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Storybook Ball

11:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Enter the doors of Please Touch Castle and begin your quest! Meet fairy tale creatures, sneak into a dragon’s lair, ride the carousel with the queen, and learn to cast spells as we celebrate learning through play.

Thanks to our sponsor Early Childhood Environments.


Please Touch Castle’s Character Quest
11am – 4pm
Throughout the museum

All ages with adult caregiver

Grab a special quest map, find all the characters, complete their tasks, and receive a prize fit for a storybook hero!


Creative Arts Studio: Let’s Draw A Story
11am – 3pm
Creative Arts Studio, Lower Level

All ages with adult caregiver

Drop in any time to experiment with materials and process, as you create works of art inspired by your favorite stories.


Pop Up Playcorner: Dragon’s Lair
11am – 4pm
Centennial Depot, Lower Level

Ages: 4+ with adult caregiver

Enter the dragon’s lair and see what treasures you can find!


Meet and Greet: The Academy of Natural Sciences
12pm – 3:30pm
The Gazebo in Roadside Attractions, Main Level

All ages with adult caregiver

Get up close and personal with some adorable, exciting, and interesting creatures. Will you recognize any from the stories you’ve read?


Member’s Only: Mad Hatter Tea Party (Pre-registration required)
12pm & 2pm
The Playhouse Theatre, Lower Level

All ages with adult caregiver

Dine with the Mad Hatter and his friends for this exclusive member’s only party!


Carousel Rides with the Queen
12:15, 1:15, 2:15, & 3:15pm
Carousel House, Main Level

All ages with adult caregiver

Purchase a special Queen’s Carousel Ride ticket and go around and around and up and down with the Queen during one of her special rides throughout the day!


Performance: The Franklin Institute’s Traveling Science Show
12:30 & 2:30
Hamilton Hall, Main Level

All ages with adult caregiver

Will magic or science prevail? Only the Wizard Storyteller knows! Experience the showdown between The Scientist Princess and the vain Prince who wants to woo her heart with science magic.


Storytime with Marty the Moose
1:30 and 3:30
The Gazebo in Roadside Attractions, Main Level

All ages with adult caregiver

Listen and laugh along with Marty the Moose, The Academy of Natural Science’s own Moose storyteller!


End of the Day Storybook Ball and Grand Goodbye
4:30 – 5 pm
Hamilton Hall, Main Level

All ages with adult caregiver

Dance, party, and say good night to all your favorite storybook friends at this one of a kind ball.


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!

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