I really love a good children's museum.
I have lots of happy memories of going as a child to various ones, and now we've taken our girls to ones in Austin, Houston (the best of the best of the ones we've been to), Las Vegas, Seattle, Raleigh, and now Phoenix.
In fact, we've been to the Phoenix Children's Museum twice - Bart and I took the girls on a recent Saturday and then the two delightful women who run I Heart AZ invited me to come with them last week.
The minute we pulled up to the building, I knew I'd like it. It's an old three-story school building that's been converted into a museum, and it is really pretty glorious.
And then inside? One cool thing after another.
This bike carwash was Ella's FAVORITE thing both times we went. I think she would have been happy to ride through it for three hours. Ani, however, was a little more nervous about it. She mostly stayed on the outside.
One thing I love about this museum is that there are lots of little extra exhibits. Not only are there the big dedicated rooms or sections, but the hallways all have fun little extras like this ice cream stand (with a hot dog stand across from it), big clear bins for I Spy, or little air tubes to stick handkerchiefs in and watch them soar out.
Of course, the art room was an enormous hit with my girls. They have two or three different crafts or art projects each day set up, but they also have a huge castle (maybe 8 feet by 8 feet) and the kids can just paint to their heart's content. The paint color changes every day and apparently every 2 years they swap it out for a new structure.
I also love that every area has multiple seating areas for parents (I never want to stand for more than about five seconds if I can help it), and there are also little book collections in each area, so if your child needs a little break from the stimulation, there's plenty of reading material to choose from.
Next up. . . La Cite des Enfants in Paris. Sometimes, once in a great while, life can be very glamorous.