NWA Hub For Fun

t calls itself a hub for fun, but the Scott Family Amazeum in Bentonville is so much more than that. It’s a place where children can discover and make learning connections, all while having fun.

It’s a place where arts and science intersect and children can have learning experiences that will likely last their lifetimes.

 

Children and their families or caregivers should come to the Scott Family Amazeum prepared to play…learning is just a bonus. It’s likely what third Walmart CEO H. Lee Scott, Jr. (now retired) had in mind when he and his family chose to become a signature sponsor of the children’s museum.
 

“We often hear feedback from parents who say they have had to drag their child out of the museum and that’s definitely what we like to hear,” said Paul Stolt, marketing manager for the Amazeum.
It truly is an “amazing” place to spend some quality and memorable time with kids. Stolt said folks should budget a minimum of two hours for visiting the kids’ museum, but be warned, children generally prefer to spend at least a half day there.

 

There also are dozens of programs and events ongoing at the museum, and membership is always encouraged. The community and visitors are welcome to drop in anytime it’s open and get their hands dirty (sometimes literally) interacting with the exhibits which have been designed for all ages, from infants to teens. The exhibits, though, are typically designed with children eight years old and younger in mind.
 

“But as soon as families feel comfortable bringing their infants in, we have something for them,” Stolt said.
 

 The children’s museum welcomes all, and has what it calls “Priceless Nights” from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on most Wednesday nights. School field trips are typically over by then and the museum is less crowded, so it’s a great time to drop in at no cost or for a small donation. Priceless Nights are underwritten by a generous donation from the Willard and Pat Walker Charitable Foundation.
 

Whether someone visits during Priceless Nights hours or pays the ordinary general admission, they’ll likely find a lot to love at this iconic Northwest Arkansas museum, which opened in 2015 following a decade of community support and fundraising to get it built.
 

The 50,000-square-foot Scott Family Amazeum features both regular exhibits and pop-ups. Designed to spark a child’s curiosity and sense of discovery, the interactive exhibitions were built to engage visitors with the land, industries and people who helped put Arkansas on the map.
 

Among the dozens of exhibits are: the 3M Tinkering Hub; the General Mills Lift, Load and Haul; the Market sponsored by Walmart; Nature Valley’s Water Amazements; the Nickelodeon Play Lab; the Hershey’s Lab and more. Not to be missed are the climbable tree canopy and indoor cave.
 

There are science, technology, engineering, art, and math activities that allow for hands-on exploration. These activities are designed to inspire imaginations and bring curious minds together.
 

The children’s museum also hosts traveling exhibits that crisscross the country.
 

Admission, beyond Priceless Nights, is always free for members and children two years old or younger, while admission for adults and kids who are older than two is $10. There are different levels of membership, and gift memberships are always available. Members also enjoy a 10-percent discount at the Curiosity Corner, the museum’s gift store, and a portion of all purchases, either online or in person, supports programming at the museum. Start your discovery today bt visiing the website amazeum.org.

 

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