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How To Celebrate Your Kids Birthday In Philadelphia?

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October 14, 2019

How To Celebrate Your Kid’s Birthday In Philadelphia?

We arrived at my aunt’s late at night, and the family woke up around 7:00 am the following day. My cousins were so excited to see us! After the pleasant surprise, we decided to get dressed and have breakfast. We all wished my brother a happy birthday and got ready to go to Legoland Family Center in Philadelphia. We left at around 10:00 am, and it took us about 2 hours to get there.

National Liberty Museum

We parked right in front of the National Liberty Museum. We decided to go in and pay the entrance fees. We learned about all of the heroes that served our country before eating our lunch. It was a great experience knowing all the ordinary people who went to extraordinary lengths to help their fellow countrymen and protect the lives of others. There were so many things to learn during our visit. I am happy that we did visit there. We read and took many pictures. I was surprised that my brother was cooperative and paid attention to it. After that, we looked at the gift shop, and my brother decided to buy one of his gifts there. He wanted a cool bracelet that held a big penny from the Museum as a remembrance. If you would like to read more about the museum, click here.

 

Lunch

Then we ate lunch at the park right across from the Museum together with our family from my mother’s side. It was a quick, nice, little picnic. We ate a lot of yummy Filipino dishes like beef, soup, rice, and a Filipino dessert. We made sure to fill our bellies up, so we had enough energy to do some more exploring.

The park is a decent size — clean and quiet. There were other groups of women having picnics, too. They have some benches around but not too many. There is no playground for kids. It is an open lot where you can bring your portable chair or lay your picnic blanket. That’s exactly what we did. It’s a beautiful place for a family or any travelers who want to spend there time outside and enjoy the weather. 

Note:
  • There are great restaurants next to the museum on the way to Liberty Bell if you would like to have a sit-down experience. If you’re like us and want to minimize the cost and enjoy the summer weather outside, then bringing your food and picnic will be fine.

 

Liberty Bell

Our main highlight on this trip was to go to Legoland to celebrate my brother’s birthday and see the Liberty Bell. We went inside to see the fantastic site and learned so much about the history of the Liberty Bell. It is a massive bell that is important to our freedom and our Independence. We even got to take a family picture with it. Then we finally got to go to the place everyone was waiting for — Legoland! We rode in my aunt’s car, so we could spend more time with them and my cousins during our ride. It took us 30 minutes to get there.

Liberty Bell

Note:
  • The Liberty Bell is inside Liberty Hall. The time you need to allow depends on how many people are there during your visit.
  • They do have two lines and a metal detector for security reasons.
  • There are many things to read and learn during your visit.
  • You can spend 20-30 minutes here.

Legoland

When we arrived, my brother and cousins wanted to run in, but before they could, we had to take a picture with a gigantic Lego giraffe to remember this exciting day. As we approached the Legoland Center, my mom, dad, and grandma were already there waiting for us. Tickets were purchased. All we had to do is to let them know we are in the same group with them. The lady gave us a bag full of goodies. It included key chains, legos, and more.

We finally got to go inside and have fun! As we went inside, we were confused about what to do and where to go. There were too many choices to pick from, and too many activities to build. I lined up for a cool game where you had to dodge the lasers and get to the finish line and press a button to win. There was also a fun play area where it was kind of like an obstacle course. You had to dodge objects that were blocking you and go up to the slide to get back where you started from. My cousins and my brother loved this, and they played it forever.

After a while of playing, some people announced that there was going to be a building competition. I, my brother and my cousins all raced to the area and waited for the instructions. It was going to be whoever could build the tallest tower out of legos wins! As soon as it started, we all began to make and or create something. Yes, some of the towers did fall, but we managed to find another strategy to make it balance. When the timer stopped, I was the one with the tallest tower. But in the end, we were all winners. For our prize, we got Ninja Go posters. Then we quickly went to watch a lego movie in 3D. We loved the movie so much that we decided to watch another one (also in 3D).

 

Note:
  • If you’re in a party of ten people, you can get group rates here, but make sure you book it in advance on their website to claim the $12.50 each person.
  • This Legoland Family Center is located inside the mall so that it might be full of people during cold winter weather.
  • They have a small food area you can buy salad, drinks, chips, pretzels, and pizzas. If you want yummy delicious foods, you can quickly get out, and right outside, this Legoland Center is the mall food court.
  • There are lots of sit-down restaurants inside the mall or nearby.
  • I recommend purchasing the lowest price of admission. When we went, we paid for the Extra Value package, and they don’t give the same thing for their LEGO collectible. Not worth it! Better to pay the lowest admission price and buy something for the kids there. My aunt and I bought a lego gift for the small kids in the nearby store. Now you get it cheap. Click here for a 20% discount coupon to enter your email address to their site.

Dinner At Bertucci’s Kitchen Bar

 

The family decided to eat in an Italian restaurant attached to the mall. We picked the outside settings because my parents felt cold. They wanted to enjoy the weather outside and be under the sun before it gets dark. We ordered two giant pizzas, chicken legs, appetizers, and loaves of bread. After the delicious dinner, Kyle got to have a slice of chocolate mousse cake for free as it was his birthday. He got to blow out his candle, and we sang Happy Birthday to him. After that, my aunt and I went to the mall to get my brother a birthday present. We decided to get him Pokemon legos and a Pokemon keychain. We both agreed to wait until we got home for him to open it. Then we headed out.

