Thursday, February 10, 2011

Madison Children's Museum: In a League of Its Own

Parents just released their list of 10 Best Children's Museums for 2011 and the new Madison Children's Museum made the cut.

Last August, I was one of the lucky ones to attend the Wonder Ball for the grand opening of the museum. Sure, the event was held outside--in the sweltering heat--but it was an amazing night and I was honored to be there. If you have only been to the old Children's Museum get that visual out of your head. The new museum is three times bigger and is a true work of art. Every detail has been carefully constructed with the Earth and small people in mind. It is a blast to see how they found a new home for abandoned items like an old gymnasium floor, salon hair dryer, phone booth, and much more.

c playing the drums

 c in the Bone Bridge 

My sister-in-law, Nicole, c and I went there shortly after the opening and were not disappointed. Nicole found a dress up area and put a cow vest on c and to our surprise he kept it on during the entire visit. We spent most of our time in the padded Wildernest exhibit, perfect for crawlers and new walkers. Then we went up on the roof to check out the children's garden and say hi to the chickens and pigeons. Bert would love it up there! Later we stopped by Bean Sprouts, a cafe that makes eating healthy fun for kids. And the food is delicious. (Editor's Note: The original Bean Sprouts in Middleton is now closed).

When You Go

Admission is $6.95 for children and adults, $5.95 for seniors and grandparents and free for kids under 1. You can also become a member. Discounts are available for adults and children utilizing WIC, Head Start, etc. If you're on a budget like me, plan a visit after 5:00pm on the first Thursday night of the month during Twilight Thursdays--when admission for everyone is free! There is a two-level parking lot with entrances on North Hamilton and East Dayton streets.  
Madison Children's Museum
100 N. Hamilton Street, Madison, WI 53703

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