Hands-On Family Fun Abounds In Philly This Summer & Beyond

Hands-On Family Fun Abounds In Philly This Summer & Beyond

Two Of The Newest Interactive Attractions: The Philadelphia Zoo's KidZooU & Benjamin Franklin Life and Legacy Museum


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PHILADELPHIA, March 27, 2013 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Tweet It: Looking
for hands-on fun for the family this summer? Look no further than @VisitPhilly: http://vstphl.ly/100ewWz


When the Philadelphia Zoo launches its
brand new KidZooU this spring, kids and
their families can study wildlife like scientists, learn more about
conservation and explore a brand new habitat. And when the Benjamin Franklin
Life and Legacy Museum
opens its doors, children can explore the Founding
Father’s life with the help of Skuggs the Squirrel
and plenty of hands-on components. Couple these adventures with a troll through
the tree houses at Longwood Gardens and a shark-touching expedition at the Adventure
and it’s easy to see that Philadelphia
provides an educational playground for its youngest visitors. Here are some of
the area’s best opportunities for interactive learning and discovery:


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Science & Nature:


  • At Morris Arboretum, the
    Big Bugs exhibit invites viewers to learn about the role of insects
    in the environment, from April 1 through August 31. The ongoing
    Tree Adventure, meanwhile, is designed for climbing, with 50-feet canopies
    over the forest, nets to scamper in and a giant bird’s nest to explore,
    and the expansive Garden Railway showcases model trains rolling through a
    natural landscape. 100 E.
    Northwestern Avenue, (215) 247-5777,
  • Opening April 13, KidZooU: Hamilton Family Children’s
    Zoo & Faris Family Education Center

    serves as the Philadelphia Zoo’s brand new wildlife academy, a
    LEED-certified facility with indoor and outdoor spaces for interacting
    with rare goats, sheep, ducks and miniature horses; exploring a Treetop
    Trail; and learning about the habits of desert ants, coral-reef fish and
    conservation. Throughout the year, themed tours, overnight programs and
    rides enhance the already family-friendly zoo experience. 3400 W. Girard Avenue,
    (215) 243-1100, http://philadelphiazoo.org
  • Everyone can be a CIA agent for
    a day when Spy: The Secret World of Espionage opens this May at The
    Franklin Institute,
    featuring such sleuth-inspired activities as
    personal disguise stations, voice alteration and laser beam field-hopping.
    May 4-October 6. On any given day, the museum’s permanent
    exhibitions and attractions such as the flight simulators, Sky Bike and
    Observatory offer plenty of active experiences for kids. 222 N. 20th Street,
    (215) 448-1200, http://www.fi.edu
  • The year-round exhibits at The
    Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University
    include the ever-popular
    Butterflies!, Dinosaur Hall and Live Animal
    Center. And this
    June brings Glow: Living Lights, an exciting new way to learn about
    animals that produce their own light. The exhibit features live creatures,
    insect dances and the opportunity to try some firefly wings on for size. June
    1-September 29.
    Benjamin Franklin Parkway, (215) 299-1000,
  • It’s billed as America’s
    most touchable aquarium, and with exhibits like Touch-a-Shark, Stingray
    Beach Club and the newly renovated KidZone play
    area for children six and under, Adventure Aquarium delivers many
    tactile experiences for budding marine-life scholars. 1 Riverside Drive, Camden,
    NJ, (856) 365-3300,
  • Family activities are abundant
    at Longwood Gardens, where the choices include a scavenger hunt
    through the Indoor Children’s Garden, a stroll through the Honeycomb Maze
    at the Bee-aMazed Children’s Garden and three
    tree houses to explore, plus Story Time and craft activities on select
    days. 1001 Longwood Road,
    Kennett Square,
    (610) 388-1000, http://longwoodgardens.org


History & Art:


