Most children's museums are racous, chaotic places that kids
love and parent tolerate. But the Explora children's musem in
Albuquerque has a different approach: a calming environment that
encourages parents to play with their kids.
The Explora children's museum in
Albuquerque has a calm atmosphere that actually encourages
The key is the design of the place. Most children's museums
feature larger spaces where kids gravitate to one another and
parents move to the fringes. But Explora is filled with small
spaces in a labrynthine layout. It encourages parents to stay with
their kids and play together.
The only problem with that was the number of dads I saw elbowing
their kids out so the dads could play in the water table or figure
out the science problem.
In fact, that whole parents-take-over-for-kids thing is so
prevalent that this children's museum has an adults-only night
every month. No one under 18 is allowed.
Cindy Richards is the Chicago Parent travel writer and
editor of TravelingMom.com. Follow her on Twitter at twitter.com/cindyrichards for regular travel
Cindy Richards is the mom of two who gets her muse from traveling the world, usually with kids in tow. She also writes for TravelingMom.com, where she also serves as editor.
See more of Cindy's stories here.
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