Downtown Fairbanks is rife with entertainment, but for activities tailor made to teach kids, the Fairbanks Children’s Museum is the place to go.
One day their exhibits might be all about the ocean and creatures living in its waters, the next might take children on a journey through space. Open every day except Monday, the museum shifts themes every month, keeping activities fresh and offering new learning experiences to the families who come through the doors.
General admission is $8, but there are discounts offered to military and SNAP recipients.
A rock wall, an air maze, an area just for toddlers: the museum has plenty of activities for children looking to play, with the added benefit of learning along the way. The water table is a popular attraction, full of floating toys, with flowing water where children can begin to understand how running water is redirected through hands-on activity.
In addition to their exhibits and play areas, Fairbanks Children’s Museum offers programs several days a week. The Mess Makers program, from 11-11:30 p.m. on Wednesdays is for preschoolers and it’s exactly what it sounds like—time for kids to get messy. On Thursday, also 11-11:30 p.m., kids can learn about various STEM topics during the museum’s Pint Size Science program.
And on special weekends throughout the month, the museum will hold a Super Saturday. They’ll partner with someone else in the community and bring some outside speakers for the children to learn about new topics. These will usually include an arts and crafts project and physical activities that kids can enjoy, like feeling pelts of various animals.
IF YOU GO
What: Fairbanks Children’s Museum
When: Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sundays 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; closed Mondays
Where: 302 Cushman St., Suite 101
Cost: $3 for those with SNAP benefits presenting EBT cards; $7 for military; $8 general admission; between Memorial Day and Labor Day active duty military families are offered free admission.
More info: 907-374-6873