Firehouse features a small-scale firetruck (with two steering wheels!), a pretend burning building to crawl through or rescue people from, a fire hydrant with fire hose and nozzle, a 911 call box, and a fire station housing costumes, boots and helmets. There are small ride-upon fire engines for the littlest ones. Young children—both girls and boys—will love being heroes helping others and being powerful, strong and capable. The featured exhibit in the main discovery area rotates several times a year. Exhibit Card Support the Firehouse Exhibit
Habitot's one-of-a-kind exhibits and themed play areas are especially designed for infants, toddlers and young children. The nine small-scale exhibits create a learning, discovery and interactive environment for kids and their families. Fun exhibits make it easy to play along and help your child learn new things.
A water pumping station, a river ramp and a water table offer endless possibilities for letting children discover nature's most interesting liquid. Buckets, funnels, waterwheels, pitchers and other toys encourage hand-to-eye coordination and problem solving. Throughout the year, the Waterworks area might become a Car Wash, a Baby Washing Station, a Marine Science Lab, A Rubber Ducky Regatta, or Bubbleland. The water drains through the floor so spills are never a problem, and vinyl aprons are also available. We recommend bringing extra clothes 'just in case'. Exhibit Card
A picket fence marks the gated area set aside especially for infants, crawlers and early walkers, 20-months and under. The bunny on the entrance is the height limit for this exhibit space. Floor to ceiling murals and softly carpeted floor surround the very young with images of a garden and farm.
Foam block climbing structures and enclosures encourage crawling, pulling up, cruising and early walking. There is also a wooden carrot patch for harvesting and replacing carrots, a felt wall chicken coop with felt farm animals - great for storytelling -- and baskets of puzzles, soft block shapes and baby books, and a butterfly mobile. For fun, look for all the hidden animals painted on the exhibit's wall murals. Exhibit Card
Little Town Grocery & Café
Shop for fruits and vegetables, bread and dry goods in this small-scale grocery store. Pint-sized metal shopping baskets look just like the ones moms and dads use. Pretend money and cash registers encourage buying and selling and making change. And a nearby cafe counter lets parents order from the menu while little chefs whip up a meal. Look for multicultural themes, International money and unusual plastic produce in the grocery store throughout the year. Exhibit Card
Multicultural Reading Tent
Take a break from playing in the museum to read-aloud some of your old childhood favorites and some new discoveries. Books with multicultural themes and in other languages are available. The beaded curtain entrance and the pillows on the floor are your first hint that this is a special place to cuddle up and enjoy one of life's great pleasures: reading! Please do not diaper on the cushions. Exhibit Card
Originally introduced as part of the "Back to the Farm" exhibit, the Wiggle Wall gives children a worm's eye view of underground tunnels. Children navigate through a vertical maze of safe passageways rising from floor-to-ceiling. Parents and children can see each other through net covered openings and giant optic lenses. This exhibit presents memory challenges, builds physical confidence and helps children see the world through someone else's eyes. Most kids love getting up high and being taller than their parents! NOTE: if your child "gets stuck," please let a staff person know, and we can pop the yellow escape hatches. Exhibit Card
Use the big buttons to activate the bigger fans at the end of a narrow corridor to let young children feel the power and sensation of wind. Pinwheels, kites and other wind-power toys are often available. In fall, rake up fall leaves and let them fly away in the wind. In spring, sprinkle flower petals in front of the fans so little ones can catch them with their butterfly nets. Exhibit Card
Who doesn't like linking up wooden train cars and sending them around the tracks, over the bridges and under tunnels? Platforms on two low tables keep young children's interest, sometimes for hours! NOTE: desirable wooden train cars and engines are sold separately in the Museum's Gift Shop. Exhibit Card
Face Painting Table
Do-it-yourself begins at Habitot's Face Painting Table, where easy-to-use, non-toxic, non-staining water color crayons let children transform themselves into cheetah's, dragons and flowers. Draw pictures on your child's face if you must, or be really brave and let them draw on yours. Strips of moistened wipes available to wipe off face paintings. NOTE: watercolor crayons are sold separately in the Museum's Gift Shop. Exhibit Card
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