April 19, 2012

Museums Made for Kids

Entertain and educate the kids this summer

For parents with kids, summer can sometimes feel a little bit long. It can be hard finding new and interesting things for the kids to do. Here are three outstanding museums that will keep everyone entertained.

The Northwoods Children’s Museum in Eagle River in Vilas County offers 23 interactive exhibits. Children will learn through hands-on experiences, including the “Bubble Science” station, where kids can see how big a soap bubble can get before it pops. The “Children’s Outdoor Garden” is a living exhibit designed specifically for children to explore. “The Wisconsin River and Pond” lets kids try their hand at catching a fish. And, the “Pioneer Cabin” shows kids what life was like before central heat, grocery stores and television.

Another great children’s museum is the Central Wisconsin Children’s Museum in Stevens Point. This is a fun place, with exhibits and activities that kids of all ages can enjoy. The “Lights, Camera, Action!” exhibit lets kids pretend to be television newscasters, rock stars or radio DJs. In the “Down on the Farm” exhibit, kids can experience farm life, from harvesting crops to milking cows. And, in the “Create-It Art Room,” young artists build art projects from the wide array of materials. These and many other exhibits will keep the little ones entertained for hours.

For kids who are too old for these museums, try the Logging Museum Complex in Rhinelander’s Pioneer Park. You’ll be taken to an era when lumberjacks lived and worked in the area’s pine forests. In addition to exhibiting the lumberjack’s tools of the trade, the museum features a logging camp. Kids and grown-ups alike will enjoy this interesting museum.

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