Museums for kids, and many local museums work hard to build awareness in their community with special programs like the Community LEGO® Art exhibit being held at the Wenham Museum in Wenham, Massachusetts. What's really neat about this program is there are 60 unique sculptures contributed by members of the community, both children and adults.
When my boys were growing up, LEGO®s were one of their favorite toys. LEGO®s offer endless possibilities for what you can build – we had many types of buildings, cities and creations scattered around the house. Imagine how excited your child would be if their work was on display in a local museum for kids, or the local library?
Learn which local museums for kids you can visit free on Saturday, September 29, 2012
Keep current with your favorite museums by getting their newsletters, as we seldom have enough time to read the newspaper. With young children, there are museums for kids and as they get older, you can find museums focused on science or other interests they have. Don't forget your own interests like art and the list of museums participating in the Smithsonian Museum Day is pretty amazing!
Smithsonian Museum Day & Museums for Kids
You'll want to check out the list of museums in your local community. You can search by state and get a list of all the participating museums. Here are the New Hampshire museums, where I live although I'm close to Massachusetts.
History Museums for Kids Make It Real
We lived in California when my boys were young and we had fun visiting our assigned California missions. With more than 20 missions, our school had California night and students presented their missions, so you learned how they influenced California.
- American Independence Museum in Exeter, NH
- Gov. John Langdon House in Portsmouth, NH
- Hopkinton Historical Society in Hopkinton, NH
- Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum in Warner, NH
- New Hampshire Historical Society Museum in Concord, NH
- Strawbery Banke Museum in Portsmouth, NH
Museums with a Special Focus
Everyone has different interests, so it's a matter of finding museums that match your interests. Here are the museums I found in New Hampshire and while they don't include “kids” in their names, I know many of these are museums for kids like the Seacoast Science Center.
- Amoskeag Fishways Learning and Visitors Center in Manchester, NH
- Aviation Museum of New Hampshire in Londonderry, NH
- Currier Museum of Art in Manchester, NH
- Seacoast Science Center in Rye, NH
- Squam Lakes Natural Science Center in Holderness, NH
- The Fells in Newbury, NH – required a bit of research and that's great as I learned about this historic estate with gardens on Lake Sunapee, one of the early 20th-century NH summer homes. It might be fun to visit, especially if I can take photos to share this 22-room Colonial Revival house built in 1891.
Which museum are you going to visit?