Children need to be engaged in learning and need to feel that their parents or guardians are invested in their growth. While being with your child 24/7 is not always a feasible option to ensure high-quality learning, providing opportunities for children to learn can set them up to be lifelong learners, eager to tackle new challenges. 

Spending time with your child learning about your area’s history is a phenomenal way to establish a joint love for learning, help in their cognitive development, and build lasting memories. Bonding over learned knowledge and joint experiences can help bring you closer to your child and create a stronger relationship. Here are our suggestions for some great spots where you and the kids can learn about local history in West Chester, Ohio. 

EnterTRAINment Junction

A miniature train depot near tracks at EnterTRAINment Junction in West Chester, OH

EnterTRAINment Junction – Station by jpmueller99 is licensed with CC BY 2.0

Ideal for a future train engineer or even those who are interested in the history of transportation, EnterTRAINment Junction right here in West Chester is home to the largest train display in the world. A unique destination for families, this indoor family entertainment center also boasts a giant kids’ play area where little ones can jump, crawl, and scale to their hearts’ desire, a railroading museum ideal for imaginative play, and an enormous funhouse. It’s 80,000 square feet of endless family fun and entertainment. Little ones can have fun and learn all about trains.

The reasonably priced tickets begin at $16.95 for adult general admission and $12.95 for children 3 to 12 years old. There is a discount for senior citizens and other specials, including a family four-pack for $189. Check the website for monthly specials and special upgrades including a kids’ express train ride. 

  • Location: 7379 Squire Court, West Chester. 
  • Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday, noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.
  • Contact: 513-898-8000.

Historic Loveland Castle and Museum

For a taste of classic history that is reminiscent of knights, squires, kings, and queens, head over to Loveland Castle and Museum. While many guests are fascinated with the story behind how the owner, Harry Delos Andrews, initially gained ownership of the castle and land, children will love all the fun activities and adventures to be had on the grounds. The highlights include picnicking on the banks of a calming river, games and puzzles including handmade chess sets, ghost lore and stories, and wonderful architecture. There are four towers on the premises inspired by French, English, and German architecture. 

General admission tickets begin at only $5 per person and they admit children under 5 years for free. Marvel at the fascinating collection of weaponry from swords to battle axes. Be sure to visit the castle gardens with beautiful flora native to Ohio. 

  • Location: 12025 Shore Drive, Loveland. 
  • Hours: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
  • Contact: 513-683-4686.

The National Voice of America Museum of Broadcasting

A pride of the West Chester Township is the National Voice of America Museum of Broadcasting. Whether you live in West Chester or are visiting, this is a must-see location. While there, be sure to check out the Voice of American Bethany Station and learn why it is located in Cincinnati. The Crosley Brothers Exhibit can serve as an inspiration to young inventors and entrepreneurs, as they were responsible for many innovative products. Finally, swing by the Radio STEM Lab to see how radio works.

Adult general admission begins at $10 and those under 16 enter for free. Plan to be on the premises for at least an hour and a half to tour all the exhibits and to see the brief eight-minute introductory video. While you can opt for the self-guided tour, there are also volunteer docents that offer guided tours. 

  • Location: 8070 Tylersville Road, West Chester. 
  • Hours: noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
  • Contact: 513-777-0027.

Heritage Village Museum and Educational Center Cincinnati

The Heritage Village Museum and Education Center Cincinnati is a great way to introduce school-aged children to early life in Cincinnati. Presenters are often dressed in period attire and add to the authenticity of the experience. Many exhibits are user-friendly and children are encouraged to interact with many artifacts, making this an ideal experience for tactile learners. Children leave with a deeper understanding and appreciation of rural life in small-town Ohio in the early 1800s. Be sure to visit the Jewish Domestic Life and Traditions Exhibit. A partnership with Cincinnati Skirball Museum, this exhibit celebrates Jewish traditions and life rituals. 

General admission begins at $5 for adults to enjoy the museum on a self-guided tour. For a guided tour, admission for adults begins at $10. General admission for children is $1 for a self-guided tour or $3 for a guided tour. Check the website for information on group visits, or information if you are interested in volunteering. 

  • Location: 11500 Lebanon Road, Sharonville.
  • Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday from May through September.
  • Contact: 513-563-9484.

So there you have it. Crème de la Crème of West Chester, Ohio, has enjoyed delving into some of the top places where young and old alike can learn about our rich history and local lore. Whether you are helping your child learn more for a school project or just want to share a special experience and know more about the history of West Chester, these locations are sure to provide valuable information as well as family time. What do you think of our list? Does one location capture your interest? 

While you’re deciding on your next outing with the kids, consider checking out Crème de la Crème of West Chester, Ohio, for your future child care and after-school care needs. We have a well-trained staff, age-appropriate activities, and state-of-the-art facilities. Give us a call at 513-440-4975 to set up an appointment and meet with our welcoming staff to see how you and your family can benefit from becoming part of the Crème de la Crème family.