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“Great for a rainy afternoon”

Children's Hands-On Museum
Ranked #4 of 40 things to do in Tuscaloosa
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Owner description: Welcome to the Children's Hands-On Museum of Tuscaloosa! CHOM, where children Explore, Create, and Discover each time they visit. When we say "hands-on" we mean it! Learning through play is what our exhibits are all about, and you're encouraged to touch, feel, and play your way through our award winning museum. In 25 exhibits CHOM offers newborns through age 12 a fabulous place just for them! Exhibits, daily early childhood programs, events, holiday celebrations, state curriculum specific field trips and parties all wait for you at CHOM! Visit soon! Join over 73,000 visitors each year who know we're the BEST for family fun! CHOM is a 30 year old non-profit 501(c)(3) organization providing dynamic leaning experiences.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities, Stairs / elevator, Wheelchair access, Activities for older children
Reviewed March 23, 2014

We spent about three hours here with our 1.5 and 3.5 year old boys along with a couple of our adult friends we were visiting from out of town. There isn't a whole lot to do in Tuscaloosa, so we thought we'd check it out. It was definitely better than I was expecting. There were many different centers for the kids to try out including a space center, an old pharmacy and soda bar, a boat, a native american area, a hospital, a fishing boat, and more. It was perfect for the 3.5 year old but there was still plenty to entertain the 1.5 year old. I'm sure if we lived here, we would be members. Yes, it's primarily a creative, indoor playground, but there's certainly plenty of learning to do if you pay attention with your children. It's comparable to other children's museums we've been to in that sense.

Yes, the price is a bit steep. But the museum was clean and well staffed and the exhibits were all in good working area. It's not like they're going to be swamped with visitors given the location, and they need to make money to keep operating! I felt the cost was worth it.

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Reviewed March 19, 2014

We had a wonderful time! Luckily, the museum has a reciprocal agreement with other museums…or the price would have been steep. As it was, we got half-price admission. This is definitely not a museum for older children. It is more of a play-place with a sprinkling of learning. There was not much information on the exhibits…but tactile learning was definitely encouraged. My children really enjoyed themselves…this could be a good way to spend a rainy afternoon.

Thank jawhiskeyman
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Reviewed January 30, 2014

The museum it's boring nothing chance.
They don't let kit to wear clothers from the museum downstairs or any place.
They have a xbox for kids with games for big kids and difficult to play for little kids.
And more and more.
But it's the only museum in tuscaloosa, the boring city.

Thank Popocuba
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Reviewed January 29, 2014

Our one and three year old grandchildren had a great time. Unfortunately, that means that my wife and I each pay a full admission price to basically watch the kids have fun. I don't think they really learned much of anything; even though the displays were well done. In the dress-up area, there was nothing to fit small kids either. Plus, there aren't a lot of places in the neighborhood for taking the kids out for something to eat. Would take them again...but only if chaperons got in free.

Thank Dan_the_Man_Staziak
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Reviewed November 25, 2013 via mobile

CHOM is great for smaller kids and kids with huge imaginations. Most all of their exhibits are for playing dress up and make believe. There is not alot of things to explore as there are at Mcwane in Birmingham. The price is high considering its dress up for an hour but the kids have a ton of fun on cold or rainy days.

Thank myabeknbrismom
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