I took my 6-year-old daughter here last week. I'd say it's 50-50 on the entertainment value. I'm not sure if it's just my daughter not interested in fish and in learning about the exhibits,or if it was just not set up for children her age, so you'll just have to make a judgment call based on your own child/own situation. I read the reviews here about some of the exhibits not functioning, and sadly, we found that to be true of several. I wished they'd put a sign on those to say they weren't working, or better yet, fix them! That said, there were some neat exhibits that did interest my daughter, like the big globe to learn about the bodies of water compared to the water of Lake Superior. There was also a "National Forest" exhibit that had a slide built into the tree, that kept even my 6 year old having fun. Definitely a lot of information available to learn and read about the Great Lakes and such...but I do think to keep it family oriented, there needs to be more "hands on" at nearly each exhibit, along with the information given, to keep the young and "old" alike equally interested. I don't regret spending the money (if you have AAA, you can save $1 entry price per ticket), but we'll likely skip it the next time through. Bottomline: there are definitely some exhibits that are hands-on for the younger kids (8 and under), but a lot of reading at some exhibits that would probably not interest kids much, especially the volume of reading.