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Smith Kids Play Place (Playground & Mansion)

33rd St & Oxford St, East Fairmount Park, Philadelphia, PA
+1 215-765-4325
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Great and varied outdoor space! Inside is meh.

Wow, what a great playground! So much for the kids to do and it kept their attention for almost 3... read more

Reviewed 29 September 2017
Wynnewood, Pennsylvania

Took my toddler daughter to this place. It is beautiful and very great attraction for kids her age... read more

Reviewed 30 July 2017
Needham, Massachusetts
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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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33rd St & Oxford St, East Fairmount Park, Philadelphia, PA
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Reviewed 29 September 2017

Wow, what a great playground! So much for the kids to do and it kept their attention for almost 3 hours (ages 3 and 5). The outside is by far the best including all your playground favorites and a giant wooden slide that my kids...More

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Reviewed 30 July 2017 via mobile

Took my toddler daughter to this place. It is beautiful and very great attraction for kids her age. We spent a lot of time outside and when became too hot we had great time inside.

Thank Larissa921
Reviewed 15 July 2017 via mobile

A lot of activities for children under 7 but limited for those over 7. The large wooden slide was the best part of the park. The mansion was disappointing because it was for children under 5 for the most part.

Thank tamackey
Reviewed 25 May 2017 via mobile

This playground is adequate fun for kids 8 and under. My 10 year old was bored. The wooden slide is awesome. The play place has 3 floors. Different things on each level. You can go inside and stay cool on the really hot days. After...More

1  Thank Deidre W
Reviewed 13 May 2017

We are members of Smith, and love the playground areas. There is a ton of space and lots for the kids to do. Zero complaints in that department. The inside, especially the bathroom situation, needs work. There are 2 single stall bathrooms on the first...More

Thank JennileeAD
Reviewed 18 January 2017

This is an excellent option for a secure and safe playground for your children, during the winter months, only the indoor is open, but it provided a great location for our kids to run off some of their steam. There are three floors, with different...More

Thank Patrick R
Reviewed 17 October 2016

Great place, off the beaten track, lots of space to spread out, explore, and play. A great playground with adjoining areas for younger and older kids, a large covered wooden slide, and a "mansion" to explore with different interest areas in unexpected places. Kids will...More

Thank Suzanne O
Reviewed 11 October 2016

This was not at all what I was expecting. The playground actually consists of several play areas with a wide array of equipment and target age ranges. In addition to some typical equipment, Smith also features a large wooden slide, toy houses, saucer swings, ropes,...More

1  Thank nontrendytraveler
Reviewed 4 August 2016

This place is amazing! My kids had a blast. There is a lot to do here. It has a massive playground with a ton of different equipment that you don't usually see at a playground including an old wooden slide. The indoor part has a...More

Thank SuperAdventure
Reviewed 4 August 2016

I never heard or knew of this place in all the years I've been visiting Philly. This is a great place for kids to play, not too far from the Zoo or from the Please Touch Museum. Paths are easily accessible with stroller, and there...More

Thank gostartraveler
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28 July 2017|
Response from JennileeAD | Reviewed this property |
If there isn't an event going on, yes it is free.
28 July 2017|
Response from tamackey | Reviewed this property |
It is free but there is a donation box.
Kyna C
31 January 2017|
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Response from SuperAdventure | Reviewed this property |
I would go when you can do the playhouse and playground. The play house is ok, but the playground is huge with some unique equipment.