Boston is full of museums. I should know. I grew up here and I’ve been covering them for more than a decade. But the Discovery Museums are the only institutions we’ve got a family membership to. That’s because I view Discovery – it’s really two houses on the same plot of land, one designed for older kids, one for younger – as a kind of educational playground. When I bring the kids into the Museum of Fine Arts or Children’s Museum, we’re going to THE MUSEUM. There’s a mobilization that has to take place, a 40-minute drive, parking and then a sense that at these fine institutions of higher learning, we better put in some time. Discovery is more like the local swimming hole. Which is not to say there aren’t plenty of exhibits that teach about sound, water, or gravity. But there’s also a bannister made of rolling pins, a listening tube that plays Kermit the Frog and the big, green dinosaur our front to climb on.
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