Like universities, children’s museums provide young people a place to study nature, an outlet to explore their creativity, and an excuse not to have a real job. Procrastinate constructively with today’s Groupon to Hands On Children’s Museum. Choose between the following options:
- For $6, you get two day passes (up to an $11 value).
- For $25, you get a family membership, which covers two parents and any household children younger than age 18 (a $49.50 value).
Housed in a colorful, 6,500-square-foot palace, Hands On Children’s Museum unfurls 15 exhibits that encourage children to learn through exploration and play. Kids aged 1–12 emulate grown-up workers at a shopping plaza’s worth of faux jobs, including Little Vets, Kids Mini Bank, Winn-Dixie Lil’ Grocery, and Lil’ Legal Compliance Specialist. Budding performers can head to the You’re the Star Stage or Puppet Stage, donning one of more than 50 costumes and entertaining fellow museum-goers with tales of woe and staying up past midnight. Opportunities to engage in wheelchair basketball or frolic in a ball pit temporarily deplete active kids’ energy reserves.
Hands on Children's Museum
Somehow, Hands on Children's Museum has managed to fit an entire town into its 8,500-square-foot space. Servers pour pretend milkshakes at a '50s-themed cafe, tellers work at the Kids Mini Bank, and all sorts of townsfolk stock up on the essentials at the Winn-Dixie Lil' Grocery. Here, working cash registers, conveyer belts, and miniature carts give kids the feeling that they're really shopping for their families. There's even a spaceship, just like in every small American town.
In total, 20 main exhibits let kids take on the roles of grownup workers or use costumes and puppets to enter a world of complete fantasy. Hands on Children's Museum also hosts special events, such as story time, face painting, and the opportunity to pet a live chicken.
8580 Beach Blvd.
Jacksonville, Florida 32216Get Directions