April 15, 2019 – After a long car ride from Maryland to Charlottesville, the kids needed to let off some steam. So we headed straight to the Virginia Discovery Museum.
Located in the downtown district, it made for a nice stroll from the parking garage to the children’s museum where the kids hammed it up with some street sculptures and tried to sneak a ride on the little carousel right in front of the museum.
From the outside, the museum looked rather small–not at all what you would expect considering it’s a place where little children will be running around. But as you walk further in, you realize (just like a TARDIS), it is actually bigger on the inside. You go deeper and deeper all the way to the role-play area in the back and you appreciate how much space they actually really have.
With all the usual toys and interactive materials found in other children’s museums, it is a place that is familiar to my kids (who have had their fair share of visits to other children’s museums). Straight away, they gravitated towards their favorites and explored new contraptions. More than anything, if you’ve been on a long car ride, it is a comforting sight and a familiar spot in an otherwise new setting.
If you live in the area, it is a wonderful and intimate place to take your pre-school children to explore and engage. When we went there on a Monday, it was not very crowded at all, and my sons had free rein on the usually crowded kitchen play area. Needless to say, they had a blast and were able to fully get in the role of children pretending to be grown-ups as we grown-ups sometimes wish to be kids again.
April 15, 2020 – It’s crazy how much has changed in a year, and with social distancing in place, the museum continues to try to educate and bring Science to the home. Check out their easy Science activities for you to do with your children at home.