Honestly, the Please Touch museum in Philadelphia was not my own discovery. Parenting magazine found it and rated it one of the best museums/outings for kids and now I know why. I went there this weekend with one 2-year-old, one 3-year-old, and one 4-year-old and it couldn’t have been more fun. The museum is for kids. Period. There are no adult things to do at all. Everything is touchable, unbreakable, movable, and it teaches kids along the way. The highlight of the museum for the kids was the grocery story complete with aisles such as produce, breads, and canned goods. Each child got a shopping cart, they could shop, checkout at the register, work behind the counter, wherever their imagination took them. They could work at or eat at a “McDonald’s” set up just for kids with pretend burgers they could assemble and the trays and cups for the dining experience. Children can change a tire, pump gas, pay with water, play the piano, find their way through Alice in Wonderland’s maze. They can ride a bus, a train, a motorcycle, a car (real car). They can work construction, play doctor, etc. etc. etc. You get the point. I wish we lived closer to the museum. It is a wonderful way for children to experience everything they see adults do every day and it allows them to explore their curiosity. For anyone who lives even remotely close, I highly, highly suggest a trip.
A few tips: earlier morning is better, less kids, less hectic. Parking isn’t all that easy – we parked on the street/grass a short walk away and it worked fine. Make sure if your kids like puppet shows to go in a little early because the theatre filled up quick.