Parents always complain about kids not knowing any other world but that of the Internet. Well, it’s time for you to walk the talk and get off your asses to bring your kids to places where they can appreciate history, geography, Math, Science and other subjects even we find boring.
Below is a list of museums you can bring your kids to. They were specifically made to make things interesting for children.
10. Please Touch Children’s Museum
Babies can play alongside their older siblings at this museum specially designed to keep them both entertained at once. In the popular Wonderland exhibit, 1-year-olds can pick out giant flowers in the Fairytale Garden while their 5-year-old siblings can have a pretend tea party with Alice at a giant table nearby. Older kids can try out musical instruments from around the world while the younger ones crawl on lily pads that make nature sounds. Everyone can take a spin on the antique carousel or take in a live theater show. Best for kids ages six months to six years.
9. Kohl Children’s Museum
This museum is tops in pretend play. Kids can nurse sick stuffed animals back to health at the Pet Vet exhibit, work as a construction worker laying tiles, or drive through a car wash. A two-acre outdoor space offers mazes, a painting wall, and a giant kaleidoscope. Best for kids ages six months to six years.
8. Children’s Museum of Houston
Forget kiddy pools or water tables; here your children can create aqueducts, race boats, and turn on geysers in a Texas-sized outdoor play area. Kids can also learn about money by taking a temporary job as a police officer, chef, or artist and take their paycheck to the store to figure out how many groceries it will buy. For little ones under 2, there’s a Tot Spot equipped with balls, cushy stairs, mirrors, and doorbells. Fun for kids six months to 10 years.
7. Madison Children’s Museum
Environmental awareness is the big focus of this green museum. Housed in an environmentally friendly building, it features a rooftop garden where kids can get their hands dirty planting, collect chicken eggs, and learn about homing pigeons. Those under 5 can then explore the tree house or little huts. Crawlers have their own special padded play area made from local natural materials. The entire museum is cleaned with natural products, and the café offers healthy foods. Great for kids ages six months to six years.
6. Minnesota Children’s Museum
St. Paul, Minnesota
Toddlers can feel their way around the Habitots exhibit, featuring a cave, prairie, pond, and forest. The space allows young children to safely investigate a creative, interactive, and experiential world made just for them. Animal programs let children interact with live turtles, snakes, and rats while learning about their natural habitats. Kids can also create artworks, paint their own faces, play with hula-hoops, and listen to stories. Recommended for kids six months to six years.
5. Boston Children’s Museum
Pre-schoolers can prepare for the future by catching a pretend bus, putting books in a backpack, and playing school at the Countdown to Kindergarten! exhibit. From the end of May to September, 2011, the museum will feature a Wizard of Oz traveling exhibit where kids can create tornadoes, play with color prisms, and explore the Wicked Witch’s castle. Parents also can
benefit. Scientists from MIT are available to give child development advice, or ask if your child wants to play a game as part of a study. Best for kids six months through age 8.
4. Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh
Mister Rogers fans can visit replicas of his Neighborhood at this Rogers-inspired museum. The whole family can take a ride on the Neighborhood Trolley and peer through the window of the house from the “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” TV show. The museum is also home to a Curiosity Lab, where kids can take apart household appliances to see how they work (better here than at home!). Kids can even put on shows with their friends in the museum’s theater. Fun for kids ages six months to six years.
3. The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis
One wing of the museum has been transformed into an Egyptian village, where children can try on Egyptian clothing, learn about the local money, and shop for local foods. But this is just one of 13 thrilling permanent
exhibits. Animal lovers can help cartoon characters Dora and Diego search for baby animals in the rain forest. Stargazers can visit the planetarium. And transportation enthusiasts can take virtual train rides. Good for kids ages six
months to 10 years.
2. National Museum of Play
Kids can ogle fish at a vast aquarium or follow the flight of butterflies in the butterfly garden at this upstate New York museum. The Sesame Street exhibit, with a piano kids can pound, is particularly popular. Older kids can star in a cooking show at the play TV studios and check out the National Toy Hall of Fame. Great for ages 2 to 8.
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