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Please Touch Museum
A favorite among Wharton moms and one of the country's best children's museums, the Please Touch Museum is specifically designed for children seven years and younger. Its exhibits and programs reflect the Museum's philosophy that hands-on, self-directed, open-ended experiences facilitate learning and are fun. With such exhibits as a recreation of Maurice Sendak's "Where the Wild Things Are" and a supermarket where children can stock shelves, work the checkout counter or shop, the Please Touch Museum is a unique and wonderful destination for families.
 Recently moved and renovated to a fantastic location at Memorial Hall in Fairmont Park, the museum is a "must see" when visiting or coming to Wharton!  15 month memberships available which include unlimited admission and parking on site.

Memorial Hall in Fairmount Park, 4231 Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia, PA 19131
215-581 3158 http://www.pleasetouchmuseum.org/

Smith Memorial Playgrounds and Playhouse
Open Monday through Saturday 10am - 3pm, this is a terrific free area to take children 5 and younger to play. Located in Fairmount Park not far from Boathouse Row, this historic house so much to offer. The three story playhouse includes: "Smithville" - a town you can ride a tricycle through; an entire floor of toys, including kitchen, dollhouse, and a mini carousel; a train; an area for puppet shows and much much more.

Reservoir Drive at 33rd Street, Philadelphia 215-765-4325 http://www.smithplayhouse.org

Philadelphia Zoo
Founded in 1874 as America's first zoo, The Philadelphia Zoo houses over 1300 animals in the 42-acre facility. From lions to tigers to bears, the zoo has everyone's favorite animals. It also has many activities for children, highlighted by a hot air balloon that rises above the zoo for a bird's-eye view of the animals and people below.  12 month memberships are available that include unlimited trips to the zoo as well as free parking.

34th Street and Girard Avenue in Fairmount Park. 215-243-1100 http://www2.philadelphiazoo.org/

Philadelphia Museum of Art
Featuring a truly world-class collection (including such pieces Van Gogh's "Sunflowers"), this museum is one of the city's finest attractions. It is a great place to introduce children to the world of art, as well as a nice place to spend a winter afternoon. The Art Museum is family-friendly, offering many programs for parents and children; families can make medieval crafts, learn to draw, or hunt for answers to Museum-prepared activity sheets.  For those date nights or a moms' night out, check out the "Art After 5" program every Friday evening from 5:30 - 8:00 p.m.!

26th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia. 215-763-8100 http://www.philamuseum.org/

Academy of Natural Sciences Museum
This museum features four floors of exhibitions and activities about the environment and its diverse species that will educate and entertain visitors of all ages. Stroll among live butterflies, pet a live snake or hissing cockroach, learn about the importance of water, and much more. The Academy also houses 17 million specimens of plants, animals and other organisms, including rare library holdings that document scientific discovery from the 1500's to today.

1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia. 215-299-1000. http://www.ansp.org/

Franklin Institute
This 300,000 square foot museum is a terrific resource for kids who are interested in science. The museum houses many historical and scientific artifacts, and uses great interactive devices to allow children to explore basic science principles and learn about ever-changing technology that will affect our lives. The Institute is also home to the nation's largest Omnimax theater. The Tuttleman Omniverse Theater is a fun place to take a 30 minute journey to the Grand Canyon or the Great Barrier Reef without ever leaving Philadelphia.

222 North 20th street, Philadelphia. 215-448-1200. http://www2.fi.edu/

Free Library of Philadelphia
With 55 locations, the Free Library is a wonderful resource for Philadelphia families. Offering children's activities such as Lap Reading time for parents and children, the Free Library is a great place to teach children the joys of reading. In addition, there are many workshops and classes for adults--so you can engage your mind as well as your child's!

1901 Vine Street, Philadelphia. 215-686-5322 http://www.library.phila.gov/

Outside Philadelphia

New Jersey State Aquarium
Just over the Ben Franklin Bridge from Philadelphia, the Aquarium is home to thousands of different animals, including sharks, seal, penguins, and hundreds of kinds of fish. This attraction is ideal for kids, who can explore the world of marine life first hand by seeing the animals up close. In fact, they can even handle starfish and other water life!  During the warmer months (May - September), take a ferry across the river to the aquarium right from Philadelphia's Penn Landing!

1 Aquarium Drive, Camden, New Jersey. 856-365-3300 http://www.adventureaquarium.com/

Fun Factory at Kehler's Gym
A local gem, this indoor gym is a great respite on hot summer days or chilly winter afternoons. Kids ages 1-11 years old love climbing through the three story maze of slides or just messing around in the ball pits.  A great energy release for all you moms with active tots!

680 Parkway Boulevard, Broomall, PA 19008. 610-359-9999 http://www.kehlersgym.com

Longwood Gardens
Visit the world’s premier horticultural display garden. Longwood Gardens was created by industrialist Pierre S. du Pont (and is sometimes referred to as the DuPont Gardens) and offers 1,050 acres (425 hectares) of gardens, woodlands, and meadows; 20 outdoor gardens; 20 indoor gardens within 4 acres (1.6 hectares) of heated greenhouses; 11,000 different types of plants; spectacular fountains; extensive educational programs including horticultural career training and internships; and 800 horticultural and performing arts events each year, from flower shows, gardening demonstrations, courses, and children’s programs to concerts, organ and carillon recitals, musical theatre, and fireworks displays. Longwood is open every day of the year and attracts more than 900,000 visitors annually.

1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square, Pennsylvania. http://www.longwoodgardens.org/

Sesame Place
There are so many special ways for parents and their children to have a great time together. Smiles and togetherness certainly go hand in hand at Sesame Place. And Sesame Place has water slides for every age. There are more than 50 fun-filled physical activities at the park. Only 30 minutes from Philadelphia this is a place where you can hug Elmo, and hang out with all your other Sesame Street pals.

100 Sesame Road, Langhorne, PA 19047.
215-752-7070 http://www.sesameplace.com/sesame/pa/index.html

Crayola Factory
At The Crayola FACTORY visitors enter a world of discovery as they experience more than a dozen hands-on activities as well as learn how Crayola Crayons and Markers are made. This is not the real manufacturing plant. It's a colorful and interesting visitor center that allows children of all ages to unleash their creative spirit. Each quarter,  themes and projects change to give visitors a variety of projects to create throughout the year.

30 Centre Square, Easton, PA 18042. 610-515-8000 http://www.crayola.com/Factory/