On Tuesday I took my son to the Please Touch Museum in Philadelphia, where we met up with Tara Ziegmont of Feels Like Home Blog and her adorable girls. In all honesty, this has to be one of my favorite places I have ever taken either of my children.
Simply put, the Please Touch Museum gets it. They really do. If you have never been, here are ten reasons why you should put it on your list of places to take your kids.
1. The building is absolutely beautiful. Memorial Hall is the only remaining major structure from the 1876 Centennial Exhibition. It is the first home of the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the 1876 World’s Fair.
2. It is clean. Well, let’s say it is as clean as a children’s museum can get. Seriously. You know when you take your kids to those other places where you can practically see the germs? The Please Touch Museum is not one of those places.
3. It is spacious. There were a couple of school groups at the museum when we were there and yet it still did not feel overly crowded. With 38,000 square feet of space, there is plenty of room for everyone. There is also plenty of seating around Memorial Hall. You don’t have to linger over someone’s table until they get annoyed enough to leave so you can grab their seats.
4. They serve lots of healthy food at the cafe. There are even plenty of Gluten free options and they don’t serve nuts. For food allergy parents like me, that is a huge plus.
6. They understand what makes kids tick. My son went food shopping, baked bread, built a house, grew potatoes and rode a motorcycle. He spent forty minutes straight in the construction zone. Tara’s four year old daughter had a lovely tea party in Alice’s wonderland and thoroughly enjoyed the puppet show. They both could have stayed at the River Adventures water table all day long if we had let them.
7. The staff is extremely courteous to guests. They don’t grunt at you. They don’t ignore you. They smile at you, chat with you and are genuinely enjoying themselves.
8. They do a great deal for kids and for charity. The museum has an Autism Access Program which provides families of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders with tools to make the museum even more enjoyable. They also have events throughout the year for non-profit organizations.
10. You will leave with your sanity intact. Because of reasons #1-#9, I would go back to the Please Touch Museum over and over again.
The museum had hosted a blogger event a couple of weeks prior that we could not attend, so they offered us tickets for another day. They did not tell us that we had to blog about the museum, or even ask us to do so. In fact, they did not ask for as much as a mention or a tweet – and that is partly why I did write this post. I also wrote this post because I genuinely love the museum and so does my son. As I said earlier, the Please Touch Museum gets it.
As stated above, the Please Touch Museum at Memorial Hall in Philadelphia treated my son and me to a day at the museum without any obligation of writing a post on behalf of the museum. Please see the Disclosure policy on this site with any questions. If you know someone who has Found the Marbles, send an email to Jessica@FoundtheMarbles.com.