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“Hours of fun” 4 of 5 stars
Review of San Luis Obispo Children's Museum

San Luis Obispo Children's Museum
1010 Nipomo St., San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
805-544-KIDS
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Type: Children's Museums
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Owner description: Preschool through elementary-age children learn about health, history, safety, science, nature and the arts through a series of innovate hands-on activities and exhibits.
Buena Park, California
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147 reviews 147 reviews
70 attraction reviews
Reviews in 78 cities Reviews in 78 cities
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
“Hours of fun”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2013

My two daughters, ages 9 and 5, spent three hours here on a Tuesday morning and had a blast! Near the entrance there was a tape wall instead of Bubblegum Lane. The girls swung back and forth on the pendulum and climbed the lookout tower for a view of SLO. The third floor is for kids under age four.

The only downside to this museum is that it does not have its own parking lot, so every two hours you need to move your car to a different parking space and put in another $2.50 into the meter.

Visited June 2013
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Greensboro, North Carolina
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46 reviews 46 reviews
10 attraction reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“Cute, but tight quarters”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

This is a very well designed children's museum. They really took great pains to make it a logical lay out and work with the small amount of space they have. We took our then 18 month old there and he was entertained for well over 2 hours (huge accomplishment!). It's not that expensive and really offers a wide range of activities for kids of all ages. The interactive displays are well done. Most things are kept in top working order.

Visited October 2012
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San Luis Obispo, California
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Too little for too much money”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2013

This Children's Museum has many of the standard activities that are expected, but is lacking in creativity as far as I am concerned. It is fun for children 4 and under, but I found that my grandsons have outgrown it and the expense is way to much ~ $8 per person, including the child!
So at 4 and 6, we are moving on to other opportunities in this beautiful area. The Museum could use more scheduled art and craft activities, puppet shows, story time, etc.
Parking is another issue, since one has to put a quarter in for every 20 minutes ~ or walk several blocks from the nearest parking structure. There is not even a family-friendly restaurant within walking distance, so I cannot recommend this place.

Visited December 2012
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Pismo Beach, California
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33 reviews 33 reviews
14 attraction reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Fun for the kids”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2012

I really liked the old Museum before the remodel. It just has lost a little of it charm and it is a little more sterile environment. They have a new director and I hope they bring back more of the interactive displays. It is growing and that is a good thing with more displays outside.

Visited September 2012
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Los Osos, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Not Just for Kids”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2012

This place is awesome. I went to take my kids to a birthday party here and was amazed by the cool stuff. It brought out my curious, little kid, and adventuresome spirit. Did I mention that is was well priced, which makes it even cooler. Good fun at a cheap price, can't beat that. And it was a good bonding time with my kids too. If you have kids that have any interest in anything, then you should visit this place.

Visited July 2012
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