Children's museums chronicle the rich history of childhood genius, from the chocolate toothbrush to the first draft of The Brothers Karamazov, penned by a 5-year-old Dostoyevsky. Immerse yourself in the tradition of pintsized innovation with today's Groupon: for $7, you get three passes (up to a $5 value/pass) to the Boca Raton Children's Museum in Boca Raton (up to a $15 total value).
The Boca Raton Children's Museum sparks kids' imaginations through a variety of interactive activities, exhibits, and special events. Each activity center equips children with the tools to tinker with the world using their own creativity in a free-play, imagination-driven environment. Travel back in time to dress in traditional Spanish and African garb or grab groceries at Ricketts Corner Store, a kid-sized replica of Boca Raton's first grocery store. Young archaeologists can scrounge for ancient fossils in Dr. Dig's Back-Porch, and aspiring bankers can make millions gambling in the derivatives market at KidsCents Bank. The museum campus is comprised of some of the oldest unaltered edifices in the city—some nearly a century old—and aims to preserve these buildings in a constructive, educational manner. With an expansion underway, kids' freedom to fiddle with their surroundings continues to grow. The museum is currently open Tuesday–Saturday from noon to 4 p.m., and infants are admitted for free.
Boca Raton Children's Museum
Boca Raton Children's Museum, located inside a quaint home built by hand around 1913, unfurls an array of exhibits designed to feed children's creativity and enhance critical-thinking skills. Visitors venture to Dr. Dig's Back-Porch to learn about artifacts and fossils, stage dramas in a miniature theater with hand puppets, or head to the Faces Multicultural Room to play musical instruments and play dress-up with garments from around the world. They can also wheel pintsize shopping carts through a replica of Boca Raton's first grocery store, where orange juice was invented, or chart a course across the lawn's grasses aboard an outdoor pirate-ship fort. The museum has recently added a gift and snack shop, and also offers classes that teach nonverbal tots to use sign language and summer camps that provide opportunities for play and learning in a group setting.