A member’s review + tips for if you go
Mansfield, Ohio has plenty of activities to keep little hands and feet busy! One of our absolute favorites is Little Buckeye Children’s Museum!
Little Buckeye Children’s Museum is the perfect place to spend a dreary or snowy day in North Central Ohio. From toddlers to elemetary age, there is probably something that will keep kids happy! And (shh) don’t tell them, but they will be learning, too!
At ages 3, 5, and 7 (during our year of membership), my children stayed highly engaged throughout our visits and begged to stay longer. When we purchased our membership, I worried that my 7-year-old would tire of the museum, but he enjoyed playing with his younger siblings and 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.
Want something to do before or after? Check out my favorite playgrounds in Mansfield!
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 $129. 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.
Looking for more things to do in Mansfield with kids? Check out my post on the best family-friendly activities.
** This was NOT a sponsored post, our family just enjoys the museum. Contains affiliate links**