Bella stepped into her first museum when she was just ten months old, and has been in several since. Some people told me that she was probably too young to fully understand and enjoy it, but I felt it would still be good for her. The stimulation, the colors, the sights would enrich her and though she may not remember it fully I knew that she would remember enough to make all those museum trips worthwhile. Which is why I was so excited to take her to one of my favorite museums – the Denver Children’s Museum in Denver, Colorado.
Whenever we travel, I always try to include as many fun and educational activities in the itinerary for Bella. She loves to go to Museums, fairs, events, even playgrounds. In Colorado we had so many fun activities to do. We did the The North Pole (read about it here), the Denver Aquarium, the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, and the Denver Children’s Museum.
This trip was especially poignant for me because I remember going to the Children’s Museum when I was a little girl growing up and to be able to bring my daughter there now was really exciting. I love how interactive the museum is, it is divided into quadrants with each quadrant advocating a different type of learning. Children can really get hands on and have fun while learning new skills. Plus it was even fun for Nino and I as well, as we are just giant kids ourselves. Check out these fun photos of our awesome afternoon of learning.
The first quadrant we went into was learning to recycle and reuse. Here children were allowed to upcycle materials like cans, toilet paper tolls, cereal boxes. There were instructions ranging from easy. medium, and hard (depending on the child’s age) and kids could sit in a workstation with all the tools and materials they needed to complete the projects.
I had fun here. The reading quadrant was a nice room filled with books that encouraged kids to sit around, read, and create stories. They even had a puppet stage and these fun puppets (I’m a sucker for puppets!).
I think this was Bella’s favorite part of the museum. They had set up a beautiful market/kitchen quadrant. I loved it too because the market was very vintage as was the kitchen setup and kitchen tools! I adore vintage!
Working with dad to create the perfect pathway for the ball. The balls start at the end and get sucked up into the tube on the right, go through the tube on top and fall down on the left going through the perfectly built path to be able to do it all over again. If it’s done correctly the balls just keep going around and around smoothly. It was fun and challenging finding all the right parts and making them fit.
This is the part where the dads got pretty heavily involved too! It was funny seeing them in a friendly competition, try to get it done right before each other. Proud to say, Nino got his first. Hahaha.
The whole family really enjoyed our time at the Denver Children’s Museum. There was even actually an entire section dedicated to bubbles but I didn’t photograph it much because there was water and bubble solution dripping and flying around all over.
Definitely a fun afternoon well spent. I look forward to even more museum and educational play place trips with our little girl soon. I’m actually quite excited to try KidZania Manila which I hear has a similar type of learning and play/make believe concept. In the meantime, if you ever find yourselves in the beautiful city of Denver or my hometown state of Colorado, do look up the Children’s Museum (check out their site here). It’s a lot of fun for the whole family.