The Franklin Institute, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
222 N 20th St, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103| Map |
The Franklin Institute is one of the oldest centers of science education and development in the United States. It houses the Benjamin Franklin National Memorial.
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- Tots (0-2)
- Little kids (3-5)
- Big kids (6-8)
- Tweens (9-12)
- Teens (13+)
Tips for Families
Kids will adore the flight simulators and a ride on the sky bike -- a bike balanced on a high wire with a heavy weight suspended from it to keep it from tipping over. Note that these special exhibits incur additional costs.
Address: 222 N 20th St, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103| Map
Hours: Mon-Sun 9:30 am - 5 pm. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Day and Franklin Awards Day. For additional details, check schedule. More Info
Price: Adults: $15.50; Children: $12; Senior & Military: $14.50 More Info
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Science, history, and a little bit of everything in betweenFlag review
There's really a little something for everyone at this interactive science museum. My sports-loving son spent over an hour in the Sports Challenge exhibit, where he could clock his pitches (and learn about the physics of improving them), test his reaction time in a race car, and kick a soccer ball against an imaginary goalie. The whole family loved Sir Isaac's Loft, where we could conduct experiments in gravity, levers, and cause-and-effect. The Giant Heart - an enormous beating heart that kids can walk through - may be the museum's most famous exhibit. The youngest visitors (and maybe even their older siblings) will enjoying checking out the tactile Island of the Elements exhibit, which is designed for children aged 5 to 8.
Tips for Families
Check in advance to see what special exhibits are running at the museum and whether these will suit any of your children's interests. These exhibits usually involve the purchase of a timed ticket, but are worth the cost. My family has visited and enjoyed exhibits about King Tut and the history of spying during the Cold War. The Franklin Institute also has has an IMAX, a 3D theater, and a planetarium, all of which cost extra to visit. The museum has a parking garage but metered street parking is cheaper if you can find a spot.
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