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Once Upon A Nation

600 Chestnut Street, PA 19106
+1 215-629-4026
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Once Upon a Nation-Storytelling Program

Throughout Historic Philadelphia were benches with the iconic yellow sign "Once Upon a National... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Vivian N
Washington DC, District of Columbia
A must for families with young children

We stumbled on this gem by accident. While exploring Philadelphia we were offered a free story... read more

Reviewed 2 July 2016
Amanda M
via mobile
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600 Chestnut Street, PA 19106
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Throughout Historic Philadelphia were benches with the iconic yellow sign "Once Upon a National" posted. We had noticed the sign once before but the sight was not staffed. We were delighted to meet Sarah the next day at the Arch Street Meeting House. We were...More

Thank Vivian N
Reviewed 2 July 2016 via mobile

We stumbled on this gem by accident. While exploring Philadelphia we were offered a free story. After one story we were hooked. Benches are scattered throughout the historic areas. Each bench offers a storyteller with historical stories that are educational and entertaining. After each story...More

1  Thank Amanda M
Reviewed 24 June 2016 via mobile

During our sightseeing, we periodically happened upon a circular bench (conveniently located in the shade). After taking a seat, the storyteller would begin a "true story" about something relevant to the area. Stories were entertaining, enthusiastically told, and offered extra insight into what we'd just...More

Thank EKingTucson
Reviewed 23 June 2016 via mobile

My 9 and 10 year old loved to listen to the stories. They made it fun and interesting for all the kids in the group. The best of all, it's free and we all learned something new. My kids want to do this again.

Thank Viajandosevive
Reviewed 5 June 2016 via mobile

We stumbled across a story teller and had so much fun walking from bench to bench and listening to the various stories. The story tellers did a great job acting their character roles. It is great fun for children, but I enjoyed it too!

Thank Patricia D
Reviewed 8 June 2015 via mobile

!!! Don't miss the story bench "Once upon a Nation". Not just for kids and true stories with a good story teller. Must do at least one. There are several so try them all. !!!! Fun facts with a fun story. Ran into Sam a...More

Thank Clifford D
Reviewed 18 August 2014

Visiting Independence Hall after hours with a very small group was really a great experience! The tour group meets up at Historic Philadelphia Center - you begin by walking toward City Tavern and along the way the guide shares all sorts of historic facts. As...More

2  Thank BKDSW
Reviewed 5 August 2014

My kids loved this and insisted that we visit every bench in the city. We would highly recommend this as a fantastic way for kids to learn something interesting about Philadelphia and American history. The storytellers were enthusiastic, cordial and welcoming. They were as excited...More

Thank travelmom88
Reviewed 1 August 2014

Yes, those benches & storytellers are indeed terrific! But: This review is to shine a well-deserved light on Independence After Hours by Once Upon A Nation (as I couldn't seem to find a specific/separate TA listing for doing so). We've been to Phil. before, seen...More

Thank ClassicalEd
Reviewed 12 July 2014

As we finished our short afternoon visit to Philly, we came across a wonderful lady at one of the Once Upon a Nation benches at Christ Church. She told a fascinating tale, assuming the historic mannerisms of her characters and their experiences at this location....More

Thank KmomChicago
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