Austin Children Museum

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I have been to children's museums all over the country, and I can honestly say this is the worst one I have ever visited. First of all, the place was so small and crowded that I wondered at one point whether they were even allowed to have so many people inside at one time. Also, while this is not necessarily the museum's fault, there were more screaming, crying and tantrum-throwing kids there than I could count.

The exhibits themselves were disappointing. Many of them were broken or missing pieces. The ones that did work either did not explain the purpose behind the exhibit, or gave a sentence or two to explain the purpose but did not explain what exactly the child was meant to do. For instance, most of the upstairs is dedicated to the 'tinkerer's workshop,' which apparently means a random assortment of stations where things were meant to be built. There seemed to be a theme or creating and inventing, but no suggestion was given as to how the different stations might work together to help a child create something. No guidance was given on what to build (perhaps they did not want to inhibit the children's creativity) or what the purpose of any of the stations was. At many stations, there was no explanation of anything, just a presentation of objects. One station contained a sort of pegboard with screws and screwdrivers and plastic plates with holes in them that (one would think) could be screwed into the holes. However, the holes were not threaded for screws, so neither the screws nor the screwdrivers worked. Another station contained a random assortment of junk that children were supposed to imagine into something and then build. At least I think that's what it was for; there really weren't any directions.

The museum was woefully understaffed, and what staffers I did see appeared only briefly to dump off more junk and then disappeared. No one was available to answer questions.

I noticed when reading the reviews that those dating to 2006 and earlier were mostly positive, while those from later are mostly negative. It seems that the museum is really headed downhill. I can't understand how they can charge as much money as they do for admission and be in such a sad shape. Either they should charge more and fix their problems, or charge less and admit that they're a sub-standard museum.

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★☆☆☆☆

I have been to children's museums all over the country, and I can honestly say this is the worst one I have ever visited. First of all, the place was so small and crowded that I wondered at one point whether they were even allowed to have so many people inside at one time. Also, while this is not necessarily the museum's fault, there were more screaming, crying and tantrum-throwing kids there than I could count.

The exhibits themselves were disappointing. Many of them were broken or missing pieces. The ones that did work either did not explain the purpose behind the exhibit, or gave a sentence or two to explain the purpose but did not explain what exactly the child was meant to do. For instance, most of the upstairs is dedicated to the 'tinkerer's workshop,' which apparently means a random assortment of stations where things were meant to be built. There seemed to be a theme or creating and inventing, but no suggestion was given as to how the different stations might work together to help a child create something. No guidance was given on what to build (perhaps they did not want to inhibit the children's creativity) or what the purpose of any of the stations was. At many stations, there was no explanation of anything, just a presentation of objects. One station contained a sort of pegboard with screws and screwdrivers and plastic plates with holes in them that (one would think) could be screwed into the holes. However, the holes were not threaded for screws, so neither the screws nor the screwdrivers worked. Another station contained a random assortment of junk that children were supposed to imagine into something and then build. At least I think that's what it was for; there really weren't any directions.

The museum was woefully understaffed, and what staffers I did see appeared only briefly to dump off more junk and then disappeared. No one was available to answer questions.

I noticed when reading the reviews that those dating to 2006 and earlier were mostly positive, while those from later are mostly negative. It seems that the museum is really headed downhill. I can't understand how they can charge as much money as they do for admission and be in such a sad shape. Either they should charge more and fix their problems, or charge less and admit that they're a sub-standard museum.

Pros: attractive exterior

Cons: exhibits were often broken or were lacking explanation

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Okay, I'm no germaphobe, but seriously, when objects all over the museum are full of grime and you never see anyone cleaning up toys, you have to wonder....just how many viruses are we talking about transferring to others?

I get the fact that the museum doesn't make a whole lot of money, however even humble areas where kids dwell, i.e. daycares, clean toys with solution. It can be done. I've gone to other children museums in Texas that look and smell clean and don't even have any grime all over.

I refuse to go back to this Children's Museum. My children may like it when they are there, but everytime, 2-3 days later we all suffer with being sick. Simply not worth it....

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★☆☆☆☆

Okay, I'm no germaphobe, but seriously, when objects all over the museum are full of grime and you never see anyone cleaning up toys, you have to wonder....just how many viruses are we talking about transferring to others?

