A member’s review + tips for if you go
Back in December, my mom was asking me what kind of Christmas present she could get for my kids. Knowing we were relocating to Mansfield, Ohio right after Christmas, I thought that money towards a family membership to the Little Buckeye Children’s Museum would be just the ticket (pun intended) to keeping the kids occupied on dreary Ohio days!
We’ve been three times so far, and it’s safe to say that this may be the most well-loved Christmas present! The kids are always asking to go back!
My children are currently 3, 5, and 7; and they all stay highly engaged throughout our visits and beg to stay longer. When we purchased the membership, I worried that my 7-year-old would tire of the museum, but he enjoys playing with his younger siblings and has never complained of boredom. There are exhibits that older children may especially appreciate, such as the model train and k’nex station.
As a mom, I appreciate that although space is large and the exhibits are plentiful, it’s fairly easy for me to watch my children even if they are at separate stations. A tip for caregivers: if you’re starting to get weary from all the excitement, ask your children or grandchildren to put on a special play for you. Sit back in the restored theatre seats with some (fake) popcorn and watch your little thespians.
If you’re coming from out of town, you may also want to pack a spare pair of pants (or shoes), for your budding scientists. The water table is a HUGE hit, but we’ve left with a wet shoe more than once. I am thankful the museum provides these awesome bibs to keep their shirts dry. There are restrooms on both floors for your convenience.
From an imaginary camping adventure to a McDonald’s drive-thru (by Cozy Coupe), there’s make-believe play for all ages. On this last visit, my eldest child taught the younger ones their letters and numbers in the one-room schoolhouse.
How fun is this sensory room? FYI: This is the only space that they ask that you remove your shoes.
One of the things I love most about the Little Buckeye Children’s Museum is seeing how my kids interact with each other and play together throughout each exhibit. They share their enthusiasm and model to each other what they are learning.
A family membership at the Little Buckeye Children’s Museum is currently $100. For a family of 5, it would only take 2.5 visits to pay for the membership. This is one investment I can endorse! Not only are you allowing your child to engage in a play – the BEST type of education- but you’re also investing in a small city in Ohio.
NOTE: There is no parking lot for the museum. On-street parking is a 2-hour limit meter. Pack your quarters and set your timer! Otherwise, we park in the free public parking, which is accessed off of Diamond Street, just south of 4th Street. It’s a one block walk from there.
Between Labor Day & Memorial Day, the museum is open Wednesdays- Sundays. We prefer to visit on Wednesdays because it’s typically very quiet! Check their calendar for special events.
** This was NOT a sponsored post, our family just enjoys the museum. May contain affiliate links**