Children's needs and interests evolve rapidly as they grow. During the first three years of their lives (ages 0–3) children's brains shape themselves in ways that affect how they learn and grow for the rest of their lives.
Very young children are extremely competent at examining and learning from their environment. They are capable of engaging with complex experiences and creating their own theories about what is happening and why. They learn through their relationships with others and their interactions with materials and their environment.
While every Museum exhibit is open to young children, some of our exhibits may be particularly appealing to children aged 0–3, especially the outdoor Toddler Area.
Other exhibits offer special opportunities for mixed-age families. For example, infants who visit our Clay Studio may respond with delight and fascination to the feel of cool, damp clay in their hands, while their older siblings sculpt complex figures or collaborate with other children on larger projects. The Twilight Trail provides an opportunity to play with light and shadow and experience the thrill of discovery in a space that's welcoming to young children, while still being interesting to big kids.
**For further resources on supporting early childhood development, see our introduction to the Museum's Reggio Emilia philosophy; Mind in the Making: The Seven Essential Life Skills Every Child Needs by Ellen Galinsky (available in the Museum Store).