5 Great Children’s Museums

Looking to bring the kids somewhere that will fire up their imaginations and might teach them something while they’re having fun?  Here are some good spots to consider…

1. Historic Deerfield – Deerfield, MA -

Kids enjoy an up-close look at an authentic 18th-century English settlement amid unspoiled beauty.   They can get a hands-on look at how life was back in the Colonial era…which might make them very grateful for the comforts they have now.  Let them travel back in time at this popular destination.

2. New England Air Museum – Windsor Locks, CT -

Windsor Locks, CT.  Kids who are fascinated by flying machines can get a unique look at the story of aviation, the human genius that made it possible, and the impact it has had on our lives.  Take in one of the world’s most outstanding collections of historic aviation artifacts, including more than 80 aircraft.

3. Children’s Museum at Holyoke – Holyoke, MA -

Youngsters can navigate their way through using the Curvy Climber and other exhibits like the Curvy Crawler, Maxi Rollways, Look Out Tower, Bubble Table, Imagination Playground and more.  There are also kid-safe versions of an ambulance, fire truck and other vehicles to explore.  Next door is the Volleyball Hall of Fame for sports fans of all ages who want to discover the history of this internationally popular sport, and the beloved Holyoke Merry-Go-Round, an authentic 1929 carousel, is just steps away.

4. The Connecticut Science Center - Hartford, CT -

Check out more than 150 hands-on exhibits, a state-of-the-art 3D digital theater, four educational labs, plus daily programs and events, among other features.  The Connecticut Science Center offers endless exploration for children, teens, and adults. From physics to forensics, geology to astronomy, visitors have the sciences at their fingertips.

5. Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum – Springfield, MA

Located in the heart of downtown Springfield, , the Springfield Museums offer access to five world-class museums, including the Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum and the Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden, all under a single admission.  The Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum, the newest museum on the Quad, is devoted to Springfield native Theodor Geisel, aka Dr. Seuss! The first floor features family friendly, interactive exhibits and the second floor, curated by Geisel’s two step daughters and great nephew, recreates Geisel’s studio and living room (with the furniture and art materials he actually used) and features never before publicly displayed art, family photographs and letters, and the original Geisel Grove sign which used to hang in Forest Park.

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