Located in a former shoe manufacturing building, this museum will satisfy both the young and the young-at-heart. With three ... More
Located in a former shoe manufacturing building, this museum will satisfy both the young and the young-at-heart. With three floors of interesting, educational and fun-filled rooms, it is one of the best downtown attractions. The museum is run by a group of artists and professionals who together produce an awesome array of exhibits. Feel the authenticity of the multilevel enchanted caves, the architectural museum and the giant aquarium.
The City Museum should be called Adventureland, three floors of adventure, over 10 caves, activities galore for kids of all ages, beauty, friendly helpers, inside and outside adventures. Slides, swinging ropes, steps of all shapes and circles to climb, picturesque design, vaults to discover. It's an amusement park in a museum. We loved it. The children wanted to go another day, I was there on business and only had one day to devote to it. It was over 95 degrees yet they even played in the outside area and had a wonderful time. And to think everything is made from re-cycled material, unreal. On our next visit we will most definately go back. Awesome. CBS and Crew
I've been to the city museum 3 times with my grandkids, age 4-10. The kids played for hours crawling through all the recycled coils, ladders, holes, and slides. They were busy all afternoon! What a wonderful,unique place! There are basically no moving parts.
The city museum is great! i an 13, live in St. Louis, and have been 5 times! It never gets old, and is cleaner and safer then a tumbledrum or planet fun (indoor tubes) however, if your kids are younger than 6, its a good idea to have one (flexible) adult per kid, it is easy for a younger kid to get turned around! i definetly reccommend it to anyone, with or without children!
I live about an hour away from the city and I have made numerous trips just to come to THIS PLACE! It's like a giant McDonald's play place for adults only on steroids and 10x cooler! DON'T MISS the giant 10 story slide in the cave section! It is one of my favorite places in ST. Louis and I would suggest it to out-of-town-ers and locals alike!
For those parents who live in fear of their children's safety, this is not the place for you. However, if you feel the (remote) risk of a scratched knee or little bruise is worth the fun of growing up with adventure and fun, by all means visit. I'm sick to death of crybaby parents complaints about dirtiness and unsafeness at the city museum. It's far safer crawling around in those passages and "loose, dangerous" metal structures than the playgrounds at the old city parks where all kids used to play (and probably much cleaner). If anything's "shakey" there, it's meant to be, and please be assured it's built with safety in mind. I volunteered there for years and honestly can't recall any cuts or injuries...it's all blown up out of proportion by overprotective parents (thank God my parents weren't like that!) I might add, if you teach your children fear, they WILL encounter injury, and that applies in all things in life, not just this wonderful place.
One complainer said there wasn't anything outstanding about this place. Poor, uneducated person doesn't seem to know anything about art or architecture. The place is a treasure, just in those facets alone. Add in those enchanting caves, hands on activities, the marvels of MonstroCity and all the rest, It's a hands-down winner...except for those foolish parents who've taught their children to be afraid of fun and adventure.
For my 8 year old son, who has been here twice, he loves it. For my 4 year old daughter who this was her first time, she didn't want to leave. We had to tear both of them away from the place when it was time to go. For me, who loved to climb trees and crawl through things as a child, this place took me back to a time where kids were allowed to play, and that is what we all did. We crawled, we ran, we climbed. We PLAYED. Since this was our second time going, we were afraid that we had been there and done that. Not even close. So much to do, it's hard to imagine doing it all. Even the things we had done before were just as exciting and fun as before. It was worth the time for us and we got our money's worth.
I visited the City Museum for the first time yesterday with my three year old grandson. While I can see the fun and attraction for kids of all ages, I cannot recommend this place for young children. There are lots of parts of the museum that consist of different types of tubes, small holes and passageways, etc., that may not be totally inaccessible to adults but are certainly more difficult to navigate as an adult than as a child. I am certainly able to climb around, but I am no match for the size and agility of a three year old. In most areas the tubes, tunnels, etc. are intertwined and have several entrance and exit locations, and are enclosed. Therefore, you need to be able to keep up with your children through it all (which isn't easy), or you WILL lose track of them. Older children are capable of playing on their own and knowing where and how to return to their parents, but a three year old does not necessarily have the ability to do that. The experience would have been SO much better if I could have let him go off into one of those tunnels or tubes and then been able to wait at one location, knowing that it would be the only way he could exit. He could have had his fun, and I could have relaxed. But I had no choice but to deny him the fun of much of the museum, leading to a somewhat upset and frustrated child at times. Yes, we found a number of things that we both could have fun with - he loved the toddler area, art projects, and the "skateboard" area and every slide he could find (although he caught his fingers in the roller slide and could easily have broken them..). The aquarium was interesting, although not terribly well kept up. And as a side note I found the main restaurant very good, interesting menu choices, and reasonably priced.
But having paid the rather high admission price, I have to say it wasn't worth the frustration on both our parts caused by having to deny him major areas of the museum. It certainly would not have been worth the stress to let him participate in those areas and either try like crazy to keep up with him, or try to keep track of him from the ground and just hope he reappears...
I have seen other reviews talking about problems with inattentive parents - that really isn't the issue at all for the younger age group. I am very attentive (although not overprotective - after all, he just turned three so I don't think the term "overprotective" is even applicable). I was right there with him everywhere, but at one point he noticed a small crevice that was really an opening to a tunnel ... he slipped through it in an instant and I had a frantic two or three minutes trying to find another larger entrance to the area so I could find him. Just not worth the stress.
But for the older kids - great place - lots of fun, possibly a few safety issues, but no more than playing on an average playground.
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