www.theshortesttallman.com A Visit to the Utica Children's Museum!

TheShortestTallman visits the Utica Children’s Museum!

It’s been a long time since I’ve been to our local children’s museum. I’ve read news stories about changes in leadership and various drama over the years, and I know funding has been an issue. Still, somehow I have never taken my kids there, and we tend to get out a lot. Now that it’s just me and my little guy, I thought I’d give it a shot. Who knows, maybe this would be a place we can frequent during out long winter?

www.theshortesttallman.com A Visit to the Utica Children's Museum!

Another adventure with Mommy! Yikes, quite the close-up san makeup!!

And you know what? I think it will be!

Sure, it’s got some issues. A huge donor clearly hasn’t touched his mighty hand upon this place. Some of the exhibits are pretty simplistic, a bit worn; others, pretty new. The building itself has a lot of character! But all in all, they had a lot of variety, tons of stuff that engaged Tiny Tallman, and even some things that were of interest to me (the vintage toys section was pretty cool!). Lots of active, hands-on, make-believe play for little ones- exactly the kind of stuff you want to stimulate their minds with (and tire themselves out with so they’ll nap later!)

I would say that the 1-5 age range would be best suited here. I think I could bring all 3 of mine, and they’d all have a fun time; however, I think Tiny Tallman would love it the best, which is why I ended up purchasing a membership! I can absolutely see us visiting the UCM regularly while the girls are in school.

And— they still have the Iroquois Longhouse! And it’s still super cool! I’m back in 4th grade again! The museum offered much in terms of local history displays and dioramas- and you know I love my local history. I was having so much fun on the 2nd floor, I forgot to take pics. Blogger fail.

www.theshortesttallman.com A Visit to the Utica Children's Museum!

www.theshortesttallman.com A Visit to the Utica Children's Museum!

Front space is very welcoming.

So, if it’s been a while, and you’ve got little ones, stop on by. Their hours are spotty- I was told they are currently open Thursday-Sunday, and they hope to start opening on Wednesdays in the winter. The Visitors’ Services Manager was working, and she gave me lots of info. They offer various events, including a Sensory Saturday event with OT people from Utica College, I believe the first Saturday of each month, 1-4. Also, they have much better hours during summer vacation.

At the least- Utica Coffee Roasters, Utica Bread, and Bite Bakery are right around the corner- all in the Bagg’s Square area. I brought my travel mug with me, with my home-brewed Cannoli, and the lady working at UCM referred it as my “Mommy Sippy Cup.” Yes, spot on, sister! UCR + UCM is a winning combo for mom and child, haha!

www.theshortesttallman.com A Visit to the Utica Children's Museum!

This was def his favorite part!

www.theshortesttallman.com A Visit to the Utica Children's Museum!

www.theshortesttallman.com A Visit to the Utica Children's Museum!

Lobster and fish? Yes! bahaha. I love play food.

www.theshortesttallman.com A Visit to the Utica Children's Museum!

Come check it out! Lots of fun, especially for ages 1-5! And the Bagg’s Square location is great.

 

2 Comments

  • Ciara October 2, 2016 at 2:31 pm

    My dad takes my kids there frequently! I’ve not been there since I was a kid, so I’m not that familiar with what they have currently. (My bad, I was there for a bday party a few years back!). Anyway, my kids love it there! I need to get there myself (& kids) and just enjoy an afternoon of fun and play!

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  • Lauren March 3, 2017 at 12:03 pm

    I just took my niece, Mella, there a few weeks ago. She’s 4 and she loved it!!

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