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Taking Kids to the National Constitution Center

Recently I was able to take my kids to the Philadelphia Constitution Center. One of the reasons I love living in the Philadelphia area is because of all the cultural activities we can take advantage of as families. The Constitution Center is the first and only nonprofit institution devoted to the US constitution and its legacy of freedom.

I was so impressed at all the hands on exhibitions and engaging educational resources that are available for children. My boys loved the Freedom Rising performance. It’s narrated by a live actor in a 360 degree theatrical production that illuminates the story of the US constitution. It goes through 200 years of history and is done in a way that is entertaining even to the youngest family members.

One of the exhibits that I was in amazement of was Signers Hall. I actually had to drag my oldest out because I was ready to leave and he was still having fun. We were able to walk among the founding fathers who added their name to the constitution. In some ways you almost feel that you were with them on that day in 1787.

We had the best time in the Story of We the People exhibit. It was so cool for the kids (and me)  to be able to touch screens  at the American National Tree exhibit  and learn about Americans that have helped shaped our history. You can pretend that you are reciting the presidential oath of office, and our favorite…vote on presidents past and present.

One of our favorite exhibits that we didn’t get a chance to spend as much time in as we would of liked was the Capture the Moment Pulitzer Prize Winning Photographs which was at the center until the 31st of December. The power of a still image stopped us in our tracks. My youngest age six was amazed by all the photos and actually wanted to take the time to sit and learn about each one we were able to stop at. These iconic images struck each of us in different ways and made us appreciate how far we have come as Americans but how far we still have to grow.

The Constitution Center has fantastic traveling exhibits coming and going all the time that are to be a hit for all ages. Coming up they have some special events happening such as “Happy Birthday, Benjamin Franklin on January 17th. On the 21st you can celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Family Day at the center with admission just $5 courtesy of Macy’s. Check out the many other family friendly events happening throughout the winter by heading to the Constitution website.

 

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