Interact with learning stations and experience the captivating feeling of playing and controlling water. Waterproof smocks and hand dryers are available in the exhibit area.
NOW OPEN: Water Wonders
Main Street/Our Town
In Our Town, children go to work on Main Street in a variety of realistic hands-on exhibits that give children the chance to role play and make believe with their parents and caregivers. The Museum is designed to inspire learning through play in a fun, energetic and safe environment. The 37,000 square-foot-facility in downtown Greensboro includes permanent exhibits designed to stimulate children’s imaginations and provide educational play experiences.
Young chefs don aprons and chef’s hats in the Pizza Pan, taking orders, making pizzas, and serving them fresh from the oven to customers. This exhibit was made possible by the generous donation of the High Five Club.
Shop for nutritious foods, push around kid-sized carts and ring up customers using real cash registers. The Market is complete with a variety of departments including produce, bakery, seafood and meat. This exhibit was made possible by the generous donation of The Fresh Market.
Our Town Theater
All the world is a stage and Our Town Theater is sized just right for thespians of all ages. Take the stage in costumes, play with a light and sound booth and put on a puppet show.
The Health Center
GCM’s Health Center features a Newborn Nursery, Pediatric Pals Doctor’s office and a Dental Den. The newborn dolls are ready to be bathed, weighed, fed and rocked. Pretend to be a doctor or nurse wearing scrubs and stethoscopes, taking care of cuts, scrapes and broken bones. Become a dentist checking patients’ teeth for cavities and teaching them how eating healthy, brushing and flossing keeps teeth strong! This exhibit is made possible by the generosity of Dr. John and Martha Chandler and Cone Health.
Learn how homes are framed, wired, insulated and finished in this half-built house. In the basement build a house or tower with big blocks.
Imaginations bloom as children cook, clean and play house in this 1930s Fisher Park replica. Harvest eggs from chickens in the coop, hang laundry on the line, set the table, create a flower display, sweep, wash the dishes and have an afternoon picnic all without modern electronics!
Neither rain, sleet, snow or hail will keep Our Town Post Masters from sorting the mail, loading packages onto the conveyor belt and delivering packages to stores around Main Street in a real Post Office truck.
Climb aboard our real Volvo truck, pretend to drive a real police car and challenge the mind and body doing an obstacle training course. Pretend to drive a real Petty Enterprises race car and defy gravity on our rock climbing wall.
Outdoor Play Plaza
Travel through the Neptune Lobby and stop to take a photo in the #BigRedChair before heading out to our Outdoor Play Plaza. Plaza: Consisting of two European-imported 30-foot-tall Neptune XXL Climbers connected by a 25-foot suspended net tunnel, the Outdoor Play Plaza taps into a child’s creative level of problem solving, teaching children how to go from point A to point B with no specified path, and the rope structures allow for visibility while kids play. Please click here for our complete list of Play Plaza Rules.
This gated exhibit is designed for our youngest visitors. A safe area for children two and under, Tot Spot is filled with soft padded blocks, a variety of ride-on toys, brightly colored balls, toys to grab and manipulate, mats for rolling around on and a cool sensory tunnel to crawl through!
Learn about the outdoors and camping, pretend to roast s’mores by the fire, play the shadow flashlight game and tell stories all before getting cozy in the big tent made possible by REI.
Build your own imaginary place using blue blocks. Using self-direction, children can have open-ended fun creating different settings, games and scenarios.
Our Magnet Wall offers science experiments, allowing inventors to design courses and test theories.
Using various geometric elements, kids create and construct contraptions from their imagination or templates.
Climb aboard the Gate City Express! A child-size steam locomotive and dining car takes young visitors across NC and beyond. Purchase a ticket in the Elm Street Depot replica, check luggage, don a vintage hat or scarf and wait for the conductor to signal, “All aboard!” Imagination blossoms as kids order tea in the dining car while young engineers fill the water tank and shovel the coal. This exhibit was made possible by a generous donation of the Strasser Family.
The Edible Schoolyard
The Museum’s Edible Schoolyard features hands-on, teaching gardens and kitchen classrooms where children will learn about the relationship between food, nature and life through planting, tending, growing, harvesting, preparing and cooking organic foods simply and nutritious. The Greensboro Children’s Museum was selected to be the first museum in the country to have a licensed Edible Schoolyard, a program created by Alice Waters and The Chez Panisse Foundation.