This past weekend, the kids and I were lucky enough to get the opportunity to attend the “Sneak Peek” of the Sacramento Children’s Museum. And I’m not sure who was more excited- the kids or myself! I have been waiting for the grand opening of Sacramento’s first children’s museum (along with many other local moms) for a while. And now that the wait is almost over- my family and I are thrilled to soon become members of this new fun and educational kids’ “hot spot”.
The Sacramento Children’s Museum believes that “play is an essential part of a child’s “work”. Through hands-on exhibits, children can use their imagination and creativity to express themselves and learn new things.
The museum is geared for children ages 0-8, but I think kids of all ages would have fun exploring and creating at the museum.
My kids were completely enthralled in the Airways and Raceways exhibits. We spent the majority of our time learning about velocity, gravity, frictions and the basic principles of objects in motion. My little guy never tired of making the balls roll though the roller coasters and giant spirals. While my daughter had a blast watching bright colored scarves zigzag through an incredible maze powered by air compression.
My favorite was the “Studio of Arts” where ReCreate sponsors an area where kids can use their imagination along with recyclables to create their own masterpieces.
Other exhibits include a giant “Lite Brite”- this took me back to when I was seven years old- and it was a huge hit with my kids as well!
The Waterways exhibit let the children explore water and how things float in a safe environment. They had fun doing boat races, splashing and creating their own “waves”. This exhibit is guaranteed fun- and prepare to get a bit wet while your at it! Luckily for me, I had a spare of clothes for my daughter , but she wouldn’t’ take the time to change- thankfully, it was our last exhibit of the day!
They also have areas for dress up and imaginative play (a favorite for my little girl!). Baby Boomers is an area where the younger children can explore with soft toys, create their own “gardens”, read stories or just gaze at the amazing colors and murals that make this area so enjoyable for the youngest of kids.
If you do have very small children, the museum also has a private room for nursing mothers, along with a changing area. I’ve been to many kids’ attractions with my two children and this is a very special element. Finding quiet areas to take your very young while your older kids are playing is a wonderful luxury for some tired moms!
The museum is located at 2701 Prospect Drive in Rancho Cordova. Admissions will be $7.00 General Admission, $6.00 for Military and those over 60 and Free to museum members and children under the age of 1.
But don’t just take my word for it that this is a great place to take your children (or nephews, nieces, grandkids, etc)- mark your calendars for Thursday, August 25th for the Grand Opening Celebration of Sacramento’s First Children’s Museum.
And if you would like to experience the fun “hands-on”, we are going to be giving away 2 family 4 pack passes to a couple lucky readers. Please comment on this article and let us know why your family should be one of the first to visit the museum and next Friday (August 19th) 2 lucky winners will be announced.