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“Learning through play for young children”

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.
Beacon, New York
1 review
“Learning through play for young children”
Reviewed July 8, 2013

While I might not be particularly impressed with the museum as an adult (we've been to a few, particularly Stepping Stones in CT, that are spectacular), it does absolutely make for a fun afternoon for my four year old. I completely disagree with the commenter who claimed it is "not educational" - it absolutely has plenty of exhibits that should inspire you to teach your children, both upstairs and downstairs, provided you take a moment to read about and consider each exhibit. Downstairs provides a particularly unique opportunity for children to talk about what it must be like to be a new immigrant in a modern context. (through the store and school play areas in particular) and to explore different cultures. It won't wow a sophisticated adult, but it will certainly provide many chances for your child to learn through
play.

Visited May 2013
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Poughkeepsie, New York
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31 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Fantastic place!”
Reviewed May 9, 2013

Great for kids! FUN and we all learn something every time! Love it! You will too! Price for admission is average and I have no problem paying that for a qualiity museum for children!

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Burlington, Vermont
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4 attraction reviews
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“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
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New Paltz, New York
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92 reviews
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“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
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ssh217
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28 reviews
10 attraction reviews
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
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