Families visiting Philadelphia with kids won’t want to skip the Please Touch Museum, which has been the children’s museum of Philadelphia since 1976. The guiding principle of the museum is teaching through play, and it offers a multitude of engaging hands-on activities for young people. The 157,000-square-foot site has six unique zones over two floors, like Wonderland, where kids can have a tea party with the Mad Hatter, and Flight Fantasy, where kids learn about historic and futuristic flying machines. They can even play George Washington, sailing a boat on a mini Delaware River. There are also four areas designated specially for children under 3 years old, making the Please Touch Museum a spot for kids of any age.
The Please Touch Museum is located in historic Memorial Hall, about 15 minutes’ drive from downtown Philadelphia in Fairmount Park. The best time to visit is in the afternoons, or on Mondays, when school groups won’t be around. The site is open seven days a week and is only closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. On-site parking is available.