Visited here on a Friday while in Portland which was probably a good time to try this out since I bet it gets quite crowded on weekends. The location is smack in the middle up above Old Port housed in which looks like an old bank building. Parking here is a bit strange since you either have to park at a 2 hour meter or one of the parking garages down the street ($1.75 an hour). Entering, you pay admission ($9.00 for adults) greeted by very friendly staff. There is a small theater downstairs which at various times has kids shows for an additional cost. The good thing about this museum different than other Children's Museums (Boston/Providence), pretty much everything is hands on and role play/real life meaning most of this place is geared toward 2-5 year olds, everything from Whale boat, fire truck, mechanics, grocery store, farm and engineer lab. Plus plenty of places to climb, crawl and play. The problem I have with other Children's Museums, they try too hard to educate and forget all kids want to do is play and play and play more. This museum does a very good job of just letting kids play like the space shuttle exhibit or the LL Bean sponsored water fall, camping exhibit. The museum is two full floors and there is even a small area for toddlers to roam and play on pads etc. My kids loved it and they had a blast crawling around and touching and playing. In reality this is how a Children's Museum should be set up. They even have a new ball area with balls to throw around and stuff in tubes and roll down hills. The other nice part of this place, the adults can take part in the play and everything is hands on and with the strong sponsors this place has like Whole Foods and LL Bean, everything was newer and clean. Hopefully this place is getting the support it needs to stay open and keep operating.
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