We've been spoiled. We've seen incredible children's museums in places like Houston (surprisingly--the best so far) and Sausalito so we were a bit underwhelmed by this one. Yeah, we still became members and it's just ok. We don't visit much anymore. The kids have already become bored.
There is a total waste of space on one of the floors--that horrid cruise ship exhibit is so ridiculous. Down below from there is a teddy bear "diversity" exhibit. I hope they got revamped that or just gave up on that lame one. OMG--I laughed so hard when I saw that. As a person of color with an immigrant parent, I realized that this is why people from different backgrounds do not understand each other well--they are fed the idea this very dry idea of culture as static. Ugh. I wish they would ask some community input on these things before they spend a lot of money putting up the exhibit or do ongoing surveys of their visitors. Even on the most crowded days, I rarely saw people in that section-- so much for education efforts--one of their goals. There are some events that are not well run. We went out of our way to attend a Father's Day event--kids would make a birdhouse with the papas. When we arrived (on time), they had suddenly run out of bird houses. Sometimes some exhibits are broken and look tacky. In the instrument section- there are days we've gone and half the instruments are missing or broken.
I don't mean to be a total cranky pants about this space. There are other good things about it. I just wish they could push themselves to be a better children's museum--so much potential. There are some good events that happen there. There's a fun pretend area. Not quite like the one in the San Fran bay area where the focus on recycling and sustainable education was more prominent (I guess this also reflects the poor environmental practices in South Florida). But there's also a cute fishing boat where kids can catch plastic fish with magnets. My kids also like the art room (on days when they have good projects-sometimes they are not creative at all). I really would give this a 2.5-3 stars. Not really "poor" but more like, "eh-alright."
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