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Hands On Childrens Museum, Jacksonville

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  • My granddaughters had great fun here. Though it was a bit old and dingy, it wasn't too bad and there was so much for them to do, they had fun, fun, fun. The other kids were nice and shared, no pushing...  more »
  • My son had a blast for hours. Very creative place with lots of ideas for play. Ages 1-12. Has a playground, a dress up stage, a ball pit, a STEM center with building materials, trains, and a fire figh...  more »
  • This place is great for what it is. It does not compare with other big city children's museums in that it is VERY small and compact space BUT the amount of activities here are awesome. We went on a we...  more »
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  • We bought the yearly membership which is worth it if you plan to come more than twice in a year. It has a nice variety of activities and my 4 year old son can spend an hour or so here, easy. That's the plus side. I don't get the impression that they thoroughly clean the toys, however, and the bathrooms are kind of gross so we only save this place for rainy days. With some updating and cleaner toys though this place would get 5 stars!
  • First time visitors. Not sure we'll return. It was HOT!! I asked an employee about the temperature; she told me "it's always this hot in here." The "3 & under" play area was dirty, so I didn't keep my toddler in there. A tall ladder was just resting on the wall near the room's entrance which was really dangerous. The checkout lanes in the pretend Winn-Dixie don't work as advertised; nothing lights up or moves. I understand the museum is a non-profit that relies on admission fees and donations, but for $5.50/head, at least keep it reasonably cool (in June) and mop the floors or something.
  • This is a great concept and my daughter loved going but it was really old (read: 1990) and kind of dirty on the inside. It seemed like a time warp in there. It really is a cool idea, though. There are different sections for the kids to play in (post office, bank, vet, pirate ship, grocery store, etc) and it only cost $9.50 for both of us to get in.
  • Always a great time! On another note I had a birthday party here and I felt really rushed. I paid for the host but Noone ever came in until the very end.
  • The staff are super friendly. My daughter is 4 and we stayed for two hours easily. So many things to keep the kids and adults engaged.

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