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10 Travel-Worthy Children's Museums

Feb 18 2015 - 4:24am

Day at the museum! Among the awesome kid-friendly sites to visit [1] around the US are some truly incredible children's museums. Though they've been designed to please tots, these exciting places can be a lot of fun for mom and dad too — who doesn't enjoy touching a starfish every now and then? Keep reading for 10 exciting children's museums to put on your "before they grow up too fast" bucket list.

Source: Facebook user The Children's Museum of Indianapolis [2]

Young at Art

Artistically inclined tots will love the Global Village at the Young at Art [3] museum, where they can explore an ancient Mayan temple or create Haitian metal sculpture.

Source: Facebook user Esther G. Adams [4]

Please Touch Children's Museum

Finally, an antidote to years of screaming, "don't touch that!" The Please Touch Museum [5] was designed for kids of varying ages to play and experience their environment side by side. There's a popular Wonderland exhibit where toddlers can pick giant wildflowers while their older siblings are engaged in a tea party with Alice herself.

Source: Facebook user Please Touch Museum [6]

The Children's Museum of Houston

Tots with TV aspirations will love the Children's Museum of Houston [7], which features a play TV studio where kids can see themselves on camera, read scripts from the anchor desk, and work the control panel.

Source: Facebook user Children's Museum of Houston [8]

Treehouse Children's Museum

A tree house is exciting no matter your age, a fact that's clearly not lost at Utah's Treehouse Children's Museum [9], where visitors are invited to "step into a story." The ethereal exhibits are fuel for the imagination, and kids will respond well to the art- and literature-based exhibits.

Source: Facebook user Treehouse Children's Museum [10]

The Children's Museum of Indianapolis

The Children's Museum of Indianapolis [11] is a must for dinosaur fanatics of any age. Visitors are greeted by a life-size replica of a Tyrannosaurus rex, and the museum recently purchased the third most complete T. rex fossil in the world.

Source: Facebook user The Children's Museum of Indianapolis [12]

Brooklyn Children's Museum

Founded in 1899, the Brooklyn Children's Museum [13] holds the title as the first museum created expressly for children. It may not be the newest kid on the block, but its age isn't slowing it down one bit. Tots used to bustling NYC will love playing in the museum's greenhouse, where they can learn about how plants grow and even dig for wiggly worms in the compost bin. The littlest visitors will have a blast in the 1,700-square-foot Totally Tots area, featuring a Baby Patch, Sand Spot, and Peek-a-Boutique — perfect for toddler-aged tots.

Source: Facebook user Brooklyn Children's Museum [14]

Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art

Devoted Eric Carle fans will be delighted to step into the worlds created by the artist at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art [15] in Amherst, MA.

Source: Facebook user Mara Jesena Wuerth [16]

The Boston Children's Museum

In addition to an awesome climbing structure and tons of other interactive exhibits, The Boston Children's Museum [17] features an award-winning Arthur and Friends [18] exhibit, which allows little fans to get up close and personal with the beloved characters.

Source: Facebook user Boston Children's Museum [19]

California Science Center

The California Science Center [20] will thrill budding scientists. Its new exhibit, Ecosystems, is made up of eight explorable zones — each of which delves into a different ecological principle.

Source: Facebook user California Science Center [21]

Minnesota Children's Museum

The Minnesota Children's Museum [22] has an awesome play space for toddlers — the Habitots exhibit — where they can safely explore a cave, prairie, pond, and forest.

Source: Facebook user Minnesota Children's Musuem [23]

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