with Please Touch Museum® Members | Fall 2013
Please Touch Museum® ’ s
MASH Memorial Hall-O-Ween
Saturday, October 26, 2013 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Save the date for Please Touch Museum’s members only Memorial Hall-O-Ween “Monster Mash” on Saturday, October 26, 2013 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. On this night of family fun, children and grown-ups are encouraged to dress in costume for trick-or-treating throughout the museum galleries. This not-too-spooky family night includes themed art activities and special character appearances. Highlights will include a “Monster Mash” Halloween-inspired dance party, a fabulously fun photo booth, spooktacular decorations, strolling puppets, light refreshments provided by Brûlée Catering and much more. “Monster Mash” is part of Please Touch Museum’s (Healthy Safe Halloween), a month long celebration which features performances of “There’s Something Under My Bed” in the Please Touch Playhouse Theater. Space is limited and reservations are required for this members only event. Tickets can be purchased online or phone. Look out for an exclusive invitation in the mail!
Attention all ghosts, goblins, and PTM Members! Want a VIP Monster Mash experience? Upgrade or Renew to the Centennial Guild VIP membership program ($350+) before Friday, October 11 to receive spooktacular VIP Monster Mash perks. Centennial Guild Members receive: • FREE “Monster Mash” tickets (limit 10) • Reserved VIP parking • Exclusive Private Entrance • Early Access (NO LINES!) To join the Centennial Guild contact Meg Clifton Mitchell at: TheGuild@pleasetouchmuseum.org
We’re Turning 5! Our 5th Birthday Party will celebrate our fifth year at Memorial Hall and the future of PTM invites you to celebrate our 5th Birthday at Memorial Hall, and join us the Museum as an invaluable in asking the question – “What do you want to be when you grow up?” Philadelphia learning institution. For generations, the children of the Philadelphia region have learned We are Philly Proud! through play at Please Touch Museum. Through interactive exhibits, If you have any questions, inquiries educational programs, and vital community outreach, the Museum regarding tickets or sponsorship, has touched millions of children (over 2.8 million at Memorial Hall and/or would like to join our and counting), providing learning opportunities that foster children’s event planning and fundraising committee, please contact Margaret intellectual, social, and emotional growth throughout the early Walker, Events and Special Projects Manager, at (215) 581-3175 or learning years. email@example.com. Wednesday, November 13, 2013, 7:00 p.m. – Midnight Please Touch Museum, Memorial Hall
Celebrate New Year’s with the little ones without keeping them up until midnight! At Please Touch Museum, the ball drops at a family-friendly hour at our annual Countdown 2 Noon© celebration, supported by Woodloch Pines Resort. Enjoy special New Year’s Eve-themed activities, music, dancing, and more. Countdowns take place at Noon and 1:00 p.m. and feature an interactive show that hones counting skills while fostering number comprehension and learning through play. Join our host King Countdown as he rings in the New Year, PTM style! TM
PTM was thrilled to receive a generous grant of $6,000 from PECO Green Region. In partnership with the Natural Lands Trust, the region’s leading land conservation organization, PECO Green Region supports environmental projects that plan for, protect and improve open land in Southeastern Pennsylvania. On July 30th, PECO President and CEO Craig L. Adams presented 2013 Green Region grants to PTM and other Philadelphia-based organizations at Memorial Hall. Other recipients included Fairmount Park Conservancy, West Philadelphia Coalition for Neighborhood Schools, and Friends of Poquessing Watershed. Across all four organizations, the grants will support the development of “green” playgrounds and educational areas for children, as well as the restoration of stream banks along the Delaware River. Specifically, PTM plans to use these funds to support a garden space on the Museum’s lawn to be filled with plants indigenous to the Philadelphia region. The Museum’s ACES students and partners at Teens 4 Good will nurture the space and incorporate it into Museum programs. Not only will the produce be used in the Please Taste Café, but the green space will be an active programming site where young visitors are further enriched by outdoor open-ended, process-driven play. For more information on how to support Please Touch Garden, please contact Stephanie Lim Capello, VP of Development, at 215-581-3164 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Centennial Guild Members receive 2 complimentary tickets, VIP parking, and a private entrance to this event! To join, renew, or learn more about the Centennial Guild, please visit www.pleasetouchmuseum.org, or contact Meg Clifton Mitchell at email@example.com or (215) 581-3166.
