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The best museums for children

04.19.2014
Topic Family Travel

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It can be hard to find family friendly activities when you're travelling with children. Young children will most likely become finicky in traditional art museums, and historical sites may not have the same impact that they do on adults. So, what's a better place to bring your young kids while on your United States travel than one of these innovative children's museums?

The Children's Museum of Denver
This interactive museum that encourages learning through play is perfect for children under the age of 8. Hosting exhibits on everything from building and launching rockets to exploring the physical science of kinetics, The Children's Museum of Denver offers young kids a slew of unique adventure travel activities. In addition to the interactive displays, kids can partake in daily educational programming ranging from science to fine arts.

Boston Children's Museum
Located on the banks of the Charles River, the Boston Children's Museum is one of the most exciting places for children in Beantown. Here, kids can get their hands dirty while making paint masterpieces at the Art Studio or learn how to operate toy jackhammers and cranes at the Construction Zone. The museum also hosts a myriad of weekly programs where children can learn how to play music with the help of the Boston Symphony Orchestra or delve into rich heritages with the guidance of the Japan Society of Boston, the Italian Consulate of Boston and others through the Culture program.

Discovery Place
This Charlotte, N.C., museum is all about science. Children can explore a variety of worlds through hands-on exhibits, including 101 Inventions That Changed the World and Science Buzz. There are even areas where kids can conduct their own chemistry and mechanical experiments. Animal lovers will also enjoy the various live animal displays, such as the butterfly pavilion and the World Alive marine-life exhibit.

California Science Center
Space lovers will get a kick out of the California Science Center, which is the permanent home of the Space Shuttle Endeavour, the last shuttle to jet off into the atmosphere. After viewing the massive spacecraft, kids can learn how it was transported cross-country at the Mission 26: The Big Endeavour exhibit. Space isn't all this Los Angeles museum has to offer: Kids can take a journey through the world's various ecosystems, such as the forest, river and island zones, then learn about the history of technology and test out inventions at the Technoscapes exhibit.