Delaware Children's Museum

Delaware Children's Museum, Wilmington: Hours, Address, Delaware Children's Museum Reviews: 4/5

Delaware Children's Museum
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10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
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Mira_Bihac
Newark, DE288 contributions
Apr 2022
Located in Wilmington fue steps from riverfront,if you have kids this is a place to be.
Open from Wednesday to S uunday admission is only 12$
Just be creative there are ,summer camps,exhibites and also space for the birthday party

You can also get out and enjoy the nature and take a walk along the beautiful Christiana river,or you can dine with your kids in some of your favorite restaurants.
Spend creative and quality time.
Written April 23, 2022
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Ambdl2010
1 contribution
Jul 2013
I bought a membership so we could do things as a family no matter what, but every time we go things are broken or not working . My son who is 8 is bored after only one hour and the flooring exhibits take so long to change that we have stopped going. It wasn't worth the $$ we spent even tho it's dirt cheap it shows because they don't keep up on repairs
Written July 4, 2013
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ssilvertexas
Pennsville, NJ62 contributions
Feb 2013
Love the $2.00 night. Not that crowded and a great price to experience the place. Wonderful craft opportunities, science learning sessions and climbing available. My son is 5 and he really enjoyed his time there. The people who work there are wonderful as well.
Written March 16, 2013
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martini-mimi
Avondale, PA124 contributions
Jun 2017 • Family
A few exhibits are OK for older kids, but the target age seems off to us and the physical set up of much of the museum resembled a child's preschool. Our granddaughters (ages 6.5 and almost 5) did not seem enthralled with much other than the climbing, the gravity scooters and the water area where there was a teenaged guide who showed them a few things in the fish tank and let them hold a starfish. The kitchen, play store and pirate alley really were attractive makebelieve areas for younger kids. The number of strollers, baby carriages and toddlers, I do believe are an indicator this place is most attractive to kids on the younger side than geared for older elementary school set. The guide at the desk told me the target age was 3 or 4 to 10 or 11. That age span automatically is telling ...if it appeals to a preschool age visitor...then this is not a great place for older kids. Ours were OK for the hour plus we were there...but there are better attractions in the area for elementary age kids who want to spend the afternoon playing and learning. This is a great place for younger children, and we are not being critical of what is there. Just don't expect older visitors to be enthralled or entertained for too long. The toddlers and two year olds were present in much greater numbers...and we're having a great time.
Written June 27, 2017
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Sussex Duffer
Millsboro, DE27 contributions
Feb 2017 • Family
Not sure where to start but this place needs some help. I first visited the museum (misnomer because the place is a play land not a museum) a few years back and found it to be a great place to take the grandchildren on a winter afternoon. They loved it and I found it to be well done, clean and well managed. My most recent visit found the facility run down, dirty and apparently not well managed. Many of the "exhibits" were broken and looked like they were that way for awhile. The staff is young and are just there to make sure that the kids do not destroy the place.

They used to have a small climbing wall which was replaced with a large advertisement for a development league basketball team. There are two lower rims where older children bomb what they believe are 3-pointers onto the smaller children trying desperately to toss on through the hoops. Stupid idea.

Lastly, I observed the entry process. Not sure who is watching who paid and who did not. You could easily walk in and no one know if you paid or not.

The kids had fun and did not notice anything adverse. They just moved to the next broken exhibit to the next one. I just got tired explaining why things did not work to my six year old granddaughter.

My plea is to whomever manages this place. Great thought that has now become neglected and on its way to becoming a blemish on the developing Wilmington waterfront.

Fix it.
Written February 5, 2017
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TrvlngGrl96
Philadelphia, PA1,274 contributions
May 2014
I am writing this late, only after visiting and reviewing another children's attraction recently which I found to be exactly the opposite experience. We visited DCM as part of a birthday party, and although the organized party itself was quite chaotic, the idea and activities provided were excellent. My first disappointment in the main museum though was that I specifically called ahead to ask about bringing a step stool because my son is a little person (dwarf). He is still young and I was just starting to get a feel for what special accommodations he might need for his differences. I was told by the person on the line that yes, they have them, no need to bring one just ask at the desk. But when I did, nobody at the desk had any clue what I meant and after much looking we found two stools in the art room and were then told by (possibly) a manager that we could not move it anywhere else because the activities are age appropriate and sized accordingly and if he is too short then it's not meant for him to participate in.
Now as I said, I was new to all this at the time and rather than be offended I just said well I would've brought my own if your staff could've answered me correctly over the phone! So we did what we could with my little guy to not let it be a waste of the day. There was one very short section at the water tables with a stationary stool, wedged between 2 water guns or spouts or something, that he played at until he started getting sprayed and reached over by the older kids near it. My overall impression of the place was just some of the rudest kids & parents I have ever witnessed, and they were not part of our group's. One Mom just watched as her child pushed all the other kids out of the engine in the train room and literally hogged it for 20 minutes not letting anyone near it. I reached over to ring the bell, and she literally slapped my hand. At that the mdiagonally said something. Another let their child wander around with the most disgusting display of snot running from his nose that I have ever seen. I was literally gagging. Near the toy cars & tracks two unattended older boys were using every single car, and while I politely tried to ask for one for the "other little boy" to use and receive ed just blank stares in return, my little Angel commando crawled right over and just started playing along with the boys, clueless as to why they stormed off. Maybe themuseum can't do anything directly about things like that, but a little more staff presence in each room could help. Overall we just did not get a good vibe from the place or it's visitors, which is disappointing because the content itself was pretty good.
Written September 13, 2014
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Ruth A
Smyrna, DE128 contributions
Jun 2013 • Family
My son is 2 so we assumed that this would be a nice place to go. I felt as though this place was more for children 5 and up. It was pricey for his age at $12 for each of us to get in. Kids 12 months and under are free. There were two exhibits that were closed, which was a bummer. He did love the water and that is where he spent most of his time, pushing the boats through the water way. It would be nice if the train did some sort of movement and if there was more age appropriate activities.
Written July 1, 2013
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bzhands
Newark, DE163 contributions
Feb 2013 • Friends
There are many activities to keep children of all ages engaged for hours. There are so many hands on activities that even though the museum was crowded we never had to wait to find an activity that was available. At $12 a person it will probably keep us from going back as often as the grandkids would like to go, but we will definitely be going back!
Written February 20, 2013
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altima2008
altima2008129 contributions
Nov 2012 • Family
I decided to take my daughter to this museum instead of the one in Philadelphia I normally go to and what a nice relaxed refreshing atmosphere it was. As of this writing admission is only $12 dollars and the parking is free and pretty plentiful. The museum itself is only one story but everything is spread out and nothing feels cramped. Very well designed and thought out. Staff was very helpful not only about the exhibits in the museum but offered other ideas on what to do at the waterfront. Will definitely come back here again.
Written November 17, 2012
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Carol G
Dundee, FL182 contributions
Sep 2012
I actually visited in August with two other adults and four children. The kids all had a ball! There are things to do for all ages up to teen. Then I visited in Sept. with my one year old grandson who had been there one other time. It was a great day out for both of us.
Written September 17, 2012
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Delaware Children's Museum is open:
  • Sun - Sun 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
  • Tue - Thu 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
  • Fri - Sat 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM