Knock Knock Children's Museum#10 in Best Things To Do in Baton Rouge
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Spanning 26,000 square feet, the Knock Knock Children's Museum attracts families with its interactive exhibits that the museum calls "Learning Zones." In total, the museum boasts 18 Learning Zones. Exhibits include an art studio that allows kids to create with paint, fabric, beads and clay, a play cafe and a mock veterinary space equipped with stuffed animals, lab coats, stethoscopes and more.
Recent visitors were highly impressed with the museum, saying they spent at least three hours exploring the facility's various exhibits. Others described the space as clean and said it's a great indoor activity for children ages 2 to 10.
You'll find the Knock Knock Children's Museum about 3 miles south of downtown Baton Rouge in BREC's City-Brooks Community Park. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, with extended hours until 7 p.m. on Thursday, and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Note that the museum is currently closed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Admission costs $14 for all visitors 2 and older. Infants younger than 2 can enter for free. Outside food and beverages are allowed in the museum foyer or backyard. For more information, visit the official website.
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