I took my two nieces Rebeca and Rachel and their family to the Discovery Museum yesterday, and it was my first time inside the fully-completed museum. It's kind of one of those things, where you just feel weird going into a children's museum without a child. In fact for security reasons, any adults entering the museum without a child are required to leave a picture ID at the front desk. So I jumped at the chance when they were in town and had no plans.
All in all, this museum is a hit with children and parents alike. It's easy to arrive at this conclusion, as you see parents practically dragging their kids out of the museum at the end of the day, promising them that 'yes, we can come back next weekend don't worry.' There wasn't a single learning station or activity that didn't have kids in front of it on a constant basis, whether it was the cockpit of a glider plane, setting up camp in Under the Stars learning about Nevada in Nevada Stories, or mapping out geothermal sources to light up the Reno arch in Build It! And there was a consistent stream of people signing up for yearly memberships in the lobby.
While it might be smaller than the Exploratorium in San Francisco, kid's didn't seem to care. I only heard one 'comparison' comment from my nieces, when they compared the mine shaft at Discovery Museum to the one at the museum in Carson City, mentioning the Discovery Museum mine was smaller and not as spooky.
They had a blast.
Check out the photos below!