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Philadelphia for young kids

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Philadelphia for young kids
From Elmo to zoo animals and from carousels to ducks, there are plenty of fun things to do with your kids here in Philly.
Good for: Families, Groups, Seniors, Individuals
Seasons: Spring, Summer, Fall
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Sesame Place
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Sesame Place

Sesame Place(R) is the nation's only theme park based entirely on the award-winning show Sesame Street(R). Visitors will love the park's newest addition - Cookie's Monster Land! This colorful and imaginative land features five exciting rides, a three-story net climb and a soft play area. Ideal for families with young children, Sesame Place is all about being a kid - or being a kid... More

Sesame Place(R) is the nation's only theme park based entirely on the award-winning show Sesame Street(R). Visitors will love the park's newest addition - Cookie's Monster Land! This colorful and imaginative land features five exciting rides, a three-story net climb and a soft play area. Ideal for families with young children, Sesame Place is all about being a kid - or being a kid again and sharing one-of-a-kind fun with the Sesame Street characters. Sesame Place is located 30 minutes north of Philadelphia and 90 minutes south of New York City. Less

Fee: Yes      Duration of visit: More than 3 hours
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Please Touch Museum
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Please Touch Museum

Hands-on museum where adults and children can learn and explore together. The museum is open Monday-Saturday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Sundays 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Admission is $17 for adults and children age one and over. Children under one are free.

Fee: Yes      Duration of visit: 1-2 hours
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Philadelphia Zoo
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Philadelphia Zoo

Situated on 42 acres of beautiful gardens, the Philadelphia Zoo, America's first zoo, is home to nearly 1,300 animals, many rare and endangered. Polar bears, African lions, Amur tigers, a white rhino, giraffes and more call this oasis home. As Philadelphia’s leading cultural destination the Zoo boasts award-winning exhibits such as First Niagara Big Cats Falls, McNeil Avian Center, and... More

Situated on 42 acres of beautiful gardens, the Philadelphia Zoo, America's first zoo, is home to nearly 1,300 animals, many rare and endangered. Polar bears, African lions, Amur tigers, a white rhino, giraffes and more call this oasis home. As Philadelphia’s leading cultural destination the Zoo boasts award-winning exhibits such as First Niagara Big Cats Falls, McNeil Avian Center, and PECO Primate Reserve. Recently opened –Treetop Trail and the Great Ape Trail, one of a kind animal exploration systems allow primates to travel overhead and discover the Zoo’ s campus. In April 2013 KidZooU: Hamilton Family Children’s Zoo & Faris Family Education Center will open --this new wildlife academy and interactive children’s zoo offers displays and hands-on learning along with and rare and unusual goats, sheep, chickens, mini horses and ducks for toddlers to tweens. KidZooU will change the Zoo experience for both animals and guests alike. The outdoor exhibit area includes a 400-foot trail for rare sheep and goats, and a “goat bridge” built above the KidZooU entrance. While the goats scale their own supersize tower, children can climb a parallel structure. Indoors, families will marvel at a world teeming with coral reef fish, colorful parakeets, desert ants, and other extraordinary animals. Interactive exhibits show visitors how saving energy and recycling can help save wildlife. By connecting people with wildlife, the Philadelphia Zoo creates joyful discovery and inspires action for animals and habitats. As the region’s leading family destination, the Zoo welcomed more than 1.2 million visitors last year and is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Less

Fee: Yes      Duration of visit: 2-3 hours
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Lights of Liberty
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Lights of Liberty

Lights of Liberty brings history to life through technology with two dazzling experiences. Liberty 360 in the PECO Theater is the newest show, a 3D journey through the iconic American symbols. This striking presentation, hosted by Ben Franklin, takes place in a 360-degree theater that surrounds the audience. Liberty 360 in the PECO Theater runs every 20 minutes and is located in the... More

Lights of Liberty brings history to life through technology with two dazzling experiences. Liberty 360 in the PECO Theater is the newest show, a 3D journey through the iconic American symbols. This striking presentation, hosted by Ben Franklin, takes place in a 360-degree theater that surrounds the audience. Liberty 360 in the PECO Theater runs every 20 minutes and is located in the Historic Philadelphia Center at 6th & Chestnut Streets - just across from the Liberty Bell.The Lights of Liberty outdoor sound and light show tells the story of the American Revolution as it happened, where it happened. This heartwarming experience was born in 1999 and as such, the technology had become outdated. Currently, Historic Philadelphia, Inc., the parent, non-profit organization of Lights of Liberty, is re-imagining the Lights of Liberty outdoor sound and light show. Historic Philadelphia, Inc. is working with some of the best theatrical and technology teams in the country to dream up an impressive way to tell the birth of our nation. Coming soon - the NEW Lights of Liberty show! Visit our website for the most up-to-date information. Less

Fee: Yes      Duration of visit: 1-2 hours
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Ride The Ducks of Philadelphia
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Ride The Ducks of Philadelphia

Experience Philadelphia sightseeing fun from a duck's eye view on Philadelphia's original duck tour. Travel on land and water in one amazing vehicle. Tour historic Philadelphia and SPLASH into the Delaware River at Penn's Landing. Ride The Ducks is the fun thing to do in Philadelphia and it's the best Philly sightseeing tour.

Fee: Yes      Duration of visit: 1-2 hours
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Franklin Square
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Franklin Square

Franklin Square is one of Philadelphia’s five original squares. The centerpiece is a fountain built in 1838 and fully restored in 2006. There's a carousel, mini golf and playground to entertain the young and the young at heart.

Fee: Yes      Duration of visit: 1-2 hours
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