Buck’s County Children’s Museum: large-scale fun in a small-town setting

Stomping on trash

Stomping out the trash in the river.

The Buck’s County Children’s Museum is a charming, local children’s museum.  Most of the children’s museum that we’ve visited are in medium to large cities, this one is thriving in a quaint, small town that is historically connected to an important American artist colony and close to Washington’s Crossing.  Tucked away in New Hope, PA, careful thought about how to make this space reflective of the local history and environment is apparent in the activities and exhibits.  The museum provides an intimate experience with a fraction of the crowds (especially during the week).

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Motion Machine

An eco-aware exhibit highlights the museum’s proximity to the Delaware River. An interactive projection screen allows the kids to stomp out the trash in the river.  The technology amazes me.  E had a great time
jumping on each can and bottle floating down the river.  After you “clean” the river, turtles and fish swim through your view.

rolling down the walls

Factory Works

Our two favorite installations are the Motion Machine and the Factory Works.

Another added bonus to this outing is the nearby New Hope & Ivyland Railroad.  You can ride the train, but there is a super view of the station from the second level of the Triumph Brewing Company.  With my complimentary 10% discount from the Children’s Museum receipt, E and I had a relaxing lunch while watching the engines come and go.  (They also participate in the Association of Children’s Museum membership, which resulted in a 50% discount in their admission price.)

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