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Smith Kids Play Place (Playground & Mansion)

Address: 33rd St & Oxford St, East Fairmount Park, Philadelphia, PA (Fairmount Park)
Phone Number: 215-765-4325
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Ranked #20 of 122 Activities in Philadelphia
Type: Playgrounds, Amusement
Owner description: Smith Memorial Playground & Playhouse opened its doors in East Fairmount Park in 1899. Funded by...
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Type: Playgrounds, Amusement
Owner description: Smith Memorial Playground & Playhouse opened its doors in East Fairmount Park in 1899. Funded by Richard and Sarah Smith, the site was dedicated to the memory of their adult son, Stanfield. Smith’s beautiful, 24,000 square foot Playhouse was designed solely as a play space for children by one of Philadelphia’s most prominent late 19th century architects, James H. Windrim. The Playground is situated on its original historic landscape – 6 1/2 acres of open fields, wooded terrain, and sloped hills – and is home to the century old Ann Newman Giant Wooden Slide, a treasured play experience for generations of Philadelphia’s children, as well as other unique pieces of play equipment.Smith’s mission is to provide children 10 and under from diverse backgrounds with free and accessible one-of-a-kind play experiences that meet their physical, behavioral, and developmental needs.

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Northern Virginia
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36 reviews 36 reviews
9 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014

My two year old had a blast here. He is very energetic and there was always something, indoors or out, to grab his attention and keep him occupied. With three stories worth of toys and creativity outlets indoors and multiple playground areas outside, it was hard to believe this was a free place to play. Now I know I can... More 

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Denver, Colorado, USA
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33 attraction reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

We took our two year old grandson here to play and what a fun time we had! No admission charged but well worth the $5 suggested donation. Loads of space to run and explore and great playgrounds that are wonderful for a specific age group. The toddler area is just right with enough things to climb on and in including... More 

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Long Island, New York
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33 reviews 33 reviews
9 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

My husband and I took our 4 1/2 year old son here and what a gem! Loved the concept and the fact that he could play inside and outside. We arrived around 3:30 p.m. Each floor including the basement was a playroom or reading room full of toys and other treasurers. Staff was real nice. Since inside of the mansion... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

We took our kids and grandchildren here during off-on rain day while visiting Philly. It was great because it had both indoor and outdoor play areas. Everyone was engaged for over 3 hours. The Great Wood Slide House is unique and lots of fun for everyone. Every imaginable toy and activity kept our 2,4 & 6 yr olds totally involved.... More 

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Holland, Pennsylvania
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26 reviews 26 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

Great place to take kids of all ages. Grandson liked the wooden sliding board Nice playground area nestled in a large park Make donation

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Solvay, New York, United States
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31 reviews 31 reviews
21 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

This was the highlight of our trip to Philly. There is an indoor play area with blocks, a play kitchen, and a tricycle path..and an outdoor play area which is great. The kids loved the giant slide and the pirate shaped play complex. I loved that the ground is all rubberized and safe. I could not believe it was free..... More 

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Manchester, New Hampshire
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24 reviews 24 reviews
16 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

We LOVED this place!! Its located in Fairmount Park. Was easy to find and there is plenty of parking. they have a couple of different play areas. All unique and fun. Its suitable for all ages (unless you don't like to have fun) especially the slide! They have an indoor playground too for children 5 and under only. We've been... More 

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Staten Island, New York
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6 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

The concept is simple- three floors of a Victorian mansion filled with books and toys where kids enjoy unstructured play- but it is an absolute winner. My (almost) 3 year old thought this was the greatest place he'd ever seen and didn't want to ever leave. The outdoor playground was incredible too. If you have kids, this is one of... More 

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Beacon Falls, CT
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26 reviews 26 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

My 21 month old had a blast here! The playground outside is split into several sections that help to keep kids of like ages together. The old wooden slide did get a little hectic but two workers there did their best to keep the crowd of excited kids in order. The inside of the mansion was loaded with what looked... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

Our 17 month old had a great time exploring the playground and riding the giant wood slide (so did we!). It's nice that there are separate playgrounds designed for younger and older kids.

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