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Tips for Visiting the Museum of Science with Young Children

  • Young children tend to prefer exhibits that can be experienced using multiple senses, and with the help of Museum educators when possible. Print out the Early Learner's Guide to the Museum of Science or ask at the Discovery Center for our recommendations of where to start with children ages 0 – 8. Please note that the Discovery Center hours are different than the main Exhibit Hall hours- opening later and closing earlier than the rest of the exhibits.
  • Let your little scientist set the pace! Young children need some time to get settled in each new environment. You can have just as much fun, and will probably learn more, doing one activity for an hour than you would doing 15 activities for 5 minutes each.
  • Look for Museum Interpreters - educators wearing red coats or aprons - offering hands-on activities and special opportunities to explore objects from the Museum's collection.
  • Bring a change of clothes and walking shoes. Kids get wet during some messy hands-on activities, and many kids don't like to wear their winter boots while inside. For health and safety reasons, shirts, shoes and pants are required on all visitors at all times.
  • Two restrooms are located within a 30 second walk of the Discovery Center. Ask a staff person to direct you to the nearest facility. There is a family style bathroom near the Hall of Human Life (Green Wing, Level 2). A private restroom is available inside the first aid room - ask for access at the Information Desk in the Main Lobby.
  • Changing diapers is strictly prohibited inside the Discovery Center and the Exhibit Halls. All restrooms are equipped with changing areas. In some restrooms, changing tables are located inside the wheelchair accessible stalls.
  • Food and drinks are not allowed inside the Discovery Center or the Exhibit Halls. The tables and chairs in the area just outside the Discovery Center make a great place for a quick snack.
  • Nursing mothers may breastfeed wherever they feel comfortable. For extra privacy, the first aid room is available. Ask at the Information Desk in the Main Lobby.
  • Strollers are restricted in some areas of the museum, including the Discovery Center. Ask a staff person near these areas where to park your stroller. There are four elevators located throughout the museum to help you navigate with your stroller.