Tucson has a wonderful children’s museum. At least, it was when I went over 20 years ago. Really, I have meant to go back with the kiddos but I abhor downtown Tucson, where incidentally said museum is located. If you are familiar with downtown Tucson, you are well aware of the drawbacks of such a location. My main issues are parking and the congestion.
I heard one the radio a few months back, that Oro Valley (which is located north of Tucson) boasted it’s own children museum and since the twins and I were due to go on a date, we decided to give the museum a try.
Oro Valley Children’s Museum: My Experience
Oro Valley Children’s Museum is located at 11015 North Oracle Road, suite 101, in a shopping center with plenty of parking. I was very pleased with that.
Upon entering the museum, and having been to the one in Tucson (albeit eons ago), I was surprised by its (small) size. The Oro Valley museum only consists of one large room with various fun stations.
We went on a Thursday morning and no one else was there when we arrived. The fact that the ladies in the front seemed surprised at our arrival should have been my clue that we were not their typical visitor. It only dawned on me after about an hour that all the new arrivals had children under five. Granted it was a school day.
The Children Museum is geared toward younger children. Nevertheless, my twin boys had a great time. We did stay two and half hours and only left because I was more than ready to go at that point.
My boys especially loved the tubes full of air. You put a scarf in one end of the tube which is blasted through the labyrinth of tubes and ends up flying out of another tube at the end. By maneuvering various levers, you can redirect the scarf to come out in various places. I must admit I had fun with that one too.
Another area the boys enjoyed was the market area with the very realistic looking play food. I also paid extra for them to partake in the craft available that month (painted mittens). They pretty proud of their creations. I got one and the other was given to an elderly lady as a Christmas gift.
The museum has an inviting reading area which I loved.
The staff was friendly as were the mothers who arrived after me.
Overall, it was a fun and enjoyable experience.
Oro Valley Children’s Museum: Hours and Admission
The museum is closed Mondays. It is open Tuesday to Friday 9 am to 4 pm, and Saturday and Sunday 10 am to 4 pm.
The cost is $6 for adults AND children and they do offer membership options as well. Children under one are free. If you plan to go often a membership if the way to go.
They also offer $2 admission on the FIRST Tuesday of every month.
You might want to visit the museum if:
- You have young children
- Enjoy an easily accessible area with ample parking
- You want a safe and engaging place for your littles to play
- Want a heated and – even better in the South West – cooled place for your kids to play
- You want to meet other moms with little ones
- You want a friendly staff
- You want a fun activity for a reasonable price
You might not want to visit the museum if:
- You have older children
- Want a large area with a lot of places to view and explore