My Thanksgiving vacation started yesterday, so we celebrated by spending some quality time with the kids (my daughter and my nephew) at the Please Touch Museum.
I'd never been there before, even though I've been to Philadelphia a hundred times before. It's really, really awesome at the PTM -- everything is designed specifically for little kids, and everything is interactive in some way. You can pretend to drive a SEPTA bus, you can sit in a kid-sized monorail, you can be a race car driver.
You can explore space and fire foam rockets and paint and splash in a big water thing and play cloud hopscotch and learn about Van der Graaff generators.
You can pretend to go grocery shopping in a tiny little supermarket and identify different kinds of fruits and vegetables and fill your grocery cart with all the stuff that Mommy doesn't buy any more because she's on a diet, like frozen meatball sandwiches and both chocolate AND strawberry syrup.
You can dress up all kinds of different costumes and pretend to be anything you want, like a construction worker or a baker or an astronaut or the head of the Department of Orthopaedics at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.
If you really wanted to, you could spend all day long in an "Alice in Wonderland" exhibit, where you can put on that iconic blue-and-white pinafore and wander through a hedge maze and kiss a fiberglass dodo and instantly become a giant and investigate optical illusions and have a tea party with the March Hare.
And you will know you had a most excellent time when you sleep until after 8:00 the next morning, and then wake up ready to take on the world again.