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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:

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. 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

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, or contact Meg Clifton Mitchell at 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

Pfizer, Inc.

Jason Wallen

Philadelphia Business and Technology Center

Jacqueline C. Walsh

Philadelphia Contributionship Insurance Company

John B. Ward

Philadelphia Cultural Fund

Marlene & Jeff Weinberg

The Philadelphia Foundation

Betsy Weiner

The Pincus Family Foundation

Jennifer J. Wells

PNC Foundation

Archie J. Wiggs


Constance & Sankey Williams

The Presser Foundation

Shu-wen Wong


Wendy Wustner

The George W. Rentschler Foundation Rita’s Franchise Company


Gilroy and Lillian Roberts Charitable Foundation

Anonymous (2)

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

Susquehanna Bank

The Julius and Ray Charlestein Foundation, Inc.

Daniel M. Tabas Family Foundation

CIGNA Foundation


Coca-Cola Refreshments

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

Robertson’s Flowers

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

Anonymous (1)

The Albert M. Greenfield Foundation


Hamilton Family Foundation

7 A.M. Enfant

Harmelin Media


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!

K12 Inc.

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


Mr. Halloweenster

Lincoln Financial Group


Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Foundation

PECO, An Exelon Company

Samuel P. Mandell Foundation

Philadelphia Eagles

Merck & Co., Inc.

Pirate Brands

Merck Company Foundation

Really Cool Kids

Mid-Atlantic Dairy Association

Stroller Strides Philadelphia

The Mill Spring Foundation

Toyota Wegmans

*Puppet Pals make great holiday gifts! For more information on how you can become a PTM Puppet Pal, email

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

Sabrina Mosiondz

Dina & Ada Myers-Wilburn Kristine O’Connor

Douglas Grace

Kate O’Neil

David Griffith

Cynthia O’Reilly

Christina Grimes

Seth & Suzanne Oltman Laura Palmer

Nora Banks

Michael C. Gross & Nancy R.+ Peterson

Sally Baronstam

Ann Marie Gulian

Dominic Pasqualino

Suzanne Beck

Demetrios Hadgis

Timothy & Suzanne Peterson

Summer Bennetch

Beth Hagovsky Vereen

Joe Petrone

Peter A. Benoliel & Willo Carey

Henry Hahn

Krista L. Pfleger

Craig Russell Blackman

Elisabeth Hall

Sir Adam Josiah Phillips, I, Esq.

Simon M. Blake

Bryan Haltigan

Paul & Natalie Polsky

Carol B. Blank

Mr. & Mrs. S. Matthews V. Hamilton, Jr.

Gwen Ponder

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

Betty Moran

Architect Mia Mohr, Shane Schuback, & Ian Schuback Anonymous (1)

Artist Susan M. Shea+

Shauntay Murray

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

Mark Brousseau

James Hill

James & Maripeg Bruder

Ruth L. Hirshey Lincoln+

Dave+ & Nancy Buck

Jane B. Hoffman

Elinor Buck

Jonathan M. Horn

Raymond G. Capello

Hallam Hurt

Stephanie & Charlie Capello

Mary W. Hurtig

The Ross Family Foundation: Daniel & Faye Ross

Elizabeth Cartmell+ & Paul Zoubek

Tremaine Jeffers

Kimberlee Rossi

Elizabeth Tabas & Todd Carson

Ben Johnson+

John & Dolores Rouse

Kevin Treiber & Jessica Scavo

Carin Johnson

Antonio Russo

Bennett+ & Rhea Thomas

John & Barbara Johnson

Karen W. Sanders

Joe & Jolly Waterman

Pearl Johnston

Rebecca M. Sapolsky

Debra Weiss, Sarah & Cheryl Strabino

Aravind & Susan Joshi

Julie+ & Jordan Savitch

Gavin Kerr

Larry Seidman


Steven B. King

Stuart Seidman

Mathew & Kimberly Berger

Beth & Meghan Kirk

Claudia Setubal

John & Margaret Berkowitz

Jennifer Klemovitch

Susan M. Shea+

Mr. & Mrs. David T. Boreanaz

Jamie Krajewski

Michael Shurman

Nicholas & Tina Bozine

Robert & Barbara Quinn Kreider

Brian B. Simard

Douglas & Bianca Brintnall

Evelyn Kritchevsky

Michael Thase

Mark & Susan Brousseau

Paul Lantieri

Joy Smith

Pauline Candaux

Carla Levins

Karen Smith

Brian & Colleen Carr

Lisa & Gie+ Liem

Tina Spado

Priya & Darren Check

Darren Linkin & Anna Headly

Claudia Z. Springer

Ashley Cofone & Daniel Govberg

Lidwina L. Lo

Todd Stare

Sharon+ & Kevin Coghlan

William A. Loeb

Sally+ & Lee Stetson

William & Karin Corbett

Ori Lotan

Frederick T. Stingle, IV

Wendy Costa

Lora Lu

Bertram & Lynne Strieb

Bonnie & Frank Curcio

Tracy Lunt

Eileen Stutzdach

Dawna & Greg Desrosiers

Howard & Cirel Magen

Scott K. Suko

Tobey & Mark Dichter

George & Jo Ann Magnatta

Robert Sullivan

Anthony & Jamie Diianni

Steven Mark

Stacey A. Swigart

Talia Eisenstein

Kelly McDermott

Ulrich Taglieber

Jonathan & Sarah Emanuele

Joann McDonnell

Gerald A. Tammaro

Todd & Christine Ewan

Amber M. McGoff

Alyssa Terk

Joe+ & Allison Fanelli

Lynn McMaster

The Tewksbury Family

Brian & Priscilla Fenlin

Joanne McNally

Bennett & Rhea Thomas

Mallory Floyd

Meg C. Mitchell

Kristen V. Traynor+

Danielle Gillard & Keric Ford

Valerie M. Monastra

Angela Tseng

Tim, Kare, & Carol Golden

Meghan Moore

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.


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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

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Dates and times are subject to change. For up-to-date listings visit

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.

InTouch Fall 2013  

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