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If you’re exploring the Lincoln attractions in Springfield, Illinois, with your family, you may want to build in some experiences for the little ones where they can explore and burn off some energy. Kidzeum of Health and Science, the children’s museum in Springfield, is the perfect place for just that.
We’d like to thank Visit Springfield for sponsoring our visit!
Arriving at Kidzeum
412 Adams Street
Since Kidzeum is located downtown and we were planning to visit several locations there from morning until at least early afternoon, we picked a place that was centrally located for our plans of the day. It was a warm morning in July. We decided to make Kidzeum our first visit of the day, so we arrived at opening, hoping to avoid any crowds. As we walked to the children’s museum, we noticed that a famers’ market was in full swing. Keep that in mind for your visit; perhaps it will be open when you go!
Soon, we found ourselves outside of Kidzeum just a tad before they opened for business for the day.
I love how vibrant it is; it looks so inviting!
When the doors opened, we were the first ones in. This is actually my number one tip–arrive at opening to popular attractions whenever possible. Since we were the first ones there, we had the place to ourselves at first. Let the fun begin!
Exploring Kidzeum: Top Floor
When your journey begins, it’s difficult to miss this huge display of the human body.
The exhibits of Kidzeum are arranged on three floors, so we decided to go up to the third floor and work our way down. Though he is large and spans three stories, technically this display starts on the first floor, so we’d have to catch up with “Active Alex” later.
The third floor happened to house some temporary exhibits that we loved. We got to see a real bee hive in action!
Kristin is pointing at the place where the bees can come and go as they please. I never thought about a hive like this allowing for the bees to go outside the building, but it makes sense. Here is a closer look at the hive.
This floor also had interactive activities for kids, including dressing up as bees and other insects. We had a great time. Be sure to check the Kidzeum website to see what other temporary exhibits are available.
Exploring Kidzeum: Second Floor
After having fun with the bees and other insects, we made our way down to the Healthy Community area.
This was Kristin’s favorite part. While kids can “ride” in an ambulance or go to the Fit Club, Kristin loved the veterinarian office the best. She loves animals!
She could’ve stayed in this part all day.
Here is Kristin examining a dog. So cute!
We also had a great time in the meteorologist exhibit. How fun is it to pretend to deliver the weather news on TV!
Kidzeum even provides cue cards for the kids to read from. Don’t forget to check the monitor to see if you’re pointing in the right place!
There are so many possibilities to explore in the Healthy Community area.
Kidzeum: Ground Floor
By the time we made it to the ground floor, other visitors had arrived to Kidzeum. It was great to see all of the kids rushing around to experience the displays. This floor explores a Healthy Earth. Here you can play with the water tables and other water features.
Another area of the Healthy Earth allows kids to have fun with farming. I’m not going to lie; we had some fun here!
I love how the exhibits here allow kids to use their imaginations as they explore. You can become anything at Kidzeum!
Kids can experience all facets of farming in this area–from harvest to market.
It really is adorable.
Don’t forget to gather the eggs!
From this floor, you can also access the Healthy Body exhibit. You can actually access the body displays from all of the floors, but we wanted to do the body all at once. So we actually went back upstairs as needed to explore more of Active Alex.
As you can see, the body parts are pretty interactive. Kids are encouraged to touch all kinds of displays featuring the human body. You truly can get up close and personal with these larger than life body parts!
We had a wonderful morning at Kidzeum in Springfield. It’s a great place for kids to explore, and parents will have fun exploring with their children. Give Kidzeum a shot when you visit Springfield!
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