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The Children's Museum, West Hartford

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Children’s Museum Museum
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  • We took our grandson & his friend there and the two boys loved it! We especially enjoyed the live animals and were there at the end of the day to watch them feed the animals and tell & answer question...  more »
  • My 5 year old had a great time here. There were plenty of exhibits. A little misleading that the planetarium is only open to see movies and is not actually a planetarium to look at stars and such. The...  more »
  • Plenty to do for kids. Had a great time. Can cover it in half a day. Would be nice in season as the butterfly garden would be open.  more »
  • Tons of activities for children of all ages. The memberships are amazingly affordable and I bring my 10 month old daughter there often to look at the animals and play. Even at 10 months old (not walking yet) we still spend at least 2 hours going through everything. Older kids could easily make a day of all the activities. The planetarium shows are a little hit or miss. I saw one about a polar bear that was just still pictures and a story, which was probably the saddest misuse of a planetarium setup that I've ever encountered (seriously, management: I love you guys but that polar bear video needs to go....). That said, I've taken in other planetarium shows there, like the holiday special, that were really good. But this place is so awesome overall it's still a 5 star experience for what you're paying. The staff is incredibly knowledgeable when it comes to the animals and are happy to answer questions. You can tell the animals are well cared for and they let many of them run around after hours so they're not cooped up all day. Overall, it's so worth the money. I'll continue to get a membership annually because it's the best "cooped up on a rainy day" activity for kids.
  • We took our granddaughter, and found it was just big enough to keep her attention, just small enough for a good day trip. The displays were very interesting, and our granddaughter loved the animals. We particularly liked the planetarium. It was a bit more pricey than we had planned, but the staff and facility were both above average, so we didn't mind.
  • Very disappointed. We had been looking forward to experiencing this place with our little ones and are thoroughly disappointed and disgusted. This place is for children and was one of the most dirty and unhealthy places I've ever been. One of the exhibits included water bottles filled with colored water. A few of the water bottles had huge chunks of mold floating in them!
  • Not child friendly, rude staff, disorganization, lack of exhibits. NOT worth even the groupon price. Spent several minutes with another parent confused on where the exhibits were. Nothing but glass windows that are colored with 3d glasses and a room with blocks and other boring activities. Children occupied themselves by chasing eachother around and then got yelled at twice by two staff members for being too loud. Was really disappointed and their animals NEED better housing.
  • Amazing place for toddlers, young kids and preteens. We had an excellent trip and plan to go again very soon.