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A joint venture of sisters, Maggie and Liz Hayes, House of Hayes is for anything creative. From art exhibitions to multimedia shows and live gigs, this hidden gem is an inspiring space for artists of all genres. Some of their previous line ups are Jennifer Hall, Pictureplane and Static Mountain.
Architect James H. Windrim designed Smith Memorial Playground in 1899 as per the wills of Richard and Sara Smith. Located in Fairmount Park, the place is regarded as one of the best playgrounds in Philadelphia. Spread over 6.5 acres (2.63 hectares), the playground welcomes over 1,000 kids every day. Featuring several activities that are conducive for physiological, behavioral and social development of the children, Smith Memorial Playground provides several opportunities for creative, unstructured play. The place also includes an adorable playhouse that caters to kids younger than 5 years of age. Often sought for private events such as birthday parties, Smith Memorial Playground & Playhouse is a true local gem.
Established in 1927, the Lansdowne Theater is a significant landmark in the borough of Lansdowne. Although it shut down completely, after a fire in 1987, the Historic Lansdowne Theater Corporation, that operates it, has managed to still keep it alive in the hearts of locals. Tours inside the theater can be arranged, and it is often sought for photography sessions and magazine features. It is said that the Lansdowne Theater is one of the most haunted places in town, which is why, ghost-busting teams and occult enthusiasts frequently camp out here. Haunted or not, the theater is undoubtedly, a local gem and definitely worth a visit.
This 92-acre public garden is populated with rare, exotic and large trees presented in four different environments: The English Park, Rose Garden, Swan Pond and Japanese Garden all offer a multitude of species and phylum of plants specific to each area. The generally Victorian tone of the gardens radiates a sense of romance and natural splendor. University of Pennsylvania students conduct botanical experiments and studies that are also on display.