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New family friendly attraction in Philadelphia – Silvija Travel Tips

Parents on the hunt for an exciting and educational break for the entire family should look no further than the US city of Philadelphia, which welcomes several new attractions this summer perfect for all children, big and small. Opportunities abound in the east coast gateway city, with four distinctive new attractions suitable for your family’s next holiday.

Inquisitive families can enjoy a close-up encounter of some of the world’s most thrilling insects at the new Xtreme Bugs Exhibition at the Academy of Natural Sciences, through a towering display of 20 gigantic bugs. For those looking for a high-flying adventure, Philadelphia’s first treetop obstacle course, Treetop Quest Philly, is now open through November.

At the Healthy Me, Healthy Family, Healthy Community gallery at the Please Touch Museum, children can unleash their curiosity by shopping in the supermarket, taking orders in the imaginative sandwich shop and making plastic pizzas in a faux wood-fired oven. Families looking to explore Philadelphia’s rich history are encouraged to visit the new In Franklin’s Footsteps: 275 Years at the American Philosophical Society exhibition showcasing materials from the Society’s renowned collections, including Benjamin Franklin’s library chair and Neil Armstrong’s signed copy of the moon landing transcript.

More information on Philadelphia’s newest attractions, including pricing and ticket options, is available below.

New Xtreme Bugs Exhibition at the Academy of Natural Sciences from 26 May 2018 – 21 January 2019
The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University is the oldest natural history museum in the Americas and from 26 May 2018, families can come face-to-feet with 20 giant, moving, hissing and clicking insects from around the world. Some of the larger-than-life creepy-crawlies on display include an 18-feet-long wiggling centipede, a fluttering oversized monarch butterfly and a 12-feet-tall hissing pink orchid mantis. Xtreme Bugs will allow inquisitive children to experience a bugs’-eye view of the world, dig for ancient arthropods, play a bug facts game, and inspect live insects until 21 January 2019. General admission to the Academy costs £14 ($17.95) for adults and £11 ($13.95) for children (aged 3 – 12) when purchased online. Tickets to Xtreme Bugs cost £5 ($7) for non-members and £3 ($4) for individual members and family members. For more information, visit www.ansp.org.

Treetop Quest in Philadelphia’s West Fairmount Park. Image courtesy of Treetop Quest Philly – Silvija Travel Tips

Treetop Quest Philly from April – November 2018
Those with a head for heights can enjoy a physical and mental challenge thanks to the city’s new Treetop Quest, Philadelphia’s first treetop obstacle course. With activities for kids as young as four-years-old and more challenging options for teenagers and adults, it’s an ideal outdoor activity for the whole family. Activities at Treetop Quest include tree-to-tree obstacles such as ziplines, monkey bridges, balance beams and complex courses. The experience is self-guided and uses a continuous safety system that is impossible to detach from the lifeline. In addition to the course, Treetop Quest has also introduced new hiking trails, a covered pavilion with picnic tables and nearby restrooms to the park which will be open seasonally on weekends from April to November, and daily throughout the summer. Tickets booked online cost from £13 – £37 ($17 – $49) per person, depending on age. For more information, visit www.treetopquest.com/philly.

The Please Touch Museum is a hands-on museum where adults and children can learn together. Photo courtesy of the Please Touch Museum – Silvija Travel Tips

Please Touch Museum’s New Permanent Exhibit: Healthy Me, Healthy Family, Healthy Community
For children who love to press every button, flick every switch, and pull every lever, Philadelphia’s Please Touch Museum® is a wonderful place where such activities are not only allowed, they are encouraged. Since 1976, The Philadelphia Please Touch Museum has thrilled children and their families through hands-on interactive exhibits, including assembling and launching rockets in the Rocket Room and getting behind the wheel of a variety of vehicles in the Roadside Attractions exhibit. The museum’s newest permanent gallery, Healthy Me, Healthy Family, Healthy Community, encourages children to don aprons at the Bimbo Bakeries USA Bistro and Boboli Pizza Kitchen and craft sandwiches and pizzas for their parents. General admission to the museum costs £14 ($19) for adults and children when purchased online. For more information, visit www.pleasetouchmuseum.org.

In Franklin’s Footsteps: 275 Years at the American Philosophical Society from April – 30 December 2018
The American Philosophical Society was founded in 1743 by Benjamin Franklin and its new exhibit celebrates the museum’s 275th anniversary by displaying materials from the Society’s renowned collections. In Franklin’s Footsteps: 275 Years at the American Philosophical Society focuses on the work of its elected members and the contributions they have made in astronomy, exploration, palaeontology and many other fields. Ideal for older children and teenagers, items in the exhibit include Benjamin Franklin’s library chair and personal library books, Neil Armstrong’s signed copy of the moon landing transcript and Darwin’s handwritten draft of the title page for the Origin of Species. The exhibit is on display until 30 December 2018. For more information, visit www.amphilsoc.org.

