphia vacation plans.
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  • We took our 2 1/2 year old son on a Saturday morning in the summer. We arrived right after opening and had no trouble finding parking and there was no line to get in. It's in a gorgeous building which...  more »
  • Took my 7yr and 4yr old on a Saturday in the summer and was pleased it was not as busy as I thought it was going to be. We had been once before when the 7yr old was 3yrs old.. I was sad to see that th...  more »
  • This place is so spacious and great for little kids! The downstairs is literally a kid-sized town with a supermarket, shoe store, hospital.. the children can play there the whole time! There was also ...  more »
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  • This museum is in such an amazing , Beautiful building. We were here 3+ hours and we couldn't get my 3 1/2 year old out of the first room ( the vehicle room) by the time we got downstairs we only had 15 minutes left and there was so much more he wanted to do there. It was very sad that we had to leave and couldn't make it back a 2ND day. This was way better then any of the amusement parks my son had the most genuine smile the whole time we were there. We met a wonderful lady worker there that grew up across the street and gave us info about the building and checked up on us during our visit. This is in a beautiful area of Philadelphia as well and has paid parking on site. It has a carousel, water room, hospital, supermarket, train room that we missed entirely, playhouses, theater, construction site,special exhibits, and a whole room dedicated to different vehicles. And more. If you have AAA show your card for small discount.
  • Fantastic interactive kids museum lots of to do. Lots of room to run. Great for toddlers. Can spend a whole day here. Bit expensive. Would bring your own lunch. Really nice if you get there early.
  • My toddlers loved it here! For toddlers, I recommend bringing a change of clothes for them because they could get wet in the water play area (if they are anything like mine, they will insist on not wearing the waterproof smock provided- which is an amazing feature if they'll wear it). As you walk into the museum the water play area is directly to the right if you want to avoid it and save it for the end, head to the left after you pass the admissions booth (heading toward the city bus and excavator ball pit). My personal favorite was the carousel (make sure to purchase carousel tickets at admissions booth at arrival) and the mommy and me music/story book time downstairs.
  • So much to do. An hour or two was about the perfect amount of time to spend. Most of the activities allow some natural team building experiences for the kids. The most fun part for me: seeing my son and the kids working together to build and launch rockets.
  • This is an indoor playground for toddlers and other young children. The title creates different expectations for unsuspecting chaperone-relatives and educators. That being said, this is the place for kids to be super active as they run from station to station exploring their new surroundings. My advice: keep a close watch on them because they can go missing very easily (my nephew was so excited that he went to another area in the blink of an eye, but thankfully I found him within minutes); bring water to keep everybody hydrated (you'll be getting a work out chasing the little ones); bring lunch to avoid high prices at the store; use playtime as teaching moments when the kids don't want to share or they get aggressive.

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Most of Philadelphia's hotels cluster around the compact city center, ensuring quick and easy access to major tourist sights and activities. The only drawback to staying in this area is the lack of free parking, so if you're exploring by car, considering booking into a bed and breakfast in one of the city's residential blocks. Visitors planning on longer stays can also consider several apartment hotels, offering spacious furnished units with complimentary Wi-Fi, free bike rentals, and access to rooftop terraces.
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