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“Great for kids”

Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum
Ranked #4 of 37 things to do in Winchester
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Our mission at the Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum is to ignite creativity, spark curiosity and inspire learning in visitors of all ages by providing a rich variety of interactive, hands-on exhibits and programs that focus on the sciences and mathematics, the humanities, and the arts.All exhibits, activities and experiences provided by the Discovery Museum adhere to the following philosophical guidelines:Exhibits, activities and programs are interactive, participatory and informal, and give visitors opportunities to experiment, have fun playing, use their imaginations and share ideas.Visitors are engaged at their own level of expertise and experience.Activities and programs are multi-sensory, authentic, honest, and factual.The Museum works in a spirit of cooperation and partnership with educational, cultural, governmental and community organizations.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Stairs / lift, Activities for older children, Activities for young children, Baby buggy parking, Wheelchair access
Reviewed 1 June 2018

This is a perfect rainy day activity for people who live in Northern Virginia. Your kids will be able to touch, climb, run, and jump around. The cost is very reasonable, there is ample parking, and lots of restaurants nearby. If you're tired of the crowds in DC, head out to Winchester for a nice relaxing time. I recently visited with my nephews and niece. I would say if your kids are older than 10 or 11, they might be bit bored. It's more geared towards the younger crowd.

1  Thank TimTVirginia
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"roller coaster"
in 14 reviews
"all ages"
in 14 reviews
"four floors"
in 4 reviews
"hands on activities"
in 5 reviews
"great place for kids"
in 5 reviews
"different activities"
in 3 reviews
"my son loves"
in 2 reviews
"bigger building"
in 2 reviews
"rooftop deck"
in 2 reviews
"summer camp"
in 2 reviews
"older kids"
in 3 reviews
"couple of hours"
in 4 reviews
"first floor"
in 6 reviews
"reasonable cost"
in 2 reviews
"lots of fun"
in 4 reviews
"year olds"
in 2 reviews
"interactive exhibits"
in 2 reviews

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Reviewed 20 May 2018

This location is a 4 story attraction at a very reasonable cost, including military discount! There are four stories of creative, interactive experiences for all ages. Kids can go from one activity to another at their on pace and interest. There are things to do with their hands, their mind and their creativity. The only thinkg that kept me from giving 5 stars was that I would like to have seen more emphasis on sanitation and hands cleaning between activities, particularly where they are handling objects that are routinely being handled by a lot of children and not necessarily being cleaned in between. That said, the activities are wonderful and the facility is definitely unique.

1  Thank MsBkr
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Reviewed 29 March 2018

Spent another 3 hours, or so, here last Saturday and as always, our little now 4 year old boy had a great time! (I did miss the piano that was no longer there though)

1  Thank rickgmail
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Reviewed 5 February 2018 via mobile

I’ve taken my daughter in there multiple times and she’s loved it every time. The exhibits and activities never get old and their summer camps are the best in the area. She lived their magic camp last year and plans to attend this year as well.

2  Thank JEFord1976
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Ryan H, Public Relations Manager at Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 6 February 2018

Thank you for the glowing review JEFord1976! We look forward to having your daughter at camp again this year and be sure to check our website for all of the new offerings. See you and your family soon!

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Reviewed 22 January 2018

My family often came across a Discovery Museum in larger cities - Baltimore, Philly, etc. When one came to our little town, we were overjoyed. Apparently, so was everyone else since it was so popular, it needed a bigger building - one with four floors. This place has grown with our kids. We now have one who is not far from teenagehood and still finds many fascinating things to do here. I don't often gush about a place. This one is gush-worthy.

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