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“Expensive, excellent staff, a few problems”

Please Touch Museum
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Hands-on museum where adults and children can learn and explore together. The museum is open Monday-Saturday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Sundays 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Admission is $17 for adults and children age one and over. Children under one are free.
Useful Information: Activities for young children
Reviewed December 19, 2012

We took a 5 year old to Please Touch with high expectations, having had a great visit about 3 years ago. The building remains beautiful and is well maintained; likewise the carousel. Staff were, without exception, friendly and helpful. Downstairs was the best area for a 5 year old.

This trip the charge was $70 for 3 adults and one child plus 2 carousel tix. First stop: the Rainbow Rhythm space - disappointing, as it has not been well maintained. The step-on piano keys are out of tune and other items were incomplete, dirty or malfunctioning. The adjacent water area had handy waterproof smocks, but not much to do for her age.

Next the carousel, after a stop in the very clean and tidy rest room. Great fun, although a short ride (4 minutes for $3) but the adults could all ride with the one child, so we took advantage of that. Beautifully restored and maintained. There are attractive photo op stations here, too - stick your head into an existing picture. I think there may be a cafeteria h=nearby as there are tables and chair here. No idea what their policy is on outside food.

Next we went downstairs - this is fun-central for little ones, having separate areas for toddlers, as well as nifty playrooms for more independent ages - we visited the grocery store, hospital, and a transportation area with climb-in car, truck, SEPTA bus & trolley. Our little girl loved the shoe store. (We avoided the attractive dress-up options, because in any crowded public place we're careful to minimize risk of lice or bedbugs).

The storytime room was interactive and well done. The Alice in Wonderland maze and funhouse mirrors were a bit too old for her. Back up to the first floor to the space station activity room. Lots to do there, although again some stations were out of use. No problem on a Monday, but I'm glad we weren't there on a weekend.

Our little one had a good time. We arrived a little after 1PM and the museum closed at 4. So, bottom line: on the pricey side for 3 hours, even though we found street parking. Lots to do, but checking the website and planning age-appropriate stops in advance is definitely the way to get the most out of the trip.

Thank MizLoo
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Reviewed December 18, 2012

Lots of hands On activities for young children. Would not recommend for children over 10. But for young children, great

Thank MARVIN H
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Reviewed December 16, 2012

My 2 year old couldn't get enough of this place, the 7 year old enjoyed a lot of it too, but I think she was on the cusp of feeling too old for a lot of the activities.

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Reviewed December 16, 2012

The 'Please Touch Museum' is a great way to spend an afternoon with your toddler or preschool-aged child (I went with my much younger sister when I was in college, and my friend often takes her 18 month old here). Kids under 1 are free, which is nice since I've learned it's pretty hard to get a 10-month-old interested in anything for a long time, and other tickets are $16, but you can usually find deals through CityPass or other sites, so look around before purchasing on the site. Also, they usually have special exhibits, shows, and events that are really fun for kids, depending on the age. For example, Mickey Mouse is currently there to meet kids whose parents don't want to lug all their kids and savings accounts down to Disney World.

They have little theater performances (for kids who can sit still long enough to watch them), an art room (all hands-on), music performances, special programs, and tons of other stuff geared for young children. Of note, they also have adult-oriented tours, like the Centennial Tours, which are lunch time lectures about some historical landmark or event in Philadelphia, usually with tours of Memorial Hall.

Thank Ashley B
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Reviewed December 13, 2012

Spent a day here with our 8 year old. Lots to explore, touch, see and play with. Our child needs a great deal to keep her focused and this was a wonderful wonder land to her.
She loved the grocery store, the treehouse, giant piano, water features....so much to walk around to and to do.

Thank MomKat2
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