Hands-On History For Children
The great thing about children’s museums is that you rarely have to say “don’t touch that!” EarlyWorks Children’s History Museum is part of Huntsville’s EarlyWorks Museum Complex. (The other two museums included in the complex are Constitution Village and the Historic Huntsville Depot.) We became EarlyWorks members last February and have enjoyed several visits to the three museums since then.
Constitution Village and the Depot are nice to visit when the weather is pleasant. If it’s too hot, cold or rainy to play outside, the Children’s History Museum is perfect (although keep in mind that parking for the museum is across the street). Several membership plans are available – they are a great deal if you plan to make several trips over the course of a year, or if you have several children. Another nice membership perk is half-price admission for members’ guests. So you can bring along some friends without breaking the budget.
Homeschooling & Field Trip Opportunities
There are several programs offered by the museum for children’s education. Check out the links below for more information:
- Field Trips
- Overnight Adventures (these look like they would be great fun!)
- Homeschool History Academy
About the Museum
From the EarlyWorks web site:
“EarlyWorks was designed for children – go ahead … touch, climb, pull, explore! Hear stories from the Talking Tree, play a tune on the giant-sized instruments at the Alabama bandstand and try your hand at building in the Kidstruction Zone. Explore a 46-foot Keelboat, trade your wares at the General Store and try on 1800’s clothing in the federal house. Pre-schoolers will enjoy exploring Biscuit’s Backyard, a touch-and-learn area designed especially for them, which includes a garden, grocery store, and water table!”
Following is a video made while walking around the Children’s History Museum; this will give you an idea of some of the exhibits and activities offered.
Copyright 2012 Kathryn Depew