UPDATE: Good news for Tot Time families! The museum will be adding a SECOND session. Each Tot Time will have two identical sessions (one at 9:30 a.m. and the other at 10:30 a.m). The museum hopes that this will help accommodate all of the people who want to come. Read on to find out how to register!
As a stay-at-home-mom with two young kids, Tot Time at the Terre Haute Children’s Museum is part of my regular routine and a vital part of our preschool-at-home experience.
If you’re on the list for Tot Time updates and emails, you may have seen the face of our youngest daughter in the newsletter. Of course she was there on the day the museum was taking pictures. She’s almost always there! In fact, we’ve been attending for the past 3 1/2 years.
Tot Time takes place twice a month and is for preschool kids ages 2-5. (Parents/nannies/grandmas, you’re invited too! In fact, there’s a required adult to child ratio of 1 to 3.) The program usually includes coloring, story time, and a hands-on activity related to the week’s theme and story.
Tot Time is usually held on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month (exceptions may apply – check website regularly) at 10:30 a.m.
In the past, we’ve made slime, designed straw airplanes, and conducted countless bubbly, fizzy, and colorful science experiments.
Tot Time often gives my girls the chance to enjoy messy sensory and science experiences that I might not take the trouble to do at home. Our girls love making slime, watching “elephant toothpaste” erupt, and mixing colors, but do I really want to make that kind of mess in my kitchen? At home, I don’t have easy-to-clean plastic tables, lab coats, goggles, or a patient museum staff member who walks around and lends a hand as needed. In this way, the “messy science” portion of the Tot Time experience has been invaluable to our family.
Tot Time is included with your museum admission (which means it’s FREE for museum members).
So why has it taken me this long to tell you all about Tot Time? Honestly, it’s because I’m selfish. You have to register in advance, because space is limited. If I do too good of a job promoting Tot Time, there might not be room for my girls!
Tot Time is one of the many reasons why we’re loyal members of the Terre Haute Children’s Museum. You can read 11 reasons why we love our science museum membership here.