I get the fact that the museum doesn't make a whole lot of money, however even humble areas where kids dwell, i.e. daycares, clean toys with solution. It can be done. I've gone to other children museums in Texas that look and smell clean and don't even have any grime all over.

I refuse to go back to this Children's Museum. My children may like it when they are there, but everytime, 2-3 days later we all suffer with being sick. Simply not worth it....

Pros: kids love it

Cons: dirty, smelly, broken pieces everywhere

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My son (12 months) and I went here last Tues (7/28/09) and I was terribly disappointed. I don't mind that it is downtown. I actually like that part b/c then I can stroll around all the cute shops and grab lunch at Joes. However, the place is filthy, there were a lot of things that were broken, and parents just let their kids run wild. They have a slide that my son loves to play on but he was being run over by a bunch of 5 year olds. Okay, I know that 5 year olds are hyper, but the problem was that there were no parents in sight!!! The ones that I did see were too busy thumbing away on their crackberries. The worst part was the bathroom area. I went in to change my son's diaper and I was appalled at the place! It smelled like a urine soaked subway station. The floors were a mess. Needless to say, I did not want to put my son down on the baby changing area, so I walked all the back to my car to change him. This place is a representation of Austin and I'm ashamed at the image they are giving the city. You ask if I will go back? Probably, only because my son loved it (that's the extra star in my rating) and it is a place to get away from the Texas heat.

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★★☆☆☆

My son (12 months) and I went here last Tues (7/28/09) and I was terribly disappointed. I don't mind that it is downtown. I actually like that part b/c then I can stroll around all the cute shops and grab lunch at Joes. However, the place is filthy, there were a lot of things that were broken, and parents just let their kids run wild. They have a slide that my son loves to play on but he was being run over by a bunch of 5 year olds. Okay, I know that 5 year olds are hyper, but the problem was that there were no parents in sight!!! The ones that I did see were too busy thumbing away on their crackberries. The worst part was the bathroom area. I went in to change my son's diaper and I was appalled at the place! It smelled like a urine soaked subway station. The floors were a mess. Needless to say, I did not want to put my son down on the baby changing area, so I walked all the back to my car to change him. This place is a representation of Austin and I'm ashamed at the image they are giving the city. You ask if I will go back? Probably, only because my son loved it (that's the extra star in my rating) and it is a place to get away from the Texas heat.

Pros: At least the baby area is fenced off

Cons: everything else

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Ok, the parking, or lack off is terrible. But the museum it's self is pretty amazing. My sons love this place, and they have been coming here for years. It can get a little crowded on the weekends, so I tend to avoid the crowd. They have baby/toddler only days where they restrict the museum to childrne under 3. If you call ahead they will warn you about any large groups scheduled to come. They also have some of the best day camos in town.

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★★★★★

Ok, the parking, or lack off is terrible. But the museum it's self is pretty amazing. My sons love this place, and they have been coming here for years. It can get a little crowded on the weekends, so I tend to avoid the crowd. They have baby/toddler only days where they restrict the museum to childrne under 3. If you call ahead they will warn you about any large groups scheduled to come. They also have some of the best day camos in town.

Pros: always different exhibits

Cons: parking, crowds

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I recently took my three-year-old niece to the Austin Children's Museum, and I practically had to drag her away at the end of our visit. The museum has great exhibits that feature math, science and enginnering, among other things. It also has a great Austin feel, with exhibits like Austin Kiddie Limits where kids can perform on a mini-Austin City Limits stage. The Tinkerer's Workshop upstairs is a great place for kids to design and construct with mini-tools and crafts made just for them. All of the activites are designed with kids and adults in mind, so you get to learn with your child. The current exhibit downstairs is all about sound, so get ready to hear loud drums, echos, and makeshift instruments . All in all, a fun learning experience for us both.

Parking is difficult downtown, so I suggest taking a bus if you can. Also, on Tuesdays the museum does not allow group tours, so it will be much less crowded in the galleries for individual families.

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★★★★★

I recently took my three-year-old niece to the Austin Children's Museum, and I practically had to drag her away at the end of our visit. The museum has great exhibits that feature math, science and enginnering, among other things. It also has a great Austin feel, with exhibits like Austin Kiddie Limits where kids can perform on a mini-Austin City Limits stage. The Tinkerer's Workshop upstairs is a great place for kids to design and construct with mini-tools and crafts made just for them. All of the activites are designed with kids and adults in mind, so you get to learn with your child. The current exhibit downstairs is all about sound, so get ready to hear loud drums, echos, and makeshift instruments . All in all, a fun learning experience for us both.

