Visiting the Creation Museum with your family soon? I am sharing our family trip to the Creation Museum and tips to help you as you visit!
On our way home from our annual trip to Michigan, we decided we would stop to visit the Creation Museum and Ark Encounter. After visiting family for 2 weeks, we wanted to have time for our family to do something special and memorable.
Best Tips for Visiting the Creation Museum as a Family
When to Visit
We arrived at the Creation Museum around 2pm on a Sunday afternoon. There was a line to pick up our tickets. However, if you order and print your tickets ahead of time, you did not have to wait in the longer line. I did notice around 3pm the line was gone.
We liked being at the Creation Museum in the afternoon because it was not as busy. Even with the line to get in, once we were walking around it was not crowded. I have heard that afternoon is the best time to visit.
Since we were making a mini vacation of this, we decided to purchase the combo tickets for the Ark Encounter and Creation Museum. I highly suggest doing this because it is a great deal. Ages 5 and under are free which was a selling point for me! Additional costs to plan for are parking, the planetarium, the zip line, and the mineral hunt.
The Main Exhibit
We walked through the main exhibit first which is A Walk Through History. There is a lot of reading throughout this section which can be challenging with younger ones. My husband took a lot of pictures of the things that he wanted to read later. Even with the reading, my kids were so enamored with everything.
As soon as you walk in there are large life like dinosaurs that immediately drew in my kids. My six year old loved being able to touch a dinosaur bone. Throughout the entire museum, there is such a focus on kids that it made the whole experience very hands on!
After the first little section you go through a section about sin and the depravity of man. It was a little over my kids’ heads but we just reminded them that without God you have no hope and are lost. Once you walk through this, you enter into a dark walkway with “stars” lighting the way. My kids loved walking through here.
One thing my husband and I both loved about the Creation Museum and the Ark Encounter is that both lead you from the depravity of man to the hope you can find in Jesus. It is a clear path to salvation through both places.
After the main exhibit, you end up in a little store. We had already told our kids they could use their money from their grandparents to buy something. Naturally they all chose a stuffed animal. There is another gift shop on the main level that does have more options.
At this point, we had been walking around for a little over 2 hours and my youngest was hungry. My husband took the boys to the planetarium and I took my daughter to the car to get a snack. There is a restaurant on site and coffee shop as well. We walked through the garden to our car and then took the little golf cart shuttle back to the museum to purchase some Gatorade and eat her snack outside.
The Special Exhibits
Back on the lower level are some special exhibits.
My insect loving kids absolutely loved this section. There are countless insects to view and it was pretty incredible to see.
Another favorite was the Dinosaur Den. My six year old loves dinosaurs so he was very excited about this. I loved how there were little questions you could read the answers to.
The Museum of the Bible
A final space was the Museum of the Bible. With this being at the end, my husband did a quick walk through as I gathered the kids.
We walked through one side of the garden to get to the museum and after the museum we walked through the other half to get back. I am glad we did the outside activities after being inside because it was a great way to let the kids loosen up after walking through the museum.
The Garden of Eden
The garden was one of my favorites. There were little ponds, babbling brooks, suspension bridges, and tons of flowers. You really did feel like you were in the Garden of Eden.
The Petting Zoo
This was one of my kids favorite places, especially for my animal loving daughter. They can go in with the goats to pet and brush them. Have some quarters on hand or cash to use in the cash machine so you can get some food to feed the animals.
We loved seeing the Zonkey (the child of a donkey and zebra)! There are also camel rides that you can pay to do if you desire.
Our final activity was to do the mining activity. The kids loved this! It is $6 a bag and you can split the bag (we split it 3 ways). Once you purchase a bag, one fo the attendants dumps the contents into your little sifter. The kids can sift for minerals. They are given a bag and identification card to help them identify the minerals.
Best Tips for Visiting the Creation Museum
- Go in the afternoon
- Order your tickets ahead of time.
- Bring or rent a stroller for younger ones.
- Take pictures of what you want to read later.
- Have a snack break.
- Bring quarters for the Petting Zoo
- If you attend the planterium purchase your tickets when you arrive.
- Plan for a nice day if you can so you can enjoy the outside activities.
One final tip, relax and enjoy! It does not have to be perfect. When you are traveling and visiting places with kids there needs to be tons of grace. We had a really great time at the Creation Museum and highly recommend it for your family!
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