Members Only Holiday Shopping Night Holiday shopping has never been easier! Visit PTM on December 5 from 5-8 p.m. for our annual Members-only Holiday Shopping Night. It’s the perfect time to take advantage of exclusive discounts, just in time for the Holidays! PTM members will receive 30% off all regularly priced merchandise and 50% off on clearance items. This year we will also feature a Members Only Shopping Preview on November 4th from 9 a.m. -12 p.m. with the same great discounts! All proceeds from Kids Store purchases benefit PTM’s exhibits as well as education and community programming. And don’t forget! PTM Memberships include 12 months of UNLIMITED Museum visits, FREE parking, discounts, exclusive invites, and more! Give the gift of play this holiday season and share the Museum with family and friends.
Please Touch Museum would like to thank the following donors for their contributions of $50 or more to support our exhibits and programs during the months of October 1, 2012 – August 1, 2013. Your contributions are vital to our mission of enriching the lives of children. We greatly appreciate your generous support!
On Saturday August 3rd, Please Touch Museum hosted its 12th annual Kindergarten Mixer and welcomed over 400 future kindergartners and their families to celebrate the beginning of their journey into school! Kindergarten Mixer is a free event just for families with children starting Kindergarten in the Philadelphia region. Kindergarten Mixer is presented by US Airways with additional support from UPS. “This event helps families get the school year started on the right foot by giving them a jumping-off point to have bigger conversations about kindergarten” said Leslie Walker, VP of Community Learning. During the event, guests were able to explore the Museum, make art in the program room, make name tags with Kindergarten teacher volunteers, and watch the “Pinky Prepares for Kindergarten” show in the Please Touch Playhouse. Guests also had the opportunity to connect with local resources like the Free Library of Philadelphia, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, and the Ed Snider Youth Hockey Foundation. The future kindergartners received a give-away backpack filled with books and school supplies. The evening culminated with an exciting Kindergarten-themed pep rally in Hamilton Hall.
Margaret C. Walker
Philadelphia Business and Technology Center
Jacqueline C. Walsh
Philadelphia Contributionship Insurance Company
John B. Ward
Philadelphia Cultural Fund
Marlene & Jeff Weinberg
The Philadelphia Foundation
The Pincus Family Foundation
Jennifer J. Wells
Archie J. Wiggs
Constance & Sankey Williams
The Presser Foundation
The George W. Rentschler Foundation Rita’s Franchise Company
CORPORATE, FOUNDATION & GOVERNMENT DONORS
Gilroy and Lillian Roberts Charitable Foundation
Rosenlund Family Foundation
Abbot Downing Bank of America
The Elizabeth B. and Arthur E. Roswell Foundation, Inc.
The Bank of America Charitable Foundation, Inc.
The Lawrence Saunders Fund
Boscia Family Foundation
The Joseph Kennard Skilling Foundation
Capital One Services, LLC
Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young, LLP
Louis N. Cassett Foundation
The Julius and Ray Charlestein Foundation, Inc.
Daniel M. Tabas Family Foundation
Teva Pharmaceuticals USA
Combined Federal Campaign
United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey
Comcast Comcast Spectacor Connelly Foundation Coventry The Dow Chemical Company Elliott-Lewis Endo Pharmaceuticals Ericsson Matching Gifts and Volunteer Grant Program
UnitedHealthcare of Pennsylvania Universal Health Services UPS Foundation US Airways Verizon Wireless Wakefern Food Corporation Wawa Inc. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.
Fieldstone 1793 Foundation
Whole Foods Market
The GE Foundation
Woodloch Pines Resort
Generocity Community Alliance, Inc. Anne M. & Philip H. Glatfelter, III Family Foundation
Gowa Lincoln, P.C
The Albert M. Greenfield Foundation
Hamilton Family Foundation
7 A.M. Enfant
Thomas Skelton Harrison Foundation
Anne Blake Photography
The Haverford Trust Company
Balboa Baby & Co.
Hess Foundation, Inc.
