@tinamarie1974 Btw, I used to have a friend that managed a Chuck E. Cheese. I’d go in a little before closing to visit him. He’d let me make my own pizza then hand me a giant bag of tokens to play games while they cleaned up. I may or may not have found myself crawling in the tunnels there once or twice.
That would be amazingly fun without 1,000,000 kids there.
Around here we have a few bounce house places. Basically they have a bunch of bounce houses, arcade games, etc in a room and kids can go in and bounce for hours. It is just for kids, but this one place would allow guardians to get in with their kids. Before they closed I use to love to take my niece.
@tinamarie1974 Yep, definitely my kind of place. I’ve actually read about it before. Have to put it on my ‘when I finally make it to St. Louis’ list. We don’t have anything quite that quirky. The Franklin Institute is as close as you’re going to get. It’s well known for the walk-through heart. They get some really amazing exhibits, including some that only appear in one or two places in the country.
A while back it was one of only three cities to host the Tutankhamun exhibit which had some incredible artifacts. Currently there’s a Marvel exhibit that I want to go to. https://www.fi.edu/
We actually have several really cool spots. The Zoo is consistently rated as one of the top in the US.
Our museums are fantastic we have some quirky places like the Wild Bird Sanctuary or Lone Elk Park. The neat part is they are FREE. You do have to pay admission for special exhibits, but no cost for entrance and about 95% of the facilities.
lost him constantly. but, whenever we moved to a new area, i just gave him a designated meeting area. he’d disappear for 5-15 minutes and then come check in with me. also found out he’s a fearless climber. i didn’t think he’d go up on the higher stuff (like the planes outside) but he rocked it. only thing he didn’t do was the 10 story slide because he was .75" too short. he did get to do the 5 story slide though.
@tinamarie1974 That’s so cool that things are free.
Obviously Philly has all sorts of amazing historical sites to see. There are some incredible museums as well, particularly if you’re into art. I won’t list them, but of course the most obvious is the Phila. Art Museum with the famous Rocky steps. What’s inside is way cooler than the steps. Of course there’s also a zoo. Not only a zoo, but the first zoo in the U.S. They started this overhead trail program called Zoo360 with enclosed trails for animals. It’s amazing and it gives the animals the opportunity to roam more. One of my favorites is the Mutter Museum. I won’t even describe it, just check out some of the items: https://www.ranker.com/list/disgusting-mutter-museum-displays/karen-lisa
@cinoclav The zoo sounds pretty cool! I am ashamed to say that until this year I had NO idea what building was on top of the Rocky steps.
A friend of mine has family in Philly and was visiting. Knowing my love for all things Rocky he send me a pic, but then sent me some amazing pics of the art inside the museum. The pics were spectacular!
@tinamarie1974 It’s truly world class. The statue used to be at the top of the steps where he was jumping around. It was then moved to outside the Spectrum where the Flyers used to play. When they built the new arena it was moved back to the art museum area but is now down in front and off to the side a bit. That movie is 43 years old and every single time I drive by it there are still people waiting to take their picture with the statue. What’s really funny is when you watch Rocky running through the city, it’s scenes from all over. Had he actually run the way they show it, it would’ve been almost 31 miles. Someone mapped it all out. https://www.phillymag.com/news/2013/09/18/rocky-training-run-rocky-ii/
A lot of Touched by an Angel was filmed in Utah. Part of one episode was filmed at work (we were used for an evil, polluting corporation). All they used was the outside of the main entrance and some office areas. There’s a foot chase through the office area, they turn a corner, and POOF!, they’re in a different building several miles away.
@cinoclav@tinamarie1974 Not quite the same thing, but they did an episode of Extreme Home Makeover up the street, and we watched them shoot the “drive away in a limousine” scene 6-8 times. Someone else told me they watched the “wake up the family and surprise them” scene filmed multiple times as well.
On the other hand, they really did level the old house in an hour, and build a new one in a week. But it was all planned out, and coordinated with the city months in advance. The family was told they were one of three finalists, but that was just smokescreen.