Babies love the Museum, too!
- If possible, we recommend a stroller-free visit.
- Limited stroller parking throughout the Museum.
- Umbrella strollers available to rent for $5 at front desk.
nursing and changing
- Breastfeeding is welcome throughout the Museum.
- Microwaves are available to heat bottles in the Museum Café.
- Private spaces for nursing, as well as comfortable chairs, Boppies, and footrests, are available in the Center for the Young Child.
- Most of our restrooms have changing tables.
Events for Babies
Early Learners’ StoryTimes
Daily at 10:30 am in The Book Nook
Bring your littles (3 and under) to a StoryTime made just for them! We’ll explore with songs, finger rhymes, felt board activities and egg shakers.
- Designed just for children newborn – age 3.
- This safe, soft and quiet area is the perfect place for playful interaction between grown-ups and little ones.
- The youngest babies can float in a leaf cradle on our soft, pretend pond, gaze in the mirror, and handle soft toys and books with different textures and sounds. There are puppets, large, huggable plush toys, and tons of soft, clean spaces perfect for babies to roll and wiggle.
- Infants on the move can creep across a lily pad, crawl through a tree trunk tunnel and over a roly-poly bridge. They can practice their gross motor skills pulling themselves to stand on pretend stumps that are sturdy and just the right size, and crawl or scoot across the giggling bridge.
- Sand and water area is great for digging, grasping, splashing and exploring these fascinating sensory materials. We provide buckets, shovels, sieves and lots of other sand toys and tools—perfect for little hands.
- Babies will love the flowing stream and waterfall for wading, splashing, feeling water on their hands and feet, even lying or sitting down in the shallow depth (less than 2”) of the stream. Older babies who can grasp cups and funnels will be fascinated by scooping and pouring water; younger babies will love watching you scoop and pour, and watching sticks and boats float downstream.
- Please note: The river and water feature in Joy Park will shut down for the winter at the end of October.
other areas of the museum
- The Art Studio: Even the littlest ones love sitting on your lap as you use a paintbrush to make marks on paper. If your child is interested, you can paint their hands or finger tips and let them make prints themselves.
- The Big Backyard: This exhibit is an adventure playground for crawlers and creepers. They can climb or crawl inside a hollow tree and watch beautiful colored light dance across the floor, they can crawl inside a cozy nest made of twigs and cuddle a stuffed fox or bunny. There are puppets and clean plush toys for your child to hold and enjoy. As children develop more coordination and gross motor skills, there are small tunnels and a low hill that they can navigate on foot or on hands and knees.
- The Book Nook: This is a great place to cuddle up and read, sing, or just relax. It has board books and puppets for the littlest learners, as well as comfortable chairs and Boppies for nursing or resting.
- Bubbles: Hold your baby and get inside our giant bubble chamber. They will also be fascinated watching bubbles drop rhythmically from the ceiling.
- Kinetics!: Babies and young toddlers are captivated by placing one of our bright orange balls on a big foam ramp and watching it roll down again and again. They also love holding a ball and placing it in an air tube and watching (and feeling!) it get sucked up by air pressure. Watching phenomena like these repeat again and again is how young children start to build an understanding of physical science and of cause and effect!