Friday, July 14, 2017
Philadelphia Field Trip Fun
One of my favorite places to visit is Philadelphia, Pennsylvania not only because my family resides in the suburbs but also because of its rich and woven history, vast and colorful culture, and fascinating educational resources. Won't you come visit Philly, the city of Brotherly Love, with us? I want to show you what we love best about this amazing Field Trip destination.
Independence Hall and Liberty Bell
The very foundation of the United States and the system that governs its people started right here in Philadelphia. As the British reign began to stifle Americans, a group of well-respected men gathered in secret to decide our nation's fate. They decided to take a stand for freedom...freedom from oppression, freedom from a greedy, unjust and unfair King George, freedom to make their own decisions and to worship God the way they desired. To me, no trip to Philadelphia is complete without a visit to Independence Hall. I still cherish the awe in my son's voice during his first visit. He was in wonder at walking on the very same ground where George Washington and Benjamin Franklin had also walked.
The Liberty Bell, known for the crack running through it, has become the symbol of liberty with its bold inscription "Proclaim Liberty Throughout All the Land Unto All the Inhabitants thereto." This inscription comes from Leviticus 25:10.
Betsy Ross House
Our flag is a mighty symbol as it waves through the air. The red stands for valor and hardiness while the white symbolizes innocence and purity and the blue represents vigilance, perseverance, and justice. When the flag was originally designed, it held thirteen stars that represented the thirteen colonies. Now, the flag boasts fifty stars for the fifty states of the United States of America. Betsy Ross is credited with making our nation's first flag. The Betsy Ross House is not only to commemorate her memory but also a testimony of our nation's flag.
Benjamin Franklin Museum
One of our nation's Founding Fathers, Benjamin Franklin, had a tremendous impact on American History. Ben was a statesman, an author, a publisher, an inventor, a scientist, a diplomat and more. He not only ran a publishing company in Philadelphia but also started the first public library and built a hospital and college for his beloved city. He also established the city's first fire department and police force as well as organized the Pennsylvania militia. The Benjamin Franklin Museum is a living testimony to the great contributions this remarkable man made to Philadelphia, the United States, and the world.
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Known to many for its steps that Rocky ran up in the famed movie scene, the Philadelphia Museum of Art houses a trove of visual, cultural, and architectural treasures. This is a good destination to earn those Fine Arts credit hours.
Lions, Tigers, and Bears! Oh My! The Philadelphia Zoo has all of these and more as you can see from the pictures above that I snapped on one of our visits. My son loved seeing all of these beautiful animals created by God.
Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University
What boy isn't fascinated by dinosaurs? The Academy of Natural Sciences at Drexel University has some of the most amazing specimens of dinosaur skeletal remains I have ever seen. They have a full-body skeleton of both a Tyrannosaurus Rex and a Triceratops. These mighty creatures of old are immense.
For those who love Science, the Franklin Institute is a must-see destination. This hands-on science center offers children the opportunity to "Take Chances and Make Mistakes" as the famous Miss Frizzle is so fond of saying.
As a child, I visited Philadelphia with my family on one of our trips to see my Uncle Dave. One of the places that I enjoyed seeing was Chinatown. I was fascinated by the different smells, sounds, and sights of this little section of Philadelphia. I'm hoping to get my son there during our next trip to visit family in the fall.
I'm glad you stopped by my blog today and joined me as I revisited Philadelphia through cherished memories! To get further inspiration for Field Trips, visit the Homeschool Review Crew.