Special Events | Please Touch Playhouse Performances | Character Appearances

All programming is subject to change.

Storybook Ball – Medieval Fantasy!
Apr 22 all-day

Storybook Ball Medieval Fantasy!

Jump into Medieval Fairytales at Please Touch Museum. Enter a castle, meet Sleeping Beauty, Merida, and a knight in shining armor, listen to captivating tales, and become a knight while exploring history through play, stories, and characters.

Tickets are on sale now!


Tickets after April 8: $25

Members Ticketing Pricing: $5

Discounts for general admission purchases will not be accepted for this event; including ACCESS cardholders.  

Program Room: Yarn Tapestries 11 – 2 pm

Temporary Program Room, Lower Level (All ages with adult caregiver)

Create your own tapestry with colorful yarn! Practice weaving as you design your own piece to take home.

Program Room: Medieval Bestiary Collages 11 am – 2 pm

Temporary Program Room, Lower Level (All ages with adult caregiver )

Take a close look at animal features and build your own mythical beast to befriend.

Imagination Playground: Castle Building 11 am – 5 pm

Imagination Playground, Main Level (All ages with adult caregiver )

Work with the master builder and test your skills in building walls, towers, and arches.

Performance: Medieval Quartet 11:30 am – 12 pm, 1 – 1:30 pm, and 3 – 3:30 pm

Hamilton Hall, Main Level (All ages with adult caregiver)

Sing and dance along to a music from by-gone days. Listen to a madrigal, yodel to silly tunes, and see a variety of instruments come to life.

Meet the Animals: Philadelphia Zoo 12 – 12:30 pm, 1 – 1:30 pm, and 2 – 2:30 pm

Please Touch Playhouse, Lower Level (Ages: 3+ with adult caregiver – Space is limited to the first 50 children with adult caregiver )

Meet a bird of prey and other interesting creatures one might find inside and outside the castle walls!

Performance: Knight Training School 12:30 – 1pm, 3:30 – 4 pm

Carousel House, Main Level (Ages: 5+ with adult caregiver – Space is limited to the first 25 children with adult caregiver)

Join our knights who are in search of worthy people to join their guild. Learn the etiquette, horsemanship, and lance skills to go from page, to squire, to knight – a 14-year journey – in just 30 minutes.

Storytime: Maid Marian’s Tales 1:30 pm

Wordsworth Cottage, Main Level (Ages: 3+ with adult caregiver )

Listen to Maid Marian at Wordsworth Cottage as she recounts her favorite fairytales and then help her create a one-of-a-kind story!

Drop-In & Draw: Illuminated Manuscript Drawings 2 – 3 pm

Outside Centennial Exploration, Lower Level (Ages: 4+ with adult caregiver )

Examine beautiful pictures and fancy manuscripts. Then grab a piece of paper and create your own drawing inspired by Medieval books.

Strolling Science Lab: Medieval Herb Garden 2:30 – 3 pm

Sid the Science Kid, the Super-Duper Exhibit!, Main level (Ages: 3+ with adult caregiver )

Explore plants from the gardens of kings, queens, and peasants alike! Look closely and conduct investigations as we uncover the mysteries of herbs that were used to help and heal.

Tinker Time: Catapults 3 – 4 pm

Temporary Program Room, Lower Level (Ages: 4+ with adult caregiver)

Get creative and explore materials, tools, and technology through open-ended exploration of catapults.

End of the Day Music and Movement: Royal Court Parade and Ball 4-4:45 pm

Hamilton Hall, Main Level (All ages with adult caregiver)

The Royal Court requests your presence in the main hall! Show off your outfit, learn regal dance steps, and end the day with a royal ball.

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Please Touch Museum: First Wednesdays
May 2 all-day


1st Wednesdays at Please Touch Museum!

On the first Wednesday of every month, Please Touch Museum is open until 7 pm for two extra hours of play, and offers $2 per person admission from 4:00 on. Enjoy your visit!






Member Early Opening
May 6 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

Member Early Opening
Please Touch Museum will open early for our members from 9 am – 11 am.

Play Without Boundaries
Jun 3 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am


Please join us for Play Without Boundaries, a program and early opening for children with learning and developmental disabilities and those on the autism spectrum.

Enjoy the museum before it is open to the public with activities and experiences designed especially for this program, including sensory toys, performances, and guest presenters. The Museum will be calmer and quieter with fewer people and reduced lighting and sound in exhibition areas. Registration is required!

During this event we offer:

• Quiet Space of the Day with Quiet Kit sensory toys
• Full access to Museum exhibit spaces
• Program Room activities

Floreo Virtual Reality Experiences

9:00 -11:00 am

Hamilton Hall, Main Level

Floreo is a virtual reality based autism therapy product, and staff will be on hand to facilitate virtual reality experiences for visitors.

Floreo is currently partnering with the Center for Autism Research at CHOP.


Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP): Center for Autism Research

9:00-11:00 am

Roadside Attractions, Main Level

Come learn about the innovative research happening at the Center for Autism Research at CHOP! Pick up information and resources about studies, workshops and supports that CAR can offer to families navigating the world of autism.


Quiet Space & PAWS: Autism Initiative

9:00 – 11:00 am

Meeting Room East, Main Level

Looking for a peaceful spot to relax and play? Stop by our quiet space to refocus and recharge. Explore toys, read stories, and make new furry friends while spending time with certified therapy animals teams from PAWS for People.


Program Room

Paper Strip Sculptures

9:30-11:00 am Temporary Program Room, Lower Level

All Ages

Create works of art inspired by your trip to the museum. Bend, roll, and build a mini paper sculpture to take home. Don’t forget to add a few pieces to the collaborative sculpture!


Dance- Movement Therapy

9:15-9:45 am and 10:15-10:45 am

Group Rooms 5 and 6, Lower Level

Dance-movement therapy will be presented in an experiential format, for children and caregivers to participate in activities that may commonly be used in a dance/movement therapy session.  Props such as scarves, stretch cloths, and elastic bands, will be utilized to evoke movement and play.


Play Without Boundaries is a free event.

Mark your calendar! Registration is required!

This program is made possible through support from the following:


Hours of Operation

Monday - Saturday: 9 am to 5 pm
Sunday: 11 am to 5 pm
Christmas Eve: 11 am to 3 pm
New Year's Eve: 9 am to 3 pm
Thanksgiving & Christmas Day: CLOSED

Contact Information

Memorial Hall, Fairmount Park
4231 Avenue of the Republic
(formerly North Concourse Drive)
Philadelphia, PA 19131
Click here for directions.

Phone: 215-581-3181

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