The Please Touch Museum is home to a working carousel. Raining? No problem, it's indoors.(Visit Philadelphia™)
When listing kid-friendly museums, there's no more appropriate place to start than the Please Touch Museum. Its name alone says it all: The Please Touch Museum was made with kids in mind, filled with interactive exhibits that will spark an interest in every child and encourage play.
Museum admission for kids 12 and under is always free.(Thom Carroll/PhillyVoice.)
Walking through a quiet museum, gazing at expensive artwork may sound a little boring. But the art museum has a way of igniting interest in and an appreciation of art in visitors of all ages. The museum hosts several interactive programs and art workshops just for kids. (All adults must be accompanied by a child!)
Located on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, the Academy of Natural Sciences is the oldest natural history museum in the country. (The Academy of Natural Sciences/ Facebook)
The Academy of Natural Sciences is home to an extensive collection of dinosaur fossils and the region’s largest indoor exhibit of live tropical butterflies. While you're there, check out its new summer exhibit Animal Grossology, inspired by Sylvia Branzei’s best-selling children’s book seriesGrossology.
The Garden State Discovery museum has more than 20 interactive exhibits geared for infants to 10-year-olds, including the one above. (Garden State Discovery Museum)
The Garden State Discovery Museum in South Jersey is similar to The Please Touch Museum, with several hands-on, life-size exhibits that encourage imagination, from a theater that puts kids on center stage to a "dinosaurium" and storybook castle.
The Franklin Institute offers extended summer hours through September 6. (Thom Carroll/PhillyVoice.)
The Franklin Institute may be known for its giant walk-through heart, but the science-centric site offers much more, from the world’s largest display of LEGO art display to static tubes that will surely spark curiosity. View a full list of exhibits here.