Family vacation ideas: Children's museums
Take a day (or weekend) trip to one of these children's museums.
Thu Mar 22 2012
Boston Children's Museum
A trip here isn’t complete without checking out the New Balance Climb. Kids will be amazed at the myriad ways by which they can make their way down the three-story structure, made up of curved platforms and nets. Children’s Wharf at 308 Congress St, Boston, MA (617-426-6500, bostonkids.org). $12, children under 1 free.
Mystic Seaport Museum
Pirate-loving tykes get a real taste of 19th-century maritime life at this 17-acre Connecticut institution. Kids can climb on sailing ships and lobster boats or pretend to sleep on one of the ship’s tiny beds. On-site restaurants featuring sandwiches and burgers come in handy when hunger strikes. 75 Greenmanville Ave, Mystic, CT (888-973-2767, mysticseaport.org). $24, children ages 6–17 $15, children under 6 free. Check website for seasonal schedule.
Mid-Hudson Children's Museum
Budding young scientists peer at Hudson River fish through a periscope, gaze at constellations in the Starlab Planetarium and learn about the creation of the Morse telegraph. Older kids can ham it up in the Disney Radio DJ booth. Special activities—including art workshops and science demonstrations—take place throughout the week. 75 North Water St, Poughkeepsie, NY (845-471-0589, mhcm.org). $7.50, children under 1 free. Closed Mondays.
Please Touch Museum
One of the first children’s museums in the country, the Philadelphia spot sports 38,000 square feet of interactive and hands-on exhibits. After gazing at a life-size replica of the Statue of Liberty’s arm and torch (made out of toys and games by artist Leo Sewell), head to the Roadside Attractions area. There, little drivers can repair a car, sit in the driver’s seat of a bus or design a fantasy vehicle. At River Adventures, tots learn about science by playing with bubbles and moving sailboats around a water table. The space’s newest exhibit, Railway Play, allows kids to build and operate their own trains. Memorial Hall, Fairmont Park, 4231 Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia, PA (215-581-3181, pleasetouchmuseum.org). $15, children under 1 free.
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