Learning Resource - Please Touch Museum | Please Touch Museum
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Discover
the learning
behind the play.

Learning through play.

Please Touch Museum engages children and adults in discovering the world around them through a variety of educational opportunities in the Museum, offsite and online. Our guided multi-sensory programs, print and web resources, as well as experiential and play-based initiatives focus on relevant themes throughout Museum exhibits and connect to current events.

The 4Cs

Our programming, exhibitions and resources follow the 4 C’s of our strategic plan.

Critical thinking

Children expand their awareness and understanding of the world and new ideas through child-directed activities.

Communication

Children and adults practice verbal and non-verbal language and make connections between ideas and everyday life.

Collaboration

Children and adults engage with one another in social learning through interactive programs and play.

Creativity

Families participate in multi-sensory activities that encourage exploration and spark wonder and curiosity.

Museum programs

An overview.

Our programs provide a welcoming, friendly introduction to the Museum and begin to instill in young visitors a love of discovery and learning, encouraging future cultural experiences.

All programs are informed by current research and best practices in the fields of informal learning, museum education and early childhood education to:

  • Increase high-quality early learning experiences
  • Engage and support families and educators as a child’s first teacher
  • Support development of executive function and deeper learning skills through literacy, creative and performing arts and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) programming
  • Add capacity and value to early learning networks and leverage community partnerships

Daily and weekly programs

Daily and weekly programs offer a consistent schedule of facilitated experiences that build early learning skills.
Programs do not require advance registration and are free with museum admission.

 

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Tot Spot
Ages 2-3 with adult caregiver

Join in activities, songs and play especially designed to offer our youngest visitors time and space to strengthen early learning skills.

Program Room
All ages with adult caregiver

Experiment with materials and create works of art
inspired by your trip to the Museum.

Discovery Zone
All ages with adult caregiver

Monthly program add-ons located throughout various Zones in the Museum designed to enhance your playful adventures!

Strolling Puppets Tour
Ages 4+ with adult caregivers

Join a Museum Educator and puppet for a kid-friendly tour of one of the Museum’s permanent or temporary exhibitions.

Innovate + Imagine
Ages 4+ with adult caregivers

Follow your curiosity with wooden planks, wheels and ropes. Work together to design and build your own amazing creation.

Storytime
All ages with adult caregiver

Get cozy, listen to stories, sing songs and build literacy skills.

Drop-In + Draw
Ages 4+ with adult caregiver

Drop-in, look closely, grab a piece of paper and practice your drawing skills.

Adventurous Afternoon
Ages 4+ with adult caregiver

Embark on a 30-minute adventure to spark curiosity for science and nature through observations, questions and play.

Strolling Science Lab
Ages 3+ with adult caregiver

Look closely and conduct science investigations as we uncover the mysteries of the world around us.

Outdoor Adventures
All ages with adult caregiver

Participate in guided and self-guided outdoor play experiences in our Please Touch Garden, including water activities and programming connected to nature.

Tinker Time
Ages 4+ with adult caregiver

Get creative and explore materials, tools and technology through open-ended, maker-inspired activities.

End of the Day Music + Movement
All ages with adult caregiver

Meet us at the Torch to stretch, wiggle and move your body as we end the day with an exploration of rhythm and movement.

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.

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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!

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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.

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

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Tours + more

Create your school experience.

Please Touch Museum offers tours and resources for educators looking to customize a trip to the Museum. Schools can choose from themed Guided or Self-Guided experiences and workshops to enhance your next visit. We also offer professional development workshops for educators, focusing on play-based education.

For more details, download a PDF below. Or, contact us at education@pleasetouchmuseum.org or 215-578-5164.

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Make the most of your visit.

Use these tips to explore, play and learn during your visit!

Explore

Start in one part of the Museum, encourage children to look around an exhibit and let them lead the way.

Ask Questions

Open-ended questions are a great way to start a conversation and can help guide play.

  • What do you see?
  • What’s going on here?
  • What is your favorite thing in this room and why?
Try New Things

Visit favorite exhibits but also try out new areas of the Museum, such as the current temporary exhibit.

Play Together

Time at the Museum can be a great way for adults and children to play and learn together.

Take Breaks

There is a lot happening at the Museum! Some areas of the Museum are quieter than others and taking breaks to recharge can be helpful.