You have five SENSES that love to play.
Let’s take them out in the city today.
Come on, TOUCH
Where can we go?
Press this button,
Then you’ll know.
(B & W image of Philadelphia crosswalk. Cross-to-walk button in color. If possible, button is squishy.)
Pass, pass, dribble, score.
Your hands can TOUCH,
And do so much more.
Palumbo Court is full today,
Quick hands touching the ball to play.
(B&W image of youth playing basketball at Palumbo Park. If possible, basketball in color & on a string, so can insert it in the hoop.)
My hands FEEL wet,
Splashing water around.
Let’s splish-splash more,
Let’s splatter the ground.
At Swann Fountain getting wet is cool.
My cool mom takes me here, instead of the pool.
(B&W image of youth splashing in Swann Fountain. Fountain water in color & texture.)
Soft, like a baby, lambie wool.
At the Phillly Zoo we touch and pat,
But no pull.
Heavy horse hair, feathery feathers,
My hands FEEL so many textures of pleasure.
(B&W image of the Philadelphia Petting Zoo. Animals in color and texture).
Now that we know what TOUCH can do.
Let’s meet up with SMELL
To sniff a thing or two.
Where are we off to today?
Our nose is waiting to whiff, okay?
What’s that delicious SMELL?
It’s Gino’s cheesesteak wit whiz, done well.
(B&W image of families outside of Gino's. Scratch & sniff cheesesteak image on sign in color.)
My nose is happy once again.
I SMELL cheese a-bubblin’
Pizza from Lorenzo’s, my friend.
(B&W image of families outside of Lorenzo's. Scratch & sniff pizza in an open box in color.)
One more SMELL stop,
Please, oh, please.
To Longwood Gardens,
For sweet roses, fragrant, oh jeez.
(B&W image of families in Longwood Gardens. Scratch & sniff rose bushes in color.)
We’ll check you later.
HEAR is here,
So listen up, gator.
My ears are ready to take me places.
Big ones, small ones,
Let’s go, let’s find these listening spaces.
Crack, crack, oooooooooooh, woohoo.
That’s a hard ball, baseball sound I knew.
That ball went right out of the park
That’s a Phillies homerun – POW
In the dark.
(B&W image of stadium. Players in color. Sound button with cheers.)
My ears now HEAR something exquisite and grand.
Why, the Philadelphia Orchestra is playing
A phenomenal band.
Violins meld with trumpets sounds
Maestros producing symphonies all around.
(B&W image of orchestra on stage. Maestro in color. Sound button with music.)
Beep, beep, it’s a chorus of honking horns.
Taxis, ubers, cars and more.
That tune of honk playing in my ears.
How many sounding horns, I hear.
(B&W image of city traffic. Taxi in color. Sound button with honking.)
My ears now need a nap, a rest.
Adios, my wonderful sense of sound.
My tastebuds are waiting to be found.
TASTE is here.
No fear, lick, lick.
My mouth is waiting for a delectable trick.
Come on, tongue.
Let’s go, lips.
Open wide, mouth,
So much sweetness to sip.
Swiss rolls, sweet rolls, honey buns.
These Tastykakes are number one.
Donuts, danishes, pies galore.
Yummy in my tummy.
Can I have one, two…or four?
(B&W image of youth looking at Tastykake display in a corner store. Treats in color. Dissolvable taste tabs to open under a flap.)
My mouth next walks me to the corner
To a silver cart with an umbrella on her.
A chart with flavors
So many to try.
Lemon, mango, blueberry, oh my.
This water ice is magic in my mouth
It’s so refreshing
AAAAAAAAAAHHH, I let out.
(B&W image of a family at a water ice cart. Water ice in color. Dissolvable taste tabs to open under a flap.)
TASTE has one more flavor to try.
I lick my lips for two squishy pretzels up high.
Crisp, crunch outside,
Chewy dough in.
Big chunks of salt,
And mustard, for the win.
(B&W image of family getting soft pretzels on a city corner. Pretzels in color. Dissolvable taste tabs to open under a flap.)
Now that our jelly bellies are full.
We’ll wave to TASTE,
And shake hands with SEE.
To look with our eyes to see where vision will take me.
I SEE steps. I SEE lots.
I SEE flights and flights and flights go up.
Rocky took them. I SEE them too.
I climb them, walk inside, then wheeeeew.
Inside the Philadelphia Museum of Art,
I SEE dabby impressionist masters, oh, where to start.
I SEE rusted renaissance colors
So many palettes of wonder to my eyes
What a vision
What an eye-surprise.
(B&W image of Philadelphia Museum of Art. Artwork in color. Shiny texture.)
Next SEE stop, I can’t wait.
To a coppery Bell, come on mate.
Made way back in 1753,
This Liberty Bell symbolizes freedom to me.
SEE its long crack that goes up.
SEE the history, yup, yup, yup.
(B&W image of Liberty Bell. Bell in color. Glittery texture.)
Our last and final stop to SEE,
Is full of love, it’s quite love-ly.
Why, it’s Robert Indiana’s four-letter word.
In the city of Brotherly Love
It’s lipstick red
And full of heart.
It’s that SENSE
You get from the start.
(B&W image of Love sculpture. Love in color. Sparkly texture.)