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Children's Museums make Learning Fun
Children's Museums make Learning Fun

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Photo by Association of Children's Museums

By Association of Children's Museums

Why Visit a Children's Museum?
Children's museums are fun and interactive places. They are inclusive, non-judgmental environments where kids can be kids and lifelong learning is nurtured. In addition, they offer an opportunity for unique shared experiences not found in traditional museums. Why not visit a children's museum on your next family vacation? Many are located in major tourism destinations.

Family Vacations
Adults plan vacations, and while they do their best to build-in activities for their children, many of these activities require adult-like strength, skills or knowledge.

That's not the case at children's museums. Peek inside and you'll see babies and toddlers touching a variety of textures, stacking blocks, crawling through a tunnel or blowing bubbles. You will see boys and girls playing in a 19th century ship. Watch them hoist a net full of fish, take part in a derby, raise and lower sails and semaphore flags, all the while building an understanding of maritime history. Say adios to rigid rules. At children's museums the general rule is please touch!

Programs and exhibits transcend age and experience. Children are empowered at their own pace - an important feature for young vacationers who may be overwhelmed and exhausted from an action-packed itinerary.

Lasting Memories
Often it's the downtime in between the periods of highly stimulated entertainment that children and families will remember fondly. Children's museums offer a variety of activities, some as simple as reading a book or pretending to shop at a farmer's market. Families can learn about a foreign culture by trying on clothes or costumes native to the people or country they are visiting, engaging in an "authentic" festival or creating traditional folk art. Many children's museums have exhibits that provide families an inside look into the workings of machines or the principles of science.

Welcoming Places
Due to the interactive nature of children's museums, most families can participate in exhibits regardless of their level of knowledge of the local language. Kids will be delighted to find furniture, props and materials scaled to their size. In addition, many children's museums create opportunities within exhibits for children and family members who use wheelchairs or who rely heavily on their sense f touch.

Make the Most of Your Trip

  • Call ahead or visit the museum's website
    Learn about seasonal programs, permanent and traveling exhibits, opening hours and admission costs. Find out if the museum has a café or allows visitors to bring their own snacks.

  • Let your child be the guide
    While it may be tempting to nudge your child along so that the family can see every exhibit, your child may value quality rather than quantity. Let your children explore just one or two exhibits.

  • Support your child's learning and play styles
    Ask questions that don't require a yes or no answer. Such as: What do you think will happen next? Why do you think the (object) works that way? Be prepared to make some surprising discoveries!

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