A ... GENIUS.
Please ... bring your children into this enclosed space and let them run, climb, jump, scream, throw, skip, TOUCH WHATEVER THE HELL THEY WANT.
I have taken Max and Charlie to the Please Touch Museum in Philadelphia, PA and the Hands-On Children's Museum in Lancaster, PA. Obviously, the one on Philadelphia is much larger with a much larger budget, but both are equally fun. The one in Lancaster is noticeable smaller which contains the children much better. The one in Philadelphia has displays, a caroussel, sculptures, huge water play area, rock climbing, etc. (Please see my blogpost from September 2012). Lancaster has an outside garden for bug hunting and sandbox for playtime.
This past weekend, the boys and I headed to Baltimore Inner Harbor where there is the Port Discovery Children's Museum. Again, GENIUS. See the website below:
The climbing structure on the inside is the main piece and everything else revolves around it. No one sticks to the age limits and my four year old was climbing in the 10 year old structure. Spaces are narrow and even adults were getting into the rope gym, squeezing through tubes and sliding down slides. It was so much fun and even us adults didn't want to wait our turn. I was really proud of Max and Charlie - they held their own. Charlie froze up once in a huge rope tube/ladder that took the kids to the top. He looked around ... there were so many kids. He climbed down. Max kept going up. All good.
It's actually not that expensive, they help validate your parking, we packed and ate a luncheon in the car. It was fantastic ... plus you're right on the harbor. Restaurants galore, the National Aquarium, Camden Yards, boats, etc. Make a weekend of it.
I'll let the pictures speak for themselves. Seek out these places, jump houses, trampoline parks, anything ... get your kids moving even when it's freezing outside!
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