This past week was February vacation for us and while we mostly stayed home, I did bring the kids to the Ecotarium in Worcester, MA. The kids love it. I love it. This place never fails for us. Our weather was crazy warm this week so we actually got to enjoy everything inside AND outside this place has to offer.
The Ecotarium is a small science museum that is perfect for preschool and elementary aged kids. There is a toddler area too, but it’s really geared for kids 3-12 in my opinion. They have a collection of animals native to Massachusetts. Some inside (snakes, turtles, frogs, and birds) and some outside (otters, fox, porcupine, hawk, eagles, and owls). They have an area with a changing exhibit… this time it was about the science of a city.
In the warmer months, there is a kiddie train that my oldest son loves. If you have a little train lover in your life, this is perfect. They also have an Outdoor Classroom that has everything kids like: water, dirt, ropes, rocks, and ways to make noise.
We always pack a lunch, there is a little patio with tables and there’s lots of picnic tables in the Outdoor Classroom area too. And since the weather was so nice, we ate outside last week. Fresh air never felt so good!
I can’t say enough good things about this place. The Ecotarium is FREE to members of the Massachusetts Teacher’s Association. So, that makes this a really affordable day trip for my family. We go a couple times a year and although you would think it would get old, it never does. There is just enough novelty each time that keeps it interesting.
After a morning of exploring, lunch and playground time, all 3 kids napped all the way home. I call that a mom win!