KidCity is a fun place to be…a kid.
This ‘KidCity’, if you’ve never heard of it, is a children’s museum in Middletown, Connecticut. Three floors of themed play-scapes for all ages ranging from underwater caves to a corn maze filled with different activities throughout the maze. This place is overwhelming for the first timer. But after a time or two, one becomes an expert.
If you are a new parent, rest assured, the sea caves are for infants and toddlers only. If your little one can make it through the distractions of the Galaxy themed room to hit the stairs, this is a great place to start the journey. It is also a great place to escape the rowdiness of the older children running through the museum. The decoration in this quiet basement room leaves you almost distracted from playing with your new addition. Little ones are sure to love the bubbles climbing through the acrylic walls, or the vibrant painted walls and coral sprouting from all corners of the room. This is a sock-only area, so be sure to pack yours when the summer hits. KidCity does offer clean loaner socks in case, but best advice is to wear or pack your own.
Climbing the stairs back up to the main floor: and the stairs comes recommended for all ‘green’ parents alike, you hit the galaxy portion of the museum. More vibrant colors, but a lot more hands on for the toddlers. There is a UFO parked just off of the lobby, a dark space shuttle with glowing crystals to be replaced in different lighted sockets. More bubbles, but one must work for them here. And a steam diner style counter with fresh hot steam to fill the most imaginative guests.
The following rooms on this main level include the farm and the fish hatchery. Both of these areas are filled with imaginative art as well as seating for the tired adults. There is also a restaurant market room, but this is less intriguing to the younger ones. The fish hatchery has plenty of activities to keep the kids occupied for hours, but the trick is to move through the museum in a pace that leaves you with a little sanity at the end.
The third floor offers some of the fine artistic details as the bottom floors, but with less space for the kids to let loose. And all kids come with full size adults, so the smaller rooms tend to fill fast.
The Corn Maze on this level is said to be ‘harvested’ in the near future to make room for something else so stay tuned for more there.
KidCity is a place to visit if you have children in Connecticut. KidCity is a place to visit period. The children’s museum genre has a lot to learn from this place, which always boosts a full boat during rainy weekends or holidays. The recommendation is to go during the week to have a fun room all to yourselves and your young ones. One can purchase a yearly membership for $100. This will also grant you early ‘members only’ hours on the busy holidays and admission to a country of children’s museums around the States. The perk of the membership is that any relative is complimentary admitted so aunts and uncles can join in on the fun. And fun you will have.