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Childrens Museum of Phoenix

215 N 7th St, Phoenix, Arizona 85034 | 602.253.0501
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Child Muse of Phx
15 Reviews
Type: Museums & Monuments
Ages: Ages 0 — 10
Cost: $$
Hours of operation: Ages 1 and up $11, Kids under 1 free

With hands-on, interactive exhibits designed for children ages birth to 10, the Museum focuses on learning through play, with emphasis on early childhood education and school-readiness.
 
Enjoy the Children's Museum FREE on Target Free First Friday Nights! On the first Friday of every month, from 6pm to 10pm, the Children's Museum of Phoenix will be open to the public free of charge thanks to Target Free First Friday Nights!    
 


15 Reviews for Childrens Museum of Phoenix

August 09 2015
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Violetwhite_word
"The best museum"

We have been to this museum a few times, it is so much fun! It is a bit pricey but you can look for a group on every now and then or find a culture pass. It does get a bit crowded with field trips too. There are 3 floors of fun, the bottom floor is a giant play structure. I had to rescue a kid in it when I was way super pregnant, and it is possible, but expect to get on your hands and knees in some parts. I thought it was pretty safe for little kids except steep in some areas.  There is a craft room, usually with some painting project, a race car track, a fort making room, a tricycle car wash, noodle forest (so much fun!) And lots more. My kids loved it, you really could spend all day there. There are elevators for strollers and we packed our lunch and carried it around in a backpack which was somewhat inconvenient, I think there are lockers there. There is a lunchroom you can eat in. I have used the nursing room which was nice but kids kept wandering in to see what was behind the curtain which was annoying. We had a good time, I think it is the best museum in the valley for kids to have fun. Highly recommended!

February 25 2013
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Violetwhite_word
"No, it is not a dream. There really is a flying bathtub."

This place has the coolest play structure ever. My 4-year-old son could have spent the whole day playing in the flying bathtub, but there is so much more to explore. The noodle forest is just a bunch of pool noodles...so many pool noodles...hanging from the ceiling. Each room had my boys captivated and I had to convince them to move on to the next one. The price is pretty high. If you are from the Phoenix area check your library for a Culture Pass, which gets 2 people in for free, but since it is very popular could be hard to find. This place is probably worth the price if you plan to spend the day there.

January 26 2013
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Violetwhite_word
"Heaven's playplace for kids!"

The Children's Museum of Phoenix is a fabulous place to take your children and grandchildren!  The price is a little steep, but I have always felt it is worth it.  You can sometimes score a Culture Pass from the library to get 2 people in for free.  That helps save a little bit.  Otherwise it's $11 each (kids and adults)! Kids under 1 are free.

On the first Friday of most months, they offer a free night.  We've attended twice.  The first time we went right when they opened for the evening and had to wait about an hour to get in.  The next time we went an hour before they closed and only waited about 5 min. (the younger crowd had gone home).  We still had enough time to play.

I would say this place is mostly for the 10 and under crowd (though I think my 11 yr old still has plenty of fun here).  There is SO much to do here!  Your children will not be bored!  In fact they will be engaged and will have a fabulous time!

The giant climbing structure when you first come in is tons of fun for all ages.  My kids especially love the noodle forest and the pretend grocery store on the 3rd floor.  Also the pretend pizza bakery is lots of fun.  There is a wonderful art room where the kids can spend loads of time creating things.  And just so many little hands on exhibits that you'll have a hard time getting your kids to even leave!

I highly recommend coming here during school hours.  With all the big kids in school, toddlers dominate the scene which is the way I like it.  They make friends and can play with kids their own size and age.  A note to parents: this is a place to play and bond  with your kids!  Leave the phone off and have fun!

The bathrooms here are very nice and clean (and large).  There is a small cafeteria area for eating (not allowed anywhere else in the facility).  Go! You'll love it!

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sarahjo
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May 17 2011
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Violetwhite_word
"Love this children's museum!"

What's not to like about this place?    The historic bldg is beautiful and interesting landmark, the recycled art and exhibits are so cool!   The under 3 room is fabulous and we love having lunch in the little cafeteria afterwards.    The art studio looks great and we look forward to exploring that.   A great place to get out of the heat in the summer and so much to do!    The only downside is the price - about $11/person for adults and kids over 1 yr.    Definitely worth just buying a membership!  

May 15 2011
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Violetwhite_word
"Great place to keep cool with the kids!"

We came to Arizona to visit family, but after seeing some really good reviews we decided to check this place out with my two year old. The place is fantastic. There's a really gorgeous tree-like structure that spans the height of 3 floors--definitely my favorite part of our visit here. It has all kinds of things hanging off of it that make it really special--like this great big flying tub with wings, or a funky colored boat with "legs" hanging down from it. The thing is absolutely wonderful and fun for kids of all ages.

There is an area of the museum designed for children under three thats really great. It's quieter than much of the rest of the museum and has all kinds of neat surprises and its safe from the rough and tumble of older kids. There is also a market, a tricycle car wash, and a forest of bright green and orange noodles. There's also an area where you can race little cars down several tracks,Lots and lots to do here. The price is 11 bucks a person for everyone over the age of 1, which I thought was a bit too much to pay for my two year old but in the end it was still worth it.  The little gift shop has lots of neat things and mostly the prices are reasonable. The place is really cute, safe, fun, and most of all cool for the kiddos to enjoy even on the hottest of days. 

