Monday, March 25, 2013

Muncie Children's Museum

Last week we visited the Muncie Children's Museum.  Two of my sisters went to school at Ball State, so we are fairly familiar with the town.  A friend recommended this place after taking her 1 1/2 year old there, and we thought we would give it a try.

We took a 6 month, 2 year, and 3 year old with three adults (1:1 ratio).  We spent about 1.5 hours there and could have stayed longer if the adults weren't so tired.  This place was great for this age group, and would probably be good up through kindergarten age, maybe a little further up. 

The exhibits are set up very nicely so the kids can just go right from one area to the next, and you can monitor them from a distance. It was a task keeping Maci and Theo together, but we managed and had a lot of fun there.

Below are some of the exhibits/sections we spent time in and more info about the museum.

They both loved driving the large train, while we rode along as passengers.

Theo has perfected his "Yee-Haw".

Eli is still working on his.
Maci put on a show!

My favorite section is the grocery store, sponsored by Marsh.  So much fun!

It cracked me up that both of them knew how to run the credit card machines when they were pretending to check each other out.

This section is friendly for crawlers.  We'll have to come back in a few months to give it a better review once this little guy gets mobile.

They have several animals throughout the museum.  Maci was a smart girl and didn't want to touch the snake either.

Digging for dinosaur fossils is always fun!
Eli at the Ant hill with his Aunt Nae Nae!

There were also some musical areas, doll displays, a semi-cab they could get into and a tractor they both drove, an old auto they could pretend to work on, and an upstairs with three little pigs themed house construction play.  We especially love the 3 little pigs when we get together...  this time Eli was the one who made his house out of bricks.

If you live in the area, think about becoming a member.    If you plan to take one child 5 or 6 times a year, you will fare  better using a membership, if you have two children it will definitely be worth it after 3 or 4 visits.  Membership is  $70 per year/$120 per 2 years.  Daily admission is $6.  You can find a $1 off coupon on the website. Since this museum has reciprocity with over 250 other museums, you may even get free admission if you have a membership at a museum closer to your home.

*There are some half-price Sundays at the museum, and free Saturdays.  I know when some museums offer discount days they are way too crowded... not sure if this is the case with this museum or not.*

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