Sunday, August 30, 2015

Historic Philadelphia

While in New Jersey visiting family, we spent a day exploring some historic sights in Philadelphia. We had a great day sightseeing, but I think the highlight of the day for my kids was the 15 minute train ride from NJ across the Ben Franklin Bridge into Philly. 

Public transportation may be totally normal for many people or really frustrating for others. But for my kids it's a rockin' good time. "I found a penny!" "Look at that lady's hair. How come it's purple and yellow like that?" "Do you think anyone has jumped off the train and died?" "I wish we lived by a train station." "What's that smell?" "Where is the conductor and why isn't he taking my ticket?"

We met my sis-in-law and her three kids, and between bathroom stops, a picnic lunch, and little legs trying to keep up, we only managed to see the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, and the US Mint. This just means another visit for another time, which in turn merits another qualified school field trip. Win.
Grady and Micah are into all things American Revolution, so visiting Independence Hall was very interesting to them. Annalyse is into all opportunities with other kids, so a day with her cousins was heaven on earth. And Jaxton is into all arms that dote on him, so sleeping on his Aunt Sarah was pure bliss (though I think the feeling was mutual).
The US Mint was really interesting and thankfully the machines were operating so we could see coins being made. Shiny new pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters everywhere! No cameras allowed so I don't have pics, but we've plenty of stories to tell to prove our time there was worthwhile.
Thanks Nana for the great idea to spend the day learning together, and thanks Aunt Sarah and cousins for meeting us for a fun day out! Our ragamuffin crew sure makes sightseeing anything but boring.

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