Can Big Kids Enjoy the Please Touch Museum?

Please Touch Museum with older kidsWhen my oldest son started walking,  I joined the please touch museum.  We went ALL the time because the membership is amazing.  We had free access anytime with parking included.  It was an absolute savior for the cold winter days, the rainy spring and fall days and the too-hot-to-be-outside summer days.   We kept our membership for years and used it regularly.  However, when my oldest son went into second grade, we didn’t renew our membership.  I had the thought that it wouldn’t be good for older kids.  I don’t know what gave me that idea.  This year, it occurred to me that my now five-year-old daughter didn’t know what the please touch museum was! How could I let that happen?

I decided to go all out and not only bring her but, I got a new membership as well.  Not surprisingly, she LOVED it.  Fast forward to MLK day.  My kids were all home with me and my daughter was begging to go back to the please touch.  Could I bring my big boys? Would they like it? There was only one way to find out.  I ventured to the Please Touch Museum with all three of my kids.


The result: my kids, all of them, had a fantastic day.  I won’t bore you with a play by play but I will give you the highlights. The water play area provided my kids with a totally different view of how to make things move.  They do a lot of STEM at school and this activity area was another way to reinforce propulsion. Plus, let’s be honest – what child doesn’t love playing with water?

The carousel area at the Please Touch Museum is so beautiful.  I don’t think you can ever be too old to go for a ride. The boys loved riding up and down and pretending to be racing. If it was up to them, we would have ridden the carousel multiple times in a row! At only $1 per ride, I would have been inclined to let them if the young kids hadn’t been eager to move on.

Next to the Carousel, is a temporary exhibit with giant blue foam pieces for building.  The kids had a great time building structures. They tried to figure out the best way to make the structures stable. They also assisted the little kids in putting pieces in hard to reach spaces. There may have been some sword and shield building too!

The kids also had the best time at the foam rocket launcher area.  They spent almost an hour launching rockets as well as helping smaller children with the logistics of how to launch the rockets. The little ones loved the older kids attention and the big guys enjoyed, well, acting like know-it-alls!

Overall grade: A+.  Everyone had a great morning. I don’t think those of you with older kids should shy away from the Please Touch Museum, it really is fun for all ages!

 

The Please Touch Museum in Philadelphia is a staple for families with little kids but, what about the big kids? the PTM is a great place for families with children of ALL ages!
The Please Touch Museum in Philadelphia is a staple for families with little kids but, what about the big kids? the PTM is a great place for families with children of ALL ages!