Families can create their own masterpieces at the Birmingham Museum of Art. Its Bart's ArtVenture program features two galleries, one for kids ages 1 to 5 and another for 6- to 12-year-olds, with hands-on art stations as well as a green screen that lets you step inside one of the museum's works. Beyond the children's area, be sure to look at the European collection including paintings by Monet and Pissarro.
Drive to Mendenhall Glacier, in Juneau; it's one of the few glaciers accessible by road. Then stop in the U.S. Forest Service's Visitors Center across the street, which boasts a simulated ice cave, interactive exhibits, and free kids' programs during the summer.Arizona
Beat the heat at Tempe Beach Park, which has a 1-acre splash playground with metal misting clouds, a waterslide, pop-up jets, spray cannons, a waterfall, and toy whales to ride. Once you dry off (bathrooms are nearby), bike or walk on the 5 miles of family-friendly paths.Arkansas
A hidden gem about three hours north of Little Rock, Mammoth Spring State Park boasts a lake, stroller-friendly trails, a walk-through herb garden, a playground, and a restored train depot and caboose for mini travelers to explore.California
Experience a simulated earthquake, see famous airplanes, and touch marine animals at the California Science Center, in Los Angeles. Plus, check out the hands-on discovery rooms with a puppet theater, a pretend vegetable garden, and dress-up space gear for children ages 7 and under.
Show your kids how money is really made with the 45-minute guided tour of the U.S. Mint in Denver. They'll learn how coins are produced from metals -- and that the mint makes up to 35 million of them daily.Connecticut
Kids will love navigating the small hatches and low ceilings of the world's first nuclear-powered sub, the USS Nautilus, at the Submarine Force Library & Museum, in Groton. You'll hear a recorded story as you make your way through the dining areas, sleeping quarters, and control spaces.Delaware
At the four-story DuPont Environmental Education Center, in Wilmington, kids can help feed animals and learn facts about local wildlife from touch screens. The outdoor space is awesome too; borrow a net and follow the boardwalk through marshland to catch and release little critters.Florida
Visit Siesta Key Beach, a 5-mile lifeguarded stretch in Sarasota. Because it's on the Gulf Coast, the water tends to be calm, which is good for little swimmers.Georgia
Tour BabyLand General Hospital, in Cleveland, the only place in the world where you can watch the birth of a Cabbage Patch Kid. Several are delivered daily by patch doctors and nurses. Kids in the audience have a chance to name the newborn.