How can the tugboat reach the next level of the canal? At the interactive water table, children will experiment with cause-and-effect while learning basic principles of physics. Your mini-engineer can decide which dams to open or close for enough water to enter the bay and get the tugboat to its destination. Visitors can also take a "virtual" tour of the world, viewing tiny models of homes from various corners of the globe. These models help children learn about the lives of children from other cultures—their languages, families, and pastimes.
The Duke Energy Children's Museum is entirely interactive, allowing children to play and explore to learn about nature and how the world works. Almost every activity provides educational opportunities for children of all ages, while still offering areas specifically geared towards certain age groups. Since it first opened to the public in 1998, the museum has consistently been ranked among the United States' top 10 children's museums.
Children are welcome in Kid's Town, a miniature neighborhood complete with grocery store, diner, veterinary clinic, post office, and more. This area gives children the opportunity to experience the roles of adults in their communities, as they act out the duties of different jobs and learn how members of a neighborhood work together. At the Little Sprouts Farm, toddlers and preschoolers play on a pint-sized barn, listen to stories around the Story Tree, and put on puppet shows. The Parent Resource Center features a soft, padded play area for infants, as well as a private nursing area.
The Energy Zone provides a cooperative learning opportunity for visitors of all ages. Walk into this netted enclosure and race against the clock to return hundreds of balls back to the Big Bucket, using simple machines and different energy forces. Everyone needs to work together, but watch out for the bell; you'll have to start all over again! The Woods, a three-story, wheelchair-accessible, soft playground, challenges children's motor and imaginative abilities with a horizontal climbing wall, rope bridges, a tree house, slide, and a pond. As they enjoy the playground, children and their parents will discover fossils and learn about animals that call the woods home.
The museum also hosts special weekly programs for children throughout the year, including story times, cultural activities, and explorations of science and art. Most of these events are free and do not require advance registration. If you purchase a Museum Center membership on the same day of your visit, the price paid for admission will be discounted from your membership price. There are also discounts on tickets when purchased in combination with tickets for other museums at the Museum Center, special exhibits, and the OMNIMAX Theater. The Duke Energy Children's Museum is handicap-accessible by elevator.
- Monday through Saturday: 10am to 5pm
- Sunday: 11am to 6pm
- Adults: $8.50
- Seniors: $7.50
- Children (ages 3-12): $6.50
- Toddlers (ages 1-2): $4.50
- Infants (under 1): free
- Metro Stop:
- No. 1 bus stops near the museum entrance
- Available at the museum for $6 until 4:30pm when the price is reduced to $4
- Location: 1301 Western Avenue, Cincinnati, OH
- Phone: 513-287-7000
- Toll-free: 800-733-2077
- TTY: 800-750-0750
- Website: cincymuseum.org