Children’s museums are unique spaces that inspire kids to learn, explore and play. Youthful havens of discovery, they create environments of passion, challenge and excitement for young ones and let them have hands-on interactions with science, art and technology. Taking exhibited journeys through the Safari, the laboratory, the art studio and the kitchen, Wisconsin’s array of children’s museums present fantastic investigatory options that demonstrate the wonderstruck power of childhood and exactly how fun learning can be. Below is a list of five of Wisconsin’s most creative and energizing children’s museums.
Opening a brand-new, state of the art facility in 2013, the Children’s Museum of Fond du Lac is chock-full of fun cultural and scientific activities for children to explore. Home to eleven exhibits spanning a myriad of subject matters, Fondy’s innovative museum gives kids the chance to be a performer and puppeteer at the “Big Apple Theater,” be a DJ at “CFIZ Radio station,” investigate the mysteries of the sea at “Great Toddler Reef” and cook up some fun at “Pizzeria Frazioni.” With a “learn by doing” philosophy key to the museum’s operation, the Children’s Museum of Fond du Lac is a clear winner for parents and children looking for an exciting trip this summer!
With 10,000 square feet of space and possibly the biggest “Sky Crawl” in the country, Sheboygan’s Museum truly does go above and beyond. Architecturally stellar and home to grandiose exhibits including the ornate Siegl miniature circus (which took over 30,000 hours to make), Above and Beyond epitomizes the experiential opportunities available in Wisconsin’s children’s museums that take learning past the classroom and into an engaging 3D world. With creative installations such as the “Whompamaphone” PVC pipe organ and the “Kid’s Clinic” presenting stirring ways to learn about music and medicine, education and play are inseparable at Above and Beyond.
Betty Brinn Children’s Museum – Milwaukee
A playful and engaging institution that explores both the exceptional and the everyday, Milwaukee’s Betty Brinn Children’s Museum gives kids a chance to connect with art, science and technology, but also buying, selling and the overall structure of a community. Placing exhibits featuring musical conducting and dance choreography alongside a small-scale “Home Town,” Betty Brinn celebrates creative mastery, but also the little things. Additionally home to “Pocket Park,” Milwaukee’s Children’s Museum lets children explore urban settings, ecology and water, making Betty Brinn a vital presence today’s eco-conscious world.
Gertrude Salzer Gordon Children’s Museum of La Crosse – La Crosse
Taking “hands-on” learning to a whole new level, the Gertrude Salzer Gordon Children’s Museum of La Cross provides a host of creative opportunities for youth, letting them wall-climb, role play as police officers and firefighters, buy or sell goods at a convenient store and report the news on the museum’s own WKID TV. Teaching young ones about different jobs in an amusing way, this museum makes discovery an easy and fun adventure. If you’re looking for an interactive and educational stop on your family’s trip to southwest Wisconsin, this is definitely the place!