Museo de los Niños

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This place is a trip. Once a fortress-like prison it has been turned into a deceptively extensive children’s museum.  We took the opportunity to go here when the entire family needed to go to San Jose to renew Django’s passport (An exercise in and of itself. We were required to show time lapse photos from the time of his last passport photo at 2 months of age!)

Matt and I entered dubiously. As we walked its warren-like halls we were hard pressed to figure out where the actual installations and activities were. Soon, though, the kids got more into the displays than I’ve seen them in other museums. There was an entire grocery store where employees handed out “money” and menu cards with ingredients for the kids to find.

When they’d found their whole list they could “check out”. Suki and Django probably went on three separate shopping trips, they loved it so much.

Then they found the room about the firefighters and police officers. My kids have never been ones for putting on costumes in public places. However, since there were few visitors the day we went they ran around like mad, trying on outfits, driving vehicles, sliding down the firefighter’s pole. They had a blast.

Then we discovered the outside. This place is immense! There are play structures, full size airplanes to go inside and a whole train to explore.image

There is also an entire interactive display about how bananas are processed which Django got really into.

There are also several fun and random statues and pictures. Everywhere you look there is something to see or touch or do.image

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Then we discovered that they had a little farm display, complete with live chickens and bunnies, in addition to a model cow that you could “milk”. They got right in there. image

We thought we were approaching the end at that point but then found a whole wall of illusion that entertained Suki, Django and Matt for quite some time.

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By this time we were pretty tuckered. When we circled back inside, we found a whole different (huge) wing that talked about the natural word, recycling and the human body. While a lot of the displays have seen some heavy use they have a lot of really cool, interesting areas.image

While at first we weren’t so sure, I ended up very impressed. It would have been worth it to buy a map, so we could see all that was on offer. On the other hand, it was fun to come around a corner and see some new, strange thing. It was definitely worth the visit and I have a feeling we’ll be back.image

2 thoughts on “Museo de los Niños

  1. Vanessa and Matthew,
    The children’s museum appears to have been a neat field trip for Suki and D’jango. We have a children’s “hands on” museum here that is exported to the kids at their school–a good marketing idea that adds to the diversity of their educational experience.

    Are you becoming part of the Costa Rica community? How does it compare to El Cerrito? Have you made a lot of friends that are not from Costa Rica?, such as American, French, Australian? Is there a leftist community there that is at odds with our present establishment (I saw Robert Garcia’s blog)? I identified with the hippie movement and the liberal ideas of that time somewhat. I think many of us feel that we do better by joining mainstream society and speaking out or having a voice. Suki and Django, as well as they are being raised and educated, could make a differece. I would not like to see them as part of a more marginal, if intellectual subgroup. Christianity and Christians, for example, are often counter-cultural, yet, they are members of society who can be leaders as they seek to transform it with a positive message of love and hope. My book, though advocating for a new form of psychology, advocates strongly for such a transformation of humanity with a compelling dialogue. I refer you to Part 3, A Vision for Humanity. Title is “Toward a New Psychology: The Miracle of the Mind.” Dad

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