From Sarah C.:
Initially it was open on weekends only but now has a 6 day a week schedule (closed on Mondays). We visited last Saturday and were pleasantly surprised to find that it was not overly crowded even with a couple of birthday party groups.
Enter the building and find a broad assortment of areas each geared toward different themes – construction, medical, farm, trains, etc. All of the areas feature toys for imaginative play as well as books to read. One detail I found cute – there is a post office with a desk to weigh mail and charge postage, boxes for sorting letters and dress up clothes. It could have stopped here and been great, but the museum goes a step further and there are mailboxes scattered about so your little postal carrier can deliver all over.
Not surprisingly, the art area was my personal favorite spot in the museum. There is a large stage section with puppets, instruments and costumes for kids to put on a show. Next to it are several tables for art & craft projects. While we were there, the projects focused on Easter and kids could decorate a paper egg and/or bunny. But the best part of this, in my opinion, the glass room where kids are allowed and encouraged to paint on the walls! What could be more fun? D loved this especially when we put our face close to the glass on the opposite side and let him paint us. After the walls are full, the room is temporarily closed and staff members wash & squeegee the entire space before reopening it.
Next to the paint room is a fun climber that can take adventurous children high into the air to look out a window over the outdoor play area. Outside is a smaller climber, a few instruments, astroturf lawn to play on, sand box and small stream to send boats down.
Crawlers and toddlers are covered too with a space dedicated just to them. It has low walls and a gate to secure the area. The walls have shelves on the inside of the space to hold age appropriate toys. There is also a small wooden climber with a slide and large windows that look out onto the stream.
Bathrooms are located in both the front and back of the museum and well designed with children in mind (diaper change stations, step stools at sinks, etc). Also in the back is a special “toddlers only” bathroom. It has a low toilet and sink perfect for young, independent potty trained kids.
If you have more time to spend in the area after you are doing playing, consider heading a few blocks north for lunch at the Graham Soda Shoppe or a little shopping. See Allison’s previous post on Downtown Graham for ideas.
Children’s Museum of Alamance County
217 South Main Street
Tuesday-Saturday 10am-5pm; Sunday 1-5pm