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Smith Memorial Playground and Playhouse

Smith Memorial Playground and Playhouse

3500 Reservoir Drive Philadelphia, PA, 19121

Average Rating: 4.9 (7 ratings)
Playground, Park, Public, Free

For visiting hours and more information, visit www.smithplayground.org/. The Playground for kids 10 and younger 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. Additionally, Smith has over 50 unique pieces of play equipment including the Giant Net Climber, Apollo Spinner, Swing City, and a play space designed just for kids 5 and younger. The 16,000 square foot Playhouse for kids 5 and younger opened in 1899, and was specifically designed to be used as a play space just for kids—a radical concept in that era! The Playhouse offers 3 levels of fun including a block room, climb-on train, a room full of cars and tricycles with a real traffic light, play kitchens, dollhouses, puppets, and more!

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smithkidsplayplace about 5 years ago

We've updated our web address! For hours, events, and more information visit us at www.smithplayground.org/.

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smithkidsplayplace almost 7 years ago

For our hours and more information about Smith, please visit us at www.smithkidsplayplace.org

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Timothy Williamson over 8 years ago

What a cool place!

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Guest about 9 years ago

As a young child, my mother took me and cousins to Smith Playground at least twice a summer. We travelled by public transportation, seemingly forever, from south Philadelphia, armed with a picnic lunch to be enjoyed later under the huge trees; or on one of the porches. It was a magical place, with an indoor playroom equipped with "giant" blocks and other playthings. She always stressed that the Smith family had donated the grounds and the buildings; but I wish I knew more about the history. When I saw the picture of the wooden indoor slide, my heart leapt with joy. It's just as I remembered, if somewhat enlarged by a child's memory. :) Mother always found out about, and took us to everything within her means, and on week-ends Daddy would take us places as well: Fairmount and Pennypack Parks, the Art Museum, the Franklin Institute, trips down the Delaware River on the Wilson Line, to Riverview Beach Park, Willow Grove Park and more; but The Smith Playground was always a favorite, seventy-some years ago. :) Marie Magill

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