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Family Festival: Election Day

9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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We want our youngest citizens to understand and participate in the democratic process, so we’re opening up the polls, and giving kids a voice this election season: to vote for their favorite toy!


Join us at PTM to meet candidates, weigh the options, fill out a ballot, and cast a vote. Each of the toy candidates will be on hand for playing in order to learn, debate their merits, and make an informed decision.  The day will also feature other civic-themed activities, including the chance to write a postcard to our elected officials. Write your thoughts, and we will send them on!

Celebrate Election Day: Kid’s Choice
10 AM –12 PM & 1–3 PM
Hamilton Hall, Main Level
All PTM Visitors
Cast your vote for the 2018 Please Touch Kid’s Choice Toy!  Our Polls are open from Polls 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. & 1– 3: p.m. in Hamilton Hall.

Discovery Zone: Meet the Candidates
10 AM –3 PM
Hamilton Hall, Main Level
All Ages with adult caregiver
Come meet all the toys featured in our election.  Each toy will be on hand for play in order to learn, debate their merits, and make an informed decision.

Creative Arts Studio: Letters to Elected Officials
11–3 PM
Creative Arts Studio, Lower Level
All Ages with adult caregiver
Be heard! Elected officials work for the people and they need to hear how you feel. Explore some of Philadelphia’s leaders and tell them what you think. 

Strolling Puppet Tour: Speak Up!
3:30-4 pm
Hamilton Hall, Main Level
Ages: 4+ with adult caregiver
Join a Museum Educator and strolling puppet for a kid-friendly debate of the 2018 Kid’s Choice Candidates!

End of the Day Patriotic Parade
4:30- 4:45 pm
Hamilton Hall, Main Level
All ages with adult caregiver
Join us for a musical parade to celebrate your day of play at Please Touch Museum and the announcement of the 2018 Kid’s Choice Winner!


Signature Events + Family Festivals

Our signature events include family festivals and holiday pop-ups. They offer expanded performance and educational offerings with a special focus that may celebrate cultural traditions and holidays, connect to national and local events, or highlight an area of focus in our exhibits.

Performing Arts

The Playhouse at Please Touch Museum invites children to exercise their imaginations and enter new worlds. Inside the theater, visitors experience theater in engaging, interactive and unexpected ways. The Playhouse is the perfect way to introduce young children to the performing arts!

Play Without Boundaries

Play Without Boundaries is a program and early opening for children with learning and developmental disabilities and those on the autism spectrum. It is a free event with registration. 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.

Please Touch Museum is committed to providing experiences in exhibits and programs that are accessible and inclusive for all visitors.

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Our Mascot Needs a Name!

Vote now to name our mascot, debuting at Please Touch Museum’s Birthday Bash on October 7, 2018!

 Vote Now!