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“The musuem is great place to spend time with family but some safety concerns!”

Boonshoft Museum of Discovery
Ranked #9 of 78 things to do in Dayton
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: The Boonshoft Museum is the premier destination for family learning in the Miami Valley. It is a natural history museum, science center, children's museum, planetarium, observatory and zoo!
Reviewed 7 December 2017

We took our son and his family to the museum to enjoy a couple hours of fun. The museum has various fun activities area for kids to climb, play in water, and view animals; but I have a couple concerns. We bought a grandparent pass but despite the pass other family members were not able to receive discounted fares that are typically offered at other museums. The other big concern is the physical arrangement of the climbing area where young children can move between floors. However, if only one adult is supervising on one floor the kids can move onto other areas of the museum without the parent being able to control the movement. This seems to be a serious safety concern that should be controlled so the kids can only go up or down but not move freely to other areas without an adult. if the adult is either upstairs or downstairs. The upstairs area should be closed off so the kids have to come down not go to other upstairs sections of the museum.

4  Thank grannyr0sie
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"live animals"
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"all ages"
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"climbing area"
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"water table"
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"planetarium shows"
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"hands on activities"
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"zoo area"
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"mini zoo"
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"water area"
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"rainy day"
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"family membership"
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"older kids"
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Reviewed 4 November 2017 via mobile

We had a fun morning. Both adults and kiddos enjoyed Boonshoft. Precious the sloth made International Sloth Day a day to remember. Every adult should do the slide.

Thank Deron D
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Reviewed 14 October 2017 via mobile

So much fun for while family! Animals to imagination play. The theatre is amazing! Play area and climbing keeps kiddos busy.

Thank RandiM372
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Reviewed 14 September 2017

Now that we live up north - we're quite spoiled with the quality, quantity, and proximity of our Museums. The Boonshoft is not as great as Indy, Cinci, or Columbus, but being in downtown Dayton and 10 minutes away changes the math for how motivated we have to be to visit. The mini-zoo inside sets it apart. Unfortunately there's really no food service inside and there isn't anything nearby to eat at.

Thank Louis P
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Reviewed 28 August 2017

I was pleasantly surprised by this place. There was the usual children's museum things like a water table and pretend restaurants. But there was also live animals and a planetarium. My 6 year old science lover really enjoyed the Do Lab with hands on projects. While there was no restaurant, vending machines offered snacks and microwaveable sandwiches, etc.

Thank renee44
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