i heart johnson city: hands-on! museum

When I moved to Johnson City, my kids were 3 and 5. It can be tough to find good indoor things for kids that young to do that don't involve a fast food joint. But here came the Hands On! Museum to my rescue. i heart johnson city | Hands On! Museum

At first, it seemed a bit silly to love on such a small place, especially coming from Boston, where my childhood experiences of the Boston Children's Museum and Museum of Science loomed large in my head. But what this place reminded me is that discovery is everywhere, that children will gravitate towards different things and different times, and it's vitally important to put whatever opportunities you have in front of them, and to make the most of them.

And it was such a haven for my little ones on our arrival. I could easily meet other local parents at a recognizable, risk-free location. Plus, a membership that gets me in at any time for some rainy day play? YES PLEASE.

My children are 8, 6, and 2 now, and we still go for some wild dress-up time, grocery store make-believe, and with the home-grown musical Tesla Coil, that makes it pretty darn special to me.