Have you heard about this museum? For a long time, the museum was only open to groups and school field trips, but they recently opened it up to all visitors, and as a homeschooling family, I’m so glad they did!
We woke up entirely too early on our morning we were going to visit, so we ended up leaving Surprise at 745 and made it to Tempe (with Phoenix traffic) by 845. The Halle Heart Children’s Museum opens at 9 am in the summer. Monday-Saturday (it closes at 4pm on Fridays and 2pm on Saturdays). During the Winter the hours are different, so make sure you check the schedule (the site does not say when winter hours start). I was also very excited that children under four are free (so Dimples and Giggles got in for free), and the admission for Munchie and I was just $5 each!
The Halle Heart Museum is sponsored by many philanthropic donations and the American Heart Association, which has its offices next door.
Speaking of next door, how do you get there? The address is on S 48th Street, but you will want to turn on to W Fairmont Dr and then onto S Fair Lane to get into the parking lot.
The outside of the building (You can’t really see this well from 48th Street, so if you are looking for it, you may pass it!)
Here the kids are “checking in” to see what Dr. Dee Fibulator has to say about the heart.
Lots of different animals and their heart sizes!
Here are all the hearts and buttons the kids can press to make the heart beat!
Here was a cool room where the kids could do some exercise by doing what the kids on the screens were telling them to do. The room also echoed because it had a dome above it-so my kids of course liked shouting in there.
The other side of the room had a huge human heart. The kids could press different buttons which would light up the different parts of the heart.
There is also this beautiful theater that had a short little video. All of my kids enjoyed it, and sat through it!
The inside of the theater-simply gorgeously done!
Here was the Marketplace, where kids could learn about healthy food and shop for it.
We also “bowled” red blood cells down the arteries. The kids loved playing with this.
And here was the cafe where they occasionally have classes and food! It was a gorgeous set up and even had high chairs for the littlest ones. You can even sign up little kids to take cooking classes here.
In addition to the cooking classes, the museum also offers Music classes by Little Rhythms ® and Zumba classes by Miss Hilda as well. Check the Halle Heart Children’s Museum’s Calendar for information on when and where.
This is a great little museum that is beautifully done, easy to access and fun with a great learning environment for little kids as well as adults. It was very easy to let my kids enjoy taking everything in and learning while they were playing. I especially liked that they had stools in the bathrooms and in the play areas so that the littler ones were able to interact with the exhibits. My kids loved looking and touching things, especially this “kid on a bike” that looked fragile but was touchable.
The staff was super friendly and great with the kiddos. You can also do tours of the facility as well as just drop by and visit. So, if you are a large group or a school, they openly welcome you. There is great information throughout the museum about healthy eating and healthy living, which I love.
Halle Heart Children’s Museum
2929 S 48th Street, Tempe