The Hidden Gem
Philadelphia is a beautiful
city in the Northeast which is packed with activities for kids!
While many of us had not spent very much time in the city before
coming to Wharton, we have all found Philadelphia to be a wonderful
place for our children. The Wharton Kids Club strives to
provide many weekly activities for the partners and children, but
there are also many resources on this website about Philadelphia that we hope are
A Little About Philadelphia
and the University of Pennsylvania:
Founded in 1682 by William
Penn, Philadelphia is one of the oldest major American cities.
Its role in the American Revolutionary War was integral, as
"Philadelphia, from its centrical situation, the extent of its
commerce, the number of its artificers, manufactures and other
circumstances, [was considered] to be to the United States what the
heart is to the human body in circulating the blood." The city
served as a temporary capital of the United States in the late
1790's and was the location of the signing of the Declaration of
Independence of the United States.
Geographically, the city sits
between the Delaware and Schuylkill Rivers and is roughly 135 square
miles in size. Philly is a much more temperate climate than
New England, but is filled with your typical Northeast patterns -
hot, humid summers, mild tempered springs and falls (including
BEAUTIFUL Autumn colors!), and cold winters. Though much
colder than more temperate cities such as San Francisco,
Philadelphia is milder than other cities in the Northeast, averaging
25-39 degrees Fahrenheit in January.
Philadelphia is the home of
MANY firsts, including the first hospital in the United States, the
first university (University of Pennsylvania), the first zoo, and of course, the first collegiate business school!
Some Fun Historical
1681 - The first parks
or public enclosures laid out in North America for the pleasure and
convenience of the people were dedicated at the settlement of
Philadelphia, in the Northeastern, Southwestern and Centre Squares.
1698 - The first
public school in the America Colonies was established at
Philadelphia, and a corporation created, entitled "The Overseers of
the Publick Schoole" founded.
1731 - The Library
Company of Philadelphia, the first public institution of that kind
in America, was founded in Philadelphia by Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Hopkinson, Thomas Cadwalader and others. Philadelphia."
1732 - The Philadelphia Hospital,
the oldest in America, was established in connection with the
1749 - First scientific
institution in America, founded by Benjamin Franklin.
1777 - The United Stares flag on
record, was made here on Arch Street, by Elizabeth Ross.
1789 - The first Congress of the
United States met here in Congress Hall.
1790 - The Law School of the
University of Pennsylvania, the oldest law school in America, was
founded in 1790, with James Wilson of the United States Supreme
Court, as professor of law.
Opening of the first Stock Exchange started in America.
1881 - Through a donation of
Joseph Wharton The Wharton School is founded as the world's
first collegiate business school.
Just A Few
Attractions for Kids
Please Touch Museum -
Memorial Hall, constructed to be the Art Gallery of the
1876 Centennial Exhibition and first home to the
renowned Philadelphia Museum of Art, is the new home of
Please Touch Museum, the nation's first museum for
children ages seven and under. Please Touch is a
hands-on "first museum experience" for kids, with
child-friendly exhibits that are both educational and
fun. The museum has embraced the challenge of creating a
contemporary children's museum in a building that
embodies the spirit of the Victorian age. The new museum
offers 38,000 square feet of brand-new exhibits, the
restored century-old Woodside Park Dentzel Carousel,
on-site parking and a family-friendly restaurant.
A great activity through the cold winter months.
A favorite among Wharton moms,
there is usually a small to large group of Wharton Whiz Kids and
their parents at the playground throughout the summer and fall, and
a small group during the colder months. A great place for new
Wharton families to introduce themselves to the second years from
July-September. Please come meet us!
Music Class -
Also a favorite among many Wharton moms, we have music class on Mondays.
Packed with favorite songs, such as "The Wheels On The Bus" and "You
Are My Sunshine" as well as originals by our teacher, John, the
class is well loved by many of our Wharton Whiz Kids!
For more attractions,
please visit the
Philly Attractions page.