We have a feeling that this past weekend was full of spirited conversation from your little ones. Why? On Friday, our Paoli and West Chester Show ‘N Tell School’s visited the Please Touch Museum in Philadelphia!
There is nothing better than a field trip where you get to use your imagination and explore an entire museum filled with things you’re supposed to touch!
The Please Touch Museum was full of interactive exhibits that allowed children of all ages to get involved and play. Our students were hard pressed to find an exhibit that didn’t continue to offer endless entertainment and a healthy dose of education.
Our day began with the Woodside Park Dentzel Carousel, a 5-minute ride on an early 1900s carousel that hosts 52 wood-carved animals and over 1,000 lights. It was originally housed in Woodside Park, and now sits in the museum where it provides children with a lesson in history… and lots of smiles!
Following our carousel ride, we stopped over to the Imagination Playground, where we were able to build with giant foam blocks in a variety of shapes and sizes. Unstructured play allowed us to practice our problem-solving while still being creative.
Roadside Attractions was a real favorite amongst the group as we witnessed life in the Philly fast lane… we ‘drove’ a SEPTA bus and relaxed in City Park in this exhibit that mirrored real-life Philadelphia transportation. The make-believe simulation experiences were great for our students who then moved into the Space Station. Here, the children learned about building a 2-part rocket, the movement of those rockets and the solar system. Our students were exceptionally excited when they were able to shoot their rockets through the rotating hoops in the middle of the room!
On the lower level of the museum, the students explored the lives of community helpers in the City Capers exhibit. A construction zone, ShopRite supermarket and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia medical center set the stage for imaginative play for the students to enjoy. Shortly afterwards, our students moved to the Wonderland exhibit. By maneuvering through a maze fit for Alice herself, the students worked on their decision-making skills and spatial awareness!
Our final stop was the River Adventures exhibit. This sensory-based exhibit had our students’ brains moving and our shirts a little damp! Using the geography of the water tables, our students worked tirelessly to get their sailboats around the waterways while sidestepping shooting jets, canals and other students’ sailboats! It was an exceptionally fun and refreshing exhibit to visit just before we cleared out for the day.
The Please Touch Museum was a valuable field trip to experience this summer as a reminder that we can continue to learn in our daily lives through play. Think of different ways that you can teach your child about the world around them through play and exploration each day… you’ll be surprised what they learn, and love, along the way!