It is important to get your child out among others. Community helps children develop communication and socialization skills. It helps them form their personality. It also helps them to learn to tolerate others who may be perceived as different from them.
There are several opportunities to get your child out among others in Lincoln. This edition of “Social Kids” will focus on the Lincoln Children’s Museum.
The Lincoln Children’s Museum is opened seven days a week and has three levels of various things to explore.
My Town and Tot Town on the main level. There is a grocery store so that your child can practice shopping for foods by putting them in a cart, or act as the checker. A recording studio with a big soundboard for those kids who cannot resist knobs, levers, and switches is also available on this floor. A tree house which allows children to look out over all three levels. There are several other areas to the main level including a doctors office, a police motorcycle, a fire truck, a vet, a bank, a restaurant, a farm, and a construction site.
On the upper level the sky is the limit. There you will find a lunar lander and a moon rover along child sized astronaut outfits to complete the experience. There are also a couple different types of airplanes, as well as a baggage handling station and a control tower to inspire your child’s imagination. There is a snack station here too. The tree house also extends up to this level.
Down in the lower level, face painting, performing arts, waterworks, puppets, and a truck stop, are there to explore. A prairie dog town, which completes the bottom of the treehouse, is always popular with kids going into one hole and coming out the other. Be warned that you may end up having to crawl in after your child to get them back out again. They also have a rotating exhibit which changes with the seasons.
No matter what your child might be interested in, the museum has something for them.
The museum also has several programs and events, some of which occur every week. On Tuesday mornings they have a Tuesday “Mom’s Club,” which also welcomes any other primary caregiver including Dads and grandparents too. Thursday evenings during the summer is a “Music Mozzarella” which hosts kid oriented bands and serves pizza!
There are several other programs and exhibits for children to learn from at the Lincoln Children’s Museum located in Downtown Lincoln at 15th and P Streets.