Recently our family had the opportunity to go to the Children’s Museum of Phoenix. (http://www.childrensmuseumofphoenix.org) I had heard some great things about the museum and was also considering it for an upcoming MOPS event. (for those that didn’t know, I’m a Mothers of PreSchoolers Coordinator for our church) So I was very excited when Dale emailed saying to thank his company for their support and contributions, the Children’s Museum of Phoenix
was graciously offering a free day of admission for the employees and their family members. Normal admission is $9 for 1 year and older. I didn’t want us to miss out on this deal!
The Children’s Museum of Phoenix is located in the 70,000 square foot historic Monroe School building in the heart of downtown Phoenix. All exhibits are hands-on and interactive to engage the minds, muscles and imaginations of 0-10 year olds. Learning thru playing is GREAT!!!
We had a little line to get in but not too bad. They had chalk out, so that while we waited to get into the museum, the children could draw with the chalk on the sidewalk and under the covered area.
One of the first exhibits you see when you walk in is Whoosh!
Although we waited to the end of the day, right before we left to try it out. Also, one of the first things you see is an wall of cd’s which looks very impressive and the sunlight coming in shines on them making them twinkle and very stimulating to any age. Whoosh! is like a bunch of pipes put together with wind in side so that when children put in neon scarves; they are pushed thru the pipes quickly and then they float down for the kids to catch.
An exhibit that we spent a lot of time in is Pit Stop. It had three levels of race tracks for toy cars. There was also a race car and motorcycle to play on. It also had like a gas pump slash rocket thing that the children enjoyed making the lights light up and flipping all the different switches. There was this xylophone made of wrenches that the kids (and Dale) had a blast on.
There was also Noodle Forest. It is a huge area with those gigantic pool-noodle like noodles hanging from the ceiling. As a mom to a 5 and 1 year old, this actually concerned me because once they were in there, I wouldn’t be able to see them at all. Call me paranoid or overprotective but that’s the first thing I thought when I saw it. Dale tried to stay with Zander and I kept Lexi in the stroller so that we wouldn’t loose track of them. This was fun but even with this method; Zander lost Daddy once and we had to track him down. Which made a bit of a panic for a minute and then we left the noodles.
There was an awesome Art Studio there with lot of things to choose to do. I wish I had known this before hand since the only thing Zander wanted to do included getting completely covered in paint. My poor new van. Thankfully, we opt for a program that was scheduled.
In the Junior League of Phoenix classroom, we were able to participate in the Body Basics with Stuffee program. We met the Museum’s health mascot, Stuffee. He helps children discover the importance of the heart, lungs and stomach, and how to keep each organ healthy. Zander seemed to enjoy this but this was really a bit over Zander’s and definately over Lexi’s head. She complained to let us know she was ready to do something different. I loved the walls covered in children’s art and gave lots of ideas of things we could do next year for art.
There were several little exhibits in the halls that the kids love. One made lots of noise and the sand table was hit. But the exhibit that we spent the majority of our time in was the Place for Under-Threes. This is for the younger visitors and designed to meet the needs of infant and toddlers. It had a deck, slide, a kitchen/house play area, ball area, pillow area with books and just soo much. This was the whole family’s favorite area. Everyone had so much fun. There was a vent that had a sensor so if a child crawled or walked over it blew air, which was neat to see the children’s reaction. It had different things for sound and touch. There was just so much I’m sure we missed some of it but enjoyed all that we did.
We visited the cafe but there is not much to it so I would not advise to plan lunch there, maybe just snack. Also, having younger kids, I didn’t think that $9 was worth it for the ages of my kids since they could not participate in all that the museum had to offer. I think this is great for school aged, but not great for full price for infant to preschoolers. That’s just my opinion. As the museum continues to grow and open new exhibits and galleries, I’m sure my opinion will change. However for now, I’m glad I had a free pass for my 1 year old. =)
Overall, we had a fun filled family day!! Daddy doesn’t always get to do our activities with us and I’m very glad that we all got to go together, have a blast and make new memories!