Britax Child Safety
Join Pinky, Pickle, Melita, and Gorilla in a fun way to stay connected with Please Touch Museum!
Doc Bresler’s Cavity Busters
Virginia and Harvey Kimmel Arts Education Fund of The Philadelphia Foundation
Girard Avenue Rita’s
Once registered, PTM Puppet Pals will receive some of the many benefits associated with this program, such as a personalized Certificate of Friendship, a “Thank You” email and video from the selected puppet, an “I AM A Puppet Pal” button PLUS an exclusive invite to a Puppet Pals evening social! A Puppet Pal trading card and a personalized birthday e-card from the selected puppet will also be available when you register to become a PTM’s Puppet Pal. Puppet Pals support PTM’s ongoing efforts to deliver outstanding educational and community-based programs and exhibitions.
Kinder Morgan Foundation
The John E. Kostic Memorial Foundation
Manko, Gold, Katcher & Fox, LLP
Lincoln Financial Group
Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Foundation
PECO, An Exelon Company
Samuel P. Mandell Foundation
Merck & Co., Inc.
Merck Company Foundation
Really Cool Kids
Mid-Atlantic Dairy Association
Stroller Strides Philadelphia
The Mill Spring Foundation
*Puppet Pals make great holiday gifts! For more information on how you can become a PTM Puppet Pal, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Walter J. Miller Trust Morgan Stanley Foundation Mosi Foundation Leo Niessen, Jr. Charitable Foundation PECO, An Exelon Company Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission
Highlights For Children
CENTENNIAL GUILD Corliss Steam Engine
Please Touch Museum would like to thank the following donors for their contributions of $50 or more to support our exhibits and programs during the months of October 1, 2012 – August 1, 2013. Your contributions are vital to our mission of enriching the lives of children. We greatly appreciate your generous support! INDIVIDUAL DONORS Daniel K. Addyson Ann Marie Aerts
Joshua Gilmen The Glenn-Schiff Family Charitable Fund: Cynthia Schiff & Floyd Glenn
Dina & Ada Myers-Wilburn Kristine O’Connor
Seth & Suzanne Oltman Laura Palmer
Michael C. Gross & Nancy R.+ Peterson
Ann Marie Gulian
Timothy & Suzanne Peterson
Beth Hagovsky Vereen
Peter A. Benoliel & Willo Carey
Krista L. Pfleger
Craig Russell Blackman
Sir Adam Josiah Phillips, I, Esq.
Simon M. Blake
Paul & Natalie Polsky
Carol B. Blank
Mr. & Mrs. S. Matthews V. Hamilton, Jr.
Michelle Anderson Dawn Andrews Bruce Aronow+
Brett L. Bolden Sarah Boldin Mr. & Mrs. David T. Boreanaz Michelle Box Kenneth Bradford Philip Brewer & Managers of Holiday Inn-Cherry Hill
Jon & Joanne Harmelin Tory A. Harris Jane & Paul Heintz Dina Hernandez Barbara Hershman Mr. & Mrs. Harry E. Hill
Architect Mia Mohr, Shane Schuback, & Ian Schuback Anonymous (1)
Artist Susan M. Shea+
Shaina E. Graboyes
George J. Ahern
Marguerite & Gerry Lenfest
Ashish & Viraj Parikh
William Potsic Philip Priolo Jennifer Pumphrey Lillian H. Ransom Stephanie Rasamny William & Melissa Rhodes Courtney R. Ridley
1876 Society Todd & Anna Cassidy Robert & Deborah Cohen
Manufacturer Elizabeth H. Gemmill Leslie+ & Steve Gillin Mr. & Mrs. Dennis Hummel Nancy D. & W. Roy Kolb Lisa & Gie+ Liem Jody & David Nazarian Margaret & James Nolen, IV
Collector Lynda Barness, Jen & Daniel Stern Elisabeth Cartmell+ & Paul Zoubek Gloria A. Cascarino & Patrick M. Downey Bill & Cissy Claypool Amy Covert Christine DiEgidio Jill & Ginamarie Fenton
James & Maripeg Bruder
Ruth L. Hirshey Lincoln+
Dave+ & Nancy Buck
