The Terre Haute Children’s Museum is a must-visit for families who live in and around the Wabash Valley. If you haven’t been, check it out soon.
The original Terre Haute Children’s Museum opened its doors in 1988 in the basement of the Central Christian Church. In September of 2010 it opened its new, 3-level location at the corner of 8th and Wabash in downtown.
I must admit, I’ve only visited one other children’s museum so far — the Chicago Children’s Museum when Nathaniel was just 18 months old. I’m not just saying this to promote our town, but I believe the Terre Haute museum has a better variety of exhibits. And of course, it’s more affordable. Don’t get me wrong; our visit to the Chicago museum was enjoyable. But in all honesty, this museum is much more impressive. And to have an attraction of this magnitude in Terre Haute is something to be proud of.
The museum offers a number of special activities and events, including Tot Tuesdays. The events are for ages 2-5 and take place at 10:30 a.m. on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month. Tot Tuesdays are educational with hands-on activities and story time. They do require advanced registration. Register here. Transportation is the theme during the month of June. The June 11 Tot Time will explore planes, and on June 25 learn about trains.
The museum stays open late (5 to 7 p.m.) for Family Fridays on select Fridays of the month. “Things that Fly” (June 14), “Rubber Band Cars” (June 21) and “Game Night” (June 28) are the themes for this month.
Additional activities include a performance by the Terre Haute Community Band on June 15. Train day is June 29 and Soybean Sunday is June 30.
There’s a Science Store, and if you get hungry, Louise’s Downtown Café is located in the museum.
Also dads, don’t miss out! You can get in free on Father’s Day with a paid child’s admission.
There’s still time to check out the museum’s summer camp offerings for kids. For more information visit the museum’s website.
Admission for ages 2 and up: $7.
Children under 24 months get in free.
A one-year membership to the museum is $75. A family membership for two adults and all children of the same household is $125 (a grandparents membership is the same).
A membership offers unlimited free admission for one year; discounts on parties, facility rentals, workshops and special events, 10% off purchases in the Science Store; access to “member’s only” events; and best of all, free admission to 280+ other museums across the nation! That list includes the world-class Field Museum and the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago. For a list of those venues contact the Children’s Museum at 812-235-5548.