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Free admission day on June 6th (10am – 4pm) includes free guided tours, free cake and coffee, and free kids activities.
Do you know Pippi Longstocking?
If you don’t know Pippi Longstocking then you really will fall in love with her! Pippi is a little 9-year-old girl and like most 9-year-old girls she likes to have fun. Pippi’s little world by Asrid Lindgren comes to life in the new exhibit at the American Swedish Historical Museum. As I entered, my childhood books were transformed into real life.
On the 2nd floor you will find the detailed life of Astrid Lindgren next to many other important individuals in Sweden’s history. Lindgren wasn’t just a children’s book author she was a revolutionary that not unlike her character, Pippi, spoke her mind. She affected over 50 countries with her “anti-spanking” law, as an advocate for children’s rights. She also loved animals deeply and was an animal rights supporter who insisted on more humane ways dealing with agricultural animals.
After reading about Lindgren I went downstairs to her character’s Pippi’s world. When you first walk in you will see a yellow opening and a red roof. I thought this was a perfect place to take a picture. All along the walls there are quotes from her original book, artwork from Ingrid Vang Nyman. There is also other artwork of Pippi depictions from different time periods.
We went to the special grand opening of the event. It was truly amazing. There were crafts where you could make a Pippi face mask and decorate Pippi boots. We also got to play the game “Don’t step on the floor” a game we will be playing at home with pillows now! We also got to dress Pippi after story time, and put a dough puzzle together. We ate some special Swedish cookies that were very yummy and enjoyed some different Swedish Juices. We also enjoyed the special waffle day eating Swedish Waffles with strawberry jam and whipped cream. My little one ate two helpings! My 3 & 5-year-old said it was the best day ever and we can’t wait to go back!
What the American Swedish Historical Museum’s Pippi Longstocking Exhibit includes:
- Astrid’s Book Nook: Here you can read one of the many Pippi Tales. You can also put a puzzle together or do a funny mix-match game. Put Pippi’s bottom half on Tommy’s top half, let’s see what funny combinations you can come up with.
- Thing Finding: Pippi believes everything has a place and it’s our job to find it. Open the many drawers at Pippi Longstocking’s Thing finder. What will you find in each drawer? With gold, birds, butterflies, flowers, seashells and so much more you will have a ball finding all the little things that Pippi found so dear to her heart.
- Pippi Quiz: Take the 10 Question Pippi Quiz on the computer and find out how well you really know Pippi. Do you know how Pippi Longstocking got her name? Come back and tell us after you visit the museum!
- Villa Villekula: Visit Villa Villekula in the center of the exhibit. There you will be able to enter inside her house. Children and the young at heart can make different kinds of food. You can cut the tomatoes, cucumbers, and fillet a fish for dinner. You can also smell all of the spices, what does cinnamon smell like compared to clove? Just open the little door and take a sniff.
- Dress up: Dress up over at Pippi’s dress up area. Take a look in to mirror, “You look great, of course!” Will you choose the big red boots, the blue tie, or the kimono? How about wear all of it?!
- Pippi’s horse (sometimes referred to as “old man”): Look how amazingly strong you are! Go over and pick up the horse and take a look in the mirror at yourself.
Tips for enjoying the American Swedish Historical Museum:
- There is a coat rack downstairs.
- Bathrooms are located on the lower level as well.
- There are elevators to explore each level of the Museum.
- The Pippi Exhibit is located on the first floor to the left of the entrance.
- There is plenty of free parking.
- FDR park is right outside come on a nice day and make a day out of it.
- Ever have problems finding Pippi stuff, you can find it here! They have Pippi dolls, Pippi books, a stuffed animal of her horse and monkey, puzzles, games, sticker books, and stickers.
- Come as soon as the museum opens your children may not want to leave like my children!
American Swedish Historical Museum Hours of Operation:
- Tuesday-Friday, 10am to 4pm
- Saturday-Sunday, 12pm to 4pm
American Swedish Historical Museum Admission Prices:
- $8 for adults
- $6 for seniors and students
- $4 for children 5-11
- Children under 5 are free
- AAA members save $1
- For more information call the museum at 215. 389. 1776 or visit www.americanswedish.org.
American Swedish Historical Museum Location:
1900 Pattison Ave. Philadelphia, PA just minutes from the Walt Whitman bridge, in South Philadelphia right near the Sports Complex.
The American Swedish Historical Museum’s Pippi Longstocking Exhibit will be here until February 16, 2015.
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