Growing up, when I heard the word museum, I was immediately turned off. I mean, who would want to spend their time learning about history and not being able to touch anything? It wasn’t until I went to my first “hands on” museum that my mindset shifted. And shifted dramatically.

So, I want to talk about my favorite local museum that brings learning to life.

Located in the Fairmount Park section of Philadelphia lives a magical place, The Please Touch Museum. And here is why:

1. The exhibits are mesmerizing. From rocket rooms to river adventures to the imagination playground, there is something that your child will love. The creative arts studio was always my favorite and is constantly changing with new crafts to be done.

2. The calendar of events is extraordinaire. Every day there are numerous activities occurring throughout the museum. From storybook reading to discovery zone activities, the staff knowledgeable staff leads these is accommodating, knowledgeable, and friendly which makes the experience that much more special.

3. AND the kids shop gift shop is mind-blowing. Even adults will find something of interest.

Hours are typically 9-5 which proves to be a great rainy day activity, a fun family outing, or even an option for birthday parties and events. And as a teacher, I think that schools should take full advantage of the field trip itineraries as they are totally customizable.

Learning should be fun, interactive, and hands on. And that is exactly what kids need. Sure, when they get older art museums, artifacts and history exhibits may be something that have grown into enjoying…but for now, enjoy being a kid and visit the Please Touch Museum!

Address: 4231 Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia PA 19131
Phone: 215.581.3181

So get ready for a hands on approach to learning and a time that your kids will rave about until their next visit.


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