Note: 
  • They have big slices of pizza here we ended up bringing a whole box of pizza home. We forgot to ask the size of it as they don’t have an option on their menu. We assumed that it was a regular size. The food was excellent, and the price was reasonable for a sit-down restaurant.

On Our Way Home

All of us kids took fell asleep in the car, and when we woke up, we were back home in Tobyhanna, Pennsylvania, where my aunt lives. When we woke up, my mom surprised us with an ice cream cake! We all went to the table, lit the candles, and sang happy birthday to Kyle. We let Kyle cut the cake and have the first piece. The cake was so good! After that, we make Kyle open his presents, and he was so happy! He wanted to start building the legos right away! Since it was his birthday, he was allowed to stay up and build legos for a bit. Some time passed, and it was time for bed. We all went to sleep satisfied and pleased to know that Kyle had the best birthday ever.

Five Things Kids Learn In Visiting This Historical Site

  • The kids will learn how their ancestors fought for freedom and risked their lives to help others.
  • They will learn to appreciate what they currently have and how good men/women strive their best to preserve their country, culture, and people.
  • They’ll learn to be brave and know how to be responsible in their line of duty.
  • It will also help them think about humanity.
  • It will teach them to have sympathy and empathy with others.

Other Nearby Attractions Within Walking Distance:

  • Independence Visitor Center
  • Independence Hall
  • The West Wing Of Independence Hall
  • Congress Hall
  • The Museum Of American Revolution

 

Summary:

It was a fun-filled day with our family. We allocated a total of 2 1/2 hours in the museum, lunch, and Liberty Bell. And we spent another 2/12 hours in Legoland. We left Philadelphia at around 7:30 pm. For anyone who wants to maximize your time here and wants to visit here for a day trip, I recommend arriving very early in the morning, so you have time to wander around the site. Then once the museums open, you can start right when they open.

 

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23 Comments
  1. Reply

    Paige

    October 16, 2019

    What an incredible birthday! Honestly, Legoland sounds like a lot of fun even for adults!

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    April

    October 18, 2019

    Yes, but this is a Legoland Family Center. Adults can’t get in if they don’t have kids with them. So make sure to go even just with one child.

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    Josy A

    October 21, 2019

    Heh! You can tell it must have been a great day if all the kids fell asleep in the car on the way home!

    I think legoland and the lunch in the park make it seem like the perfect birthday already, even before you add in all the yummy (and giant) pizza and ringing the liberty bell. Send happy birthday hugs to Kyle!

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    Carol Colborn

    October 21, 2019

    Great way to celebrate a birthday…good education, good picnic food, and good entertainment.

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    Rudy @ Backpack & Snorkel

    October 21, 2019

    I have been in Philly 6 or 7 times not and never knew that there was a Legoland. Good to know that there is something to do for not just for kids, but also for the grown-up kids.

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      April

      October 22, 2019

      True but be sure to have a kid in tow in visiting there as they wanted it to be a family fun setting.

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    addycams

    October 21, 2019

    What an amazing way to celebrate a birthday. Legoland will always be the kids paradise for sure!

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      April

      October 22, 2019

      True especially for kids who enjoy building and creating something.

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    Anna Intrepid Scout

    October 21, 2019

    What a perfect day and an awesome birthday ‘day’. I bet Legoland was fun and so much history as well!

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      April

      October 22, 2019

      Yes and thank you.

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    Nitin Singhal

    October 22, 2019

    Your brother looked happy in all his pictures. It looks like he enjoyed every moment of his birthday. This is also a good 1-day Philadelphia itinerary for families.

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      April

      October 23, 2019

      Yes, my son looks very happy and contented. It is my daughter who writes the story.

  9. Reply

    Desiree C

    October 22, 2019

    This sounds like an amazing birthday! Both fun and educational!

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      April

      October 23, 2019

      Thank you!

  10. Reply

    Christine

    October 23, 2019

    This sounds like such a great birthday for any kid! You really did so much, and Legoland looks great!

    • Reply

      April

      October 23, 2019

      It is true… thank you

  11. Reply

    anshul

    October 24, 2019

    Legoland is pretty fun place for kids. I am sure that visiting here will make birthday memorable.

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    Georgina

    October 24, 2019

    I think it is a great way to teach kids of their ancestors by visiting museums and historical sites. Kids learn a lot by interacting and observing rather than watching a documentary on tv. Thank you for sharing this wonderful experience.

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      April

      October 25, 2019

      SO true! You’re very welcome and thank you for appreciating this.

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    Anne

    November 19, 2019

    Sounds like a lot of fun. I must get to Philly one of these days. (Even though I’m in Australia. I’ve been to America a few times but just never ventured there.)

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      April

      November 20, 2019

      Yes, Philly is a great place to venture especially if we love to learn America history! It’s nice to see the bell existed for so many years.

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    Alpanad

    November 19, 2019

    Loved your post! We too love trips to Legoland. Lovely family pictures 🙂

    • Reply

      April

      November 20, 2019

      Yay, Thanks Alpana! I appreciate you visiting my page.

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April Key Rode
New York, USA

April Key Rode is a Bachelor graduate of Hospitality and Tourism Management. One of the researchers in Tabuelan "As An Eco-Tourism Destination." She loves to do research, writing, cross-stitching and dancing. Her favorite sports are badminton, biking, soccer, basketball, and bowling. She is a mother of two, and she loves traveling with her own family and friends.

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