The Rise and Fall of Prohibition
National Constitution Centeruntil April 28th 2013 525 Arch St, Philadelphia, PA 19106 visit site>
I think it is safe to say I live a very kid centric life. This is by design and I love having a redo on my childhood with my boys. That said every once in a while if I can merge my old life and new life I am all about it. Being a fashion lover I have always had a thing for the 20’s. I hate art-deco but when it comes to Prohibition tales, flappers and Nucky Thompson I am front row and center.
Prohibition is a tough topic for toddlers to grasp. I didn’t go thinking this would be a successful educational trip for the boys. I went hoping to learn more about an era I love and to have the boys experience something a little different. However to help Henry have a little sense of what Prohibition was I put a spin on it. What if chocolate milk was banned? What if no one was allowed to drink chocolate milk any more because it made you act silly? He actually thought about it for a minute and was slightly alarmed.
I didn’t get to spend as much time reading as I would have liked but I was happy to see that there was enough bells and whistles through out the event to keep them busy and interested. I liked the Speak-easy door where you knocked and a guy pulls back the sliding window in the door and told us to take a hike. Knock again and he tells you to come on in. Oliver and Henry did learn the Charleston with me before we scooted over to get our mug shots taken in a line up with Al Capone and Lucky Luciano. (HBO’s The Boardwalk prepared me well for this exhibit) You can then e-mail yourself the mug shots right on the spot.
With high energy toddlers I think you are lucky to get 30 minutes out of the exhibit peacefully but I am glad I took them. I loved looking at the clothing and Henry did understand that part and liked the rum runner video game. To extend your trip tack on the upstairs part of the museum and you have an hour-long adventure. Afterwards I took them to lunch at Honey Sit’n Eat and it was a great morning.
I think this a great exhibit for new moms with a little one in a stroller or calm toddlers. If you have high energy guys like mine just understand it might be a shorter trip.
To see all our pic head on over to HipsterHenry flickr
Good To Know:
This adventure will last about 1 hour if you do both the exhibit and the rest of the museum.
You had to pay admission price and then $3.00 for the exhibit.
There is not a ton of 20’s fashion. That is an accent of the exhibit but not the focus.
Parking is super easy during the week. Skip the parking lot and opt for street parking on Arch in between 4th and 5th street.
This is one of the rare times you can take pictures but you may not use flash.
I will tell you that the guards at the National Constitution Center are on their game. Ollie could not sneak a touch on anything. On one hand it was good. On the other hand we had a guard walk through the entire thing with us like we were shop lifters. That can be a bit much when I just want to spend time with my boys showing them and talking to them about the exhibit.