When you first had kids, you were given a handbook of all the things you’d have to say. “Eat your vegetables.” “Go to bed.” “Take a bath.” And then, of course, “Don’t touch that!” You say that so much that sometimes you find yourself mumbling it in your sleep. If you’re afraid of becoming a broken record, give yourself a break by going to the Children’s Hands-On Museum of Tuscaloosa. When you’re here, you can actually say, “Touch it! Play with it! Have fun!” And your kids will do just that at this exciting museum.
Kids under the age of one get in for free. It’s $9 for people ages 1-64, and seniors and military personnel get a buck off the admission price. The museum is open from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday to Saturday, and your kiddos will get to enjoy a full day of play.
And just what will your kids get to do? Check out some of the coolest exhibits.
The DCH Health System
This is the exhibit your kids will most likely talk about all the way home from the museum. They’ll admit themselves into the “hospital,” fill out forms, get an ID bracelet, and more. They can also pretend to be doctors and nurses. They’ll read the scans and can care for the babies in the nursery. This is a great way to teach your kids more about going to the doctor, and it can inspire them to go into the medical field when they grow up.
Choctaw Indian Village
Tuscaloosa has deep Choctaw roots. The city even got its name from Choctaw Chief Tuscaloosa. Teach your kids about that rich history at the Choctaw Indian Village. The museum created a replica village straight out of the 1700s, and it is simply amazing. There are hieroglyphics for your kids to read, clay to mold into pottery, and games to play. They can also make shell necklaces. Just in case all that isn’t fun enough, they can learn to speak some Choctaw. They will be blown away by this exhibit.
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Old T-Town Mainstreet
Your kids can also go back in time at the Old T-Town Mainstreet exhibit. The museum recreated a group of shops from the old days, including the First National Bank of Tuscaloosa. This bank opened back in 1872, and while your kids might not have been there for the grand opening, they can still act as bankers. They can also be customers, writing their own checks or even asking for loans. If they want to increase their chances of a loan, they should head to the Barber Shop for a quick shave. There are even an old-fashioned soda shop and a general store. Each shop has something to do, so stop by them all.
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