Almost anything can spur a child's imagination. For the child, play is the process of learning, developing new skills and connecting with others. The child is carefree and spontaneous. By playing the child can follow her interest, explore the unknown, link choices, overcome shyness and fear and make friends. The Museo del Niño is a fun hands on place full of collaborative, reflexive learning activities.
It has over 100 exhibits, each enabling the child to play with and play on or around. This amazing place is ideal for children of all age group. It is a large two storey building equipped with modern technology and hands on entertainment. Everything is bilingual from the signs posted on the walls to the instructions on the exhibits and the employees and volunteers who are there to help are also bilingual. A huge volcano in the middle of the museum, keeps erupting and yet children can climb the wall of the volcano. There are occupation stations where a child can dress up and role play and become a dentist or a policeman, banker, or work at a supermarket. A theatre lets them wear costumes, wigs, make up and act on stage.
There are TV stations, where the child can read the weather report on camera. Voice recorders analyse voice, and mock cockpits allow the child to interact with others in the control tower from the planes and space shuttles. The child can build her own race car and then race with others or row a boat!
There are quiet play areas for colouring, building, or crafting things. There are stations that teach real-life physics and other natural sciences, music, ecology, and navigation. There are paper airplane launcher, stop-motion animation, the head on a plate optical illusion, and the bed of nails. All the exhibits offer multi-sensory experiences. There is a play area specifically for babies and toddlers. There is a beautiful outside nature trail around a mangrove area, and playground area that is free for everyone. There are also go-karts for an additional fee, and you can rent picnic facilities and the amphitheatre for private parties. There are some cafeterias and a gift shop, which sell only educational toys!
August 2014, they have opened a mini-zoo on site- with about 20 different types of animals. The museum is clean, and everyone working there was helpful. The students of the local art school display their art work on the walls outside the museum and this is changed with new art work on a monthly basis.
Museo Del Nino Travel Tips
- Shuttle bus run from the parking lot to the museum.
- There are no signs on the road directing you to the parking lot.
- There is only handicapped parking at the museum.
- The acoustics inside the museum is poor so the noise is very loud. It is difficult to distinguish between the sound created by the exhibits and the other noise in the building.
- Everyone needs to either park on the street or in the museum parking lot, which is a couple blocks away and around the corner from the museum.
- By car take Route 26, take the Campo Rico Avenue exit and head north.
- Note that if you’re traveling west on Route 26, there is no sign for the Campo Rico Avenue exit- look for the Universidad de Noreste on the right side of Route 26, and take that exit.
- Follow Campo Rico Avenue until you come to the museum on your left.
- For the parking lot, continue past the museum, turn right at the next light (onto Roberto Clemente Ave), and continue on that road until you see signs for the parking lot.
Entrance Ticket Details For Museo Del Nino
- Adult $10; Child $6; Infants: Free.
- Handicapped and seniors are admitted free.
- Groups of 12 or more get a discount.
- Parking: $2; Go Kart: $5 for five minutes; Mini Zoo: Adult $2; Child $1.
Museo Del Nino Hours
- Closed on Good Friday, Election Day.
- Closed on Monday and Tuesday unless it’s a public holiday, then they are open.
- Pizza E Birra : Italian
- Patio del Nispero: Cafe, Puerto Rican
- Rosa de Triana: Spanish
- Bistro Latino: Latin
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50% of people start their Museo Del Nino visit around 12 PM - 1 PM
People usually take around 4 Hrs to see Museo Del Nino
95% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Museo Del Nino