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“Not so great” 2 of 5 bubbles
Review of Golisano Children's Museum of Naples

Golisano Children's Museum of Naples
Ranked #22 of 120 things to do in Naples
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Naples, Florida
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92 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“Not so great”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 1, 2012

My boys ages 6 and 3 were not thrilled with the place. My 6 year old thought it was a place for babies to play. My three year old seemed a bit bored and only enjoyed the tree. A lot of the things were broken or missing parts. They enjoyed the chalk board outside. I'm a bit disappointed I have a year pass and my kids think it's boring.

Visited June 2012
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Florida
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37 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Great museum!”
4 of 5 bubbles 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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136 reviews
55 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
“Hours of Fun!”
5 of 5 bubbles 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 (!)”
2 of 5 bubbles 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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24 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Great Childrens Museum”
5 of 5 bubbles 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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