What’s a better way to celebrate the start of summer than with Rita’s Italian Ice? Doing it at the Please Touch Museum, of course! This was my second visit to the Please Touch Museum and my sister’s first with her 15 month old daughter. I still don’t think we’ve truly experienced all that the museum has to offer.
We began the day at the museum’s newest exhibit, the Rita’s Italian Ice cart located next to the city bus exhibit. We arrived just after the exhibit was unveiled and were able to sample the museum’s exclusive flavor- Carousel Cherry. My son’s newest phrase…. Delicious! During the month of May, museum visitors sampled the icy treat and then offered suggestions for its new name. Facebook fans voted on the top three ideas, and the official name Carousel Cherry was announced at the exhibit’s unveiling.
After the sampling, the kids were able to play at the new interactive Rita’s exhibit and meet the Rita’s mascot. My son donned his Rita’s apron and wasted no time scooping Rita’s into the small and large containers to serve to his cousin.
He excitedly manned the cash register and filled several containers with brightly colored pretend water ice before darting off to explore the rest of the museum. He’s 2, so it’s hard to keep him at any one exhibit for long. Even so, I knew it was a hit when we circled back around and he ran right up to the cart and started scooping again.
We spent the rest of the morning rushing excitedly from one Please Touch Museum exhibit to the next
- driving race cars,
- dancing on the piano,
- splashing in the water table,
- shopping for groceries,
- making hamburgers at McDonald’s,
- driving the ambulance and mail truck,
- giving check ups in the hospital,
- exploring the Rainforest rhythm room,
- and launching rockets.
Mommy needed a coffee from the Please Touch Cafe after carrying around the baby and keeping track of the two kids all morning, so we enjoyed our packed lunch while watching the Carousel. After lunch we spent a lot of time in the space room launching more rockets before heading home for naps.
Both kids were sound asleep in their car seats within 5 minutes. My son is still talking about all the fun we had and thinks we’re going to the museum every time we get into the car. I can’t wait to go back again. Each time we go, I love watching as his style of interacting with the exhibits changes. For example, he’s starting to pretend more, and I know that soon he will appreciate the dress up elements and props in each exhibit. On our first visit, he didn’t run as fast from place to place, and found different things interesting than he did this time around.
My niece didn’t want to shop for groceries, she just wanted to push the cart around, but loved using the vacuum cleaner in the play house. Even the baby enjoyed some time out of the carrier to stand up and look in the mirror. No matter what your child’s age, there is something to see and do at the Please Touch Museum.
Here are some tips to make the most out of your visit to the Please Touch Museum
- Keep in mind the attention span of your child and typical nap schedule when setting expectations. We could only stay until about 1:30 and narrowly avoided meltdowns by recognizing when our kids were needing some rest or a snack.
- Follow your child’s lead. Let them explore and tell you what they want to see and where they want to play. If it’s age appropriate, share the map with them and let them select their route.
- While the museum is very stroller friendly, I would suggest leaving the stroller in the car. You will have a much easier time chasing after fast toddlers and wandering from exhibit to exhibit if you don’t have to worry about where you left the stroller. Take a backpack to make it easier to carry diapers & snacks.