Most Unique Children's Museums in the United States

As many parents can agree, we’ve reached the point in the summer when kids start to become bored of their typical outdoor activities or video games and are looking for something new to do. Keeping little ones occupied while you get things done at work or at home can be difficult, and spending time together as a family during the summer months is something worth cherishing. When was the last time you and your family visited a local children’s museum, or hit the road in search of some new, fresh family fun?

In an effort to make it easier for you to choose your next destination, we’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite children’s museums across the country. Maybe this list will shine a light on something new and fun in your city or state, or perhaps serve as inspiration to seek out your local children’s museum or adventure center to see what they have to offer.

No matter what you choose to do with this list, we hope you feel inspired to pack up the car and buckle in for some family fun with your loved ones. Children’s museums are often stimulating for all age groups - parents included - and can give kids an opportunity to learn while they play. Since many young ones take a break from continued learning to soak up the summer sun, children’s museums are a great way to keep them sharp and engaged, allowing them to learn about topics that actually interest them.

Without further ado, here are our picks for some of the best and most interesting children’s museums in the United States!

1. The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis

There’s a reason this is one of the most common search results if you’re looking for the best or most unique children’s museum in the US. If you’ve ever seen photos of the building, you’ll notice a “life size” dinosaur statue attempting to make an entrance into the building. Once inside, visitors aren’t disappointed. Your family can take advantage of indoor and outdoor exhibits, sports experiences, live shows, and much more.

2. Boston Children’s Museum

Featuring nearly two dozen engaging and inspiring exhibits, the Boston Children’s Museum is a colorful, magical place for little ones to play, learn, and grow. Whether or not you’re close enough to visit, you can check out their resources on the Power of Play online. Plus, parents can check out their podcast and extensive online learning resources, all from the website!

3. Please Touch Museum

This one speaks for itself. Philadelphia’s Please Touch Museum exists to “change a child’s life” through interactive play and curiosity. The best part? There’s practically nothing that you and your family can’t touch, interact with, or explore - it’s a kid’s dream come true and you’ll enjoy not having to remind them not to touch things. Check out their traveling and permanent exhibits online.

4. Children’s Museum of Houston

One of our favorite things that Houston’s children’s museum offers is there “all-time access” portal, through which you and your family can enjoy 3D field trips, playlists, and projects all from the comfort of your home. But, if you find yourself in the Houston area, be sure to drop in with your little ones so they can experience the wonder of their trendy, cutting-edge exhibits perfect for any age.

5. Kidspace Children’s Museum

Located in Pasadena, California, the Kidspace Children’s Museum boasts nearly 40 exhibits on 3.5 acres of wonderful fun. There’s practically an exhibit for every type of play imaginable and all of them will help your kiddo grow and develop while having fun. Experience outdoor and indoor spaces that will transport your young one to another world. Visiting Pasadena on a trip? Make sure Kidspace is on your list.

Feeling inspired to give your children a safe space to explore, learn, and play? Our museum-loving friends recommend checking out KiwiCo and their curated activity boxes for all ages. It’s like bringing the museum right to you and your little ones and allows them to create their own toys and activities with guided help.

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