Children learn best from exhibits involving lights and colors, which means you can either take them to a children's museum or let them rub their eyes too hard. Teach wee ones safely with today's Groupon: for $5, you get admission for two at Explorations V Children's Museum in the historic S.H. Kress Building (a $10 value). Admission is good for children or adults; special rates apply to seniors, and children under 2 get in for free.
Explorations V Children's Museum encourages imagination and intellectual development with three floors of colorful, interactive exhibits. Kids exercise budding knowledge muscles in an array of arts and science displays, such as the Artrageous! area, in which pint-sized Picassos explore artistic talents hidden beneath layers of overalls and apple-juice stains. Bantamweight buyers learn life skills by shopping for groceries in the Explore Store with pretend loans acquired in the Financial Center, and nascent newscasters deliver breaking playground exposés in the News Station.
- Explorations V is an unrecognized gem in central Florida. Your kids will love romping through the kid-size town and performing science experiments on their own. – Margaret G., Insider Pages
- There is so much for them to do and pretend....a stage w/dress up clothes, a hot air balloon basket, a mini Publix store to shop in and much more. But what they really love is "O is for Oranges" in the basement. – LM, Google Maps
Explorations V Children's Museum
Kids learn with all five of their senses—that's literally what puts the V in the name of Explorations V Children's Museum. Spread across three floors, the museum brims with hands-on activities in a range of permanent exhibits. And the organization's interactive approach to learning has helped it earn accolades, such as a grant from Disney's Helping Kids Shine award program.
On the lower floor, an exhibit charting the journey of the Florida orange begins with local history and ends with a look at global ecosystems. On the first floor, the exhibit Marvelous Me! teaches about the human body with an interactive skeleton and memory tests; Water Matters teaches water conservation with interactive stations. At the top of the museum, check out the temporary exhibits and the Dragon of Toys, a colorful sculpture of plastic trinkets. It's also here that instructors conduct daily programs ranging from open art studio sessions to nutritional cooking classes.