Andalo’s Clubhouse: While the Children’s Museum of Virginia is closed for renovations, the fun, excitement, and imagination continues at Andalo’s Clubhouse. Andalo, the museum mascot, presents hands-on exhibits, room for birthday parties, family fun days, and educational programs – just like the Children’s Museum of Virginia always has! The new address is 420 High Street, Olde Towne Portsmouth.
It was great. Lots to look at and do. My kids had so much fun looking at all the displays and hands on interactive exhibits. It was also nice to be in a "museum" made for kids and where they could run around and touch everything while still learning a great deal.
Spacious, clean museum. Love how many of the "stations" are applicable to the area. For example, there is a huge room full of electric trains, as well as trains to just look at and Thomas and Friends figurines to play with. There is a boat for fishing and cranes to control. The bottom level is suitable for probably 8 or younger, but upstairs there is an art room, an area to learn about science, a little theatre to play, etc that is good for older kids as well as the younger ones. Planetarium shows are included with a yearly pass. Kids under 2 enter the museum for free. Stroller friendly.
I have gone with my son to several children's museum's but this has been our all time favorite. So much to do, at only 3 years old ! It was spread out so well you didn't feel like you had to fight for a chance to do an activity. There are seperate rooms to explore to keep from being over stimulated - so he was able to go alot longer. All our favorites from shopping at the grocery store, to driving a fire truck and seeing the minature trains to some new favorits - like the circus on the 2nd floor.
We visit the Children's Museum of Virginia a lot because we live closeby in Chesapeake, VA. They have a HUGE firetruck that the kids can climb in, wear the equipment and pretend they are firefighters driving the firetruck. They have a "bubble" section in the museum where the kids can enclose themselves in a "bubble" and play with bubbles of all kinds. The museum has all kinds of learning activities/stations for the children and adults and children alike really learn while visiting. We really enjoy our visit when we go to the Children's Museum of Virginia.
The museum didn't seem to have a lot that was actually open for the kids. They had a train room with two train tables, and a small climbing area for beginning crawlers. We wound up staying just over an hour, there were about five activities to a room, so we went through them pretty quickly. There were a few opportunities to ignite interest in science that we took advantage of, but overall it wasn't that great.
The museum was fun for the kids, with lots of hands-on activities. The kids really loved the bubble room and dress- up areas. What it lacked was any kind of docent on site. Also, the building seemed somewhat run-down and the floors very dirty. Overall, a good experience, but they could be doing better.
This was our first time at a Children's museum with our only son, Ethan. This place was awesome! I loved that the parking garage was connected to it (and free on weekends). They DO give military discount. They have an awesome bubble room! They have legos and building blocks and they can crawl into a transit bus, firetruck and a police motorcycle. He is still a little too young to appreciate all they have to offer, but he loved it just the same. The staff there are really nice as well.
This is a fun place for kids, who can test their balance while climbing a rock wall, learn about static electricity with neon tubes, and simulate driving a fire engine through the city. And there’s a lot more—more than ninety hands-on attractions that include being inside a bubble, controlling a construction crane, and landing on the surface of the moon. There are also exhibits of antique toys, a train collection, and a science circus. The twenty-minute shows at the planetarium are lots of fun and kids can learn, too. Create-a-Craft Days in the summer are free with admission.