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“If you have little kids - DON'T skip it!!”

Mid-Hudson Children's Museum
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: The Mid-Hudson Children's Museum is the ideal destination for families with young children. With exhibits that promote play and early learning, the museum welcomes over 62,000 visitors each year. Exhibit galleries include: Early Learning Junction, River Town, a Science Center, Imagination Playground, My Backyard Adventure, and a Children's Garden. The museum also features weekly drop-In educational programs. The Mid-Hudson Children's Museum is the ONLY children's museum in the Hudson River Valley between the larger New York City and Albany areas. The museum is located in the heart of the historic waterfront in Poughkeepsie, just steps away from the Poughkeepsie Metro-North train station, the Walkway Over the Hudson's Elevator, fabulous restaurants, and a new city park. The Mid-Hudson Children's Museum is an independent 501(c)3 not-for-profit educational organization supported by admission and membership sales, program fees, donations, and grants.
Burlington, Vermont
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4 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“If you have little kids - DON'T skip it!!”
Reviewed April 26, 2013

This is a true children's museum - one meant for families with babies through about age 5. It's intimate, but it offers a lot of different types of experiences. There is a small town that features a fire station, bakery, grocery store and construction zone which is great for pretend play. They just opened a new space just for babies to explore that is tucked away from zooming older kids. Upstairs there is room for movement with a large mastodon replica and climbing structure enticing kids to climb and slide (and there is a smaller slide for tots.) The front gallery offered hands-on exhibits that was supposedly for older kids, but our toddler loved rolling the ball down an arcade-game-like exhibit and playing with other activities. It's right on the Hudson River which is a happening place - lots of boats, trains and construction vehicles can be seen from the deck of the museum.

Visited April 2013
1 Thank Mara C
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New Paltz, New York
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92 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
“You could skip it.”
Reviewed April 10, 2013

We are members and have been for several years. If the weather is bad this is the one good thing to do with children in the valley but it is on the small side, with very limited exhibits for kids older then 10. Good for younger children. Recent changes have eliminated many exhibits that were not functing but have repaced them with glitzy but less educational exhibits. I used to be able to give my kids science, local history and engineering lessons. Now it is more like an episode of electic company.

Visited March 2013
1 Thank marvin b
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28 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“This is a museum?”
Reviewed April 3, 2013

We were excited to stop by the Children's Museum with our 2-year old to get out of the house. It was much smaller on the outside than I thought it would be (converted colonial), but we were more disappointed when we walked inside. The entry fee seems a little pricey for what you get (both children--all ages--and adults are $7.50). I was surprised it was called a museum. It is really just an indoor playground. The main level has a separate area with toys for children under three and there are different themed (store, classroom, fire house) structures with toys adjacent. Upstairs is where the "museum" would be? There is a cool mastodon skeleton which my son really enjoyed but that was really the one of the only things fitting for a museum. The other area had some musical instruments (not much more than you might have in your own house), there was a pulley system and a structure that allows kids to release a ball and watch it fight against gravity, a model sailboat and an area that looks like a submarine with one fish and a fishing game. We spent the most time on the fire engine but were in and out in 30 minutes. I really expected more than an indoor playground. We will not be back.

Visited December 2012
3 Thank ssh217
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Poughkeepsie, New York
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4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Sweet little spot for families”
Reviewed March 17, 2013

We took our friends who were visiting from out of town to the museum. What fun! The museum has recently introduced a new space for babies that is away from the hustle, bustle and foot traffic of the rest of the museum. As a mom (and an early childhood educator) with a 8 month old, I found it quite clever how this space encouraged parent-child interaction and incorporated different colors, textures and landscape elements to encourage movement and gross motor development in infants. My friends' kids were a bit older (4 and 6 1/2) and while they enjoyed the creative play areas downstairs, they really had a blast with the hands-on exhibits upstairs. The math exhibit was impressive. It introduced math through a very creative and playful lens that was fun for both kids and adults. This is not a glitzy, big city museum, but it is a great community asset and a wonderful destination for families with young children.

Visited March 2013
3 Thank Brenda S
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Newburgh, New York
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“In Disrepair”
Reviewed March 16, 2013

This could be cool but so much of it is broken. The pretend ATM doesn't work, many of the computer games don't work and are outdated. No fish in the aquarium. The mechanical arm can't reach any of the fake fish to grab. The submarine sounds don't work. No water in the water exhibit. The bell on the train no longer works. The ball doesn't stay on the gravity exhibit. My 4 year old still enjoyed playing pretend in the little house area and the puppet stage and playing in the sand box but really, where does the $7.50 go? Obviously not to upgrading or repairing the exhibits. I will not be returning here. I am shocked by the 4 star rating for this place. What are the rave reviews all about?

Visited March 2013
1 Thank T P
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