Name: Bucks County Children's Museum
Preferred Ages: 1-7
Cost: $8/pp (plus parking)
Membership Cost: $90-$100
The Bucks County Children's Museum is located a few blocks from the "main strip" in New Hope. Parking is available in an attached municipal lot at $1 per hour; there is a minimum $3 charge for credit cards. The museum itself is 9,000 square feet and it usually takes about 45 minutes - 90 minutes to go through all of the exhibits.
There are four rooms of stationary exhibits. Room 1 includes a visual example of the river locks, a hands on archway building activity for two, a shadow room, and a wind power exhibit with scarves. Room 2 has a hot air balloon visualization, a dig-for-fossils exhibit, and a build-your-own racer and track, along with a ball fall that children can build with various tracks. Room three has a recycling ground visual along with a light activity, a castle, and a slide. Room four includes a train car, general store and post office, and a garden that young children will enjoy. A small side room rotates exhibits. As of the summer, it was a hospital room that allowed children to play with a full size "Operation" game. Prior to that, it was a Kinex room.
There is a large meeting room that can be divided into two for parties and large trips. Members are allowed to bring nut-free lunches to store in the fridge. The bathrooms have adult and child sized stalls.
Overall, this is a big hit with younger children but may be slightly boring to older children. It is a quick field trip but the space can be overwhelmed with schools and camps attend. If you see your family visiting more than 3-4 times a year, a membership makes sense (especially depending on family size). It does offer you a discount on parties and merchandise