A Well Kept Secret – Galveston Children’s Museum

A friend of mine was telling me a new place they took their grandchildren.  In July of 2014 the Galveston Children’s Museum opened to the public.  It is in the basement of the Moody Mansion and I must say it exceeded my expectations.

It is small, but very well organized.  There are plenty of aproned helpers to be sure the little museum visitors stay safe.  Local businesses funded many of the activities and they are designed to inspire creative play.

There is an Art Room, where children can make projects from a variety of items.  They can also take their projects home with them.

The art room - the floor are painted with children's hand prints.  I love the windows that show the beautiful landscaping outside.

The art room – the floor are painted with children’s hand prints. I love the windows that show the beautiful landscaping outside.

There is an outdoors area with areas to play with sand as well as well as water activities.

This wall and arbor is perfect for photos - my daughter-in-law took these photos!

This wall and arbor is perfect for photos – my daughter-in-law took these photos!

This wall and arbor is perfect for photos - my daughter-in-law took these photos!

This wall and arbor is perfect for photos – my daughter-in-law took these photos!

A pretend cafe area where the children are serving up “pizzas, burgers and salads”.  There is a also a cash register and children take turns ringing up their customers.

A performance room with a variety of costumes and you can make your own puppet.

The toddler room has a variety of educational toys.  A favorite for kids of all ages is the kinetic sand play area.

Kinetic sand table

Kinetic sand table

There is even a workshop where the children can saw, drill, hammer and build all kinds of fun things.

I taught her to use needle-nose pliers to hold her nail - so I didn't have to hold the nail!

I taught her to use needle-nose pliers to hold her nail – so I didn’t have to hold the nail!

Keeping it safe when using real saws!

Keeping it safe when using real saws!

UTMB plays an important role on the Island and community outreach at the museum is fun learning experience.

UTMB has sponsored a "doctors" room, with kid-size lab coats and this really cool interactive X-ray that shows how your bones move when you move.

UTMB has sponsored a “doctors” room, with kid-size lab coats and this really cool interactive X-ray that shows how your bones move when you move.

Here is a link to their page so you can learn more. http://www.galvestoncm.org

So when you are looking for an inexpensive activity that includes air conditioning keep this one in mind.  We took a lunch break at one of my favorite haunts – Mosquito Cafe!

Denise

 

About hollydeequilts

I am a wife, mom, grandma and quilter. I also enjoy gardening and dabble in genealogy. And I love Pinterest!
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