My husband and I visited the Eiteljorg a few years ago and enjoyed the beautiful artwork and history. Jingle Rails was the best train display I have ever seen. We hadn't been back since we had our now 2 y/o son and I had figured we'd take him when he was a bit older. However, we went to their annual Indian Market & Fair (also a great event with lots of beautiful art) and admission was included so we wandered over. My toddler LOVED the kids' area in the basement. Had we known it was there we might have visited sooner! We even went back a couple weeks later when they had free admission for July 4. It's not huge compared to, say the Children's Museum, but for a toddler it was plenty. It is split up into areas representing four different Native American and western families, modern and historical. Activities include building a totem pole, tossing "buffalo chips" (bean bags), building a house, and boarding a stage coach. The rest of the museum is not quite as toddler-friendly... lots of glass cases or even worse art that is not behind glass that I could just picture my son running into. Luckily my husband and parents and I were able to take turns playing with my son downstairs and visiting the rest of the exhibits while he played, and he took a nice stroller nap :) The guitars exhibit is phenomenal for any music fan and I'd highly recommend visiting before it goes away! The art is beautiful and the historical and cultural information were very interesting. Our visit was topped off by a great lunch at their cafe which is surprisingly delicious and not your typical museum cafeteria. If the weather is nice you can enjoy your lunch on the balcony overlooking the canal.
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