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A Morning at the Phoenix Children’s Museum

I really love a good children’s museum.
I have lots of happy memories of going as a child to various ones, and now we’ve taken our girls to ones in Austin, Houston (the best of the best of the ones we’ve been to), Las Vegas, Seattle, Raleigh, and now Phoenix.
In fact, we’ve been to the Phoenix Children’s Museum twice – Bart and I took the girls on a recent Saturday and then the two delightful women who run I Heart AZ invited me to come with them last week.

The minute we pulled up to the building, I knew I’d like it. It’s an old three-story school building that’s been converted into a museum, and it is really pretty glorious.

And then inside? One cool thing after another.




This bike carwash was Ella’s FAVORITE thing both times we went. I think she would have been happy to ride through it for three hours. Ani, however, was a little more nervous about it. She mostly stayed on the outside.




One thing I love about this museum is that there are lots of little extra exhibits. Not only are there the big dedicated rooms or sections, but the hallways all have fun little extras like this ice cream stand (with a hot dog stand across from it), big clear bins for I Spy, or little air tubes to stick handkerchiefs in and watch them soar out.



Of course, the art room was an enormous hit with my girls. They have two or three different crafts or art projects each day set up, but they also have a huge castle (maybe 8 feet by 8 feet) and the kids can just paint to their heart’s content. The paint color changes every day and apparently every 2 years they swap it out for a new structure.



I also love that every area has multiple seating areas for parents (I never want to stand for more than about five seconds if I can help it), and there are also little book collections in each area, so if your child needs a little break from the stimulation, there’s plenty of reading material to choose from.

Next up. . . La Cite des Enfants in Paris. Sometimes, once in a great while, life can be very glamorous.

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  • Reply Rachel August 13, 2014 at 12:57 pm

    Ani is looking so grown up! Cute girls and looks like an awesome museum!

  • Reply Lauren and Joe O'Brien August 13, 2014 at 2:12 pm

    We will probably be going to Phoenix in September for vacation, so love getting ideas for good children's activities from your blog! And enjoy Paris!

  • Reply Theresa August 13, 2014 at 3:59 pm

    How fun! I guess I always imagine museums as being a bunch of breakable stuff you can't touch… We might have to check out some children's museum's this looks wonderful!

  • Reply Carole August 13, 2014 at 4:57 pm

    That looks so fun! I was glad to get a glimpse of the painted castle that you mentioned earlier. Also, the dress yesterday turned out GREAT! Glad Bart liked it.

  • Reply Operation Pink Herring August 13, 2014 at 8:31 pm

    Next time youre in UT, check out the new one in Thanksgiving Point. It's incredible!

  • Reply Meg ~ Chasing Pink Fireflies August 14, 2014 at 12:33 am

    That sounds like a really amazing place! Thanks for the great pictures that you included here – some might inspire me to get a bit more crafty with my kids to create new play toys (like that ice cream stand)!

  • Reply kristi August 14, 2014 at 5:23 pm

    If y'all have a chance before you leave NC, check out the Greensboro Children's Museum. Fun place & Greensboro is an easy drive from Durham.

  • Reply I Heart AZ August 14, 2014 at 6:37 pm

    Thanks for joining us, Janssen. It was so fun to meet you and we had a great time!

  • Reply Ashley August 15, 2014 at 1:46 am

    This looks like a fantastic museum!!! My boys would have loved the car wash as well.

  • Reply alexraphael August 15, 2014 at 3:43 pm

    That bear is awesome. As is the ice cream 😉

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