The Children’s Museum of Phoenix is amazing! I’ve been twice before and on both occasions we were celebrating our sons birthdays. There is a entire room dedicated to a play grocery store with toddler sized shopping carts. The museum even has an art room where kids can color and even paint a castle! With three levels of displays and attractions there is something to enjoy around every corner. I honestly love this museum and so do my kids.
I did a full review here for What To Expect At The Children’s Museum of Phoenix. That post has just about everything you need to know. It includes what to bring and wear, along with what to expect once you walk through the museum doors. It has A LOT of PHOTOS of the museum and exhibits so if you are looking to see a guide or review you need to check out the pink link above.
This post you’re reading now is to serve as a mini review of the museums free first Fridays it holds every month. Yes! You read that right. Every month on the first Friday the museum is free after 5pm. Free first Fridays are lovingly hosted by Target. It is an awesome partnership they’ve done so that all kids in Phoenix can have access to the museum a least once every month. Not all families can afford the general admission let alone membership so what they are doing for the community is GREAT! This post is going to explain what to expect if you go to the children’s museum on free first Friday….because it’s a whole different ball game.
OUR REVIEW OF FREE FIRST FRIDAY AT THE CHILDREN’S MUSEUM OF PHOENIX:
As soon as I heard about free first Friday I had been meaning to go because I already loved the museum. I wasn’t surprised to see a line outside the doors of the museum when I got there. But i was shocked to see how long it was (about 15 families). Thankfully we only had to wait about 5 minutes. Once I stepped into the Children’s Museum of Phoenix, I knew I should have stayed home. It was absolutely PACKED with kids and parents.
On a normal day you can at least see the ground as you walk. This day it was just madness. The employees do count people as they enter and leave so that the capacity of the building is not over the maximum. However who wants in be in any building when it is at capacity. I recommend holding your child’s hand while walking through because its easy to get lost in a crowd of people and running kids.
One of my biggest pet peeves is when there is a main walkway or corridor and people hang out in it. In turn blocking you from walking through. You either have to say excuse me a million times or just stand there staring at the parents who are the ones standing in the way. Maybe it’s just me but when my kids are playing I position myself so I am out of the way and try to be mindful of the people around me.
Having made the effort to get out of the house,and seeing as we were already there, we tried to make the best of it. We went to 1/4 of the exhibits because most of them were so filled we couldn’t even see anything. After my older boys who are 3 yrs, 2yrs had been shoved by bigger kids enough times I decided after only being there for 45 minutes to just go in the three and under room.
A PLACE FOR THREE’S AND UNDER: THE REFUGE
FINALLY one place without commotion and hustle. I LOVE this room so much. From the coated iron gate to the play house to the baby lounge. The whole room is dedicated and designed for babies and kids under 3 which to be honest is where my kids spend the most time.
This room is perfectly designed to keep 3 and under’s completely contained and entertained. I can’t say enough good things about this room. From the crawl spaces to the book nook and the natural light pouring in, this room is like heaven. Read more about why I honestly wish I had this room in my house here.
(The have amazing crawl spaces like this one above!)
(All the baby area’s look similar to this, except the gigantic one in the place for threes and under)
After spending a hour in the three and under room we decided to head home for dinner. The kids were pooped and we were exhausted. As we made our way out of the museum I was in complete shock to see the line was still there and was even LONGER! I thought to myself, “How can this be? It’s nearly 7:00pm”. There was about 25 families waiting in line and since the museum was at capacity, as people would come out then more could come in. I almost forgot to mention it was about 100 degrees outside. It was nice to see that the museum had a clown and magic show outside so the people waiting could look on.
To wrap this up I wanted to say that I don’t plan on going back on a first Friday again. If you are planning a trip to the museum during first Friday and it’s your first visit please keep in mind the museum isn’t as packed on a normal day! I honestly would rather pay to get in then go on another first Friday. It could be that my kids are just too young to bear the crowd, but honestly I’m 20+ and I couldn’t barely deal with the crowd. If your kids are older then you wont have to worry about them being pushed and shoved as much. Just keep in mind the kids are not looking out for each other, they are looking to have fun. So like any crazy place designed for kids, watch your children and protect them. Also think about making them a bracelet with your name and number if they are too young to remember theirs ( you know in case they get lost).
CHILDREN’S MUSEUM OF PHOENIX INFORMATION
If you plan to visit on a regular day children under the age of 1 are completely free! The admission for Non-members is $12.00 per person, and you can click here to Purchase Tickets
If you plan to make this place a regular destination (and I suggest you do! It’s a great way to beat the heat) you should consider becoming a member. Admission for members is FREE (which is awesome!) if you click this link you can Become a Member!
IF YOU HAVE BEEN TO FIRST FRIDAY AT THE CHILDREN’S MUSEUM OF PHOENIX I WOULD LOVE TO HEAR YOUR EXPERIENCE.
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