Children's Museum Expedition
- Snacks, if allowed (see below)
- Find a museum. To locate a children's museum near you, go to Childrensmuseums.org.
- Check the museum's Web site. Look up hours, admission fees, special events, performances and traveling exhibits. See if food is available on-site or the museum allows you to bring your own. Check rules about strollers, too.
- Follow your child's lead. Let her choose which exhibits to explore and spend as much (or as little) time at each as she likes.
- Go on a scavenger hunt. How many of these items can your child spot: a vehicle, an animal, a puzzle, a science display, an item from another culture, art materials, a photo, a doll, a costume, a plant.
- Pace your visit. Alternate active experiences with quiet ones and stop for a snack to prevent meltdowns.
- Investigate. Ask your child open-ended questions at each exhibit you visit:
- What do we do here?
- How does this work?
- Why did that happen?
- What do you think will happen next?
- What do you want to explore now?
- What did you like best and why?
- Read all about it. Loved the taxi at the museum? Read The Adventures of Taxi Dog by Debra Barracca. For an exploration of the human body, check out The Magic School Bus Inside the Human Body by Joanna Cole. For kids who love mixing colors, read Mouse Paint by Ellen Stoll Walsh. Ask your librarian for more recommendations.
Thanks to Susan Hood
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