While just a five minute (or so) drive away, the new locale seems like it's in another world in downtown's fledgling Symphony Park community (aka, that mostly undeveloped area behind the Plaza). Homeless and panhandlers tend to loiter near the museum's current location due to the public library next door and the shelters down the street. It can make for some unexpected educational experiences, like when your child asks why that man wanted money, why you didn't give him any and why he didn't stop asking for it. (True story.)
The new museum will offer three stories of fun compared to just two in the old location. Some of the exhibits will make the move, but there will be lots of new stations to explore. And, we hear visitors will be able to slide from one floor to another. Way cool. Now, if only we can get them to team up with The Smith Center for some 'stay and play' packages. As in the kiddos can stay at the museum while the 'rents take in a show. Sounds good, no?
The Discovery Children's Museum had once hoped to open last fall.