Kids really take to practically every corner of this multi-media, fairly high-tech, two-story museum, starting with the “pretend-professions” zone on the ground floor, where they can try out a police motorcycle, a mock fire truck, a model doctor’s office and supermarket, and more. Upstairs highlights include an art and music space where it’s all about touching and looking, and they can, for example, get hands gunked up with paint or record their own tunes. Keep in mind that weekday mornings are most crowded, being prime time for local school groups. There’s usually one big temporary exhibit at any given time, such as the recent, very cool one about dinosaurs—including animatronics. Stop in the shop on your way out; it’s one toy store parents will appreciate as much as the little squirts.
- David Paul Appell