This past week I was away on training for my job, and because I’m an awesome mom who enjoys sleepless nights and finding out that my toddler can open up the hotel room door without assistance at 6am, I took my family with me.
We visited attractions and took walks, went to restaurants and specialty stores.
But the most fun we had was inside the museums.
We were in and out of several over the course of the week and it was through those experiences that I gathered tips I found useful.
Not tips for parents.
The parents were doing a great job.
Tips for the museum staff. The ones who had the looks of fear plastered on their faces when the screaming streams of children came busting through the door with sticky hands, sippy cups, and no attention span.
2. Encouraging hands on exploration and the touching of Artifacts is wonderful. But have you considered using fake pieces for this before letting children, who have not mastered the art of sharing, pet and hold things?
Also? How opposed are you to having your Artifacts placed into mouths?
3. Toddlers do not have volume control, filters, or the ability to “just hold on a minute.”
4. You might have more success with the length of time visitors stay if you changed your pricing on lunch. Pizza and a pop should not cost more than fruit and a sandwich. Healthier foods also give more energy!
5. Encouraging visitors to step on a scale to see how much they weigh, in relation to a bird, would be fun if only children and men were going to do it. A sign should be posted warning curious women to WALK AWAY from the bird scale unless they want to find out that they are 5 entire birds heavier than their husband.
6. Offer counseling to women suffering from a big bird complex.
7. Please don’t create statues of me and place them in the museum.. it confuses my daughter.
8. Naps are crucial for the survival of parents and the sanity of all of those attending the museum (who are around the children). I suggest a quiet room where the sleepy children can go and rest.
I would also like one for the parents.
As much as a I jest I really did enjoy the museums and highly recommend them in any city! There was endless things to do and kept us busy all week long!