Please Touch Museum
This is a great hands-on approach to learning for kids. Exhibits include Roadside Attractions, where kids can drive and fill up their car, to the Flight Fantasy where kids can imagine their soaring through the clouds and have the sensation of gliding and hovering, to Wonderland an imaginative world of Hall of Doors and Mirrors, and tea parties with the Mad Hatter and other unique characters.
The Franklin Institute
The Franklin Institute, the region’s premier science museum, features an IMAX theater, the Fels Planetarium and a full city block of kid-friendly exhibitions, such as the walk-through Giant Heart, Space Command, Sports Challenge, Electricity and Changing Earth. In June 2014, the museum opened the doors to its 53,000-square-foot Nicholas and Athena Karabots Pavilion. The centerpiece of the dazzling three-story addition is the 8,500-square-foot permanent exhibit Your Brain, featuring an unprecedented collection of interactive, high-tech exhibitions. The expansion also features space for traveling exhibitions and a new rain garden and atrium with a freely moving aluminum “Shimmer Wall” offering a utopian chill-out spot for families seeking a break.
The Philadelphia Zoo
Philadelphia has the nation’s oldest zoo, and some rarest animals you’ll ever see, including several endangered species like the Sumatran orangutan, Mhorr gazelle, Western lowland gorilla, the Waldrap ibis and many more. It’s a great place for kids to watch animals and have a chance to pet and interact with some of the animals, too!
Sesame Place celebrates its 35 year anniversary this year, and . You can plan a birthday party with your child and one of the characters, go on rides including Cookie’s Monster Land and Elmo’s World, or three brand new attractions The Count Around, The Count’s Fly By, and The Castle Swing. For some poolside fun, check out the magnificent waterpark which has Big Bird’s Rambling River, and Bert and Ernie’s Slip-and-Slide.