McKenna Children's Museum

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Facility:McKenna Children's Museum
Description:Inspire imagination, stimulate thought and promote understanding through a variety of exhibits and programs focusing on fine arts, culture, history, science, technology and health. Some exhibits including Destination Space!, Town Square, the Tot Spot, Lend a Hand Ranch, the Innovation Center with Mine Control and many others!
Address 1:801 West San Antonio Street
Address 2:
City:New Braunfels
Zip Code:78130
V I S I T I N G   I N F O
Hours:Monday - Saturday 10am-5pm
Sunday - Closed

Summer Hours
Memorial Day Through Labor Day
Monday-Saturday 10am-5pm
Open Until 7pm on Thursday
Sunday noon-5pm

Closed major holidays
Telephone:(830) 606-9525
Tisha C., Co-op Member
The children's museum was like an ultimate playground! My daughter loved it and never wanted to leave! One of her favorites was the art area where there are easels and paint and the kids can create their art and leave it to dry while they explore the rest of the exhibits. There is a bank, TV station, grocery store, space station, grandma's attic (dress up) and so much more that the kids just loved! In the grocery store it was very neat to see all these kids that didn't know each other take on a roll and shop-there were kids restocking the shelves and some manning the cash register and all playing their part. The sand and water area outside is amazing and so much fun (even for grown ups)! You can take a lunch. There is a special area just for the little ones that is closed in and safe. Plan to stay awhile and take a book, because your kids won't want to leave and after awhile the thrill kind of wears off for adults. Overall a very good experience and very recommended! This museum is going to be appreciated more by the younger set. I would say from baby to maybe 10. Enjoy!
K. W., Co-op Member
Visited on a Monday with my 3-year old. There was only one kindergarten class visiting that day (the website says fieldtrips can be scheduled Tuesday through Friday), so it was still easy for my child to get her hands on everything. She loved it, and I feel it is a great place to take a younger child! Only a couple of issues...the "paint the art car" exhibit outside was out of paint and no one ever refilled it, so no one could use it. The water exhibit is someone lackluster compared to other children's museums I have visited. Also some of the things that I expected to be large were rather small (the website gave the impression they were large), such as the "catch a fish in the river and cook it on the campfire" exhibit. I was expecting more than a cooler with fake ice and a set of magnetic fish from Lakeshore Learning! However, my child still loved it! One of the neatest parts is the grocery area, where kids can shop and run a little store. Another nice feature is that your receipt allows you to get in and out all day as you please. No food allowed inside, so it was nice to be able to leave for lunch and then return later! Gift shop was also well-stocked with Melissa and Doug toys, and they have a "deal of the week," this week being 20% off all Melissa and Doug play food.
Stephanie B., Co-op Member
My children love the McKenna Children's museum. My DD just turned 5 years old and still asks to go regularly to the museum. We live about 20 minutes away, so it is not always on our list of stops, but they love it so much that we make the trip. I finally broke down and bought a season pass.

The museum has been doing regular learning activities in the mornings and afternoons. Thursday is science and the kids were able to do a science experiment in the kitchen/classroom.

We usually attend in the morning and through lunchtime and the museum only has a few parents and young children. We have only once ran into a daycare group visiting at the same time we were there.

It is true that you can't have food in the museum area, but you are welcome to bring your sack lunch and there is a cafeteria with tables both inside and outside to eat your lunch. We always play for a while, eat our sack lunch on the outside patio and then head back in for more playing until we are ready to leave.

I would think the afternoons would be busier once the schools let out in the afternoon. The mornings are pretty dead here (unless there is a school group visiting I guess).

Age range: My 5 year old loves this place, but I'm wondering how many more years that she will still be interested in coming here. I do know they have special events periodically like a movie/pajama night and lego events. There is a lego camp this summer.
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