Growing up as a kid half term holidays for House of Coco were always super exciting, the sun was always shining and every day was so much fun. Nowadays, kids want even more from their half term so where better to go that across the pond. As half term approaches this October, make sure this holiday doesn’t leave you short of things to do with a family-friendly, cultural trip to the city of Brotherly Love.
Choose from a range of new and exciting activities including a visit to the top of the brand new One Liberty Observation Deck for a birds-eye view of Philadelphia, spot some of the world’s largest animals at Philadelphia Zoo or dine with Elmo and friends at a Halloween Feast.
Enjoy Sky-High Views From The New One Liberty Observation Deck
Those with a head for heights should travel to the 57th floor of One Liberty Place, which is set to unveil the brand new Philly From The Top observation deck this October. The observation deck will be found 57 stories above ground, reaching heights of 883 feet and offering spectacular views across the city. One Liberty Observation Deck will officially be Philadelphia’s tallest standing attraction. For more information, visitwww.phillyfromthetop.com.
Join Elmo and Friend’s For A Halloween Feast
Join Elmo and everyone’s favourite furry friends for an animated Halloween celebration. Enjoy singing, dancing and a delicious meal, and most of all make sure you wear your favourite costumes to take photos with Sesame Street friends, including Elmo in his boney skeleton costume. The experience will run from 24-25 October at 12pm and 5pm at Dine With Me! Restaurant. Tickets for adults (aged 10 & up) cost from £18 and child tickets (aged 2-9) cost from £11. Children under 23 months are free but require a reservation. For more information, visit sesameplace.com/en/langhorne.
Experience A Light, Sight and Sound Experience at Nightscape
Visit beautiful Longwood Gardens for a light and sound experience dubbed ‘Nightscape’. From 7.30pm, watch as the gardens transform into a living canvas where light dances with shadow, music fills the air, and your imagination soars. When the sun sets, your journey begins and visitors can experience a new kind of beauty as they are immersed in the sights, sounds, and spectacle of Longwood after dark. Adult tickets cost from £17, children (aged 5-18) cost from £11 and children under four are free. For more information, visitlongwoodgardens.org/visit.
Monkey Around With Your Favourite Animals At Philadelphia Zoo
No family trip to Philadelphia would be complete without a trip to the famous Philadelphia Zoo. Not only can everyone spend hours spotting their favourite animals but they can also choose to rise to heights of 400 feet in the 6abc balloon to look down on the likes of giraffes, zebras and polar bears. Philadelphia Zoo is also offering its Zoo360 experience, the first in the world, an animal trail exploration where gorillas, monkeys, big cats and orang-utans roam high above the Zoo. New for 2015 is the Zoo360 expansion, which includes an overhead 12-foot passageway for gorillas. Adult tickets cost from £13 and child tickets (aged 2-11) cost from £12 with children under two able to enter for free. For more information, visit www.philadelphiazoo.org.
For those looking to plan a family break to Philadelphia, packages include:
Four Night Room-Only Package at Loews Philadelphia, from £979 per adult and £515 per child
Virgin Holidays is offering a four night, room-only package at the Loews Philadelphia from £979 per adult and £515 per child. Price is based on two adults and two children travelling and sharing a deluxe room and includes all applicable taxes and fuel surcharges which are subject to change. Price includes return flights from London Heathrow departing on 23 October 2015 and return transfers. To book, visit www.virginholidays.co.uk, call 0844 557 3859 or visit one of the 126 stores located in Debenhams and House of Fraser stores nationwide.
Four Night Room-Only Package at The Sheraton Philadelphia, from £799 per adult and £490 per child
America As You Like It is offering a four-night, room-only package at the Sheraton Philadelphia from £799 per adult and £490 per child. Price is based on two adults and two children (2-11 years) travelling and includes return flights from London Heathrow on 23 October 2015 with Delta Air Lines. For more information, visit www.americaasyoulikeit.com or call 020 8742 8299.