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“Great museum!”

Golisano Children's Museum of Naples
Ranked #22 of 124 things to do in Naples
Certificate of Excellence
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Florida
Level 4 Contributor
37 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Great museum!”
Reviewed November 19, 2012

I just took my 8 year old grandchildren there and they loved it. We spent at least three hours there and they enjoyed every minute. It was hard to get them to leave. Many educational activities and volunteers who were helpful.

Visited November 2012
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Williamstown, NJ
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
“Hours of Fun!”
Reviewed November 11, 2012

The first great thing about the museum is they have reciprocity with others so if you are a member elsewhere up to four people will get in without paying. From the outside it looks small but there is nothing small about the inside. It is two stories and go through to the back of the museum and there is more such as a maze, a huge chalk paint board, a playhouse, water activities, and a grassy area for play. There are outside tables as well if you want to sit or eat something from the cafe. Inside there are numerous activities such as a treehouse, restaurant with a stone "fire" oven for "cooking" pizzas. The kids can fish and rub pictures of fish. There is a trolley car and a factory and a vet hospital. There is a fruit store, TV station, igloo with a real wall of ice. Throughout the museum are areas designated for 3 and under only. Staff is everywhere and so excited about interacting and assisting with teaching the kids. The museum is only 8 months old and looks it so clean and shiny. There are several rooms dedicated to art projects and a library tucked on the second floor for peace and quite. There is plenty of seating throughout for the older folks to sit and watch including two rocking chairs near the front where my 80+ parents parked themselves when they began tired. No one even minded that my father was sleeping (or they were scared he wasn't). For us it was a wonderful way to spend the day on a colder than normal day that precluded the beach or pool. Well worth the 45 minute drive from Cape Coral-Ft. Myers area. A must do if you have kids.

Visited November 2012
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Indianapolis, Indiana
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Disappointing atmosphere, not child friendly (!)”
Reviewed October 15, 2012

We visited in August and within 5 minutes, my 5-year old daughter was told by a staff member that she was not allowed to push her toy shopping cart into the adjacent fruit orchard area. We are regulars at the Indianapols Childrens Museum and always visit local childrens museums when we travel (Boston, Portland, Chicago, etc) and never has my daughter been corrected by staff for playing the "wrong" way. A few minutes later, another staff member told a mother and her two children that they'd better be sure to put away the toy food they were running through the cash register when they were done. She looked shocked and I don't blame her--what a perfect way to ruin the fun! The staff seemed more concerned about keeping things neat than about kids having fun. Despite this, there were also several broken displays and things that none of us could figure out how to use (hovering staff were somehow not there when needed.) They could use a few more signs with helpful hints. The toy store was overpriced ($40 stuffed animals) but I did think the cafe was great. Finally, the outdoor water table did not seem designed with kids in mind--it was mostly for looking at, not playing with, which is a shame because having it outside in such a hot climate is a great idea in theory. The whole museum seemed like it was made and run by someone with control issues who likes the idea of children but not the reality. It was really odd, uncomfortable, and disappointing.

Visited August 2012
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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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25 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Great Childrens Museum”
Reviewed October 9, 2012

Our family had a great time spending the afternoon at C'MON! Children (ages 6, 4 and 18 months) all had lots of fun with a large variety of activities in themed rooms. Would caution limited activities/interest for later elementary age, but there were many great toddler specific areas for little ones.

Visited October 2012
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Canonsburg, Pennsylvania
Level 6 Contributor
109 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
“kid friendly attraction in Naples area”
Reviewed September 21, 2012

My daughter, 6, LOVED this museaum. It has two floors and an outdoor area. We spent around 3 hours exploring and did not really see it all. It also has a backyard area to explore. The day we stopped it was raining. We visited in May '12. Since it was a rainy day, it was crowded. My daughter really loved the market area and the cafe. The market area has a pretend grocery store where the kids can use a cart, pretend to shop and check out their items at a play register with a scanner. There is also alot of sorting they can do in that area. The other area she loved was the cafe. In this area she could make pretend food orders and use a play soda fountain in a kitchen and deliver them to cafe tables. She really enjoyed being our "waitress." There is a cafe, with real food LOL, on site. It has a nice variety of healthy kid-friendly food- that is pretty nice quality. The prices are ok. Its mostly sandwiches, salads, yogurt etc. The seating for the cafe is a bit inadaquate. All in all- this is one of the few kid friendly rainy day places in Naples!

Visited May 2012
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