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The Please Touch Museum

Memorial Hall Dome and Statute of Liberty arm and torch replica

Memorial Hall Dome and Statute of Liberty arm and torch replica

We decided we wanted to move to the “big city” to raise our family so we could embrace the opportunities that city life holds.  The Please Touch Museum is a perfect example of a great kids space that we are lucky enough to have access to.   Located in the historic Memorial Hall building from the 1876 Centennial Exhibition, the museum is accommodated grandly with 2 floors of activities and many various themed rooms.  In one room, kids can play with a real car, bus and trolley or fix up a vehicle in the repair shop.  In another, there is all things science where you can launch foam rockets, run on a hamster wheel and dance on musical clouds.  There is a grocery store, bakery, home kitchen and a McDonald’s where kids can pick and serve up all sorts of  imaginary foods.   There is a shoe store, hospital, garden area and construction site all full with the accessories for fun interactive play.  The theater shows a puppet show a couple times a day, and is a great opportunity to teach your child how to sit through things while still in a child friendly setting.  The Alice in Wonderland area has games and mazes and access up or down between floors through a creatively decorated “rabbit hole” guarded by the Cheshire Cat.  Kids can get their groove on playing jungle themed musical instruments or by jumping on the actual floor piano from the movie Big.   For only $1 the fully refurbished historic Dentzel Carousel with hand carved wooden animals dating from 1908 is fun to ride and watch.  And finally, we always leave the messiest for last, the river adventure area is not one to miss.  Donning a smock, float boats or rubber duckies down a river and experiment with currents, bubbles, bridges and more.  Bring a lunch or choose something from their surprisingly affordable cafeteria.  The kids are exhausted by the end of the day and you will be assured a night of quiet…making this a great outing for all!

I took my son and his friend after school the other day and it was the perfect opportunity for me to “play around” too with my new App ToonCamera.  Here is some photos from our day of play at the Please Touch Museum.

Digging Balls with an Excavator

Digging Balls with an Excavator

Bus & Trolley

Bus & Trolley

The Science of Air

The Science of Air

Musical Cloud Dancing

Musical Cloud Dancing

Between two floors

Between two floors

Checkin out the Grocery Store

Checkin out the Grocery Store

Play Kitchen

Play Kitchen

Serving the masses at McDonalds

Serving the masses at McDonalds

Giving a baby x-rays

Giving a baby x-rays

Relax in the garden

Relax in the garden

Hard working at the construction site

Hard working at the construction site

From Sea to Sky - a theater show based on two Vietnamese folk tales

From Sea to Sky – a theater show based on two Vietnamese folk tales

Maze in Alice in Wonderland

Maze in Alice in Wonderland

Cheshire Cat

Cheshire Cat

The BIG Piano

The BIG Piano

Jungle Jams

Jungle Jams

Historic Dentzel Carousel

Historic Dentzel Carousel

Friends at play

Friends at play

River Adventure water area

River Adventures water area

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    • I love it! It is so fun to play around with. You can make videos too. I also love how you can upload existing photos into the App after the fact.

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