May 03 2011
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Violetwhite_word
"Fun, albiet crowded, museum for kids of all ages"

The museum truly offered something for every age of kid.  My one-year-old found plenty to do at each location, and as her mom, I appreciated the roped off "baby areas" in each exhibit to give the little ones a place to play without worry of being ran over by a hefty pre-teen.  The workers enforced this policy and even my 4 and 6-year-olds were kicked out of the baby area to make room for more little ones coming in.
The majority of the exhibits were built for kids about 5-10 to enjoy.  My girls were excited by the many hands on opportunities and loved the role play options at most centers.  
There were quite a few children in the museum when we visited (on a Friday afternoon) and that made for some crowded conditions and sometimes unsupervised kids that got a bit rambunctious or selfish.
The gift store had a lot of fun science toys that were really reasonably priced considering the market.  
I would definitely recommend this museum to families with kids!!

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krstnj
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January 11 2011
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Violetwhite_word
"Our Favorite Place to Go"

We love the Childrens Museum. It has many activities for both our 1 yo & 3 yo. Our kids really enjoy the fact that they know what exhibits to expect but that they are always adding & changing activities. We've always had a good experience with the staff. The art room is probably our favorite spot. We found that we got the best deal for a family of 4 to go often (at least 3-4 times a month), is to get a membership.

January 10 2011
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Violetwhite_word
"Expensive but fun for my 2 1/2 year old little man"

I heard so many great things about this museum from my friends so as a treat for my son I decided to go there with him last weekend.  I was shacked to hear that it was $10 per person for everyone over the age of one.  I thought that was expensive.  as so as i walked inside, there is a huge climbing structure.  There are 3 floors of fun in the museum.  There are organized art activities, a little pretend grocery store, a texture play station and other fun activities.  This is defiantly a place you can spend hours of time  with the kids.  There are tons of activities which is nice when the weather is a little cold or too a hot outside.

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ajwesmith
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February 16 2011
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Violetwhite_word
"LOVE! LOVE! LOVE!!"

This is an excellent children's museum.  It is so clean, and full of fun activities.  There are many exhibits at this children's museum that I have not seen at others around the county.  Supermarket, bike/tricycle "car" wash, art room, balls, noodle forest, toddler area, etc...  Highly recommend!  Worth every penny!!

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mi3
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December 23 2010
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Violetwhite_word
"nice, but have been to better"

I think this is a really good museum, just not over-the-top great. I have been to better, but they are more expensive. I do think that it is priced fairly. My recommendation is to watch for a really exciting 'traveling' exhibit to come and hit it up then. The layout was ok, we did leave our stroller at home because it would have been a pain to get around everywhere. The staff was fine, but again, not overwhelming helpful or friendly.

December 23 2010
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Violetwhite_word
"Children's Museum has some growing up to do"

The Children's Museum of Phoenix was a total bore! The museum was pricey for a place that is so new it lacks exhibits. There just was not very much to do. For the cost it should be an activity that could entertain all day...my kids,  who are preschool aged, were actually bored within an hour! We hope the museum will grow up a bit and get better with age!

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December 23 2010
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Violetwhite_word
"Fun for 1-13"

My friends and I took our kids here and it was a real big win!!! The kids were aged 2-12 and all of them had a great time, it is really a hands on museum with fun displays and projects to keep every age engaged!! We bought a membership as I will take my kids back over and over again as things are always changing and they will sit for hours painting the playhouse in one of the art rooms and love to rearrange the air tubes and make ping pong balls float in mid air or spit out one side or the other depending on how they put it together. This is a thinking kids museum, I highly recomend it!!!

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December 23 2010
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Violetwhite_word
"Gorgeous and creative"

Great for younger and older children, each with their own section.  Very artistically put together with a great atmosphere for adults too.  This large museum has it all.  But we were hoping it was a part of the larger reciprocal museum membership that is nationwide.  So for us, it was a bit pricey.  It's a new museum, so hopefully they will join the reciprocal network.

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Mom to 3
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December 23 2010
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Violetwhite_word
"Indoor Fun anytime of the year"

My kids (ages 2,4,an 6) love the Children's Museum!  It has a big variety of activities for many different ages of children.  We love the area for kids under 3 as it's a little bit quieter.  Also, the arts and crafts room is another place we visit every time!  It's very helpful to have more than one adult in your party if you are bringing more than one child to help keep track of every one.  Also, call ahead of time to find out when the least busy part of that day will be.

December 23 2010
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Violetwhite_word
"Fun for babies to grade school"

My 2 1/2 year old daughter and I visited the Phoenix Children's Museum recently. I was really impressed by it and it definitely exceeded my expectations (and wasn't crowded at all, even for a Sunday). At $9 each, I didn't think it was too expensive and we even ended up buying a year membership at the end of our visit ($75 for 1 child and 1 adult). Infants under 1 are free but that's not to say there's nothing for them there.

The three-story museum is divided up into large themed play areas and smaller rooms each with a divided area especially for infants under 1. She especially liked the Market, complete with pint-sized carts, aisles of real looking groceries, two check out counters, and a stock room. This was right next door to the Kitchen, where stoves, pizza ovens, microwaves, and a stock of "food", aprons, and cooking utensils were plentiful. Moms, dads, and grandparents all sat in the surrounding restaurant while the kids prepared delicious meals. The Ball Room, art room, play area, and library all were great too. There's a lot to do for toddlers, preschoolers, and grade school aged children. Kids from 1-10 were all playing together and not toppling eachother over.

Parents are encouraged to leave the strollers in the car and there's really not a need for them inside. Sitting areas for parents are provided in most rooms and you are allowed to bring your own food in for a picnic outside or in the multi-use room. A small cafe is available to purchase drinks, snacks, and pre-packaged sandwiches.

If you happen to be in town on First Friday, admission to the museum is free. First Friday is the largest monthly art walk in the US. Phoenix's downtown streets are shut down, art galleries open up, and street vendors and performers are out from 6-10pm.

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