|This 12,000 square-foot, two-level facility offers innovative, hands-on exhibits focusing on the arts, science and history for people ages 1 to 101.
Designed by the same architectural firm which created the original Sangre de Cristo Arts Center buildings - Hurtig, Gardner, Froelich & Barnosky - the Buell Children's Museum is the third structure in the arts complex.
|Cara H., Co-op Member|
|This is a wonderful trip! They offer a lot for just one visit. They can configure your tour in multiple ways, to adjust for age ranges, or special focus. |
We usually have 20+ in attendance when we come down from Colorado Springs. We often start with a tour of the art gallery (which is constantly changing). This tour ends in an special activity if you would like to pay slightly more: i.e. special focus art project that reflects the art gallery's latest collection. The kids can bring that home.
After that we head to the Children's museum area. This is a two level design, with numerous activities for children to see, touch, make and explore. The lower level has a fun interactive component, with lots of hand on activites, a special room to walk through with video/audio experience, sensory activities with different mediums like water, sand, etc and a toy store! Upstairs you will have a large arts and crafts area to work on many different activities. There is plenty of room for everyone to work.
We attend with multiple ages, the gallery appeals to the older students (not to say that they don't like doing the art projects!), while the littles get some great hands on at the children's museum portion. There are many great employees along the way who dedicate their time to your group as you walk through.
The have multiple themes they cover each year, changing the exhibits 3-4 times, so each trip is new and different. It's especially fun to go during the holidays, as they run a production of the Nutcracker, next door, and you can plan a very nice visit including the production!
Also if you travel from afar, you can combine this trip with a visit to their local news station, and get more bang for your buck (the news station is not affiliated with the museum so you will need to make separate plans.