The spring gala has become an annual social fixture for the under 10 crowd here in Philadelphia as children (and grown-ups!) to dress as their favorite storybook character, enjoy some fine dining, ride their famous carousel, and dance the night away at the annual Please Touch Storybook Ball. This year’s Storybook Ball took place on Saturday, April 24th, from 6pm to 9pm. The theme? Pirates and Princesses. Carousel rides and dining aside, other highlights include a performance by the GESU School Ballroom Dancers, read-alouds in the Story Castle, and costumed storybook characters around the museum.

I brought my niece and nephew Kelsey & Dillon again this year, although, sadly, they were probably the oldest kids in attendance. Next year it’s Ella & Timmy’s turn, they are my other sister’s kids who are about 7 and 5.
Cupcakes are all the rage this year and besides the chicken fingers, pizza, ice cream donated by Jack & Jill there was more than 1,000 donated no-nuts (and some gluten-free) cupcakes by Nikki Rayfield. Yum.

Mother Goose working her magic
The little, little kids play area
The theme this year? Pirates and Princesses. Pictured above is the Elgamal family with dad Sharief and daughters Selma and Sarah dressed for the occasion.
I love this room
Dillon excited to sit next to the Queen of Hearts near the Alice in Wonderland Maze
Laura Foster, president and CEO of the Please Touch Museum, thanks her guests for coming.
Please Touch Museum
4231 Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia, PA 19131
(215) 581-3181