January 22, 2018

10 Children’s Museums for Olympics-Themed Fun


If you can’t make it to London for the Olympic Games (don’t worry, I can’t either), then head on over to your closest children’s museum. Children’s museums across the country have really gotten into the spirit of the games, and many are offering fun Olympics-themed events. Take a look to see if you live near any of these cities offering up family fun to celebrate the Summer Games.

Chicago, IL: Stop in at the Museum of Science and Industry for a family day on Friday, July 27 where you can explore the science behind some of the most popular sports. Enjoy plenty of hands-on activities and makes-and-takes.

Greensboro, NC: Head to the Greensboro Children’s Museum on Saturday, July 28 for Culture of Color: Olympics Day. Try your hand at Judo, participate in a mini-triathlon and even pass the torch during a fun relay race.

Houston, TX:  Have fun during the 2012 Summer of Fun at the Children’s Museum of Houston through August 1. Enjoy special events, like an Olympic Decathlon, as well as arts and crafts, such as making foil medals and putting together laurel leaf crowns.

Irvine, CA: Pop on by the Pretend City Children’s Museum on Friday, July 27 for the Summer Olympics Opening Ceremony. Make Olympic medals, march in a parade, and see on a map where the Olympic torch has traveled to make its way to London.

Portland, ME: The Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine will hold a Summer Olympics for Kids on Wednesday, August 8 at 3 pm. Make your own flags, have fun with silly races, do the high jump and get low with the limbo. Best of all, everyone takes home a medal!

Raleigh, NC: Head to the Marbles Kids Museum in Raleigh for the Marbles Olympics that will run daily at 12:30 pm and 4:30 pm from July 28 through August 4. Enjoy a zany twist on a different Olympic event each day, like pool noodle fencing and scooter rowing.

Rancho Cordova, CA: The Sacramento Children’s Museum is winding down its Countdown to the Olympics program, which runs through Friday, July 27. There’s still time to stop in for a variety of physical activities, like the shot put and relay races.

Saginaw, MI: July is Summer Olympics Month at the Mid-Michigan Children’s Museum with various fun activities and finishing up with Gallery Games on Saturday, July 28. Try out the Water, Water Everywhere Boat Races, Tire Triathlon, and more.

Washington, DC: Go for the gold at the National Children’s Museum’s Launch Zone on select days between August 1 and 11. Take part in the Zone Olympics with events like hurdles, long jump and even geography lessons.

Wilmington, DE: The Delaware Children’s Museum will be hosting its own version of the Olympic Games August 4 through 12. Stop by for the bean bag toss, tire roll, long jump, discus, jumbo bowling and an obstacle course.

Do you live near a children’s museum that’s offering some fun Olympics-themed activities in celebration of the Summer Games? Let me know in the comments below.

Photo Credit: Sacramento Children’s Museum 


  1. I love the spirit of the Olympic games, and I’m glad the Children’s Museums are getting involved. I saw that our local one (we are members) is having events (as you listed – Houston).

    I may have to stop by soon with my son!


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