We took our two grandchildren, a five year old girl and a two year old boy, last weekend. We went on a Friday afternoon. There were a few other kids around but no day care or other large groups in attendance which we thought was a big bonus.
We were made to feel welcome and given a quick overview of the facility. I was impressed with the variety of exhibits and how they targeted so many age groups and interests. The mechanic's area with the car was by far the favorite of both children, followed by the air tube area and the grain elevator section. They both enjoyed painting on the glass walls, although didn't like having to wash their work away when they were done. The five year old was intrigued by the air tubes that would hold ping pong balls without falling, and the two year old kept going back to the air tubes that would blow scarves and balls out that he could try to catch.
It was a hot humid day when we visited and none of us enjoyed the outdoor area at all. There were bigger kids monopolizing the bikes and other ride-ons. The five year old did take a turn on a four wheeler, but I was uncomforable that the path took her through the woods and out of our sight, especially with so many older kids zooming around. The water feature includes a waterfall area and small pond, and playing in it is allowed. It was somewhat green and didn't look very clean. I realize it is designed to mimic a natural creek area, but with lots of kids in there I wasn't sure about how well sanitized it was. We decided to keep the kids out of it completely and promised to take them swimming at our hotel later.
I rated this facility four stars because we loved the inside activities but were disappointed by the outside ones. It also cost $31.55 for the four of us. For comparison, we took the kids to Laugh Out Loud in Lawrence the next day, which the kids liked equally as well, and paid only $16.33 total. Admission charge there is for the children only, the adults are free.
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