Weather not cooperating? Escape to an Indoor Museum!

Most museums have reopened and it’s great timing for this on and off again rainy weather we have been experiencing this summer. Check out these fun family-focused museums as an alternative way to escape the day out of the rain, heat or humidity.
New Hampshire

Children’s Museum of NH (Dover, NH): Hours exploring can be hand at this local favorite. If the rain happens to stop while you’re there visiting you must check out their new outdoor Play Patio exhibit. It is designed with so much fun in mind. Children can engage with materials that are challenging to offer inside the Museum, such as water, sand, paint and clay. Be sure to reserve your timed visit to the museum ahead online. The current days/open times are: Tuesdays – Saturdays, 9am-Noon or 1-4pm and Sundays, 9am-Noon. Masks are still required for everyone over the age of 24 months regardless of vaccination status.

Seacoast Science Center, (Rye, NH): open for so much summertime exploration fun! This treasured spot is the place for families to engage, discover and connect with NH’s salty seacoast nature. Enjoy the center’s exhibits including the new restoring reefs, touch tanks, discovery dock, working underwater and so much more! If the weather breaks be sure to check out the walking the paths, have a picnic and of course bring a pail to collect sea glass and other finds from the beach! Open Wednesdays – Sundays 10am-4pm. Before you go it’s best to pre-register for your tickets but walk-ins are always welcome before they reach limited capacity.

Maine

NEW LOCATION! Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine (Portland, Maine): Have you been to the all new location? This museum & theatre exists to inspire discovery and imagination through exploration and play. When you visit you’ll find the fun focus is offering play-based experiences in: STEM (science, technology, engineering and math); Arts and culture; Performing and visual arts; and Early childhood education. Every exhibit at the Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine is designed to let kids lead the way. Reserve your timed ticket ahead of time here and know that the theatre performances are ticketed separately.

Boston Area

The Boston Children’s Museum We are excited to see that BCM has finally reopened its doors with reservations required for two available time slots (9-12 or 1:30-4:30). “Bubbles” and “Raceway” were the two exhibits that were a big hit when we last visited this amazing facility. We’re also incredibly impressed with their Playspace for 0-3 year olds. We’re looking forward to bringing our kiddos back this summer for more exploration. Covid Policies: All tickets require reservation. Playspace requires a separate (free) reservation. Masks are required for all guests 2+.

The New England Aquarium is always a fun and worth the trip visit. We enjoy the giant central tank and finding the sea turtles and visiting the seals out back. Exhibits are open but touch tanks are view only – no touching allowed. Lockers & stroller room are unavailable at this time. Covid Policies: Masks are not required for vaccinated individuals but encouraged for unvaccinated and vaccinated individuals. Staff respectfully asks that parents have their unvaccinated children wear masks to the aquarium at this time. Timed-ticketing is in effect but increased limits will be coming over the summer.

Museum of Science, Boston Their current featured exhibits are The Science Behind Pixar, Arctic Adventure and Engineering Design Workshop. Their permanent exhibits on dinosaurs are always a great hit with kids too. Covid Policies: Timed tickets are required. Planetarium & 4-D shows are open. All unvaccinated visitors 5 years+ will be required to wear a face mask during their visit to the Museum of Science

Central MA

Discovery Museum (Acton, MA): this museum boasts a beautiful new indoor space with STEM experiences for all ages. The train, diner & ship room are our favorite spaces  for the littles while the older ones may especially enjoy spaces that allow for creating their own designs and crafts. If the rain lets up at all during your visit, be sure to go outside and play in their amazing treehouse. Covid Policies: Timed reservations required, masks required indoors and encouraged outdoors for 2+ (vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals). Plan your visit & read all covid policies here.

EcoTarium (Worcester, MA): A Worcester staple attraction reopens its indoor space on July 9. While we love to visit the outdoor animals and playground, the inside has lots to offer as well including their current traveling exhibits: Exploring Tree Houses and Design Zone. The Express Train and planetarium remain closed. Covid Policies: Timed reservations required, masks required indoors for 2+ (vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals). Face coverings required outdoors at certain animal exhibits. For a complete set of policies, read more here. Get your timed tickets here.

Other Museums in MA & RI

Springfield Museums (Springfield, MA): Have kids who love the Wild Kratts? Check out the new exhibit at Springfield Museums. Families will also enjoy the Amazing World of Dr. Seuss. Covid Policies: Advance tickets are encouraged, timed tickets required. Visitors are encouraged to wear a mask on Museums grounds. Masks are required for visitors age 5 and up in the Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum, the Seymour Planetarium, the Wild Kratts special exhibit, and all facilitated spaces.

Providence Children’s Museum (Providence, RI). Worth the trip? We loved our visit to PCM a couple years ago. Kids enjoyed the water play, the innovation lab and Littlewoods for the youngest child in the group. Covid Policies: reservations required with the two available time slots (9-12 or 1:30-4:30) with a limited summer schedule. Masks are required for all guests 2+. Gaiters and bandanas are not an accepted substitute.

 

Looking for other ways to have fun indoors this summer? We have a great list of indoor play spaces for you and your littles. Be sure to always check the calendar too!

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