SMITH the Kids' Play Place in the Park

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East Fairmount Park, Philadelphia, PA 19121 | Directions
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SMITH the Kids' Play Place in the Park is a Playground business in Strawberry Mansion

SMITH the Kid’s Play Place in the Park

Nestled within the vast woods of East Fairmount Park lies SMITH the Kids’ Play Place in the Park, a century-old Philadelphia attraction.  Built in 1899 as a rural escape for Philadelphia’s children, SMITH represents a return to simple, old-fashioned play— a kind of play that places a higher premium on imagination than on software downloads.  The SMITH playtime experience has two essential parts:  the Playground and the Playhouse. 

The six-acre playground (for kids 10 and under) includes of 50 pieces of brand-new, state-of-the-art equipment featuring unique designs and arrangements meant to stimulate both physical and imaginative play.  The hallmark of the Playground is the Ann Newman Giant Wooden Slide: a 39’-long by 13’-wide slide built into the rolling hills of SMITH’s grounds that kids will enjoy over and over.  The Playhouse (for kids 5 and under), though seemingly a Victorian mansion, was built solely as a play space for children, never as a residence.  Within the 4-story, 24,000-square-foot, Playhouse, children can build towers in the block room, play “house” or drive a “train,” ride away on a tricycle in “Smithville” or just kick back with a book.

If you are looking for a place for the kids to let off some steam, but the spending budget for this family vacation is dried up, visit SMITH: it’s FREE and open to the public Tuesday through Sunday.  Nurture your child’s development through unstructured, play that stimulates the mind and the body. No batteries required.        
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