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The Franklin Institute, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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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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