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18 December 2009

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About Me & My Family

We are a busy family with 3 kids and we don't sit still. When we aren't running off to scouts, dance, sports, etc., we really enjoy spending time as a family. If we have a day we will try to find someplace local to explore. If we have a weekend we go a little further. Give us a week and we can really pack it in. We are always on the lookout for family friendly destinations (especially hotels which seem so hard to find!). Our vacations are not spent floating in the pool...they are spent exploring the area to its fullest!
Our Family's Travel Personality
adventurous, curious, energetic, easy_going
We Just Got Back From
Washington DC
Our Favorite Vacation Spot
Washington DC
A Place We'd Love To Visit
Yellowstone
Favorite Vacation Memory
My daughter is such a pip and thinks the hotel is the destination. If we do sightseeing along the way she just keeps asking "when are we going to get to the hotel?" She loves checking out our new "home away from home" and she LOVES the fact that she gets to share a room with someone!!
Worst Travel Moment With My Kids:
the car sick kid
Websites I Like:
www.lifeinthebatcave.com www.sixsuitcasetravel.com

Spring Break with the Kids in Philadelphia

Whether you live near by or are traveling to Philadelphia for spring break, here are some ideas to keep the kids busy and happy!

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222 North 20th Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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Spring Break Camps: March 20-April 5 $60/day; different theme each day

reviewed on: June 19 2012

"Hands-On Fun!"
My kids were captured as soon as they walked into their first exhibit and realized they could "play" with it!  The exhibits are truely hands-on and the kids get to learn while they are interacting.

My 3 enjoyed their journey through the famous giant heart, learning about electricity (they didn't even mind being shocked by Ben Franklin's Key), and they really loved the sports room where they got to surf, throw balls, kick a soccer ball and more.  

Throughout the day there are additinonal programs and shows, many of which are included with your admission.  There are "traveling" carts, where the kids can make paper, learn about the tesla coil, and more.  My kids loved the CBS Weather Show where 2 of them were called up on stage to help with the demonstrations.  Another fun spot was the observatory on the top floor.  Even though the roof was closed due to predictions of storms, they had telescopes set up that we were able to use and the staff memeber was very knowlegeable and friendly.  The planetarium is also included with admission and offers several shows throughout the day.

The IMAX Films and Franklin Theater, as well as special exhibitions, are all available at an additional fee.  

The downsides of our visit were that many exhibits weren't working (although there was still plenty to do and this didn't slow our visit down in the least) and the cafeteria food was extremely expensive.  If you can avoid eating in, avoid it.    

My advice is to get there early.  We arrived just after they opened and there was hardly anyone there.  When we stopped for a lunch break the line was enormously long and took a long time just to get to the front of the line and purchase tickets.  

Overall?  We give it a 2 thumbs up.  We spent a full day there and enjoyed every moment of it.  

Disclosure: We were provided complimentary tickets for our visit.  We were not asked to express a particular point of view and all opinions are my own.  

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2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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check out their fun family programs! Here is a sampling: March 25 Arms & Armor: make & takes and Medeivel Art Stops Read & Look Series 3/11 & 18 4/15 &22 self guided family tours

reviewed on: June 19 2012

"A Rocky Moment followed by great art"
I had to explain to my kids who Rocky is but that didn't stop us from taking our picture with his statue at the base of the steps or taking our Rocky run up the stairs to the museum.  

Once inside, you are treated some of the most beautiful art in the world.  While we took an abbreviated tour and only hit the galleries we thought would most appeal to our kids, we all enjoyed taking it in.  We enjoyed the Arms and Armor, contemporary art, impresionists, as well as other classic pieces.  

In some galleries photographs were not permitted.  I was kindly asked by a guard not to take pictures, though no signs were posted.  

Be sure to look into their family programs geared towards kids.  We didn't have the opportunity to, but they look great.  

Disclosure: I was provided with complimentary passes as part of a Press Trip to visit the museum (although kids under 12 are always free).  We were not asked to express a particular point of view.  

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Nineteenth Street and Ben Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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March 20-April 2 9am-4pm $60/day ages 5-12 different theme each day



825 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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Diary of a Worm, a Spider, and a Fly playing March 30-April 13


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3400 West Girard Avenue
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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There is always fun to be had at the zoo!