Election Day at the Please Touch Museum a playful lesson in citizenship

Mike Dougherty
November 05, 2019 - 2:01 pm

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — There's a special election Tuesday at the Please Touch Museum designed to teach kids all about the democratic process. The incumbent is in a lot of trouble.

Behind the purple curtain, very difficult decisions were being made: Slinky, the Very Hungry Caterpillar, or glowing neon race cars?

"I liked the cars and the Slinkys, but I had to choose one!" said one young voter.

The Slinky won last year, but early exit polls showed race cars were running away with it this time.

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"I picked the neon race cars, because it lights up and you can make the track whatever you want," said Reagan, a little girl with a perfect name for the occasion.

She came with her mom, Amanda.

"I thought it was really cool for them to get to see, because we talked about going to vote after this," Amanda said.

Please Touch Museum Education Manager Natalie Tahsler says first-hand learning experiences like this are what the museum is all about.

"We really felt this was important, to explain to kids what grown-ups are doing on this day, why we have this day off," Tahsler said.

She says another thing they are teaching kids is how to talk about their choices and respect people who don't feel the same way. Maybe adults can take some notes on that one.