My son is an early riser. While staying with family I didn't want to stir too much noise. So I found this museum close to Leland where we were staying and thought "why not." I don't recall this museum when I was younger and living here in Wilmington but I was excited to bring my 3 year old son. At 10 it was pretty empty. More guests arrived around 11. And we left at 12. You can explore in about an hour.
We parked along the street, less than a block away in a zone marked one hour. I stayed about 1.5 hours and was glad no ticket was on my windshield. It was about $20 for my son and I. I allowed him to lead us and found any of the activities typical of most museums. They managed the space very well. I kind of expected more water based activities given the museum is in what's known as Port City but nothing major popped here.
You have your market, trains, under 4 zone, doctors nest, logos and a reading book but it's subpar compared to Children Museums I've visited outside of where I currently live in Maryland. There is an awesome one outside of Charlotte I visited last summer on my way to Winston Salem. Cherry Hill, NJ has a small local one that features water and a lot more interactive. And I visited a really nice one in Lynchburg, Va. I did like the outdoor garden but felt it could have included a more engaging playground space and interactive garden zone similar to the kids area inside of the Botanical Gardens on the National Mall (they are able to make plant bombs, they have water, water pails, soil, seeds to plant a garden and learn about sustainable water solutions) instead of a school bus. Children see school buses all the time why waste space here to show them one on their downtime.
It's not a waste, especially for a toddler, but for me I could create my own fun day with a trip to the beach for my son. Not worth a return visit. I hope you find this review helpful.
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