Its location in a former red brick wool warehouse on Fort Point Channel gives the Boston Children's Museum plenty of room to spread out and its current roster of 19 exhibits gives families plenty to do. In fact, the museum recognizes that the sheer number of choices and activities can be overwhelming for younger kids and advises that families start slowly by visiting one or two exhibits or activities at a time. A Family Membership (which start at $125 for up to four people) will make it possible for the families on your gift list to return as often as they want to check out the jackhammers and trucks in the Construction Zone, tackle the New Balance climbing sculpture, or explore a 100-year-old Japanese house. If thatís not enough, Boston Children's Museum members also receive free admission to more than 100 other children's museums and more than 200 science museums throughout New England and around the country. By the way, if you purchase an extra membership, museum staff will make sure it reaches a family that canít afford to buy their own! www.bostonchildrensmuseum.org, 617-426-6500, ext 354.
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