Thursday, July 14, 2011

Let's Play at the Children's Museum!


Summer's here and school is out, so what to do now? It's time to play around Amman, and what better place than at the Children's Museum?

The Children’s Museum, which is located behind the King Hussein Park and beside the Royal Automobile Museum, is chock-full of fun and entertainment.  I went there recently with my family, and as I walked around the museum and did some of the hands-on activities, I realized just how much there is to do!  There is a construction zone, a sandbox with buried ‘artifacts,’ a star room with different constellations, a grocery store, a news station, a theatre with dress-up clothes, outdoor exhibits and many other fun, interactive activities.
             
Ibrahim Hawamdeh, the museum’s program and floor supervisor, explained that the museum’s policy is not to answer questions, but to ask questions and help children learn to think through things.  My sister and I did a tug-of-war, and the first time, my sister quickly won.  We switched sides, and I effortlessly pulled the rope all the way and my sister was struggling to pull the rope a few feet.  A poster on the side of the box with the ropes said: “No matter who is pulling, one person will always win.  Can you figure out why?”  Together we figured out the answer.
             
Ibrahim also mentioned that the Children’s Museum wants to make learning fun.  Kids learn best by doing, which is why the exhibits are all hands-on.

The Children’s Museum also wants to allow under-served children and families to come and enjoy all the museum has to offer.  On the fourth Friday of every month, anyone can come to the museum for free.  This allows families who are not able to afford the entrance fees the opportunity to come and enjoy the museum.

Because the museum does not have enough staff to constantly help all the children that come, the museum has a volunteer program for teenagers aged 16 and up.  These volunteers help out by keeping the exhibit hall neat and assisting the children when needed.
 

The Children’s Museum also has a library, gift shop, kiosk (snack shop), and a birthday party room that can hold up to 35 children.  The gift shop has things such as games, toys, puzzles, and a variety of other gifts including From the Earth’s greeting cards and olive wood jewelry.  We especially enjoyed trying on the different hats the gift shop has for sale.

The Children’s Museum is a great place to take your children for a day of fun and exploration.  As we are hitting the halfway mark of summer vacation, a trip to the Children’s Museum is a great way to cure summer boredom!  For more information, check out the museum’s website

Operating Hours:    
Saturday to Thursday – 9 A.M. to 6 P.M.
Friday – 10 A.M. to 7 P.M.
The Museum is closed on Tuesdays

Fees:   
3 JD per person
2 JD per person (Groups of 10 or more)
Babies 1 year and under are free

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