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Hands-on Childrens Museum Jacksonville

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Hands-on Childrens Museum
8580 Beach Blvd
Jacksonville
FL
32216
Tel: 904 642-2688

Where are we going today?

Kids - how do you feel about spending the day experimenting, creating, using their imagination, and playing? Sounds great huh!?

Parents - how do you feel about your kids spending the day learning? Even better!

Welcome to the Hands-On Children's Museum - where you get the best of BOTH worlds! The Hands-On Children's Museum is 6500 square feet of hands-on, interactive exhibits for those playful kids aged 1 to 12 years.

There are 25 major exhibits where kids can immerse themselves in the land of make believe, have a great time and really develop their senses and skills along the way! 

Nee yaw nee yaw! The sound of the fire engine must mean we are in the Fire and Emergency Rescue Station! Better put those fire fighter hats on and slide down that pole to save some people!

Time for a bit of shopping? Head on over to the supermarket with real cash registers, and conveyor belts, and even mini grocery carts! Kids can act like they really are shopping like their parents to! Kids can even be the store clerk and ring up all the groceries! It's totally interactive!

Maybe they want to play in the really cool diner, or take a ride on the train which departs from the Kids Train Depot? Those kids who LOVE to talk will love to host their own radio show for the day! Doctors can treat patients, and scientists can experiment!

Kids might even want to take to the high seas on the pirate ship!

The Hands-On Children's Museum has SO many fun realistic sets and experiences for children to enjoy. What did we tell you - playing and learning! We weren't kidding!  

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How much does it cost?

  • Adults$5.50 (Including kids aged over 4 years)
  • Children$4 (ages 1 to 3 years)
LAST UPDATED 2015

When can we go?

9:30am - 5pm Monday to Saturday

All year round. Closed Sundays

Teachers corner

Available weekdays, they love having students come along and enjoy some education out the classroom! You can bring a pack lunch, or order pizza! .

Any Top Tips?

Enjoy birthday party fun at the museum with a number of ways they can help make your child's special day even more special!.

Doing our bit

The museum loves to promote hands-on participation for all kids, and they encourage discovery through role-playing, construction, observation and free play. Great for developing their skills! .

Need a little extra help?

If you have special needs, just give them a call to see how they can assist.

More information

If you LOVE the museum, then check out the memberships because they offer you unlimited regular entrance for a year! .

What people are saying?

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    I recently went to the Hands On Children's Museum with my son's Kindergarten class as a chaperone, and he had a blast! I tried to show him as much as I could, but he got fixated on what he wanted to do so I just went with it. My daughter and her friend have gone there quite often--probably 8 or 10 times--and they don't get tried of it.

    They are open 7 days a week, and the weekends can understandably get pretty busy. There are Members Only hours on Monday and Saturday mornings. Membership pays for itself in a few visits. First Friday night of the...Read More

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    I love this place and even more my son loves this place. Great for a rainy day.

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    Fantastic place for the kids especially if the weather is less than favourable. It easily entertained my 5, 8 and 10 year old girls a few times. We wouldn't think twice about travelling down from Seattle for the afternoon.

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    The Hands On Children's Museum is an awesome place for kids, engaging and interactive exhibits but the staff seems to be completely oblivious or perhaps they're simply not adequately staffed whenever we have visited. I don't feel as if my 18 month old daughter is safe even under my constant supervision and we stay only in the baby/toddler area. For example, today some blonde girl around 4-5 came running into the baby/toddler area with scissors, two pairs, which she proceeded to bring down the tree fort slide, completely unaccompanied by a parent...Read More

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    Big enough for my 6 year old to have an entire day of fun and not get bored.

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by Ken Grubb

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I recently went to the Hands On Children's Museum with my son's Kindergarten class as a chaperone, and he had a blast! I tried to show him as much as I could, but he got fixated on what he wanted to do so I just went with it. My daughter and her friend have gone there quite often--probably 8 or 10 times--and they don't get tried of it.

They are open 7 days a week, and the weekends can understandably get pretty busy. There are Members Only hours on Monday and Saturday mornings. Membership pays for itself in a few visits. First Friday night of the month, it's free from 5 PM to 9 PM, so you can try before you buy.

by Katrina Thiessen

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The Hands On Children's Museum is an awesome place for kids, engaging and interactive exhibits but the staff seems to be completely oblivious or perhaps they're simply not adequately staffed whenever we have visited. I don't feel as if my 18 month old daughter is safe even under my constant supervision and we stay only in the baby/toddler area. For example, today some blonde girl around 4-5 came running into the baby/toddler area with scissors, two pairs, which she proceeded to bring down the tree fort slide, completely unaccompanied by a parent or adult guardian. She tore around the area for about 10 minutes with her scissors then discarded them on the train table. We stayed a few more minutes after this and then left, taking the scissors with us and dropping them with a staff member in the Art Studio. Not once did a staff member come in the area to do a check the entire hour we were there.

Overall I'm incredibly disappointed by the lack of staff supervision over children in the exhibits, children run wild, uncontrolled by their parents or staff, putting other children at risk. I know it is a place for children to play but that free play should have certain limits and boundaries that don't infringe upon the safety and well being of other visitors. A few months ago we visited and teenagers were running in and out of the toddler/baby area throwing balls and almost knocking over small children. On that particular visit the gates in the toddler/baby area were left open constantly, I must've closed them half a dozen times in less than a hour. Rules are clearly stated, for instance, shut the gates, take shoes off, this area is for x age group, etc, but I don't see the point of posting rules if staff at the Museum doesn't make any effort to enforce them. We will gave the Museum another chance since I already bought a membership but I don't think we will be renewing next year. It's always over crowded and the undisciplined older children being rowdy in the toddler/baby area really irritate me.

The Weather

Sunday

Conditions: Thunderstorm
Temp: 77° F / 25° C
Humidity: 80 %
Wind: SSW - 23 MPH

Monday

Conditions: Partly Cloudy
Temp: 65° F / 18° C
Humidity: 65 %
Wind: W - 23 MPH

Tuesday

Conditions: Clear
Temp: 71° F / 22° C
Humidity: 54 %
Wind: W - 10 MPH

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