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Please Touch Museum, 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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  • You could spend all day here without the kids and probably still not see everything. It is a great place for younger children. I would think by the time they are 7 or 8, they might start getting bored...  more »
  • Perfect place for little ones 6 and under. We stayed 2 hrs with a 2 ydar old and he had a blast. Giant colorful displays all hands on' tons of fun. For older kids nearby the Franklin Institute is a do...  more »
  • We attended a wedding reception and it was beautiful and different venue compared to typical hotel or golf course environment. Staff for cocktails and dinner was very friendlly, professional and court...  more »
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  • 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.
  • If you go on a weekday, go after 12 pm. We got there at 10 am on a Wednesday and the place was packed with kids, moms, dads, and teachers. Looks to be many different school on a field trip. Parking is $12. You can probably save 12 bucks if you park out on the road and walk a bit. Overall, my son had a blast. I would recommend waiting until your child is at least 3-4 yrs to enjoy everything.
  • Parking was a breeze and handicap accessible, this Philadelphia museum is a magical place for children to explore. I enjoyed the many levels in this historic building; each stairway or ramp guiding excited kids into their new adventure. From the Alice in wonderland tea party to the refurbished carousel we were constantly moving around, learning and entertained. We especially enjoyed the supermarket with shopping carts , and a checkout line! One fun event to consider: The museum has a New Years Eve ball drop at noon for the younger ones to help bring in the New Year.
  • Featured lots of things that adults do as part of everyday, but proved to be very exciting for my little one. Pumping gas into a car, changing spark plugs on an engine, boarding a SEPTA bus, going grocery shopping and planting potatoes in a play garden. Had a really great time. Wound up getting a yearly pass as it paid for itself with the second visit. Food was very reasonable in price and served up typical kid stuff: pizza, mac and cheese, box milks etc. I bought food, but I noticed lots of people brought bagged lunches so I guess that is allowed too. I went for a boys day out with my son who is 18m and he loved it, but kids much older would have had just as much fun too. Looking forward to returning with my 3 y/o and letting her have a go at all the attractions.
  • Family of 4 we went here for the first time ever yesterday kids ages 2 and 5 and they loved it! We ofcourse arrived when it opened so my kids were able to enjoy a whole section to themselves. Then around 11a.m. it started to get chaotic with schools and more families. My kids didn't get to enjoy the lower level because how it full it became. They enjoyed the carousel. Thankfully we packed our own lunches. I gave 4 stars because I believe adult tickets should be lowered since this place is geared to younger children. We paid for parking, but upon leaving we noticed cars were parked out in front of the museum. Still don't know if that was allowed but if it was we wish we were told that we could've parked there and saved $12.