For more information on Philadelphia, visit the Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau’s website,
www.discoverPHL.co.uk

Christmas Tax-Free Shopping Break In Philadelphia – Silvija Travel Tips

With the UK high streets becoming increasingly busy with shoppers on the hunt for the perfect gift, now is the time to escape the Christmas chaos with a well-timed winter shopping break to Philadelphia. The city of Philadelphia is offering a festive selection of shopping experiences for travellers this winter, including browsing the outdoor market stalls at the 10th annual Christmas Village in the recently re-opened LOVE Park and tax-free shopping at the festively decorated Macy’s. Or travellers looking for carols, cocoa and roasted chestnuts on fairy-lit streets can explore the quaint neighbourhood of Chestnut Hill, which will host lively Stag and Doe Shopping Nights throughout December 2017.

Alongside tax-free shopping on clothes and shoes, Philadelphia is also consistently citied as one of the most walkable cities in the US – the perfect combination for a stress-free shopping break. The city is renowned for its excellent shopping districts, including the centrally-located Rittenhouse Row which is brimming with independent shops and national retailers alike. Travellers looking to find a one-off gift for a loved one back home can also find a great selection of vintage and thrifted items in the various boutiques located in the Old City of Philadelphia and those eager to ‘shop until they drop’ should head to the nearby King of Prussia Shopping Center or the Philadelphia Premium Outlets in Limerick, Pennsylvania.

Philadelphia Celebrates The Christmas Village’s 10th Anniversary at LOVE Park
Following an official opening ceremony by the Christkind from Nuremberg on Thanksgiving (23rd November), the city’s recently renovated LOVE Park will be transformed into a winter wonderland with the return of the 10th annual Christmas Village. Inspired by the traditional German Christmas markets, Philadelphia’s very own open-air Christmas Village will play host to more than 80 vendors from across the world until Christmas Eve. From the wooden booths, local and international merchants will sell traditional gifts and treats, including ornaments, toys, jewellery and artwork. Following a browse of the stalls, holidaymakers are invited to warm up with a glass of mulled wine or hot chocolate under twinkling lights, while enjoying the festively-themed and mouth-watering food. Admission to the Christmas Village in Philadelphia is free, with food, drink and shopping available to purchase. For more information, visit www.philachristmas.com

Enjoy the Christmas Light Show and Tax-Free Shopping at Macy’s
Dating back more than half a century, the Christmas Light Show and Wanamaker Organ Concert at Philadelphia’s Market Street Macy’s is not to be missed during a family break in the city. During the show, 10,000 LED lights will create falling snowflakes, dancing ballerinas and reindeer against a four-storey-high velvet curtain in the store’s atrium, all to a soundtrack provided by the largest playable instrument in the world, the Wanamaker Organ. After the show, bargain-hunters can enjoy over 157,000 square feet of shopping space, take a stroll through the store’s wonderland of holiday window displays, or head to the third floor to explore the Dickens Village, which will include over 100 animated figures re-enacting 26 of A Christmas Carol’s most memorable moments. The Christmas Light Show and the Macy’s Dickens Village will run from 24 November – 31 December, excluding Christmas Day. For more information and for store opening hours, visit www.visitmacysusa.com/philadelphia.

Stag and Doe Shopping Nights in Chestnut Hill
Each Wednesday throughout December, Philadelphia’s charming north-western neighbourhood of Chestnut Hill will celebrate the season with Stag and Doe Shopping Nights, one of the areas oldest and most loved holiday traditions. Located just 25 minutes from Center City, travellers visiting the historic district of Chestnut Hill can enjoy extended opening hours of many stores on the festively decorated and tree-lined streets of Germantown Avenue, with many hosting holiday sales and promotions. Along with a chance to purchase unique gifts for loved ones back home, the nights will also provide revellers with live entertainment, seasonal treats, dazzling lights and carollers. For more information on Christmas events in Chestnut Hill, visit www.chestnuthillpa.com/events/holidays-hill-2017.

A package for a last-minute shopping break to Philadelphia includes:

Four-Night Package To Philadelphia From £843 Per Person
America As You Like it is offering a four-night package to Philadelphia from £843 per person. Package includes direct return flights from London Heathrow to Philadelphia with Virgin Atlantic and four nights’ accommodation at the Wyndham Philadelphia Historic District. Price is based on selected departure dates in December 2017 and is based on two people sharing. For more information or to book, call 020 8742 8299 or visit www.americaasyoulikeit.com.

For more information on Philadelphia, visit the Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau’s website, www.discoverPHL.co.uk

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