Cincinnati Museum Center
We were headed to yet another soccer tournament and the kids had the day off from school, so I decided that that we should head to Cincinnati and do some sightseeing! Our first stop was to the Cincinnati Museum Center. It is considered an Art Deco train station (it was a working train station at one point) and is a National Historic Landmark. Upon entry, we went to the ticketing area to get our tickets. We the noticed that there were separate entrances for the Cincinnati History Museum, Museum of Natural History and Science and the Duke Energy Children’s Museum. My 11 year old decided on Natural Museum first and off we went! The girls noticed the hands on STEM lab and immediately ran to it. Literally!
There were several stations and a volunteer to guide you through the various experiments at the STEM area. They had one station where you had to feel what was inside a box and draw what you thought the object. My girls were pretty accurate as they guessed a toy plane and a rubber ball with pointy spikes on it. Next, my 11 year old they made a paper helicopter. The volunteer then pulled out an electromagnetic wand. (At first we thought it was a battery operated wind wand) The loose shapes were thin strips of magnetic ribbon paper. I swear my girls could have played with it for hours. (Perhaps a possible Christmas gift?)
Next up, was the going down through the sections of various animals that have lived or live in Ohio. We then came upon a speaker in a cage talking about bats and 3 of them were in the screened cage with her. It was exciting for my 7 year old because they have been studying bats for several weeks. Neither one of them wanted to get too close to them.
Then, girls then spotted going into a cave. They chose the “Advanced Path” vs. the “Beginners path.” (The beginners path was good for strollers, small children and wheelchairs) Upon entry, it was very dark and narrow. I had to turn on my flashlight from my IPhone. We saw bats behind glass and various things that grow in caves (including a waterfall!) They loved winding through the cave! (I think they could have just done that all day!)
When then exited the cave and entered the “ice age” exhibit when Ohio had its last glacier 19,000 years ago. They played with the glacier display and then we went through the ice age trail which included animals along the route.
It was then time to head back up to the Nature’s Trading Post area where we looked at an old fashioned toilet. We also saw how much garbage the average family of 4 consumes in a year! A lot!
After that, it was off to the Cincinnati History Museum where we immediately were drawn to the miniature town replica of Cincinnati during the 1940’s! It had trains running through it and street names too. There was also a challenge during the month of October to find the 10 pumpkins in the vast displays. The girls found all 10 and earned some stickers!
We the “Settlement to 1860” area which had a Riverboat and town area. There are people dressed like the era and ready to explain life during those years. We explored what you could buy in the town. The volunteer told the girls that the general store would be like today’s Walmart. They looked puzzled by that statement! (The store was so small!)
Last part was to head to the Duke Energy’s Children Museum. They had a hands on Water Works station, Energy Zone and a Kroger (Tm) shopping area. This area is good for kids under 11 years old.
My girls LOVED this museum so much that we went back after the Aquarium and ran through the other path of the cave!
Do NOT miss this museum when you go to Cincinnati!
Full Disclosure: Social Moms Around Columbus was given tickets to the CMC from CincinnatiUSA.com in exchange for a blog post-as always opinions are our own!