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Smith Kids Play Place (Playground & Mansion)

33rd St & Oxford St, East Fairmount Park, Philadelphia, PA (Fairmount Park)
215-765-4325
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Ranked #29 of 288 Attractions in Philadelphia
Type: Playgrounds
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... more » 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. « less
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Holland, Pennsylvania
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22 reviews 22 reviews
8 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

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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28 reviews 28 reviews
21 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW

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
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
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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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
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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4 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
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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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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37 reviews 37 reviews
12 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

This is a great place to spend the afternoon with your kids. I've been here numerous times and enjoyed it every time time. The place is clean and well taken care of. My kids love it. If you are visiting Philly and are looking for something to do with your kids stop on by. This place is free but accepts... More

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Plainview, New York
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15 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2014

Wow - a very nice park that has play areas for children of all ages. My girls (ages 6 & 8) had fun taking mommy and daddy on the wooden slide many times -- you needed a potato sack to go down it. The play area was clean and nice - the equipment well maintained and a lot of fun!... More

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Beijing
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2013

My son (4) loved everything here, especially the wooden slide. Pros - toilets, drinking fountain, plenty of play options. Cons- Limited seating for adults, no food (other than a small vending machine).

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2013 via mobile

Just let them play. There are even a few things of interest to adults. The giant wooden slide is a must! And best of all it's free.!!.!

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