The first Thursday of every month is free admission to the Children's Museum of Evansville. At the beginning March I took my family there, which includes me, my wife, and 18 month old daughter. Needless to say, we all had a blast, but be prepared to bump some elbows on free night.
First of all, parking at CMOE is no problem, there is plenty of space down town in the evening to find a place to park close to the museum. We parked less than a block away and enjoyed walking up to the building, where a Tyrannasaurus Rex is perched showing you the way. My daughter loved the giant dinosaur sculpture, growling at it the whole way.
Once inside though, be prepared, it is packed on CMOE's free night, which is sponsored by St. Mary's Hospital. There are children ranging from crawlers to teenagers flooding the rooms and trying to get to the popular exhibits. Not that there is a shortage of things to do, but there are simply hundreds of kids packed into the museum.
Since my daughter is only 18 months, it was a little limiting on what she would enjoy. Thankfully they have a 2 year and under only room, which is clearly marked and monitored by Museum volunteers. One room in particular housed a lot of cushion mats, that could be used to create slides and fun blocks for them to play on, without getting hurt when tumbling over.
Right next door to the padded room(lol) was a noise room, where there were lots of chimes, bells, and a gong for kids to bang on. My daughter enjoyed beating on the tambarines and drums laying throughout the sound deadened room. But the best part of the Children's Museum of Evansville was the Wet Room.
There are only a limited number of people allowed into the wet room at any given time. Once you wait in line and get in, it is a blast for everyone, as long as you don't mind getting splashed a little. There is a huge water vortex in the middle, with plastic balls and huge rubber duckies spinning around. The children are encouraged to throw the balls into the water pit, play with the duckies, and watch as they go through an elaborate cleaning machine.
Above the water vortex is a hot air balloon, that rises 2 stories into the air and then lowers. Once lowered the water vortex is then emptied and all of the balls are sucked into a conveyor which then transports them upstairs where older kids are playing. To say the least, it was impressive, and a blast!
I would encourage anyone to visit CMOE in Evansville, but especially on free night if you are cash strapped like we are. My daughter loved it, even as young as she is, and my wife and I had fun just playing with the different exhibits with her. We plan on going again next month and making it a planned monthly family outing.
Please see the pictures below of the fun we had at the Children's Museum of Evansville.