We drove from Fredericksburg to go to Carpe Donut (yum, yum), go to the children's museum, walk the pedestrian mall and eat at Citizen Burger Bar (SO good!) Okay, so not our healthiest day but we did some walking.
The Discovery Museum, itself, would have been worth the 60 mile trip!
Our 3 1/2 yr. old and 16 mo. old loved it. We spent close to 3 hours here. Its very hands on and so much to do and play with. Our children loved the vacuum tubes; car & ramp activity; tree house seat in the reading room; ship and slide in the toddler room; log cabin; garden; alphabet hallway (buttons to push to hear the letters and numbers' names); train tables; dress up area and Panera Bread Shop. See, so much to and I didn't even name everything!
I do think our experience was even better because we went on a Tuesday afternoon during the school year and it was not busy at all. When more people entered around the 3 o'clock/school dismissal hour, we just headed to the back and spent time playing pretend and with trains and once again had most of that part of the museum to ourselves.
Also, its easy to bring a stroller in and park it in the coat room. There is no place to eat so don't plan on packing a lunch or bringing snacks but its right in the pedestrian mall area so you can easily get your hand stamped, leave to eat and return for more fun.
I was on their FB page the night before we went and found a posting about Groupon. I bought the Groupon for 4 admissions for $12 (half price!) and since they are good until July 2014 I'm thinking of going back to buy 4 more. Either way, its absolutely worth the $6 admission and if we lived closer I would be buying a family pass.
I would say its best suited for the 10 and under crowd with optimal enjoyment for the 1-6 yr. old age group.
The staff was friendly and helpful. Thanks for a great time! We will be traveling back to Charlottesville to enjoy the good eats and fun play!
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