|@ Touch Museum - Milking the cow|
Touch Museum. Took my daughter there when she was 15 monhts. I think she enjoyed it much more than she did then. She was able to fully enjoyed all the activity the museum offered. If you never been here, the museum is pretty impressive and looks like just like a grown-up museum. It's got 2 floors of exhibits - spread out in 38,000 sq ft with interactive activities. I have to say - is one of the best museum we have gone so far. Most likely if you are member to a Children's Museum, they probably a participant in the ACM reciprocal program which means you can attend the Touch Museum for free. Otherwise do check out City Pass for discount. We spent our whole day there and then we headed down to Reading Market Terminal for an early evening dinner/snack!
On the way to Reading Market Terminal, we stopped by Smith Playhouse. My daughter felt asleep in the car but my friend's daughter did get to check the place out. Smith Playhouse is dedicated playarea for children under 5. Recently renovated and updated. They've got an indoor play and a nice outdoor playground with modern equipment. Even also have one of those old fashion wooden slide. Admission is free but they do suggested $5 donation per family. Glad we stopped by and check the place out. It was a nice detour.
Reading Market Terminal, to best avoid crowds go before the rush, around 5 o'clock. I don't suggest strollers. If you have young infants, is best to sport them on a baby carrier. Parking can be kind of tricky. You can street/meter parking and if not you can park at Filbert Garage for $4 - 2hr limit - with minimum purchase of $10 which you can easily be done. Before you set your eyes on a stall, do get a quick tour or grab a map to see all the offerings available. I started at Tommy DiNic's for a savory kick for their delicious pulled pork sandwiches and husband had the pastrami sandwich, grab a nice cold beer to wash down the grease at the Beer Garden, then walk around and browse the stalls for groceries to bring back to the hotel/home, have ice-cream at Bassetts' and lastly if you get full like I was - pick up some whoopie pies at the Flying Monkey and cookies to go. Megan was on a sugar high the whole evening!
On our 2nd and last day of our weekend, we went to the Adventure Aquarium in Camden NJ. Way better than New York Aquarium in Brooklyn. Do check out the seal performance however do prepare to get there 20 minutes before showing. The seats do get fill very fast. Also do know that there is no shades and it can very hot. So be careful if your kids are sensitive to heat and sun. The best part was watching the hippos. I don't think I ever seen them so close and it was amazing watching swim in the water. Is definitely a sight not to be missed. If decide not to get the City Pass, I read somewhere that you can pick a $4-5 coupon at the ACM Hardware in Bayonne.
I think I had more fun than the kids. My husband may have been right. ;-) If you get the Philly City Pass, do ride the trolley, check out the Zoo and take the ferry to or from the Camden Adventure Aquarium. If you intend on extending your trip and want to venture further out, you can also include Sesame Place, Dutch wonderland and/or Crayolla Factory!