Well, it seems as though summer is officially here to stay! The kids are out of school and chomping at the bit for fun activities and things to do around town. Thankfully we live near Cincinnati and there is always a excited day trip, museum or spray park to visit. Our first official summer break outing was to the Cincinnati Museum Center! After quite a massive renovation, all three museums are open and ready for guests!
Our visit started at the Museum of Natural History and Science. Within this part of the museum center you can visit Dinosaur Hall, the Science Interactives Gallery, the Cave (which is always a hit), STEM lab and the Neil Armstrong Exploration Gallery. And that’s all just in the 1st of 3 museums!!
“The Museum of Natural History & Science at Cincinnati Museum Center offers a world of science, history and nature through interactive exhibits and amazing artifacts. Guests can reach their own “ah-ha” moment through creative thinking and problem-solving skills. With something for all ages, there’s always more to explore in the Museum of Natural History & Science.”
The new Science Interactives Gallery was our first stop! It is a science playscape powered by you. You can hoist yourself up with pulleys, watch clouds form, knock down targets with blasts of concentrated air and engage in a spirited game of tug-of-war. The kids had a wonderful time playing and exploring…and learning!
The Neil Armstrong Exploration Gallery is a new permanent exhibit that celebrates the legacy of the historic Apollo 11 mission. The gallery is centered around a 360-degree immersive theater experience that makes you feel like you are walking on the moon with the astronauts!
Then we hopped over to the Children’s Museum! Always a win with the kids. You can’t go wrong playing in the Woods, doing the scavenger hunt and getting points to trade for rocks at the trading post, building a house or throne, or serving up a meal at the cafe. Only our 2nd stop, but they could have stayed all day.
Finally we made it to the Cincinnati History Museum to see Public Landing and the Queen of the West, walk the cobblestone streets and wander through the historic shops. And of course, Cincinnati in Motion, the downtown area of the nation’s largest full-motion urban layout, on a 1/64 scale.
Do yourself a favor and put the Cincinnati Museum Center on your summer bucket list!