10 Things Every Kid Should Do at Hershey Lodge in Hershey, PA

On our first massive (almost) cross country trip in 2012, we stopped in Hershey, Pennsylvania for lunch. My daughter still has a Hershey kiss pillow that she purchased on that trip. We only had a couple of hours for lunch but vowed to return and spend some time in the chocolate capital of America! We made good on that promise this spring break.

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10 Free Things to Do with Kids in Philadelphia

We recently spent some time explore Philadelphia and found it be a very family friendly city. Philadelphia is rich with opportunities to learn about America history, art, and science in dozens of museums, centers, and organizations. If you would like to read my full list of suggestions and tips, check out my city guide here. And before you hit the road, check out VisitPhilly.com- the site has tons of information, itineraries, maps, routes, and calendars. While many museums and centers charge an admission fee, there are also plenty of places which are free to explore.

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20 Family Friendly Places to Explore in Philadelphia, PA

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania’s largest city, is known for many things: being the “City of Brotherly Love”; the home of the cheesesteak, the first bank, and the Liberty Bell; and the place where “eagles fly.” Home to over one million people and less than a two hour drive from both New York City and Baltimore, it’s probably most know for being the first capitol of America and the location of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. There certainly is a lot of history “preserved” in Philadelphia, but there’s also a ton of other ways to explore the city with kids. Before you head to Philadelphia, check out VisitPhilly.com for tons of recommendations, itineraries, and calendars. The website is well organized and has suggestions organized by neighborhood, season, or family friendly activities. If you’re planning on visiting for a few days, consider purchasing a CityPass or Philadelphia Pass, both of which offer substantial savings if you visit multiple locations (most of which are on my top 20 list).

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The Franklin Institute Science Museum in Philadelphia, PA

The Franklin Institute’s mission is to “inspire a passion for learning about science and technology” and the museum’s 12 permanent exhibit halls definitely support that mission. The science museum was created to honor America’s first scientist, Benjamin Franklin, and opened to the public in 1934. It’s one of the most popular spots to visit in Philadelphia (and Pennsylvania) with over 400,000 square feet of hands on exhibitions, two auditoriums, an IMAX Theater, and a planetarium. The Franklin Institute offers several Escape Room programs, Speaker Series lectures, workshops, Star Parties (adults only!), and star gazing events. Whether you’re a local or in town for a visit, it’s worth checking out their calendar for special events.

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Please Touch Museum in Philadelphia, PA

The Please Touch Museum is one of the most popular spots for kids of all ages in Philadelphia- up to 5,000 people visit each (busy) day! The museum is located inside Memorial Hall, site of the Art Gallery for the 1876 Centennial Exhibition celebrating America’s 100th birthday. There is over 60,000 square feet of exhibits open to the public and various classrooms and meeting spaces. The museum is best for ages ten and under, but there are many exhibits even older children will enjoy. The best part? Visitors are encouraged to “touch” everything!

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