One would think that visiting a history museum would be a great day for any kid. Kids are not always easy to figure out, however. What excites one kid is not always going to be interesting to another. Kids are fickle that way. Like any other day trip or museum, you might have to do some work to get all kids to enjoy the same one. If you are planning on taking your kids to a history museum, here are some cool tips to help everyone have a good time, no matter their individual interests:
Tips for Visiting a History Museum with Kids
Get topical DVDs and books – Most history museums will be fairly diverse and have something that all kids will like. The key is to find out what that is and get them excited about it ahead of time. Get your kids some DVDs or books that are about their particular area to help get them motivated to have fun. Share with them what they will see and why they should be excited.
Prepare ahead of time – Planning ahead is easy now in the world of online information. Simply look up the museum online, plan the exhibits you have to see, note where the bathrooms and exits are and you will be good to go. Knowing where the “emergency” areas are for parents is a good thing. Always know where the food, drink, bathrooms, and exits are.
Use those wonderful kid’s programs – Museums do these kid’s programs for a reason and you would do well to take advantage of them. You can usually find all kinds of things if you time when you visit. These allow you to kick back and let the pros do what they do best…get your kid’s excited!
Have a family meeting before you leave – Talk to your kids about manners, inside voices, not touching unless invited and walking not running. Also remember to discuss consequences if they choose not to follow these simple rules. Prepare to enforce these rules to set an example early on. Kids do tend to test us, right?
Have an emergency plan – If you have older kids, make sure you have a plan in place for where to meet. Always have a way to get in touch and never separate for longer than an hour or so. Always make expectations very clear and pass out maps of the property before you part. These are generally available at the front desk or entrance of most museums.
Pack your own food and snacks – Spending money at the museum is a dangerous proposition and especially so if you have several kids. Snacks and food that is not particularly good or filling can quickly end up costing as much as a family night out to eat. Bring along healthy and easy snacks to enjoy on your visit and buy only your drinks there. This will save you a good deal of cash to enjoy in other ways.