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Smith Kids Play Place (Playground & Mansion)

33rd St & Oxford St, East Fairmount Park, Philadelphia, PA
+1 215-765-4325
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A hidden gem!

I never heard or knew of this place in all the years I've been visiting Philly. This is a great... read more

Reviewed 4 August 2016
gostartraveler
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Forked River, New Jersey
Don't have a party here

I had a party booked last year. I had to cancel. Since they wouldn't refund our money ($150... read more

Reviewed 24 May 2016
Michele H
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Honey Brook, Pennsylvania
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Smith Memorial Playground & Playhouse opened its doors in East Fairmount Park in 1899. Funded by Richard and Sarah Smith, the site was dedicated to the memory of their adult son, Stanfield. Smith’s beautiful, 24,000 square foot Playhouse was designed solely as a play space for children by one of Philadelphia’s most prominent late 19th century architects, James H. Windrim. The Playground is situated on its original historic landscape – 6 1/2 acres of open fields, wooded terrain, and sloped hills – and is home to the century old Ann Newman Giant Wooden Slide, a treasured play experience for generations of Philadelphia’s children, as well as other unique pieces of play equipment.Smith’s mission is to provide children 10 and under from diverse backgrounds with free and accessible one-of-a-kind play experiences that meet their physical, behavioral, and developmental needs.
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33rd St & Oxford St, East Fairmount Park, Philadelphia, PA
Fairmount Park
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+1 215-765-4325
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Reviewed 4 August 2016

I never heard or knew of this place in all the years I've been visiting Philly. This is a great place for kids to play, not too far from the Zoo or from the Please Touch Museum. Paths are easily accessible with stroller, and there...More

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Reviewed 24 May 2016

I had a party booked last year. I had to cancel. Since they wouldn't refund our money ($150), they told me we would have a credit on file with them for a year. Fast forward to today (about 8 or 9 months later), I have...More

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Reviewed 16 March 2016

This is an outstanding place to take your kids if you're living or visiting the city. There are enough activities there to keep your tot active for a few hours, and tire them out before nap time.

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Reviewed 29 November 2015

I like the Franklin Institute, Please Touch Museum, and the other countless sites for kids in Philly....but my daughter has had the most fun at Smith Playground. You don't have to spend a lot of money to entertain your children here. They ask for a...More

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Reviewed 11 November 2015 via mobile

I am a father of two young daughters. They always have a lot of fun and there are toys that fit both of their age levels. The wooden slide is pretty unique and they really seem to try and add new things. It's free to...More

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Reviewed 21 October 2015

If you live in Philadelphia, put this on your "I'm out of ideas and it's cold out" list. But, if you're traveling, this is not a must stop attraction, even if it is historical. Inside there are two small run down rooms. Upstairs there is...More

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Reviewed 21 September 2015

This *free* children's playground was really fun. The outdoor space has a lot of creative climbing toys that move and spin in ways that are great for active young kids. The ideal age range would probably be about 2 years old to 5 years old....More

1  Thank offtracktraveler
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Reviewed 6 July 2015

It was a very nice, big playground. Not just ordinary swings and slides. It had a wooden slide where you have to use a burlap bag to get down. Very different climbing structures and rubberized grounds near all the equipment. Kids loved it.

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Reviewed 22 June 2015

Smith's features many payground attractions that are safe and well maintained. Spread out over a large grassy area, children and adults can burn off a lot of energy on imaginative playground equipment not typically found in city playgrounds. There's also a giant wooden slide for...More

1  Thank Nick R
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Reviewed 16 June 2015 via mobile

Nice place with open space and playing to do for kids. There are some trees for sitting in the shade. It's free or you can donate. Free nearby parking 15 minut drive from center philadelphia. Indoor house play doesn't have as much toys then outside...More

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budgets88
28 July 2017|
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Response from JennileeAD | Reviewed this property |
If there isn't an event going on, yes it is free.
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budgets88
28 July 2017|
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Response from tamackey | Reviewed this property |
It is free but there is a donation box.
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Kyna C
1 February 2017|
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Response from SuperAdventure | Reviewed this property |
I would go when you can do the playhouse and playground. The play house is ok, but the playground is huge with some unique equipment.
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