This is number 5 in my series of suggested activities for you and your children when you’re parenting alone. Whether you’re divorced, separated or just have the kids for the day, I hope some of these suggestions will allow you to turn your time with your kids into quality time. I have been a lawyer longer than I have been a dad but I am passionate about both those roles and hope to share my experience with you.
The average age in Naples is 68. There’s not much here that’s set up for children. Most leisure activities involve being outdoors and indoor activities are usually about eating and drinking. Finding something quick and easy to do for a young child in Naples, Florida is not easy.
Right off of Livingston and Vanderbilt is the Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples. This place is so ideal for young children. Unlike massive children’s museums in bigger cities, this has just one floor. You can let your children play and not have to hover over them among a giant crowd.
The activities and exhibits at the children’s museum are really basic. This is not a museum with scientific exhibits. This is a “museum” with lots of hands on activities for young children. This is great if you have toddlers to 7 year-olds. There’s a play market, a play fishing pond, a play café, and a safe, clime-able indoor tree.
Older children are probably not going to enjoy the Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples much. Older children can safely sit on an indoor bench with a book or an ipad while their younger siblings play. All your kids will be within earshot or your line of site as this museum is not terribly large.
Expect to spend about 2 hours at the Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples before the kids (and you) get tired.
Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples has lots of events and activities throughout the year that cater to homeschoolers (a common thing in Naples) but anyone can attend.
One issue that always comes up with new parents after kindergarten is “what do I do with these kids in the summertime? How do I work and take care of them?” The answer is, you put the kids in day camps. There are dozens of day camps that I’ll cover in a later article. In the summertime, Golisano’s Children’s Museum of Naples hosts a series of camps.
The Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples is open from 10 AM to 5 PM Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. On Sundays they close at 4 PM. Wednesdays they are closed. This is an early closing time but there’s a covered park just across from the museum if your children still have energy to burn.
Admission is $ 12 for a child and $ 10 for an adult. If you have children between the ages of 2 and 5, buy yourself a yearly membership for $ 135 annually. You will be here at least twice a week to fill those hot afternoons after preschool.
The Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples is right beside Sun N’ Fun waterpark, a covered playground, and North Naples’s sports complex. This entire area will become a hub for you as a parent in Naples, Florida.
The Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples is located at 15080 Livingston Rd, Naples, FL 34109 just four miles from my office. A map from my Naples, Florida law office to the Golisano Children’s Museum is attached below.