We make it a habit to got to as many children's museums as we can as our kids (5&8) love going at every city we go to. We liked the old Lied's Discovery museum before...we LOVE the new museum! There is so much for the kids to do! The new museum is now located very near the North premium outlets. There is a self-park area within easy walking distance. In front of the museum was a nice greenspace with a stage and whimsical "heart" sculptures all around.
Immed. inside on the right you see an odd cramped space for families to bring food to eat at...there is no food onsite. Past the registration counter, inviting fun sounding noises draw you in. There is an amazing play structure in the middle of the museum that lets you go up & down the levels but with so many things to do within the structure itself from music to airplane simulator to a huge inner ear & more! You can slide down tubes and climb up netting. Its a busy busy fun area. There are the usual elevators & stairwell as well of course.
The main level has a big water play area that lets kids play & spray & roll balls through the water tables. In the fantasy play area there is a pirate ship plays structure with workable air cannon! There is a stage area that you can dress up & work the curtains/lights/. There is also a castle to climb.
There is the mystery of the old abandoned mine to solve hands on and area to be creative with art. The kids loved the area with the grocery store, garage, java cafe, vet etc where they could earn money/paychecks and then deposit into a working ATM. It was nice to see the old nutrition exhibits made it into the new museum too. There are also gallery spaces for traveling exhibits to come in...we saw the Washington one.
We basically got there as the museum opened and left only when it closed and I dont think we managed to finish exploring as thoroughly as we would have liked. My kids loved it and as we go to Vegas annually, its guaranteed we will be going back again & again!
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