  • At the soon-to-be opened Benjamin
    Franklin Life and Legacy Museum,
    debuting in late summer
    or early fall of 2013, the story of Benjamin Franklin’s life begins with Skuggs the Squirrel, the chipper host that leads the
    littlest visitors through the exhibits, many of which have hands-on
    components that teach about daily life in the 18th century. 317 Chestnut Street,
    (215) 965-2305, http://www.nps.gov/inde
  • The creative family programs at
    the Philadelphia Museum of Art (PMA) feature drawing classes
    and Wednesday night story times, with special events and tours tied to
    themed exhibitions. On the first Sunday of the month, Family Studio
    invites kids and their parents to create original artworks of their own.
    Across the street, the museum’s Perelman
    will be
    transformed into a family destination in summer 2013, with five
    kid-friendly exhibitions. Activities bring the art work of the exhibitions
    to life through engaging activities and workshops: Families pose for their
    own pictures in a photo booth inspired by the exhibition Family Portraits,
    curl up with a picture book by Jerry Pinkney or
    play with a giant magnetic version of Candy DePew’s
    wonderland. June 28-September 3. PMA, 26th Street & Benjamin Franklin Parkway; Perelman Building, 2525 Pennsylvania Avenue, (215)
    763-8100, http://philamuseum.org
  • The Pennsylvania Academy of
    Fine Arts
    holds Family
    Arts Academy
    workshops every Sunday. The art-making activities are tailored to deepen
    understanding about the collection, exhibitions and art history. 118 N. Broad Street,
    (215) 972-7600, http://www.pafa.org
  • Second Sundays are Family Days
    at the Penn
    workshops designed for kids that include craft activities, gallery
    exploration and the opportunity to get up close with ancient artifacts. 3260 South Street,
    (215) 898-4000, http://penn.museum
  • In the midst of historic Old City,
    Franklin Square gives kids a place
    to exercise their right to play—with swings, climbing structures, a
    carousel and mini golf. Throughout the neighborhood, Historic
    Philadelphia’s storytelling benches and reenactments bring its rich
    history to life. For example, during the popular Military Muster, kids
    practice the arts of marching and musket etiquette. (215) 629-4026,


On The Move:


  • Families with children can
    spend the night on the historic Battleship New Jersey on weekends,
    where they can stow their belongings in a real sailor locker, sleep in bunks,
    dine in the Mess and wander through the ship’s gun turrets, Combat Engagement Center,
    cabins and wardrooms. On weekdays, the 90-minute Fire Power tour, a
    historical journey through the Battleship’s gun turrets and weapon
    systems, is fun for visitors of all ages. I Riverside Drive, Camden,
    NJ, (866) 877-6262,
  • While they may never leave the
    ground, kids can get behind the controls of several vintage and modern
    helicopters at the American Helicopter Museum & Education Center
    and let their imaginations fly as they learn more about aviation history
    and the engineering principles behind propeller aircraft. 1220 American Boulevard, West
    Chester, (610) 436-9600,
  • There’s much for young mateys to see aboard the U.S.
    submarine Becuna and the Cruiser Olympia, the
    climbable ships on display at the Independence Seaport
    , and
    plenty of indoor interactive exhibits for navigating the city’s maritime
    history. 211 S. Columbus
    Boulevard at Walnut Street, (215) 413-8655,
  • The Fireman’s Hall Museum
    celebrates the proud local history of firefighting with displays of
    antique engines and artifacts. Little ones can participate by trying on
    fireman’s gear and getting behind the wheel of a fireboat. 147 N. 2nd Street,
    (215) 923-1438, http://firemanshall.org


For Kids Only:


  • At the new Bucks County
    Children’s Museum,
    it’s all about pretend play: Visitors can shop,
    cook and ride the train in the Town
    Square; build their own racecar; work on an
    archeological dig; and much more. 500 Union Square, New Hope,
    (215) 693-1290, http://buckskids.org
  • The epicenter for all-things
    Philly, kids and interactive, Please Touch Museum® spans two floors
    of play space, including a miniature cityscape, an antique carousel and a
    Lewis Carroll-inspired Wonderland, and offers craft times, sing-a-longs
    and other changing programs.
    4231 Avenue of the Republic, (215) 581-3181,
  • Fairmount Park‘s Smith: The
    Play Place in the Park
    is a veritable utopia for kids
    10 and under. Outdoors, there are 20 interactive play pieces and a giant
    slide; inside the 24,000-square-foot mansion is a
    miniature town, a book nook and a train, plus regular craft programs. 3500 Reservoir Drive,
    (215) 765-4325, http://smithkidsplayplace.org
  • The fun keeps on coming at Giggleberry Fair in Peddler’s
    where the tyke-tivities include the
    Giggles Discovers play areas, family-friendly arcade games and the region’s
    largest indoor obstacle course. Routes 202 & 263, Lahaska,
    (215) 794-4000, http://www.peddlersvillage.com


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reservations and more. Or, call the Independence
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Hands-On Family Fun Abounds In Philly This Summer & Beyond