This was not our first trip to the City Museum, nor will it be our last, but it’s too good not to share for those who aren’t familiar with the place. Some might call it a children’s museum, but it’s just as fun for adults as it is kids. Housed in an old building downtown, the museum itself is a collection of architectural and industrial objects, most of which would have just ended up in a landfill. It is all repurposed to create a fun place to explore. The museum bills itself as an “eclectic mixture of children’s playground, funhouse, surrealistic pavilion, and architectural marvel.” They opened in 1997 and have continued to add on and expand their exhibits. It’s hard to describe the place, even in pictures. Everything is built using recycled materials. Statues from buildings that were long ago torn down decorate the walls. Conveyor belt rollers are used as banister rails. The outside playground is a sculpture in itself, with new pieces to explore constantly being added on. The first floor is one huge playground. There are child size tunnels that go under the floors and up in the ceilings. Your kids go exploring, while you sit and wait, wondering where they’ll pop up at. A huge section is built to look like underground caves, complete with little light and dripping ground water. The caves take you up to the 5 and 10 story slides.
The husband had never been before, but he even thought it was pretty neat. The outside at least. He wasn’t a fan of the noisy, crowded inside. It was too hot to go up on the roof this time, but we went last year. You can see some pictures here. The best part was that the little one was tall enough for the 10 story slide! Last year, she was only tall enough for the 5 story.
If you are in the area, it’s a must!