Dear Diary,

As a child, I dreamed of becoming a journalist. I didn’t know what type of reporter I would be when I grew up, but I knew I would be a storyteller. I later narrowed down my profession when I attended a high school journalism workshop. For a summer, I became a radio broadcaster, a newspaper reporter and a television anchor. By experiencing different jobs, I determined which one I would one day hold. I went on to obtain a journalism degree from Michigan State University and spent more than a decade reporting at television stations throughout the U.S. and overseas. I want my daughter to do the same–not become a journalist rather get the chance to try new things, explore careers and pursue passions. One way I encourage her to discover the world around her is by visiting museums.

Recently, we headed to the Please Touch Museum in Philadelphia. The interactive play space offers endless opportunities to explore every occupation from train conductors and ship captains to engineers and astronauts.  There’s also an imagination playground, a theater and carousel. The museum is targeted to families with children seven-years-old and younger, so Caitlynn and her cousin enjoyed all of the exhibits and tried out lots of careers. Caitlynn decided to…

Be a Bus Driver

Bus Driver

Be an Explorer

Explorer

Be a GrocerGrocer

Be a Hostess

Hostess

Be a House Sitter

House Sitter

Be a Locksmith

Locksmith

Be a Train Conductor

Train Conductor

Hey DFTM Fam–What do your little ones want to be when they grow up? Have you visited the Please Touch Museum? If so, what was your child’s favorite exhibit? After the museum, we walked around Fairmont Park. Also, we (the moms) loved the FREE street parking available.

Location

Memorial Hall Fairmont Park, 231 Avenue of the Republic Philadelphia, PA 19131 (For GPS, use 4231 North Concourse Drive, Philadelphia, PA 1931)

Hours of Operation

The museum is open seven days a week. Monday-Saturday: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Closed: Thanksgiving and Christmas days Admission $16 (Children 12 months and younger are free)

Contact

Phone: 215-581-3181

About The Author

Vlog Mom/DFTM Creator

Not long ago, Heather Hopson hosted a television show in the Cayman Islands. Today, she's back home writing a different kind of story as a new mom. In her 15 years working as a professional journalist, this by far is her best assignment! Growing up, she dreamed of becoming Oprah Winfrey. She was the features editor for her school’s newspaper and a teen talk show host for her city’s most popular radio station. She went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Michigan State University. After graduation, she worked as a television producer and reporter at CBS, NBC and Fox affiliates throughout the U.S. Instead of heading to Chicago to join Ms. Winfrey on her set, she bought a plane ticket to the Cayman Islands instead. She arrived five days before a category five hurricane! She lived in paradise for seven years, hosted an award-winning television show and traveled the globe with a government delegation. She also served on the board of directors for Big Brothers Big Sisters and spearheaded a Send a Kid to Camp campaign. Then, she relocated to Washington, D.C. to obtain a teaching certification and instruct 8th grade reading at a high needs middle school. She later returned to her hometown of Pittsburgh, PA to raise her daughter Caitlynn, now 4-years-old. During her 10-month-stint as a stay-at-home mom, Caitlynn inspired her to create this blog, and Diary of a First Time Mom was born on Mother’s Day 2012. Two years later, she expanded the family to include 20+ writers. Currently, Heather serves as the communications director at Allies for Children. In addition, she is the owner of Motor Mouth Multimedia, which ranked #49 in Startup Nation’s Home-Based 100 Competition sponsored by Discover Card and Sam’s Club. Recently, The Pittsburgh Foundation and The Heinz Endowments selected Heather to receive an Emerging Black Artist award to develop Diary of a First Time Mom.

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