Top Kid-Friendly Museum Exhibitions Across America – 2010

Museums across America are getting more and more kid-friendly.  Many have special exhibits geared to the interests of kids with interactive hands on learning stations.  If you’re looking for a special outing or some exceptional educational experiences, you’ve got to put these on your list of activities to hit up before the year ends.

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In particular, these 10 kid-friendly museum exhibits really got us excited.  If you can, try to get to some of these with your kids! These exhibits promise big fun, educational experiences, and a plethora of interactive exhibits.

Exploring Trees Inside and Out

This 2,500-square-foot exhibit is designed for kids ages 2 to 7 to better understand the significant role trees play in the environment and how they can be involved in preserving them.   This exhibit engages all of your child’s senses.  They’ll be happy as an cockatoo crawling, smelling, listening, and pretending.  website

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California Science Center, Los Angeles, California – May 28th to September 6th,2010.

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Chicago Children’s Museum from October 2nd to January 9th, 2011.

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Photo by: Arbor Day Foundation

Chomp 2! Return of the Carnivorous Plants

What kid can resist the excitement of coming face to face with meat-eating plants like the statuesque white trumpets of the American Southeast, the sinister pitcher plants of Borneo and the glistening sundews of South Africa.  This swampy paradise is sure to delight your child.  Do not get your fingers too close to these plants, little ones…. they bite! website


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Conservatory of Flowers, San Francisco, CA – now till October 31, 2010

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Photo by: Conservatory of Flowers

Living in Space, about the International Space Station

This traveling exhibit provides an interactive experience where kids eat, sleep, work, and play in space.  If you have a young child who loves anything to do with space, don’t miss this wonderful exhibit. website

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Bay Area Discovery Museum, Sausalito, CA – May 29th to August 15th,2010

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Minnesota Children’s Museum, St. Paul, MN – Sept 4, 2010 through Jan 2, 2011

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Photo by: Bay Area Discovery Museum

Mammoths and Mastodons: Titans of the Ice Age

This brand new traveling exhibit will allow kids to explore the world of mammoths and mastodons through fossils, artifacts, engaging interactives, immersive media, and the story of the most complete and best-preserved mammoth ever found, the baby Lyuba. website

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The Field Museum, Chicago, IL – now till September 6th,2010

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Liberty Science Center, Jersey City, NJ – October 16, 2010 to January 9, 2011

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Photo by: Flickr/taygete05

Curious George saves the Day: The Art of Margret and H.A. Rey

Kids and adults all have fond feelings towards Curious George. In this wonderful exhibit, you’ll see original drawings and learn about how George actually saved his ‘parents’ from Nazi occupied Europe.  Website

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Jewish Museum, New York City – now till till August 1st, 2010

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Photo by: The Jewish Museum


The ‘Bodies’ exhibit provides a rare look into real human specimens, showing how amazing our human bodies are. For young children, it may be too much, but for your tween and teens, this exhibit is a must see. website

Check their website for where you can catch this exhibit.  They are showing in many cities across America including Atlanta, Dallas, Cleveland, Grand Rapids, Las Vegas, Tuscon, New York

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Toys: the Inside Story

This fun exhibition literally breaks open the world of toys so that your child can discover the simple mechanisms commonly found in toys.  Your budding toy designer can also create their own toy-like combination of gears, pulleys, linkages, cams, and circuits. Enjoy some free-form and open-ended toy design. Caution: get ready for massive toys dissection when you come back home! website

Children’s Museum of Manhattan, New York City – from May 29th till September 18th, 2010

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Photo by: John Douglas

Peter Rabbits Flower Village

Enjoy the flower houses at the Dallas Arboretum that bring alive the world of Beatrix Potter.  This is the cutest little exhibition. Fans of Beatrix Potter should not miss this. website

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Arboretum and Botanical Gardens, Dallas, TX – now till July 31st, 2010

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Photo by: Dallas Arboretum

Lizards and Snakes: Alive

Hate them or love thme, your kids will fascinated by the 60+ live lizards and snakes in re-created habitats.  This exhibit introduces visitors to a diversity of legged and legless creatures and their remarkable adaptations. website

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American Museum of Natural, New York City – now till September 2nd,2010

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Photo by: Michael & Patricia Fogden

Headgear: the Natural History of Horn and Antlers

This multimedia exhibition provides an unusual in-depth look at horn and antler headgear dawned by some animals, providing a look at the evolutionary process of such animals.  3-D diorama and video presentations illustrate the use of horns and antlers in combat. website

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Harvard Museum of Natural History, Cambridge, MA – May 22nd, 2010 till January 2nd, 2011

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LiLing Pang is a contributing author on Trekaroo – a reviews site dedicated to exploring and traveling with kids.

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LiLing Pang is Co-founder and CEO of Trekaroo . She is a mom to two boys and a girl (13, 11, and 3) currently traveling through Central America. Together with her husband, Brennan Pang, they hatched the idea of Trekaroo one summer day along the California coast while searching for the best kid-friendly tide pool near La Jolla with their curious 2.5 year old.
2 Responses
  1. Blue

    The Headgear exhibit at the Harvard Museum of Natural History has been extended through December 2011. New England Forests opened May 21, 2011. So much new for families to check out!

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