If we don't provide children with rich, well-rounded educations, they'll have no hope of competing in a global economy that mostly consists of CEOs whipping model globes at their heads. Foster head defense in a fun way with today's Groupon: for $37, you get a basic family membership (a $75 value) to the Austin Children's Museum, located downtown on Colorado.
Austin Children's Museum blurs the line between learning and play through a variety of interactive exhibits and programs. A basic membership gives up to four visitors 12 months of unlimited admission to the museum. There, kids can inflate their brains with exhibits such as the Funstruction Zone, a three-level wonderland full of big blocks, tools, and other equipment ideal for future foremen, foreladies, and building-occupiers. Membership also includes discounted admission to special programs such as Baby Bloomers, which gives kids ages three and under exclusive access to the museum on Monday mornings, and seasonal gingerbread-house workshops, which introduce kids to the delectable world of edible architecture without the hassles of zoning, permits, and forest-witch eviction.
In addition to special admission privileges, Austin Children's Museum members receive premium perks normally only available via perilous quests through ancient jungles undisturbed for millennia by the withering touch of man, cow, or all-terrain vehicle. Other extras, such as advance registration for and discounts on camps, discounts at the museum store and on birthday parties, and reduced parking prices, help members feel as spoiled as a Flemish prince receiving his first hobby horse for his 16th birthday.
Free admission for children under one year old.
- This place was great for kids. They had everything you could imagine that would help your child grow and learn. From making electricity to the laws of physics, this place has it all! There was [sic] a lot of neat things there, and it was actually pretty fun even for me, the parent! – A Yahoo! Contributor, 03/16/08
Austin Children's Museum
The tale of the Austin Children's Museum begins in 1983, when a band of parents and teachers started setting up educational exhibits and children's activities throughout the city. This “museum without walls” stretched into schools, parks, and malls, delighting children and families with a sense of whimsy and a place where play was rewarded. In the years that followed, the museum shed its nomadic beginnings and found a permanent home inside the pleasant green walls of the Dell Discovery Center. Firmly rooted, its exhibits have entertained and enlightened more than 800,000 youngsters and their parents while earning praise from the writers of Little Austinite.
Today, the sprawling 12,500-square-foot facility is a kaleidoscope of color and lights, where whippersnappers play with giant building blocks, cobble recycled materials into crafts, and marvel at golf balls as they soar through loops and shoots. Others explore the miniature Global City, where they take on roles such as veterinarians in the pet clinic, cooks in the diner, or stray raccoons hiding in the grocery store.
Throughout the week, a team of educators leads Discovery Time, guiding lads and lasses through kid-friendly science experiments that launch paper helicopters and make slime. The museum also hosts Storytime, where grownups read playful stories aloud to encourage creativity and instill a love of literature in young readers.