national constitution center & benjamin franklin’s grave

by Barb on April 3, 2013

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I think I’m going to throw in the towel on the #wordlesswednesday photos and just admit that as an English major and History major, I will add in words. This time, it’s all about the National Constitution Center and who lies buried in Benjamin Franklin’s grave in Christ Church Burial Ground. If you guess Benjamin Franklin, you are half right. His wife, Deborah, shares his final resting spot as she shared some of his life.

National Constitution Center

Last Sunday, I took the kids to the National Constitution Center to take advantage of free admission for Women’s History month. I knew going in that it might be a little over my almost 5 year old’s head which it mostly was. He was thrilled by the voting booths, the buttons to push, and the cool Checks and Balance game out in the lobby; that was it. I would have been thrilled if I could have spent time reading all the exhibits instead of keeping a bored little boy occupied. As I always say, we can go back.

National Constitution CenterYes, this is quite revealing of their personalities, and please note the non-existence of the 4 year old. He was being himself, too. The Model T Ford in the background is part of the Prohibition Exhibit which we did not look at. I wasn’t ready to talk about booze etc. with a 9 year old, 7 year old, 6 year old and 4 year old.

National Constitution CenterThis Checks and Balance game was in the lobby behind the ticket desk at the National Constitution Center. Even though the 4 year old and 7 year old ended up rolling around on the floor with the giant die, I was happy to see how much my kids know about government and American history. I know we’re going to have a blast this summer checking out American history in Philly.

By the way, Former Supreme Court justice Sandra Day O’Connor has launched a series of video games to bring back the teaching of civics. Known as icivics, the site has 16 educational video games along with free teaching materials. Kids and teachers can use the site without registering though registering will save students’ in-game progress, unlock items, and allow students to compete with their friends on leaderboards. O’Connor’s robe is on display at the National Constitution Center.

National Constitution CenterOn the way out of the museum, we stopped to make magnets with pictures of famous women. All of my kids chose Sojourner Truth.

Christ Church Burial GroundThen, we crossed the street to visit Christ Church Burial Ground, final resting place for historical figures like Benjamin Franklin, Dr. Benjamin Rush, and 3 other signers of the Declaration of Independence. More than 5,000 graves lie in the 2-acre burial ground which prompted questions from the kids about why the markers were so close together.

Christ Church Burial Ground

Christ Church Burial GroundHolding souvenir flags that once graced the graves at Christ Church Burial Ground, we called it a day and headed home.

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Kristia April 3, 2013 at 6:30 am

The center sounds very interesting, but I’ll wait until my youngest is a little older; she’s a preschooler. I think we are going to head into Philly this spring/summer for a day trip . Our first grader really enjoyed learning about the Liberty bell in school, so I think we’re going to take her to see it and some other Philly attractions.
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Steph April 3, 2013 at 8:22 am

I have never been to the NCC {for shame I know!}. I need to add this to our list of things to do this summer.
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Barb April 3, 2013 at 1:31 pm

It’s really for 1st grade and up, especially if you have a reading first grader. The younger ones will get a little bit out of it, though not much because there’s a lot to read while doing.


Colleen (Souffle Bombay) April 3, 2013 at 9:57 am

Looks like you all had a great day! We have not gone to the C. Center yet…maybe this Summer. Thanks for the info!


Nicole @ One Punky Mama April 3, 2013 at 12:08 pm

You post the best outings! I’m just going to have to wait and compile them into a “Barb’s Guide to Philly” book for my family to use. :)


Barb April 3, 2013 at 1:29 pm

LOL – I’m a get out and go mom! I’m collecting them on my Pinterest board. Maybe some day I’ll have a book.


Heather M April 3, 2013 at 12:30 pm

So fun! I want to check out icivics now. Computer games can be great ways for kids to pick up information. Why not utilize “play” time to get in some history?
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Carrie April 3, 2013 at 12:38 pm

Is it bad that I had no idea Ben Franklin was buried there? I love these “educational” family adventures because I learn a ton too!
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Barb April 3, 2013 at 1:26 pm

LOL – I had no idea either. This summer, we’re definitely doing historic trips in Philly to find these spots.


Susan April 3, 2013 at 1:07 pm

I have to make the time and go with my family seems like a great place to visit.
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another jennifer April 3, 2013 at 9:10 pm

Sounds like a great day. Though kids might not “get” everything at museums like this, I still think it’s worth the trip. I’m sure you all learned something!
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