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5:01 AM / Sunday May 19, 2019

9 Mar 2018

Smith Memorial Playground & Playhouse kicks off playground season with PBS Kids Pop Up at Play-A-Palooza 2018

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March 9, 2018 Category: Entertainment Posted by:

Smith Memorial Playground & Playhouse invites families to Play-A-Palooza 2018, the seasonal grand opening of the Playgroundon Saturday, March 31 from 12pm – 4pm.  This year, Play-A-Palooza will include a special PBS Kids Pop Up area on Smith’s front lawn featuring appearances by Nature Cat, special giveaways, and games in addition to live performances by All Around the World Music; Keystone State Boychoir, Pennsylvania Girlchoir, Garden State Girlchoir, New Jersey Boychoir, Philadelphia School for the Circus Arts and Project Capoeira; and other activities in the 6 1/2 acre playground.

A variety of nature play activities, arts and crafts, and games will be presented by other local partners including Audubon Pennsylvania, Fairmount Water Works Interpretive Center, Kith + Kin, Let’s Go Outdoors, Northeast Treatment Centers, Outward Bound, Parent-Child Home Program, Public Health Management Corporation, Read by 4th, Soccer Shots, and Tinkergarten. Healthy snacks will be generously provided by Herr’s. Other support for Play-A-Palooza is provided in part by Power Crunch and WHYY.

Smith’s executive director Meg Wise noted that “although we have begun to keep the Playground open year-round in 2018, Play-a-Palooza marks the official start of our playground season which includes access to the giant wooden slide and extended spring and sSummer visiting hours. In addition, we are thrilled to offer free household admission to ACCESS cardholders in addition to our members, which we hope will give more families the opportunity to experience one of the happiest days of the year at Smith.”

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Admission is $10 per child or free household admission for Smith members and ACCESS cardholders.

Details and tickets: smithplayground.ticketleap.com/Playapalooza2018 

Playground season hours:

Visiting Hours (Closed Mondays)

Playground

October 1 – March 31

Tuesday – Sunday, 10am – 4pm*

*Playground access weather permitting, limited staff.

Slide closed January through March

April 1 – September 30

Tuesday – Friday, 10am – 6pm

Saturday – Sunday, 10am – 7pm

Playhouse

(for children 5 and younger)

October 1 – March 31

Tuesday – Sunday, 10am – 4pm

April 1 – September 30

Tuesday – Friday, 10am – 4pm

Saturday – Sunday, 10am – 6pm

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