We visited with my children ages 4 and 1. This museum claims to be hands on, but so much of the stuff isn't hands on or at least you're not free to explore it without a volunteer breathing down your back. It was like their stuff wasn't sturdy enough to be a children's museum and they were constantly worried someone was going to break it. They also reuse hairnets in the hospital part downstairs. Absolutely disgusting. My kids had fun, but they have a lot more fun at places like McWane in Birmingham where they aren't treated like they are constantly doing something wrong.
Thank you for taking time to review your visit, and for your comments. We're very sorry you had a bad experience at CHOM and feel our play helpers were much too hands on in their attempts to be available. After reading your review we will be sure to meet with both volunteers and staff to remind them that although a large number of our visitors want their participation and assistance, there are also a great many who wish to play with their children without any assistance at all. It's difficult to know what exhibits are being referred to as not sturdy since assuredly our exhibits are built for hands-on play, but we do have museum rules concerning climbing, running, care and safety and perhaps this was a problem. Although we do not have any hairnets in our museum at all (we even removed all hats from our attic dress up exhibit in 2010), you may be referring to disposable surgical caps available in our hospital exhibit. It's important to note that we absolutely do not reuse the surgical caps in our hospital exhibit. The surgical caps are purchased from a medical supply company, disposable, and displayed in the manufacture's dispenser box, with a trash container placed there for visitors to throw away caps after play. Even paper soda jerk hats in our drug store exhibit are disposable because we are committed to healthy conditions for the thousands of children and families who visit. We do hope you'll visit us again and have a more positive experience.