Kid Approved Museums Across Canada
Kids are tactile little beings, needing to touch and experiment and move. Museums for all their stunning artifacts, are not always successful in engaging children to learn more.
As we’ve crossed Canada, I’ve been impressed with how many museums my kids have thoroughly enjoyed. These places have gone beyond the traditional ‘artifact behind glass’ displays and manage to engage people of all ages, personalities and learning styles.
The following are some of our faves by province. Do comment below any we’ve missed so we can try to visit as we travel along!
The kids (everyone actually) are captivated by the totem poles and First Nations art. When the displays start to be a bit much, the outdoor space is gorgeous and a perfect space to run wild and free
There are a lot of artifacts behind windows and only held my kids attention for a limited time.
The price ($14adult/$12child or $35family) is pretty high for how short a time my kids stayed engaged.
Outdoor/Indoor mix with good information and underground mini rail tour.
Gold panning and rocks & minerals are always a hit.
Sandpits, dump trucks and loaders for play time.
Expensive $29.95adult/23.95 children/$110 family
Underground rail tour pretty short but still very cool.
Friendly, informative staff
Learned so much from the interactive displays & movie
Path to the views
Parking on a busy summer day
Can’t really complain here. Everybody happy and learned a lot.
Amazing place. Go here if you get the opportunity!
Amazingly thought out
I was nervous about if it was child appropriate but was happy to find it was child inspirational!
No cons. A couple areas can be avoided for younger or sensitive children. Staff was amazing in describing the areas so I had a better sense of where to watch for.
Amazing homeschooling field trip
Forget the kids, I learned a ton
Architecture, history, art- who knew politics would be so captivating
Limited spaces and books up fast
Arrive before 9am to ensure you get a ticket
Very regimented and little time to take each area in
Canadian Museum of History (Including the Childrens Museum)
Huge, varied, something to please all
Unique around the world inspired Children’s Museum section
Children’s Museum entirely interactive and hands on!
Includes a movie in the domed Ciné- stunning!
Unfortunately, after being told the Children’s museum was entirely hands on- touch, climb, pretend, explore- my youngest found a super fun ticket booth, went in and spoke on the intercom. I did not see but heard a kids voice and laughed. When I round the corner, my daughter is crying because a security guard has reprimanded her. He was grumpy and mean and probably should not have been in a children’t museum on this day. And let me tell you, where she wandered looked just like everywhere else around we were allowed to go!
She was mortified, so distraught and never fully recovered to be able to enjoy the experience. Ironically, we had come here just for her as she is the imaginative soul who plays pretend EVERYWHERE we go. I knew she would adore this place. Ruined by one miserable guard who could have handled the mistake entirely differently.
Whale Interpretive Centre– Pleasant Bay, Cape Breton Island
Shout out on this one to all those small, intimate treasures across our land that aim to educate and inspire further research. From little nooks in an info centre to discovery centres at our National Parks, I can think of quite a few places that we thoroughly enjoyed wandering. Rogers Pass Discovery Centre stands out, Wawa and Grasslands visitor centres too.
Holding a baleen, peeking in aquarium
Mini scavenger hunt
Not a ton to it but the staff and information were top notch. The info stuck with us.
Beautiful building, land and artifacts
Huge planes and hydrofoils impress
Kids fascinated by old phones
Mystery box was unique
Kite flying fun
Citizenship ceremony made me cry (in the best way!)
Could use some old phones, morse code instruments to actually interact and play with
Needs some triangle crafts or games to play
#1 top pick for all the museums we’ve been across Canada! I went in expecting my kids to dutifully go through and answer their homeschooling questions I asked of them but without much enthusiasm. To my surprise, this museum is modern, interactive and really brings history alive. I loved it and my kids were captivated. They are drawn to the electronics, the touch screen choices and giant screen animations and curious about the booths with headphones, listening to more personal accounts of immigration than even I did. My style tended to be to read the displays more than I listened. The museum caters to both beautifully. Later my kids inputs their own family’s immigration story and puts together words with photos of their feelings. In one area, there are kids games from the early 1900’s, not just picturing them, but letting us sample them. Escargot is their favourite, a snail-shaped hopscotch game that we plan on recreating come spring. Do get yourself here if you can!
Technology and personal stories work together
Interactive beyond any other place we’ve been
Pretend play area where you can actually use old phones, practice morse code, play chess, run a cash register, play with china dolls and other old fashioned toys.
Can not think of one