Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Please Touch Museum

Seeing how it's going on three weeks since our trip to Philadelphia, I thought I'd better hurry up and share some more of the fun we had while visiting Brad's older brother Jeff and his wife Jody.
On Saturday we went to the Please Touch Musuem, whose mission is to enrich the lives of children by creating learning opportunities through play. Play we certainly did! There are lots of exhibits all designed to get kids creating, exploring, and investigating while interacting with their parents. All the different areas give kids many different opportunities to develop important life skills like building relationships, cooperation, negotiation and compromise through play. It was neat seeing which exhibits ER was most interested in and what she liked doing the most. No surprise that the art, rock climbing, grocery store, and Alice's Adventures were favorites and exploring the cars and trucks got a hands down.
The first really successful stop was in the program room where they had various art projects, an alphabet fishing station, and these giant foam weights set up. I think the biggest hit of day was definitely in the ShopRight Supermarket. It's where kids can get a mini shopping cart or basket and then pick all kinds of play food from the shelves. There's even a register to check out, and ER really liked that. Have I mentioned that ER is a really active kiddo? She's alway been motor driven and has never been content to sit around. The rock climbing wall in the ABC Games had to be done over and over.
Then it was on to her new favorite thing, riding the carousel! She got lucky and went on twice once with Uncle Jeff and then again with Aunt Jody. Jody even added this status update to her Facebook account, Jody: Couldn't think her niece could get any cuter, then she exclaimed "This is so exciting!" while riding the carousel!! I'm melting:)
We all enjoyed Alice's Adventures immensely. Isn't this shrinking room, inspired by the beginning when Alice has fallen down the rabbit's hole and is trying to follow him, cool?
Speaking of rabbit's hole, here's ER going down! She snagged that playing card costume as soon as possible! She's a big one for dress up right now.
She really like painting the roses in the Queen of Heart's garden, like a good little playing card should. She also got to have tea with two very special guests, Uncle Jeff and the Hare.
It was a really fun day for ER; we stayed right up until the closed and still didn't get to see everything and play everywhere! We also enjoyed the Waterworks, Fairytale Garden, and City Park exhibits. Less engaging to ER were the Please Touch Garage, Flight Fitness, and Flying Machine. It's a fun place to spend the day, my advice would be to come early and plan to stay a long time!

6 Friends Said:

♥ Noelle ♥ said...

what a fun place! i love her getting buff with the dumb-bell! lol

eriochrome said...

It was a good time and there is a ton of stuff for the kids to do. If we lived in the area it might not be a bad place for a membership. It was like multiple giant themed play areas each of which could have probably kept ER interested longer than we let her stay for.

Vickie said...

Wow, that place looks cool! I love the lift weights picture! So funny!

Susana said...

We have a museum similar to this one where we live and we LOVE it!! Looks like you guys had lots of fun too and got some great pictures!

Tonja said...

That looks like such a fun place! If those are the kinda places you have to go would laugh at our

But it's not everywhere you find a town that gets all giddy about a jakalope (half jack rabbit and half antelope... which does not exist).

RoS said...

Looks like Uncle Jeff and Aunt Jody had a great time with ER! What a fun place!

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