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.
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