Many museums have strict rules of “no touching” the exhibits. But the Children’s Museum of Phoenix actually encourages kids to get in and get active with touching everything there. And with three-stories of interactive exhibits featuring tons of fun and learning, you’ll love bringing them here for hours on your visit to Phoenix. The Children’s Museum is housed in the former historic Monroe High School building that’s been around since 1914. When the school opened, it was the largest elementary school west of the Mississippi River. In 1998, a small group of volunteers founded the Phoenix Family Museum and received $10.5 million bond funds to support the renovation of the school into the museum today. The museum’s mission is to provide engaging projects, programs, and activities for children and their families, while also educating parents and caregivers about child development and parenting techniques. They also seek to help build cultural understanding, celebrate diversity, and develop positive social interaction for children with other children and families.
Kids can get their hands on everything in hundreds of exhibits and activities. Kids can wander through the Noodle Forest, create art at the art studio, or build forts out of cloth. Kids can take classes while visiting the museum. In the classes, they’ll explore yoga and the human body, math and science, music and instruments of the world, and art. Parents can join in on the fun and explore the spaces with their children in these activities and classes.
The museum is today considered one of the top three children’s museums in the United States.