The Please Touch Museum is a place every Philadelphia-area parent should take their kids to at least once, and it was the one place on my “must visit” list that we hadn’t made it to. I scratched my head and wondered why we hadn’t gone, and wondered even more after our visit and hearing my kids rave about the experience.
The Please Touch Museum (PTM) is a hands-on adventure for children, allowing them to explore and play without having to hear mom and dad yell, “Don’t touch that!” Too often, I have heard myself say those very words to my kids when visiting attractions and it was a welcome relief to let them touch, feel, and poke to their hearts content. Founded in 1976, their mission is to enrich the lives of children by creating learning opportunities through play.
My daughters favorite section of the museum was the Wonderland attraction. Filled with Cheshire Cats, child-size tea table and chairs with costumes to boot, retro Alice in Wonderland toys, and even a shrinking hallway you can walk into, the exhibit is wondrous and full of fantasy. The spiraling entrance leads you into a real Wonderland perfect for imaginary play.
My son absolutely loved the City Capers section, where he befriended a bunch of other little boys to team up and stock the blocks in the firetruck. He played there for so long, my daughter was able to visit the Shop Rite Supermarket, take care of baby dolls in the “hospital”, and look at the trains at the Centennial Station all while he was there! It was such fun to see him so excited about it and he’s already asking to go back for more!
Our visit was topped off by a ride on the carousel, also located indoors in the museum. Fun loving moms and dads ride free so of course I was on there!
The Please Touch Museum is a great place to visit for a day trip if you are local to Philly or visiting from out of town. There is so much to do and see, you can spend the entire day there or do multiple visits and go at your children’s own pace through the different exhibits. Perfect for kids aged 7 and under, the Please Touch Museum is on my kids list of favorite places!