This was listed as one of the top 5 children’s museums in the US - so maybe my expectations where set too high. I wasn’t that impressed. Seemed kinda old and dated. We had a one and just 3 year old. First the main attractions is a glorified McDonald’s style play structure for age 5 and up. This takes up about 2/3 of the museum- so that in itself to me is not at all a museum - it a play place. They have a play diner and play store - both packed wall to wall - so a tentative 3 year didn’t get to really play. She would have enjoyed this but there was just so many people. Can’t imagine what this place is like in the summer. The toddler area was nice and not crowded. They loved the sand. The water room was enjoyed but was wet - the body dryer didn’t really dry - great idea but only cool air coming out - so you have to just dry as you go or come prepared with a change of clothing. The bubble maker was really cool - expected more things like that. The Dora exhibit was pretty dull and unimpressive. Expected more since it was a special exhibit. Overall I’ve been to better children’s museums - Please Touch, Pittsburgh Children’s etc... we spent 3 hours and we where done. If you have a 5 year to 10 year old they would probably enjoy this place. This place has no snacks or drinks to purchase / vending machines would be a plus. No lockers or coat check so when you come in the winter you have to carry all your belongings with you, people who know this carry full back packs which you get smacked with as you move around - once again poor planning - should be able to do better for a more enjoyable environment for everyone. They advertised they validate for parking but beware - we parked at a garage that said parking for port discovery but it was not the “correct one” so we paid $27 to park for 3 hours.
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