This interactive museum of science and technology provides a hands-on learning environment for children of all ages. The ... More
Creative Discovery Museum
This interactive museum of science and technology provides a hands-on learning environment for children of all ages. The Artist's Studio challenges kids to become more artistic, the Musician's Workshop builds a love for music. Throughout the year, ever-changing displays and exhibits help develop interest and skill in scientific invention and exploration. Admission is $8.95.
It's fun to be a kid when you come to this interesting place. It's full of things to do.
i reccommend it for smaller children. like 13 and under. some of the stuff gets boring to the older kids.
overall a good day spent though
Chattanooga has the appeal of being a big city with a small town heart and the Children's Creative Discovery Museum is the same! It may not be as large as many children's museums but that is what gives it the feel of something special! Teen volunteers who are knowledgeable and polite give the museum a unique flare and show southern hospitality and believe it or not ...MANNERS....still exist in our youth. I was especially appreciative of how they helped my special needs youngest child navigate in a wheelchair, and the adult staff was knowledgeable and always there to help me carry and tote my crew around. Accomadations were made in art classes to allow my child accessability where many museums would simply shrug their shoulders, this museum made sure we were able to play just like an ordinary family! Hats off to the loving caring staff, and the family feel of such an educational playful place!
Would I go again? No! My Grandson had an ok time. But it wasn't that much to it. He could have played in the water out by the Aquarium, and played with play dough and colors anywhere. I would not suggest you go unless maybe it's raining outside or something. It really wasn't that good
My family visited the museum on 9/10/06. We had a wondeful time. It was the last day of the Temporary Exhibit on Japan, and we really wanted to see that. We weren't disappointed. There is plenty for kids of all ages to do...even a toddler playroom for the littlest members of the family! There are exhibit rooms for art, music, inventions, dinosaurs, and more!) The cafe there is very inexpensive, and the gift shop offers trinkets and toys in all price-ranges from .35 cents on up. Two small notes: Even if you pre-purchase your tickets, you will have to wait in line to get your wristbands at the front counter. It wasn't a big deal for us, but the family behind us, who had also pre-purchased tickets nearly had a meltdown at the thought of having to wait a few minutes in line. Also, parking is located across the street in a large parking lot, and you will have to pay for this. This is not mentioned anywhere in the Creative Discovery Museum website, and it caught many families off-guard. Many were caught without cash and had to put this charge on their charge card. It took us 4 hours to get through the museum, and we paid $7.00 in parking. Overall, a wonderful time, though! Great for families and very easy to get to!
This museum is more playground than museum. I have children that range from ages 9 through 14 and everyone of them loved this place. It's also perfectly appropriate for younger children. Of course, a museum designed for children can result in running, screaming, jumping, yelling, face painting, banging on things, etc. All in all, at firtst exposure, it appears to be complete chaos. Then, after you (the adults) have become accustomed to the volume and frantic pace, it's entirely possible for you to bang on a few drums, play in the paint, and generally have fun like you haven't had in years. Definitely stop by if you have time.
I take my children here regularly because there is so much to see and do and it can't all be done in 1 trip. Children are in an enviroment to learn, ask questions, have their questions answered by knowledgeable staff. One day at the museum will give you enough material to talk with your children for several days. This is a great learning experience for children of all ages.
The Creative Discovery Museum was a really cool place. Tehre was all kinds of stuff in there for kids of all ages. I took an 11 year old. I just knew she was going to hate it, because it was for little kids. Man, was I wrong. She loved the place. Didn't want to leave. All of the exhibits are interactive, so that even grown ups will want to get involved (I did).
I grew up near a larger children's museum and recently took my children there, so we were a little disappointed by how small the Creative Discovery Museum was. Two of the exibits were closed for renovation while we were there and another one closed early that day. The kids enjoyed the visit, but it did not take as much time to visit as we had anticipated. There were very few staff on hand to help if you needed it, but when we did find someone, they were very friendly and helpful. Overall, I would recommend it for small children if you need a place for them to play and expend energy, but very few things impressed my 7 yr old. Its not on our list of "must do" for our next Chattanooga trip.
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