Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Touring Boston - What to Know About Visiting the Boston Museum of Science with Kids

We went to the Museum of Science with some friends shortly after we moved to Boston (before we had kids) and we loved it! There was so much to do and so much to explore. They had a fantastic lightening exhibit, a weather station where you could see touch and feel all sorts of weather related things, science puzzles that test probabilities given different circumstances, pirate ships and more. We spent three hours there, saw maybe half the museum and had to head home because my husband had a take home test and MIT is not very forgiving when it comes to testing. Grr.

Boston Museum of Science with Kids

Boston Museum of Science with Kids
Fast forward a few years and I went back with my toddler son in
tow, and was amazed all over again at what the Boston Museum of Science had to offer. This time I was amazed by the live animal shows, ball runs and an amazing little kid only area that is crowd controlled so that once you're inside your child can enjoy the toys without being over crowded.

We love the toddler area, it's got stroller parking right out front and two levels of awesome things to play with and explore.  The top level has a ball run that sucks up ping pong balls and then drops them down a shoot.  The shoot has a bunch of magnetic pieces that can be moved and manipulated to change how the balls drop down and my son happily played with just the ball run for over an hour.

Things to Note:

1) Price
It's expensive if you don't have a discounted pass ($22/person, children under 3 are free)  However you can get discounted passes from the library if your a Boston local and MIT has a sweet deal where students can get in for free and can buy discount tickets for $7 for anyone else.

2) Stroller Friendliness
This place is huge!  Bring a stroller!  If you use the baby/toddler area you will be asked to park your stroller out front near it, but if you want to see some of the other amazing things the museum has to offer and you have little ones you'll want the help of a stroller to get them around.

Boston Museum of Science with Kids
3) Baby/Toddler Area
The Museum of Science has an amazing baby/toddler only area.  We go and only go there and still feel like we've had a great trip.  They have tons for your little one to do and it's crowd controlled so your little one wont be over run.

4) Getting There
The "T" drops off nice and close to the Museum of Science they also have a parking garage so getting there is a snap.

Summary and Rating ★★★★★

Five Stars.  I have loved the Boston Museum of Science every time we've gone.  It was a ton of fun to go as an adult and to be able to explore interesting bits of science and I love taking my son.  The toddler room is clean, there is plenty to see, and even I find the toddler toys interesting and engaging.  If you're looking for a membership somewhere to get away from the winter blues this would be my location of choice.

Have you been here before?  If so I'd love to know more about your experience and any tips or tricks you have in the comments section below.

Museum of Science
Boston Museum of Science with Kids
1 Science Park
Boston, MA 02114

Phone: 617-723-2500

Regular Hours:
January 1 – July 4 & September 9 – December 31
Saturday – Thursday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Friday, 9:00 am – 9:00 pm

Summer Hours:
July 5 – September 7
Saturday – Thursday, 9:00 am – 7:00 pm
Friday, 9:00 am – 9:00 pm

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Boston Museum of Science with Kids

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Boston Museum of Science with Kids

Boston Museum of Science with Kids