My 4-year-old loved this museum. But we went during the week between Christmas and New Year's and it was completely crowded -- security was directing cars to empty spaces. With crowds at children's museums comes a bit of chaos, some unruly children who are not watched carefully by their parents, and sometimes the smell of dirty diapers. Better to go during a less busy period. The exhibits had the potential to be very educational if a child could engage in the whole thing (it was too crowded). However, the Energy Lab exhibit with balls and water and compressed air raised my concerns about hygiene because many balls fell on the floor, were picked up by young children, then put back in the air tube and/or water -- seemed like a germ fest to me. The exhibits were spaced closely together, which was another problem. There was a nice Native American exhibit, but my child was too tired to see by the time we got to it. The multi-media gallery was a little strange -- more like a big dark room (with a huge movie screen and an interactive video exhibit on the floor) for parents to relax and kids to run around. The cafe was a nice surprise -- healthy options and very reasonable prices. Bathrooms had a stench -- again, the crowds during that time of year. I am sure my family will have a better experience next time. FYI, we got in free through the ASTC passport program. There is also a nice playground nearby (designed for children with disabilities and other children).
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