Jane B. Hoffman
Jonathan M. Horn
Raymond G. Capello
Stephanie & Charlie Capello
Mary W. Hurtig
The Ross Family Foundation: Daniel & Faye Ross
Elizabeth Cartmell+ & Paul Zoubek
Elizabeth Tabas & Todd Carson
John & Dolores Rouse
Kevin Treiber & Jessica Scavo
Bennett+ & Rhea Thomas
John & Barbara Johnson
Karen W. Sanders
Joe & Jolly Waterman
Rebecca M. Sapolsky
Debra Weiss, Sarah & Cheryl Strabino
Aravind & Susan Joshi
Julie+ & Jordan Savitch
Steven B. King
Mathew & Kimberly Berger
Beth & Meghan Kirk
John & Margaret Berkowitz
Susan M. Shea+
Mr. & Mrs. David T. Boreanaz
Nicholas & Tina Bozine
Robert & Barbara Quinn Kreider
Brian B. Simard
Douglas & Bianca Brintnall
Mark & Susan Brousseau
Brian & Colleen Carr
Lisa & Gie+ Liem
Priya & Darren Check
Darren Linkin & Anna Headly
Claudia Z. Springer
Ashley Cofone & Daniel Govberg
Lidwina L. Lo
Sharon+ & Kevin Coghlan
William A. Loeb
Sally+ & Lee Stetson
William & Karin Corbett
Frederick T. Stingle, IV
Bertram & Lynne Strieb
Bonnie & Frank Curcio
Dawna & Greg Desrosiers
Howard & Cirel Magen
Scott K. Suko
Tobey & Mark Dichter
George & Jo Ann Magnatta
Anthony & Jamie Diianni
Stacey A. Swigart
Jonathan & Sarah Emanuele
Gerald A. Tammaro
Todd & Christine Ewan
Amber M. McGoff
Joe+ & Allison Fanelli
The Tewksbury Family
Brian & Priscilla Fenlin
Bennett & Rhea Thomas
Meg C. Mitchell
Kristen V. Traynor+
Danielle Gillard & Keric Ford
Valerie M. Monastra
Tim, Kare, & Carol Golden
The Vincent Family Education Fund: Fred & Margaret Vincent
Arvin & Libby Gopal
Tommye Casey Chris & Whitney Chandor Ngar Lai Cheong Denise Christman Deann P. Clancy Cathryn Coate Sharon+ & Kevin Coghlan Stacey Cohen George W. Cole Luisa Contreiras Sharon Cox Tom Coyne Kathryn Czaplicki Dominic J. D’Alessandro Jeanne Dechiario Maria Dolan Louisa C. Dubin Marlene Dubin James Dunigan Kimberly J. Emmons Evelyn Eskin & David Mayor Jill & Ginamarie Fenton Jennifer Fisher Scot & Shelly Fisher Jemella Flamer Robin Forney Laura Foster Matthew W. Foster Charo Monique French-brown Carl H. Fridy Jahleem Furahaali Kathryn & Vincent Galarneau Sidney & Joyce Gamburg
Helen Moragne Yarelis Morales
Donald T. Ridley & Terri L. Ridley Susannah Rinker Lee A. Rosengard+ & Andrea R. Kramer
Leslie M. Walker
Laura Foster & Aaron Goldblatt Rena & Josh Kopelman Isabel & Max Mercado Rebecca & Daniel Shapiro Alison Sisken
Tanya Gordon, Rungnapa Tedwirat & Tara Mutek Luke Davis & Jeana Grace
Joseph & Jodie Greco Bryan & Christina Grimes Rebecca, William, & Elizabeth Gullan Kerry Halpern-Skoglund Portia Hamilton-Sperr Joanne Harmelin Kelly Heath Agnes & Jackie Heenan David & Renee Henry Mark & Amy Highland Jeffery Hrzic & Christine Ploschke Michael Huynh & Seung Ha Jen, Jon, Zach, & Ryan Jagher Suzanne & Linda Kane The Kasners Ann & Everett Keech Barbara Klock+ Frank & Angie Knoll Karen Krok & Matthew Caples Eliud & Luz Lopez Daniel & Gail Lorenzo Chris & Jessica Lupold Kathy Lyons Meghan & Josh Maeulen Andre & Esther Mann Anthony McCarley & Carolyn Wukitch Brian & Laurie McGarrity John & Catherine Mulgrew John & Yolanda Nash Tuan & Hung Nguyen Sharan Nirmul & Purel Patel Michael & Gwenn Nolan Cynthia O’Reilly Feliz & Tamika Ortiz Neel & Tracy Parikh Alan, Loretta, & Jennie Phillips Amy & Kritopher Pietrzykowski Joseph & Elizabeth Pinizzotto Leslie Ramsey & Michael Dinsmore Suzanne & Scott Rehl Darren & Anika Riley Lee A. Rosengard+ Min Suh & James Rowe, II Mike & Lisa Schreiber Amy Scott & Paul Atkinson Larry & Bonnie Seidman Michael & Rhonda Seidman Haiqing Shen Bruce & Ilene Silver Geeta & Stephen Simons Alvin & Phyllis Skinner Sally+ & Lee Stetson Erik & Karen Strid Michael & Chan Swope Gabriela & Andrew Snyder Rudy & Colleen Tellez Jessica Torres Kristen+ & Patrick Traynor Gerry & John Tuten Marjory & Brian Wargon Michael & Amelia Warner Gabriel Weinberg & Lauren McCann Thomas White Doug Wilford & Amy Dorfmeister
