Enjoying Your Visit!
Playtime is an incredibly valuable time. Children learn through play by imitating adult behaviors, stretching their imaginations and building creativity. When parents play with their children, they make them feel important and valued. Playtime is an excellent opportunity for parents and children to build a lifelong bond.
Basic Tips for Play at the Museum:
Let Your Child Be the Guide!
While it may be tempting to nudge your child along so the family can see every exhibit and participate in every activity to get the full "value" of the museum, your child may equate quality rather than quantity as the best indicator of time well spent. Let your child guide you to an activity that he or she is interested in. When a child decides what to play it will keep their attention longer. It is easy for adults to become bored with the same activity, but repetition is key to a child’s learning especially in early childhood.
Focus on Your Child!
Give your child your complete attention to help them realize how important they are to you. Use your own imagination – your child will delight in it!
Support your Child's Learning and Playing Styles!
One of the best ways to do this is by asking questions that do not require a "yes" or "no" response. Such as: What do you think will happen next? Why do you think it works this way!
Relax and Unwind!
Make playtime an opportunity to forget about life’s daily stresses and focus on your child. KidZone provides a unique atmosphere that allows you to forget about work and household chores and become immersed in your child's imagination. Through play, you can better understand your child's abilities and desires.Where to start at the museum:
- Shop for groceries at The Market
- Splash around in the Water Zone
- Take a trip to the moon in our GX-10 Galactic Explorer
- Make a take-home craft in the Art Zone
After you Leave:
After leaving the children's museum, you may find yourself in a place that reminds you of an exhibit. Use these moments to reflect with your child about the museum experience and how it compares with the present environment. Be prepared for some surprising discoveries!