The Children's Museum of Tucson - located in downtown Tucson - has long been one of the city's top attractions for families. The museum offers interactive, hands-on exhibits designed to spark the imagination in a fun, educational setting. Now, the museum is debuting two exciting new exhibits that encourage children and their families to explore, learn and play.
The first addition is a brand new art studio. It features guided art instruction, 'maker tables' for object creation, traditional easels with different types of surfaces, a 3D chalk totem, a slate for water painting and a special area for very young children to explore mark making and surface textures.
The art studio gives kids of all ages a place to channel their energy and creativity and explore different mediums. Kids can work with their parents to create a special masterpiece to take home and display.
A new art studio is the latest attraction at the Children's Museum of Tucson — Photo courtesy of Children's Museum of Tucson
The other new exhibit opening this fall at the Children's Museum is a space dedicated to early childhood education, also known as "Wee World." It's a special area for kids ages four and under and their families to explore and play.
The exhibit incorporates award-winning programs like Wee Play, Wee Move and Wee Wiggle, which introduce young children to the fundamentals of literacy. It also teaches them important social skills like sharing and working in groups.
The early childhood education area also has make-believe cave and car areas so kids can exercise their imagination and motor skills. There are also plenty of structures and building blocks for hands-on play.
If you haven't visited the Children's Museum of Tucson in a while, the newly expanded museum is well worth checking out. While you're there, make sure to visit the other permanent exhibits, such as the popular Mini Nano attraction. It explores the world of extremely tiny materials and how they act differently than larger objects. It's an eye-opening attraction that combines fundamentals of science, math, technology and engineering. Kids and adults will both love it.
There are also exhibits dedicated to teaching kids about their bodies, nutrition, grocery shopping and even pet care.
The Children's Museum hosts several special events tied to holiday themes. These family-friendly celebrations often feature arts and crafts, food and live music. Check the museum's events calendar before your visit, so you can plan your visit accordingly. There's also a nice outdoor courtyard perfect for picnics or a short snack break with the kids.