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“Kid tested and approved”

Children's Museum at the Paso Robles Volunteer Firehouse
Ranked #67 of 165 things to do in Paso Robles
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Owner description: The Paso Robles Children's Museum is an interactive educational facility for children, their families, and the community which showcases the heritage of the Paso Robles Volunteer Firehouse. We offer experiences for the general public, as well as school/youth group programming.
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53 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“Kid tested and approved”
Reviewed 29 March 2013

We were searching for a place to entertain the little ones (6 and 4) while the men golfed, so we tried the Children's Museum. We drive past it nearly every 10 days and haven't stopped, and we're sorry we didn't bring the now older grandchildren here. The minute we got inside, they were fully engaged, first running to the replica large oak tree, then on to the mega wine barrel filled with balls, which simulate grapes, for them to jump in, then on to the real fire truck -- so much to see! I was beginning to worry that I wouldn't be able to stretch this out to occupy the last nine holes of the golf game, when the four-year old ran upstairs. Of course, I had to follow. (Not to worry, Mom was with the six-year old downstairs, she was not abandoned.

Now, people who frequent children's activities may know about these machines, but they have this large machine upstairs that looks something similar to a Willie Wonka device, in which the children can deposit any number of these tiny balls (soft), and they shoot through tubes across the ceiling, up stairway conveyor belts, and every which way to get them into this big net that hangs over this play area. When the maximum weight or number of balls is achieved, the net opens and all these balls rain down upon the children. They could not get enough of this. Children who had never met before began working together to engineer the best way to get the most number of balls in the fastest way, so they would again be bombarded with these soft balls. The squeals of delight from the little ones was addicting. We could only get the four-year old to leave because the museum was closing for the night, but he wasn't happy about it. At one point near the end, all the adults watching also got up and began to help the children in their quest to be bombarded one more time.

There are also other play areas upstairs, one set up like a supermarket, with food one can weigh, a little check out counter, play money and ATM, a restaurant counter, a little theater with dress-up costumes, coloring areas -- lots and lots to do.

Since we have a home here, we are ashamed to say we have never before been to this delightful experience (even for adults), but we will definitely be back. We cannot more highly recommend it. It provided some very fun, happy memories for us all.

Visited March 2013
2 Thank KAKLA/Paso
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English first
Austin, Texas
Level 5 Contributor
89 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Good for young children”
Reviewed 17 January 2013

In a place where the attraction is wine, ths was a good place for people to take kids. Simple and fun.

Visited December 2012
Thank Harvey R
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Level 6 Contributor
103 reviews
33 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
“Rainy Day Fun”
Reviewed 17 November 2012

What a great place to bring your kids. This is a compact, small town kid's museum, but it really works. The fire engine is great for climbing on. The little bridges and tree are fun too. But the best is saved for upstairs... the ball machine. Its indescribable, but fun for kids and adults alike. If you've got kids under the age of 7, this is a great place to visit!

Visited August 2012
1 Thank YucatanLiving
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Level 3 Contributor
21 reviews
7 attraction reviews
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“8, 6 and 3 yr old haven...”
Reviewed 5 August 2012 via mobile

We.re members at the museum but live in CT. Every visit we make to Paso includes dropping the kids off here with a babysitter and they always have a blast. They can create their own games in the ball maze/netting on the second floor, play dress up, pretend to go shopping in the 'market' or climb on the firetruck downstairs.

Not sure how well this will play when they are older but for know, it's a great 2-3 hours of time they love.

Thank Famousbeer
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Hartford, Connecticut
Level 4 Contributor
15 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Great time. Loved 2nd floor especially.”
Reviewed 9 June 2012

We visited here with our young baby (2 yr old) and had a lot of fun. Baby was especially entertained w/2nd floor where the mini-supermarket is. She loved pushing around the shopping cart and "buying things." The little play pizza shop on the 2nd floor was also fun for her. She also liked the shooting ball area in the middle on the 2nd floor. She wasn't really that interested in the 1st floor. Compared to other Children's museums we've been to, I'd say the price was slightly high compared to nice ones in Phoenix, etc. Still a good time though.

Visited May 2012
1 Thank CTmomma444
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