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Children's Museum of Southeastern Connecticut

409 Main Street, Niantic, CT 06357
860-691-1111
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Ranked #3 of 6 attractions in Niantic
Type: Children's Museums
Owner description: Discover hands-on, interactive exhibits: become a scientist in the Discovery Lab and then a fish monger in the kid-size Seaside Village where you can... more » Owner description: Discover hands-on, interactive exhibits: become a scientist in the Discovery Lab and then a fish monger in the kid-size Seaside Village where you can also build your own boardwalk. Enter an Egyptian pyramid or prepare a meal in Mexico when touring the Global Village. Climb aboard an authentic 2-person submarine. See what’s new in the redesigned, active, and educational outdoor play space. Don’t miss the fun in the Science & Discovery Room. Open year round. « less
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Niantic
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5 reviews 5 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

I have a grandparent membership and every time my granddaughters come to visit, they want to go the Children's Museum. They are 8 and 5 and never seem to tire of all the areas and activities, indoors and out. They have both participates in the week-long day programs offered In the summer and loved them!

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Oakdale, Connecticut, United States
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88 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

This is not my favorite children's museum, but that does not mean it is not good. This is a small center where they pack a lot inside and out. I have had a membership for just about 7 years now. The kids love to go, so we go a few times a year. It is always clean and bright, although... More

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Norwich, Connecticut
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38 reviews 38 reviews
10 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2013

It didn't seem very learning oriented. The place was filled with outdated dirty toys... It was cheap- but not even worth it.

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ChildrensMuseumSECT, Public Relations Manager at Children's Museum of Southeastern Connecticut, responded to this review

We are sorry that you and your children didn’t have a good experience at the Children’s Museum of Southeastern Connecticut. The exhibits are decidedly non-high-tech and void of popular culture, but are specifically designed to encourage imagination and experiential learning. There is solid, sound educational theory behind each exhibit. Parents find that although their children engage in the exhibits by... More

Niantic, Connecticut
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

Great for kids of all ages, many different areas of play,...from toddler to pre-teen. Programs and special classes kids can sign up for are all hands on and fun. Areas with clay, painting, blocks, inside and outside.

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Niantic, Connecticut
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

My kids love this museum. Its small but with lots of fun activities and extras and worth the reasonable admission fee, I think $7. They have science sessions for the summer or you can use their beach pass to go across the street for some beach time

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Tokyo
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66 reviews 66 reviews
18 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2013

For ages 3 - 7 it is the best. After that it may not keep them occupied. Depends on the child. They have such fun things for everyone to enjoy. Outside has fun water stuff

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Venice, Florida
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18 reviews 18 reviews
9 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

We took our 3 year old grandson here and he loved it. We spent about two hours and could have stayed longer but we had to move on. It is fairly small and I think it is geared more towards younger kids, maybe less than ten. They pack a large amount of activities into the space. I think it is... More

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East Haddam, Connecticut
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16 reviews 16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2013

My kids love this museum, especially the outdoor play area because it has a hipline, climbing wall, and treehouse. I took my 8 year old there for his birthday and the woman at the desk overcharged me and was exceptionally rude to me over the phone. There were no smiles for the arriving birthday guests or anything. I don't think... More

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ChildrensMuseumSECT, Manager at Children's Museum of Southeastern Connecticut, responded to this review

The Children's Museum of Southeastern Connecticut is happy to hear that you've had good experiences at the Museum in the past, but we are sorry you were disappointed with your son's birthday party. The experience you received is highly unusual for our staff, who are known to be warm, caring, and exceptionally kind people. All have been known to go... More

Waterford, Connecticut
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2012

This is ok the first time or two, only if you live within couple of miles. While it occupies the kids for a while and is worth having a birthday party in; it is small, with only limited options to do and certainly is not really worth driving to if you live outside the area.

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wantagh, NY
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2012 via mobile

This area is tough for little ones who want museums. The staff is very nice. But the exhibits are very outdated and somewhat dangerous. I know their funding is limited but there are ways to make things modern. Here's the rundown..starting with Outdoor play area. Treehouse...danger! My son could climb up ten wooden steps and freefall back. He could also... More

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