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Hands On Children's Museum

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Address: 8580 Beach Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32216-4615
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+1 904-642-2688
9:30 am - 5:00 pm
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Mon - Sat 9:30 am - 5:00 pm

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Great play space!

This place is great for what it is. It does not compare with other big city children's museums in that it is VERY small and compact space BUT the amount of activities here are... read more

Reviewed February 8, 2017
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32 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed February 8, 2017 via mobile

This place is great for what it is. It does not compare with other big city children's museums in that it is VERY small and compact space BUT the amount of activities here are awesome. We went on a weekday afternoon from 2:30 until closing (5pm) and there were about 15 kids playing in the museum. It was easy for... More 

1 Thank TeamJJJ
Charlotte, North Carolina
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed January 3, 2017 via mobile

Wonderful, hands-on exhibits with plenty of role-play opportunities! Owners go out of their way for patrons. Family membership is especially great during hot Florida summers! Parents can relax in air conditioning while the little ones play! Very friendly staff!

Thank Southern B
Level Contributor
7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed November 15, 2016

we had about 10 kids and they had a blast only thing I did not like about it is that I lost sight of the kids but it is a safe place and fun place for them. Had a great time

Thank Joanne P
Jacksonville, Florida
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42 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed November 11, 2016

Taking my granddaughter through the front door she looks in amazement so many things and where to start. Well she decides JFRD (Jacksonville Fire & Rescue department) kid size fire truck, rescue ambulance, turnout gear that is way to big but oh yes she tries it on with a hat. And yes over to the fire pole to slide down.... More 

Thank GigabyteFL
Tallahassee, Florida
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed October 1, 2016 via mobile

This is a toddler's paradise. It didn't feel small as there are many activities inside. My 2-year old had a blast. Much of the decor is definitely dated but looked clean enough. An employee was walking around cleaning the whole time I was there. The only reason it didn't get the final star is the toddler's restroom. It stank so... More 

1 Thank shamieya
Jacksonville, Florida
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed September 2, 2016 via mobile

I took my 2 young grandsons (3 & 6). They absolutely loved it. But as I was watching them, I noticed the inch thick dust on top of the covered slide. I wanted to ask for a dust cloth and just do it. Also, a lot of the toys look worn out. They sell the same things in their little... More 

Thank sheila1234562016
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37 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed July 30, 2016 via mobile

So for the people that say it's filthy...it's a "hands on children's museum"... what do you expect??? So it's an old building and needs some TLC, but any kid I know under 10 LOVES IT! They are working on renovation in dribs and drabs. It is a great place to enjoy a HOT summer day. The concept is great and... More 

3 Thank KimNE
Jacksonville, Florida
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16 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed July 26, 2016

All my grandchildren loved it ,whether on a school trip or family trip. They liked the hands on aspect.

Thank Mary P
Locust Grove, Georgia
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46 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed July 6, 2016

We took my 3 year old here on July 6th 2016 She had a blast but as a parent I was less than impressed. The place needs to be cleaned and updated. They also need more staff to help make sure the rules are being followed. I understand that parents should be responsible for their children but there needs to... More 

1 Thank Darren N
Neptune Beach, Florida
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32 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed July 5, 2016

My grandkids enjoy it! I think the hands on concept is great, but I do think it needs sprucing up and all the dress-up clothes need to be replaced! A lot of camps go in the summer, sometimes too crowded! Like I said my grandkids enjoy it! Sometimes they have face painting free, and she does a great job! Staff... More 

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