We were excited to visit The New Children's Museum for Mass Creativity Day on June 22nd. I was looking forward to the kids having fun but dreaded looking for parking. The drive was easy, then began the constant circling of downtown streets. After 15 minutes, waiting for an older man to leave his spot, we finally secured parking. I was thrilled to see we were right around the corner from the museum. The check-in process was a breeze, and there were a ton of activities outside like coloring, painting, and attractions. The upbeat music, dancing, and tasty tacos contributed to the adventure.

Free admission was a plus, so we were ready to explore. At the entrance, there was a grand four-story house. It was overwhelming to see the rooms and interactive structures everywhere. I would say The Wonder Sound was the kids absolute favorite. Several creative rooms, little nooks, and ropes made for tons of laughter — the uplifting quotes on the walls added to the light-hearted atmosphere. My son went inside the big Whammock; it was unnerving because of all the kids. He had a difficult time getting out through one of the holes.

We spent the majority of the time at the clay studio. A staff member kept the supply of clay and tools coming. My kids made several pieces to bring home, such as a little cup and saucer. It was entertaining to see how creative the kids and parents were getting. Also, the flower truck was a massive hit because the children could let loose with the paint.

Here are some tips on how to take full advantage of the museum:
  • Get there early to find parking on the street or in the garage
  • Pre-plan the attractions you want to see because there is several to choose from and there may not be enough time to see them all
  • Have the kids wear bright colored shirts because they can get lost in the crowd
  • Bring old clothes and wet wipes because they will get dirty
  • Bring snacks and water because the food is expensive at the cafe
  • If you're a local it's more cost effective to buy the membership
  • Specific restrooms are busier than others so if the line is too long there should be another one nearby
If you are looking to get more than a day of fun at the museum, look into the camps, community programs, and toddler classes. They offer a membership that includes unlimited admission, discounts, and other extra benefits. Learn more by visiting their website at thinkplaycreate.org.

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In front of The New Children's Museum

View of the four-story house from the stairs

The Flower Truck

Near the cafe and restrooms

The Wonder Sound

The cool view above The Wonder Sound

The view from the entrance we came in

The Wammock

View from the top floor

The Tot Studio

The Clay Studio