Children's Discovery Museum

Children's Discovery Museum

Children's Discovery Museum
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A wonderful place to take the kids. It's got an outdoor water park and several outdoor play areas including a giant sandbox and a climbing gym. Don't forget to pack a swim suit for them if they plan to get wet. There is a play area for toddlers ages 1-2 and another indoor play area for kids aged 3-6. The age 3-6 play area is designed to be a town with kids checking out different professions. Fun!
Duration: 2-3 hours
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Neighborhood: Chatuchak
Every weekend, thousands of tourists make their way up to this Northern Bangkok suburb to get lost in an enormous maze of shops at the Chatuchak Weekend Market. Home to almost 10,000 vendors, you’ll find everything from vintage sneakers to comic books and Thai handicrafts being sold here. You name it, Chatuchack probably sells it. The market is a great place to pick up souvenirs, but be sure to bargain for a good price. After a day of shopping and strolling around, the lush green lanes of Chatuchak Park are a welcome relief.
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Audrey J
Brisbane, Australia1 contribution
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Family
The positives are:
Close to metro station
Free
Lots of activities for big and small children
Staff in the dinosaur exhibit are friendly.

Negatives:
Hard to find entrance, we tried to walk through the park but there is a big hate around the park so long hot walk to find the entrance .
Lots of areas closed for cleaning or repair however they were dirty anyway, for example, mould all of the splash pad, bad smelling buildings.
90% of the staff do not really interact with children unless they are telling them off. There were about 100 people working there, constantly following and watching your every move. Even following into the bathrooms.
You have to take your shoes off the second you walk near an activity, staff are very aggressive with this.
I put my son down inside the 0-2 room, he ran off to play, staff were yelling telling us to take all our shoes off, my son was wearing black socks that might have looked like shoes. Staff were yelling at my husband and I to take our shoes off while yelling at my 1 year old for his socks. Very stressful.
Staff run at you to when you approach a building to tell you to use another entrances or that cleaning is in progress. So not even let you get close to signs to read them.
I was 90% of the walk towards the lift then told to use another walkway, as it’s one way, I felt this was unnecessary with my son already waiting at the lift. I wasn’t allowed to go to him, staff very aggressive and pushy, very intimidating, wouldn’t let me past. There are lots of signs but mostly in Thai so easy to do the wrong thing. Even if there is English on a sign you can hardly get close enough to read it before staff and pushing you away.
We were worried that we would be yelled at whenever my son touched anything, disappointing when it is advertised as a place where children can explore and discover.
My husband I I felt very uncomfortable.

I get that there are rules and people are doing their jobs but there is a nice way to interact with visitors. No need to be so rude and strict.

It was a very negative experience and big waste of time for my husband and I.

This behaviour is very different from what we are used to in Australia. I wouldn’t recommend this to Australian or other western visitors.
Written January 7, 2020
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Lithyda S
13 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Family
Service provided is matching with entrance fee (free)
They organize all activities by time and it was difficult to make all in the same day. The schedule may be revise to provide more play time to kids. All activities close at the same time for cleaning. However, kids enjoyed the museum.
Written July 27, 2022
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Dan K
The Hague, The Netherlands7,404 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
Not many westerners know of this hidden gem for young children, but I’d say this is the number one thing to do with children on a hot day (so every day) in Bangkok.

The paddling pool is a downright hit, and our two young children absolutely loved it. The sessions are once per hour with a 30 minute cleaning slot in between. No reservations needed, just show up at the gate of the pool.

There’s plenty of shade to escape from the sun and a kids show (in Thai) as well. The best thing is, that it’s all free!

Do note: there were no restaurants, so bring your own lunch (there’s a 7-11 in Mixt Chatuchak opposite the road). There are plenty of picnic spots in the shade.
Written December 17, 2023
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Foody2017
Manchester, UK75 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Family
Staying in Bangkok for a month with two young kids, ages 3 and 6. Thought this would be good for a morning activity for us all. Unfortunately we were disappointed. We arrived pretty much when they opened and found a lot of staff congregated at the front desk, felt a little awkward. No issues here, just a passport check and we were given our wristbands.

