I love Philadelphia. We took the kids on a road trip from DC to Boston two summers ago and spent three or four days in Philly. There’s just so much to see. Here are eight must-do’s right now if you’re thinking about a trip to Philadelphia during the holiday season:
1. Have a Sleepover with the Sphinx: School-age kids will love the 40 Winks with the Sphinx sleepover program at the Penn Museum. Go on a flashlight-led scavenger, play games, make crafts, then roll out your sleeping bag to sleep at the foot of the third-largest granite Sphinx in the world.
2. Throw a Pizza Party: Or, at the very least, pay a visit to Pizza Brain, the world’s first pizza museum. The kids will love exploring the world’s largest collection of pizza-themed memorabilia. You can order pizza too, and don’t forget to grab some ice cream before you go at Little Baby’s Ice Cream next door.
3. Explore Pompeii at the Franklin Institute: Through April 2014, the Franklin Institute has on display a new exhibition, One Day in Pompeii. Ancient artifacts, including marble statues, coins and garden frescoes, offer a glimpse of what daily life was like during the Roman Empire. Through a CGI experience, you’ll even be able to take in what it was like the day the volcano erupted.
4. Let Your Inner Artist Roam Free: The Barnes Foundation, which has been open less than two years, has a lot to offer your mini Cezannes and Renoirs. Download a free family audio tour and explore the art museum or sign your mini artists up for hands-on activities, story times or pajama tours.
5. Ring the Liberty Bell: Well, you can’t actually ring the Liberty Bell, but now that the government shutdown is over, you can actually see the bell up-close. No tickets are required, and make sure to pick up a Junior Ranger Activity Book so little ones can complete activities to earn a Junior Ranger badge.
6. Get All Lit Up at the Electrical Spectacle: Starting Thursday (Nov. 14) and running through December 31, enjoy the Electrical Spectacle Holiday Light Show at Franklin Square. Listen to holiday music on the carousel, get in a round at Philly Mini Golf and see more than 50,000 lights twinkle every 30 minutes between 4:30 and 8 p.m. daily.
7. Pop in a Pop-Up Shop: Through the holidays, a variety of pop-up shops are, well, popping up all over Philadelphia to meet your holiday shopping needs. Most are open weekends only and will be selling antiques, crafts and handmade gifts created by local artisans. Starting Nov. 30, look out for a pop-up ice skating rink at the Piazza through late-February.
8. Touch Whatever You Want at the Please Touch Museum: If you have little ones, no visit to Philadelphia is complete without spending at least half a day at the Please Touch Museum. There are so many hands-on activities that both kids and adults will enjoy, like a city zone and river adventures.
If you are heading to the Philadelphia area you might also want to check out these 15 free things to do with kids in Philadelphia.
What are some of your favorite things to do in Philadelphia? Let me know in the comments section below.
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