* Deceased + Board of Directors This list does not include any donations made towards our fundraising and special events. We sincerely apologize for any errors or omissions made. Thank you.
Phila., PA Permit No. 1743 4231 Avenue of the Republic Philadelphia, PA 19131
WHAT'S HAPPENING at PTM?
October 10 Please Touch Museum’s Education Night from 5:30 - 8:00 p.m. October 26 Monster Mash Memorial Hall-o-ween from 6:00 9:00 p.m.
November 6 Target First Wednesdays 4:00 - 7:00 p.m.
December 4 Target First Wednesdays 4:00 - 7:00 p.m.
November 13 Please Touch Museum’s 5th Birthday Celebration at Memorial Hall
December 31 Countdown 2 Noon©, supported by Woodloch Pines Resort. Countdown celebrations take place at 12:00 and 1:00 p.m.
Hours We heard your feedback, and are pleased to announce that Please Touch Museum will now be open every day until 5:00p.m.* Stay and play longer!
*The Museum will remain closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day
October 5 “There’s Something Under My Bed” opens in the Please Touch Playhouse Theater. Performances Monday - Saturday at 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. and Sundays at 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.
October 2 Target First Wednesdays 4:00 - 7:00 p.m., featuring Farm Stand Fun with special performances from Odunde 365 African Dance for Children
Keep InTouch with PTM: “Like” PTM’s Facebook page and follow the Museum on Twitter (@pleasetouch) for access to the latest news, contests, promotions, and photos of all that goes on here at the Children’s Museum of Philadelphia™!
Dates and times are subject to change. For up-to-date listings visit www.pleasetouchmuseum.org
Member Spotlight: The Cox Family
Q: You have been members for many years, what about your experience has prompted you to continue being a member at Please Touch Museum? A. There is nothing like Please Touch Museum in this area where kids can play, interact with other children, and learn new things. We especially enjoy the Please Touch Playhouse Theater and look forward to each new production. Our youngest, Kyle, usually convinces us to visit the Kids Store on the way out too! We visit other museums in the Philadelphia area and always joke to Kyle, “Remember, behave, this is the Do Not Touch Museum and not the Please Touch Museum!” With three children, the membership is extremely cost effective and we like that we can keep up with everything happening here through the newsletter. Q: Is there one PTM event in particular that your family looks forward to each year? A: It’s a tie between the Storybook Ball and Monster Mash. Both events are super fun, have great entertainment, and yummy food. We also really enjoyed both the Mother’s and Father’s Day breakfast this year as well. Q: PTM is celebrating 5 years at Memorial Hall this year, what would be your birthday wish for PTM’s next 5 years? Happy Birthday! Our wish is that the Museum continues to grow, flourish and draw more and more families to visit this Philadelphia treasure. Our children are young for so short a time and Please Touch Museum helps create wonderful memories that will last them a lifetime.