Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Bloomington Normal is a great town for children

This month I've made many trips into BN for childish fun. My son and I have been to the sprinkler park at Tipton Trails twice and the Children's Discovery Museum three times. Both are fabulous places for cool summer fun.

The Children's Discovery Museum in uptown Normal has three floors of activities for children and is perfect for ages 2 through 8. I haven't seen many bigger kids there. It's $4 per person over age 2 and opens at 9 am. We were there at 8:55 and were the first ones let in. It was neat. By 11 am the museum really fills up. We enjoy the car and train exhibits (of course) as well as the toddler area, the farm equipment exhibit, and the water tables. There is a really cool climbing structure on the second and third floors that is a magnet for the 5-8 year old crowd.

Tipton Trails sprinkler park is worth the trip. There is a nice shelter with picnic tables and bathrooms and a large sprinkler area with 6-8 different sprinkler zones. Next to it are swings, toddler sized play equipment and a very large barn/fire station themed piece of play equipment. All this is free and draws a crowd on hot days. It's located on College west of Airport Road and is free.


Mrs. Chicken said...

I couldn't agree with your assessment more! It was totally worth the 50-mile trip, if only for Emack & Bolio's ice cream, a treat that was balm for the East Coast soul.

Henny Penny said...

Glad you liked it!

Some more info I got, the 1 year basic family pass is $85 and the 1 year full family pass is $115 which gets you into other children's museums for free or reduced prices. I was asked if I was a Normal resident (no) so there may be a discount if you are.