The Best of the Web
Almost all of children's museums in Child's survey have a Web site, but the 10 below offer superb games, experiments, and other educational activities that bring a little bit of the museum home for kids.
- COSI (Center of Science and Industry), Columbus, OH, www.cosi.org. Children can assemble pieces of a human heart and construct a circulation model. Tips are given along the way.
- Creative Discovery Museum, Chattanooga, TN, www.cdmfun.org. Kids can practice the drums, create an artistic masterpiece, and play a dinosaur game.
- The Children's Museum of Boston, www.bostonkids.org. The special kids' section features an online tour of the museum's Arthur's World exhibit plus Buggin' Out, an on-line activity book about insects.
- The Children's Museum of Indianapolis, www.childrensmuseum.org. This Web site features more than a dozen games and projects on-line that match the museum's exhibits, including Build Your Own Bones, which teaches kids to construct a skeleton.
- DuPage Children's Museum, Naperville, IL, www.dupagechildrensmuseum.org. Aunty Math helps kids solve challenging arithmetic word problems.
- Liberty Science Center, Jersey City, NJ, www.lsc.org. It offers an online science curriculum, including Antarctica adventures and deep-sea exploration.
- Lincoln Children's Museum, NE, www.lincolnchildrensmuseum.org. Contains a "Museum at Home" featuring activities to coincide with its most popular exhibits. Plus, the "Family Time" page suggests discussions parents can have with their kids to build on what they learned at the museum.
- Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum, Winchester, VA, www.discoverymuseum.net. Children can look for highlights from the museum's Kid-Vention Day, including instructions for constructing telegraph key and creating talking tubes that produce the clearest sounds.
- Strong Museum, www.strongmuseum.org. The Just For Kids page features two multiple-choice quizzes -- one asks kids to identify interesting objects from the museum's collection of antiques, the other challenges kids' knowledge of the environment.
- Whatcom Children's Museum, www.whatcommuseum.org/childrens. Younger children will enjoy the online coloring book and easy mazes.