I still remember the way my son’s eyes lit up as he plunked the red balls down the chute and grinned with delight as they popped out in the basket below. There’s nothing better than watching your kids play and discovery something new. Their joy in learning something new is contagious!
One of the best places to foster those discoveries is at children’s museums, with their hands on exhibits and provocations to play. The Midwest is full of great options and these destinations of fun make great places to visit on your travels. Here’s a roundup to inspire some new trips full of learning and play, right here in the Midwest.
Midwest Children’s Museums For Kids
The Children’s Museum – Indianapolis, Indiana
Things to Know Before You Go: The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis from Let Me Give You Some Advice
Magic House – St. Louis, Missouri
Having Fun at Magic House from The Walking Tourists
City Museum – St. Louis, Missouri
St. Louis City Museum: Tips and Tricks from Des Moines Parent
Minnesota Children’s Museum – St. Paul, Minnesota
Minnesota Children’s Museum|Powerful Play in Action from Day Tripper
Little Buckeye Children’s Museum – Mansfield, Ohio
Little Buckeye Children’s Museum from Yoder Toder Blog
Iowa Children’s Museum – Coralville, Iowa
Iowa Children’s Museum from Field Trip Iowa
Grand Rapids Children’s Museum – Grand Rapids, Michigan
A Parent’s Guide to the Grand Rapids Children’s Museum from Grand Rapids Kids
Curious Kids’ Museum and Curious Kids Discovery Center – St. Joseph, Michigan
St. Joseph, Michigan with Kids from Let Me Give You Some Advice
Children’s Museum of Evansville – Evansville, Indiana
A Weekend in Evansville, Indiana from Let Me Give You Some Advice
Are you a member of your local children’s museum? Make sure to check with your home museum about any reciprocal benefits at other institutions. Many offer free or discounted admissions but check carefully since not all museums participate.
There are dozens of children’s museums across the Midwest that make for fun, family-friendly getaways. Your kids get to discover new things and you get the joy of watching them play and learn. What more could you ask for in a family adventure?
What is your favorite children’s museum? Share your ideas in the comments below for others to add to their lists!