Take 10 Tuesday: Best Children’s Museums

Summer is heating up and you might be looking for something to do with your kids now that they are out of school. Museums can be a great place to take the kids. Many places have children’s hours or special touch-and-see sessions for kids. Another option is to visit a children’s museum in your area for a place customized for kids like yours. Whether you’re in your city or on vacation, children’s museums can be a great place to blow off steam. Here’s Parents Magazine’s choice of the Top 10 Children’s Museums of 2011.

1. Children’s Museum of Houston

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Head to Houston, Texas to see the Children’s Museum of Houston. Visits are free on Thursdays 5-8 PM and also the first Sunday of each month. Inside you’ll find 90,000 square feet of space targeted for children age 12 and under.

2. The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis

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The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis is the top-rated activity in Indianapolis, Indiana. This museum aims to please both older and younger children and is free to the public on the first Thursday each month from 4 to 8 PM.

3. Please Touch Children’s Museum

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The Please Touch Children’s Museum in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania is all about hands-on learning and fun. The museum focuses on younger children and even offers special exhibits for children under 3. There aren’t free entries but if you have a local family of 4 and plan to visit more than twice in a year, a membership will save you money.

4. Boston Children’s Museum

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The Boston Children’s Museum has a new Wizard of Oz exhibit for the summer. Head to Boston, Massachusetts and visit the museum on Friday nights between 5 and 9 PM to visit the museum for only $1. Most exhibits are made for those 10 and under.

5. Madison Children’s Museum


Madison, Wisconsin’s Children’s Museum is made for those under age 12. The museum here is very focused on history and crafts and can be visited for free on Thursdays after 5 PM.

6. Kohl Children’s Museum

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Head just outside Chicago to Glenview, Illinois and the Kohl Children’s Museum. The museum is targeted to children under 8 and this summer they’ll be featuring the monarch butterfly in a new exhibit.

7. Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh


Pennsylvania has another offering with the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh. The museum has activities for several age groups with light walls for young children and the chance to try papermaking for older children. While they don’t offer free days, they have many discount options.

8. Children’s Museum of Phoenix

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Phoenix Children’s Museum in Phoenix, Arizona is designed for kids 10 and under. This would be a great place to visit if you head to Phoenix for this year’s All-Star game.

9. National Museum of Play

The National Museum of Play in Rochester, New York is one of the largest children’s museums with over 150,000 square feet to explore. While there are plenty of activities, make sure you don’t miss the coral reef.

10. Minnesota Children’s Museum

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The Minnesota Children’s Museum in St. Paul has several savings options. If you visit on the second Saturday of the month you can save on transit and if you visit on the third Sunday of the month admission is free.

Tip: If you plan to travel or visit many children’s museums, consider joining the Association of Children’s Museums. Most of the museums mentioned here take part in the ACM Reciprocal Admission Program so when you’re in town you can show your membership card and receive free admission to children’s museums around the country.

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  • http://dreamsinthepalmofyourhand.blogspot.com Katie

    I’ve been to a few museums here in Honolulu, but I’d love to visit Houston! (I’m so glad you visited my blog, because this travel blog is awesome!)

    Thank you so much for visiting my blog!