The Tale of Two Museums

Last Monday we took our first trip to The New Children’s Museum, and on Thursday the kids and I visited The Escondido Children’s Museum.

One was big, one was small. One cost $5 per person, and one cost $10. One was hip, funky and cool. The other was warm and inviting. Both were fun for my five and three-year-olds. But one was “funner.”

The Escondido Children’s Museum is not as fancy as The New Children’s Museum in downtown San Diego, but it had everything to fill these kids with excitement for hours, and they asked if they could go back the very next day.

Mallory loved the pioneer school house. Of course she was the teacher and even I had to do as I was told. The tiny gong she found in the Kiwanis Children’s Garden served as our school bell. Each tiny desk had a chalk board so that we could copy down what Miss Mallory wrote on the large board.

Gage enjoyed playing school for a while, but once he discovered the Lego water table, that’s pretty much where he spent the rest of his visit. Boys, water, building dams, destroying dams…it couldn’t have been more perfect. I’m asking my husband to build him one in our backyard.

Mallory wants dad to build her a bubble tube. A plastic enclosure that she stood inside while pulling on a rope attached to a hoola hoop soaking in bubble water to create a giant bubble that surrounded her body. You’ve got to try it to believe it. Just awesome each and every time you try it even when the bubble pops before you pull the hoop all the way up.

There were bubble stations for creating giant, fly-in-the-sky bubbles, a beautiful garden and vegetable stand, a costume area, a puppet theater and more. For $5 per person, we got way, way more than our money’s worth. Check it out for yourself!

The Escondido Children’s Museum
380 N. Escondido Blvd
Escondido, CA 92025

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