The Cincinnati Museum Center may be undergoing renovations for a while, but the Duke Energy Children's Museum at Cincinnati Museum Center is still the perfect place for your kids of all ages to explore and burn off some energy. Even the 13 year old in our group had a great time!
There is construction work you can see on both the outside and the inside of the building. Yet it's still easy to park, and you just need to walk under some scaffolding to get into the front doors.
When you enter the building, you'll see a new lobby with a window in the wall to see the progress they are making in the Rotunda during construction work.
Head down the escalator to find the Children's Museum. You'll see an aerial view of "The Woods" as you are coming down the stairs.
Have some fun learning about physics in the ball pit area. Load up the balls into the overhead bin either by tossing, loading them using a pulley system, or using the treadmill to work the conveyor belt.
Then, when the bell rings, get ready to have the balls fall on top of you.
The giant teeth in the Inside the Grin exhibit are a favorite spot. Learn to brush and floss on this larger-than-life-sized mouth!
Meet a variety of reptiles. We saw a snake and a turtle!
There are lots of opportunities for active pretend play at the Children's Museum. Put on an apron and prepare lunch for your hungry customers at the diner.
Take care of your furry friends in the veterinarian's office, bring your sick baby to the doctor, or shop for groceries at the store.
See how a house is framed and add the drywall to finish it off.
Sit in the cab of a crane, load up rocks, and haul them away.
Lego building fun!
Lots of live animals to check out...snakes, frogs, and hissing cockroaches! Oh my!
Nature's Trading Post has relocated from the Museum of Natural History & Science during renovations. Learn about fossils, animals and rocks. Bring in a natural item and trade it for something different at the Trading Post.
Explore the woods (this area is for kids ages eight and up) and climb through the trees and tunnels, explore the caves, zoom down the slide and hideout in the treehouse.
While in the woods, be sure to go on the scavenger hunt looking for the purple bottles found throughout the area.
The water play area is always a hit...parents might want to save this until the end in case the kids get soaked! Make sure to pick up an apron.
If you are visiting with kids under the age of four, be sure to check out this area just for them. It has a gate with an attendant so that little ones can't escape when parents aren't looking.
If your visit happens to last into lunchtime (which it probably will) either pack lunches and enjoy them at the picnic table just outside of the Children's Museum, or purchase ready-made sandwiches and snacks at the food cart. (The restaurants inside the Rotunda are closed during renovations.)
The Children's Museum is a don't-miss attraction in our area. You can find more information about the Cincinnati Museum Center in my book, Adventures Around Cincinnati. We are thrilled it's still open for us to enjoy during renovations!