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Smith Kids Play Place (Playground & Mansion)

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Address: 33rd St & Oxford St, East Fairmount Park, Philadelphia, PA
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+1 215-765-4325

Smith Memorial Playground & Playhouse opened its doors in East...

Smith Memorial Playground & Playhouse opened its doors in East Fairmount Park in 1899. Funded by Richard and Sarah Smith, the site was dedicated to the memory of their adult son, Stanfield. Smith’s beautiful, 24,000 square foot Playhouse was designed solely as a play space for children by one of Philadelphia’s most prominent late 19th century architects, James H. Windrim. The Playground is situated on its original historic landscape – 6 1/2 acres of open fields, wooded terrain, and sloped hills – and is home to the century old Ann Newman Giant Wooden Slide, a treasured play experience for generations of Philadelphia’s children, as well as other unique pieces of play equipment.Smith’s mission is to provide children 10 and under from diverse backgrounds with free and accessible one-of-a-kind play experiences that meet their physical, behavioral, and developmental needs.

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Fun playground for young kids (ideal for 2-5 year olds)

This *free* children's playground was really fun. The outdoor space has a lot of creative climbing toys that move and spin in ways that are great for active young kids. The... read more

Reviewed 21 September 2015
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50 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 September 2015

This *free* children's playground was really fun. The outdoor space has a lot of creative climbing toys that move and spin in ways that are great for active young kids. The ideal age range would probably be about 2 years old to 5 years old. There is a really cool slide enclosed in a shed that you go down riding... More 

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North Attleboro
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176 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 July 2015

It was a very nice, big playground. Not just ordinary swings and slides. It had a wooden slide where you have to use a burlap bag to get down. Very different climbing structures and rubberized grounds near all the equipment. Kids loved it.

Chester Springs, Pennsylvania
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152 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 June 2015

Smith's features many payground attractions that are safe and well maintained. Spread out over a large grassy area, children and adults can burn off a lot of energy on imaginative playground equipment not typically found in city playgrounds. There's also a giant wooden slide for all to try. Today's featured attraction was Daniel Tiger - a children's superstar!

1 Thank Nick R
Brooklyn, New York
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7 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 15 June 2015 via mobile

Nice place with open space and playing to do for kids. There are some trees for sitting in the shade. It's free or you can donate. Free nearby parking 15 minut drive from center philadelphia. Indoor house play doesn't have as much toys then outside and no air conditioning indoors

1 Thank Tomasz L
Alexandria, Virginia
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60 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 June 2015

We visited on a Sunday morning. The playhouse is a HUGE mansion, however it is pretty limited space that you actually can explore. It is nice for toddlers to play, not older children. I went with my twin 5 yo's and 4 yo. They liked the mansion for a little while. The playground was nice a big. They had a... More 

3 Thank smiller376
Weymouth, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 May 2015

We visited the play place in April and is was great to explore with our two boys (2+4). The inside is a bit limited for the older kids but wonderful for the small guys. The playground outside is amazing and fun for all ages. I would recommend going on a week day and early to avoid crowding.

Thank emtrip27
Elkton, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 April 2015

A huge purpose-built mansion as a play space for young children. Not sure of the exact ages, but I would say the indoors is for under 5 (with an adult). It is free ($5 donation suggested). There are 3 floors. Each is very large - the top 2 have lots of toys and play areas. Kitchens, trains, cars, lots of... More 

1 Thank AmyK41129
Washington, District of Columbia, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 April 2015 via mobile

Great place for kids. Two year old had a blast and if I wasn't a germaphob I'd let my 9 month old play indoors! Tons of things to do. Pack a lunch, donate to the museum a few dollars and spend a few hours romping around! They are not open on Mondays!!!!

Thank Aja J
Northern Virginia
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56 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 November 2014 via mobile

My two year old had a blast here. He is very energetic and there was always something, indoors or out, to grab his attention and keep him occupied. With three stories worth of toys and creativity outlets indoors and multiple playground areas outside, it was hard to believe this was a free place to play. Now I know I can... More 

2 Thank viyamusic
Denver, Colorado, USA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 October 2014

We took our two year old grandson here to play and what a fun time we had! No admission charged but well worth the $5 suggested donation. Loads of space to run and explore and great playgrounds that are wonderful for a specific age group. The toddler area is just right with enough things to climb on and in including... More 

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