Ever since my oldest nephew was a toddler, I have loved visiting the Louisiana Children’s Museum. I first started bringing my own children there when C was about nine months old. He loved the train table in the toddler section! Now, the kids are both able to recognize the neighborhood when we drive through the section of town. I don’t mind stopping, because there are a lot of educational exhibits in the museum. A quick visit can cover many subjects for a homeschooling family.
There are several places to sit and read a book at the LCM, including Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood and the Cajun Cottage. Literacy is highly encouraged and there is no shortage of activities that will foster early reading and pre-reading skills. From dressing up as a construction worker to acting out a 911 situation, there are many opportunities for creative play.
Is your child familiar with the different types of people in his neighborhood? Get an up close look at firefighters, policemen, and doctors through costumes and adorable wooden vehicles. Kids can also learn about serving others in the remodeled Kid’s Cafe, due to reopen in October.
Both math and money counting skills can be taught with a visit to the Little Winn Dixie Grocery Store. Children can count their number of purchases and try to guess how much they will cost. They can total up their items at the real cash registers. If your child is a budding engineer, she can also draft her own home in the New Orleans: Proud to Call it Home Architecture Exhibit.
The museum is filled with nooks and crannies where a child can learn about areas of science such as physics and biology. Test a simple machine, help a skeleton ride a bike, and even take a look inside the eye. There is also the Fetch! Zone where kids can learn about science through games and activities.
There are also many other things to do at the museum: weekly Story Time, Art Trek, and Toddler Time. Imagine a whole room filled with bubbles! Families are never at a loss for a great learning experience at the LCM.
Disclosure: This is a post sponsored by the Louisiana Children’s Museum Blogger Program.