Some moaning and groaning at Philadelphia cultural institutions is guaranteed this week – hopefully lighthearted - as the new board game “Philly-Opoly” makes its’ debut, timed for holiday gift giving.
Taking a lead from the vintage game celebrating Atlantic City, some of Philly’s most famous properties are going for dirt-cheap prices – the Betsy Ross House and Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts for a mere $80 each, the Academy of Natural Sciences and even the spanking new Barnes Foundation for a piddling $120. Ouch!
What’s the Park Place of Philly? Wells Fargo Center rates a lofty $330 in silly Philly money, the Liberty Bell $430. (Judging from the hordes of tourists landing at the Bell on Independence Mall, the latter is certainly a good investment .)
Instead of houses and hotels, players will build row homes and condos on their properties. Are tax abatements negotiable? When sent to “jail,” it’ll be Eastern State Penitentiary.
Created as a funding source for Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia for their new Ambulatory Care Center, “Philly-Opoly” will be officially launched Tuesday at 2 p.m. at CHOP with Miss Philadelphia, the Phillie Phanatic, WOGL’s Ross Brittain and assorted city dignitaries on hand to roll the first dice with young patients.
Then Thursday, the land rush commences city-wide for Philly-Opoly Day, with hands-on events all day at the Philadelphia History Museum (15 S. 7th St), as well as noon at Betsy Ross House and PA. Ballet HQ, noon to 2 p.m. in City Hall Courtyard and the Reading Terminal, and for afterschoolers starting 3:30 p.m. at the Parkway Central, Philadelphia City Institute and Chestnut Hill Libraries and African-American Museum.
You’ll find the $24.95 game for sale at all Giant supermarkets – which rated two “bonus card” plugs on the board for its’ involvement. The Philly flag waver also can be had in the PA General Store at the Reading Terminal Market, the City Hall Gift Shop (1400 JFK Blvd.), the Rittenhouse Square and Chestnut Hill branch libraries, online at Phillyopoly.com and at Philly Pops holiday concerts, Dec. 6-21.