We are starting to expand our area as the boys get bigger and as we exhaust what Philadelphia has to offer. Ever since a friend (thanks Natalie) mentioned the Delaware Children’s Museum (DCM) I put it on the do to list.
Last week we packed up the car and hit 95 South after morning rush hour. We were there in 35-45 minutes. (Check out my tips on parking at the bottom). When we left DCM I was on the fence about going back but the more I thought about it I think it is a great place to occasionally throw in to the mix. Here is my review.
In relation to Please Touch Museum (PTM) and Children’s Discovery Museum (CDM) DCM is a lighter version. It is one floor and all the different sections are around the outside with an open center. Right when you walk in there is this great structure called the Stratosphere that kids can climb up into and all the way to the top. Henry (3) was able to navigate this structure but Ollie (2) had a harder time. It is big enough for parents to climb in and make a rescue (check).
From there the boys moved on to the feature exhibit which is all about blocks. There were small tables of different types of blocks, a large pile of sponge blocks and giant abstract blue blocks that the boys loved.
As we continued on it was in the other sections that I felt a little let down. They seemed geared towards toddlers but some of the exhibits were too hard for the boys to work which made them lose interest. There was an entire section about money and they could work about two of the things but the rest of it was over there heads and more for 7-10 year old. The boys did like the small play vegetable garden, the activity stream ( similar to PTM), the rock wall, the car body shop, the big train and the art studio.
I will probably go again in the Spring but make more of a trip out of it. There are a few other things right around there like the Brandywine Zoo and the Delaware Museum of Natural History. Click here for a full list of family friendly activities on the Delaware River Front. For this trip we spent about 90 minutes in DCM. Overall the drive was actually super quick and the boys did like it. I can see myself going three times a year.
Good To Know:
The drive was super easy and just straight down 95 South. Use the directions on DCM’s site. They are perfect. Please note that these directions start once you cross into Delaware if you are coming from Philadelphia traveling 95 south.
Parking: Okay DCM asks on their website that you do not park in restaurant’s parking lots and instead park across the street in a different parking lot. Parent to parent…the resturant lots are GIANT. The walk with two toddlers from the DCM lot especially in the winter and across an intersection was not fun at all. The restaurants don’t open till lunch oh and did I mention their parking lot is GIANT. I did seem moms that were clearly “in the know” parking in the restaurants lots. I highly recommend you do this.
In February of 2013 the Cafe was closed for renovations. The boys walked around with snack and water and it did not seem to be a problem.
Pretty easy to navigate with a stroller.
I love that it opens at 9:00 a.m.
Cost: for two adult and two children is was $48. This felt high based on what you are getting. Single tickets are $12 per adult/child (under 12 months free)
There is a cafe there but it is currently under construction. Right next to DCM is Joe’s Crab Shack and Iron Hill Brewery (which has a big kid’s menu).
Going home was super easy. It practically throws you on 95 North. Took me 35 mins to get home.