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Philadelphia Real Estate: Moving with Kids?

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

Philadelphia Real EstateWhen looking to buy real estate in Philadelphia, there are a lot of factors to consider—and if you’re not just thinking for yourself, but thinking for two, or three, or ten—there are even more factors to mull over when looking to buy.

If you’ve considered buying Philadelphia Real Estate, and you have children to think for, before you commit to anything, you need to know what the city has to offer you… and your little ones.

Whether you’re looking to buy in the Art Museum area, Old City or even Graduate Hospital, it’s important to know what sort of attractions there are in the city—in order to keep your little ones happy and you sane.

We have so much faith in the city; we’ve done the research for you. Below are a few attractions that Philadelphia has to offer on any day.

Join in on an archaeological dig at the Academy of Natural Sciences.

Tour the Betsy Ross House, with an audio tour and scavenger hunt designed just for kids.

Explore historic Philadelphia in an amphibious Duck Tour. The Franklin Institute

Walk through the giant human heart model and visit the IMAX theater at  the Franklin Institute Science Museum.

Take part in interactive exhibits at the National Constitution Center.

Visit the hands-on petting zoo and Treehouse and ride in the Zooballoon at the Philadelphia Zoo.

Discover one of the world’s best interactive kids’ museums, the Please Touch Museum.

Explore a World War II submarine and Navy cruiser from the 1980s at the The Independence Seaport Museum on Penn’s Landing.

Discover all of Earth’s creepy-crawlers at the Insectarium.

Tour the historic Eastern State Penitentiary – children under 7 are not permitted.

For those spontaneous days, when you need only a little break– and a little fresh air, we’ve mapped out the city’s best playgrounds.

Rittenhouse Square at 18th and Walnut streets has a small playground and space in which to eat and relax.

Schuylkill River Park at Pine and 26th streets, and at 26th Street and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, opposite the art museum.

Nearest Independence Hall, try Delancey, aka “Three Bears,” Park at Delancey between 3rd and 4th streets offers lots of fountains and animal sculptures to climb on.

Starr Garden at 6th and Lombard streets.

Franklin Square ParkThe Smith Memorial offers a wooden slide, weird things to climb on, and an indoor playground with plenty of toys to play with and spots to picnic

Franklin Square Park, between 6th and 7th on Race Street, has an old-fashioned carousel, a fountain (ca. 1825), a Philly-themed minigolf course, and a playground. Open daylight hours. The carousel costs $3 for adults and $2 for children. Minigolf costs $8 per adult and $6 per child. When this guide was published, hours were limited to Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

For those special days when you need to plan a structured, mid-day affair, we’ve researched the best places to keep your little ones entertained for a generous amount of time.

The Arden Theatre at 40 N. 2nd St. (tel. 215/922-1122; www.ardentheatre.org) is one of a dozen companies that produces children’s theater year-round.

The Pennsylvania Ballet puts on matinee performances that make for a perfect early afternoon. Call tel. 215/551-7000 for more information.

The Philadelphia Museum of Art at 26th and Benjamin Franklin Parkway (bus: PHLASH, 21, or 42) has dedicated itself to producing Sunday-morning and early-afternoon programs for children, at minimal or no charge. Your kids could wind up drawing pictures of armor or watching a puppet play about dragons, visiting a Chinese court, or exploring cubism. Call tel. 215/763-8100, or 684-7500 for 24-hour information.

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