Growing up in Houston, we had an fun-tastic children’s museum. I haven’t been in decades BUT I do remember the grocery area and just being amazed by the size. It may have been because I was about 3 feet tall but I do remember how much I enjoyed it.
Although it’s not like the Houston Children’s Museum, the Gull Wings Museum in downtown Oxnard meets the need of exploration, discovery and knowledge. I think it’s important to have a place for children to really expand their minds. The museum offers a toddler area, a touch tank, a place for children to see what the inside of half of an ambulance looks like, inside of a hospital, a car, and more. It’s a small space but children love running around and seeing what it has to offer. We purchased a family membership and the best time to go, if you can, is 10 a.m. on Sunday mornings. People don’t start showing up until 11:30 on Sundays so it’s like having a museum ALL TO YOURSELF and your children can run around without you feeling bad that they are being noisy.
Tickets are $6 for adults and $5 for children. This museum also provides free admission to military families.
Disclaimer: These aren’t all of the pictures of each space but just a few to give you an idea.
If you are willing to go the extra mile (maybe 45), then you may want to check out Zimmer’s Children’s Museum on the Museum Mile (which, by the way, I’m not sure is exactly a mile of museums because they weren’t easily visible or maybe because I didn’t walk the entire mile). This museum is located on the ground floor on the Jewish Federation Center building and there are no signs!! It’s somewhat difficult to find but once you find it, it’s a beautiful place to enter into and stay for a couple of hours.
Tickets are $8 for an adult and $5 for children ages 1 to 17. If you’re military, you get free admission for your entire family from Memorial Day weekend until Labor Day weekend.