We recently stayed at Massanutten Resort, and it was recommended that we check out the children's museum in historic downtown Harrisonburg for our little ones. Although the museum is small, we really enjoyed our time there. My 4-year old loved using the wheelchair and looking at the xrays when we first came in. My 18-month old loved climbing up and down the ambulance and pretending to use the phones. However, the best part was the little market and kitchen, which are a hit at any children's museum we go to. Along with the standard oven, sink, etc, this play kitchen had real cookbooks (which I enjoyed looking through) and cookies/cheese/etc made out of felt. There were also vegetables which were 'planted' that the kids could pick.
The kids also enjoyed the stage at the back of the museum. There were costumes for the kids to try on, and they could put on a show for the 'audience.' There was also a big spotlight to use, and a makeup area with washable face paint.
The museum also had an area with blocks where the kids could construct all sorts of buildings.
It's not like you can spend all day at the Children's Museum, but we had a great time there, and I would definitely return if I was in the Shenandoah Valley. And best of all, the museum has a reciprocal agreement with other children's museums so there was no fee for the visit.
In general, downtown Harrisonburg was a great place to visit -- we also went to the library, farmer's market and had lunch at a coffee shop.
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