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San Luis Obispo Children's Museum

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Address: 1010 Nipomo St, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401-3870
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805-544-KIDS
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10:00 - 17:00
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Sun 13:00 - 17:00
Tue - Wed 10:00 - 15:00
Thu - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
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Preschool through elementary-age children learn about health, history,...

Preschool through elementary-age children learn about health, history, safety, science, nature and the arts through a series of innovate hands-on activities and exhibits.

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fun neat creative lots of action nice location

me&5 yr old loved it. nice location.little elevator, so much action, hands on things to do, music, art, it has so much. outdoor play, water feature, trikes, etc. its a blast.

Reviewed 3 days ago
lizzybl8
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Monterey, California
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Monterey, California
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17 reviews
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

me&5 yr old loved it. nice location.little elevator, so much action, hands on things to do, music, art, it has so much. outdoor play, water feature, trikes, etc. its a blast.

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Onaway, Michigan
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138 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Really enjoyed this museum. It had exhibits I have not seen in other children"s museum. Lots of activities to keep the kids busy and learning. Be prepared to interact with your child not just be an observer.

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Thank Karen O
Atascadero, California
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16 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 5 April 2017 via mobile

This place has some awesome exhibits and they're always creating more. The staff are very nice and very hospitable and are willing to explain things and show you how to use them. Great prices too!

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La Crosse, IN
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17 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 March 2017

I know it seems ridiculous to say theres not much to do at a children's museum, but we went in and did everything and left after about 30 mins. It seems like a lot of the stuff needs upgrading and some of it didn't even work. I don't think things should remain on display if they don't work, or there... More 

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San Luis Obispo, California
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114 reviews
37 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 January 2017

The SLO Children's Museum is terrific...but not cheap. Kids love the place and there is a lot there for them to see and do. I would plan at least two hours there, and maybe three would be better. Educational and entertaining.

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Thank Tommy O
Michelle J, Guest Relations Manager at San Luis Obispo Children's Museum, responded to this review

Hi Tommy, We're so happy you had fun on your visit! We try to keep prices as low as possible so everyone can come enjoy our exhibits. For free play time, visit us during Moonlight Hours, which are 5:00-8:00 pm on the third Thursday of every month. More 

Colorado
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51 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 121 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 December 2016

I went with family to the San Luis Obispo Children's Museum. Not knowing what to expect, I was pleased to find three floors of various interactive displays tailored for smaller children that are not only fun but teach reading, scientific principals, and motor skills. I believe this museum is sponsored by in part by Cal Poly the local major university.... More 

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Thank Bgreenard
Michelle J, Guest Relations Manager at San Luis Obispo Children's Museum, responded to this review

We're so glad you had fun on your trip to the museum! We do work with Cal Poly students on certain exhibits and love tying our Inspiring Learning Through Play mission into Cal Poly's Learn By Doing motto. We hope to see you here again soon! More 

Manteca, California
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Reviewed 12 November 2016 via mobile

Our young daughters have been here a few times and have a ball of every time we are here. There are 3 floors of various activities for the kids. The 2nd and 3rd floors cater to the younger kids under the age of 6 and that is where we spend most of our time. The 2nd floor has a pendulum... More 

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Thank TravelBugKrueger
Michelle J, Guest Relations Manager at San Luis Obispo Children's Museum, responded to this review

We love hearing about our visitors having a ball here! Come stop by to check out our progress on our new Western Town exhibit, which will be launching next month! More 

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17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 October 2016

This is the place for kids of all ages to explore things and play with new items and make up adventures. My grandkids (6 and 7) loved the morning and did several cool things that they had never done before. Parents and grandparents can expand the little ones minds as they present new ideas and concepts. Well worth a few... More 

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California
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Reviewed 3 August 2016 via mobile

Great way to spend a morning in San Luis Obispo if you have young ones in tow. Something for all ages as well as activities geared towards a wide variety of interests. Whether you have budding paleontologist or a young Picaso, anyone with curiosity and imagination should enjoy spending time here.

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San Luis Obispo, California
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12 reviews
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Reviewed 25 July 2016

I used to enjoy taking my Son to have a learning, fun day playing at the Children's Museum, it's hands-on fun for everyone

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