CHILDREN’S MUSEUM OF IDAHO
The Children’s Museum of Idaho is a place where children learn through play and exploration in environments and experiences created just for them. The interactive exhibits are designed to be manipulated by children and guided by an adult (parent, grandparent, caregiver). This hands-on approach inspires young minds to take an active role that stimulates learning and addresses the developmental needs of children.
Children’s Museum of Idaho inspires and nurtures future explorers, innovators, and critical thinkers through interactive play in a safe, engaging environment with hands-on exhibits and programs designed specifically for children ages two to eight years old.
To bring children, families, and the community together to engage in learning through creative play.
Some of our main objectives include:
Creating a dynamic hands-on unstructured educational experience where children ages 2-8, along with the adults in their lives, learn through purposeful play.
Providing an enriching atmosphere that is accessible to children and their families,
regardless of their disability or income.
Building an atmosphere that fosters positive intergenerational relationships by
encouraging adult-child interaction.
Establishing an unplugged zone where phones and electronic devices are discouraged.
By supporting the Children’s Museum of Idaho through annual memberships, gifts, or exhibit sponsorship, you help provide a unique community resource that is dedicated to educating children and strengthening families in an active learning environment that inspires every child to image, create, discover and explore through the power of play.
Featured Upcoming Events
INL Engineers that worked on Mars Rover 2020 will visit March 3 from 10:30-11:30am. Make straw rockets and learn about the Rover.
Check the Events Calendar for a listing of activities, visitors and special projects.
Earth & Space Spring Break Camp
March 24, 25, 26
The Explore Science: Earth and Space Camp is part of a nationwide program designed to engage children in the awe-inspiring fields of Earth and space science. This exciting three-day camp is an opportunity to connect with current NASA science research and explore Earth and space phenomena. Participants will make their own spin art nebula, play the Mission to Space game, explore the moon, star formations and lunar landscapes, discuss what it might be like to mine an asteroid, and so much more!
10:00am-noon Ages 4-6
1:00pm-3:00 Ages 7-9
Price for 3-day camp: $50 members
$65 non-members (includes daily admission for camper and one adult)
Space is limited. Reserve on Events Calendar for March 24 or call 208.345.1920
How You Can Help
Membership to the Children’s Museum of Idaho allows your family to enjoy the innovative exhibits and amenities as often as you like for one price. The museum is dedicated to educating children and strengthening families in an active learning environment that inspires every child to imagine, create, discover and explore through the power of play.
As a non-profit organization, your participation in our membership program helps to ensure that The Children’s Museum of Idaho continues to thrive as a family resource that helps children grow into creative, capable individuals who realize learning can be so much fun!
Return on Investment (ROI) is a performance measure used to evaluate one investment to another. There is no greater ROI than providing learning opportunities and offering a place for children and families to spend quality time together. Your gift can help print learning guides, sponsor admission for low-income families, design and fabricate exhibits and a multitude of other uses. Your financial support will help us continue to build, improve and sustain this unique facility for the families of the Treasure Valley.
One of the most meaningful impacts you can make is by sponsoring an exhibit. Your commitment will allow children, and the adults in their lives, to create, discover and learn by engaging in hands-on interactive exhibits and activities. The investment you make will also promote your company or brand to thousands of future visitors. Exhibit sponsorships are a win-win for the companies that receive immeasurable publicity to the estimated 70,000+ visitors a year and the children that are inspired by the wonder and excitement of learning through these exhibits.
Call the museum for information on sponsorship opportunities.
Volunteers play an essential role in bringing the museum to life and sustaining it after opening. We would love your help, whether you are an artist, carpenter, interested in helping with exhibit creation or assisting with the day-to-day operations.
Please contact us to volunteer.
Admission to the Museum
- Guests ages 2 to adult: $8
- Under 2: FREE
Annual membership includes unlimited admission and members-only morning hour Tuesday through Saturday. 10% discount on Birthday Party package. Purchase a membership using the form below.
Punchcards can be used by anyone, have a limited number of visits (10 visits for $60), and does not include bonus members-only hours. Punchcards are available for purchase only at the museum and expire one year after purchase.
Click on the links below for information:
Children’s Museum of Idaho
790 S Progress Avenue
Meridian, ID 83642
Phone: (208) 345-1920
Email: [email protected]
Hours of Operation
Tuesday – Saturday 10am – 5pm
Members only, 9am Tuesday through Saturday
We had over 2,000 visitors today for our free Community Day and opening of the Great Outdoors Exhibits! Thanks Kendall Ford of Meridian for sponsoring an amazing day! If you missed today come in soon for more awesome outdoor play!Posted by Children's Museum of Idaho on Saturday, March 16, 2019
Imagine a place where children become explorers, storytellers, scientists, bankers, musicians, astronauts, chefs, or anything they can dream up. We support #Creativity #Learning #Laughter and #Imagination💭In order to make the museum affordable to families and schools we are counting on your support, please join us for Gatsby at the Museum, a Roaring 20's Event. 🎟️: https://www.cmidaho.org/event/gatsby-at-the-museum-a-roaring-20s-fundraiser/#PlayForAll #Play4All #Share #CMI #ChildrensMuseumIdaho #Idahome #Event #Gatsby #RoaringTwenties #GatsbyAtTheMuseumPosted by Children's Museum of Idaho on Thursday, June 27, 2019
The Children’s Museum of Idaho’s exhibits set the stage for children to become explores, storytellers, scientist, bakers, musicians, astronauts, chefs or anything they dream up. We’ve only just begun. By donating www.cmidaho.org/donate it will help us bring a new Nature Playground exhibit in 2020 giving children further opportunity to dream. #BirthdayTuesday #GivingTuesday #Cmi1stbirthdayPosted by Children's Museum of Idaho on Tuesday, December 3, 2019
Thank you Irish Dance Idaho for your amazing performance!Posted by Children's Museum of Idaho on Sunday, December 29, 2019
Thank you to Hope Segoine for visiting us today!Baby Shark Singer- Hopey SegoinePosted by Children's Museum of Idaho on Friday, December 20, 2019