We have been so busy, it’s been hard to keep up! Today we had an awesome field trip (more to come on that one later) but I first must fill you in on the one we took a few weeks ago! Like many families living in or traveling to Central Florida, our family is always looking for a good day trip/field trip adventure! Today’s adventure is one of our family’s favorites for imaginative play and learning in a very hands on way! It is a great short trip from Orlando to Tampa for the Glazer Children’s Museum! This is great for families on the weekend, homeschooling families during the week, or any day of the week for families visiting Central Florida or with smaller preschool aged children.
Glazer Children’s Museum is a three floor interactive museum for children. The first two floors are the main ones while the third floor is occasionally open for special guest visits and other events.
The first floor has plenty of baby and toddler friendly areas. The tugboat with sounds and pretend fishing with magnet fishing poles and fish is always fun. This toddler area has a reading nook, puzzles, and other toddler toys.
There is also plenty of fun on the Gasparilla Island Cruise Ship where they had lots of fun being the ship’s captain and exploring. A periscope allows them to look “underwater”. They LOVE steering the ship to their port! Alongside the Cruise is an excellent “island” where they play in the “sand” and find treasure!
It’s all about hands on fun and learning here! In the KidsPort area you can even make it rain at the Bays News 9 weather station. and even learn about how water moves. Get ready for the kids to get a little wet here. They have awesome rain jackets that help keep them dry but mine managed to still get wet of course.
The fun doesn’t stop there! There are so many opportunities for fun and learning! The second floor has a small theater for dramatic play full of costumes, lights, cameras, and sounds! Everyone got in on the fun!
As a mom, I am always looking at how museums take care of their play areas, make updates on a regular basis, and keep the areas clean. I have been going here for a couple of years now and I was able to observe new vet uniforms in the Veterinarian area and unless I missed them before (could be) a few new toys and also a few new costumes in the theater. This is super important to me as it keeps us interested and visiting again.It is definitely a place where children of various ages can have fun and a place where you can plan several visits to and the children will still have areas they haven’t explored and will not easily tire of.
Here are a few other pics of some of the other areas:
llow vets discuss animal care!
There is lots to do here and you can keep coming back with the kids still not get bored! Great for dramatic play, building vocabulary, making new friends, and much more!
Have any of you ever gone? What has been your experience? I would love to hear from you below or as always, keep the emails coming with questions and ideas! Happy Teaching and Learning!