1301 Western Ave.
Cincinnati Ohio 45203United States
Midwest Living Recommends
This high-energy kids' space has lots of opportunities for learning and dramatic play.
Part of the threesome of museums at Cincinnati Museum Center, the all-on-one-floor Children's Museum is paradise for toddlers, preschoolers and young school-age kids. It's full of spaces tailor-made for dramatic play and opportunities for learning (and burning off some energy!). Kids' Town is charming, with a gas station, kitchen, grocery store, diner, vet's office and post office. But you may never get your little charges out of the Energy Zone, where kids can scoop brightly colored balls into buckets, which dump out when they're full enough (the whole area is enclosed in mesh so the balls can't escape). Make sure to put on your waterproof smock before entering WaterWorks, where kids can learn about the path of water and fun things like pulleys. One of our favorite attractions is The Woods, a mini "wilderness" with a giant spider web, a rope bridge, a climbing wall, and lots of tree trunks for climbing and hiding. The soft surface makes it safe for little ones. In the building area, kids play with giant Lego structures, shovel rocks, climb on bulldozers and play with kid-size tools. If you have really little ones, like toddlers who aren't ready for prime-time climbing, or you just want a quiet place to hang out with your baby, check out Sprouts Farm. It's gated and sized just for toddlers and infants. Toddlers can work on the farm, climb in tractors, shop at the farmers market or read books about farm animals. There's also an area just for infants, full of squish cushions, safe for early crawlers, and a space to nurse. Admission charged.