Parking is difficult downtown, so I suggest taking a bus if you can. Also, on Tuesdays the museum does not allow group tours, so it will be much less crowded in the galleries for individual families.

Pros: interactive, fun, admissions specials on certain weekdays.

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This is not a good place for people of any age. It is very cluttered, very noisy, very dirty and I cannot believe they charge $5.50 for that experience. Fortunately, we went on a Sunday around 4 when admissions were free and so was parking.

I am not sure why they have a Children's Museum in the downtown area because getting there is a pain and parking is very hard to find. Navigating between one way streets and always-under-construction areas (not just Austin but any big city) it seems like a waste of good real estate space to me.

Once inside you will be greeted with a mental institution(ish) ambiance but be brave and move on because its too late to back out now. Once you see the claustrophobic settings you will wonder who came up with this stupid design (no they don't tell you).

Stay away from this place. I'd rather play run/catch with my son in the Zilker park than go here again.

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★☆☆☆☆

This is not a good place for people of any age. It is very cluttered, very noisy, very dirty and I cannot believe they charge $5.50 for that experience. Fortunately, we went on a Sunday around 4 when admissions were free and so was parking.

I am not sure why they have a Children's Museum in the downtown area because getting there is a pain and parking is very hard to find. Navigating between one way streets and always-under-construction areas (not just Austin but any big city) it seems like a waste of good real estate space to me.

Once inside you will be greeted with a mental institution(ish) ambiance but be brave and move on because its too late to back out now. Once you see the claustrophobic settings you will wonder who came up with this stupid design (no they don't tell you).

Stay away from this place. I'd rather play run/catch with my son in the Zilker park than go here again.

Pros: None

Cons: Everything about it

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This is the place to take your kids for an outing. We were all very excited to go as we had heard my sister talk of this museum with excitement. My 3 kiddos loved every minute of it. They have tons of fun things to do and it was a very memory making day:) They had many colorful displays of art, numbers and history. It was clean, nice and roomy. They are in a great location and we found them easily with no problems. I would recommend them to family and friends.

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★★★★★

This is the place to take your kids for an outing. We were all very excited to go as we had heard my sister talk of this museum with excitement. My 3 kiddos loved every minute of it. They have tons of fun things to do and it was a very memory making day:) They had many colorful displays of art, numbers and history. It was clean, nice and roomy. They are in a great location and we found them easily with no problems. I would recommend them to family and friends.

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My kids and I could spend the whole day here. The interactive displays are both educational and entertaining. They are always changing the displays so that we never see the same thing twice. One of the best exhibits is the one where the theme was motion (I believe). They had colored golf balls that you could put through different pipes and other displays. I can never get my kids out of there!!!!!

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★★★★★

My kids and I could spend the whole day here. The interactive displays are both educational and entertaining. They are always changing the displays so that we never see the same thing twice. One of the best exhibits is the one where the theme was motion (I believe). They had colored golf balls that you could put through different pipes and other displays. I can never get my kids out of there!!!!!

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This children's museum is HUGE, with LOTs to do. We can go and easily spend the entire day there. I do wish the exhibits rotated out more frequently though.

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This children's museum is HUGE, with LOTs to do. We can go and easily spend the entire day there. I do wish the exhibits rotated out more frequently though.

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This is a really nice childrens museum. We love taking the grandkids here. They always have a great time and love to look at all the items that they have there. They are really intrigued by this museum. The price is great for admission and it gives you some quality Texas learning time.

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★★★★☆

This is a really nice childrens museum. We love taking the grandkids here. They always have a great time and love to look at all the items that they have there. They are really intrigued by this museum. The price is great for admission and it gives you some quality Texas learning time.

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This is a great place to take the whole family. Lots to see and do for all ages. The only problem is there is no area for my wife to breastfeed and there was no changing station in either bathroom. All in all a great place for the lil ones!

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★★★★☆

This is a great place to take the whole family. Lots to see and do for all ages. The only problem is there is no area for my wife to breastfeed and there was no changing station in either bathroom. All in all a great place for the lil ones!

