With hands-on learning, STEM education enrichment, and the practical purpose of finding an activity inside, children’s museums are a great winter adventure.
Here are some Mid-Atlantic children’s museums worth checking out:
For the Kids, By George! Children’s Museum
229 E. Martin St., Suite 2, Martinsburg, W.Va.
Hours — Wednesdays, 3:00–7:00pm; Saturdays, 10:00am–5:00pm; and school holidays.
Admission — $6
For the Kids, By George! is a completely interactive and engaging museum for young minds focusing on the history of the region around Martinsburg.
The museum is housed in a working train station, so visitors are likely to see freight or passenger trains coming through town.
A new exhibit that features more information about young George Washington and his time in the eastern panhandle of West Virginia will be added in 2015.
Amazement Square, The Rightmire Children’s Museum
27 Ninth St., Lynchburg, Va.
Hours — Tuesdays–Sundays, 10:00am–5:00pm.
Admission — $9
Located in the historic J.W. Wood building in Lynchburg, Amazement Square offers hands-on learning, with themes focusing on the arts, health, culture, geography, the environment, and regional history.
Throughout the year, there are special programs and events.
Currently, there is a traveling exhibit, Nature’s Numbers, from the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia, which will be open through April.
The exhibit encourages visitors to interact with and experience a connection between math and its presence in the environment.
The museum recently announced it will restore an adjacent historic train tunnel for interactive programs and events.
Delaware Children’s Museum
550 Justison St., Wilmington, Del.
Hours — Tuesdays–Thursdays, 10:00am–3:00pm; Fridays–Saturdays, 10:00am–8:00pm; Sundays, 10:00am–3:00pm
Admission — $8.75
Located in The Big Yellow Building in Wilmington, the Delaware Children’s Museum recently opened a new 600-gallon see-through touch tank, with sting rays, small sharks, sea urchins, and other sea life.
“We have playful learning here,” the museum’s Nicole Kindbeiter said. She recommends coming to the museum and “making a day of it” while enjoying the shops and restaurants nearby, including the indoor trampoline center and skating rink.
Port Discovery Museum
35 Market Place, Baltimore, Md.
Hours — Tuesdays–Fridays, 9:30am–4:30pm; Saturdays, 10:00am–5:00pm; Sundays, noon–5:00pm.
Admission — $14.50
Located in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, near the National Aquarium, Port Discovery is an interactive museum for kids of all ages.
Highlights include the three-story climbing structure, a water room, grocery store, mystery room, arts studio, adventure expedition, and “Kick It Up!” soccer.
There are rotating exhibits and special programs every day.
Rose Hill Manor
1611 N. Market St., Frederick, Md.
Hours — Seasonal; check website
With a focus on history and life in the 18th and 19th centuries, Rose Hill was the former home of the first governor of Maryland.
The property features a manor house, icehouse, log cabin, blacksmith shop, carriage collection, and two barns.
The museum offers hands-on interactive learning and special programs throughout the year designed to help children experience history.
Children’s Museum of Richmond
2626 Broad St., Richmond, Va.
Hours — Daily, 9:30am–5:00pm.
Admission — $8
Some of the highlights at the Children’s Museum of Richmond include hands-on play in the grocery store, a life-size fire truck, the art studio, and a living tree house.
Each month, there are new events and exhibits to enhance the regular activities.
Every 15th day of the month, admission is just 15 cents.
The Richmond Children’s Museum also has three additional Virginia locations in Glen Allen, Midlothian, and Fredericksburg. Recently opened in Fredericksburg is the Eat Well, Play Well nutrition and fitness exhibit to explore healthy living.