Monday, April 08, 2013

Going to Philly

We had about assumed that the trip to Philly was a no-go, which is why we had gone ahead with the application to adopt Zoboo. But the Jedi just received word today that his company is sending him to Philadelphia for two weeks of training. The kids and I are going along. We'll hit DC for four days before his training starts. Then the kids and I will tool around museums and parks and attractions in the Philly area while the Jedi is stuck inside doing complicated chemistry. On one weekend, we'll head north to go see the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.

I'm collecting some ideas to keep the kids and I busy during the day.

Toa of Boy immediately suggested a daytrip to Hershey PA. Google map says Hershey is only an hour and a half away....Land of Chocolate, here we come!

Other cool things in Philly itself (while the Jedi isn't with us)...

Out on a Limb at the Morris Arboretum. The website says, "Get a bird’s eye view of the forest from 50 feet up, perched on a canopy walk high above ground level. Or scamper down onto the Squirrel Scramble, a huge hammock-like net where you can look down to the ground far below through the rope netting. Enter a Bird’s Nest and sit on giant robin’s eggs, just waiting to hatch." The Arboretum also has gardens, sculptures, and historic buildings (oh my!)
  • Mon-Fri 10am-4pm
  • Adults $16, Youth (3-17) $7

 TripAdvisor ranks the Philadelphia Museum of Art as Philly's number one attraction.
School trip and $5 school rates available with at least two weeks notice.
  • CLOSED Mon, and one building closed Tuesday
  • Wed-Friday 10am-5pm
  •  Adults $20, Youth (13-17) $14, 12and under free

The Barnes Foundation
Not only is a $5 school rate available, but an hour long lesson might be.
Tickets for any day should be purchased and reserved in advance. (However, a google image search seems to speak of an environment that Toa of Boy might expire in.)
  • CLOSED Tues
  • Wed-Monday 10am-6pm (Friday till 10pm)
  •  Adults $18, Youth (5-17) $10

Shofusu (Japanese House and Garden)
 Tours of the house can be provided based on staff availability. For availabilities, please email Shoes are not allowed in the house, but socks or stockings are required. Shoes are required in the garden.
  • CLOSED Mon & Tues
  • Wed-Fri 10am-4pm
  • $6 Adults; $4 Youth(3-17)

 Fireman's Hall  located in a restored firehouse in the heart of Philadelphia's historic Old City district, is one of the nation's premier fire museums.
  • Tues-Sat 10-4:30
  • donations requested

Reading Terminal Market. This seems like it might be like Findley Market and be a good place for the kids and I to grab lunch one day.
  • Mon-Sat 8-6
  • Parking $4

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