Boonshoft Museum of Discovery: A Dayton Family Favorite

Boonshoft Museum of Discovery: A Dayton Family Favorite

 

Know Before You Go

  • If you have a membership to the Cincinnati Zoo or Cincinnati Museum Center you get half-off admission to the museum. Be sure to bring your membership card and photo ID.
  • They do not have a cafe at the museum so packing a lunch is recommended. They do offer snacks and drinks in their gift shop and on the second floor in their vending machine area.
  • The museum sits in the middle of a park, so there are plenty of great picnic spots on nice days. Keep your receipt so you can get back in.  There are good restaurants nearby if you wish to go to lunch and return.
  • Parking is free.
  • The planetarium is an extra charge and they have set showings throughout the day. Check their daily schedule for show time.
  • The bathrooms have changing areas, lowered toilets for kids and lowered sinks with stools for handwashing.

Hall of the Universe

Boonshoft Museum of Discovery From Cincinnati

 

Kids Place

Sensory Area at the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery

 

Science Central

The hands-on science displays were unique and intriguing.  The children were fascinated with magnets, balance boards, and the nanoscience exhibit. There is even a huge climbing tower that takes kids up to the second floor! Join a live science demonstration in the Science Theater or perform an experiment in the  Do Lab.  Both the Theater and the Lab are only open during program times.

 

Spark Imagination

Boonshoft Museum of Discovery: A Dayton Family Favorite

 

Discovery Zoo

Discovery Zoo at the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery

 

Even More Exhibits

Exploring the Kids Place

 

Final Thoughts

I personally enjoyed the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery more than the Cincinnati Children’s Museum. Not only did I find it more interactive with more educational opportunities I found it cleaner. Exhibits were in good shape, neat and engaging.  Being only an hour from Cincinnati, I plan on making the trip up here a few times a year.  If you are coming from Cincinnati make it a day trip by adding in a visit to the Wright Patterson Airforce Museum.  Stay the night and incorporate a visit to  Yellow Springs and Young’s Dairy for a great family getaway.

 

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