A new children’s museum opened April on the riverfront in Wilmington. There is something for just about every age group. The museum is open from 9 am to 4:30 pm. The general admission price is $12 and children under one are free. The museum has its own free parking lot across the street from the nearby restaurants parking lot. From there it is a short stroll to the museum. The museum is a big yellow building at 550 Justison Street.
There are seven main exhibits at the Delaware Children’s Museum. ECOnnect is a place where children can learn more about nature and the environment. There are plenty of hands on activities that will help children learn more about wind power, energy, and green technology.
Training Wheels is an exhibit that even the youngest visitors can enjoy. It is an area where they can explore trains, cars, and other modes of transportation. There is also a very discrete and convenient private nursing area for breastfed babies and their moms.
Bank on It is a place where kids can have fun while learning about money. Kids can learn about ATMs, budgeting, saving, and writing checks, and the stock market in an accessible way. There is even a pneumatic tube like the one at a bank drive thru for the children to use.
The Stratosphere is probably the biggest attraction for children eager to run and climb. It is a 30 foot diameter climber in the center of the museum. Children are able to climb up and over the lobby entrance and look down below.
Studio D is a place for the tiny artists in your family. Off the main entrance, it is a place where children can weave, learn printmaking, create a sculpture and to paint. It will be available for use in private birthday parties and art classes. This exhibit was not open when I attended.
The power of Me a place for children to learn more about the human body. There is a rock wall to help test children’s abilities. This exhibit is packed full of interactive exhibits that will keep kids and adults occupied and entertained as they learn.
Structures helps kids learn about building things. They learn about designing, modeling, testing, as well as building structures.
There is space available for birthday parties, summer camps and of course school trips. There is no cafeteria at this museum, which is probably a plus considering the usual quality of museum food. They do have several restaurants right next to the museum. Some of the nearby restaurants include: Joe’s Crab Shack, Iron Hill, and Big Fish Grill, all are family friendly.