I watch as together they follow the scarf with their eyes. It has been sucked up into the array of connected tubes above them and is sailing through like a marble on a ramp. All of a sudden it whooshes out and lands on my son's head. They both giggle and race to do it again.
Room after room the Memphis Children's Museum engages you in play, creativity, and imaginative thought.
If you're visiting the Children's Museum, you should know that the museum believes strongly in the power of play. A sign on the wall explains it's play based beliefs and states that the museum "lights a creative spark for discovery and lifelong learning."
This philosophy is evident from the first area you meet. One of the first things you see is the airplane play area where children can pretend to be pilots, load luggage, or work in the control tower.
As you wander back through the museum, there are big themed play spaces as well as smaller invitations. This one invites you to weave.
This one is a light table with our beloved Magna-tiles waiting to be explored.
These are invitations that my kids raced right past, but would capture their attention if we were able to come back again and again. This is definitely a museum worth membership if you live in the area.
The museum has taken great care in its details. The Kroger shopping area was one of our favorites. It is set up exactly like a miniature grocery store with everything at the perfect height for preschoolers.
There is something for everyone.
*Grocery store and cooking areas for emerging dramatic play.
*Firetrucks, police vehicles, airplanes, and a mechanic shop for transportation enthusists.
*Scientific explorations in light and wind.
*Gross motor challenges.
*Opportunities for music and movement.
If you have children under 4, you will find a special area devoted to them.
In many ways it is a smaller version of the museum at large. It contains many of the same features on a smaller scale, but also unique play materials and spaces for these youngest children.
There is also a toddler friendly bathroom in this area.
More than anything, it is important to know that this museum is a wonderful, creative space for young children.
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