Jordan received a bunch of new games for Christmas and he was itching to play them. So in order to give my hard-working hubby some time to himself, I decided to take the kids to the Children’s Museum the day after Christmas. And since my mother-in-law Beth (also known as Grams) was free that day, we decided to invite her to come along.
This past July, Jordan and I visited the Children’s Museum together with the kids. And that very same day, we decided to purchase a family membership. Since then, the membership has definitely paid for itself. This is a super fun place to take the kids where Jaylee can run around and do whatever she wants – there isn’t anything off-limits and running/playing/climbing is encouraged. And since we have a membership, visiting is absolutely free!
Jaylee’s favorite exhibit is the very first one you see after walking into the museum – an old fire truck that the kids can climb in, drive, and even turn on the (muted) sirens. Actually, when we talk about the Children’s Museum with her, we call it “going to play Big Truck”. She loves the fire truck so much, that’s what she remembers this place by. Its really cool because they have all the stuff so you can dress up like a fireman, but she will never do it. All the other kids run around in their fire hats and fire coats, but she refuses. Oh well. 🙂 At least I can still put a hat on Jaxton’s head.
The biggest downside to the Children’s Museum is probably its location. Its located downtown, so its not a very convenient place to go on the weekdays because of the traffic. We end up normally going on the weekends, but it seems to be very crowded on the weekends because everybody has the same idea. So the day after Christmas was a nice mix of low-traffic, and fewer crowds (mostly because it snowed pretty heavily the night before). We arrived at the museum at a good time when it wasn’t so crowded, though it did start to fill up more by the time we were leaving.
Jaylee seemed to enjoy the “animal play” area the most this time. Its this cool structure that’s meant to imitate the way animals live in nature. They have these cute little squirrel and rabbit costumes for the kids to wear. But of course, Jaylee doesn’t dress up.
But she does love to climb and explore and play, and demand that “Grams come too!” and “Mommy come too!”. And if you say no, she’ll run over and grab your finger in order to drag you along. And there ain’t nobody who could resist her when she’s grabbing your finger to bring you along. And so, we climb.
It won’t be long before Jax is also crawling around, following his sister into all the fun little nooks and crannies in the museum. They have a special place for babies under 3 where there are no bigger kids and lots of things to crawl on. But they’ve closed off the coolest things in there because they’re under construction, so we don’t spend too much time in there. Its not exciting enough for Jaylee, and she doesn’t quite understand the concept of not running over the littler kids.
She definitely does have an active imagination though. She laid down in this blue light that was projected on the floor and said she was in the water. Which is, in fact, what they had in mind when they created it. But nobody had told her that, and I was impressed with the way her little brain works. She may have heard it from another kid, but I’m going to just assume that she’s brilliant.
If you’re ever in Denver with little kids (I’d say under the age of 10-ish), this is definitely the place to go for some fun. There are so many cool things to do and explore and learn about, and the adults have just as much fun with the kids. (My favorite is the bubble exhibit) I love watching Jaylee’s little brain work as she explores her world. Plus – it gets a lot of energy out and is a great way to kill a couple hours. It’ll be so fun when Jax is old enough to run around after his sister and explore all the cool things to see.