Children's Museum

Currently Closed

A baby boy smiling and splashing in a full bucket of water.


Waterplay is a place where children can experience nearly 20 different exhibit components that let them pump, move, channel and dam the flow of water, and experience rain, spray and ice.  Have fun with hands-on activities highlighting water texture, flow, reflection and tension, and learn about the principles of buoyancy, hydraulics and conservation.

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  • Waterplay Jim Schafer July 2013 (36)
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  • Waterplay Jim Schafer July 2013 (14)
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Please Note:
There are many opportunities to get wet from head to toe in Waterplay.  While we no longer provide raincoats and water shoes, we do provide smocks. Visitors are welcome to bring a change of clothes and shoes, or bathing suits.  Please use the bathrooms located on this floor for changing.

The words Waterplay is presented by followed by the EQT logo.
The words with additional support from followed by the PPG and Snee-Reinhardt Charitable Foundation logos.

ands-on components include:

  • 7-foot diameter Water Mover
  • Dam Building
  • Vortex
  • Rain Meander
  • Magnetic Water Wall
  • Build-a-Fountain 
  • Hand Pump
  • Shaved Ice Tables

Waterplay was designed in-house by the Children’s Museum’s exhibition staff. See photos of the Waterplay renovation on Facebook

The Art Here

Waterplay will frequently display works by artists, including:

  • Rain Meander by Stacy Levy, a permanent component 
  • Beetle Mania by Joan Danziger
  • Watercolor Mural, Tracy Hiner, Black Crow Studios
  • Light Showers, Miranda Miller and Lumi Barron
  • Around the Pond - Arcadia, Atticus Adams

Waterplay is presented by the EQT Foundation with major support from the PPG Industries Foundation and the Snee-Reinhardt Charitable Foundation.