Due to a botched trip to the zoo, we discovered a new place to play on Cape Cod. I’d been by the Children’s Museum before traveling to and from job sites, but never considered this as a possible destination for a day trip. Traffic was fairly heavy leaving the Cape today, and we got off to a late start. It was nearly 2:00 PM by the time we were on the highway. Thanks to a stop at exit 6 for lunch and drinks, I checked the zoo website and found that they closed at 4:00. Given the traffic and the distance, we’d have been lucky to get there by 3:30. On a whim, we grabbed some tourist fliers at exit 6 and found the Children’s Museum listed in one. So, off we went.
The admission fee was reasonable, and they were open until 5:00PM. It cost $24 to get in. I was impressed by the number of exhibits they had, as well as the number of types of activities, exhibits, and toys on hand. Because the weather was beautiful today, we practically had the museum to ourselves. There were no more than two or three other families there when we arrived.
There is a mock up of a submarine, complete with a working periscope. The kids loved it.
The exhibits are really well done, with lots to keep the kids occupied. Though the museum is a fraction of the size of the one in Boston, I preferred it. Because, the museum is essentially one very large room, it is easier to keep an eye on the kids.
The best thing (for me) about this place is that there are things to do for both of the children (ages 1 and 3). There is a small music room with a working keyboard, tambourines, percussion instruments, etc. There is an area where kids can put on a puppet show (complete with stage). There are a number of places to play dress up, as well as puzzles and exhibits that older children will enjoy.
When it was time to leave, the kids went ape-shit (naturally). The staff gave us vouchers for free ice cream cones for the kids at a local ice cream place which immediately distracted the kids. We will definitely be back.