The Duke Energy Children’s Museum is one of the top 10 in the United States. The museum is divided up into separate areas, for children of different ages. Kids’ Town is a model town, aimed at younger children, and has a grocery store, a diner, a couple of homes, a post office, a veterinary clinic, and more. Children can play house, go shopping, and play all sorts of stories at Kids’ Town. At the Veterinary Clinic they can run tests on stuffed animal pets, look at X-rays, groom the pets, and care for them.
Little Sprouts Farm, for children and infants under 4 years old, is a safe place for them to play. They can pretend to drive tractors, go down a slide, pick toy fruits & vegetables, carry things around in wheel barrows, go fishing from a sailboat, and put on, or watch puppet shows. The Little Sprouts Farm has a great deal of mirrors and plush toys, to help young children with their sensory development.
Energy Zone is for somewhat older children, and teaches them about simple machines. Various methods and machines are used to get hundreds of small plastic balls into a Big Bucket. Once it is filled, a bell rings and they all come pouring back down!
The Woods is a play place themed after the wild. There’s a tunnel slide enclosed in the trees, hollow climbing logs, rope bridges, and more. You can even hunt for fossils, or go on a treasure hunt. There is also a pond full of live animals that you can watch!
The Duke Energy Children’s Museum is open Monday through Saturday 10 am–5 pm, and on Sundays from 11 am–6 pm. Tickets for the Children’s Museum are part of the All Museum Pass for the Cincinnati Museum Center. Tickets can be bought at CincyMuseum.org.
They have an actively managed YouTube channel as well, and you can get a glimpse of some of the exhibits by watching the videos.
The museum’s address is 1301 Western Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45203.
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