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San Luis Obispo Children's Museum

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Address: 1010 Nipomo St, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401-3870
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805-544-KIDS
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10:00 - 15:00
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Sun 13:00 - 17:00
Tue - Wed 10:00 - 15:00
Thu - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
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Preschool through elementary-age children learn about health, history,...

Preschool through elementary-age children learn about health, history, safety, science, nature and the arts through a series of innovate hands-on activities and exhibits.

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Kids love this place

The SLO Children's Museum is terrific...but not cheap. Kids love the place and there is a lot there for them to see and do. I would plan at least two hours there, and maybe three... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 23 January 2017
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San Luis Obispo, California
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La Crosse, IN
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I know it seems ridiculous to say theres not much to do at a children's museum, but we went in and did everything and left after about 30 mins. It seems like a lot of the stuff needs upgrading and some of it didn't even work. I don't think things should remain on display if they don't work, or there... More 

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San Luis Obispo, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 January 2017

The SLO Children's Museum is terrific...but not cheap. Kids love the place and there is a lot there for them to see and do. I would plan at least two hours there, and maybe three would be better. Educational and entertaining.

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Michelle J, Guest Relations Manager at San Luis Obispo Children's Museum, responded to this review

Hi Tommy, We're so happy you had fun on your visit! We try to keep prices as low as possible so everyone can come enjoy our exhibits. For free play time, visit us during Moonlight Hours, which are 5:00-8:00 pm on the third Thursday of every month. More 

Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 December 2016

I went with family to the San Luis Obispo Children's Museum. Not knowing what to expect, I was pleased to find three floors of various interactive displays tailored for smaller children that are not only fun but teach reading, scientific principals, and motor skills. I believe this museum is sponsored by in part by Cal Poly the local major university.... More 

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Michelle J, Guest Relations Manager at San Luis Obispo Children's Museum, responded to this review

We're so glad you had fun on your trip to the museum! We do work with Cal Poly students on certain exhibits and love tying our Inspiring Learning Through Play mission into Cal Poly's Learn By Doing motto. We hope to see you here again soon! More 

Roseville, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2016 via mobile

Our young daughters have been here a few times and have a ball of every time we are here. There are 3 floors of various activities for the kids. The 2nd and 3rd floors cater to the younger kids under the age of 6 and that is where we spend most of our time. The 2nd floor has a pendulum... More 

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Michelle J, Guest Relations Manager at San Luis Obispo Children's Museum, responded to this review

We love hearing about our visitors having a ball here! Come stop by to check out our progress on our new Western Town exhibit, which will be launching next month! More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2016

This is the place for kids of all ages to explore things and play with new items and make up adventures. My grandkids (6 and 7) loved the morning and did several cool things that they had never done before. Parents and grandparents can expand the little ones minds as they present new ideas and concepts. Well worth a few... More 

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California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2016 via mobile

Great way to spend a morning in San Luis Obispo if you have young ones in tow. Something for all ages as well as activities geared towards a wide variety of interests. Whether you have budding paleontologist or a young Picaso, anyone with curiosity and imagination should enjoy spending time here.

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San Luis Obispo, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016

I used to enjoy taking my Son to have a learning, fun day playing at the Children's Museum, it's hands-on fun for everyone

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 2016 via mobile

This place is always fun! It is a great place for kids to explore, pretend, and create. They can cook in the play kitchen, drive the fire engine, paint, play doctor, dig dinosaur bones, or star in their own play on the stage. With 3 stories to check out it is hours of fun. Adults should keep in mind that... More 

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Templeton, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 June 2016

We took our 3 year old grandson to the museum and he loved it from the moment he stepped inside. There are so many interesting things to look at and do. Our grandson is a very busy, active person and there were plenty of activities to keep him occupied. He served ice cream cones to us in the soda shop,... More 

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Incline Village, Nevada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 April 2016

We have taken our grandkids here numerous times and they love it. Each time, they find something different to discover. Robot lab, sand art, gears, play store.

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