We had heard great things about The Corning Museum of Glass and were looking for a stop on our way to Niagara Falls, but wondered just how kid friendly it was.  Glass and kids do not usually mix!  While I would not recommend the museum for toddlers unless you want to replace priceless art, I think ages 4 and up would get something from the experience. My children ages 5 and 8 were a great age to fully enjoy the museum.

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The museum has made visiting with a family a focus by creating an interactive environment. Through the exhibits children can be glass detectives trying to find exhibits that match their detective cards.  The Innovation Center offers visitors a chance to get up close and hands on with glass, no worries about breaking anything here.

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The Corning Museum of Glass offers live demonstrations that are fascinating.  The glassblowing, glass breaking, and flame working demonstrations are held throughout the day and can certainly hold the attention of children. Some of the demos are interactive and are held frequently so it is very easy to catch a few.

Our favorite part of the visit was the Glass Making Experience.  This is an extra, but a must do part of the day.  Both my children made gorgeous hand blown Christmas ornaments.  What a wonderful memory and learning experience for them as well as a beautiful keepsake from our trip.

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Quick Facts:

  • Corning Museum is located in the Finger Lakes region of New York.  Connect it with a visit to Watkins Glen for an overnight escape.
  • AAA members get in with a discounted admission, children and teens are free, and through the summer active military and their families are free as well.
  • The museum is absolutely gorgeous and sparkling clean.  They have taken great pride in making this a top notch experience and by far the cleanest public restroom I have ever visited.
  • Glass making experiences fill quickly so it would be a wise choice to book ahead to assure your spot.  The costs start at about $12 and are open for ages four and up.
  • Their cafeteria food is a great choice for lunch.  They offered selections such as vegetable lo mein, fresh salads, yogurt, and fruit.  Think of it as something similar to what you would find at Ikea.


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