Since 1987 this popular non-profit organization has been wowing children 10 and under with a veritable treasure trove of activities and exhibits. Spread throughout its 24,000 feet of "learning space," are exhibits and programs encouraging kids to follow the museum mantra: "Make a discovery, make a mess and even make a new friend." But it's not just a museum. It's a fun learning experience with activities to keep them busy for hours. At "Publix supermarket," they learn how to shop and make healthy choices; the firehouse teaches them fire safety at home, while an interactive zone focusing on health and nutrition - created by Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital - allows them to "check in" patients, play a game of "Operation" and more. There's even a "pizza kitchen," where they can take orders and "make" food. The Critter Cave allows them to peek into the intriguing world of arachnids and reptiles.
1925 4th St N,
St. Petersburg / Clearwater, FL
Museums: "Ask about the "parents' night out," program the second Friday of the month. You can leave your kids from 6 - 10 p.m. - for a fee - and enjoy a date night with your significant other."
Best for Museums Because: It not only offers lots of fun, it's a complete learning experience.