Take a Swing at the Kimmel Center

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You read that correctly. The Kimmel Center opens its 6-week, FREE art installation entitled Swing @ the Kimmel – a new virtual reality experience in the Commonwealth Plaza.  Collaborating with Thrill Laboratory and “Thrill Engineer” Professor Brendan Walker, visitors are invited to enjoy a classic childhood swing set experience combined with VRtechnology and imaginative designs. 

I would be lying if I didn't say I was nervous. In fact, I had lots of questions not only about what I would be seeing but if it was safe for persons over a certain weight. 

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Tomika Bryant | Life in Pumps

I don't usually test out VR experiences because I am claustrophobic and something about feeling out of control frightens me. It was a fun experienced that reminded me of just how much I loved swinging as a kid. 

          Swing @ the Kimmel hours of operation:

The Swing is available until February 24, 2019 in the Commonwealth Plaza of the Kimmel Center, 300 South Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA

  • Monday/Wednesday/Thursday: 5pm-9pm
  • Tuesday: CLOSED
  • Friday: 5pm-10:30pm
  • Saturday: 12pm-9pm
  • Sunday: 12pm-9pm


  • Participants must be 10 years or older, 50” or taller, and less than 280 lbs. Waivers will be provided on site.
  • 3 unique virtual playgrounds to choose from for a variety of experiences
  • FREE with a $5 suggested donation. Participants will be encouraged to donate by texting K-I-M-M-E-L to 444999. Donations will directly impact children from all over the region by going directly to the Kimmel Center Education department and institutional initiatives
  • Swings will be available for general use without virtual reality headsets by guests any time during normal building operating hours not explicitly listed as Swing @ the Kimmel times

Add this to the list of reasons to visit Philadelphia.

Welcome to my home on the web... I’m Tomika, the thought leader behind Life in Pumps. I love all things fashion, fun & travel! I’m a wife and mother of two very active teenagers. I'm a social butterfly and passionate about advocating for breast cancer disparities and the benefits of organics. Follow along as I believe life is more fun when you actually live it!

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