I have two young boys - ages 5 and 3 and we spend about 2 hours there MAX! There is little to keep their attention. Everything is very conceptual, which is above them. And I get the whole "recycled or reused" idea, which is trendy now, but what relevance does that have to little kids and exploring their world?? Get over it! There is little "pretend play" - and what little there is, has several kiddos vying for its attention! Now maybe we would think this place is stellar if we had not visited every other museum in the area, such as Appleton, Milwaukee, Eau Claire, St. Paul, etc.! But in comparison to the others, Madison's Children's Museum just doesn't stack up. In fact, we purchase a membership every year just to get into the other museums for free! (We've visited the Appleton Children's museum six times this year, compared to the two times we've been to Madison.) HOWEVER, BUYER BEWARE... as of April 2013, your reciprocal pass will no longer get you into those other museums for free... just at a reduced rate! Madison Children's Museum just lost our membership business!
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