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This is a place that everyone in the family will enjoy. It is educational and fun at the same time. The kids are so amazed that they don't even know they are learning. There are special discounts during the week so be sure to call and find out. They alsodifferent exhibits throughout the year so be sure to check those out.

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★★★★★

This is a place that everyone in the family will enjoy. It is educational and fun at the same time. The kids are so amazed that they don't even know they are learning. There are special discounts during the week so be sure to call and find out. They alsodifferent exhibits throughout the year so be sure to check those out.

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Everyone coming to Austin, or living here ,please take the time to take your children here,we stayed three hours it is so much fun! The kids loved the interactive play themes. Prices are a little high,but well worth it. Since going,we have told many people to please take your children there,not only will they enjoy it ,but as a adult, you will to.

PROS: The kids they have working there are really nice and patient with kids
CONS: Parking can be a bear,although if it's a weekend meters are free

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★★★★★

Everyone coming to Austin, or living here ,please take the time to take your children here,we stayed three hours it is so much fun! The kids loved the interactive play themes. Prices are a little high,but well worth it. Since going,we have told many people to please take your children there,not only will they enjoy it ,but as a adult, you will to.

PROS: The kids they have working there are really nice and patient with kids
CONS: Parking can be a bear,although if it's a weekend meters are free

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The Austin Childrens museum is a wonderful way to go spend part of a day with your childen. They offer wonderful hands on educational learning for the kids in a safe clean environment. The staff is nice and the kids always have fun. They offer package deals for childrens birthday parties as well.

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★★★☆☆

The Austin Childrens museum is a wonderful way to go spend part of a day with your childen. They offer wonderful hands on educational learning for the kids in a safe clean environment. The staff is nice and the kids always have fun. They offer package deals for childrens birthday parties as well.

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This is a great place to take your family. They have a hands on approach so the children get to touch and feel different parts of the exhibits. They rotate exhibits out so you can go again and again without becoming bored.

They also have a section to do related craft projects and have special workshops for projects around the holidays.

PROS: Interesting hands on exhibits
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★★★★★

This is a great place to take your family. They have a hands on approach so the children get to touch and feel different parts of the exhibits. They rotate exhibits out so you can go again and again without becoming bored.

They also have a section to do related craft projects and have special workshops for projects around the holidays.

PROS: Interesting hands on exhibits
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I took my kids to the Austin Children's Museum yesterday and they both loved it. I had thought that they might be too young (ages 4 and 2) and there wouldn't be much for them to do, but I was sure wrong.

Both kids loved all of the exhibits, they have everything from trains to a grocery store as well as a restaurant for kids to serve their parents (and so much more). There is a lot to do and see, I loved how I never had to tell them "don't touch". Everything in the museum is made with little and big kids in mind.

Parking can be a pain, but is so worth it to see my little ones have such a great time.

PROS: A lot to see and do
CONS: Parking

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★★★★★

I took my kids to the Austin Children's Museum yesterday and they both loved it. I had thought that they might be too young (ages 4 and 2) and there wouldn't be much for them to do, but I was sure wrong.

Both kids loved all of the exhibits, they have everything from trains to a grocery store as well as a restaurant for kids to serve their parents (and so much more). There is a lot to do and see, I loved how I never had to tell them "don't touch". Everything in the museum is made with little and big kids in mind.

Parking can be a pain, but is so worth it to see my little ones have such a great time.

PROS: A lot to see and do
CONS: Parking

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If you are looking for a place to take your kids for a fun filled afternoon consider the Austin Childrens Museum. The museum has several different play areas that include, a stage where the kids can pretend they are rock stars of prima ballerenas, a grocery store wher they can shop for food, a resturant where they can pretend to be a cook or a customer, a craft room where they have art supplies for several different crafts, and last but not least they have a play area for toddlers. This museum has an environment where your children can learn while they play. Prices are reasonable.

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★★★★★

If you are looking for a place to take your kids for a fun filled afternoon consider the Austin Childrens Museum. The museum has several different play areas that include, a stage where the kids can pretend they are rock stars of prima ballerenas, a grocery store wher they can shop for food, a resturant where they can pretend to be a cook or a customer, a craft room where they have art supplies for several different crafts, and last but not least they have a play area for toddlers. This museum has an environment where your children can learn while they play. Prices are reasonable.

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