The Franklin InstituteTwo Adult Tickets ($15) or Family Pack ($27)
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n the era of Ben Franklin, children had to fly kites (in the lightning) or play ringtoss to keep boredom at bay. Today, they've got The Franklin Institute -- and you do, too. For a real day of fun for children and parents alike, put down your iPads and pick up some scientific knowledge with two adult general admission tickets for $15 (regularly $31) or a family pack of two adult and two kids' general admission tickets for $27 (regularly $55). Upon entering the Institute, you'll encounter Space Command and the Planetarium; move on to such exhibits as the Train Factory, the Giant Heart, and Changing Earth. Enjoy a hands-on education in astronomy, engineering, anatomy, and climatology through activities that combine endless education and entertainment. Franklin said, "The only thing more expensive than education is ignorance," which is all the reason to wise up and spare a few Benjamins in the process.