Top Spots To Entertain Grandparents On A Budget In Philadelphia

March 9, 2013 7:00 AM

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When grandparents come to town, it’s safe to assume that sightseeing is not the primary focus. What Pop-pop and Nana really desire is to visit with the grandkids, spend quality time together at fun places and make some memories. The City of Brotherly Love is the perfect place for families to connect with the older generation while not straining their pocketbook. Seniors with proof of age may ride city subways, trolleys and buses at no charge, and regional rail is free during off-peak hours. In addition to hospitable travel costs, senior discounts are available at a slew of attractions. Whether your multi-generational family enjoys sports, museums or restaurants, these are the top spots to entertain grandparents on a budget in the Philadelphia area.
Einstein Bros. Bagels
Temple University Medical School
3500 N. Broad St.
Philadelphia, PA 19114
(215) 707-7521

Get ready for a delightful day with your favorite gray-haired kin by loading up on some carbs. Einstein Bros. Bagels has three locations in downtown Philadelphia. Simply show proof that you’re age 60 or older, and you’ll get a 10% discount on a baker’s dozen of hot-out-of-the-oven bagels. Join the club to receive additional deals, including a free treat for your birthday. All three bagel shops are located in universities, so handicap accessibility is a given.

Lights Of Liberty
Historic Philadelphia Center
600 Chestnut St.
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 629-4026

Price: $20 family four-pack/$6 adult/$5 seniors, students and children 12 and younger

After sneaking a peek across the way at the nearby Liberty Bell and Independence Hall, head over to the Historic Philadelphia Center for the Lights of Liberty 360 3D Show. All ages will appreciate this educational 15-minute presentation featuring a digital Ben Franklin describing the historical significance behind some of America’s iconic symbols. Seniors get a $1 discount on the admission price, seats in the 360-degree theater are cushioned and comfy, and restrooms are handicap accessible. If you go on weekends, complimentary cookies and hot chocolate are served.

Related: Top Senior Discounts

Philadelphia Museum Of Art
2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA 19130
(215) 763-8100

Price: $20 adults/$18 seniors/$14 students with I.D. and youth 13-18/free children 12 and younger

While Benjamin Franklin may rank as Philadelphia’s most well-known historical son, Rocky Balboa has earned his place as Philadelphia’s most famous fictional son. In the movie, Rocky trains by running up and down the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Don’t fret, though — you don’t have to climb the 72 Rocky steps to enter this exciting museum. A handicap accessible entrance is around the corner to the left. Inside the PMA, you’ll find 200 galleries featuring 227,000 works of art from all over the world. Exhibits both grandkids and golden oldies will enjoy are the knights in shining arms and armor, a 17th-century entrance hall from a Chinese palace and a recreated bamboo Japanese tea house. While seniors receive a $2 cut on admission, if possible, plan your visit for the first Sunday of the month, when the cost of admission is totally up to you.

Independence Seaport Museum
211 S. Columbus Blvd.
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 413-8655

Price: $12 adults/$10 seniors, college students, children and military

Keep the historical spirit alive with a visit to Independence Seaport Museum. Sea dogs of all ages will love exploring the background and engineering behind floating vessels. Kids and seniors get $2 sliced off the price to get in and a free 20-page illustrated booklet. Current exhibitions at the museum include “Titanic Philadelphians,” “Disasters on the Delaware” as well as archaeological discoveries from the city’s waterfront.

Thunderbird Bowling Center
3081 Holme Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19136
(215) 464-7171

Price: $3.95 weekdays/$4.95 weekends/$2 Sundays/$2.50 bowlers age 55+

The family that plays together stays together, and bowling sure can deliver smiles and high fives all around. Thunderbird Bowling Center offers a bargain baby boomers rate of $2.50 per game for those age 55 and older. If you have a Sunday to spare (pun intended), grandkids, parents and the geezer generation alike may all play for a cut rate of just $2 per game. After working up an appetite, head over to the snack shack for an $11 pizza and a $5 pitcher of soda that comes with one free refill.

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Susan DeFeo has been a professional writer since 1997. She served as a community events columnist for New Jersey’s “Cape May County Herald” for more than a decade. A writer for numerous online publications, Susan has covered health, fitness, beauty and travel, all subjects that are near and dear to her as a married mother of seven children. Her work can be found at

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