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“Once Upon a Nation-Storytelling Program”
Review of Once Upon A Nation

Once Upon A Nation
Ranked #170 of 414 Tours in Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 29 June 2017

Throughout Historic Philadelphia were benches with the iconic yellow sign "Once Upon a National" posted. We had noticed the sign once before but the sight was not staffed. We were delighted to meet Sarah the next day at the Arch Street Meeting House. We were unaware of the program and stumbled upon Sarah who was staffing the location. Enthusiastically she reenacted a roughly 5 minute story. We were enthralled. We left seeking out other locations that also measured up to Sarah's high benchmark. This is a free program and Sarah would not accept a gratuity. Sarah only asked that we make a note of the program to others.

We were provided with a map of the other locations and children were offered stars to commemorate their participation. Not having children I did not inquire if there was more to the program. But the children in our groups were delighted.

Thank Vivian N
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Reviewed 2 July 2016 via mobile

We stumbled on this gem by accident. While exploring Philadelphia we were offered a free story. After one story we were hooked. Benches are scattered throughout the historic areas. Each bench offers a storyteller with historical stories that are educational and entertaining. After each story you can collect a star and redeem for a carousel ride in Franklin Square. The Once Upon a Nation storytellers were a highlight of our day. We followed the map they provided to find the benches and stopped to sight see along the way. An easy and FREE way to explore history.

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Reviewed 24 June 2016 via mobile

During our sightseeing, we periodically happened upon a circular bench (conveniently located in the shade). After taking a seat, the storyteller would begin a "true story" about something relevant to the area.

Stories were entertaining, enthusiastically told, and offered extra insight into what we'd just seen.

Younger kids are given a flag onto which a star is affixed at each storytelling station. When they get 13 stars, they get a free carousel ride in a nearby park.

Storytellers aren't allowed to accept tips.

Thank EKingTucson
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Reviewed 23 June 2016 via mobile

My 9 and 10 year old loved to listen to the stories. They made it fun and interesting for all the kids in the group. The best of all, it's free and we all learned something new. My kids want to do this again.

Thank Viajandosevive
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Reviewed 4 June 2016 via mobile

We stumbled across a story teller and had so much fun walking from bench to bench and listening to the various stories. The story tellers did a great job acting their character roles. It is great fun for children, but I enjoyed it too!

Thank Patricia D
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