Day Trip

May 09, 2010

Delaware Children's Museum

Where: Riverfront Wilmington, 550 Justison St., Wilmington, Del.

When: 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. daily

What: The state's first and only museum dedicated to children, opened its doors April 24. The $11 million, 37,000-square-foot facility is located in the "Big Yellow Building" on the Christiana River.

The museum features exhibits aimed at ages from toddlers to preteens. For example, the Stratosphere is a 30-foot-diameter climbing structure that allows children to reach a platform at the top that overlooks the museum lobby. A transportation-themed area focuses on building motor skills of young children, while Studio D offers creative outlets such as weaving, printmaking and sculpting for older kids. The 600-square-foot EcoHouse, made of recycled materials, teaches children about the environment.

How much: $12 general admission (children 12 months and under are free)

What's nearby: Riverfront Wilmington is a redeveloped cultural and entertainment area along the Christiana River. The site features an array of attractions, including parks, theaters, restaurants, museums and shops. Details at riverfrontwilm.com.

Information: delawarechildrensmuseum.org

Michelle Deal-Zimmerman

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