Children's Museum of Virginia

Children's Museum of Virginia, Portsmouth: Hours, Address, Children's Museum of Virginia Reviews: 4.5/5

Children's Museum of Virginia

Children's Museum of Virginia
4.5
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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TravelingJohnB80
Martinsburg, WV484 contributions
Family
Great children’s museum. Our 2 and 4 year old had tons of fun and played until the place closed. Many things to see and do and had plenty of stuff for young toddlers all the way up to teenagers. One of the best children’s museums I have been to.
Written August 5, 2021
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Elicia
Suffolk, VA4 contributions
I went to the Children's Museum of Virginia for my brother Kayne's 1st birthday. Me and my cousins had a fun day. We went to play. We went to blow bubbles for fun and rode the bus in the museum. It was sooo much fun. Can't wait to return again.
Written July 20, 2021
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Y747
Yavne, Israel247 contributions
Family
It is wonderful to spend a few hours with children, there are a variety of activities and the children have a great time, organized and planned for a sequence of activities that both teaches and explains in all subjects suitable for young age. Highly recommended!
Written December 25, 2019
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sbrcbcbcb
Provo, UT6 contributions
Family
5-year-old summary: "Everything here is locked up."

We go to children's museums all over the US. This one was relatively expensive, but I'm fine paying that for a good day of engaged learning with my kids. Unfortunately, this museum had little that actually engaged the kids in their learning. Rather, it has lots of objects behind plexiglass that the kids can't touch, demonstrations where the kid pushes a button and watches something happen. For example, there is a play bank, but all of the drawers that represent deposit boxes, etc., have plexiglass over them so you can just see what's in them, but not do anything with it. Same with the train area. They have a huge model train exhibit, but you mostly just look at trains in cases. (There is a small area with wooden train track, but it's not much.) There's a cargo port area that has a crane that moves small shipping containers. But all you do is push a button and watch each crane move the same container back and forth. The kids can't create stacks of containers, move things around, etc. Just watch two cranes each move a single container back and forth. The physics area that shows physics principles like leverage and fluid dynamics is a little bit better, but still way too controlled with pre-determined lessons rather than exploratory play. Kids are forgiving, so they run to the next thing when they realize that there's nothing to actually *do* yourself, just stuff to look at. But eventually my 5-year-old had been disappointed enough times by not being able to actually play, pretend, build, etc. that he came to me and said "Dad, everything here is locked up."

The good children's museums we have visited have lots of places where the kids play, build, explore, make-believe, etc. They learn through actual engagement. They actually use levers or pulleys with materials that they can handle. They build arches with big foam blocks to learn how an arch works. They take on various pretend roles, etc. This museum offers very little of that.

We left disappointed (and me more than a bit frustrated) by how little there was here for kid to actually do.

(I will say, the staff was very friendly and they seemed to care about it being a welcoming place. I certainly don't place the blame for the restrictive design of the exhibits on them.)
Written June 17, 2018
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Mamalv
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Great hands on things for young children. Can't give snacks or eat inside. Minus that it had so much to do. My 15 month old loved the open space.
Written December 28, 2012
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Superwoman42
Chesapeake, VA7 contributions
We had my daughter's 6th birthday party there and it was a huge hit with the kids. With all of the interactive exhitis, displays, educational information, and fun stuff to climb on it is a must see!
Written October 12, 2012
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katieandtiggs
Newport News, VA2 contributions
Family
So, took the family to Children's Museum for 4th of July Weekend 2019. My 5-year-old was so excited to go. When we go there, Margaret at the front desk was so rude that my child cried because she thought we got in trouble. My kids were bummed out for the rest of the day. Lots to do, but because the staff was so unfriendly we couldn't enjoy it. My family was bringing in more kids after lunch (they are from out of town) and we told them not to come because we were having such a bad time. My kids love the bubble play area, but a staff member was cleaning out the bubbles and poured the solution on the floor. My child slipped several times because of this. Also, a staff member was sanitizing the fishing boat and scolded several kids for continuing to play while she was cleaning, it was 4:00 and the museum doesn't close until 5:00. We've had a membership before, but decided against renewing due to this poor experience. It's a shame, we had family in town and it was really a poor showing for the museum and the city of Portsmouth. Doubt we will ever be back.
Written July 6, 2019
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MrBrazil85
Stillwater, OK379 contributions
Family
Went here with my in-laws and nephew and we all had a blast.There was plenty there that even the adults could enjoy themselves.

Teachers get in free with school ID.
Written June 13, 2019
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Shervonda1
Virginia Beach, Virginia77 contributions
This is a great museum for children of all ages! Lots of interactive features to enjoy & history lessons to explore. I would recommend this attraction to any family with children to visit while in the Hampton Roads Area.
Written September 27, 2015
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DaMarcanos
Norfolk, VA712 contributions
Family
Look, for a Local with kids this is not bad, but since we have visited many Children's museums from different states, this one is not as big or Impressive, but still vey Informative and it does have some hands on education, play areas that are really good for kids,
Written March 6, 2015
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