[dropcap]H[/dropcap]ave you been to the Little Explorers section of the Children’s Discovery Center? Lately, I’ve been spending a LOT of time there and it’s quickly becoming my favorite spot because it’s not crowded, it’s indoors, and it’s located beside the Discovery Center’s cafe. You know my family is all about some snacks! Ha!
Before I begin, this review is NOT a sponsored review of the Children’s Discovery Center. Aside for having previously frequented the Little Explorers over the past two months, I have no affiliation with, nor will I profit monetarily from writing this review. The opinions expressed in this review are my very own.
What is it?
The Little Explorers play area is an indoor play area for kids 3 and under. Babies are welcome too!
Who is it for?
This little play area is only for kids three and under. It has plenty of toys for babies, new walkers, and toddlers looking to explore, without being run over and pushed by big kids.
What does it involve?
Little Explorers offers several padded play structures, books, baby activity pad, slide, ramps, light-table, hand puppets, tents, crawling tubes, animal costumes, and much more.
How much is it?
The cost is the standard admission price for entering the Children’s Discovery Center, $10 for adults and kids. Kids under 1 year old are free. They offer a Kama’aina rate a $8, as well as a Military Discount of $8. Senior citizens 62+ are $6.
Best bang for your buck though is to purchase a membership and make it your default indoor play area. Here’s a link to their membership pricing page.
Where is it located?
Located just inside of the Children’s Discovery Center, you can find it to the right of the water play area, which is next to the gift shop. (Please note, this is different from the Tot Area which is located inside of Children’s exhibits and has the sail boat and baby area.) This little play area is surrounded by a green fence and is kind of hard to notice because it’s off to the side, all of the toys are on the ground, plus your and your kids can easily be distracted by the water play area and well as toys displayed in the gift shop area.
Here’s what I like about it.
Little Explorers is a hidden treasure for babies and toddlers on Oahu and is the perfect place to have a slow and easy morning while getting your keiki out and about. It’s clean, there’s hardly ever a crowd and the no big kids policy is fully enforced. Pure awesomeness! (You don’t want to know how many times I’ve policed big kids at the Windward Mall soft play structures)
I also like that all participants must remove their shoes (that includes parents).
Both of my little girls LOVE this area. My two-year old explores on her own, loves to hang out in the tents and dress up in the animal costumes. My little 4 month-old love the little baby jungle gym/activity pad. We can easily spend up to one hour just hanging out in there. (And one-hour in toddler and baby time is a LONNNNNNG time!) I think this would be for a great spot for meeting up with another mommy friend to chit chat and hang with your babies. Additionally, it’s the perfect daddy spot for new dads to hang out with their kids.
Here’s what I don’t like about it.
If you don’t have a membership, the price of admission could be a little bit cray. I suggest the family membership because we find ourselves frequenting the Children’s Discovery Center a lot.
Here’s what You Should Know When You Go.
The Little Explorers play area closes at 12:00PM, which is one hour earlier than the rest of the Children’s Discovery center. Also bring a baby carrier as there is a no-strollers policy strictly enforced. While you can park your stroller in the designated stroller parking areas located in front of the bathrooms, in order to enjoy the play areas of the Discovery Center, you can’t have a stroller.
Overall, Little Explorers is awesome! It’s the perfect play space to have a play date for parents with little bitty kids + it’s next to the snack area!