Every kid knows it. Some know it by the time they’re old enough to talk; some don’t know it until they are much older. But almost every child has some idea of what they want to be when they grow up. Whether it’s a doctor, or a lawyer, or something else all together, children are enamored with the prospect of their future selves. Here are some museums that will help foster your little career driven prodigy.
The Future Construction Worker.
If the future Bob the Builder is in your household then visit the Boston’s Children’s Museum of Boston, MA. One of their most time-honored exhibits is the popular Construction Zone. In this exhibit, children can ride a real Bobcat, experiment with kid sized construction tools and become project managers of their very own construction projects.
The Future Super Spy.
If you’re harboring one of the CIA’s next top members, then you definitely don’t want to miss out on the International Spy Museum in Washington D.C. This museum will help your little spy to create his spy alias. He will even get fake documents to use to support this new alias. But the real fun doesn’t start until you get to the exhibit full of spy like gadgets where you’ll find things such as buttonhole cameras and poison tipped umbrellas. Don’t forget to stop by the gift shop, where you can take some of the much needed spy gear home.
The Future Engineer.
If your child has a knack for taking apart the toaster and then putting it back together again and then doing again, then you might want to visit the Children’s Museum of Denver, CO. In this museum, young engineers can create their own structures out of recycled materials. They read the blueprints and then decipher how to put their project together. Your future engineer can create cars, planes, and other fun things.
The Future Reporter.
If you can’t keep anything hidden from your child– including the place where you hid this year’s Christmas gifts-and she writes everything in a journal she plans to publish someday, then you might want to visit the Newseum of Washington D.C. This hot new museum sports exhibits that feature all of the most famous new stories. The interactive newsroom allows your little reporter to enter the “hotseat” and show off her reporting skills.
The Future Doctor.
If medical school is in your child’s future then you should consider visiting The Health Museum of Houston, TX. This museum is filled with various exhibits that unravel the mysteries of the human body. Visit the Amazing Pavilion where you can walk through an extremely large version of the human anatomy. Let your pint-sized doctor walk through the humongous eyeballs and discover how they work. Let him play the memory games that are housed inside of the huge brain.
The Future Artist.
If your child draws on everything-including the bathroom walls-there is a possibility that you might have a future artist on your hands. Though there are numerous art museums, few sport the kid friendly exhibits that the Art Institute of Chicago does. Take your little Da Vinci through the picture book exhibit where artists have transformed poetry into art. The rules do not touch do not apply to the touch gallery, where children can actually handle the bronze and marble pieces of art. Walk your child through the children’s art gallery, where artwork similar to theirs hangs where everyone can see.
The Future Astronaut.
If your child’s dreams are out of this world-I mean literally out of this world-then you might want to visit Houston’s Space Center. Inside of the Kid’s Space Place attraction your child can command her own space shuttle or experiment living on a space station. The museum also includes a tram tour that takes you to a NASA space station. This space station gives your child a behind the scenes look on real astronaut preparation. Visit the astronaut gallery and watch as your child learns about every astronaut that has ever been space.
The Future Pilot.
If your child plans to fly high in the skies, then nothing beats the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum of Washington DC. The museum boasts the largest collection of air and spacecraft in the world. Let your child fly a plane while operating one of the museums many flight simulators. Watch as your child discovers the reason things take flight. Go on to the Udar-Hazy Center Observation Tower and watch as the planes take off and land from the nearby airport. This will not only be a source of fascination for him, but it was also be a valuable learning experience he won’t soon forget.