After venturing through, we decided to enter the first building on the left just before the water play area. We were turned away as a member of staff said it wasn’t open until August time. We then entered the dinosaur area past the water park which wasn’t bad, quite small and most interactive parts were not working. In fact, this was apparent in most of the other areas. We found majority of staff just sitting around talking to one another and not at all interested in interacting with us. The kids had a go at the Lego building which was located in the main building on the top floor. We found the lady who was managing this area to be literally watching over us and tidying shelves as we were using things. She then said our kids couldn’t build up on a wall that was already around the outside of the area.

It was almost like going into a relatives house who suffered from obsessive compulsive disorder whereby you couldn’t touch anything without having it quickly put back the way it was.

The outdoor water play park was fun for the kids but they soon got bored and agitated when they constantly were told they couldn’t do or touch things. Same with the outdoor play area. The staff need to brighten up and interact with the public instead of sitting around not doing very much.

We wouldn’t recommend it to any family with curious kids. And we wouldn’t return. It was a wasted journey for us unfortunately. The only positives was that it was free entry and the outdoor bits were OK.
Written July 30, 2019
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Laura N
2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2017 • Family
Discovery?! Children learn by trying and doing but in this place it is forbidden to touch, to run, to climb, to experience. Everywhere is somebody who is unfriendly and rude and who says "no". Strikt rules, which are impossible for children to follow. Being a child is here not accepted.
No place for familys!
Written May 14, 2017
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Brent G
Krugersdorp, South Africa83 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2017 • Family
I think this place should be on a 'Black list' of where NOT to take your children. It is mostly about off-limits and no-entry points and the kids cannot go in or touch many exhibits. The staff are incredibly rude, not only to the kids but also to the adults... specifically to foreigners.
This place really left a bad taste in my mouth and I almost feel negative about the whole Thailand experience as a result.
The attitude seems to be: come to this children's area, but please do not have any fun! And to the foreign adults they are very condesending and downright rude.
Written October 6, 2017
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PaesFerns
Colombo, Sri Lanka44 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2017 • Family
So myself and my toddler landed here at around 11am on this hot ,sweltering day. It took us some time to find the place , walking, as we got out at Khampanhangpet MRT station. Later we realised it is much easier to get there from the Mo Chit BTS station or Chatuchak park MRT station.

Its a spacious, well maintained facility and the best thing about it is that its absolutely free-for all, with a wide range of well stocked activities for children. There are outdoor play areas as well as indoor activities ( all air-conditioned). My 2 year old enjoyed the outdoor despite the heat, and then enjoyed herself in the library ( English books available), the rainbow room, and the dinosaur section. The rainbow room has several sections such as a farm, grocery shop, Vet corner, space station etc with plenty of props for kids to dress up and let their imagination run wild. There were minders in every section -friendly enough but strict about enforcing rules.

For me the only big drawback is that there is no restaurant in the premises, and we had to trek out in the mid day sun to get some food at JJ Mall, and then get back to the museum again! Plus- they do not have a website that can provide updates on the latest happenings: For eg: their water play section is under repair and will open only on 24th March......whereas we had carried tons of clothes in preparation for getting drenched!

But overall - a good day out for the kiddo!
Written March 15, 2017
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Ban G
Bangkok, Thailand1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2015 • Family
What a great place this used to be and could be again. Unfortunately most of the activities were nit available due to renovation. The dinosaur section was completely closed, the science stations were more closed than open.

The playground was directed by staff with microphones telling the children everything what they were not allowed to do (no running, no climbing 'too high' on the climbing equipment, no, no, no...)

The water playground could be great if the guards would not use the microphones, again, and if the water would not be automatically shut down for the 2h-lunch break....

We were there with a group of 8-year olds and most if them were more than disappiinted. What a pity.
Written October 8, 2015
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jasminag2001
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia89 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019 • Family
Everything there is under maintenance - BOTH the dry outdoor playground AND the wet play area - what a disappointment. They should just close the place instead of letting visitors come all the way only to be disappointed. The indoor exhibits were old and needed a lot more maintenance. They try to be a mini Kidzania but since they don’t charge any entrance fees everything doesn’t really work or is in bad shape. Good concept but horrid maintenance. Perhaps they should consider charging fees to ensure the place is maintained better.
Written February 21, 2019
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mayulia
2 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2017 • Family
We came with 3 kids... Most of the experience was about what they are not allowed to do or touch. The staff isn't child friendly and no one is smiling or too nice to kids.
😯
Written July 29, 2017
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