Tips when visiting a children's museum

Tips when visiting a children's museum

Visiting a children's museum can be a lot of fun for you and your child.  We are lucky enough to have more than one children’s museum within a reasonable drive and visit them often.  Keeping the following tips in mind helps make sure we and everyone else at the museum has a good time while we’re there.

  1. If there is a water table, your child may get splashed. I know splashing isn't allowed. but when you're dealing with toddlers and preschoolers, it's bound to happen.  Don't rush to scold the child who did the splashing, especially if a parent is already handling it.  Whether your child is the splasher or the splashee, don't make a bigger deal out of it than it is.  
  2. Signs tell you to pick up after your children, but few parents rarely do. Please do. It makes it safer for the other kids.
  3. Watch your children and encourage them to take turns.  If your child runs up and snatches something from another child or pushes him out of the way, you need to address that.  My child does it too, it's normal, but it's hard for him to understand why it's OK for another kid to do it and not for him.
  4. Enforce time limits.  Some activities are really popular. If you see a child waiting, don't be afraid to tell your child it's time to move on to something else so other kids can have a turn.  That toy, ball tube or slight might be her favorite thing, but there are a lot of other things she'll enjoy as well.
  5. Interact with your child. It's a museum. It's for learning.  Sure, it's a place for kids to play and have fun, but there is so much knowledge to gain too. Don't just stand around talking. Explain how some of those cool activities work, talk about colors, processes and more. Embrace the opportunity to learn.