April 6, 2017
Museums have come a long way, baby. We love the ones that encourage exploration, interaction and good ol' imagination. Our Hulafrog Editors gave us a heads up on the coolest fam-friendly museums across the country. Kid-appeal is key!
Pasadena, CA | kidspacemuseum.org
This is such a unique museum! There's lots of hands-on learning and imaginative play. The outdoor water and mud is squishy, splashy and fun!
Leslie Len Meis, Hulafrog Pasadena, CA, & mom of two
Fort Lauderdale, FL | mods.org
My son would live in this museum if he could. They've got flight simulators, rocket ships to Mars, live sea otters, prehistoric mammals and a fossil dig — just to name a few! A+ experience.
Kelly Bennin, Hulafrog Martin County-Port St. Lucie, FL, & mom of one
Philadelphia, PA | pleasetouchmuseum.org
"Please Touch"- two words every little one loves to hear! Spend the day playing, learning, and exploring. TIP- Go on a Monday (no class or group trips!).
Holly Duarte, Hulafrog Doylestown-Horsham, PA, & mom of two
Charlotte, NC | discoveryplace.org
A full day of fun for any age. Learn about motion, fossils and more. Younger kids can spend hours playing with the water tables, instruments, and blocks. BONUS: Check out the IMAX theater!
Elizabeth Green, Hulafrog National, & mom of two
Philadelphia, PA | fi.edu
With tons of science activities, kids of all ages can learn and explore. Check out the famous Giant Heart and the virtual reality exhibit is amazing!
Micayla Weber, Hulafrog Deptford-Monroe Township, NJ, & mom of four
San Jose, CA | www.egyptianmuseum.org
This is a unique place to see the largest collection of ancient Egyptian artifacts on the West Coast. Tour a replica of a tomb or take part in a scavenger hunt. BONUS: Kids under 5 are free!
JoAnna Ahn, Hulafrog San Jose, CA, & mom of three
Jersey City, NJ | lsc.org
They are constantly updating their exhibits, meaning there's always something new to check out! The interactive exhibits like the Touch Tunnel, Walk the Steel are always a huge hit! TIP- Wear sneakers, some exhibits require them to participate.
Colleen Seldin, Hulafrog Red Bank, NJ, & mom of two
Worcester, MA | ecotarium.org
Our favorite place to visit! It's an indoor and outdoor museum with animal exhibits, playgrounds, a train ride, a planetarium, and wonderful programs.
Ashley Clifford, Hulafrog Worcester, MA, & mom of one
Cincinnati, OH | cincymuseum.org
Adventure awaits while kids of all ages learn through hands-on play. With 8 themed areas, kids climb, crawl, explore, create and build. TIP- An annual pass is totally worth it!
Evie Estes, Hulafrog Cincinnati Eastside, OH, & mom of three
Tampa, FL | glazermuseum.org
This is my kids' fave indoor place to play. You can build with legos, drive a fire truck, play in a vet office and so much more! TIP- Crafts on Mondays!
Merris Pope, Hulafrog South Tampa, FL, & mom of two
Decatur, IL | childrensmuseumofil.com
My girls love pretending to play to a doctor, mechanic, or weather reporter. Even make and deliver (pretend) pizzas! The giant bubbles are pretty cool, too! Stop by the zoo next door for a full day of fun!
Alyson Denzler, Hulafrog National, & mom of two
Boston, MA | mos.org
We spent an entire day exploring this place! From planetarium shows, to hands-on exhibits, to a butterfly garden! There was plenty of science fun for my tween, 5-year-old and toddler!
Kerri McCorkill, Hulafrog Mansfield-Attleboro, MA, & mom of three
St. Louis, MO | citymuseum.org
This is more of a gigantic playground for all ages! 10 story slides, hidden caves and tunnels and a school bus on the roof. PRO TIP- Wear pants for the slides!
Susannah Ferguson, Hulafrog Columbia, MO, & mom of four
Asbury Park, NJ and Delray Beach, FL | silverballmuseum.com
Check out this boardwalk museum featuring retro pinball machines and arcade games from the 1930s to the present. All games are free with an entry pass, which means no coins required!
Cristin Krokosz, Hulafrog Account Executive, & mom of four
Cambridge, MA | hmsc.harvard.edu
Visit one or all 4! HMSC is a partnership of four Harvard museums with amazing collections and artifacts on human civilizations, biodiversity, and the history of Earth and science.
Sarah Santos, Hulafrog Brookline-Norwood, MA, & mom of one
New Haven, CT | peabody.yale.edu
The Peabody is small enough to explore in one visit but stuffed with fossils, dioramas and a Discovery Room. My kids loved feeding the lizards and watching the ants work in their colony.
Sarah Calatayud, Hulafrog West Hartford, CT, & mom of two
San Francisco | calacademy.org
My daughter can spend hours here and never get bored! A living rooftop, an aquarium, a planetarium, and lots of hands-on fun, all in world famous Golden Gate Park.
Tommie Jean Valmassy, Hulafrog Benicia-Vallejo, CA, & mom of one
Baltimore, MD | mdsci.org
With spectacular exhibits, a planetarium, an IMAX theater, and activities galore, this is the perfect spot to visit with your budding scientists!
Katie Echentile, Hulafrog Myrtle Beach, SC, & mom of two
Denver, CO | mychildsmuseum.org
This is such an interactive museum with an activity for every age. There's a play dentist office and Tooth Fairy workshop, plus tons of other cool exhibits! TIP- Arrive early!
Annie Steckroth, Hulafrog Account Executive, & mom of three
Mystic, CT | mysticseaport.org
What’s better than an outdoor museum on the water? This vintage seafaring village is full of exhibits and activities (beer garden included). We loved the candle making and boat rides!
Kerry Bowbliss, Hulafrog Cofounder, & mom of two
Madison, WI | madisonchildrensmuseum.org
This is my daughters' favorite place to explore! We love all of the fun experiences throughout the museum, especially the roof top garden and animals.
Carey Zawlocki, Hulafrog Account Executive, & mom of two
Washington, DC | airandspace.si.edu
Climb in and get inside rocket and plane simulators. There's so many great exhibits and demonstrations for kids. Don't forget the astronaut freeze dried ice cream!
Liz Coscia, Hulafrog National, & mom of two
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