I went with my daughter on a weekday morning - early. We almost opened the place. There were 2-3 other children there with us, at most. We had most of the "exhibits" to ourselves.
My daughter is a very active 2 1/2. She had a good time. She liked playing with the various toys in each area. She liked being able to touch everything. For a child, this is okay.
From my perspective, however, I was thoroughly underwhelmed. Yes, I know it's a "museum" for kids, and it's not about me, but....
1) To call this a "museum" seems a bit rich. It feels a lot more like themed play areas. The focus is definitely on play and less on learning. And the play is on very generic topics.
2) The condition of the spaces: Very worn down. Dated. Uninspired. It's as if they are just trying to milk the space for every last penny without putting in anything to maintain or even upgrade. The police car was worn down, ripped interior, the paint was gone from the floors, etc...
3) Whatever learning there was seemed basic and felt mailed in - as if they knew they needed *something* to call themselves a museum... I remember the microscope cards at the "vet". They showed a leaf and whiskers. Things that are easily visible to the naked eye without a microscope...
4) There wasn't enough space to accommodate a lot of people. My daughter only enjoyed as she did because she was able to play with the limited toys without interference. If it were much busier, this would have been a total bust.
5) Cost. At $26 for one adult and a child, I found this way too expensive for what we received.
This place is on its last legs. It's time to let it die and send it to the museum for old, worn-out museums.
My daughter and I went to the Children's museum in Boston, and were amazed. That one is light years ahead of Laval's attempt.
I don't see a reason to go back to this one.
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