Monday, April 4, 2011

spring break: philly fun spots for tots

We know that a lot of you have kiddos on spring break or are planning trips for the Easter and Passover holidays. Therefore, we've engaged some of our favorite city experts with pint sizers for the insider scoop on what to do with kids when you're hitting up their city - - and their all 'day trip-able' locations!

Today's guest blogger? Jennifer Oxenford from Philly Fun 4 Kids.
The Philly mom is sharing some of her favorite kid spots and eateries. Just about a 2 hour drive from Charm City, a city of brotherly love mini-break may be just what your family needs! Thanks to Jen for sharing some fabulous tips!

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There are soooo many things I love about Philadelphia – the history, the food, the culture, but truly one of the greatest things about Philly is how very kid-friendly this town is for locals and tourists alike. It’s a fabulous family friendly town and I’m always thrilled when people ask me for suggestions of places to go and things to do with kids because there’s just no shortage of really cool options for the whole family. Here are my top spots for tots (and the parents who love then) when visiting Philly this spring break -- or anytime.

The Nation’s Oldest Zoo is right here in Philadelphia and each year The Philadelphia Zoo just keeps getting better and better. This 42-acre Victorian garden is also home to more than 1,300 animals. In addition to wonderful exhibits like Big Cat Falls and the new McNeil Avian Center, kids can ride a carousel, take a train-ride, visit the petting zoo or if it’s not too windy, head up in the Zoo balloon for the best view of the city.

One of the best kept secrets in Philly, SMITH The Kids’ Playplace in the Park and its newly renovated outdoor playground offers 6 acres of fun for kids aged 10 and under. And if the weather isn’t good, no worries because the three stories inside in the 24,000 square foot Playhouse are just as much fun with toys, cars, bikes, trains and so much more. And of course your tot will delight in taking a ride on the Giant Wooden Slide again and again (and again…) but the best part is, it’s all free with a donation. Now, that’s a phillyfun deal you can’t beat! Don’t forget to pack a picnic lunch and blanket to have an al fresco lunch on the front lawn. A few final notes - don’t go on a Monday (it’s closed!) and the opening day of the outdoor playground isn’t until Saturday April 2nd.

Head to Franklin Square for some great outdoor fun with a historical setting. One of Philly’s five original squares, Franklin Square is the only one dedicated to kids with two great playground, Philadelphia themed-mini golf, the Philadelphia Park Liberty carousel and more. Plus, grab a burger and a shake at Square Burger, Philadelphia restaurant god Stephen Starr’s take on a burger stand for the masses.

There are so many amazing museums to see in Philly but if you have small children, the Please Touch Museum in its new home in the beautiful Memorial Hall in Fairmount Park is simply not to be missed. The Please Touch Museum was the first museum in the nation whose target audience was families with children seven and under. Kids can spend hours and hours in here (trust me, I’ve had to pull my daughter kicking and screaming from there as they were closing the place up many a time). The Please Touch Museum has six interactive exhibit zones across 38,000 square feet plus a carousel, traveling exhibits plus a pretty respectable lunch cafeteria with decent food for adults and healthy options for kids.

Hope you and your kiddies enjoy your visit to our great city of Philadelphia!!

Jennifer Oxenford is a mother of two and the founder of phillyfun4kids, your place to find free and mostly free things to do with your kids in and around Philadelphia, the city of motherly love. You can also follow phillyfun4kids on twitter or facebook!


Children's Outdoor Toys said...

Thanks for the wonderful post.It is nice to see the bright sunshine these days after such long winters. It is time to go outdoors and have fun with family and friends. Your ideas are really good for such outings.