If you’re keeping the family around Philadelphia over Labor Day weekend, consider taking the kids to the Museum of the American Revolution (MOAR). The brand new Old City institution is offering up free admission for youth 12 and under from September 2 to 4.
A romp through MOAR is one of those experiences that’s fun but also a learning experience at the same time. Located in the heart of Philly’s historic district, the museum features weaponry displays, cool interactive elements (stand under Boston’s Liberty Tree or face a British infantry charge at the Battle of Brandywine) and thousands of artifacts, including the tent that served as George Washington’s headquarters from 1778 to 1783. Stories unfold throughout the exhibits from the viewpoints of a diverse lineup of characters—from women to slaves and Native Americans to loyalists—so you’ll be sure to walk away with a well-rounded learning lesson.
In addition to the exhibitions, MOAR is hosting special activities from 11am to 4pm throughout the weekend, such as storytelling and a dress up and creative corner where kids can try on Revolutionary costumes, create their own flag à la Betsy Ross or take part in a drilling session like a Revolutionary soldier.
Any kid who shows up will walk away with a swag bag of back-to-school goodies like colored pencils, an eraser, a history-themed coloring book and a pocket-sized Declaration of Independence to take home and memorize.
The Museum of the American Revolution (101 S 3rd St; 215-253-6731, amrevmuseum.org) is operating on extended hours through Labor Day weekend, so you can pop in anytime between 9:30am to 6pm. We’d recommend earlier or later for lighter crowds. And check our guide to things to do with kids in Philadelphia for more ideas on what to do with the little ones while school’s out.